Paris for One and Other Stories by Jojo Moyes – Book Review 

What a great idea for a novel. 50% one story, 50% lots of others. I think Moyes might be unparalleled in her ability to grab a reader and thrust them right into the centre of a narrative, no pretext or exposition required.
In just a few short pages she is able to take a reader right until the soul of her characters, where they discover the essence of that person. It’s a rare thing to see right into the heart of a person. Sure, you could argue that it works in a book because the characters aren’t real, but I wholeheartedly disagree. They are your mother, your sister, your best friend, your neighbour, the cranky old woman in the supermarket, the tired young parent in the library. 

Moyes is so successful because she writes about us. These short stories are no different. 

I would thoroughly recommend. 

Paris for One and Other Stories is available for purchase now. 


The Break by Marian Keyes – Book Review 

The Story

Myself and Hugh . . . We’re taking a break.’
‘A city-with-fancy-food sort of break?’

If only. Amy’s husband Hugh says he isn’t leaving her. He still loves her, he’s just taking a break – from their marriage, their children and, most of all, from their life together. Six months to lose himself in south-east Asia. And there is nothing Amy can say or do about it. Yes, it’s a mid-life crisis, but let’s be clear: a break isn’t a break up – yet . . . However, for Amy it’s enough to send her – along with her extended family of gossips, misfits and troublemakers – teetering over the edge. For a lot can happen in six-months. When Hugh returns if he returns, will he be the same man she married? And will Amy be the same woman? Because if Hugh is on a break from their marriage, then isn’t she?

The Review

Marian Keyes, you are a genius and I don’t know what to do with myself now I’ve finished this book!

It is such a real, human story. This may not sound like high praise, but when you read hundreds of books where the characters are limp, fake and frankly unbelievable, you can’t help but yell “hallelujah!” when you find a book like this. 

I have to say, I have also never hated a character more than I hated Hugh. I just felt he was the most selfish, uncaring and heartless bastard. And yet, my feelings on him were swayed as well.

The story is actually quite heartbreaking. There is an awful lot of tragedy, and I just wanted it to stop but I could not put it down!

What makes this book so amazing is Amy. I never thought that at 25 I’d relate so well to a 44 year old mother of 2 (well, really of 3). Marian Keyes has an uncanny ability to use her characters thoughts to reach right into the reader’s soul and give a big tug. I was with Amy the whole way though this book. I felt her heartbreak, her rage, her excitement, and even her love for Hugh despite his bastardly behaviour. 

If you are looking for an escape from your reality (a running theme through The Break), this book is perfect.  To be honest I think it’s perfect no matter what you’re looking for. I want to read it again already!

The Break was released yesterday so GO GO GO!



Snowy Scenes in Stockport

Here in the UK the nation is currently freaking out about the snow. All of 1.5cm that I can see. Every winter I am baffled – Why can’t we prepare for this?!

Nevertheless, despite horrible train delays, school closures and broken boilers, I love the snow and could take photos of it forever. 

See below for a couple of mobile snaps ☺

Playing Her Cards Right by Rosa Temple – Book Review

The Story 

New year. New life. Fresh start.

Newly minted career girl Magenta Bright reluctantly finds herself growing up – she’s now a live-in girlfriend, a successful business owner, and an obsessive desirer of classic leather handbags.

But, fuelled by her creative talent, Magenta doesn’t seem to know when to stop. Between designing and launching a new range of bags, planning her parents’ second wedding, and whisky binges with scary international model and best friend Anya, something’s got to give, and it’s not long before her relationship with shy artist Anthony is in the firing line.

Will handbags lead to heartbreak for the unstoppable Magenta Bright?

The Review

I’m going to start this review with a little disclaimer: I find it very difficult to feel sympathy for upper-class rich people whose lives are very close to perfect.

I’ll be honest from the beginning. I didn’t really like this book. I’m actually struggling to remember the name of the main character. Interestingy I can recall the names of both her best friend and her boyfriend, so perhaps I’d rather hear a story about either of them. In a way, that’s probably true.

I found the protagonist very difficult to relate to. When hungover, she reaches for Dior sunglasses, and she calls her parents “mother and father”. She’s also her biggest problem. If she would simply talk to anybody about what was going on in her head she’d have very few things to be dealing with. I guess it would make for a very short book, but I’m not sure that’s such a bad thing anyway. Even towards the end when I think she’s finally going to get over herself, she runs away from her problems again. Just frikkin talk to him! 

Having said that, I will concede that she does suffer a true heartbreak during this story. It’s the sort of event that no amount of money or privelage can fight against, and we can truly feel her despair coming through the pages. Even that isn’t enough to turn this around for me though. 

She is spoiled, idiotic, unfunny and cowardly, and I really couldn’t care less what happens to her. 

The List by Patricia Forde is out TODAY

This is a great choice for fans of dystopian sci-fi novels who are looking for a unique concept.

To read a comprehensive review of the novel, take a look here.

You can get the novel from Amazon at this link.

Gingernut x