The Worst Case Scenario Cookery Club by Chrissie Manby

I had a wonderful delivery from @HodderPublicity & @bookbridgr through my door in the shape of @chrissiemanby new book The Worst Case Scenario Cookery Club.

In the quaint seaside town of Newbay, a beginner’s cookery course is starting. And three very different students have signed up . . .

Liz‘s husband has left her for a twenty-something clean-eating blogger, and she’s determined to show the world – and her daughter – she’s just as capable in the kitchen. John, newly widowed after fifty years of marriage, can’t live on sympathy lasagnes forever. To thirty-year-old workaholic Bella, the course is a welcome escape from her high-pressure job. Their only common ground: between them, they can barely boil an egg!

Enter talented chef Alex, who is determined to introduce his pupils to the comforts of cuisine. As Liz, John and Bella encounter various disasters in the kitchen, the unlikely trio soon form a fast friendship. Their culinary skills might be catastrophic – but could the cookery club have given them a recipe for happiness?

This was a joy to read from start to finish, each character had their own story to tell and had me smiling each time I turned a page. There are even recipes to follow which is an added bonus in my eyes.

I have always adored Chrissie’s work, she always makes a dark day bright. This book as with all of her work, should be on NHS Prescription as I am positive it will help many people feel better.

I rate this book 5/5

Purchase now on Amazon UK

http://chrissiemanby.com/

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Antique recipe book ( update)

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned about my late Grandma’s cookery book which she gave me when I was a child. Well, a friend and I visited the @BBC_ARoadshow at Castle Howard in North Yorkshire and I took my little book with me.

https://thereadingshed.wordpress.com/2017/07/10/my-grandmas-recipe-book/

The expert ( pictured with me) informed me that it was obviously a well used recipe book which would have been kept in my Grandma’s apron pocket and would have been used daily.

He also told me it was only of sentimental value which I kind of guessed. I am quite happy to have my little blue cookery book with all of it’s quotes and recipes of bygone days in my possession for years to come.

To think that Grandma carried it in her Pinny ( apron) while cooking for the family, makes it even more special.

My Grandma’s Recipe Book

#BookBlogger  This week I’m heading to @BBC_ARoadshow at @CastleHowardEst, not too far from where I live. When I was 14 years old my elderly Grandma died. Years earlier, while playing in the attic of her old #Victorian home,  she gave me a very small #Antique #Recipe #Book of which I still have. 

I know nothing else of its origin. Whether it is worth anything or not but there are so many interesting snippets inside it’s pages I thought I would share them with you. 

The book is called : GOOD THINGS, Made, Said & Done it is the Thirty-sixth edition and printed in 1898.

This book is so fragile, some of the pages are falling out but nothing has been lost. 

The recipe index has a lot interesting ingredients. Powdered Egg obviously because of the era, was the norm in some of the recipes.

Anything you fancy here?

There are also a few remedies too, just incase the “Giblet Pie” doesn’t agree with you.


It really is such an interesting book with little “quotes” throughout the pages. For example “Children and Chicken will always be picking”. And “Let the Ticking Clock Guide The Boiling Crock”

One last little gem in this book the size of my hand, is this advert for “Fennings” 

I am going to have this book in my bag at #antiquesroadshow just incase there is anyone to ask a little bit more of its origin. It’d be lovely to find out a little more, don’t you think?

Killer Affair by Rebecca Chance

As a #BookBlogger, a lovely surprise popping through my post box in the shape of a #Book from @panmacmillan can make a lady screech with delight, #KillerAffair by @MsRebeccaChance, did just that for me.

The cover is so sparkling yet made me want to open up the pages quickly to find out exactly what was going on.

What can I say but WOW!! This is such a well written book of revenge, jealousy, sex, betrayal, laughter, it has it all and I could imagine laying on a beach reading this book. 

I did think that some of the characters in the book reminded me of certain celebrities so while I read I saw their faces. This is one of those books you really cannot put down, so ideal to takeaway with you.

I rate this book 5/5


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DESCRIPTION

A shocking betrayal deserves a wicked revenge . . .

Stunning, charismatic Lexy O’Brien is the reigning queen of British reality TV. Her life in front of the camera is planned and manipulated as successfully as any military assault.

But success breeds jealousy. When you’re on top, the only way is down and there’s always someone standing by to give you a shove . . .

Dowdy Caroline Evans, a part-time blogger and writer of erotic fiction, is brought in to chronicle Lexy’s life. Being taken under Lexy’s wing is a dream come true for Caroline. But sampling the star’s lifestyle is like tasting the most addictive of drugs, and it’s not long before she is craving what she can’t possibly have – or can she?

And as Caroline and Lexy’s lives and loves become increasingly entwined, it’s only a matter of time before the hidden rivalry becomes a powder keg waiting to explode . . .

http://www.rebeccachanceauthor.com/

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Isolation Junction by Jennifer Gilmour

#BookBlogger 📚  I knew I had to read and #review @JenLGilmour book “Isolation Junction” as soon as I heard about it as it is a subject so close to my heart, yet something only those very close to me know exactly the true impact it has had on me. 

This truly had me in tears. It is a well written account and I really do applaud Jennifer for writing about such a “behind closed doors” subject. People do not realise that Domestic Abuse is not just Physical abuse but Mental Abuse too. Even typing out this review, I am crying. 

People need to read this book so they know the kind of torment that others are going through, yet are either too scared or just “can’t get out” of the relationship. And to know that there is light at the end of the tunnel and that help is out there.

I rate this book 5/5

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Jennifer recently made a television appearance too, here she is chatting about this wonderful book and all of the hard work that went into it.

Description

Rose is the mother of two young children, and finds herself living a robotic life with an abusive and controlling husband. While she struggles to maintain a calm front for the sake of her children, inside Rose is dying and trapped in ‘Isolation Junction’. 

She runs an online business from home, because Darren won’t let her work outside the house. Through this, she meets other mums and finds courage to attend networking events, while Darren is at work, to promote her business. 

It’s at one of these events that Rose meets Tim, a sympathetic, dark-haired stranger who unwittingly becomes an important part of her survival. 

After years of emotional abuse, of doubting her future and losing all self-confidence, Rose takes a stand. Finding herself distraught, alone and helpless, Rose wonders how she’ll ever escape with her sanity and her children. With 100 reasons to leave and 1,000 reasons she can’t, will she be able to do it? 

Will Tim help her? Will Rose find peace and the happiness she deserves? Can Rose break free from this spiralling life she so desperately wants to change? 

http://jennifergilmour.com/

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Broken Branches by M Jonathan Lee

This very happy #BookBlogger discovered a brand new Publishing Company called @hideawayfall and I’ve fallen in love! 

What a friendly bunch they are and after posting me a copy of @MJonathanLee great new book Broken Branches, I really couldn’t wait to get my reading head on again after a short break of reviewing.

Broken Branches was just what the Doctor ordered. 

Description

‘Family curses don’t exist. Sure, some families seem to suffer more pain than others, but a curse? An actual curse? I don’t think so.’

A family tragedy was the catalyst for Ian Perkins to return to the isolated cottage with his wife and young son. But now they are back, it seems yet more grief might befall the family.

There is still time to act, but that means Ian must face the uncomfortable truth about his past. And in doing so, he must uncover the truth behind the supposed family curse.

My Thoughts

This was a really enjoyable read, at times I did get confused and had to keep turning back the pages to see if I had missed something until I realised it was a book where one chapter is here and now and the next chapter is from years ago. 

There was certainly plenty of mystery to keep the reader thinking, I love books like that. True page turner’s where nothing is as it seems. 

This really is a well written book and I would love to see this story as a TV Drama. I would most certainly be hooked. Broken Branches left me wanting more. Maybe I’m just greedy but I seriously enjoyed this book.

I rate this book 5/5

www.hideawayfall.com

Publication Day is 27th July 2017

Pre order https://www.hideawayfall.com/books/broken-branches/


Hideaway Fall Woke my Awakenings

#hideaway Hello Everyone, I am so sorry that I have not been around in the #BookReviewing world for a while but I am returning very slowly.

My trusty Kindle died on me and I lost all of my delicious upcoming new books to read too, amongst other things. 

Anyway, I had a wonderful surprise pop through my letter box over the weekend. A fabulous package from @hideawayfall, in it was non other than @MJonathanLee new book #BrokenBranches. Looks and sounds amazing so thank you #hideaway.


So I am on my way to have a read and shall return. 


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