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2 September 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Book Characters That Would Be Sitting At My Lunch Table

'Top Ten Tuesday' is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. I love making lists, so this feature fits me perfectly! If you also take part in this feature or have any additions to my lists, please get in touch; I'd love to hear from you!
Top Ten Book Characters That Would Be Sitting At My Lunch Table

This week's Top Ten Tuesday is quite a fun one and definitely a top 10 I would never have come up with myself! The idea of a specific lunch table at school is not something I ever really experienced (I guess it just wasn't really like that at my secondary school), but I really liked thinking of characters who would sit at my lunch table if I had one. I look forward to seeing other people's lists, so be sure to leave a comment to this post and share your own top 10!

1. Mary Poppins

I love Mary Poppins and I'd definitely want her at my lunch table because of two reasons: 1) She's a great cook so she would be able to bring yummy lunch snacks for our lunch table, 2) She has a great bag in which she can fit anything, so she could bring a whole collection of books with her we could discuss during lunch!

2. Hermione Granger from the 'Harry Potter' series

Hermione is just as much of a geek/good girl/book lover as I am, so I have no doubt we would get along. She definitely deserves a spot at my lunch table.

3. Jo March from 'Little Women'

Jo March has been one of my favourite literary characters since I was a little girl and I've always loved her, so I couldn't leave her out of this top 10! 

4. Rachel White from 'Something Borrowed'

'Something Borrowed' is an amazing book and I've always loved the character of Rachel. I think she and I would really get along, so I'd like her at my lunch table as well. 

5. Lizzie Spellman from 'It Had to Be You'

'It Had to Be You' is one of my most recent chick lit reads and I absolutely loved it. Lizzie is a great and funny heroine and I'd love to be friends with her.

6. Ben Gilbert from 'You're the One That I Want'

Of course I also need a guy or two at my table, so I decided to pick Ben from Giovanna Fletcher's 'You're the One That I Want'. He's handsome, funny and just a great and trustworthy guy... Perfect!

7. Jane Hayes from 'Austenland'

As a big Jane Austen fan, I need someone with whom I can talk about this particular topic. Who better than Jane Hayes from 'Austenland', who loves anything having to do with Austen as much as I do?

8. Claudia from 'The Twelve Dates of Christmas'

Lisa Dickenson is an amazing and incredibly funny author and I just had to pick one of her heroines to join me at my lunch table (I would have picked Lisa herself, but unfortunately she's not a book character). 

9. Fitzwilliam Darcy from 'Pride and Prejudice'

I think Ben needs another man to keep him company, so why not go with one of the most romantic male characters of all time?

10. Landon Brinkley from 'Party Girl'

I loved 'Party Girl', mainly because of the amazing main character, Landon. She sounds like a great girl, and someone who knows how to organise a fabulous party, which could come in handy!

I'd love to hear about your lunch table picks!

1 September 2014

Upcoming release: 'The Honeymoon Hotel' by Hester Browne

The Bonneville Hotel is the best kept secret in Mayfair: its art deco suites and glittering ballrooms a former home-away-from-home for royalty and film stars alike. Recent years haven’t been kind, but thanks to Events Manager Rosie, the Bonneville is reclaiming some of its old cachet as a chic retro-glam wedding venue.

While Rosie’s weddings are the ultimate in romance, Rosie herself isn’t; she’s focused on the details, not the dramas. But when the hotel owner appoints his eccentric son Joe to the Bonneville staff, Rosie finds herself up against an unprecedented challenge: a rival whose predilection for the unconventional could derail not only Rosie’s own career, but the most elaborate, high-profile wedding the Bonneville has ever seen.

I have heard so many positive things about Hester Browne's novels and her new release titled 'Honeymoon Hotel' sounds like a fantastic read. I already love the sound of events manager Rosie and how she organises the most romantic weddings in the Bonneville Hotel. I can't wait for the release of this book on the 16th of September; I have a feeling this will become one of my favourite reads of this month!

Click here to pre-order your own copy now!

31 August 2014

Blog Tour: 'A Piece of Cake' by Trisha Ashley

Professional cake-maker Kate doesn’t have time for a man in her life, especially a boorish, sports-mad one like Wes. He’s definitely not her type.

But at her best friends wedding, when one crisis follows another, Kate begins to wonder whether she’s misjudged Wes.

Can love be the sweetest thing of all?

A warm, witty and romantic short story from Sunday Times top 5 best-selling author Trisha Ashley.

I’m really excited to be part of a rather yummy and special blog tour today! On the 28th of August a special e-book short story written by Trisha Ashley was released titled ‘A Piece of Cake.’ At the end of last year I got the chance to read and review Trisha Ashley’s novel ‘Wish Upon a Star’ which I thoroughly enjoyed, so I couldn’t wait to check out this new short story. I also have a delicious recipe from Trisha herself to share with all of you today, so be sure to check that out for some well-deserved weekend treats!

Kate is a professional cake-maker who is completely focused on her work, which means she doesn’t have the time to find a boyfriend. When she is asked by her best friend Laura to make the cake for her wedding, she has no idea Laura wants to set Kate up with her groom’s best man, Wes. However, Wes and Kate already know one another and Kate is convinced their different lifestyles do not mix, especially since Wes is a famous footballer who loves to party. But at Laura’s wedding, Kate can’t help but bump into Wes and she starts to doubt whether she should give him another chance... 

This short story is a wonderful treat which is perfect to be read in just one sitting. Just like Trisha Ashley’s books, the story is well-written and captivating, and has a lot of yummy cakes and delicious treats in it.  I really liked the friendship between Kate and Laura, and the sparks between Kate and Wes were definitely there! I would really like to see a full-length novel starring these characters, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed for that. ‘A Piece of Cake’ is a quick read, a warm and yummy story to enjoy when you have a few extra minutes! 
For more information about this book: / / Goodreads

Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

A special recipe from Trisha Ashley!

Chocolate Blancmange Rabbit Recipe: Trisha Ashley

I have one of those lovely Victorian glass rabbit-shaped jelly moulds, but the plastic ones do just as well. 

      You could use a packet of instant chocolate blancmange mix, but it’s very easy to make your own, and for a pint you need:

1 pint of milk
4 level tablespoons of cornflour
3 level tablespoons of sugar
1 level tablespoon of cocoa powder.


1) Blend the cornflour into a paste with a little bit of the milk, add the cocoa powder and stir well.

2) Bring the rest of the milk to the boil, and then pour it slowly onto the cornflour mixture, stirring or whisking all the time.

3) Return the mixture to the pan and bring to the boil, stirring constantly until the mixture thickens, which it does quite quickly.

4) Cook for a couple more minutes and then remove from the heat and stir in the sugar.  (This is all stirring stuff.)

5) Dampen the rabbit mould and pour in the mixture, tapping the sides to remove air bubbles.

6) When cool, put in the fridge overnight.

7) To turn out, gently pull back the blancmange from the edges of the mould with your fingertips to break the seal.  Put a plate on top, then invert.

As well as at Easter, this pale brown, trembling rabbit goes down very well at children's birthday parties.  If you have an Alice in Wonderland party, you can omit the cocoa powder to make a white rabbit, but use vanilla-flavoured sugar.

      I always say, there's nothing like a Mad Hatter's teaparty…

Thanks for sharing, Trisha!