Archive | October, 2010

Connections – Sheila O’Flanagan

30 Oct

 

Synopsis – In this enchanting collection of warm, poignant and romantic interlinked short stories Sheila O’Flanagan transports her readers to the Caribbean island resort of White Sands, where visitors arrive hoping their dreams will come true – which they sometimes do.

In touching, poignant and delicious tales of life by the ocean, Sheila introduces some of the most likeable and interesting characters she’s created. There’s Tara, who’s arrived with the man she wants to marry only to find that a rejected lover is planning to get in the way; Grainne, who’s been sent with her husband by their children to celebrate their anniversary, and who thinks the time has come to move on. Rudy’s on an idyllic break with his young son which is set for an unexpected ending; and Isobel – of ISOBEL’S WEDDING – discovers her ex-lover Nico might be staying just next door. Romance is very much alive in the hot Caribbean nights…

My thoughts – This book is almost a collection of short stories about the various guests staying at the White Sands hotel. It’s quite simular to the film Love Actually with all the different caracters, however the caracters werent so interlinking as what they are in the film. It’s a chick lit book, with lots of romance. I did skip the part about isobel as it is a follow up book to Isobels wedding that is on my TBR pile and i didnt want to spoil it, so i will go back to the chapter once i have read the other book.
I thought that this book was a highly enjoyable read, once i had got into the book i couldn’t put it down. it is easy to get into and pick up when it is put down. i would highly recommend this book to anyone that hasn’t read this yet. I warmed to all the charaters, especially the ones that i didnt think i would. there were lots of twists and turns to the various stories that kept me guessing til the end of each chapter. i would love to read more about the charaters if their was any follow up books. I already have some books by this author on my TBR pile and i would love to read more as this book was so enjoyable.

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My New Ebay Business :D

29 Oct

Since being made redundant, i decided to start up my own ebay business 😀 I now have the stock in which to do it, ive looked into the legal side of it and i can safely say im ready for it 😀

I’m hoping im making it successful, and that i can make enough money to live on 😀

 

wish me luck 😀

 

(also in working from home as such, and being my own boss means that i will have time to read all of my lovely books :D)

Danielle Steel – Answered Prayers

26 Oct

synopsis – Faith Madison is the very picture of a sophisticated New Yorker. Slim, blonde, stylish, married to a successful merchant banker and having raised two daughters, Faith has a life many would envy. But Faith has overcome a childhood marred by tragedy, and has carried within herself a secret she could divulge to no-one. The sudden death of her stepfather sets off a journey of change and revelation. At the funeral, painful memories flood back – and an old friend re-enters Faith’s life. Brad, a long lanky boy from her childhood days who had teased, tormented and protected her. Now a busy lawyer in California, Brad re-enters Faith’s life just as she makes a decision that plunges her marriage into crisis. As these two childhood friends rediscover each other, Faith is finally ready to face the most painful step of all: of sharing a secret that has long been haunting her, and opening up her heart for the first time in her life.

my thoughts – this was the second Danielle Steel Book that i have read. I didnt enjoy this one as much as the last, but it was still fairly enjoyable. i thought for a thicker book, it had very little plot to it. It was an easy read, and once i got into it it was ok, but i just thought it was quite slow paced. The storyline was quite good, however i did find it slightly predictable. I enjoyed the book however it would not be one that i would read again. I would read more books by Danielle Steel if i came across them, not ones that i would specifically go out and buy.

Waiting Waiting Waiting . . .

26 Oct

I hate waiting! I’m not a paitent person whatsoever. Firstly queues. I spend an awful long time queuing in the post office, as i do lots of ebay things. My local town post office is normally queued outside the door, normally with two members of staff on the counter, one on the ‘travel money’ which basically means that if you want that you get to skip the queue! totally unfair too! normally there are members of staff having a good natter about what they are doing that night too, or just hanging about. what i do now is go to the post office in the next village to the town, but its quicker to get the car out drive their and post the items their.

secondly slow drivers! i hate slow drivers especially when you get stuck behind one and cant get past. I’m no way a speed freak but i cant be doing with driving along 10 mph under the speed limit.

My current bug bear is waiting for things to be delivered when i order them online. I want my items now! Ihave been waiting two days, i want them now!!!!

 

moan over!

Leap of Faith – Danielle Steel

23 Oct

Synopsis – A compelling story of the power of lies, the misuse of trust and one woman’s triumph over a devastating betrayal. Marie-Ange Hawkins has the kind of childhood that most people dream of – freedom, love and security in a beautiful old French chateau. But when she is just eleven, a tragic accident marks the end of this idyllic life. Orphaned and alone, she is sent to America to live with her great-aunt on a farm in Iowa, where she is forced to work while dreaming of returning to her beloved chateau. Only the friendship of a local boy, Billy Parker, offers comfort and hope. When an unexpected visitor brings some startling news, she returns to France and meets the chateau’s new owner, the Comte Bernard de Beauchamp – a dashing widower who invites her into his home and his heart. For a time they enjoy a magical life together, until Marie-Ange hears a shocking story, so chilling that she can scarcely believe it. Not even her dear friend Billy can help her now, As the darkness gathers around her she must find the courage to take one last, desperate step to save her loved ones… and herself.

My thoughts – This is a book about a girl called Marie-ange whose parents and brother die in a car crash, and she is sent away to live in a different country with a great aunt who doesnt like her very much. This is danielle steel’s fifty second novel, which in itself is a great achievement.

Once Marie-Ange gets to America she makes a friend in Billy, their relationship is a complex one and at times i felt myself wanting to bang their heads together and make them get together, indeed in the end of the book it is not clear if they will or not.

this was the first danielle steel book that i have read and will definitaly read more.

Urgh :(

23 Oct

i have had the week from hell 😦 i have no job, no money, my friends seem to be drifting away from me and i hate living at home now too 😦 at the moment i can feel myself slipping slowly into a deep decline, i dont feel like doing anything, watching tv, reading, going out, nothing. To make matters worse, its half term week so i cant even get any peice and quiet here :(.

 

i really want to feel better 😦

Team Twilight

17 Oct

Ok, so I’ve finally done it. Ordered the first Twilight book. Yes i’m aware alot of people will yell at me for it, but i feel like I’m missing out by not reading it. I mean its not as though i need to read the other books is it? 😛 or watch the films? (well i think it might do)

However, everytime i buy a book it goes to the end of my TBR shelves, so i won’t get to read it for another 6 months or so, ish. Always do this otherwise i would never get through all my shelves.

so goodbye for now, from another one converted to twilight.