Hello everyone, I’m back! Hope you all had a fantastic summer! This summer I took a 5 week break from writing, to refresh and renew. But Im back with some fabulous recipes, great trips planned to write about & some fabulous books to review for you all!
What better way to start the new season than with a brand new book by my dear friend & brilliant author Hilary Grossman!
The Book –
Executive, wife, and mother of an outgoing first-grader, Sydney Clayton crushes her day-to-day obligations at work but flounders in the cutthroat world of parental politics.
She manages to avoid the local drama until she’s faced with an ultimatum: join the Forest River PTA or risk her daughter becoming a social outcast. Sydney reluctantly becomes treasurer, and takes the recently vacated position of the president’s sidekick. If protecting the children’s freedom of speech, one best friend ban at a time, isn’t complicated enough, Sydney and her husband receive an unexpected offer for their house they don’t think they can refuse.
Embroiled in the deception and manipulation rife among the elementary school moms, Sydney struggles. Should she sell the home she worked so hard to build in a town where betrayal runs rampant? Or should she stay put to avoid the fallout from uprooting her child? As Sydney focuses on what is best for her daughter, and lets go of her judgments, she finds friendship can develop in very unexpected ways.
Warm, witty, and wise, Go On, Girl dramatizes the dilemmas of life in the suburbs and the bonds shared by women. Perfect for fans of Class Mom and I Don’t Know How She Does It.
Oh my goodness! Hilary, you have done it yet again!
I could not put this one down from the word go. Being a full time mum and having kids at school, I knew exactly how Sydney felt. PTA meetings, school politics and the battle to push your child’s happiness in school are topics any parents with children in the school system can relate to, and Hilary Grossman’s fantastic talent of putting prose together has made this another wonderful read.
This is a fun filled story that will make you cry, laugh and never want it to end. With a 7year old myself, I could relate to Sydney’s ups and downs. Birthday parties, school events, fellow parents and the continual need to keep going, Go on Girl will have you cheering for Sydney from page one!
After our recent visit to Amsterdam I am still under the city’s bewitched spell!
I am still looking out for all things Amsterdam!
I dont know what it is about the many canals and lovely buildings, but I find the city so breatakingly beautiful.
I came across this wonderful read which I also found out was due to be a blockbuster movie starring my favourite Alicia Vikander.
The Book –
Soon to be a major film starring Oscar winners Alicia Vikander, Christoph Waltz and Dame Judi Dench, and adapted for the screen by Sir Tom Stoppard.
From the bestselling author of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel comes a thrilling story of power, lust and deception set in seventeenth-century Amsterdam Seventeenth-century Amsterdam – a city in the grip of tulip fever.
Sophia’s husband Cornelis is one of the lucky ones grown rich from this exotic new flower. To celebrate, he commissions a talented young artist to paint him with his beautiful young bride. But as the portrait grows, so does the passion between Sophia and the painter; and ambitions, desires and dreams breed an intricate deception and a reckless gamble.
I loved every single page of this book.
After visiting the amazing Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, seeing the priceless paintings by Rembrandt and other great artists, it was wonderful to step back in time to seventeenth-century Amsterdam, to when these portraits and scenes were actually painted.
A book which will transport you back in time.
I cannot wait to see the movie.
Available on Amazon and in all book shops Nationwide.
My boys are really active boys. They love sports, wrestling and computer games. Of course they enjoy reading but they would much rather be outdoors kicking a football around than any other thing!
But I want them to read more books. I want then to immerse themselves in the pages of a good novel and keep turning the pages until they reach the very end.
They read the books they get from school as homework, but I am always on the search for books they will just adore to read.
So the other day my older son and I came across this wonderful set of books in our local WHSmiths, and they are a winner!
The Books –
Ultimate Football Heroes is a series of biographies telling the life-stories of the biggest and best footballers in the world and their incredible journeys from childhood fan to super-star professional player.
Written in fast-paced, action-packed style these books are perfect for all the family to collect and share.
My son has already read a lot of the books in the series – Messi, Ronaldo, Hazard to name a few. He has told me all about what he has found out. He has got a few more ordered coming soon.
So the key to getting kids to read more is to find books which interest them. Such a great series of books for any football fans out there!
You can buy the series in all good bookshops and on Amazon uk now!