My Week In Books (w/e 15th Nov) #readingchallenge #bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

Well this has been an interesting week for me as I have finished my Goodreads Challenge. I completed the 200 books that was my target at the beginning of the year.

To some this will be a big number, to others not so much. While I don’t pressurise myself into having to read a certain amount of books, it is nice to complete a goal. Last year I read just over 230 books and I could have upped my target for this year, but reading is an escape, I enjoy it and I don’t ever want it to become something that I feel I have to do just to hit a target. This is why I like the Goodreads Challenge, it is flexible and it can be changed up or down.

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Map’s Edge by David Hair is 400 pages of magic, fantasy, danger and adventure. I loved this book and it is the first time I have read anything by this author. It is the fist book in The Tethered Citadel and I meet a community that lives on the edge of society, misfits, drop outs or those not wanting to be found. They embark on a journey to discover a magical source that will give them a chance for a new start. Not all will make it! Fabulous book that I would definitely recommend.

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Fifty Words for Snow by Nancy Campbell is a non-fiction book of, well the title does say it all really – 5o words for snow. Well, that isn’t all it is at all! This is a gorgeous book that has words from around the world, from different cultures, religions and folklore. Yes snow is involved in all its different forms and the author has created a gorgeous little book that I found extremely addictive. Keep your eye out for the Blog Tour and my full review soon. The hardback copy is a gorgeous book. Get a copy from Amazon UK or other good book shops.


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The Heat by Sean O’Leary is the first of the two novellas I mentioned earlier. This is a story that is in some respects one of not just doing the right thing but also about a journey of self discovery. The main protagonist is like a drifter, he has no real responsibility or roots as he meanders along in life until something happens that means something to him. This is a contemporary fiction read that I found intriguing and my review will be part of the upcoming Blog Tour.


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This is the second novella I read. In the Sweep of the Bay by Cath Barton and it is a wonderful story that is set in Morecombe. It is such a simple story about life and marriage but has been beautifully told. This is a story of falling in love, getting married. Then you fall into the routines of everyday life, this is what happens with Ted and Rene in this very down to earth and gorgeous story. Keep an eye for the Blog Tour and my full review.

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Well there we go folks, all that remains is for me to wish you all a good week ahead.

Take Care

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 8th Nov) #booksread #booklove

I write this just after standing outside for the 2 minutes silence. A very strange Remembrance Sunday as normally I stand in our village square with many, many other people. It was still a sombre feeling but I do so hope that next year things will be back to normal and we can once again show our respects as a village joined together.

This week has been quite bizarre as I have spent a lot of time watching TV waiting for the results of the American election. I don’t do politics on my blog, but I have to say I am very happy at the outcome.

So, let me show you what I have read this week…

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I am a fan of The Crampton of the Chronicle series by Peter Bartram and so I was delighted to recieve a signed copy of his latest book The Beach Party. These books are set in the 60s in Brighton, Colin is a crime reporter who always finds himself in the thick of things. A sleuthing mystery read that has a good deal of tongue in cheek British humour. Keep an eye out for the upcoming Blog Tour.


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I was so happy to get a spot on the Blog Tour for Harpers Heroes by Rosie Clarke. This is part of a series and it is a historical fiction, family saga series. Harpers is an Emporium where employers and employees are like family. The author share the worries, loves, losses and expectations of key characters as the First World War begins. A fabulous story that could be read as a stand alone but works so much better when you read the series.


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Sometimes visual imagery works better for some non-fiction books and it is certainly the case for Fragile Planet – The Impact of Climate Change. This is a book that has images on every page with just a small caption explaining what you are seeing. Some images show comparisons from not only years apart, but in some cases months. It is a gorgeous book that really does have an impact, it does sound wrong to say it is a gorgeous book given the subject, but it is. I will write up a review for this soon.


Another week wrapped up, all that is left is for me to wish you a wondeful and safe week ahead.

Happy Reading,

Yvonne 🙂 xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 6th Sept) #booksread #bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

Hello and welcome to my weekly update of books that I have read. It has been another week where nothing much has happened. I have ventured into the garden and done some tidying up, the onions are now up and hung in the shed and the caterpillars had a field day with the greens even though they were in a cloche, I managed to save two small savoy cabbages.

So, the books I have read this week are…

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I bought this book when it was first released and decided I fancied reading a few short stories rather than diving into a full length one. Afraid of the Light is an anthology of stories that have a dark theme to them. Whether it is an outwardly criminal action or something far more sinister this anthology has a good mix.

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This is another book that I bought when it first came out, I do have a physical copy somewhere but I couldn’t find it so bought a kindle version as well!

The One by John Marrs is an amazing read that I absolutely adored. The basic premise that everyone has a DNA connection to their perfect match is such a good idea. But while on the outset it sounds good, what if your match is not what you think. As the story progressed it started to get darker and other interesting ideas came into the story that I had not expected. Fabulous read and I loved it.

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I am loving this DS Malice crime thriller series. Heads or Tails by Rob Ashman is the latest book and is due out on 16th September. I was fortunate to be sent an advanced copy of this dark, twisted and extremely addictive book. There are on going story lines from previous books that involve the main team so yes ideally it is better to read in order, but you could read as a stand alone. A fabulously addictive, dark read that had me hooked from the very first page.

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I seem to have dropped away from Audio books at the moment, I just cant seem to concentrate on them. Hopefully I will get the audio-mojo back soon but luckily I have many other books to keep me occupied.

I really should do a #20booksof summer catch-up post as I have completed the challenge of 20 books. I had originally chose 15 books with 5 lucky dip choices to add to it. I think I have actually added more than 5 lucky dips! I also need to get the last of these reviews posted as well!

Have a great week ahead and Happy Reading

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 30th Aug) #booksread #bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

How on earth did we get to August Bank Holiday already?!!! Well as I sit here typing this up (its Sunday morning) it is actually quite a nice day, sun is shining, birds are singing the roast is in the oven cooking away and I am wearing fluffy socks because it feels more like autumn than august!

I did a spot of baking this week, nothing unusual for me as I do bake one to two times a week. This particular day was a bit different as my chocolate sponge cake didn’t quite turn out as I expected. I think I may have put baking powder in twice!!!!!

This was what met me as I opened the oven door to put in my fruit cake…

I must admit it was one of those hysterically hilarious moments, me and the dogs did enjoy the cake dribbles. So what to do with a sponge cake… well there is only one thing to do. Raid the cupboard to find a tin of fruit, this turned out to be apricots, go down the garden and pick some raspberries and make a trifle…

So, from could have been a culinary disaster we ended up with a delicious, if somewhat unplanned pudding 🙂


I suppose I should show you what I have read this week. It has been another 3 book week and all three were brilliant reads…

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I read Strictly Come Dating by Kathryn Freeman for the upcoming Blog Tour. It’s Kathryn so what is not to love, if you have read any of her books you will know exactly where I am coming from. A fabulous read that I absolutely loved.

This is available from Amazon UK


I thoroughly enjoyed Ravens Gathering by Graeme Cumming. I met Graeme at the Stoke Blogger meet up and then bought this book as I was intrigued. Yes it has taken me almost a year to get to it!!! This is a mystery that took so many different turns and also crossed genres. An atmospheric, dark, creepy and one that had an eeriness lurking in the background. Excellent book and you can get a copy on Kindle or Paperback


Another book that has been on my bookcase for far too long is IQ by Joe Ide. This is the first book in the series and I thought it was a brilliant read. There is a tag line on the front of the book comparing this writer to Arthur Conan Doyle with a twist of Martin Scorcese – it is not wrong. A definite sleuth style mystery that uses the intelligent character of IQ to work though a mystery. Addictive and and excellent and I will be reading more in this series.

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Well that’s me done for another week. I hope everyone has a good week ahead. Happy reading. Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 16th Aug) #books #bookreader #bookworm #MeAndMyBooks

Hello and welcome to another weekly round-up. Before I go any further I just want to say a massive thank you to everyone that shared my posts this week, I was busy reorganising bedrooms and trying to get caught up with other stuff. Initially I was going to hop in and out of social media but decided it would actually be more beneficial to take the week off. So for all the shares, the likes and the comments I thank you all very much xx

So, this week has been a little light as far as reading goes and I have only two books this week to show you…

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I think it was last year when I read the Hunting Party and really enjoyed it. I was eager to read The Guest List by Lucy Foley and decided to include it in my #20booksofsummer reading challenge.

If you have read The Hunting Party then you will find the format is in some respects quite similar. A remote location, a crime and, for me, no idea as to who the victim was or the the culprit until much later on in the story. I liked the suspense and drama that the author includes as well as a good plot with characters that are a real mix. Ideal for crime, mystery and suspense readers.

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Taking a Chance on Love by Erin Green is a wonderful journey into the lives of three women. With Feb 29th approaching they have something to think about. As much as this is about taking a chance of finding love and lifelong happiness i felt this was more about the women themselves. Don’t get me wrong there is a romantic theme but not one that blew my socks off, but that really didn’t matter as it was the journey of the women that was the thing that caught my interest. A wonderful book that readers of contemporatry fiction and romance will enjoy.

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Well that really was a quick wrap up for the week. I will leave you with a few of the flowers I have picked from the garden this week 🙂

So, that’s me done for another week. Hopefully I will be able to catch up and share all you amazing posts again as I think I am about up to date.

Have a fabulous week ahead and Happy Reading

Yvonne xx

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My Week in Books (w/e 9th August) #booksread #bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

Hello and welcome to another weekly round up of books I have read this past week. A little later than usual, but better late than never!

I have a busy week ahead and will probably not be around that much to share posts as I usually do, just dropping in and out as I have time. So apologies now 🙂

So a quicker round up than usual for the books that I read or listened to…

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I finished listening to This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay. Thiis is the first of his books and it is an amazing listen as he narrates his story. THey are diary entries of things that happened while he was a junior doctor and there are a mix of humerous, sad and heartbreaking ones. An excellent listen and you can get a copy – PaperbackHardbackAudioKindle


This is a new author to me and this is the first book in the Welcome to Thorndale series. The Cottage of New Beginnings by Suzanne Snow is a lovely read and one that I really enjoyed. This is a story, as the title suggests, starting over. It has a gorgeous cover and the story inside is one of getting over a romance, meeting new people and trying to find a sense of balance. It is due to be released on #rd September and you can pre-order copy HERE


Wow what a brilliant start to this series! Killer Instinct by Zoe Sharp is a full-throttled, action-packed read that introduces the fabulous female protagonist, Charlie Fox. There is a lot to this character and I am really looking forward to learning more about her in the further books. You can get copies in – PaperbackHardbackKindle


I own a couple of books by this author and this is the first time I have read one. The Summer Island Swap by Samantha Tonge was a humerous read but also one that was almost like a coming of age for two adult sisters. A holiday destination that is changed at the last minute and a chance to think about the future. A gorgeous read and one that I adored. You can get a copy – KindlePaperbackAudio


Well, that is it for me and I wish you all a wonderful week ahead,

Yvonne xx

My Week In Books (w/e 19th July) #bookupdates #booksread #mygarden #MeAndMyBooks

Hello and welcome to another weekly round up of books ‘n’ stuff. It is a glorious day today (9:30 am Sunday morning) I’ve been down the garden already and picked peas, runner beans, potatoes and rhubarb for our Sunday roast, I think I have also eaten my breakfast as well, the odd radish, hand full of peas, a few raspberries and the last few gooseberries and I feel quite full 😋😋

So what have I read this week? I was quite surprised when I had a look back…

This is a brilliant book for those, like me who are menopausal or are at the early stages or are peri -menopausal. Older and Wider by Jenny Eclair is an absolute howl of a read and had me laughing and sniggering as I recognised a whole lot of signs and symptoms. It has her comedic style and is so accessible and it is also packed full of tips, advice and very useful information. I think this book worked so well because it is not full of jargon, but good to honest experiences.


OMG! OMG! this is fluffing brilliant and it is the third in the series and it just gets better and better. The Curator by M.W. Craven is fictional deviousness at its very best. Dark disturbing, devious and damned good reading. If you are a crime, thriller reader and you haven’t yet started this series… well shame on you! Yeah I liked this a huge amount and can’t wait for the next one.


This is another series I am thoroughly enjoying and The Moscow Whisper by Michael Jenkins is the third in the Sean Richardson series. A brilliant mix of espionage, deception, lies, secrets and a whole lot more. It is a brilliant fast-paced read and full of action. Brilliant read and keep your eye out for my review as part of the Blog Tour.


I borrowed this from my library via the Borrow box app and it was such a brilliant book to listen to. Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas by Adam Kay is a book I have had on my kindle for ages but not quite got to so when I was browsing the library app I thought I would give it a listen. Adam narrates this and this means he adds more to it as it his experiences he is discussing. Do be warned that there is quite a few swear words so you may wnat to listen through headphones or well away from little ears! An excellent listen and one that had me chuckling, at others not so much due to the nature of the the tale being told. I will mention that there is a warning for one of the stories as it is very sad, and it advises skipping if necessary, ( I started to listen to it and decided to then did skip it). Well worth a listen and one I would recommend.


I really enjoyed the idea behind Wife Support System by Kathleen Whyman and I am so glad I signed up to the Blog Tour for it. Three women who move into one house together so they can share the load of childcare, cleaning and cooking sounds amazing and initially it is. The story is a wonderful one of women who have different roles, jobs, partners and expectations, I really liked the interaction and dynamics between them. Keep an eye out for my review.


Why oh why didn’t I read The City of Brass by S.A Chakraborty when I first bought it! It is a fabulous fantasy, action and adventure read. I devoured its 544 pages in two sittings and absolutely loved this first book in The Daevbad Trilogy and now have the next two books sitting in my basket ready to check out. A brilliantly captivating read that has a Middle Eastern magical feel to it. Completely transporting me across desserts with ancient warriors, healers, and a mass of other things as well. Brilliant read and one I would definitely recommend.


Well that’s me done for another week and I am back to work (Monday night-shift), I’ve loved being off and home for two weeks and would have liked it if I could stay off longer… roll on retirement or a winning lottery ticket with lots of 000,000’s 😉😁

Wishing you all a great week ahead, Happy Reading

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 5th July) #booknews #bookupdates #mygarden #MeAndMyBooks

Hello and welcome to my weekly reading round up, and also the first post of July. It has been another week where the weather has been dictating what I can do, showers have been frequent and so has the humidity. The good thing about this is that the garden has been growing away madly, the downside is that so have the weeds!!!

Back in May we cleared part of the garden for a grass area where I geese used to live. Along with a few shrubs and trees it didn’t look inviting, but I could imagine what it would eventually look like. I am pleased to see the grass growing and all the transplanting seems to have taken.

What a difference a few weeks make, the first picture was taken on 29th May, the second today 5th July. The grass has had its first proper cut a couple of days ago and will need over-seeding in places, especially where the sparrows had their dust baths!

The veg garden and flower border are in full flow at the moment and it seems that every day there is more growth and therefore more to eat or look at!

Now for the books I have read this week…

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What a gorgeous read The Village Shop for Lonely Hearts by Alison Sherlock was. Amber was just supposed to be stopping over in the village of Cranbridge, she wasn’t supposed to be staying long, helping out as long as she did or the various other things that happened along the way. A wonderful read with a touch of drama, a smattering of romance and a tractor. Keep an eye out for my review as part of the Blog tour.

Pre-order your copy HERE.


A crime thriller read was next with The One Who Got Away by L. A. Detwiler that was quite dark as I followed the worries of an elderly lady who recently moved into a home. The worries and concerns are brushed off as part of her dementia, or the mutterings of an old lady, but Adeline knows she is not wrong about some things. I did enjoy this book though at times I did feel it was a little slow or maybe that I was too impatient to discover more. This is another book 7 in the #20booksofsummer reading challenge.

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Sunshine and Second Chances by Kim Nash is another wonderfully brilliant read by this author. If you have read her two previous books then you will already love her writing and you won’t be disappointed with this one. Four women catching up on holiday after many years of not seeing each other sees a few home truths and realisations come to the forefront of conversations. A superb read that I read in one sitting and loved as did my Mum, we are both agreed that Kim is an author we both love and will both immediately buy any of her books.

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I am loving the Alex Cohen series and Midtown Huckster by Leopold Bortinski is the 3rd book in the series. Set in the US at the time of gangsters, prohibition, racketeering and corruption it focuses on Alex. He is the leader of Murder Corporation, a small group who work for the various crime bosses eliminating problem people. With prohibition coming to an end and Hoovers Federal Bureau investigating the bosses things are looking bad for Alex. A brilliant read and keep an eye out for my review as part of the Blog Tour soon.

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Well that is me done for another week. I was checking out some of the numbers this week and I have the following –

Goodreads Challenge = 132 books read so far out of 200 for the year, 31 ahead of schedule.

NetGalley = reached my 200 reviews and earned another badge, and also 96% feedback ratio

Amazon = I am in the Top 50 of reviewers which I am still in shock about.

Blog = has just over 800 followers and since I started in feb 2017 I have published 825 posts.

Twitter = still amazes me and I have just over 5,400 followers.


Billy & Buster had a new toy this week, needless to say, they loved it 🙂

So that leaves me to wish you all a wonderful week ahead,

Happy Reading

Yvonne xx

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My Week in Books (w/e 21st June) #booknews #bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

Hello and welcome to my weekly wrap up of books I have read. This week has been quieter, one of those “not much really happened” weeks. So let’s get straight into what I have read…

When I received and email from Alison at Elliott & Thompson entitled “A Funny Nature book” I was intrigued and after reading the synopsis I knew this would be for me. Into the Tangled Bank by Lev Parikian is a delightful and humorous account of Lev’s observations on how people interact with nature, or how nature interacts with us. I really enjoyed the author’s style, witty and humorous pointing out the obvious. Keep an eye out for my review as part of the Blog Tour.


Next I read All We LEft Behind by Danielle R. Graham, this is set in Vancover in 1941 and is the story of a couple who have been friends since childhood and then realise as they get older that they have a deeper connection. Hayden is Canadian, Chidori is Japanese Canadian and when Japan bombs Pearl Harbour Chidori and her family are moved by the government. This is a beautiful story and one I really enjoyed and I think readers of historical fiction and romance would really enjoy it as well.


“Deadly Secrets by Ann Girdharry”

As there is no cover or synopsis on Goodreads or Amazon at the time I write this I have no cover to share, you will see it when the Blog Tour starts. Deadly Secrets by Ann Girdharry is a suspense filled thriller and it was a fabulous read. The death of an elderly man in hospital followed by the death of the nurse who cared for him is just the start for this brilliant story. It is a story that has far reaching implications for some and for other it brings the past well and truly back to the present. This was an addictive read and one for suspense, crime and thriller readers.


I have also finished listening to the Audible version of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets narrated by Stephen Fry. How is it that I have not really got into reading this series but instead prefer the audio-book? I think a lot of it has to do with the narration. This is the second in the series and I think most people of aware of this series. I enjoyed this and would recommend it.


Well that is it for me this week. As there was a break in the weather I was able to get caught up with weeding rather than reading. As I sit here, it’s Sunday morning and the roast is in the oven, I think how ironic it is that we are officially in Summertime and I am wearing a jumper, it looks more like autumn…

Have a wonderful week ahead and happy reading

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 14th June) #booknews #bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

Well, what to say about this week… Well… Woohoo it rained 😁I know I am not the only who is delighted to see the rain, it means my veg and flower beds have had a much-needed soaking. It also meant that my rhubarb has gone absolutely mad and I spent some time out in the drizzle picking loads and giving it away to neighbours. We do have a lot of rhubarb crowns, I think there is just over 20 of them 😂

So let me share with you the books I have read this week…

This was such a lovely read and it is the first time I have read anything by this author. Sunshine Over Bluebell Cliff by Della Galton sees Clara looking after the clifftop hotel while the owner has to fly off to a family emergency. While Clara is in charge there seems to be someone who is out to cause problems. Is it the neighbouring hotel, or is there someone else. I loved this story and it had me hooked as I read it from start to finish in one afternoon.


I cannot believe I missed my Blog Tour spot for this book. Thankfully Rachel messaged me and I soon rectified my oversight. Helen is a favourite author if mine which is why it was even more mortifying. So I picked up Coming Home to Heritage Cove by Helen Rolfe and read it in one sitting, this is quite normal when I pick up one her books. Melissa makes a trip back to her home, it is a nervy return as there are things that she needs to deal with, things that had been left unsaid and things left undone. A fabulous read and I love this start to a new series.


This is a book that caught my eye when I saw the Blog Tour for it. Before I Die by Jackie Morrissey is a book set within an elderly community. Though Maureen is getting on in years, she is not stupid and is completely aware that something is not right. However, making her daughter believe her is extremely difficult when carer Delores has got people believing Maureen is losing the plot. This is style of story is one that has a believable feel to it especially when you listen to news reports. Keep an eye out for my review on the Blog Tour.


Wow! What an absolutely gorgeous read The Beauty of Broken Things by Victoria Connelly is. A story of broken things that refers not just to objects but people, two people in particular. Luke and Orla do not know each other but they have a link to each other that is gradually explained through this story. A story of survival and finding the will to live life rather than hide from it. I loved this so much and keep an eye out for my review as part of the Blog Tour, in fact scratch that just go and buy a copy!


I really enjoyed The Wedding Favour by Lily Bartlett as I saw Nellie and Rafael meet and organise their marriage of convenience. The convenience that Rafael will be able to stay in this country and that Nellie won’t have to pay back the money a magazine has paid for the wedding. The wedding was originally for Nellie and Matt, but he decided he needed time out to think!!!! Ideal for readers who like fake date and rom-com reads.


I thoroughly enjoyed the first book and I am delighted to say I enjoyed the second book just as much. Fresh Eggs and Dog Beds 2 by Nick Albert continues the story of his and his wife Lesley’s new life in Ireland as they repair, renovate and make their home more liveable. Being stuck in the middle of nowhere on a mountain brings its own challenges. Yet again the humour is noticeable from the start as Nick armed with his DIY book does a lot of the work while Lesley undergoes hospital treatment for back pain and from a reaction from tablets. This is a wonderful read and once again I loved it.


Well, that is me done for the week as far as reading goes. Just going to leave you with a couple of loaves of bread I made…

Fruity Bread and a Chocolate Banana Bread and they taste great toasted with lashings of butter!

The recipe, well it is just a basic white bread recipe that I then add extras too, yep that’s it

Have a good week ahead and Happy Reading

Yvonne xx

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