Sunday, 31 December 2017

Review: Aunt Dimity and the Duke

Good Afternoon

Today's review is the second novel in the Aunty Dimity series.   

Blurb courtesy of Goodreads website.
Emma Porter is forty, fat, frumpy, and a passionate amateur gardener. When her longtime lover dumps her for a younger woman, Emma escapes the cloying sympathy of family and friends by setting out on a summer-long driving tour of England's glorious gardens. A Dimity-contrived coincidence brings her to Penford Hall, a sprawling Gothic mansion in Cornwall, where she finds a duke in search of a missing lantern with extraordinary powers. Suspecting there's more than one mystery to be solved at Penford Hall, Emma accepts the duke's invitation to stay on and restore the once glorious chapel garden to its former beauty. The dark rumors surrounding a rock star and the near-death of the duke's beautiful cousin confirm Emma's suspicions, and set her--with Aunt Dimity's ghostly guidance--on the path to Penford Hall's secrets and the pleasure of unexpected love.

Published in 1994 by Penguin Books.

Another solid, quaint and cosy mystery from the pen of Nancy Atherton.  This book is a prequel to the first in the series and is about Emma (one of the caretakers of Aunt Dimity's cottage in the first novel).  This novel tells us the story of how Emma falls in love with Derek and how they become the caretakers of the cottage.

The current Duke is keen to return the Hall to it's form glory after the previous Duke sold all the assets and sacked the staff.  Penford Hall's residents have strong admiration for the Duke but just how far will they go to help. 

This second book has a great twist solving the mystery of a dead rockstar and the unfortunate accident of the Duke's cousin. 

Bookworm Blessings and may 2018 be full of bookshelf beauties! 

Sunday, 24 December 2017

With Love at Christmas - Carole Matthews

Good Afternoon Bookworms!

My third suggestion for a Christmas audio book is With Love at Christmas by Carole Matthews.

Blurb courtesy of Goodreads website.
Juliet Joyce adores Christmas. She loves the presents, the tree, the turkey, the tinsel, everything. Already the festive spirit is upon her, which is just as well as this Christmas things are starting to get out of hand.

Her son Tom is out of work and bringing home a slew of unsuitable partners; pregnant daughter Chloe and her little boy have moved back in; Juliet's father, Frank, is getting over a heartbreak of his own and Rita, her eccentric mother, is behaving more erratically each day. And has the chaos got too much for Juliet's husband Rick?

With the big day fast approaching, Juliet hopes that she can stop everything spiralling out of control.  

Published 2012 by Sphere.

This entertaining novel had me giggling whilst I was wrapping gifts and crying whilst baking biscuits.  The family experience a roller coaster of emotions during the festive period but Juliet's love of Christmas shines through every problem and crisis. 

The Joyce family is a collection of loveable misfits and in the run up to the big day Juliet has more than mince pies and mistletoe on her mind. Juliet brims with generosity towards family and friends sometimes to the detriment of her own feelings.  This is definitely a feel-good Christmas story and a must if you are a Carole Matthews fan. 

This is a sequel to That Loving Feeling published in 2009.

I will have another review on New Years Eve but would like to take this opportunity to wish you wonderful Christmas blessings!  x