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A Lesson in Thorns by @thesierrasimone ———————————————————-
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Once upon a time, six children stumbled upon a wild place hidden deep in the moors, shrouded by secrets and fog. There we played a game among the roses and the thorns that would change us forever, that would follow us the rest of our lives. A game that ended with a hard kiss in the rain and tattered flower petals fluttering from above…
And twelve years later, we’re back.
I’m not going to dream of a forgotten place covered in thorns every night.
I won’t be enchanted by Thornchapel and its glossy, glamorous people. I’m not going to fall in love or have my heart torn in two.
"This story will elate you, and infuriate you (in ALL ways). The FEELING is woven perfectly in the words. It's as romantically angsty as it gets." - Maryse's Book Blog
The Solemn Vow: A love story told from rock bottom...
★ available on all platforms! #linkinbio
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Did you see?? The Devil Souls MC series is now available in a boxset! *AVAILABLE ON ALL PLATFORMS
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SALE! .99 for a limited time! SALE! .99 for a limited time! "You literally feel each frustrating struggle; the emotional angst each of them battle, and how physicial and past mistakes haunt and influence them.” Author Michelle Windsor
Have you ever made a mistake?
Something you’ll regret for the rest of your life?
I have twice, and the damage was inconceivable.
Now, I control every aspect of my life.
Something that's worked well until a fiery redhead breaks my resolve.
Falling in love with Reese Morgan was never the plan. Living without her now isn't an option.
As our worlds collide, I’ll have to find a way to love her and forgive myself.
Redemption comes at a price I’m not sure I can pay. •iBooks: http://apple.co/2iNANYT
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The Missing Ingredient by @authormarikaray ———————————————————
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Who knew a cooking show could get so messy?
All I have to do is appear as a judge on this cooking show in Hollywood and my restaurant will open to rave reviews. Pretty much my lifelong dream. What I absolutely shouldn’t do is sleep with one of the contestants and ruin everything I’ve worked so hard for. But he gives good hugs, makes me laugh, fills out a simple T-shirt like nobody’s business, and is sweeter than the maple syrup he dripped all over my naked body last night…
I may have been drunk when I applied to be on that reality cooking show, which is why it’s hard to believe I’m here. What’s even harder to believe is that Elle, with her painted red lips and fiery disposition, is in my bed and making me forget I need to win this damn show to get my little sister out of the foster care system.
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Eleanor & Grey by @bcherryauthor.
Release date: 4.8.19
Greyson East left his mark on me.
As the young girl who first fell for him, I didn’t know much about life. I did know about his smiles, though, and his laughs, and the strange way my stomach flipped when he was near.
Life was perfect…until it wasn’t, and when we were forced to go our separate ways, I held on to our memories, let go of my first crush, and wished for the day I’d find him again.
When my wish came true, it was nothing like I imagined.
I couldn’t have known when I took the nanny position that it would be his children I looked after, that my new boss would be that boy I used to know, that boy who was now a man—a cold, lonely, detached man.
The smile and laugh I had loved so much were gone, now distant memories. Every part of him was covered in a fresh pain.
When he realized who I was, he made me promise to do my job and my job only.
He made me promise not to try to get to know him, not to recall the memories I’d treasured all this time.
But, sometimes, I saw the boy I’d once known in his stormy eyes. I saw the Greyson who smiled and laughed, who had stolen a young girl’s heart, and there was no doubt in my mind that this boy was worth fighting for.
I was given a second chance with the one who’d left his mark on me. All I hoped was that somehow I’d leave a mark on his soul, too.
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Heartthrob by @robin_bielman.
Release date: 5.7.19
Here’s the deal: I’m the best center fielder in the major leagues. I’m also the guy who cost his team the championship game and acted very unsportsmanlike. So, when the team hires a social media manager to repair the damage to my reputation, I don’t argue. But then I meet Chloe Conrad, and I suddenly understand what people mean when they say they have an instant connection to someone. Which means I’m in serious trouble. Chloe’s a smart, sexy distraction I can’t afford, but one date can’t hurt, right? Only she turns me down. And just like that, it’s game on.
She’s sworn off love…
Finn Auprince is the hottest player in the major leagues. Look up “It Factor” in the dictionary and there’s his handsome face. He’s also my biggest client and I don’t care how easy it is to talk to him or how fun it is to manage his social media accounts, I will not give in to his charms. Then one drunken night, I tell him about my curse: all my previous boyfriends have found their soul mates while dating me. One more heartbreak, and I’ll never recover. But Finn doesn’t believe in curses—he believes in me. Professionally and personally. He sets out to prove the universe isn’t against me, and that his one true love isn’t waiting around the next corner.
The problem is…can we play the game of love and both come out on top?
So beat 🥵 Made a huge clean-out in my books yesterday. I’ll save it to my stories, if you would like to see how it went on 🥰 Most importantly I divided my books into read and unread. I have never had it like that before, but thought it would motivate me to read them. Quit possible it is just stressing me out 🙈
But I feel good, it was about time to wake-up my books and get reacquainted 🦋
With the new set up, it all looks a bit weird, I’ll have to get use to it. Do you also feel a bit weird after a clean-out? It’s like your whole inner self got cleaned too, and honestly it kind of did. Books mean the world to me and who I am.
[review] "We called it el Borrachero, the Drunken Tree. Papá called it by its scientific name, Brugmansia arborea alba, but nobody ever knew what he was talking about. It was a tall tree with twisted limbs, big white flowers, and dark brown fruits. All of the tree, even the leaves, was filled with poison... Apparently, the tree had the unique ability of taking people's free will."
This beautiful and brutal novel paints a picture of late 20th century Colombia through two parallel coming-of-age stories. Seven year-old Chula Santiago lives with her sister and Mamá in a wealthy neighborhood in Bogotá, where she grapples with the constant news of violence, unrest, and Pablo Escobar. Petrona is thirteen and works as the Santiago's live-in maid. As the sole provider in her impoverished family, she struggles to care for and protect her siblings. As the two girls grow up, their bond becomes increasingly complicated in the face of impossible choices.
This novel is not for everyone, and I am happy to send more detailed CWs upon request. Based upon the author's lived experience, it is violent and terrifying and raw. What was most impressive was how ubiquitous the violence felt - I expected that Chula, the wealthier girl, would be sheltered from the violence of 80s/90s Colombia. However, wealth and status are flimsy shelters. Both Chula and Petrona face deeply traumatizing circumstances, but what differs is their agency and the choices available to them. I learned so much from this novel and spent the last half with a deep pit in my stomach until the heartbreaking end. Highly recommend.
5 11920 March, 2019
“The longest way must have its close - the gloomiest night will wear on to a morning.” #OTD in 1852, Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe is published, depicting the harsh conditions for enslaved African Americans. The book reached millions as a novel and play.
1 1320 March, 2019
So the dates for the rest of the Spring and Summer Pittleworth Literary Lunches are up on the website and I am currently working on the Autumn programme. I have to say it has been such fun planning and researching for these events; I am truffling through everything, from etiquette manuals to the history of Victorian ‘lunatic asylums’, to Disney castles and today I got to sit down for 20 minutes with a copy of The Woman in White and call it work. I hope I can communicate this excitement at the richness of the layers and layers within the novels that deal in country houses and pass on some of the fun I have had researching. So this is the programme so far ... There are still some spaces on:
April 4th, The Disreputable Country House.
10th May, Houses and Heroines: The Chatelaine of the Country House
7th June, Keeping Up Appearances: The Dilapidated Country House
12th July, Secret Gardens, Secret Worlds: The Country House in Children’s Books
Merry Christmas! 🎄✨
Iko and I are wishing you all an absolutely magical day!
It’s a really busy time of year too, so I hope you’re all taking the time to relax and spend time with your loved ones.
Enjoy the rest of your Christmas, lovelies!
What did you get for Christmas?
I couldn't live a week without a private library - indeed, I'd part with all my furniture and squat and sleep on the floor before I'd let go of the 1500 or so books I possess. // H.P. Lovecraft
We feel sure that Howard Phillips Lovecraft (whose works, rather surprisingly, we have not yet had an article on) would be most impressed indeed by #SlightlyFoxed Editor Gail's corridor of books. At the end of this handsome literary alley lies plenty of furniture and cosy reading nooks, so there's no need to squat or sleep on the floor. If you peer hard you might just spy some mahogany library steps to clamber on to reach those top shelves. The dream! #alifeinbooks#literarylife#wordstoliveby 🦊💕📚 #bookishfeatures
43 2,08429 August, 2018
Let’s have a ‘Tower of Dawn’ discussion. ✨
I read this last year just after it came out and I was thrilled to find that it restored my faith in the series a bit.
‘Queen of Shadows’ started my decline of interest for this series and I was really sad that by the end of this series, I’d just be finishing it for the sake of it. Just to tick that box, cross it off my list so to speak.
But, ‘Tower of Dawn’ really did change the game for me, and I know many of you will now be reading it in anticipation for the final book.
However, I have seen some on social media who are choosing not to read it, mostly because this book revolves around Chaol.
(I know there is very mixed opinions on his character, but I love him. Always have, always will!)
And, I want to recommend that no one does that. I would go as far to say that this book is just as vital as the others are to the series.
There is very important information in this book that’s pretty much essential to know before going into the last book.
I hope those of you who will be reading this for the first time enjoy it!
I certainly did!
Are you re-reading the ‘Throne of Glass’ series to prepare for the finale?
It’s time to kick off the #Shadowscent blog tour! ✨
‘Shadowscent’ by @p.m.freestone is a stunning fantasy debut where scent is the strongest of all senses.
It follows Rakel - a determined and fiery character - and Ash who is bodyguard to the Prince of Aramtesh, as they journey to find an antidote for the Prince.
He has been poisoned and rivals of the Empire are threatening to attack, leaving Rakel and Ash in a race against time.
This book is a truly beautiful read and incredibly unique to anything I’ve ever read before.
I really enjoyed how the power of scents played such a large role in the Aramtesh Empire’s lifestyle and how the characters used scents and a variety of fragrances throughout their journey. ‘Shadowscent’ is a book I absolutely devoured in just two sittings and I cannot wait to see what the sequel holds for us next year.
If you enjoy Fantasy at all, then this should be your next read!
Thank you so much @scholastic_uk for including me in this blog tour and for sending this beautiful book my way.
Make sure you guys check out the other stops on this blog tour!
What’s your favourite scents?
I personally love earthy-woody scents. They relax me to no end!
16 1,00111 February, 2019
The third book in Booksparks #WRC2019 lineup Me for You by Lolly Winston is a richly poignant and stirring story that asks: How soon is too soon to fall in love again? I have never read anything by the author before and am excited to find out what she has in store. It's out in the world on March 12th. Thank you @booksparks for sending over my copy 🤗
SYNOPSIS: The last thing Rudy expected was to wake up one Saturday morning, a widow at fifty-four years old. Now, ten months after the untimely death of his beloved wife, he’s still not sure how to move on from the defining tragedy of his life—but his new job is helping. After being downsized from his finance position, Rudy turned to his first love: the piano. Some people might be embarrassed to work as the piano player at Nordstrom, but for Rudy, there’s joy in bringing a little music into the world. And it doesn’t hurt that Sasha, the Hungarian men’s watch clerk who is finally divorcing her no-good husband, finds time to join him at the bench every now and then.
Just when Rudy and Sasha’s relationship begins to deepen, the police come to the store with an update about Rudy’s wife’s untimely death—a coworker has confessed to her murder—but Rudy’s actions are suspicious enough to warrant a second look at him, too. With Sasha’s husband suddenly reappearing, and Rudy’s daughter confronting her own marital problems, suddenly life becomes more complicated than Rudy and Sasha could have imagined.
Lolly Winston delivers a heartfelt and realistic portrait of loss and grief, hope and forgiveness, and two imperfect people coming together to create a perfect love story.