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Rae reads... Kitty's Countryside Dream by Christie Barlow

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Kitty's Countryside Dream by Christie Barlow

When Kitty becomes the new owner of Bluebell Lodge she has no idea how much her life will be turned upside down. From chickens, to a crush on the lovely Tom and a mysterious diary to contend with life will never be the same again.


I loved how there was a mystery running throughout the book regarding Kitty's grandmother and her parents. It added an interesting spin and I was eager to find out what had happened in the past. I found myself unable to put the book down in parts as snippets from her families past are revealed.

I instantly liked Kitty's character, she is a strong main character who has recently had quite an upheaval in her life. The minor characters all add something to the story and I liked all their interactions with Kitty. I felt after finishing this book that I knew all the characters really well and could have gone on reading about their lives some more.

Overall I really enjoyed this book and I am eager to read mo…

Rae reads... A Summer at Sea by Katie Fforde

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A Summer at Sea By Katie Fforde

Emily has a great life, she is a midwife and is perfectly happy with how things are. Although when a friend gets in touch and asks for help she decides to take a risk and spend a summer at sea. Working as a cook onboard their Puffer boat. Will life be the same for Emily after her summer away?



I have read quite a few of Katie Ffordes books and always found them enjoyable however I did find this book a little bit more difficult to get into. I normally find myself engrossed in the plot and characters almost from the very first chapter. I would have to say that the main reason was that it took me a while to take a liking to Emily. With Emily being the main character this obviously caused a problem. I think the reason I didn’t instantly like Emily was due to her views on midwifery. I am all for the mother having a choice about where she gives birth. It just seemed a little bit too pro home birth for me which just slightly impacted on my enjoyment of the book a…

Rae reads...Manners Are Not For Monkeys by Heather Tekavec

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Manners Are Not For Monkeys by Heather Tekavec

When the zookeeper moves the monkeys to a cage near the picnic area she doesn't realise the trouble it will cause. The monkeys watch the children and soon begin behaving like them. However their mummy isn't impressed as the monkeys are using good manners she replies with "Manners are not for Monkeys"


I like to read with my children even though my youngest isn't too fussed (she is only 1 though) my oldest is 3 and he loves to look at books, even ebooks.

So the story is pretty straightforward, it is easy to understand and isn't too long winded. The plot develops nicely as the monkeys develop good human manners but this greatly upsets their mummy. I liked that the monkeys mummy was so upset that they weren't acting like real monkeys it gave the story a different spin. It kept my little ones attention although he may be too young to fully understand the story and it's content. The illustrations were great, th…

Rae reads... Getting Over Gary by Jessica Redland

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Getting Over Gary by Jessica Redland

Elise's perfect world comes crashing down around her after discovering a massive secret about her husband. After 12 years of marriage her dreams of starting a family have just been destroyed. Can Elise move forward with her life and be happy.


I was drawn into Elise's life quite quickly, the author has written an interesting main character who is very likeable. As the truth is revealed I couldn't help but imagine how hard it would be to be in her situation, what would any of us do in that moment. The story moved at a good pace and I never felt bored by the plot. To start with I wasn't quite sure how everything would play out. There were quite a few possibilities and I was kept guessing if Elise would get her happy ending. Elise's back story with her mum was very sad and I definitely felt sympathy for her. It also explains some of her behaviour with Gary, her friends and her possible love interests.

Even though this is the second …