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Book Review: The Dress Makers Secret

Plot: Italy, 1819. Emilia Barton and her mother Sarah live a nomadic existence, travelling from town to town as itinerant dressmakers to escape their past. When they settle in the idyllic coastal town of Pesaro, Emilia desperately hopes that, this time, they have found a permanent home. But when Sarah is brutally attacked by anContinue reading “Book Review: The Dress Makers Secret”

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Book Review: One Summers Night

Plot: Kelsey Anderson is stuck in a rut so big, she’ll need a 4-wheel drive to get out. She’s just been made redundant from her dead-end job, and boyfriend Fran is so busy climbing up the career ladder that he’s forgotten how to have fun. She needs to change her life – and fast.Stumbling acrossContinue reading “Book Review: One Summers Night”

Book Review: Please Don’t Go Before I Get Better

Plot: Following her breakout debut Eighteen Years, poet Madisen Kuhn is thrilled to share this intimate portrait of a young woman navigating early adulthood and leaving her teenage years behind. Chronicling the complexities, joys, and challenges of this transitional phase of life, Please Don’t Go Before I Get Better is a powerful, deeply affecting workContinue reading “Book Review: Please Don’t Go Before I Get Better”

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”

Bookclub Reads: Then. Now. Always.

Plot: Twenty-eight year old Hannah is ready for an adventure. She and her colleagues are in Spain for a month to film a documentary, and it’s a dream come true. Not least because Hannah will get to spend long summer days with Theo, her boss (and crush). If only Tom (Hannah’s best friend and cameramen)Continue reading “Bookclub Reads: Then. Now. Always.”

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 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”

BookClub Reads: Peter Pan

Plot: Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie Peter pan, the mischievous boy who refuses to grow up, lands in the Darling’s proper middle-class home to look for his shadow. He befriends Wendy, John and Michael and teaches them to fly (with a little help from fairy dust). He and Tinker Bell whisk them off toContinue reading “BookClub Reads: Peter Pan”

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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