5th March 2018 by - No comments

There are some fantastic movies available to watch on Netflix. We had some very snowy days over the past week and it was a perfect opportunity to look at the movies on Netflix more closely.

I love movies which tell a real story, and this was one of those. Amazing actors, super scenery and a story which is gripping from beginning to the end.

The Movie –

Testament of Youth is a story of love, loss and strength during the first World War. Based on the book Testament of Youth written by Vera Brittain, a true story of her life.

Vera Brittain is an intelligent, strong willed young lady from a well to do family. A loving brother, a handsome fiancee, and a place at Oxford University. Then World War changes everything. The men she loves all head to war, and are all lost one by one.

A true story of strength and courage.

Verdict –

I was extremely touched by this movie.

Alicia Vikander plays Vera Brittain amazingly.

After the movie I googled the real Vera. Such a heartbreaking story.

It is now available to watch on Netflix. Not to be missed! I look forward to reading the book.

25th February 2018 by - No comments

I am into all things Italian lately. Would you believe I have never been to Italy! A terrible loss on my part I know. But this year I plan to put that right. I am off to Rome in April to see the beautiful sites Ive read about. I cannot wait!

In keeping with the theme of Italy, Im also reading books set in Italy. And as classics are my favourite at the moment I decided to start with this one, recommended by my dear friend.

The Book –

E. M. Forster’s first novel is a witty comedy of manners that is tinged with tragedy.

It tells the story of Lilia Herriton, who proves to be an embarrassment to her late husband’s family as, in the small Tuscan town of Monteriano, she begins a relationship with a much younger Italian man – classless, uncouth and highly unsuitable.

A subtle attack on decorous Edwardian values and a humanely sympathetic portrayal of the clash of two cultures, Where Angels Fear to Tread is also a profound exploration of character and virtue.

Verdict –

After my deep love for the book and mini series Howards End, I was interested to find out if another Forster novel would interest me as much.

I was not disappointed in the least.

A much shorter novel, only 10 chapters, so lovely as its nice and light to carry around in your handbag.

So witty, fun and exciting all the way through. The descriptions of Italy are wonderfully put together in a way only a master author can.

Tuscany is next on my list to see. I cannot wait to explore and learn.

A fantastic read.

Penguin has the most wonderful covers for the classics. Available in bookshops Nationwide.

19th February 2018 by - No comments

I think that everyone must have in their minds eye an image of their perfect home.

A place, a haven for themselves, their family and loved ones.

Since I was a little girl I have loved drawing pictures of my ‘forever home,’ and country cottages seem to be where my heart lies.

A pretty country home with a picket fence, cute and cosy. Especially old houses, because they hold so many stories.

So when I saw the lovely cover of Veronica Henry’s The Forever House I just had to read it!

The Book –

Hunter’s Moon is the ultimate ‘forever’ house. Nestled by a river in the Peasebrook valley, it has been the Willoughbys’ home for over fifty years, and now estate agent Belinda Baxter is determined to find the perfect family to live there.

But the sale of the house unlocks decades of family secrets – and brings Belinda face to face with her own troubled past.

An irresistibly feel-good story set in the Cotswolds from bestseller Veronica Henry, all about why home really is where the heart is.

Verdict –

Another wonderful story filled with the most interesting characters by one of my favourite authors.

Hunter’s Moon sounds like the most wonderful house set in the breathtaking Cotswolds.

I love how it intertwines modern day with the past in the natural way only a very good author can.
Perfect read for the beach, in bed or on a long journey.

Available on Amazon & in all good bookshops now!