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BookClub Reads: Happiness for Beginners

Plot: Molly Baker is living her best life. Thirty-eight years old, she lives on the twenty-five-acre Hope Farm in Buckinghamshire, surrounded by (mostly) four-legged friends and rolling hills. There’s Anthony the anti-social sheep, Tina Turner the alpaca with attitude, and the definitely-not-miniature pig, Teacup. Molly runs the farm as an alternative school for kids whoContinue reading “BookClub Reads: Happiness for Beginners”

Book Review: A French Girl In New York

Plot: This French girl’s life is ugly. Maude has no friends. Her foster family’s mean. She knows nothing about her dead parents. Only one thing keeps her going: her unconditional love for music. Until one person changes her life. Thanks to a chance meeting with an American music producer, Maude flies off to New YorkContinue reading “Book Review: A French Girl In New York”

Book Review: A House To Amend A Broken Heart

Plot: Everyone is hiding from something. . . Full of warmth, laughter, tears and heartache. Find out if there is a happy-ever-after at Willow Tree Hall. Willow Tree Hall has seen much better days and has been the proud ancestral home of the Earl and Countess of Cranley for centuries. With no qualifications and escapingContinue reading “Book Review: A House To Amend A Broken Heart”

Book Review: The Beachside Guest House

Plot: When Rosa and Bee get together in the run-up to Bee’s wedding, they reminisce about the holiday they took together as teenagers to the beautiful Greek island of Paros. They remember the sandy coves, the guest house in the converted windmill where they stayed with their friend Iona, and the gorgeous local men. AsContinue reading “Book Review: The Beachside Guest House”

BookClub Reads: The Honeymoon

Plot: Set in London and Venice at the end of the twentieth century, The Honeymoon follows a young man’s journey into his own past and the strange events that caused his life to unravel. American-born Gordon Garraty spent much of his childhood traveling through the capitals of Europe with his eccentric mother Maureen. As MaureenContinue reading “BookClub Reads: The Honeymoon”

Book Review: Stress Less, Accomplish More

Plot: In Stress Less, Accomplish More Emily Fletcher shares an ancient meditation technique designed for busy lives. The focus of the practice is stress relief, mental clarity and improved productivity, so it’s perfect for the fast pace of modern life. This style of meditation was developed specifically for people with a lot of demands on their timeContinue reading “Book Review: Stress Less, Accomplish More”

Book Review: The Christmas Party

Plot: When Declan Lorne, the last remaining knight in Ireland, dies suddenly, an ancient title passes with him. But his estate on Ireland’s rugged south-west coast is left to his three daughters. The two eldest, Ottie and Pip, inherit in line with expectations, but to everyone’s surprise – and dismay – it is the errantContinue reading “Book Review: The Christmas Party”

Book Review: The Gravity Of Birds

Plot: Sisters Natalie and Alice Kessler were close, until adolescence wrenched them apart. Natalie is headstrong, manipulative—and beautiful; Alice is a dreamer who loves books and birds. During their family’s summer holiday at the lake, Alice falls under the thrall of a struggling young painter, Thomas Bayber, in whom she finds a kindred spirit. Natalie,Continue reading “Book Review: The Gravity Of Birds”

Book Review: Encore Valentine

Plot: As Encore Valentine begins, snow falls like glitter over Tuscany at the wedding of Valentine’s grandmother. Meet the Roncalli and Angelini families, artisans of handcrafted shoes in Greenwich Village since 1903. Valentine’s dreams are dashed when her grandmother names her brother and nemesis Alfred her partner at Angelini Shoes. A long-distance romance with theContinue reading “Book Review: Encore Valentine”

Book Review: Ariel by Sylvia Plath

Plot: When Sylvia Plath died, she not only left behind a prolific life but also her unpublished literary masterpiece, Ariel. Her husband, Ted Hughes, brought the collection to life in 1966, and its publication garnered worldwide acclaim. This collection showcases the beloved poet’s brilliant, provoking, and always moving poems, including “Ariel” and once again shows whyContinue reading “Book Review: Ariel by Sylvia Plath”

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