Children's · Short Stories

*BLOG TOUR* Hector’s Perfect Cake – Lily Clarke ★★★★★

Blurb; Hector is baking a cake for his Granny and he’s determined that it’s going to be perfect.

But when he discovers that the peanut butter jar is empty, Hector decides that he must head out to find some more, or else his perfect cake will be ruined.

As time begins to run out, Hector’s luck begins to run out too.

He may have to accept that sometimes, perfection just isn’t possible…

Charlotte’s (5) thoughts;

I liked the huge cake.

I liked the pictures (illustrations).

I liked the end of the story.

I would give it 100 stars.

It’s funny cause he’s chasing around for peanut butter.

I liked the SMASH!

It’s a good story and I enjoyed it a nrw favourite. I’m going to take it into school so all my class can read it together.

My thoughts as a parent;

Charlotte was made up to get her own signed book through the post and wanted to read it straight away. Ofcourse her younger brother Noah (2) joined us aswell. It’s a great, short story and illustrated beautifully. Kept us wondering if he ever did get the peanut butter. Kept the kids busy and quiet! I’m sure this will be a new favourite in our house as we all love chocolate cake here.

It also teachers a lesson that I don’t think Charlotte understood… It’s okay for things not be perfect! They’re still loved and appreciated just as much. With thanks to the author and Rachel for the book! We would recommend to all kiddies. We gave it five stars as a 100 wouldn’t fit.

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Emotional · Short Stories

And Every Morning The Way Home Gets Longer & Longer – Fredrik Bachmann ★★★★★

Blurb; A little book with a big heart!

From the New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, and Britt-Marie Was Here comes an exquisitely moving portrait of an elderly man’s struggle to hold on to his most precious memories, and his family’s efforts to care for him even as they must find a way to let go.

With all the same charm of his bestselling full-length novels, here Fredrik Backman once again reveals his unrivaled understanding of human nature and deep compassion for people in difficult circumstances. This is a tiny gem with a message you’ll treasure for a lifetime.

My Review; WOW! This has gone straight into my top 20 of the year and I am amazed because it’s only 75 pages long, but it is a hard-hitting, emotional and for me a tear jerker of a read. Such beautifully written. Eye opening and a story that many readers themselves may have experienced or will do in the future.

Perfection. I did tear up. A short read which won’t take long to get through so perfect for those readers with busy lives or in a book slump. Has some beautiful illustrations throughout to accompany the story. Its a must read from me. Highly recommend. A well deserved five stars. Pop it onto your pile you won’t regret it.

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chick-lit · romance · Short Stories

*BLOG TOUR* Log Fires & Toffee Apple Cake at the Little Duck Pond Cafe – Rosie Green ★★★★

Blurb; Get set for a wonderful celebration of autumn with all your favourite characters at the Little Duck Pond Cafe!

An autumn fair is coming to Sunnybrook, much to the delight of the villagers. But for Madison, whose personal life seems to be spinning out of control, a roller-coaster is the last thing she needs – especially when it’s her emotions at stake.

Can she convince the delectable Jack that their relationship is worth another shot? Or has their romance ground to a permanent halt like a faulty big wheel? Will she solve the mystery of the missing name on her birth certificate? Or will her discoveries take her on a journey even bumpier than the dodgem cars? One thing’s for sure. Madison is going to need more than a fairground fortune teller to find the answers to her questions, if she’s going to ‘waltz-er’ into the happiest of sunsets…

My Review; I bloody love this series. In this story we get a look into Maddys hectic life. A roller coaster of a read plenty of ups and plenty of downs. Bound to keep us reading and seeing what turns out good and what doesn’t. As usual loved the village, characters and setting. Perfect!

A cosy autumn read to curl up with. Really enjoyed it. A short one under 200 pages but well worth it! This series is expanding and I never want it to end. Brilliantly written. Parts had me laughing, parts had me tearing up. The friendships within this book have me beaming. THE ENDING. Oh my heart! Beautiful. Emotional. Perfection.

A well deserved four stars from me. Loved it!!! Devoured it. Already looking forward to the next one. Highly recommend this book and the whole series so far.

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