Shopping Horrors – a random ramble
Random Ramblings / 31st March 2016

What a depressing experience shopping for clothes is.  First the minefield of which is the appropriate shop for a woman of a my age to frequent.  Top Shop and New Look seemingly being aimed at a teenage clientele who don’t wear what I would recognise as clothes but merely a few wisps of material.   BHS and Marks and Spencer feeling like they are aimed at the more mature customer (hopefully I have a few years before I hit that!)...

The Teacher by Katerina Diamond
Reviews / 31st March 2016

What the publisher says: You think you know who to trust? You think you know the difference between good and evil? You’re wrong … A LESSON YOU WILL NEVER FORGET The body of the head teacher of an exclusive Devon school is found hanging from the rafters in the assembly hall. Hours earlier he’d received a package, and only he could understand the silent message it conveyed. It meant the end. As Exeter suffers a rising count of gruesome...

The Chocolate Lover’s Christmas by Carole Matthews
Reviews / 31st March 2016

What the publisher says: Christmas is just around the corner but the women of The Chocolate Lovers’ Club have more to worry about than present shopping . . . Lucy loves running Chocolate Heaven but she hasn’t spent time with her boyfriend, Aiden, in weeks. And then her ex-fiance turns up and things become even more complicated. Nadia hasn’t let herself get close to a man in a long time, yet she can’t help feel...

Me & You by Claudia Carroll
Reviews / 31st March 2016

What the publisher says: Heartbreaking and uplifting, Me and You is a story about how hard it is to leave our old selves behind, the tough choices we sometimes have to make and how love and friendship can heal the most damaged of hearts. “I’m fine. I’m sorry. Please take care of him for me. And maybe one day I’ll get to explain.” Angie knows a lot about her best friend Kitty. She knows Kitty is mad and wild and loves to wear clashing...

The Art of Baking Blind by Sarah Vaughan
Reviews / 31st March 2016

What the publisher says: Five amateur bakers compete in a baking competition and discover that the vision of perfect domesticity they aspire to may not be the whole truth. For book club readers everywhere whose tastes range from The Help, One Dayand The Other Hand to Katie Fforde and Gill Hornby. There are many reasons to bake: to feed; to create; to impress; to nourish; to define ourselves; and, sometimes, it has to be said, to perf...