The Girl with the Painted Face by Gabrielle Kimm

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This book has been on my reading list for ages and finally I got around to reading it. The Girl with the Painted Face is a historical story set in Italy and the different theme of following an acting troupe intrigued me.

We follow primarily the story of Sofia who from the outset is in trouble and running away from it. She meets a troupe of travelling actors, joins them and later in the story trouble arises again. Read the rest of this entry

March Book Bag Bundles

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February and March have been slow months for me in terms of reading as work has been extremely busy, and I have been getting over flu. But I am pleased to say I am back in a reading mood and the arrival of spring is an added bonus. Some highlights for me since the last Book Bag Bundles are:  Read the rest of this entry

Custard Tarts and Broken Hearts by Mary Gibson

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Custard Tarts and Broken Hearts is Mary Gibson’s debut book and for me it was such an enjoyable read. We follow Nellie Clark in the lead up to the war in 1914 and afterwards. Nellie lives in the Bermondsey area of London where life is hard, everything is hand to mouth and working in factories is a way of life.  Read the rest of this entry

The Christmas Party by Carole Matthews

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When I heard that Carole Matthews had a new Christmas book out called The Christmas Party, I couldn’t wait to read it as I loved her book Calling Mrs Christmas in 2013.

The story follows the key characters who are part of a huge global corporate company at their work Christmas party. Work hard and play hard is the theme in this story and the Christmas party is the pinnacle of the year where all staff get to enjoy themselves, drink, eat and be merry.

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Round and Round by Terry Tyler

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I have read some of Terry Tyler’s previous books and enjoyed them and so I decided to read Round and Round also.

We follow Sophie, who in her past had to choose between 4 men of who to spend her future with. Chris is her boyfriend, a bit of a sponger and a bit boring. Sebastian is a rich painter who sounds cute but there is always something about him that warns danger, stay away. Neil at the theatre sounded lovely and Kieran Greenleaf is a musician, but seemed to boast too much and is a bit lazy. Who should she pick? Read the rest of this entry

December Book Bag Bundles

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Welcome to the last Book Bag Bundles of 2014! It has been a packed year for me personally and also on the book front. And still there is a lot happening since the last edition of Book Bag Bundles. Highlights for me are below as well as my top 5 books of the year –  Read the rest of this entry

The Belgariad – Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings

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My husband introduced this book to me as David Eddings was the author that inspired him to read more. Intrigued I decided to give the book a go. The Belgariad – Pawn of Prophecy is an old book, published 1983 and is the first of a 5 book series. This book is the set up for an epic adventure!

The prologue is powerful which sets the atmosphere, mystery and anticipation of an adventure from the start. Read the rest of this entry