Jul 6, 2015

Sea Weekend: L'Occitane Bonne Mère Peche Bucket Giveaway


Enter this giveaway for a chance to win a L'Occitane Bonne Mère Peche bucket. Good luck!

 I will contact the winner via email. If I don't get a reply within 60 hours the prize will go to someone else. All of my giveaways are international, you can find the official rules here. 

Sea Weekend: Review - A Cornish Stranger by Liz Fenwick

 
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Review by Suze

Jaunty is ninety-two years old and she's getting frail. Because she wants to keep an eye on her grandmother Gabe moves back into Jaunty's beautiful, but remote cabin near the water. Jaunty has raised her granddaughter after both of her parents passed away. Gabe loves Frenchman's Creek and she's had a happy childhood there. Jaunty lives a secluded life, she barely leaves her home. She's a well known artist and has a beautiful studio. Unfortunately Jaunty doesn't use it anymore. Gabe could now use the space for her music, but she's worried about her grandmother who always loved to paint. Gabe wanted to be an opera singer, but things didn't work out, so she composes tunes for commercials for a living and the studio is the perfect place for her piano.

When a gorgeous stranger is drowning in the water of the creek one night during a storm Gabe doesn't hesitate. She jumps in, fights the strong current and rescues him from drowning in the cold seawater. As his boat has been damaged by the bad weather the stranger, whose name is Fin, now doesn't have a place to stay. Jaunty, who never lets anyone in, offers him her studio straight away. Who is this handsome stranger? And why does Jaunty like him so much that she gives him a place to stay just moments after meeting him? 

Both Gabe and Jaunty have their secrets. Gabe has changed, she was a rising star in the opera world, but she's stopped singing because of something traumatic. Her grandmother has no idea what happened to her. Jaunty wants to write down the story of her past for her granddaughter, so Gabe knows more about her history and who she is. The cabin is a house filled with love and mystery. Gabe and Jaunty are wonderful women and I immediately loved this book because of them. I wanted them to find peace and to be happy. They each have to fight the demons of their past and I loved the way Liz Fenwick has described that process.

The beautiful, secluded cabin is such a wonderful setting. Because Liz Fenwick is great at descriptions I could visualize it straight away. I loved the way she made the story come to life. The main characters felt so real that I had the idea I was in the cottage with them. It was like I could touch the paintings, jump into the water and see the stunning views. The vivid descriptions combined with a strong story make this novel such a perfect read. A Cornish Stranger is a fantastic book filled with mysteries, secrets, handsome men and love. It's an excellent summer read and I highly recommend it.

Jul 5, 2015

Sea Weekend: Green Sea Glass Necklace Giveaway


Enter this giveaway for a chance to win a sea glass necklace made by StYing Studio. Good luck!

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Sea Weekend: Review - Not Forgetting the Whale by John Ironmonger

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Review by Suze

St Piran in Cornwall is a little village with a close community. One day a young man washes up on the beach. He's naked and the villagers don't know who he is. The people who find him take him to the retired village doctor and soon the man regains consciousness. He's been rescued by a whale and not much later it has to be the other way around. The man's name is Joe Haak and he manages to make the whole village work together to reach a nearly impossible goal. Why is he in St Piran? 

Joe Haak writes computer programs for a large bank in London. He's designed a program that can predict the future, because it's able to see which implications certain important events, decisions and incidents will have. The program's name is Cassie. Because of Cassie's predictions Joe thinks the bank is in financial trouble and he's fled from his workplace. He thinks Cassie's apocalypse forecast is correct and he will try to survive it together with the inhabitants of St Piran. Has the program really been able to make an accurate prediction? And what will happen now that the future is uncertain, will the man who was delivered on the beach by the whale save the village from the impending doom?

Not Forgetting the Whale is a clever philosophical story. John Ironmonger writes about what would happen if the world we're taking for granted collapses all of a sudden. Joe Haak is an interesting person. He's on the run, but when he stops he doesn't hide, he's determined to make things better. Joe Haak is a survivor and he's smart when it comes to computer programming and preparing for dire situations, but on a personal level he isn't always very wise. He falls in love with women who aren't right for him, he works in an environment that isn't suitable for him and he makes rash decisions without thinking about the consequences. His interaction with the villagers makes this story so interesting, somehow most of them immediately like him and if they don't he negotiates until he has exactly what he needs. Soon he's part of St Piran's tight community. The villagers accept him as one of their own. I liked the sense of community and I enjoyed seeing how the newcomer manages to conquer his spot among them.

John Ironmonger's writing is witty and sharp. I loved his smart thinking which leads to interesting twists and turns in the story. Joe Haak is as prepared as he can be, but even though he has Cassie unforeseen circumstances are making things harder. When a lot of difficulties are coming their way nobody in the village ever complains, the inhabitants try to think of workable solutions instead. I loved that aspect, it's exactly as it should be, but not how it was expected to be. Not Forgetting the Whale is a fantastic story about a man who washes ashore, a huge whale and a very realistic apocalypse, it's an absolutely brilliant book. 

Sea Weekend: Shell Necklace Giveaway


Enter this giveaway for a chance to win a beautiful shell necklace made by Flor Accessoires. Good luck!

  I will contact the winner via email. If I don't get a reply within 60 hours the prize will go to someone else. All of my giveaways are international, you can find the official rules here. 

Sea Weekend: Fabulous Freebie - Long Way Home by Neve Cottrell

Tyler Barnes can’t believe his eyes when Alexis MacAdams walks back into his life. His high school crush left Mangrove Island seventeen years ago and never looked back. He’s held on to the memory of her, even though she never gave him a second glance. Now Alexis is back for the holidays and Tyler is determined to make a lasting impression before she slips away again. He soon learns, however, that her broken heart needs to heal before he has a chance to win it. Can Tyler convince her to risk her heart for a second time?

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Review by Anniek

Alexis has always been very determined. Ever since she was a young girl she wants to leave the Island she grew up on. When she is done with school she moves away. She's now living a very successful life in London as a lawyer. Alexis is devastated when tragedy hits her...hard! She goes back to Mangrove Island to be with her family and she tries to reconnect with them. She hopes she can find a way to cope with her pain and heartache. When she sees Tyler in a bar she doesn't recognize him from high school. But when she goes to see him sing he stirs up something she thought was buried deep inside.

Tyler is the man every woman in the world wants to end up with. He is sweet, patient, thoughtful and he's a singer. His heart is being pulled back to his high school years when he sees Alexis walk through the doors of the bar. He has never stopped loving her. But before he can win her heart he has to find out what happened that shut her down.

This is a very sweet love story. It shows you how tragedy can totally devastate a person but it also shows you how love will always finds its way back to anyones heart. This book is about giving someone a second chance at being happy and being at peace about where they are in life. I shed a tear a few times, feeling for Alexis and everything she had to go through. I fell in love with these people and can't wait to read the next book in this series!

Luckily for all of you this book is free right now, get yourself a copy on Amazon and fall in love with the story!

Sea Weekend: L'Occitane Bonne Mère Miel Bucket Giveaway


Enter this giveaway for a chance to win a L'Occitane Bonne Mère Miel beauty bucket. Buckets and beaches go very well together, especially if they're filled with something delicious for afterwards.

  I will contact the winner via email. If I don't get a reply within 60 hours the prize will go to someone else. All of my giveaways are international, you can find the official rules here. 

Jul 4, 2015

Sea Weekend Review: Some Kind of Wonderful by Sarah Morgan


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Review by Suze

Brittany and Zach were married for ten days, then he left and didn't come back. Brittany was heartbroken and she's never had a serious relationship since. They were very young, she was only eighteen, but she loved him with all her heart. She left the island to study and as an archaeologist she's traveling the world. Now she's back at Puffin Island because of a broken wrist. She isn't happy when she finds out that Zach is living there as well. He wasn't supposed to permanently move to her safe place. The community is small and people know everything about each other, so she can't avoid their pity and pity is the last thing she wants.

Brittany and Zach keep running into each other. He's a pilot and it was his plane that was reserved to take her to the island. There is no way they can avoid each other, so they need to learn how to be civilized at least. Zach doesn't let anyone in, he's been hurt in the past and had a rough childhood. He isn't capable of trust and his heart is cold. He can't give Brittany what she needs, because he isn't able to. The old chemistry between them remained and soon they are getting to know each other again as they can't keep away from each other. Do they have a future or is Zach's past too complicated for him to ever have a relationship?

Brittany is an independent woman who doesn't need anyone to take care of her. Even when she has a broken wrist she doesn't want to accept any help. Because of that wrist she's forced to return home. There she's facing a whole lot more trouble than just her injury. I think this is a very good base for a story. I liked the idea and loved the execution. Zach is damaged because of his childhood. He's a grown man now, but I kept seeing the little boy in him. That was endearing and it gave the story some extra depth. 

I liked the chemistry between Brittany and Zach. They have an unusual past. Their ten day marriage is the perfect basis for a romantic novel. Sarah Morgan knows how to write which is something else I loved about this book. Zach and Brittany have a great connection and there's a lot of unfinished business between them. The demons of the past have to be fought before there's any chance for the two of them to have a future. I enjoyed reading this sweet story very much. Some Kind of Wonderful is special and I highly recommend it.

Some Kind of Wonderful is the second book in the Puffin Island series, but it can also be read as a standalone novel.

Sea Weekend: Sea Glass & Seashell Necklace Giveaway


Enter this giveaway for a chance to win a lovely seashell and sea glass necklace made by StYing Studio, good luck!

   I will contact the winner via email. If I don't get a reply within 60 hours the prize will go to someone else. All of my giveaways are international, you can find the official rules here. 

Sea Weekend: Suze Loves The Sea!


I love the sea. I'm from a coastal town and living by the sea is wonderful. I like it mainly in the spring and the autumn as it's too crowded during the summer. Here the sea is grey and tame. On my photo you see a view from Normandie. I love visiting this beautiful area in France. When I'm on holiday I love visiting other coastal towns. I want to see what they are like and I enjoy seeing the beaches in different shapes and sizes. Water never ceases to amaze me, it's versatile, it's beautiful and it's dangerous. The underwater world harbors many secrets which is an idea I love. 

Our summer weather is pretty unpredictable. Last week I was wearing my winter coat and today it's too hot to do anything. To be honest my favorite time for going to the beach is when it isn't so warm and when there aren't that many people. Today I'm staying far away from the crowds on the beach, but that doesn't mean I can't spend time in the dunes. I love them, they've my favorite part of the area I'm living in. 

I love the colors of the sea. It can be a muddy gray or an azure blue. I like the entire spectrum. The sea is never the same. I like being so close to the water as it gives me a sense of freedom. The sea is many things for me and fortunately they're all positive. I know I'm really lucky to feel that way. I love long walks on the beach or seeing a beautiful sunset. An empty beach is special for me, a full one not so much, but it has it's purpose as well as it brings prosperity to the area.

 I like the dunes, walking in the sand and discovering beautiful flowers or small animals. An evening walk on the beach can be very romantic. Drinking something warm while watching the waves crash on the shore is one of my favorite pastimes in the fall and winter. Every season brings its own precious memories. I can make this list longer and longer, as there's so much to say about the coast. To share my love for the beach I'm having a sea and beach themed weekend. There will be several beach and sea themed giveaways and reviews, I have a great interview for you and there will be two shop reviews of fantastic Etsy stores. Enjoy!

Sea Weekend: Couldn't Put It Down Giveaway Hop


I love giveaway hops because they always give me the chance to make someone happy with a book of my choice and a book of their choice. This time I've chosen a beach read, as it's beach weekend on my blog. The winner of this giveaway will receive First Time in Forever by Sarah Morgan and a book of choice worth $12.


Good luck!

  I will contact the winner via email. If I don't get a reply within 60 hours the prize will go to someone else. All of my giveaways are international, you can find the official rules here. 

Sea Weekend: Seashell Earrings Giveaway


Enter this giveaway for a chance to win these seashell earrings made by Flor. Good luck!

      I will contact the winner via email. If I don't get a reply within 60 hours the prize will go to someone else. All of my giveaways are international, you can find the official rules here. 

Jul 3, 2015

Review: The Girl Who Wouldn't Die by Marnie Riches


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Review by Suze

A bomb has exploded at the University of Amsterdam and it appears to be a suicide mission. Inspector Paul van den Bergen asks criminology student Georgina (George) McKenzie to help him with his investigation. He wants to find out who's behind the attack and she needs to bait the killer. Unfortunately they aren't quick enough to stop it from happening again. There's a connection somewhere, but it isn't a clear one. George is investigating on her own as well, together with her best friend she tries to find out more about her number one suspect. Will George and van den Bergen be able to find out who's behind the killings before there will be more victims?

I love that The Girl Who Wouldn't Die is set in Amsterdam. I think Marnie Riches has captured the atmosphere of the city very well. Her descriptions are fantastic. I read this book in one sitting, I just couldn't stop. The story kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time I was reading. I read this at night and it all happens quite close to where I live, which made it extra scary. This book is filled with suspense and adrenaline rushes. I liked the way George and van den Bergen interact. They are two great minds who can solve a puzzle. 

The story reveals a lot of George's past. I think Marnie Riches has given her a great and intense history. That made The Girl Who Wouldn't Die extra interesting for me. I like the Dutch aspects and think the descriptions are all accurate and thoroughly researched. Amsterdam is the perfect background for an international thriller with main characters from all over the world. For me that's another thing I loved about this story.

 The Girl Who Wouldn't Die can be read as a standalone and there's a clear ending. This is the first book of a series though. The main characters are really interesting and I'm happy there will be more books about George and van den Bergen. I can't wait to read the next one!

Giveaway: Real Flower Necklace


Enter this giveaway for a chance to win this gorgeous real flower necklace. Good luck!

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Giveaway: Yellow Rose Necklace


Enter this giveaway for a chance to win a yellow rose necklace (I don't have many left of this design) made by Kawaii Craft Cottage. Good luck!

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