“All my life I thought that the story was over when the hero and heroine were safely engaged -- after all, what's good enough for Jane Austen ought to be good enough for anyone. But it's a lie. The story is about to begin, and every day will be a new piece of the plot.” - The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.
My 20th of 2018.
Honestly I could not (still) decide on the line to quote whenever I want to talk about this book, because every line is so worth quoting.
The entire novel is written in the form of letters (yes, the sweet soulful nostalgic hand-written notes that used to exist before our generation got washed away with ‘tapping’ IMs), written by one character to another.
And the Story, it is lovely, soothing and engrossing.
A must-read, again. “That's what I love about reading: one tiny thing will interest you in a book, and that tiny thing will lead you to another book, and another bit there will lead you onto a third book. It's geometrically progressive - all with no end in sight, and for no other reason than sheer enjoyment. “
Clearly loved it till the end.
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~**~ Release Blitz for Roma King (Roma Royals #1
) by Callie Hart w/ Review ~**~
(Link in bio)
Description “911. What is your emergency?” Every night, Zara Llewelyn picks up the phone and assists people in distress. House fires. Assault. Motor vehicle accidents. Home invasions... Between the hours of six and two, she is the answer to a thousand cries for help. But when the payphone outside Zara’s apartment building mysteriously begins ringing night after night, the very last thing she wants to do is pick it up. And yet, she can’t seem to help herself... Pasha Rivin’s trying to outrun fate. He’s been running from it for years now, but escape isn’t in his cards. As the oldest son of the oldest Roma family in the country, he’s not just a member of a proud and fiercely traditional clan. He is their reluctant king...and now he’s expected to find a wife.
The fiery redhead that shows up on his doorstep, following a trail of breadcrumbs, hunting for a missing little boy, is the last person Pasha’s mother has in mind, however.
She’s an outsider, an intruder, and as far as his family are concerned, she’s not welcome on their land, let alone in their king’s bed.
Pasha has never allowed his destiny to stand in the way of what he wants, however. And he’s never wanted anything more than he wants the girl with the burning green eyes. *** Zara Llewelyn picked up the phone and learned a secret.
Falling in love has never been so dangerous... #CallieHart #RomaKing #RomaRoyals #Duet #NewRelease #Contemporary #Review #romance #bookstagram #blogger #ontheblog #bibliophile #bookworm #booksnwineblog #blessed #bookishAF #bookgeek #hawaiigirl #igreads #readersofinstagram #GiveMeBooks
"I think the best thing to do is just constantly imagine yourself being 80, sitting in a rocking chair and looking back on your life. Think about all the opportunities you are presented with everyday and ask yourself 'would my 80 year old self be happy with this?. Like, say your dad wakes you up at eight in the morning and asks if you want to go out for breakfast. Right now, as a teenager, you'd probably just roll over in your bed and refuse, because you're too tired' or 'can't be bothered' But as an 80 year old looking back, you would jump out of bed and go and have that breakfast without any second thought. It's just the little things, you know." -80 year old answering the question 'how to live life without regrets' just days before she died
//I suck at captions. So well, I guess I'll just post my favorite quotes now 😁//
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Book Review 🌟 🌟🌟🌟🌟 The Girl in the Corner by Amanda Prowse.
Rae-Valentine and her husband married at 18. As a quiet shy girl marrying into the crazy, loud, wealthy Lattimer family, Rae is bedazzled by the lifestyle. Rae and Howard have a rock solid, dependable, loving marriage. And over the years, Rae falls into a routine, becoming the selfless, tireless, reliable, "answer to everyone's problems" mum, wife, aunt, sister and daughter, forgetting herself and her own needs in the midst of it all. Celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary, a bombshell is dropped on Rae that rocks her entire world, and her belief in herself. Can she come back from it?
I have to say I am an absolute whirlwind of emotion having finished The Girl in the Corner. This book made me laugh and made me cry several times. I am sure many passengers on my commute will admit, crying on the bus on the way home from work is not a good look! I sometimes think that certain books come into our lives for a reason and when I started reading "The Girl in the Corner" that is exactly how I felt about Rae-Valentine's story on a personal level. I identified with Rae a lot and her story touched me in a way that I haven't experienced in a while. Her decisions throughout the book, how she handles the "bombshell", her need to find the way back to herself, to have a label other than "mum", "wife", etc., her feeling like a bit of a doormat and rebelling against that a little, is something we can all identify with from time to time. I enjoyed Dolly as a character too, but at times felt like I wanted to shout at her, "give Rae a chance to think for herself"!! .
Ultimately though, Rae-Valentine is a kind, generous, care-giving person who is left reeling from the shock to her world, and without giving too much of the story away, Amanda Prowse has written a beautiful story that reminds us all to not lose hope, to stick with our dreams as it is never too late, to have courage and faith that it will all work out the way it is meant to, to remain true to ourselves and to celebrate that which we hold dear as it could all be gone in an instant. Loved it. 5/5
As promised: the reply, written and kissed by Natalie in the guise of Helena. .
We had fun deciding which of the characters our handwriting personalities corresponded better with. The defensiveness at its breaking point of Penelope suited my careful, controlled cursive; and the playful, unselfconcious Helena is clearly portrayed in Natalie's rushed hand. Thanks @gabby.crowley
for giving us such compelling characters to play with!
Don't forget! You can come meet Gabrielle, Kate, Joyce, Natalie and me, and hear some choice readings from each story. We'll have drinks and snacks at @openstudio_toronto
from 5-7 this Friday evening.
~W e d n e s d a y~
which is a book that the end was unsuspecting?
Today I woke up with a sour throat and hope that it won’t get worse😭..this afternoon I think I’ll go with my mum at the Christmas market because she wanted so I make her company and in the mine time I try to find something for me!🙈🖤
Buon pomeriggio lettori!
Oggi mi sono svegliata con un po’ di mal di gola e spero solo che non peggiori😭..questo pomeriggio credo che andrò con mia mamma ai mercatini di Natale perché ci tiene,quindi gli faccio compagnia e nel frattempo vedo se trovo qualcosa per me!🙈🖤
☕️Next read: Heir of fire
☕️Current read: Strange weather
☕️New release: Queen of air and darkness
☕️Last read: Wintersong
☕️Book with a white cover: Restore me
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah follows the story of sisters Isabelle Rossignol and Vianne Mauriac when Germany begins to invade France during WWII. After their mother died when they were younger, both sisters were rejected by their father and sent away. He was unable to cope with the loss of their matriarch and forever changed from serving in The Great War.🕊
Vianne is the older sister who follows the rules. She got pregnant young, married her child's father Antoine and lives in the countryside of France tending her garden and cooking for her family. Isabelle, the younger of the sisters is the impulsive, short-tempered one with a biting tongue desperate to be loved. When the Germans invade Paris, Isabelle's father once again pushes her away and sends her to live in the countryside with Vianne. She leaves as Paris is under siege and has a chance encounter with Gaeten, a young man seeking to aid the resistance. They journey to Vianne's together and share a special connection.
Antoine is sent to the front as a solider so Vianne and Isabelle find themselves alone with Sophie, Vianne's daughter. Soon, Germans being invading their small rural town of Carriveau and they are required to allow German soldiers to billet with them. Enter Captain Beck. Despite being a Nazi official, he is respectful and considerate of both girls and the difficult situation they have been placed in. Vianne's strategy is to keep her head down and do whatever the Germans ask, as any opposition is punishable by death. Isabelle can't hold her tongue and refuses to just sit back while her country surrenders to the Nazis. 🔥
Want to read the rest of my review? I’m keeping most of it hidden on my blog so I don’t spoil the book for anyone else who is reading along for our #nightingalebuddyread
We have our first discussion Sunday and I am so excited! My full review is linked directly in my bio. Man...THIS BOOK 💔 If you’ve read it and want to be added to our chat let me know! SO MUCH to talk about.