Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Review: Miranda's Big Mistake

Miranda's Big Mistake

Miranda's Big Mistake
Jill Mansell

This is my first time reading something by Jill Mansell. For quite some time I wanted to read one of her novels. I thought they might be a bit like the Fiona Walker books I love so much (especially her earlier ones). While this book wasn't exactly what I expected, it was a rather fun book.

Miranda, the main character is a girl who has a knack for finding the wrong guy. She's really done that this time when her new boyfriend Greg turns out to be someone's husband. He's married to Chloe, who he is dumping because she's pregnant and Greg doesn't see himself as a father. Of course, Miranda doesn't know this, and Greg isn't keen to tell her either but when she does find out it will change everything.

Read along and see what happens to Miranda and all the other fun and entertaining characters in this story. If you're like me, you'll find this one hard to put down.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Review: Heartland

  • Heartland: Season 8 (Canadian Version)

Last night I finished season eight of Heartland. This Canadian series is one of my favorites at the moment. It follows a family on a horse farm in Alberta. Way back in season one, it begins with Amy, the main character loosing her mother in a road accident. Afterwards, she takes over her mother's job as the local horse whisperer. Her sister Lou returns from New York to help keep the farm running and Grandfather Jack agrees to look after Ty a teenager with a troubled past. The stories follow their ups and and downs over the many seasons.

This is primarily a family drama about horses, ranching and small town life in Alberta. Its full of interesting characters that will appeal to both young and older viewers. Since it is now in it's ninth or tenth season you will have plenty of time to really get to know all the characters and their stories. While this series isn't as conflict driven and suspenseful as Mcleod's Daughters, another family drama, and long running series set in Australia, which remains my all time favorite, it is nonetheless one that I have enjoyed watching. I can't wait to start season nine as soon as I get a copy from amazon.

Let me know what you think if you have a chance to watch this DVD.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Review: The Fir Tree

The Fir Tree

The Fir Tree
Hans Christian Andersen

This is a beautifully designed little book. This Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale is about a fir tree that doesn't appreciate what he has until it's too late. The illustrations, done by Finnish designer and illustrator Sanna Annukka are wonderful. In fact, for me that was the best part of the book. They were both unique and colorful. Although this is a sad tale, it would make a great gift for a child or adult. I'm so glad I've had a chance to enjoy this simple but meaningful book.

Thanks to blogging for books for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Review: The Lesser Bohemians

The Lesser Bohemians

The Lesser Bohemians
Eimear McBride

It's not often that I come across a book that I dislike so much that I can't bring myself to finish it. Unfortunately, this is one of those books. I had been looking forward to this book about a student attending drama school in London, if only because I was once a student in London as well. I thought this would be a book that I could really relate to. But, right from the start the writing style put me off. I found it tedious beyond belief and the experimental nature just didn't do anything for me. Rather than contributing to the story it just seemed to stand in the way of what might have been an interesting tale. So unless you are someone who really enjoys experimental fiction, this is one book you might want to pass on.

Thanks to Library Thing for allowing me to review this book in exchange for an honest review.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Review: The Trouble with Mirrors

The Trouble with Mirrors (Alix London #4)

The Trouble with Mirrors
An Alix London Mystery
Charlotte and Aaron Elkins

Alix London, better known as the “art whisperer” has an antique mirror that was given to her by an old family friend known as Tiny, when she was a child. Alix doesn't think the mirror is particularly valuable, more of a keepsake really. But when she and the mirror are pictured on the cover of an international art magazine someone breaks into her Seattle condo and steals it.

Soon after the theft Tiny disappears. Alix, along with the help of her friend Chris, have to try and track down Tiny in order to find out the truth behind the mirror. Is it a valuable work, and could it be something that was stolen many years ago in Italy. The only problem is that the Italian mafia is also looking for Tiny and that might make Alix's search all the more dangerous.

This was a fun, entertaining and absorbing mystery. I liked the characters and the fact that it had several story lines running through the book. All in all, it was engaging, well told and an enjoyable read.

Thanks to Netgalley for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest view.