Summer Time in my Garden – Wordless Wednesday

Rachel xx
Single Mother Ahoy Wordless Wednesday

Book Review: Green Beans and Summer Dreams by Catherine Ferguson

As soon as I saw the title of this book Green Beans and Summer Dreams by Catherine Ferguson, I knew I would love to read it. With Green Beans in the title I knew it would involve gardening of some sort, and I wasn’t wrong. 
I requested to read this book from NetGalley, due to the title only, before I even read the description. I am so glad I was successful. Due to it being an ebook, I’m afraid you will have to make do with another picture of my trusty Kindle! It is getting quite a few shots in these days.
        
Book Description

When Izzy Fraser’s long-term boyfriend walks out on her, she’s left in a bit of a pickle. Yes, she has the house of her dreams, but she now has a crippling mortgage to pay on her own.


So she takes matters into her own hands and, having always been a keen gardener, decides to set up Izzy’s Organics, delivering crates of fresh fruit and vegetables to local villagers.

Along the way she meets all sorts of characters, including the very handsome Erik and the very Grumpy Dan. But can Izzy sort the wheat from the chaff? And will her new business sow the seeds of change that she wants? 

The main character in this book is Izzy Fraser, she gets dumped by her cheating boyfriend and has to start making money to pay the mortgage on her gorgeous little house that she inherited from her Aunt. Izzy knows nothing about growing vegetables but she is very determined to start her own vegetable delivery box business, and somehow make her land pay for itself. 
Along the way Izzy has the help of her best friends Anna and Jess and the attention of Erik and Dan. There are lots of other characters in this book as well that you will grow to love. 
A beautifully written perfect summer holiday read that will leave you laughing and cringing in places for poor Izzy.
I have given Green Beans and Summer Dreams by Catherine Ferguson 5 out of 5 stars.
Publication date 19th May 2015
Rachel xx

Disclaimer: I received this ebook free of charge in exchange for a honest review. All opinions and views expressed are my own. Book cover image and Book Description taken from NetGalley .com for purpose of this review only.


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#MySundayPhoto 14/06/2015

While we were in Canada nearly 5 years ago, we came across a little pioneer village, that was free to enter. It made a lovely day out for us as there was lots of things to do and demonstrations to watch.
This is one of my favourite photo’s of the quaint little wooden houses that were there. It was a beautiful hot summer’s day. 
Rachel xx
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My Word of the Week 12/06/2015

 This Is My Word of the Week – Weather
Weather, a noun – the state of the atmosphere with respect to wind, temperature, cloudiness, moisture and pressure
     
               
I would just like to say thanks again to thereadingresidence for hosting this great Word of the Week linky. Over the past few months I have joined up numerous times and love summing up my week with just one word. 
So this week I have chosen weather as my #WotW because it has been so topsy turvy this week down here in the South West. On Sunday we drove up to Teignmouth which is across the border into Devon to catch up with family. It was a gorgeous day as you can tell from the photo below. Lots of people were out and about enjoying the sun although it was a bit overcast at times. I even happened to catch the sun on my face, which will teach me a lesson about not putting on suncream, even if the weather isn’t the brightest.

Today (Friday) is a complete opposite. It has been torrential rain here today. A bit rubbish for June weather I must add! I got completely soaked walking across the car park at work getting to my car. Then as it was so hot and humid I was steaming up the car inside with my wet clothes as I was driving home. 
Don’t you think that there is always more traffic and a lot more traffic queues when the weather is rubbish? I thought it was taking me forever to get home today.
                   

I hope you all have a lovely weekend and that the weather is better for you than it is down here in Cornwall. The forecast for the next few days isn’t the best down here, but at least it’s been the hottest day of the year so far today from what I gather was just on the news!
Happy Weekend!
Rachel xx
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#MySundayPhoto 07/06/2015

Carrying on the Canada theme from last Sunday’s my photo here is another. This photo was taken as we were on the way to Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario.
The sky was very dark, heavy and threatening, but we were lucky to escape the rain. A lot of the roads we travelled were very long and seemed never ending, not like Cornwall. It was somewhat strange to be driving on the other side of the road, I was so glad my husband did all the driving. For some weird reason I took many photos of the different roads while we were out there as I found them to be extremely fascinating!.
Rachel xx
OneDad3Girls

Book Review: Too Many Cooks by Dana Bate

The lovely people at Netgalley and The Little Brown Book Group UK have let me read a proof ebook copy of Too Many Cooks by Dana Bate. It combines two of my favourite things, reading and cooking. Prepare to never look at a cookbook in the same way again!
                

Book Description

Kelly Madigan seems to have it all: a fabulous boyfriend, a supportive – if eccentric – family, and a flourishing career as a cookbook ghostwriter. But after finding a letter from her recently-deceased mother, criticising her stable but unexciting life, Kelly knows she needs to make a change. When a mysterious new writing opportunity in London presents itself, she jumps at the chance to get away from it all. 

Enter Natasha Spencer – Oscar-winning actress and health nut, not to mention a total nightmare. She’s working on a new cookbook and has asked for Kelly’s help. What Kelly didn’t factor in was meeting Natasha’s dishy MP husband, Hugh Ballantine.
I absolutely loved reading this book, it tingled my taste buds and made me drool with all the lovely recipes especially the banana bread one. Some of which the author has included at the back of the book as an extra little snippet which is fab!
Before I read this book, I never realised what hard work goes into being a cookbook ghostwriter. The main character Kelly has to redo the same recipe over and over again for Natasha Spencer her boss day after day to get the recipe correct. As a reader this gave me sympathy for Kelly and made me dislike the character of Natasha from the start, who gave Kelly very little information to go on, yet expected food miracles from her. Although I don’t condone the actions of Kelly with Natasha’s husband Hugh. There was a little bit of me that was rooting for them in this twisted affair. 
The only thing I would change about this great read is that I would loved to have seen Kelly’s dad included more into the story line. He is such a funny character and we don’t hear too much about him and his eccentric ways. 
A perfect light-hearted, funny romantic read for the summer, very enjoyable.
I have given Too Many Cooks by Dana Bate 4 out of 5 stars.
Publication date 4th June 2015 by Little Brown Book Group UK
Rachel xx

Disclaimer: I received this ebook free of charge in exchange for a honest review. All views and opinions expressed are my own. Book cover image and book description taken from Netgalley.com for purpose of this review only.