• Harley Hound and Red Spotted Ned // Blog Tour // Books

    Reading and bedtime often walk hand in hand, and although my two eldest children are strong and capable readers my youngest daughter Robin still enjoys being read to at bed time. When we moved it was her idea to create a book area under the stairs to house all the books we’ve acclimated over the years. But of course we are always hungry for more fun and enjoyable books to read together at bedtime. Harley Hound and Red Spotted Ned are two wonderful books written by Chris Jones, inspired by when his son was read books by his mum, and once it came to Chris’ turn to read the books, he chose to create his own stories and adventures full of superpowers and never ending tails. After dealing with the break down of his relationship Chris jumped back into writing a story he and his fiancee started and found working on the story and completing it helped him heal and with myself having had to deal with the breakdown of my relationship in late 2019 I can fully understand how therapeutic throwing yourself into something to deal with the heartbreak. We all come out of the other end with a… View Post

    AD // Helping Hand Stories by Sarah, Duchess of York // Review.

    Disclaimer – This review was meant to include a giveaway but due to COVID19 and not wanting to send out any unnecessary mail I have decided to do a simple review with a giveaway in the future when this is all over. thank you for understanding. “I had a conversation the other day with a mum who had recently read the stories to her young daughter.  She told me that, initially, she had been a little wary of raising such difficult topics with her innocent young child.  But, equally, she knew that her little girl would have to face such issues, probably sooner rather than later.  As they describe a fictional situation, the stories had been a relaxed way to introduce the topics and her daughter had engaged with them. She identified with the children portrayed in them and wanted to read them again a few days later, asking a number of questions.  Mum and Dad had felt very relieved that the topics were now ‘on the table’ and indeed the books were now literally on the bedside table to be referred to, when needed.” ~ Sarah, Duchess of York Helping Hand stories are a collection of short stories about every day life lessons… View Post

    AD // The Will to Succeed by Christine Raafat // Review

    When the 15-year-old Lady Anne Clifford’s father died in 1605, she was his sole surviving child and expecting to inherit the Cliffords’ great northern estates. But the Earl of Cumberland leaves a will which ignores an ancient law and bequeaths the lands to his brother, in the belief that a prophecy by his great-grandfather will eventually come true and return the estates to Anne. She and her mother vow to contest the will. Anne spends the next three decades battling for what she believes is rightfully hers. She risks everything by opposing her beloved husband, her family and friends, the nobility, the law courts, the Archbishop of Canterbury and the King. She steadfastly (and treasonably) refuses to accept the King’s decision, whatever the consequences, but is defeated and left with the prophecy as her only hope. Widowed at thirty-four, she survives an anxious period alone with her two young daughters before surprising everyone with an ill-judged second marriage which gives her access to the highest in the land. But the Civil War destroys that power and confines the 52-year-old Anne to a grand palace in London for six years. Still convinced of her rights, will she ever attain “ye landes… View Post

    Minecraft Life Hacks Lab for Kids by Adam Clarke and Victoria Bennett

    Minecraft and computer games are a big thing in my house, my first game was the sims back when I sat in a game shop with a friend during a summer holiday but my children first game was Minecraft, or at least it was Kai’s first game, Amelia and Robin just joined in with the ride. so when I was asked to review a book about life hacks using knowledge in the game how could I pass it up! Being an expert ‘master builder’ as he calls himself, Kai was excited to read through the book and learn new tricks of the game, he’s recently discovered command blocks in creative mode and I am endlessly amazed at the new designs and creations they make but I have always hoped that beyond the game there could be some other things it could teach you in life. in comes Minecraft Lifehacks Lab. it is an unofficial book by Adam Clarke and Victoria Bennett, the book covers all sorts of things from building in the game and important life lessons and hacks to create a better you. How to communicate with others, how to care for the world around you which I am… View Post