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Wednesday, 13 December 2017

THE GIRL I USED TO KNOW by Faith Hogan.

THE GIRL I USED TO KNOW by Faith Hogan.


About the book
A beautiful, emotive and spell-binding story of two women who find friendship and second chances when they least expect it. Perfect for the fans of Patricia Scanlan.
Amanda King and Tess Cuffe are strangers who share the same Georgian house, but their lives couldn't be more different.
Amanda seems to have it all, absolute perfection. She projects all the accoutrements of a lady who lunches. Sadly, the reality is a soulless home, an unfaithful husband and a very lonely heart.
By comparison, in the basement flat, unwanted tenant Tess has spent a lifetime hiding and shutting her heart to love.
It takes a bossy doctor, a handsome gardener, a pushy teenager and an abandoned cat to show these two women that sometimes letting go is the first step to moving forward and new friendships can come from the most unlikely situations.
Bio Faith Hogan
Faith Hogan was born in Ireland.  She gained an Honours Degree in English Literature and Psychology from Dublin City University and a Postgraduate Degree from University College, Galway.  She has worked as a fashion model, an event’s organiser and in the intellectual disability and mental health sector.
She was a winner in the 2014 Irish Writers Centre Novel Fair – an international competition for emerging writers.
Faith Hogan Contact:
Twitter (her favourite) https://twitter.com/GerHogan

Links to Buy:
AMAZON
https://www.amazon.co.uk/GIRL-I-USED-KNOW/dp/1786692864/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1513116322&sr=1-1&keywords=the+girl+i+used+to+know




This is based around a four storey Georgian house in a lovely Dublin square.
The women I meet very soon become part of my “life” as the author makes them 3D almost immediately and you cannot help but feel connected to all of them.

Amanda and Richard King purchase this house but it has a sitting tenant named Tess. They think they can eventually get her to move on. But it’s not the case.

Amanda and Richard being owners occupy the top three storeys with they’re children. 

Amanda seems to have it all, if you were looking on, you would feel that way too. 

Tess who lives in the basement is a lonely lady, but in some ways she’s brought this upon herself, but I did fully understand how and why.
Tess trips over Amanda’s cat one day and ends up at the hospital. 
It’s her wake up call on her health.

Amanda is a 45 year old woman who appears down trodden by Richard her husband.
They have everything. Money, comfortable style and she’s in with a coffee morning with the elite husbands.

A wake up call comes to Amanda one day in the detail of a flavoured condom.

Both women separately start to take stock of their lives. 
Amanda and Tess roads cross at times but in opposite directions.

A cat has a hand in bringing these two women together where they find they have lots in common.

I love how the chapters went back in time so we could see and get a rounded picture on the past.
What was Tess life like when she was younger.
What was her home life like.
Did she have a family.
Why is she alone.
Did or can she ever find happiness.

The chapters had date headings so it was easy to follow.
They were short and crisp so I found myself flipping through this read faster than I thought.

Carlos.......hmmmmmm lush.

It’s a fab “curl up book” that takes the reader on several surprises.

This read was much more than I expected, it was full bodied and had hidden gems.


My thanks to Aria for my copy via Net Galley

East End Angels .ROSIE HENDRY

Meet The East End Angels, the newest members of Station Seventy-Five’s ambulance crew – when the war arrives, only true friendship will see them through

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East End Angels .ROSIE HENDRY

Published 14th December 2017
Paperback Original | £6.99



Strong-willed Winnie loves being part of the crew at Station Seventy-Five but her parents are less than happy. She has managed to avoid their pleas to join the WRENS so far but when a tragedy hits too close to home she finds herself wondering if she’s cut out for this life after all.
Former housemaid Bella was forced to leave the place she loved when she lost it all and it’s taken her a while to find somewhere else to call home. She’s finally starting to build a new life but when the air raids begin, it seems she may have to start over once again.
East-Ender Frankie’s sense of loyalty keeps her tied to home so it’s not easy for her to stay focused at work. With her head and heart pulling in different directions, will she find the strength to come through for her friends when they need her the most?
Brought together at LAAS Station Seventy-Five in London’s East End during 1940, these three very different women soon realise that they’ll need each other if they’re to get through the days ahead. But can the ties of friendship, love and family all remain unbroken?




Rosie Hendry lives by the sea in Norfolk with her husband and two children. East End Angels is the first book in her uplifting and heart-warming saga series that follows the lives and loves of Winnie, Frankie and Bella, who all work for the London Auxiliary Ambulance Service (LAAS) during the Blitz. Listening to her father’s tales of life during the Second World War sparked Rosie’s interest in this period and she loves researching further, searching out gems of real life events which inspire her writing. Keep up-to-date with Rosie by following her on Twitter (@hendry_rosie), becoming her friend on Facebook (rosie.hendry.94) or reading her blog (rosiehendry.blogspot.co.uk).





This is the first in a series. We meet the East End Angels who are members of Station Seventy Five Ambulance Crew..
We meet Winnie.
She comes across very strong willed, knows her own mind and where she is going with her life.

She loves being part of the ambulance crew, one of the Angels.

Winnie's parents are not happy that she is doing this job and would much prefer her to join the WRENS.

Bella, a former housemaid had to leave her job due to a [no spoilers] and is pretty down in the mouth about this.
She loved her housemaid job.

Based around the 1940's its a very thoughtful read that makes you think about life back then.

Frankie is the third female in this story, this crew member.
Shes an East End girl and her loyalties lie at home. Its very difficult for her to stay focused on her job.

Each one of these East End Angels come from different backgrounds, different emotions and hope for the future. But can they bond they're relationship.
Can each one help each other to cope.
Can their families cope together as the ultimate happens. 

There are some really tragic moments, and one day when the air raids start, what then?
Each women's background knit together to make a beautiful and satisfying read. 

It made me reflect on what people had to go through back then. Life is very precious, sometimes we take that for granted. 

My thanks to Little Brown book group UK for my copy

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Review: A Redwall Winter's Tale

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is a few years old now. 2013 maybe?

But I picked this up in a pound store. The cover caught my eye. I only flicked through it quickly because I recognised the cover.
Thought no more of it until I was unpacking my purchases then I sat to look at this more closely.
The illustrations in this edition are awesome.

They say “ a picture tells a thousand words” it’s definitely true in this instance.

I’m glad I picked it up for only £1

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Review: Knitting Scarves: The Easy Way (Scarf Knitting Patterns)

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I wouldn’t aim this as a beginner type pattern book although scarves are fairly easy to knit.
It would be complicated if you didn’t already know the basics.

But it’s pretty basic and gives you most of the help to get started.

Not the best book I’ve found for beginners though.

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Review: The Elegant Knitter: Simple Techniques for Beautiful Results

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Great book.
Great patterns.

But there are only 2 I’d personally need.
The 2 dog patterns.

I could however adapt the learnt patterns to other projects.

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Review: Get Knitting!: From Casting On to Binding Off

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I am not a beginner knitter but if I was I find this hard to follow.
With You Tube having so many excellent knitting channels as a beginner you can do no wrong by using visual aides secondary to an actual person sat beside you teaching you.

I didn’t think this was a good guide at all

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Review: Get Knitting!: From Casting On to Binding Off

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars



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