Make India your Home?

Coming Home Book Cover Coming Home
Fern Britton
Womens' Literature, Romance , Women's Fiction, Humour
February 19, 2018

*Preorder the gorgeous new novel from the Sunday Times best-selling author and TV presenter, Fern Britton.* When the only place you want to be is home... When Ella's beloved grandmother dies, she comes back to the beautiful Cornish coast to heal her heart. There she finds her home again and discovers a new life, and new love ... But she also opens a treasure trove of secrets. Sennen left Cornwall a young single mum but unable to cope. She left her children, her family and part of her. She's spent the years hiding from her past, hiding from herself. Now it's time to come back. To Cornwall. To face her mistakes. To pray for forgiveness. To hope for a future with her daughter.

I did find this a somewhat sentimental book but was warned before I started by the blurb and for some it will bring on tears.
I did like it though and enjoyed the read but did wonder if Fern had been to India as I have, as saying tuk-tuk rides were expensive is absolutely not true – they are very cheap indeed and can be made even cheaper by sharing and cramming in more people than you could ever imagine!
Certainly, the markets are very cheap but also very unhygienic – vegetables probably would be OK to eat but don’t touch the meat or fish!

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Sometimes you are not your best self

Not Perfect Book Cover Not Perfect
Elizabeth LaBan
Womens' Literature, Romance , Women's Fiction, Humour
Lake Union Publishing
(1 Feb. 2018)

From Elizabeth LaBan, the acclaimed author of The Restaurant Critic’s Wife, comes a captivating and very funny novel about a wife and mother’s fall from grace, and why keeping up appearances is not her biggest secret.

Tabitha Brewer wakes up one morning to find her husband gone, leaving her no way to support herself and their two children, never mind their upscale Philadelphia lifestyle. She’d confess her situation to her friends—if it wasn’t for those dreadful words of warning in his goodbye note: “I’ll tell them what you did.”

Instead, she does her best to keep up appearances, even as months pass and she can barely put food on the table—much less replace a light bulb. While she looks for a job, she lives in fear that someone will see her stuffing toilet paper into her handbag or pinching basil from a neighbor’s window box.

Soon, blindsided by catastrophe, surprised by romance, and stunned by the kindness of a stranger, Tabitha realizes she can’t keep her secrets forever. Sooner or later, someone is bound to figure out that her life is far from perfect.

An interesting novel but not really up to the humour I expected.

I also got rather irritated by Tabitha who a: did not pawn her husband’s cuff-links but used them as tips – if they had value why not use them? And b: for someone who was supposed to know how to cook she really didn’t try.

Does no-one in NY go to a market – not a foodie market but a real market – at the end of the day, when all the fruit and vegetables etc are being sold cheap? I used to go and get crates of tomatoes and peppers etc which made wonderful soup. Add some lentils (dirt cheap) and you have a filling and healthy meal! And it seemed to me, that if she was going to steal, then get something useful – like packets of beans to soak and cook for a protein rich meal…  with peanut butter all the better!

That said.
I did have some sympathy for Tabitha being abandoned like that with no warning and no idea of where the money was going to come from – but again, why didn’t she go back to the carer agency after spending the afternoon with the client and ask for money from them for the work she had done, and start working properly – even take on the receptionist job?

Oh well. Tabitha was a pampered wife with no sense of the real world and how to live in it clearly…

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What Happens After

After You Book Cover After You
Jojo Moyes
contemporary, romance, womens'fiction
June 30, 2016

Lou Clark has lots of questions. Like how it is she's ended up working in an airport bar, watching other people jet off to new places. Or why the flat she's owned for a year still doesn't feel like home. Whether her family can ever forgive her for what she did eighteen months ago. And will she ever get over the love of her life. What Lou does know for certain is that something has to change. Then, one night, it does. But does the stranger on her doorstep hold answers Lou is searching for - or just more questions? Close the door and life continues: simple, ordered, safe. Open it and she risks everything. But Lou once made a promise to live. And if she's going to keep it, she has to invite them in . . .

What comes next, in life, and love, after the death of someone you love deeply. And can you move on?

A nicely judged follow-on from the best-selling ‘Me Before You‘ which left you sobbing when he when to Dignitas.

So Louisa is still struggling with her grief and this quote exemplifies her feelings.

I was given the sample chapter of Still Me the next book in the series to read and whilst i liked it , there was enough to judge the book I thought, but must assume it is as good as this book.


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And Hygge is…

Hygge and Kisses Book Cover Hygge and Kisses
Clara Christenson
romance, women's fiction
Simon and Schuster
Nov 2017

The perfect feel-good novel to curl up with - light some candles, wrap yourself in a blanket and relax ...

Bo, 26, has always been careful, cautious. However, she's just been made redundant and her life plan is beginning to unravel. Before she starts immediately applying for other jobs in a panic, her friend Kirstenpersuades her to take a holiday, to visit Kirsten's mother's house in Aalborg, North Jutland, a part of Denmark Bo is ashamed to admit she has never heard of.

'What's the weather going to be like?' she asks Kirsten hopefully, scrolling her cursor over the budget airlines webpage. 'Terrible,' Kirsten replies, 'London is positively Mediterranean by comparison, and of course it's November so it'll be dark seventeen hours a day. But no one goes to Denmark to get a tan. You need a change of scene and to blow away the cobwebs, and trust me, Skagen will do that. Besides, the summerhouse is cosy whatever the weather, and you never know who else will be around.'

A few clicks later and there is no going back. And Bo's life plan is about to be entirely rewritten.

A nice book in this genre – but isn’t hygge becoming a trifle cliched – what with the cashmere throws (that no-one can afford) and the candles and the ‘real fires – which can’t be used because of pollution and the environment?

I recently read The Little Cafe in Copenhagen which reminded me that I had never finished this book. i had read the initial sampling offered and enjoyed it so received the full book from NetGalley for a final review.

I have to say, that I am very pleased that there was no cafe opening up in this book – not even a food stall in a market as again that is so a cliche. Why is it that all these women are portrayed as being good bakers of cakes? And can learn and reproduce recipes so quickly and easily? That is not really all we women can do – honest! Personally, if i had my life again, I might have become a gardener or garden designer – or owner of a garden nursery. How hygge are Dutch tulips I wonder?

And hyggeligt is a way of unity – and the derivation of hygge.

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Off to Copenhagen we go….

The Little Café in Copenhagen Book Cover The Little Café in Copenhagen
City Bakes #1
Julie Caplan
humour, women's fiction
November 16, 2017

Welcome to the little cafe in Copenhagen where the smell of cinnamon fills the air, the hot chocolate is as smooth as silk and romance is just around the corner…

Publicist Kate Sinclair’s life in London is everything she thought she wanted: success, glamour and a charming boyfriend. Until that boyfriend goes behind her back and snatches a much sought-after promotion from her.Heartbroken and questioning everything, Kate needs to escape.

From candles and cosy nights in to romantic late-night walks through the beautiful cobbled streets of Copenhagen, Kate discovers how to live life ‘the Danish way’. Can the secrets of hygge and happiness lead her to her own happily-ever-after?

'An irresistible combination of Danish happiness and hygge in one un-put-down-able story'Sunday Times bestseller Katie Fforde

If hygge is an adjective can you write in a hyggerly way? or is it hyggerich? If so, then this book does it.Gentle and warm style.

I loved the scene where Conrad gets locked in a wine cellar – could just imagine it happening…

The press tour concept really gives the reader a good tourist guide view of what to see and do in Copenhagen.

But I must say that if I ever stay in a 5 star hotel I would expect them to be able to loan me a phone charger…

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