Monday, 18 November 2019

Counting Down the Days with a Personalised Advent Calendar

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It may still be November, but time to plan for Christmas is swiftly running out! However, if you've left everything to the last minute and you haven't even thought about where to start yet, don't panic - The Writing Greyhound is here to help!

First things first - where does the festive season start for you? For me, it all kicks off on December 1st when the first door of the advent calendar is opened. Whether it's a traditional chocolate calendar or one filled with toys, make-up, alcohol, or even cheese, the effect is still the same - Christmas is on its way! But with all of those calendars, one element is missing. Could Christmas 2019 be the year of the personalised advent calendar?

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Book Review: Through the Wall by Caroline Corcoran

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Lexie’s got the perfect life. And someone else wants it...

Lexie loves her home. She feels safe and secure in it – and loved, thanks to her boyfriend Tom.

But recently, something’s not been quite right. A book out of place. A wardrobe door left open. A set of keys going missing...

Tom thinks Lexie’s going mad – but then, he’s away more often than he’s at home nowadays, so he wouldn’t understand.

Because Lexie isn’t losing it. She knows there’s someone out there watching her. And, deep down, she knows there’s nothing she can do to make them stop...

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Book Review: Where the Story Starts by Imogen Clark

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A strange encounter. An unlikely friendship. But will it survive when they both know the truth?

As a single mother, Leah struggles to get her children ready one morning, the doorbell rings. Standing on the doorstep of their terraced house in Whitley Bay is a well-dressed stranger, Clio, who feels an emotional tie to the house that she can’t explain. The story should end there, but a long-buried secret is already on its way to the surface…

In some ways the two women couldn’t be more different: Leah’s a mother of two and the daughter of a barmaid; Clio’s a perennially single heiress to her baroness mother’s estate. But where Leah lacks grown-up company, Clio lacks any experience of the real world, and the unlikely friendship sparked by their curious first meeting offers both of them a welcome respite from the routine of their lives.

It is a friendship that will answer questions neither of them knew to ask, uncovering secret stories from the past that have stayed hidden for decades. But will it also be the catalyst for them to finally feel that they belong?

Thursday, 31 October 2019

Reading Round-Up: September/October 2019

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The latter half of 2019 has definitely been a big success for me on the reading front. Over the last few months, I've been making a conscious effort to put my phone down and read more - and that dedication has definitely been paying off!

If you missed my last reading round-up post, you can catch up on the start of my newfound reading mojo here.

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Book Review: How to Make Time for Me by Fiona Perrin

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No-one said being a single mum would be easy.

Everyone knows that being a single mother means having no time to yourself. But for Callie Brown, it's more exhausting than most. She's juggling the needs of three teenage children, two live-in parents, a raffish ex-husband, and a dog who never stops eating.

The last thing Callie needs is anything more on her plate. So when she bumps (quite literally) into a handsome, age-appropriate cyclist, she's quick to dismiss him from her life. After all, if she doesn't have time to brush her hair in the morning, she certainly doesn't have time to fall in love.