Book Review: Sunshine With a Chance of Snow by Carole Matthews

18081165What its about:

Beth and Michael have worked hard all their married life to give their children everything they want. It hasn’t been easy but it’s been worth it. Now, as Beth enjoys quality time with her family on their beach holiday, she knows she has a lot to be thankful for. But it’s not until she’s faced with her biggest challenge yet that Beth really begins to understand how lucky she is.

In this ebook exclusive short story, Carole Matthews will transport you to a world filled with love, family and sunshine. So put your feet up, stick the kettle on and indulge yourself for just twenty minutes.


Review:

I was lucky enough to be donated this book by Carole to my readathon and as I was raising money for Cancer Research, it kind of fit the bill. Sunshine With a Chance of Snow is a short story about a woman named Beth who is diagnosed with breast cancer. She has a wonderful, loving family who support her through the ordeal and she realises throughout her battle that that’s all that really matters.

This story was very short - only 36 pages – but it made me cry. It made me cry loads. Beth is a lovely woman who has a seemingly perfect family and although, like many families, they have money issues and other mundane things to worry about it shows the effect a genuine, life-threatening problem can have on not only the one suffering. It makes you look at your own life and wonder whether the materialistic things really do matter? As expected, it was well written and easy to read – like all of Carole’s book – and is a subject that I think will resonate with a lot of people. Perfect quick read which is both uplifting and thought-provoking.

You can find Carole and Sunshine With a Chance of Snow on the following links:

Goodreads | Amazon UK | Amazon US | Twitter | Facebook | Website

The Book Blogger ‘Get To Know Me’ Tag!

The lovely Laura from She Loves To Read created this tag as a way to get to know other book bloggers a little bit better. We all know we like books but there’s obviously a lot more to all of us that that! I think this is a lovely idea and I hope this new tag goes a long way in helping us all learn more about each other, other than our shared love of books. Here are my answers to the questions Laura made up and who I tag to do this next!


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1) Tell us 5 random facts about youDSC_0633

Hmm, I’m not very good at these things because my facts are either really boring or paint me as a complete nut job! I’ve never had an operation in hospital (which is a good thing, I suppose!), I am terrified of toads - frogs I can handle because their small and dainty but big fat slimy toads make me want to cry (my eyes started watering just writing that!), I am an only child, I’ve been a bridesmaid 3 times and I’m a bit of a loner – I like spending time with myself.

2) When is your birthday?

My birthday is on 4th September. When I was in school it was always touch and go whether my birthday would fall on the first day back at school! It rarely did, thankfully. Whenever I had a birthday party in primary school it was always at the very end of the summer holidays so luckily most people were back from their holidays and could make it and it was always a nice end to the summer. I also share my birthday with Beyoncé.

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Books That Made Me… Feel All Warm Inside

Today I’d like to welcome Charlene to my ‘Books That Made Me’ feature. The emotion/words I gave her were ‘Feel All Warm Inside’ so here are the books she has chosen…


Books That Made Me… Feel All Warm Inside

A big thank you to Jenny for asking me to join in with this post. It’s so great to connect with fellow book bloggers on Twitter.

I was really happy with the emotion I was given to write about as I think they are the ultimate books – the ones that afterwards you’re full of joy and warmth of the possibilities of your own happy endings. I think the genre and the wide collection of chick-lit books there are, they all made me feel like this! The book that came instantly to my head was…

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Tour: The Star Child by Stephanie Keyes

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I’m delighted to organising a tour for the wonderful novel by Stephanie Keyes, ‘The Star Child’, the first book in a three part trilogy.

Cover with quotePublisher: Inkspell Publishing

Blurb: The world is about to be cloaked in darkness. Only one can stop the night.

Kellen St. James has spent his entire life being overlooked as an unwanted, ordinary, slightly geeky kid. That is until a beautiful girl, one who has haunted his dreams for the past eleven years of his life, shows up spinning tales of a prophecy. Not just any old prophecy either, but one in which Kellen plays a key role.

Suddenly, Kellen finds himself on the run through a Celtic underworld of faeries and demons, angels and gods, not to mention a really ticked off pack of hellhounds, all in order to save the world from darkness. But will they make it in time?

A note from Stephanie: Each of us is running each and every day, going about our business, always focused on the next task. After awhile it’s easy to become jaded, to lose the magic. But what if magic existed just beyond our reach? What if you only had to believe to enter another world? Enter the world of The Star Child and you will journey a world of Myth and Legends, of Shapeshifters, Fairies, Gods and Goddesses, Celtic Lore, and heartbreaking Romance.

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Book Review: Afterlife Academy by Jaimie Admans

18754847What it’s about:

Even being dead isn’t enough to get you out of maths class.

Dying wasn’t on sixteen-year-old Riley Richardson’s to-do list. And now, not only is she dead, but she’s stuck in a perpetual high school nightmare. Worse still, she’s stuck there with the geekiest, most annoying boy in the history of the world, ever.

In a school where the geeks are popular and just about everything is wrong, Riley has become an outcast. She begins a desperate quest to get back home, but her once-perfect life starts to unravel into something not nearly as great as she thought it was. And maybe death isn’t really that bad after all…

Welcome to Afterlife Academy, where horns are the norm, the microwave is more intelligent than the teachers, and the pumpkins have a taste for blood.

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Sfoxwriting Alphabet Challenge: G

Green Day

I don’t usually write about music – in fact I don’t really know how to write about music. You’re supposed to listen to it, not write about it, right? But Green Day just simply had to be my post for the letter G. Partly because I couldn’t think of anything else but mainly because they were a huge part of my life, particularly at the age of 12, 13 and 14.

Firstly, lets set the scene… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUTGr5t3MoY

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