The year of making time – an update

We are nearly three months into 2014 and I wanted to update you all in my plan for 2014 – the year of making time!

Well, I would say my year of making time has started off very well! I have learnt to use a sewing machine. Given my family’s craft history it was bound to happen to me at some point.

I have also helped my husband paint the downstairs loo and started tackling the garden.

Other achievements include being accepted on the LLM panel for my book reviewing. When I received the email to say I was accepted I actually shouted out “yes!!!”. I was at work at the time and I did get a few strange looks but I didn’t care. Being complimented on my “blogger style” really did give me a feeling of I can actually do this and do it well.

Also being approved by bookbridr was also an exciting moment of the past 3 months. It’s a platform between publishers and bloggers which is a fantastic idea and I have loved being part of it.

My pledge for making time for myself has pushed me to read more. I would
Like to thank the publishers and authors that have let me read and review their books. I have read so many different books and I will be honest and say that I have enjoyed every single one. I have been lucky that so far I haven’t had to write a difficult review.

I think the books that have stuck out for me so far this year include Zenith Hotel, The Summer at the Lake and The Dead Wife’s Handbook.

I have also had the pleasure of being part of some blog tours. 3 months ago I didn’t even know what a blog tour was.

After such a strong start to my first 3 months I have no option but to carry on. I think my idea of making more time for me was a pretty good one. Go ahead steal my idea. You won’t regret it.

Summer at the Lake by Erica James

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Summer at the Lake
Erica James
Orion Publishing

If you need a cure for the winter blues then this is the book for you!

I’ll be honest I had never read a book by Erica James before. But I do judge a book by its cover and when Orion Publishing kindly sent this to me to review I was so excited! The cover is just so beautiful. I couldn’t wait to get started.

The story has 3 main characters. Firstly Floriana, who was lost in thoughts didn’t see a car heading towards her. Esme, an elderly lady with her own past to deal with and Adam, a property developer, were luckily there to help. In this strange twist of fate a strong friendship was created. The main storyline is about Floriana battling against her love from her past for Seb, after receiving an invitation to his wedding in Lake Como.

I don’t want to give too much away so I will not go in to the detail of the plot. But the theme of love in the past and love in the future makes this book heart warming to read. The characters are so well written. I instantly warmed to Floriana and everyone needs an Esme in their life!

The descriptions of Lake Como made me want to jump on a plane and go! Funnily enough, as I was finishing the book my husband was watching Top Gear and in the episode they were driving around Lake Como! Erica got the beautiful scenery spot on, no wonder I felt like I was at the lake myself throughout the book.

As the weather is wet and rubbish outside in the UK at the moment, go get this book and relax with a gentle story in the sun!

I would recommend this book. Congratulations Erica, I loved it!

Many thanks to Orion for letting me review this book.