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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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.

Monthly Wins: May

Well that time has come around again to give you my list of competition wins from last month. May has been one of my quietest months for a while, but then I haven’t entered as many as normal due to my blogging every day in May challenge #BEDM, taking up more time than usual. I am as always very grateful for the competition wins that I have won.
This month I have had 11 competition wins, 9 of them from Twitter competitions with 1 from a blog comp and the other from a Facebook one. I must admit nearly all my wins are from Twitter as they are so quick and easy to enter especially when I’m on my lunch break at work. 

  • A  couple of boxes of Asparagus

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Recent Competition Wins – Books, Cushion Covers and Chocolate

I haven’t had a lot of time recently to enter competitions, I have been so busy catching up on reading and gardening and working loads. So the few competition wins I’ve had I’m very grateful for. I have won 3 beautifully made cushion covers, all with a red theme. These I won on Twitter with @designacushions. I can’t wait to go out at the weekend and look for cushions for them. They will be perfect for my spare bedroom.
    


My other wins include a roll of plant tape. This will come in really handy for the garden. An iphone cover and some little jewellery bits from the lovely Shannon at raspberrykiss.co.uk. A gorgeous book called Style Forever from a Facebook competition and a beautiful 70th anniversary edition of Thomas the Tank Engine. 
         
         
My favourite win of the month so far was from @Almondycake, it was this gorgeous Cadbury’s hamper. I am a huge chocoholic as you know by now, so these are the treats sorted out for the next few weeks!
               
I would love to know what is your favourite kind of chocolate?
Rachel xx

Book Review: Ahoy For Joy by Keith Reilly

I was contacted by the author of this captivating novel asking if I wanted to read and write a review on it. I cannot turn down a free book, its just not in me! Before I accepted I read the description quickly on Goodreads and my first thoughts were that it seemed a really nice story, a bit different from my latest reads of Not A Word About Love and Patalosh: The Time Travellers. Now that I have read Ahoy For Joy by Keith Reilly, nice is a word not good enough to describe this book. Extraordinary is much more appropriate.

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Yet another book win!

I found a competition on Goodreads for this book, The Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly back in March and I was one of the lucky winners. I have been waiting patiently for it to arrive for ages and it turned up last week. 
You know when you enter a competition that you really want to win, well this was one of them! I have been a huge Matthew Reilly fan for years. My older sister introduced me to his books ages ago. The first book of Reilly’s I read was Ice Station, its was a fantastic thriller with the introduction of Shane Schofield, and many other characters which turn up in his later books. 

If you are into fast paced action thrillers these book are for you!

Reilly creates very strong characters which makes the books so much better to get absorbed into.
Here is a list of his books and which are on my to-read list:
Shane Scofield Novels:
  • Ice Station (read)
  • Area 7 (read)
  • Scarecrow (read)
  • Hell Island (read)
  • Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves (to-read)
Jack West Jr Novels:
  • Seven Ancient Wonders (read)
  • The Six Sacred Stones (read)
  • The Five Greatest Warriors (to-read)
Stand Alone Novels:
  • Hovercar Racer (read)
  • Contest (read)
  • Temple (read)
  • The Tournament (to-read)
  • Troll Mountain (to-read)
  • The Great Zoo of China (to-read)

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Rachel xx