Monday, 20 May 2019

Review: The Little Vintage Carousel By The Sea by Jaimie Admans

Ness has almost resigned herself to being single forever, when she catches sight of the most gorgeous man she’s ever seen on the train to work.

But just as she plucks up the courage to speak to him – he steps off the train and disappears into the crowds, without realising he’s accidentally dropped his phone!

It’s her ‘glass slipper’ moment, she’s sure of it, she just needs to track him down – all the way to the gorgeous seaside village of Pearlholme, where she finds him restoring a vintage carousel by the sea…

Maybe it’s finally time to follow her heart?

*Review copy received via NetGalley*


Full-length novel

Third person narration, single pov.





The Little Vintage Carousel by the Sea is the perfect summer read! I smiled all the way through reading it. It was joyful, funny, sweet and absolutely infectious in its happiness!
Seriously... It's pure joy distilled into a couple hundred pages.

Ness is a fact-checker working for a London based magazine. She lives in a horrible flat, hates her commute, dislikes her boss and dreams of something different while being stuck in the mundane day-to-day of her life. She has a smile-thing/major crush going on with an attractive stranger she sees semi-regularly on the tube and one day he drops his phone which she picks up and tries to return to him but doesn't get a chance before he's lost in a crowd.
This sets the scene for a madcap scheme with her annoying boss and pregnant BFF (who works at the magazine) to write a series of articles as Ness tries to track down 'train man'.

Of course, Ness finds train man - who happens to restore carousels - and sets off to return his phone to him (with her boss's approval) in a sleepy seaside village in Yorkshire where he is restoring a mystery carousel.

You can imagine how it all unfolds...
An amazing guy, who is intensely private, falls in love with his train girl only to find out she's in the town under not entirely honest circumstances...
And that's why this isn't a 5 star read, I'm afraid.
All Ness had to do was tell Ethan what was going on and everything would have been fine, but she didn't. She lied to him... A lie of omission, perhaps, but still a lie, and the mini-drama that unfolded felt like it was added just for drama's sake diminishing the shine of this book like a storm cloud on a sunny day.
It doesn't ruin the book though.
I loved Ethan and Ness, they were perfect for each other. The setting was beautiful, the mystery surrounding the old carousel was captivating and I laughed out loud so many times... A little unnecessary drama can't destroy that.
That's why I whole-heartedly recommend this book if you're looking for a happy pick me up or something to read while chilling in the sunshine.

I love this cover so much! It just screams light, summery read!

 "A stranger made eye contact with you, on public transport, in London? What kind of weirdo is this?”

Sunday, 19 May 2019

Weekly Update #60

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer
It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Now that's explained, it's on to my weekly recap!

Another week, another migraine! Fabulous.
Beyond the second brain-blender in a week, I had a pretty good one.
Read a few books, watched some TV and had fun at a BBQ with friends.
Feel like I'm starting to get my balance again so I'm hoping to get back into a semi-normal routine with blogging this week.

The little dude ran his mini-marathon and did so well! So proud of him and his classmates.
The atmosphere was wonderful. All the parents and kids who'd run or were waiting to run from his school clustered together towards the final stretch and the kid's faces as they heard the cheering and their name being chanted as they charged towards the finish... That will stay with me for a while. They were so happy and proud of themselves and there was more than one parent who had a tear in their eye as they watched them.

We finished Saturday with Pizza and Eurovision... I have no idea why we watch Eurovision. The music is most definitely not our type of music but there is something fun and infectious about it. I usually quite like the Scandinavian entries and this year was no exception. Kinda gutted that Norway didn't win, but whatever. 😊

Grave Dance: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Grave Memory: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Grave Vision: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐



This series is amazing and I really enjoyed this instalment but for whatever reason, it wasn't quite the 5 star the first three books were.

99p Sale

People are loving it, I want to read it, imagine my excitement when I went to add it to my amazon wishlist and found it on sale at 99p, last Sunday!
Don't know if it's still on sale but worth checking if you're interested.

Kindle Unlimited

I haven't read Willow Winters but she's a RARE2020 author and the Facebook Ad for this had me wanting to read it immediately... But it has to wait, on my kindle, for I have other books to finish first. 😆


Romance Reader Book Club gives you a freebie every month and this month was Fallen Ink by Carrie Ann Ryan!
So far, all the books gifted through this book club have been books I don't own so it's working out to be a big win!

GoT... Of course.

Also, I've started a rewatch of Once Upon a Time.
I'd forgotten how much I loved this show.

I love this song... This band are so underrated. This guys voice! 😍

Giveaway: Love in Bloom Hop
Reading Challenge: April Update

Have a great week all!

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Giveaway Hop: Love In Bloom 2019

It's been a while since I held a giveaway so... I'm taking part in the Love in Bloom giveaway hop!!

I'm giving away a $10 Amazon giftcard to one winner so they can treat themselves OR you can choose a book (up to the value of £/$10) to be delivered via The Book Depository.
Giveaway is open internationally.
Entrants over 18 years only.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

A little privacy note
By entering the giveaway, some data will be collected by rafflecopter (e.g name, email address, social media handles) and can be viewed by me.
This information isn't shared with any external parties and once a winner is selected (and the gift card/book delivered) it is deleted. I won't contact entrants for any other reason than to notify the winner (and if selecting a book from Book Depository, an address for delivery).
By entering the giveaway you are consenting to this.

Monday, 13 May 2019

2019 Reading Challenge - April Update

It feels like it's a bit too late to post April's reading challenge summary, seeing as it's mid-May, but I've decided to do it anyway as I won't be able to handle being missing a month come December if I don't!

April was an atrocious reading month for me. 
I've been stressed, in a slump and I finished the month with a grand total of 2 books read!
Yeah... Not good at all.
I started reading lots of different books, I just struggled to stick to any of them through to completion. I'm sure this means I'll have a bumper month at some point (because I'll finish those I started) but when that will be, I have no idea!

I'm behind on all my challenges, including Goodreads once again, and it all kinda sucks. But oh well!
There's time to sort everything out.


This year, I signed up for  4 reading challenges (not including the Goodreads Challenge) and 1 blogging challenge.

Details of them can be found in my 2019 Reading Challenge sign up post.

This month I have made progress as follows...

The Goal was to 10-12 books this year featuring royalty.

I entered April with a total of two, I finished April with a total of 2.
I read a big fat ZERO 'Royal' themed books last month.

My blog challenge... Each month a prompt is given and the goal is to write a blog post that fits it. 
I haven't written a single prompt.
I think it's safe to say that this one is probably an epic fail this year...

My aim for this one was to read 10-15 books featuring bad boys... 
This month I read 0 keeping the total at 1.

This reading challenge is aimed at reading books published before 2019 and getting them off your backlist/TBR/wishlist...

This month, I read 1 book from the backlist.

I'm aiming for 5 audiobooks this year.
My total is now at 4.

April's Audiobook was Broken by S.J. West.

I've also been listening to The House of Hades by Rick Riordan but I haven't finished it yet. I'll have it finished this month.

I'm officially upping the target on this challenge!
I was trying for Newbie (1-5 books) but now I'm going for Weekend Warrior! (5-10 books).


How are your challenges going this year?