It is always impressive when you start to read a book, and you are immediately aware that the author has undertaken an immense amount of research before even starting to write the novel, and this is most definitely the case with Estelle Ryan’s The Gauguin Connection, which is the first in the Genevieve Lenard series.
This is the second book from Lottie Winter, and when she asked us to review it, after loving her first offering The Inauguration of the Carnal Set, I was very happy to take on the mantle.
Cassandra is billed as the first full novel in The Carnal Set series, and it certainly does not disappoint!
Let’s get the standard e-book stuff out of the way first! It is well written, decently edited and reads as good as any novel from one of the big publishing houses, this book certainly doesn’t suffer from some of the problems which afflict some e-books which don’t have the benefit of a huge publisher, instead it is classy, professional and actually extremely good.
I used to love reading, well no, that’s not true, I still love reading, but life is so busy! Bringing up a family and working means that anytime I would love to have a good ole read I am generally so tired that I fall asleep minutes! But on the other hand there are too … Read more
Whenever I am asked to read and review a book, my very first port of call has to be not the plot, or the characters, or even the writing style! But can I actually read it without heading for the Asprin at some point! With the huge influx in the five years or so of … Read more
Would You Rather I didn’t know what to expect when I was sent Would You Rather to review, apart from the fact it was something about motherhood, and as I have a small whirlwind of a three year son, the book seemed a good fit! The first thing to say is that the book is … Read more
Grace by Samuel J Lumley is rather to categorise, there is romance, there is mystery, there is an absolutely coming of age element, there is even a little violence! What Grace mostly is, is brilliant, and I truly don’t say those words easily, and even now when I do there are a few things I should qualify – yes, its brilliant, once you get past the first few rather slow chapters, and yes its brilliant even though some of the dialogue seems to go on rather too long!
About a year ago, we took the very hard decision that Razberry Juice just couldn’t continue, there were many reasons for this, but the most pertinent was of course that everything has to earn its crust and however much we loved Razberry it simply wasn’t! It would be lovely to be able to do things … Read more
CHINA TOWNS Asian Cooking from Around the World in 100 Recipes by Jean-François Mallet July 2015 Hardback | £30.00 Published by Jacqui Small
100 recipes that will transport you on a culinary
journey through China Towns around the world.
In Western countries, the Chinese food eaten in restaurants is often a far cry from the
dishes prepared and served by the Chinese themselves. This is because the Asian communities
that have settled in so-called ‘China Towns’ around the world, in cities such as New York,
San Francisco, London and Paris, have mastered the art of adapting their cuisine to suit
local tastes. Added to which, this cuisine is often influenced by other Asian dishes, so much
so that food served in one city’s China Town may be heavily influenced by Vietnamese
dishes whereas in another it may more closely resemble Thai cuisine.