Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Book Review - The Rose Revived by Katie Fforde

Fantastic Fiction Review: When May teams up with Sally and Harriet it is the best day's work she's ever done. Each of them needs money, badly. Which is why they are reduced to working for Quality Cleaners under the watchful eye of 'Slimeball' Slater. When they discover it is them being taken to the cleaners, they set up as an independent team. And that is when things really begin to take off. With more lucrative jobs coming in, they soon find that they are able to take the first steps towards freedom and independence. For May that means paying the mooring fees for her adored houseboat. Harriet can take art classes and reveal her gift for painting, and Sally can save up for a place of her own. But while they are making a success of their working lives, they risk overlooking the romantic possibilities they have created...

This is a nice easy read and easy to get into from page one. I warmed to the characters and the humour Katie Fforde includes in her books is an added bonus. Lots of feel good factor and happy endings although rather predictable.

Friday, 7 January 2011

Chick Lit Reading Challenge for 2011

Because I don't have enough to do (LOL) I've decided to sign up for the Chick Lit Reading Challenge for 2011. I enjoy reading 'light' books. Books that I can pick up and put down. Books that I can read without needing a dictionary to check the vocabulary! Books with a feel good factor. So when I saw the Chick Lit Reading Challenge that requires participants to read 12 chick lit books including 2 books from debut authors throughout 2011 (plus any other genre that appeals) I thought "Why not".

You can keep track of what I'm reading from my list on the sidebar on the right and any recommendations as to what i should read next would be appreciated. having said that I have acquired quite a few books from Read it Swap it that I already have quite a few books to read.

Monday, 3 January 2011

D is for Double Page Layout

This week a new challenge was launched on Scrapology. We chose a super two page layout by Jana Eubank whose scrapbook pages I have admired for some time.

This was Jana's original sketch and layout.

I used some Teresa Collins and Adornit Christmassy papers for my festive layout which seemed fitting in the week after Christmas. The only embelishments I added were some poinsettia flowers (I think from Papermania), some brads and some BasicGrey letter stickers.

Do pop along to Scrapology to see all the other gorgeous layouts the design team have created and if you send in a layout of your own based on the original sketch you could win a super prize.

Saturday, 1 January 2011