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The House at the End of Hope Street by Menna van Praag

It takes great courage and determination, to keep looking for light in all the darkness of life. What an absolutely delightful read! If you enjoy heartfelt and uplifting literature with a generous sprinkling of magic on the side, then The House at the End of Hope Street is for you. The story revolves around an

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The Sweetest Dark by Shana Abe

I loved the sound of this book from the synopsis, it was historical and it was also a fantasy book with dragons and beautiful gothic castles! While I did enjoy reading this book the entire time I just felt that something was missing, I wondered if this was a spin off of another book series

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Tea In The Treetops: #1 – Introductions

              Welcome to the pilot episode of Tea in the Treetops – a new podcast project I’ve been collaborating on with Angelya from The Oaken Bookcase. With both of us being busy mums we found it really hard to keep up with meme posts such as Clock Rewinders or Stacking

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The Fault in our Stars by John Green

“Some people don’t understand the promises they’re making when they make them,” I said. “Right, of course. But you keep the promise anyway. That’s what love is. Love is keeping the promise anyway.” I found this book so emotional that it took me a good week to pick up another book which is very unlike

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Hidden by Marianne Curley

This story is told from both the perspectives of Ebony, a violet eyed teenager who until recently was home schooled and has never left the valley her parents farm is located on, and Jordon, a tough kid in foster care who has had one too many things go wrong in his young life.  When these two meet

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Published on:
March 4, 2013 2:31 pm
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Philippa
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The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling

Pagford is a seemingly idyllic town nestled in the picturesque English countryside. It has cobbled streets; a beautiful Victorian church; a glimmering river and is the kind of place where everybody knows your name. But underneath this pleasant façade is the ugly truth: Pagford is a town at war! The main cause of this disharmony

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Tyringham Park by Rosemary McLoughlin

In 1917, twenty-two month old Victoria Blackshaw mysteriously disappears from her family’s country estate in Ireland. She leaves the residents and staff at Tyringham Park bewildered as they search the grounds and surrounding villages for any sign of her. Victoria is the pretty, favoured younger sister of sullen and awkward Charlotte. Charlotte is the unfortunate

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Welcome Natasha!

Hi Readers! I am incredibly excited to announce that I have convinced my fellow mummy bookworm Natasha to co-author this blog!  I first met Natasha at our local mothers group and we are also in the same book club along with Angelya from The Oaken Bookcase.  Natasha is helping to broaden the scope of this

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Review: Boundless by Cynthia Hand

“How did you do that?” I shrug. “I click my heels three times and say, ‘There’s no place like home.’” “Uh-huh. So … you think this is your home? My barn? His tone is playful, but the look he’s giving me is dead serious. A question. “Haven’t you guessed by now?” I say, my heart

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Even the Dogs: A Novel by Jon McGregor

On a dismal winter’s day, somewhere in the midlands, the police discover a decaying corpse in a derelict apartment. This is Robert. And so begins our journey through the underbelly of lower class England. Robert is a raging alcoholic whose wife and daughter left him years ago. His apartment has become a sanctuary for a

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A Belated Happy New Year & Exciting News Post!

So it’s been almost 4 months since I posted last on this blog, but I promise it was for good reason.  I am very excited to say that I am pregnant with baby #2 – currently just over 20 weeks with a due date of 1st June 2013.  Unfortunately pregnancy and I don’t agree and

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Published on:
January 16, 2013 1:32 pm
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Philippa
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General
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Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway of Flight by Alyssa Rose Ivy

          Flight Blog Tour Welcome to the Tea, Daydreams & Fairytales tour stop of Flight by Alyssa Rose Ivy hosted by ATomR Tours! I took part in the Cover Reveal earlier this year and though the book’s cover was so gorgeous I had to be involved in the Blog Tour as

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Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan

“You’re crazy,” said her best friend, Angela, as the bell rang to signal five minutes before the first class on the first day back at school. “They said that about all the great visionaries.”. “You know who else they said it about?” Angela demanded. “All the actual crazy people.” Every now and then you come

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Blog Tour: Review & Author Interview Stitch by Samantha Durante

  Welcome to the Tea, Daydreams & Fairytales tour stop of Stitch by Samantha Durante! I was contacted by the author herself to be part of this tour and I have to admit after reading the premise I was incredibly intrigued and couldn’t help but say yes. I’ve been lucky enough to read a copy

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Giveaway (INT): Reading Clean Giveaway Hop

I do a lot of clean reading with my daughter – in fact we’re going through a power struggle every night currently where 2 books turns into 3, then 4 then a temper tantrum when I say no more books it’s time to go to bed.  I’ve clearly raised a fellow bookworm which while not

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