2019, Author Love, Buddy Read, Uncategorized

Book Review: The Day We Meet Again By Miranda Dickinson

Blurb: Their love story started with goodbye…

Phoebe and Sam meet by chance at St Pancras station. Heading in opposite directions, both seeking their own adventures, meeting the love of their lives wasn’t part of the plan. So they make a promise: to meet again in the same place in twelve months’ time if they still want to be together.

But is life ever as simple as that?

Review: I’m always always itching for a new Miranda Dickinson and this one was especially special. Not only did I get it early which I’ve been lucky to do a few times but I got to share this emotional rollercoaster with Catriona and I swear when we are reading together we read super fast and are itching to catch up with each other and discuss. We even managed a late night my side phone call and then were like ok back to it.

Long before I was approved on Netgalley I loved every single thing I heard about this novel and as ever it has its pure Miranda sparkle.

Phoebe and Sam captured my heart from the off, when they met at St Pancras station. Meeting the right person at the wrong time – Phoebe and Sam are perfect together in only the shortest amount of time. It seems like a kick in the teeth when they both carry on, on their separate journeys. Although both Phoebe and Sam have been putting off life changing things that they both need to do.

As ever I’m turning those pages quicker than lightening but at times I’m growing frustrated with them both and the friends they make along the way. I love how Miranda set this out with texts, postcards and calls from time to time. We all change so much in a year but from the intensity they both felt it seemed like this story only had one outcome. I won’t be spoiling any of the detail as I want you to pick up and fall in love with this book the way I did.

Sam takes us to Scotland – there are parts of Scotland I love so it was nice to hear of his travels. Although I haven’t been to the more atmospheric countryside. I loved how Sam was finding himself but also how he reconnects with Uni friends when they needed him too. I think we all have a danger of being too wrapped up in our own lives, I think it was brave of Sam to admit his shortcomings and it made him a better person in doing so.

Phoebe takes us to different parts of Europe. I still haven’t been to Italy but my the coffees and the croissants sure did make me hungry. I loved how she was documenting her journey in the form of a journal. I also really enjoyed the section with the rocks and whilst at the coast myself this past few weeks we came across these.

Transporting me back to Phoebe and her story.

Sam and Phoebe go through so much in a year and it’s surprising just how much changes in twelve months.

This was the most beautiful story full of love, life, hope and finding yourself.

In reading this I could 100% see this on the big screen. Miranda has written a story of the love I hope to find someday. It sure was a rollercoaster read that had me laughing out loud, screaming and becoming increasingly frustrated with Phoebe and Sam but it was the read I needed…

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2019, august, Author Love, Buddy Read, ebook, Review, Uncategorized

Book Review: One Winter Morning By Isabelle Broom

Blurb: Genie isn’t feeling very festive this December. 

The frosty mornings and twinkling fairy lights only remind her it’s been a whole year since she lost her adoptive mother, who took her in as a baby and raised her as her own. 

She’s never felt more alone – until she discovers her birth mother’s identity.

And where to find her: New Zealand, half the world away. 

Travelling there could be her one chance to meet the woman who gave her up. 

But will she find the answers she has been looking for? Or something she could never have expected?

Review: It’s been a while since I’ve read an Isabelle Broom novel and I felt so privileged to have buddy read this with Catriona. I feel like I flew through this one, it’s one of those reads where you’re saying just one more chapter and at each turn there was more than enough to keep you wanting more.

This could have easily been read in one sitting but as I’m away with my family that was never going to happen but at each time I read a healthy amount, although at times I stopped myself because of my locations. I could feel my emotions brewing in public places. Not that that’s ever really bothered me but I did not want to feel uncomfortable when I have truly loved every single second with this book and these characters.

One Winter Morning is a story that will have you flying through the pages captivated by the words the imagery and most of all the people. Isabelle really does research her places well. I’ve never been to New Zealand but having read this novel I felt truly captivated by the surroundings and I feel like I’ve visited Lake Wakatipu. Her imagery is astounding I honestly feel like if I visited I would feel like I’d already been there, like retreating to a place you’ve been going to for years.

I really enjoy a buddy read especially with Catriona, it’s mad that now she’s in the States we talk more than we did when she was in the UK. She saw a few things coming in this, although I was pleased to see one of my wants come into fruition. Because of the location I didn’t feel like I was reading a winter book in the wrong timezone, although it was based around Christmas and New Years heavily focussing on love and loss and finding yourself.

There’s so much I want to say but you have to read to fully understand the true gorgeousness of this book. From the off I loved most of the characters Genie aka Evangeline is a great girl struggling with the loss of her adoptive mother and with the emotions over whether to search for her real mother or not. She goes through all the feels, wonder and most of all guilt. In searching for her real mother she feels like she’s cheating on the woman who raised her when in actual fact that’s not the case at all.

I have to mention Hayley, I rarely get to read a book with a Hayley and this one is ballsy and fun and has hollow legs from the amount of cake and physical activity she does. This made my little heart so happy and for her to be such an amazing friend too it really was the icing on the cake.

I feel like I wanted more of David’s thoughts as he played such a huge part in this story and I must say Isabelle wrote a fantastic kids story. I wholeheartedly believe my nieces and nephew would love the Evangeline series.

Tui was the most adorable little girl, a truly gifted child who defies all odds. I loved her story and part of me saw some of it coming but nowhere near to the extent of how her story ended.

I don’t feel like Griff stood a chance next to Kit but oh le sigh! all the feels and some. Isabelle looks at love, loss and healing in so many ways. I loved the sentiment of the future being the light in the sun and the past being the shadow and looking to the sun.

I also loved how there were parts for Genie and for Bonnie and how the letters were in italics. I’m all for a back story and it gave you the remaining pieces of the puzzle not that I saw some of it.

I’m a massive worrier and I often need to take a step back and breathe. I know that I personally need to live in the moment more, I’m often too worried about things and circumstances that I cannot change. Looking too far at what’s to come and what’s been rather than looking into the here and now, I hope to do more of being in the now.

A brilliantly written story of love, loss, friendship and finding yourself. If you are looking for the perfect book to give you all the feels or to get you out of a reading slump this is definitely it.

Now I’ve got those thoughts out I can start another book. Although I must say I really must tackle more of Isabelle Broom’s books, just like Miranda Dickinson’s books I’m left feeling hopeful and extremely positive as well as left with an extremely happy heart and a book hangover.

Blogmas, Buddy Read, christmas, Uncategorized

Christmas Traditions…..

Firstly so so sorry for missing yesterday. I haven’t been feeling great of late and if I’m brutally honest it’s kind of worried me. I had quite a productive reading day yesterday morning and later in the day I met my bestie for a gig – which sure was fun. I was meant to post but it slipped my mind and by the time I realised it was too late. Anyway thank you to everyone who voted on my poll on Twitter – so I decided to try and combine both something about me and Christmas and here it is.

This book has been in my family for as long as I can remember and the spine shows the love it has seen. We used to read this every Christmas Eve and now my sister reads it to my niece. So the tradition continues…..

What traditions do you have or have you had for Christmas?

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Buddy Review: Chase the Rainbow By Poorna Bell.

So sorry for the lack of posts it’s been a busy week in my work life and I have been too exhausted to get much else done. So far this week I have listened to a little audio and read a few chapters of The Missing Twin which is released tomorrow I think it’s unlikely that I will get the time or have the energy to have finished and reviewed it by tomorrow. However below is my buddy read discussion of Chase the Rainbow with the lovely Cat at Fabulous Book Fiend. You can check out her site Here