17.4.24

Lost and Found



Lost 7 Found: 9 life-changing lessons about stuff from someone who has lost everything
By Helen Chandler-Wilde
Genre:-Non Fiction/Memoir/Social Psychology
Pages:-320
Publisher:-Aster/Octopus Books
Blurb:-An exploration into why we keep holding on to material things and what they mean to us.
 On New Year's Eve of 2018, journalist Helen Chandler-Wilde lost everything she owned in a storage unit fire in Croydon, where she's stowed all her possessions after a big break-up. She was left devastated, and forced to re-evaluate her relationship with owning material things.
 A mix of memoir, self-help and journalism, Lost & Found explores the psychological reasons for why we buy and keep the things we do, and explains how we can liberate ourselves from the tyranny of 'too much'. Helen interviews people from all walks of life, including behavioural psychologists on the science of nostalgia, a nun on what it's like to own almost nothing and consumer psychologists on why we spend impulsively, to help us better understand why we're surrounded by clutter and what we can do to change it.
 This smart-thinking book explains the sociological quirks of human nature and the fascinating science behind why we buy and hold onto things. By the end of it, your relationship with your belongings will be changed forever.
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My Review:-Helen Chandler-Wilde shares with us this heartbreaking and honest story. I think we will all be able to understand and relate with parts and even most of this book, I know I do. This is a book that I recommend to everyone, whether you are in need of help with hoarding, wondering why we/people do this or the psychology side, you will find it interesting. Some people feel a need to shop/buy something everyday, even when they don't need it, but it's that feeling inside that we need to look into. Helen has done a lot of research before writing this book, she has spoken to psychologists and neuroscientists to find out how our brains work and why we need to keep things. I think we all need to hold onto somethings, but it's how much it to much. I have found this book helpful, since my husband died suddenly 11 years ago, I have never parted or even moved anything from where they were when he was alive. 

Death In Nonna's Kitchen




Death In Nonna's Kitchen
By Alex Coombs
Genre:-Mystery/Cosy Mystery
Pages:-320
Publisher:-Exit Press
Blurb:-When famous TV chef Matteo McLeish turns up at the Old Forge Cafe and offers chef Charlie Hunter a place in his kitchen for the duration of Hampden Green's local opera festival, she thinks it's because he rates her cooking skills. In fact it's because he's heard she's good in a crisis. the wholesome star of Nonna's Kitchen is being blackmailed by one of his team.
 Tempted by an improbably large pay cheque and the boost to her CV, Charlie accepts his offer. Does the threat lie close to home, or back in Italy with Matteo's culinary roots? And can Charlie find the blackmailer before she's swept up in an avalanche of death and scandal?
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My Review:-This is Book Two in the 'Old Forge Cafe Mystery' series. Matteo McLeish is a famous TV chef and has came to the Old Forge Cafe to offer chef Charlie Hunter a chance to work in his kitchen while the Hampden Green's local opera festival is on. But Charlie thinks it's because her skills in the kitchen, but Matteo has other ideas why he wants her. Matteo is being blackmailed but there is one problem he's not to sure by who. Matteo is hoping having Charlie around she can take the pressure off himself so he can work out who is the blackmailer.. could it be someone that works in his kitchen and after his job, or maybe it goes far back than that and it's someone that knows him back in Italy and know about his past live? If you have read book one 'Murder On The Menu' you will see some new character that join characters we got to know in the first book. I loved everything about this book and can't wait to see what Alex has for next.

All You Need Is Love



 All You Need Is Love:- the End of the Beatles
By Steven Gaines and Peter Brown
Genre:-Non Fiction/Popular Culture/Individual composers &musicians, specific bands & group
Pages:-352
Publisher:-Monoray/Octopus
Blurb:-A stunning, revelatory new book about the final years of the Beatles based on extraordinarily frank, never-before-published or heard interviews with all the people involved, including George, Ringo, Paul and Yoko.
 All You Need Is Love is a ground-breaking oral history of the Beatles and how it all came to an end. Based on never-before-published or heard interviews with Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and their families, friends and business associates, this is a landmark book, containing stunning new revelations, about the biggest band the world has ever seen.
 In 1980-1981 former COO of Apple Corp, Peter Brown and author Steven Gaines interviewed everyone in the Beatles' inner circle and included a small portion of the transcripts in their international bestselling book The Love You Make, which spent four months on the New York Times bestseller list. But left in their archives was a treasure trove of unique and candid interviews that they chose not to publish, until now. A powerful work assembled through honest, intimate, sometimes contradictory and always fascinating testimony, All You Need is Love is a one-of-a-kind insight into the final days, weeks, months and years of the Beatles phenomenon.
COMPLETELY UNIQUE, GOLDEN MATERIAL FOR BEATLES FANS: The interviews included in this book have never been heard, seen or published before. They are totally unique and provide thrilling insight into the band for die-hard fans.
INCLUDES CONTRIBUTIONS FROM THREE BEATLES PLUS YOKO
INTIMATE AND HONEST INTERVIEWS GIVEN TO A TRUSTED INSIDER
WILL SPARK A CONVERSATION
THE LOVE YOU MAKE
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My review:-I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but I have to say I did find parts more interesting than others. As well as interviews from Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and their families, friends and business associates, there was also some from Ex wives, Cynthia Lennon, Patti Harrison Clapton and Maureen Starkey. I would recommend given this book a read as everyone's views are different and there is something for everyone, there are even a few fun parts that you will enjoy.


16.4.24

Falling For A Bossy Cowboy



Falling For A Bossy Cowboy:-Vargas Ranch Series Book 3
By Karen Baney
Genre:-Contemporary Christian Western Romance/Adult Fiction 18+
Publisher:-Desert Life Media
Blurb:-She's famous and nearing the end of her career. He's blunt, bossy, and downright annoying. Will these two find the perfect balance between truth and love?
 Sports fanatic Derin Vargas steps down from his position as foreman of Vargas Ranch to run the family's new sports complex. Uncomfortable in his new role, he compensates by being bossy. when a famous pro-tennis player stays at the resort to rehab after surgery, Derin points out her shortcomings no one else will.
 Pro-tennis player Madison Moore heads to a remote sports complex on Vargas Guest Ranch & Resort to finish rehabbing after shoulder surgery. As she fears the death of her pro career, the bossy cowboy manager gets under her skin.
 Will Derin soften his rough edges to win over the beautiful tennis player? Will Madison listen to the hard truth about her future while opening her heart to love?
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My review:-This is book Three in the 'Vargas Ranch' series. I've had the pleasure of reading and reviewing books one and two. I've been waiting to hear what was going to be going on at the Vargas Ranch and it hasn't disappointed me.  Derin is now CEO of the Sports Complex on Vargas Ranch, but isn't finding it as easy. But when Madison Moore a pro-tennis player arrives for rehab on a shoulder injury there in a clash between cowboy and tennis player. They both have a past that they need to get over but will they be able to do this and maybe find love... Even though you can read/listen to each book as a standalone, as Karen does introduce the characters from previous book, but personally recommend reading them in order. I have loved listening to all three books and found it easy to listen to as the narrator voice moves from one character to another as if they were telling the story themselves. I will be looking at other books by Karen.

15.4.24

Falling For A Shy Cowboy



Falling For A Shy Cowboy: Vargas Ranch Book 2
By Karen Baney
Genre:-Contemporary Christian Western Romance/Adult Fiction 18+
Pages:-192
Publisher:-DesertLife Media
Blurb:-She's a single mom with a disabled son. He's been in love with her since high school. Will this shy cowboy finally win her heart?
 Dylan Vargas is too shy for his own good. While he and his best friend Adan work with the horses on his family's ranch near Wickenburg, Arizona, Adan signs him up for online dating service. Dylan begrudgingly looks through the profiles. One face stands out above the others-that of his childhood crush. There's only one impossible problem-she is Adan's little sister.
 Brisa Franco moves home to Wickenburg after a tragic car accident left her four-year-old son disabled. As she starts a new job in her hometown, she never expects to help her brother's best friend in his quest to overcome a speech impediment.
 Will Dylan steal her heart as she helps him learn how to release his anxiety? Will Brisa learn to trust him and let go of her deeply engrained fears from her past relationship?
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My Review:-This is book two in the 'Vargas Ranch' series. I was looking forward to hear what was going to be happening at Vargas Ranch after reading book one 'Falling For A Real Cowboy.' We get to meet another Vargas brother, Dylan is the shy brother of the family. Dylan, along with his best friend Adan work on the family ranch. Dylan has always liked Adan's sister Brisa, she was his childhood crush, so after Adan signed him up on a dating app he was surprise to see Brisa on it. Brisa had just moved back home with her four-year-old son who is disabled. She has started working on the ranch as a therapist. which means Dylan gets to see her more. What will Dylan do when he's sent to Brisa for help with his stuttering? I have enjoyed listening to this series up to now. The narrator is clear and easy to understand.
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12.4.24

Falling For A Real Cowboy



Falling For A Real Cowboy (Vargas Ranch Book 1)
By Karen Baney
Genre:-Contemporary Christian Western Romance/Adult Fiction
Ages:-18+
Listening Length:-5 hours 32 minutes
Pages:-208
Publisher:-Desert Life Media
Content Rating:-PG Some situations might not be suitable for under 16 yrs.
Blurb:-She’s trying to resurrect her career. He’s sworn off women. Will this city-meets-country duo find love where they least expect it?
Dalton J. Vargas the fourth has sworn off love. Women are just a distraction that keep him from running his family’s multi-million-dollar guest ranch near Wickenburg, Arizona. After his father announces an early retirement, the full burden of the ranch rests on his shoulders. When a city-slicker romance author stays at the ranch, Dalton’s perfect world turns to chaos.
River Sloane’s last workplace romance novel flopped—big time. Now her publisher wants her to write a modern-day cowboy romance, which she has resisted for years. When her publisher sends her to a dude ranch in the middle of nowhere Arizona, she must learn about cowboys and ranching to get her career back on track. One hunky cowboy stirs her heart and unexpectedly becomes her muse.
Will she let herself fall in love with the real cowboy or will she return to the life she left behind? Will Dalton open his heart to a new, lasting love?
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My Review:-Dalton J. Vargas the fourth was running his family ranch, Vargas, after his father decided to retire early.  Because a woman once nearly destroyed the family ranch, Dalton has no interest in women, but that soon changes with River. River was sent to Vargas Ranch by her publisher, in the hope that she would write a cowboy romance novel, after her books started to struggle to sell. I enjoyed listening to this feel good and easy to listen to novel. It is a novel that can be read by young adults and upwards. I'm looking forward to see what else the Vargas Ranch and brothers have instore for us next.

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The Garnett Girl



The Garnett Girl
By Georgina Moore
Genre:-Literary Fiction/Contemporary/Historical Blend
Pages:-336
Publisher:-HQ
Blurb:-Forbidden, Passionate and all-encompassing, Margo and Richard's love affair was the stuff of legend-but, ultimately, doomed. When Richard walked out, Margo locked herself away, leaving her three daughters, Rachel, Imogen and Sasha, to run wild. Years later, charismatic Margo entertains lovers and friends in her cottage on the Isle of Wight, refusing to ever speak of Richard and her painful past. But her silence is keeping each of the Garnett girls from finding true happiness. Rachel is desperate to return to London, but is held hostage by responsibility for Sandcove, their beloved but crumbing family home. Dreamy Imogen feels the pressure to marry her kind, considerate fiance, even when life is taking an unexpected turn. And wild, passionate Sasha, trapped between her fractured family and controlling husband, is weighed down by a secret that could shake the family to its core...
 The Garnett Girls, the captivating debut from Georgina Moore, asks whether children can ever be free of the mistakes of their parents.
One of the biggest debuts for 2023 Number One Bestseller in Audio Picked by Stylist as a Big Fiction Debut for 2023 included in the Ten Best New Novelists for 2023 (Observer)
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My Review:-When Margo Garnett was only a teenager, she met and married Richard O'Leary, neither of their parents were happy. It wasn't long before the couple had three beautiful daughters, Sasha, Imogen and Rachel. Things so changed and Richard walked out om Margo and his girls. But as if that wasn't bad enough for the girls, their mother locked herself away in her room and refused to come out. The girls were left to look after themselves with the help of their Aunt Alice. Years later Margo recovered and started entertaining men at her cottage on the Isle of Wight. she had one rule...Never to speak about Richard. Because of their past the three girls struggled with their relationship with their partners, but also with the family secrets that has been hidden. A great debut novel by Georgina Moore.