[Book Talk] The Beach Cafe (The Beach Cafe, #1) by Lucy Diamond

the-beach-cafeBook Details:

Format: Ebook
Source: Borrowed
Read: November 2016

Synopsis:

Evie Flynn has always been the black sheep of her family – a dreamer and a drifter, unlike her over-achieving elder sisters. She’s tried making a name for herself as an actress, a photographer and a singer, but nothing has ever worked out. Now she’s stuck in temp hell, with a sensible, pension-planning boyfriend. Somehow life seems to be passing her by. Then her beloved aunt Jo dies suddenly in a car crash, leaving Evie an unusual legacy – her precious beach cafe in Cornwall. Determined to make a success of something for the first time in her life, Evie heads off to Cornwall to get the cafe and her life back on track – and gets more than she bargained for, both in work and in love…

My Thoughts

Oh my goodness, I loved this book! This reminded me of the days when I discovered the works of Sophie Kinsella and gobbled everything up that she had written! I fell in love with this story and Lucy Diamond’s writing right from the get-go and now I seriously want to hunker down and read all of her books. Isn’t it great when you find a new favourite author and realize they have a HUGE backlist (as well as new books, too) that you can dive into? I’m so excited!

Some might say that this story was a bit too easy going, but honestly, that’s what I was looking for! I love a good chick lit book and this was perfect. I loved the whole idea of the beach cafe and the fact that Evie inherited it from her aunt. I think what I loved most about it is that even though I’m a huge lover of winter and snow (it’s true!), I think it would be perfect to live on a beach. Can you imagine, hearing the waves crashing every day? I would feel insanely intimidated to run a cafe, had I inherited one, but Evie made it sound so enjoyable and fun – not to mention, the cast of characters who joined her at the cafe. I loved them all!

I also loved how British the whole story was. There’s just something about the British dialogue and whatnot that I love! Plus, there’s a good romance in the story, too – and who can say no to that? This reminded me of a Bridget Jones book, with Evie being such a likeable and relatable character. I couldn’t get enough of this story and read it within a couple days, enjoying every second. Honestly, I can’t wait to read more of Lucy Diamonds books after this one!

Waiting on Wednesday (44): Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming books whose releases are being eagerly awaited. Bloggers are encouraged to join in and post about the book they’re looking forward to reading.

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W. W. Norton & Company | February 7, 2017

Introducing an instant classic—master storyteller Neil Gaiman presents a dazzling version of the great Norse myths.

Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales.

In Norse Mythology, Gaiman stays true to the myths in envisioning the major Norse pantheon: Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki, son of a giant, blood brother to Odin and a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator.

Gaiman fashions these primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds and delves into the exploits of deities, dwarfs, and giants. Once, when Thor’s hammer is stolen, Thor must disguise himself as a woman, difficult with his beard and huge appetite, to steal it back. More poignant is the tale in which the blood of Kvasir, the most sagacious of gods, is turned into a mead that infuses drinkers with poetry. The work culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and rebirth of a new time and people.

Through Gaiman’s deft and witty prose emerge these gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to duping others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.

Okay, I’ll admit that I’m well behind on my Neil Gaiman readings, since I have a TON of books on my shelf that I still haven’t read! That being said, I’ve read 18 of his books so far and this looks interesting! I love retellings and from the reviews, this one looks good. I saw on Twitter that Neil is narrating this one, so I might have to get the audiobook version of it!

What are you waiting for? 

[Book Talk] Austenland (Austenland, #1) by Shannon Hale (Audiobook)

austenlandBook Details:

Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
Read: November 2016

Austenland series

  1. Austenland

Synopsis:

Jane Hayes is a seemingly normal young New Yorker, but she has a secret. Her obsession with Mr. Darcy, as played by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, is ruining her love life: no real man can compare. But when a wealthy relative bequeaths her a trip to an English resort catering to Austen-crazed women, Jane’s fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency-era gentleman suddenly become realer than she ever could have imagined.

Decked out in empire-waist gowns, Jane struggles to master Regency etiquette and flirts with gardeners and gentlemen: or maybe even, she suspects, with the actors who are playing them. It’s all a game, Jane knows. And yet the longer she stays, the more her insecurities seem to fall away, and the more she wonders: Is she about to kick the Austen obsession for good, or could all her dreams actually culminate in a Mr. Darcy of her own?

My Thoughts

Oh my GOD! So I am a huge Pride & Prejudice fan … like, HUGE! When I went on vacation a few weeks ago, I was looking for a couple good audiobooks to listen to on my short drive. I usually listen at 2x the speed, so anything around 6 hours would have been perfect. As I was looking at what people also liked for books I loved, I came across Austenland (which someone mentioned in a My Lady Jane review – amazing book, if you haven’t listened to it) and I decided to go for it. It was 6 hours and 20 minutes, which was perfect, and I figured it would make a good listen for my drive home, since the end of vacation usually means I’m tired and need something to keep my attention up for the drive – this was the best pick!

I loved Jane and her obsession with Jane Austen books – particularly Mr. Darcy. I loved how she talked about loving the book, and then watching the 6 hour movie starring Colin Firth and the whole time I was like, “YUP! I totally get you!” And when she gets the trip of a lifetime to go to Austenland, I was so jealous! I mean, how cool would that be, to get to dress in period costumes and maybe meet the man of your dreams? Your own personal Mr. Darcy? So cool.

This book was both expected and completely unexpected. I loved that it had everything I wanted and more! The narration was perfect. One of my favourite narrators, Katherine Kellgren, narrated and she’s pretty much the bee’s knees of audiobooks. Her voices were all perfect, including the males, and she got that humour across so perfectly! I also loved how you could really tell apart the story from the other tidbits, like the list of Jane’s boyfriends. It made for a great listen!

If you’re looking for a quick and fun read (or listen) and you love Jane Austen, please give this one a try! It was just too cute and I can totally see myself listening to this one again – I’m so glad I bought it!