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book review | the little shop of happy ever after.

The Little Shop of Happy Ever After

I finished The Light Between Oceans earlier this week (4 stars, heartachingly beautiful and painfully real) and upon doing so, I needed something light-hearted with a happy ending. Clearly, this book sounded perfect.

This was my first novel to read by Jenny Colgan and I absolutely fell in love. I spent two days, curled up in my chair, completely devouring it. I laughed out loud and found myself falling in love with Scotland and books all over again. I simply did not want it to end.

Throughout the entire book I found myself wanting to pick up and move to the Highlands, embrace the quiet county life and spend my days eating local sausage and reading books. I have a feeling this is going to become a go-to book for me whenever I need a quick, cozy escape. All in all, it was utterly delightful.

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i’m back.

chatham, mass.

I’m back…in every sense of the word. Literally, because we just returned from our most recent trip to New England (which was a total dream), and figuratively because I’m hoping to be much more active on the blog in the coming months. I’ve been taking a much needed break, but truthfully – I miss it. I miss writing and I really miss being in the kitchen.

I don’t know that I can pinpoint the exact reason why I haven’t cooked or baked anything in the last few months…I mean, aside from a ridiculous notion that I needed to eat brussels sprouts five nights a week. But over one of the many incredible meals that my husband and I shared together on vacation, I realized how much I missed preparing good food at home. So, I’m back. Or at least I will be as soon as I get caught up on laundry.

In the meantime, while I’m working on menus and detailed posts about our trip, I’ll leave you with a few quick ratings of the books I’ve been reading recently. I may not have been cooking, but I have definitely been reading!

The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley – 5 stars (read this book NOW!)
Overseas by Beatriz Williams – 3 stars (entertaining, but simply not her best)
Austenland by Shannon Hale – 3 stars (loads of fun, but not exactly high quality)
Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch – 3 stars (quick, fun and easy, but poor writing)
A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams – 5 stars (exceptional and exactly what I have come to expect from Williams)

Be sure to add me on Goodreads for updates on everything I’m reading.
Currently: The Light Betweens Oceans by M.L. Stedman

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book review | jane steele

jane steele

It was the boarding school that taught me to act as a wolf in girl’s clothing should: skulking, a greyer shadow within a grey landscape. It was London which formed me into a pale, wide-eyed creature with an errant laugh, a lust for life and for dirty vocabulary, and a knife in her pocket.

I hereby commence my account with the unembellished truth:

Reader, I murdered him.

That was it. That was the sole line that hooked me; how could it not?

Although this is a reimagining of Jane Eyre in part, it is also very much so its own story. It’s gripping from the very beginning and Jane Steele’s narrative voice immediately draws you in. In truth, it contains themes of violence and sexuality that were clearly not present in Bronte’s novel; but I have to tell you – reader, it was fantastic.

Even if you haven’t read Jane Eyre (which I must now highly recommend you remedy…and then follow it up with the film because Michael Fassbender as Mr. Rochester will quite literally ruin your life) you can still enjoy this book. Despite being so violent, it’s an intelligent book filled with dark humor and absolutely dripping with irony. I must say, I loved every salacious minute of it.

I would pick this book up quickly if I were you because I have a feeling that everyone is going to be talking about it. And for very, very good reason.

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