Enid Blyton for Grown Ups, Review, Uncategorized

Book Review: Five Forget Mother’s Day By Enid Blyton/Bruno Vincent


Blurb: Enid Blyton’s books are beloved the world over and The Famous Five have been the perennial favourite of her fans. Now, in this new series of Enid Blyton for Grown-Ups, George, Dick, Anne, Julian and Timmy are keen to show Aunt Fanny how much she means to them.

Join Julian, George, Dick, Anne and Timmy the dog as they try to celebrate Mother’s Day with Aunt Fanny. George has past form in forgetting – not least her mum’s birthday and Christmas presents – so tensions are running high even for the charged normality of their mother/daughter bond.
But things go from bad to worse when Fanny comes to stay, with relations strained almost to breaking point. Can the Five save the day, and will Uncle Quentin get involved?

Review: Having read and loved Five go Parenting I had been looking to read more of the Enid Blyton for grown ups series, when I realised this title was due for publication on my birthday it felt like a proper birthday present.

I loved Enid Blyton as a kid and this made me so happy. On my birthday itself my brother messaged me saying what book is out today and he came home with Five Forget Mother’s Day. It’s safe to say I was over the moon by my extra birthday treat.

What I truly love about these books are you get Enid’s characters and the essence of her way of writing (which Bruno Vincent does perfectly) but with technology and the now. The fives what’sapp group sounds a lot like our family chat and it made me laugh especially as even the way each family member is different and there is always one in the group who reads yet never comments ha.

I don’t really remember what Aunt Fanny was like and it’s intrigued me again having read this. As when she comes to stay some of the things she says are rather rude although it’s as if she doesn’t realise how personal she is being ha.

I loved this story, it wasn’t your average forgetting of an occasion it was pure comedy and what actually was the best Mother’s Day present for Aunt Fanny will actually surprise you.

I can’t wait to delve into more of these short and sweet treats. This is what my collection looks like so far. 

Have you devoured any of the Enid Blyton for Grown Ups series if so I would love to hear your thoughts?

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Quick Reads, Quick Reads 2017, Review, Uncategorized

Quick Reads: Feel the Fear & Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers. 

Firstly, I feel that I need to explain the Quick Reads initiative that was set up by the reading agency.

Each year Quick Reads commission big name authors to write short books that are designed to be easy to read. These are no different from normal books they are just shorter, and are aimed at adults who are a lot less confident with reading. This way a reader gets a snippet of an authors writing and then they can decide whether they would tackle anything else by said author.


C L Taylor was promoting Dead Simple just before Christmas I believe and that’s when I pre-ordered my copy, then I looked at the other options and decided on Feel the Fear. I have been told to read the longer version and I may well do someday but in all honesty I liked the fact that this self-help book was short and punchy it kept me interested and informed.

I pre ordered Feel the Fear and Dead Simple so I had them on the day of release. I started with Feel the Fear as well as reading more in general this year, I also hope to combat some of my downfalls and to concentrate on personal growth. I really enjoyed this as it was short and simple, I hope to continue with some of the exercises from time to time as I haven’t had time to do them fully. But this book did make me think and take note plus I have some quotes saved that I aim to write down and re-read when needed.

I really do enjoy short stories and I have been reading them on and off so far this year and I hope to continue doing so. In this Quick Reads selection there is also a Jenny Colgan and Rowan Coleman book that I may well devour….

Have you read any of this years short titles. If so tell me which and if I should stop and read something now do tell me.

Have a fantastic Monday whatever you do. I am hoping to snatch some time to finish my current book and to get some more blog posts prepped well I will have a work day to contend with first. But I can take whatever is thrown at me this week as it’s my birthday week.

Quick Reads Info: 

Quick Reads are making real, lasting difference to people’s lives. Since 2006, 4.8 million books have been distributed through the initiative, 4.6 million library loans have been registered and through outreach work hundreds of thousands of new readers each year have been introduced to the joys and benefits of reading. Quick Reads is a unique collaboration and we are very grateful for the support of everyone involved.

To find out more about Quick Reads Reading agency site and @Quick_Reads

Review, Uncategorized

Book Review: The Vets at Hope Green part two Follow Your Heart..

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Blurb: PART TWO of a heartwarming and inspiring story about living the simple life and the joy of animals.

Working as the receptionist at her local London vets, Sam dreams of escaping to a quieter life in the country. Spending time with her Nana and her lovely but elderly dog Rufus has sparked something within Sam, and all she wants is to start afresh. But her boyfriend Adam is in London, and something tells her that it won’t be an easy conversation.
But then something happens that makes her going-nowhere receptionist job seem much more appealing: she finds a little stray cat called Ebony, in need of love and nurturing back to health. Faced with a dilemma, she must choose between her heart’s desire and the little ball of fluff burrowing her way into Sam’s heart…
Is it possible to have it all?

Review: I love these four part stories as they always end on a cliffhanger leaving you wanting more. In part one Sam had some big news and as a reader I was intrigued as to how she would handle the situation and how she would break the news to Adam. Sam’s a great character and I liked her from the beginning. Her relationship with her Nan is beautiful and the loneliness that her Nan is feeling made me think of my Nan as after we lost Grandad she was lost without him. We helped but we couldn’t always be there.

So in part two Sam moves to Hope Green yay I could see this happening from part one and I was so chuffed for her. So far it’s changed her life and her Nan Peggy’s.

As I previously stated I’m new to Sheila Norton’s writing and I’m loving every second of The Vets at Hope Green. I must say part two ended on a worse cliffhanger than part one I’m eager to know what happens.

There’s so many things I’m still eager to find out. There is so much more to Joe and I can’t wait to see.

Book swap, Uncategorized

Book Valentines….

So Valentines is just another day to me and I’m perfectly ok with that. Yesterday was a crazy productive work day and an awesome Zumba session with my fab Zumba girlies. (Ached today and today was just as manic but I feel good for it.)

Anyway the reason for this post is I joined a book group on Facebook called We love books 🙂 and the lovely Kelly organised a book swap for Valentines. As my birthday is next week my post is usually hidden, but today I proved this wasn’t for my birthday. I am so grateful to my book valentine… I have had a crazy time at work just recently so haven’t read much but hoping to get a little in tonight as there’s some book releases imminent. 


I adore Jenny Colgan and I’m a little behind on some of her reads when I have caught up a bit Jenny will be my next what shall I read. And The Woman Next Door I have been intrigued by from Twitter.

Did you participate in this book swap or another if so did you Valentine do good? Do tell? 

Cover Reveal, Uncategorized, youtube

What a reveal…from RedDoor Publishing…

Wow! so last week RedDoor Publishing uploaded a tweet about a book and from that I was intrigued. I wanted to see and hear more and today they revealed the cover and a very epic YouTube video courtesy of EAP (Expressive Arts Productions) and wow! I am well and truly blown away. It’s so funny as a while ago I would never have dreamed of reading books like this and now I am hooked.

Child Taken is the debut novel from Darren Young which is released in May, I cannot wait to read and review this.

Blurb:

The last thing a man expects his wife to bring back when she ‘popped to the shops’ is a young child. They should have taken her back, faced the consequences…done the right thing. But what happens when that innocent child instantly begins to mend a broken wife, and fix all that seemed unfixable? It’s not quite so easy then. Twenty years later, another missing child, a lucky interview and the curiosity of a story-hungry trainee journalist throws up questions about what really happened to Jessica Preston when she disappeared from that beach all those years ago. When the journalist comes across someone with a secret from their past, it threatens to reveal what’s been covered up for so long. Child Taken is a thrilling debut that explores the long-term impact on the lives of everyone involved in an unthinkable crime, one in which everyone has lost something. The cleverly-woven narrative follows the journey, past and present, of the abductors and the family from whom the child was taken, as well as those, who twenty years on, who just want to find out the truth. The answers seem obvious but then again, it all depends on your perspective. What would you have done?

So what do you think???? Having seen the trailer and read the blurb I cannot wait to inhale this debut from Darren Young. Creepy, and every parents nightmare but I know this book will keep me on my toes.