This month I have been reading:
The First Last Kiss by Ali Harris
I read one of Ali's stories that was a free download a while ago and loved it so much I ordered a couple of her other titles and this is one of those books. I've had it on my Kindle for ages as I've just never got round to reading it until a couple of weeks ago. I finished it late last night (it was 1.30 am) and I honestly don't know why it took me so long to get around to reading it. This isn't a new book and was released in 2013 and you can purchase the Kindle version for 99p on Amazon. I loved the story and it's definitely one of those books I will read again in the future. It truly is a wonderful love story and is beautifully written. I laughed, I cried (a lot) and I fell in love with the main characters Molly and Ryan and found I had soft spots for many of the other characters in the book too. It took me a few chapters to get into the story as it's written in a different format to what I'm used to reading but once I had become familiar with the characters and the format I couldn't put it down until the end. As the story progresses it is very clear why the book is set out the way it is and you find that it works really well. Without giving too much away the story starts in the present day and takes the reader on a journey that flits between the present day and a series of flashbacks and memories featuring Molly's and Ryan's kisses. The story has an ending that I wasn't expecting and it certainly took me by surprise but it's one that I thought fitted the book perfectly. I didn't want the book to end, even if it did make me cry big ugly tears in parts. I know all good stories must come to an end but that doesn't make me want to stop reading more from Molly - so please Ali please write us a Novella or a whole new book and I would love to see The First Last Kiss turned into a film as I think it would be perfect on the big screen. If you're a fan of Jojo Moyes, Marian Keyes and Cecelia Ahern then this is a must read, I highly recommend it.
Eric Lanlard's Afternoon Tea
I have been trying to add books to my cookbook collection - my mum and my Nana only ever had one cookbook each and believed if a recipe wasn't in their book it wasn't worth knowing or making - although they were both pretty good cooks and didn't need to use their books often. But I disagree with them and love to have a range of books in my kitchen so that I can always have a book to hand so I can find something new to try out. This month I have added Eric Lanlard's Afternoon Tea* to my collection. This book will hopefully bring a slice of luxury into your own home, just as it has mine. In the book Eric guides you through the steps of creating the perfect afternoon tea, from tips on how to get the best from your ingredients to which tea to pair with your dishes. It is perfect for adding a dash of glamour to any celebration. The book includes six themed menus for celebrations such as Valentine's Day, Mother's Day and an Alfresco summer picnic and contains 90 recipes for things like the perfect sandwiches, biscuits, tarts and pastries.
Annabel Karmel's Busy Mum's Cookbook
This is another book I have recently added to my collection. It is the perfect addition for any busy mum. It is full of brand new recipes that are family friendly and easy to recreate. Annabel Karmel's Busy Mum's Cookbook* offers over 100 simple, tasty recipes that the whole family will enjoy so there is plenty for you to choose from including her 20-minute recipes and 6-ingredient meal ideas, there's also a section full of ideas for lunchboxes and snacks. There's also meals you can prepare in advance and store in the fridge or freezer and easy recipes that you can make from store cupboard ingredients. I recently made Courgetti Spaghetti following Annabel's recipe, it took less than 20 minutes to prepare and cook and was a huge hit with the boys.
*Items marked with a * were sent for the purpose of this piece - all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own*