Adventure · Children's · Short Stories

*BLOG TOUR* Dreams in a Jar – Kate Staves ★★★★★

Blurb; What if you could keep a little piece of your dreams to hold on to forever? Put on your favourite pyjamas and get ready for a magical journey through the land of dreams, collecting trinkets and souvenirs as we go! In this story, a flower isn’t just a flower…it’s a pixie hat! A rusty old bolt isn’t just a rusty old bolt…it’s a piece of a rocket ship that blasted past a star! Let’s collect up all of these precious treasures together and keep them somewhere safe…I know, how about in a special jar? A sweet, rhyming adventure story to share with your little dreamer.
For ages 2-8.

Charlotte aged 7: I loved this story. Loved all the pictures and adventures she went on through her dreams. I have lots of dreams too so maybe I should start a dream jar. I could read this myself and I really enjoyed it. I’d like to take it into school so I can share it with all my friends and maybe we could all make dream jars.

My Review; What a beautiful book for little ones. Both boys and girls. Beautifully illustrated throughout. Not too long but not too short either. My 6 year old could read this herself but I also read it to my 4 month old and 4 year old who also enjoyed it. A beautiful story all about dreams. Makes a good conversation after about your own children’s dreams. The dream jar idea is a good one but would be filled with lots of different things. My eldest enjoyed it. As a parent I would highly recommend this book. Full of imagination. A well deserved five stars.

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Adventure · chick-lit · romance

*BLOG TOUR* Elodie’s Library of Second Chances – Rebecca Raisin ★★★★★

Blurb: An uplifting story about fresh starts, new beginnings and the power of stories, from the bestselling author of Rosie’s Travelling Tea Shop!
When Elodie applies for the job of librarian in peaceful Willow Grove, she’s looking forward to a new start. As the daughter of a media empire, her every move has been watched for years, and she longs to work with the thing she loves most: books.

It’s a chance to make a real difference too, because she soon realises that there are other people in Willow Grove who might need a fresh start – like the homeless man everyone walks past without seeing, or the divorcée who can’t seem to escape her former husband’s misdeeds.

Together with local journalist Finn, Elodie decides these people have stories that need sharing. What if instead of borrowing books readers could ‘borrow’ a person, and hear the life stories of those they’ve overlooked?

But Elodie isn’t quite sharing her whole story either. As the story of the library’s new success grows, will her own secret be revealed?

My Review: I have been a huge fan of Rebecca’s books for a while and knew I was in for a treat with this one. I wasn’t disappointed I devoured half of this book in just one night. Such a beautiful, heart warming and uplifting story. One all bookworms will enjoy as the story focuses on saving a library with the people as books storyline which is a relatively new idea across libraries. The main character is a book obsessed lady who just wants a cosy but simple life full of love and literature. A beautiful read. I enjoyed every page until the end. Loved all the characters and cosy little town. A perfect read. A well deserved five stars from me. Highly recommend. Going into my top reads of 2022.

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Adventure · romance · Young adult

First Love – James Patterson & Emily Raymond ★★★★

Blurb; An extraordinary portrait of true love that will move anyone who has a first love story of their own. Axi Moore is a “good girl”: She studies hard, stays out of the spotlight, and doesn’t tell anyone how all she really wants is to run away from it all. The only person she can tell is her best friend, Robinson–who she also happens to be madly in love with.

When Axi spontaneously invites Robinson to come with her on an impulsive cross-country road trip, she breaks the rules for the first time in her life. But the adventure quickly turns from carefree to out of control after the teens find themselves on the run from the police. And when Robinson suddenly collapses, Axi has to face the truth that this trip might be his last.

A remarkably moving tale very personal to James Patterson’s own past, FIRST LOVE is testament to the power of first love–and how it can change the rest of your life.

My Review; As many of you know I love anything James Patterson. This is an adorable story of falling in love with your best friend. After they run away together and set out on an adventure to the unknown, no destination, no plans just to leave their town you can slowly see these two characters fall in love while causing chaos along the way. From stealing cars. Evading the cops. To running away from a hospital. To accidents. This story has it all. The old paperback has no illustrations but the ebook included the odd illustration. An easy read. The ending was sad, upsetting the whole story before the end just started to make sense and piece it all together. Tissues may be needed it made me tear up anyway. Perfect read for readers who enjoyed the fault in our stars. Emotional. Beautiful. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me.

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