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      28.12.2013 22:05
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      A book not to be missed

      Tasmina Perry's new release and it is not one to be missed. The cover is very different compared to her usual covers but I love it, it is a very simple, elegant cover which does the beautiful storyline inside justice.

      The Proposal follows the journey of two fabulous main characters Amy and Georgia. The two ladies couldn't be any more different and yet thanks to an advert dear Georgia places for a companion to accompany her on a trip to New York the two are brought together and form an unlikely bond.
      Amy whose life is anything but perfect from her love life to her career and her empty bank balance would love to go home to see her parents over Christmas but can not afford the flights so when she comes across Georgia's advert she feels as though she has been thrown a life line.

      The story moves back and forth in time from Georgie's life in the 1950's to the present day and as Amy discovers more about Georgia through her tale of her earlier years and it becomes clear why she is travelling alone.

      This was an absolute delight to read. It was consistently good all the way through, no low points or parts you want to skim are found in this book. The Proposal sees a softer side to the authors writing style, there is of course still a scandal to look forward to so you can still feel that it is a Tasmina Perry book but it was just so much more elegant and warm and just a real classy read rather than her usual modern glamorous and gritty style ( that I also love ). It was lovely to see a different style to the authors writing and it was equally as good.

      The storyline is very strong and compelling and not one that I will forget for a long time yet. The characters are fabulous in their individual ways, Georgia is a strong, elegant, eccentric character who I loved and was in fact my favourite character. Amy is a modern, loveable soft natured character who was a great complement to Georgia. I would love to have a Georgia in my life to give me a lesson or two!

      The descriptive writing style was incredible I felt as though I was being transported back in time with Georgia and I could just picture the elegant dresses and the grand houses.


      It is a very romantic read, with a shocking, unexpected twist which had me so taken aback I had to re-read the paragraph!

      This is an amazing read that I cannot recommend enough, this is definitely my favourite by Tasmina Perry.

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      28.12.2013 22:02
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      A light hearted, fun, festive read

      My favourite Chick lit series by far is the I Heart series by Lindsey Kelk, each year I look forward to another release and to top it off this year it is a Christmas themed book whoop whoop! This is not a book you will be able to buy and save until Christmas as it sits there twinkling at you so you have to cave in and read it!

      As Christmas approaches Angela is like a kid in a sweet shop, she is so excited about all things Christmas that she decides to take time off of work to enjoy doing all things festive with Alex. If only everything was a smooth as that! Where ever Angela is concerned there is always disorder and mischief that occurs and true to form her Christmas is about to be turned upside down thanks to a surprise from husband Alex, a friend in need and to top it all a major change at work.

      I loved this book so much. The witty humour is back in full swing and it is such a natural humour that you can't help but chuckle away. All of our favourite characters are back and in full blown chaos. One thing you can always rely on is that Angela and Jenny will always have some big drama going on in their lives and it sure does keep me entertained. Angela and Alex are now married and I think this is a great direction in which Lindsey Kelk has taken her characters as they are now facing problems that come with settling down.

      We get to see a lot more of Angela's friend Louisa in this book and she is a loveable character. Jenny is still my firm favourite when it comes to the I Heart series she is so unpredictable, spontaneous and hilarious, I would do anything to have a friend like her life could never be dull with her around! I actually found I could relate to Angela's character in this book ( is this a good thing?!) one of the dilemma's she faces I can totally sympathise with and the article she wrote about on this topic was hitting the nail on the head for me.

      There was a festive feel to this book with the storyline being set on the lead up to Christmas but it wasn't overly festive so I still feel like this book could be read throughout the year. I still don't feel like the I Heart series is over, to me this book has actually set a new foundation for a new book and I am keeping everything crossed that the author does entertain us with another one. This is certainly one not to be missed and needs to be under all chick lit fans Christmas Tree this year.


      It is a fun , festive, fabulous read that you will want to tell all your book friends about but I am not sure you will want to share your copy!

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      22.10.2013 13:45
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      A great read that will have you hooked from the first page

      I have had Wonder Women on my To Be Read pile since July and I have to say I was a little put off by the size of this book, I mean 570 pages falling on you when you fall asleep will hurt! I had no reason to worry though as there is no way you can sleep after you start Wonder Women as it is so addictive and I found it impossible to put down.

      Jo has a dream that she opened up a childrens clothes shop that was child friendly, with the support of husband Lee she decided to makes this dream a reality and before long her shop is open with the help of co-workers Holly and Mel.

      Holly has just arrived back from Africa after a terrible time and when Jo offers her a job in her new shop it feels like a life line.

      Mel takes a job in Jo's shop which is perfect to work around her 15 year old daughter although Mel feels as though her daughter is increasingly shutting her out.


      I have read so many books this year that I have loved and enjoyed but this book was not only pure entertainment it was also so exciting too. To watch Jo every step of the way in creating her business and see it develop really had me hooked, and each stage of the progression of the business really kept me interested in the storyline.

      What was so great about this book was our three main characters Jo, Mel and Holly they are such strong and confident characters which is so refreshing as many characters in chick lit books are very lovable but also quite weak and vulnerable characters but this is not the case with these women they know what they want and they will get it one way or another. Only a few chapters in the ladies already felt like friends of ours as they were so life like and also quite homely characters. There was a wide range of characters in this book all who played a great part in making a great storyline.
      There are many touching issues that are focused on in this book and they were beautifully written especially the situation with Holly's mum.

      This book will bring a lump to your throat or if you're like me then you will be blubbing! This really is a fantastic read that I cannot recommend enough especially at the current ridiculously low price on kindle at only 46p !!! ( at time of this review, please check price before you download)

      I loved this book so much that as soon as I finished I couldn't wait to get my hands on more of the authors novels so I quickly downloaded Babies in Waiting too!

      Review also on amazon and www.reabookreview.blogspot.com

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        11.08.2013 15:56
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        A perfect read that will have you hooked from the first chapter

        Every so often I get a book where part of me wants to devour it in one go because it is so good but yet the other part of me really doesn't want it to end so I constantly pick it up and put it down! This is how I felt when I was reading By My Side.

        Our heroine in this book is unlike any heroine I have read before. Cass was studying medicine, enjoying life, and spending time with her boyfriend Sean. Her life takes a dramatic change after an accident leaves her wheelchair bound.

        Sean breaks up with Cass and she can not bring herself to return to her course in medicine. Now she faces life in a chair and she doesn't see a future ahead.

        This book actually blew me away. Alice Peterson has always had a remarkable style of writing and she manages to engage you in the storyline, this book is written in true Alice form. By My Side sees Alice's writing at its best.

        The storyline was so detailed and realistic that it could almost have been someones diary I was reading. The author has quite clearly spent a lot of time doing her research for this book, nothing is briefly skimmed over everything is delivered in great detail.

        Disabilities are usually seen as a taboo subject in fiction, usually if there is a character with a disability they are only briefly mentioned in books where as this book is unique in the fact that the whole book is based around Cass and her new friends with disabilities.

        Cass soon felt like a friend. We see her go through every possible emotion as she comes to terms with her disability. She was such a warm, genuine and courageous character who you love from the first chapter.
        The storyline helps to give insight not only in the day to day lives of someone who is wheelchair bound, but also things that are available to them such as activity holidays and of course Canine Partners where you can go to be paired with a helper dog.

        Ticket was a great furry friend and a great addition to an already perfect book. Be sure to pick up a copy of By My Side as it is one of the best books I have read this year and also my favourite by Alice Peterson. It will have you laughing, crying and will get those brain clogs ticking.

        Really this review only needed to words PURE PERFECTION.

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          01.08.2013 21:50
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          A perfect Summer read xXx

          I am a huge Lindsey Kelk fan, the characters in her I Heart books are fabulous and so when I heard she was bringing a new series out I was a very excited to start a fresh series but also a little hesitant in case the characters in About a Girl weren't as good as our old friends! Luckily there was nothing to worry about as the characters in this book are awesome.
          Tess finds herself in despair, she has lost her job which consumed 99.9% of her life, she has also put her foot in it with the guy she has had feelings for for years. Most of us would sit in bed with a bottle of wine and an unlimited supply of chocolate for a month but Tess has other ideas!
          When her flat mate Vanessa's agent calls about a job Tess decides to fly to Hawaii and take the job from Vanessa. Will life in Vanessa's shoes be a better fit for Tess or will her old life still be calling her back?

          I Heart Fans, you will Love this,
          Lindsey Kelk Fans, you will Love this,
          Chick lit fans, you will Love this,
          Bookworms, you will Love this!


          This review could easily be summed up by the words above but as I like to chat away I will give you a full review!

          The storyline was fun and lighthearted and flowed at a quick pace, it still has a great modern feel to it like the I Heart books and the shock factors are still in full swing. Not knowing what will happen to Tess next which makes you keep pacing through the pages.

          Tess is a lovable, fun and bubbly character who you love from the second we meet her. We meet Tess at the beginning of what seems like a big change in direction in her life. Kekipi was one of my favourite characters he brought a lot of humour to the book.

          Friendships and romance features greatly in this book which is a massive bonus for me. I always love how Lindsey Kelk always manages to set a perfect scene and this book is no exception, she describes the surroundings and beaches of Hawaii perfectly that they are tantalisingly good you just want to jet off and live the story with the character. I can not wait to read What A Girl Wants as I do feel like Lindsey has been mean with the ending of this one, she has left me hanging!


          A perfect summer read that introduces us to a new world of great characters, Lindsey Kelk has written yet another must read !

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          27.07.2013 19:24
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          A fantastic unpredictable read

          If there is one authors books besides Belinda Jones that scream summer beach reads it is Tasmina Perrys books! Deep Blue Sea easily grabs your attention from the beautiful tranquil cover but the storyline is far from paradise.

          Diana and Julian have what seems like the perfect lives. But what is on the surface can often mask cracks underneath. When Julian is found dead in their marital home and she is told it is suicide but she cannot accept this and she is desperate to get answers and the one person who she can trust to go to extreme measures to get to the bottom of this is her estranged sister Racheal.

          Racheal has been living a more relaxed life running a diving school with business partner Liam which is a far cry from her old job in journalism. When she gets a visit from her sister asking for her help she jumps at the chance hoping it will build bridges with her family again.

          This is the third Tasmina Perry book I have read and she is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. What I like about this authors books is they are unlike other authors books I read. They always have a great helping of romance but there is also the suspense she creates and the crimes that make such a captivating storyline that make these books impossible to put down and Deep Blue Sea is no exception. I am going to get my one negative point out of the way now which is that I really missed the glamour that has been present in the author's previous books. Other than this I loved everything about this book and would recommend it in a heartbeat.

          The suspense that is created in this book is fantastic. I couldn't solve the mystery surrounding Julians death, each time I thought I was on the right track to finding out who was involved Racheal would then speak to another character and her questions always then opened up another possible suspect! I had to keep reading as I was so intrigued I was eager to find out who was behind Julians death. I do love a book that is unpredictable and if you do too then this book really won't disappoint.

          There were a lot of characters in this book but they were all developed well so I had no trouble keeping up with who was who. Racheal was by far my favourite character she was a very strong and determined character who was instantly likeable. I really liked the whole diving in Thailand business Tasmina Perry creates and idyllic setting here I was hoping to have more of the storyline set there but hey I am just being greedy now!


          If you're looking for a captivating, unpredictable read this Summer then look no further as this one is not to be missed.

          review also on amazon and my book blog www.reabookreview.blogspot.com

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          21.04.2013 17:58
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          A great thought provoking read

          I was a little reluctant to start Husband Missing by Polly Williams as I have recently lost my Nan who is my world and so have been trying to read "happy" books but the cover of this book keeps calling out to me it is hard to miss the sunset colours so I caved in. The synopsis does a fantastic job at sparking your interest without giving to much away.

          Gina's life is turned upside down when she gets a phone call from her brother in-law to say that Gina's husband Rex has gone missing on their lad's holiday. After months of searching everyone begins to accept that Rex has died but Gina still believes that Rex is still alive and she clings on to this hope. As the search carries on Gina then unearths secrets from his past which leave her questioning if she really knows her husband at all.

          This was a very moving read but not a tear jerker so no need to reach for the tissues. The book begins right at the point when Rex has gone missing so we never get a chance to meet or hear from Rex first hand which is a bit of a shame as I think it may have answered a few questions but then the way in which the book was written was all from Gina's voice she was talking to us as though she was talking to Rex which is an unusual style and did take a while to get used to but I soon found myself comfortable in the style of the book. You develop a strong bond with Gina and I think this is because of the way in which the book was written because we get to hear first hand the thoughts and feelings through the whole situation. There are also a couple of chapters that are told from Mandy who was another lovely character.

          The book was both predictable and unpredictable. Right up until the last chapter I couldn't predict what was going to happen whether Rex was would be found or not or indeed whether he was alive or dead. The situation surrounding Jake was predictable but I enjoyed this part most out of the book, it does help that Jake is such a caring gentle character. With the subject of the book being a very moving topic it was a lovely touch to have Gina's best friends Lucy and Femi who are great characters whole bring a little light to the book and support to Gina.

          This was a thought provoking read that kept me hooked throughout the whole book. Another great read from Polly Williams.

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          24.03.2013 14:22
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          A great way to keep fit and have fun but comes at a price

          With an up and coming Wedding I need to lose weight but fed up of doing fad diets as I know my problem mainly is I need to move more. I decided I was going to get a pedometer to try and make sure I do my healthy recommended daily steps of 10000 but after looking into the FitBit I decided to give this a try.

          ****Price****
          These are very expensive if you are just looking for a stepper but this Is more than just a stepper. There are currently three different types of fitbit devices the zip which is a basic stepper and is available for £43.99. There is the Ultra at £57.99 and then also the ONE which is the one I have opted for knowing it also tracks your sleep as well as your steps and this is £79.50. I do think it is expensive for such a small device but it is giving me the incentive to move more. I think £50 would be a more realistic price.

          ****Box****
          When your fit bit arrives it comes in a box the size of a paperback book. You get a USB charger, a Usb piece to sync your fitbit to the computer, A wrist band, a cover with a clip and of course the fitbit itself. The fitbit is smaller than my little finger so you can imagine how easy this is to hide on your body. You can wear the fit bit in the clip case and put this on your trousers, your pocket or your bra and it still accurately counts your activity.

          ****Steps****
          Unlike pedometers I have had before this one is not sensitive so you cant sit down and shake it to try and get more steps! So you can't cheat with the fitbit! The Fitbit is set up to have a daily goal of 10000 steps which is your daily recommended step count but you can alter the step goal each day if you would like to try and push yourself more.

          ****Climb****
          The Fitbit also manages to count how many floors you have climbed and once again there is a daily goal to meet which you can adjust. This is something I have never come across in a stepper before and I now find myself running up and down the stairs to try and get to my goal which going up stairs is usually something I avoid were possible!

          ****Sleep****
          So not only does this monitor your activity it also monitors your sleep patterns. When you got to bed you take the fit bit out of the cover and put it into the little net in the wrist band then you pop the wrist band on and the fitbit then monitors your sleep recording when you go to sleep and when you wake up during the night for instance last night I awoke 17 times during the night.

          ****App****
          If you have an i-phone there is also a free app that you can download and each time you open the app your fitbit automatically syncs to the app so you can view inn more detail how you are doing. It is very easy to use and you can also track your food intake it gives you recommended calories to eat based on the amount of weight you want to lose. This amount adjusts through the day depending on how active you have been.

          ****Friends****
          There is an online forum so you can meet other people who have fitbits and if you add them as a friend you then have to try and beat each other's steps on the leader board which you can view on your computer or on the phone app. This gives you great motivation there is little icons you can send friends for encouragement or a cheeky tongue out if you have past their steps and you over take them!

          ****Badges****
          Each time you achieve a new goal such as 15000 steps or 15 floors climbed you get an achievement badge you can share these on Facebook and twitter.

          ****My Fitness Pal****
          If you already use My Fitness Pal to input your food don't worry you can still carry on using it as the Fitbit syncs with MFP so you can carry on using it.

          ****Overall****
          This is a fantastic little device that gives you the motivation you need. I have had mine now for 3 weeks and I have deliberately not wrote my review sooner as I am terrible for giving things a try and they are just a novelty and I give up after a week but this isn't the case with FitBit I love it and it has easily fit into my day to day life. It brings a little bit for fun to getting active although I still do think that it is on the expensive side but I wouldn't be without mine now.

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          24.02.2013 18:11
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          A fantastic read that will have you hooked from the first page

          Well it has been quite some time since I have read anything by Lesley Pearse so when Forgive Me arrived through the post it didnt take me long to finish up my current read and jump into this authors writing world again.

          The book begins in Cheltenham in 1991 with Eva returning home to find her mother dead in the bath with a note sating Forgive Me. It is this turn of events that starts to turn Eva's life upside down. Eva embarks on a journey to find out the truth about both her and her mothers past to try and explain what has made her mother take this heartbreaking and drastic action.

          This is such an emotional and captivating read. Forgive Me is one of the few books that kept the outcome a mystery all the way through the book. I thought I knew on a number of occasions through out the book what the answers were but then all of a sudden another part of the jigsaw would fall into place but putting a spanner in the works on my theories so you can't help feeling gripped with this storyline you can not wait to find out the truth!

          The opening of the book was very shocking and sure does get of to a quick start and sets the emotions running. Eva was a fabulous main character who was very easy to warm to not only because of the situation she finds herself in which means you cant help but sympathies with her but also because of her raw emotion and determination which shines through in the authors writing. There is a wide cast of characters all who feel very realistic, some I loved and some I hated especially Eva's cold hearted father.

          This is a difficult review to write because there are many scenes in this book that I would like to praise but the reason these parts were so good was the fact you couldn't predict them coming.

          Forgive Me is a beautifully written book that is full of suspense, often leading you down the complete wrong path. If you are looking for a compelling unpredictable and emotional read this book should be top of your list.

          Review also found on amazon and on www.reabookreview.blogspot.com

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            14.02.2013 20:38
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            A hilarious read, I will never look at a pedal bin and not giggle again

            I have lost count how many books I pick up to read and see on the cover "Laugh out Loud" or "Hilarious" and then read the book and just can't seem to find what it was that people found amusing. When Love from Both Sides by Nick Spalding arrived in the post the first thing I noticed was the comment at the top of the book "The Laugh out Loud Bestseller" and I have to admit part of me was thinking here we go again!


            Each chapter in the book alternates between our two main characters Jamie Newman and Laura McIntyre. Both are single but are looking for a partner but this isn't as straight forward as it sounds, everything that could go wrong does go wrong. We follow both of the characters through their disastrous dates and just when you think it cannot get any worse it does!

            Some of the things that happen on the dates will have you cringing and other times you will do exactly as the cover says and laugh out loud! This has to be the funniest book I have read in a long time and one of very few books that actually had me laughing out loud rather than just feeling amused.

            As can be expected with the author being male there is some typical bloke humor and sexual talk but again I found this amusing but I have grown up around many male family members and friends so am used to their humor some people may find it a bit much but I am hoping the majority of readers will see the funny side to it. I was surprised how well the author managed to write Laura's side she was very natural and feminine and a character I really loved.

            I cannot wait to read the sequel. This book is going to be talked about A LOT this year I am sure!

            I cannot recommend this book highly enough if you are looking for a book to get rid of the January blues! All I can say is you will never look at a pedal bin again without getting the giggles!

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              25.01.2013 18:32
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              A great book that will bring a lump to your throat

              How we Met by Katy Regan is an enjoyable, emotional read. After Liv dies her circle of close friends are all struggling to come to terms with her death and are all grieving in their own ways. When they come across Liv's to do list they decide to try to fulfill her list in her memory so we see each of her friends deal with their grief whilst carrying out various tasks on the list.

              Although I found early on in the book I could easily predict the outcome it was great to watch the journey to the final outcome. The story covers all the emotions of grief from guilt to blame, from heartache to loss, the feeling you can not let go and yet the book didn't feel morbid at all. I think this was helped by the nice touch of unexpected humour which popped up throughout the book. The pace was on the slow side but I think this was right for the subject matter of the book and I still found I was hooked by the story line.

              I found Anna's character a little off and distant so I didn't warm to her like the others but all becomes clear later in the book as to why her character was the way she was. Other than Anna I loved all of the characters in the book Mia being my favourite she had a slight edge on the other characters and she felt very realistic as if you were reading about someone you know, it helps how well developed her character was.

              I enjoyed this book I found it heartwarming and touching. It gets you thinking life is to short you only get one life so live it and enjoy it. I would recommend this book and I will be picking up the authors future releases.

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              13.01.2013 14:26
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              A fantastic purchase

              I had been looking at coffee machines for a few months but was unsure of which one to get and also I was a little worried it would be a novelty that I would use for the first few weeks then it would sit on the side collecting dust. I was then sent an offer from costa to get the machine for £30 now I am one for a bargain and couldn't resist at this price so I ordered mine in no time at all and two days later it arrived. I was expecting it to be quite a big machine so was surprised at how small the box was and how light it was I was just hoping this wasn't going to effect the quality of the machine.

              Price

              As I said before I was lucky only to have paid £30 for my machine where as the rrp for this machine is around £99. Having now had the machine for 9 weeks I would definitely say it is worth it although if I hadn't used the machine before I would have been a bit put off at the rrp price.

              Set Up

              When I opened the box there was my machine with the water tank that you fill up and connect to the back of the machine. There was also some instructions and wait for it whooooppppie a £20 voucher for T20 pods!! Before you can have your first drink you have to filter the water through the machine which does take around 20 minutes but this is only a set up it is not what you have to do each time.

              Once you have followed the instructions you are then ready to make your first cuppa!

              Making the drink

              The first drink I made was a Costa Latte. Now whe you open your packet you will find two seperate boxes containing your pods. One will be the coffee and one will be the milk. There are instructions on the side of the box telling you in what order you use your pods with the latte you put the milk in first and then close the lid and press the big round button. The Milk will then dispense into your cup. when the light on the top of the bottom turns orange you can then put your coffee pod in and repeat the steps. You have to throw the pods away after use. There is no cheating by filling the pods up as they work on a barcode system there is actually a little barcode reader in the machine!! Now when you do your coffee there is an option to make it stronger by holding down the big button when the second green light comes on.

              T20 Discs

              This machine is great for all the family as it isn't just a coffee maker there is a whole range of hot drinks you can make many of which you can try out using your £20 voucher! I was always a Costa addict so I opted for the Costa Latte, Capaccino and the Milka Hot chocolate! The packs work out around £4.99 which is for 8 drinks so is cheaper than costa and these are HOT not warm like costa store drinks!
              I have seen in Sainsburys the Costa pods go on offer at £3.69 so best to stock up then. On the front of all the packets they also tell you the size of the drinks. My Latte is Large and fills a standard size mug to the top whereas the hot chocolate is only 3/4 full but you can press the button to add water to fill the cup up more.

              Overall

              I have had my machine for 9 weeks now and I am still using it as much as the first week so is definitely not a novelty. Three of my family members have since brought their own machine after trying mine so it is definitely a hit. It is so easy to use and also very quick and I seem to be saving myself a lot of money from not drinking in Costa and having my drink at home!

              Even my niece and nephew love the hot chocolate and fight over who gets to use the machine. One good thing is the machine itself is not hot to touch which is a bonus.

              Look out for this machine on offer and snap it up it is an amazing little machine who I couldn't live without now. I am looking forward to trying some of the other discs with a range of 40 different drinks so far!

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                11.01.2013 21:09
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                An entertaining read, ideal holiday read

                It is hard to believe that this time last year I hadn't read any of Milly Johnsons books. I have now just finished reading my third Milly book and she is flying up to my top 10 authors!

                Here Come the Girls was a fantastic price on the Kindle sale so I clicked to get my copy quickly and I finished the book in little over a day, I think it could have been quicker if I wasn't trying to prevent it from ending!

                Shirley Valentine, eat your heart out Ven, Roz, Olive and Frankie have been friends since school. They day-dreamed of glorious futures, full of riches, romance and fabulous jobs. The world would be their oyster.Twenty-five years later, Olive cleans other people's houses to support her lazy, out-of-work husband and his ailing mother. Roz cannot show her kind, caring husband Manus any love because her philandering ex has left her trust in shreds. And she and Frankie have fallen out big time.But Ven is determined to reunite her friends and realise the dream they had of taking a cruise before they hit forty. Before they know it, the four of them are far from home, on the high seas. But can blue skies, hot sun and sixteen days of luxury and indulgence distract from the tension and loneliness that await their return?
                This book follows a fabulous group of four ladies who have been friends since school. When Ven tells the girls she has won an all-expense paid cruise for them all it doesn't take much for them to all jump on-board!

                Each of the girls are loveable characters in their own way. They all have completely different characteristics which was great as they were easy to tell apart and they also brought something individual to the storyline.

                My favourite character had to be Olive, she was a very down to earth gentle and vulnerable character who you prayed would find her happy ending.
                It was quite unusual for their not to be a main character. Each of the Ladies stories were told in great detail there wasn't any character who we felt like we didn't get to know well I loved this about the book.

                Milly Johnson writes beautifully and manages to engage the reader into the storyline from the word go. You always know there are secrets hidden in her writing but you can never predict when she will choose to reveal them. I love this spontaneous feel.
                Milly not only manages to create 4 great female characters but she brings so many other characters into the storyline, again each who have their own little story behind them. I have never read a book with so many full bodied characters.

                Milly has quite clearly done her homework on cruises and the locations mentioned in the book. With most of the storyline being set aboard the ship or on a trip the descriptive writing really gives you the perfect backdrop to the story.

                This is yet another superb read from Milly Johnson, I really didn't want this one to end.

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                  Traditional and delicate read

                  We have some great books due for release this Thursday and to help you decide which ones to pre-order I am posting all of the reviews ahead of publication.


                  After reading The Making of Us a few weeks back I was looking forward to reading Lisa Jewell's new up and coming release Before I Met You. The book is set in two time periods the 1990's and the 1920's each chapter alternates between these time periods.

                  We first meet our two main characters as little Elizabeth or Betty as she is soon to be referred to moves to Guernsey to live with her step-grandmother Arlette. As the years go by Betty finds herself looking after her grandmother after she falls ill meaning that all of Betty's friends leave the island for study or work and Betty is left to care for her grandmother but as time moves along Arlette dies and leaves a difficult task in her will. She has left a large sum of money to a Clara Pickle problem is no one has ever heard of her and they have a year to find her and if they are unsuccessful then the money goes to Betty.

                  Betty decides to take on the challenge of finding the mysterious lady as she travels to London and unravels many episodes of Arlette's younger life.

                  In between following Betty who is trying to unravel details of Arlette's past we are shown Arlette's life through her own eyes so we know the missing pieces of the puzzle.

                  For any of you who follow my twitter updates or Goodreads you will know that when I started this book I was finding it rather hard to get into and having loved all of Lisa Jewells previous books I thought this was going to be the first one I wasn't going to enjoy or even finish. The book starts of at a very slow pace and had the feeling that everything was being dragged out a little but let me say this now before you think my review is just going to be a big put down of this book, I am SO glad I carried on!

                  The book does flow at a very slow and delicate pace but once we get involved with the characters and the storyline we see that it is the perfect pace around such a warm and delicate storyline. I loved the structure of the book where we travel back and forth in time and it did feel at times when we were reading parts of Arlette's life that whilst Betty was searching for clues she seemed to be living a modernised version of Arlette's life.

                  I also loved the small references which were used to create the feel of the 1920's such as not having a mobile phone to contact people and funny enough Betty finds herself in a similar situation waiting by a public phone for her phone calls! In all honesty I couldn't say that I preferred either characters storyline over the others as I felt that they complimented each other.

                  I liked the feeling of unknown all the way through the book, never knowing if the mystery of Clara Pickle will be solved this was what kept me hooked. There really was a mix of emotions and content in this book there were some heartbreaking moments and I did find Arlette's life very glamorous.

                  If you are looking for a traditional, delicate and yet charming little read this is most definitely the book for you.

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                    This beautiful and delicate read is one I think many of you will find you will be adding to your To

                    I have been waiting for what seems like forever for Hazel Osmond's new book to come out as I loved her previous book Who's Afraid of Mr Wolfe and I couldn't wait to get stuck in on her new book The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face.

                    Meet Jennifer she had her life planned out with her main ambition in life to be an actress but her plans take a nose dive after a serious accident which leaves beautiful and confident Jennifer with a horrendous scar across her face and her confidence has gone.

                    Mack arrives in Jennifer's home town and with time and perseverance manages to get Jennifer to start gradually living her life again rather than sitting in sorrow but Mack has a hidden secret which could see Jennifer hurt all over again.

                    This book really is impossible to put down. Osmond's delicate and yet detailed writing skills are back in full force in this beautiful read. The author has created two well developed and loveable characters in both Mack and Jennifer. The book is told from both of the characters points of view which allow us to get to know the characters on a deeper level.

                    I loved the unexpected twists in this book, the author leads us down a path of believing one thing and out of nowhere hits us with a complete shocker on more than one occasion. I also loved the romance in this book it wasn't rushed and this is what appealed to me the gradual build up of attraction which was beautiful to read. Although the cover of the book is not one that would jump out at me from the shelves the cover is quite fitting with the storyline.

                    This beautiful and delicate read is one I think many of you will find you will be adding to your To Be Read piles!

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