Book Review – A Year and A Day Isabelle Broom

Blurb

Welcome to a city where wishes are everywhere

For Megan, a winter escape to Prague with her friend Ollie is a chance to find some inspiration for her upcoming photography exhibition. But she’s determined to keep their friendship from becoming anything more. Because if Megan lets Ollie find out about her past, she risks losing everything – and she won’t let that happen again . . .

For Hope, the trip is a surprise treat from Charlie, her new partner. But she’s struggling to enjoy the beauty of the city when she knows how angry her daughter is back home. And that it’s all her fault . . .

For Sophie, the city has always been a magical place. This time she can’t stop counting down the moments until her boyfriend Robin joins her. But in historic Prague you can never escape the past . . .

Three different women.

Three intertwining love stories.

One unforgettable, timeless city.

 

What I thought

I had never read anything by Isabelle Broom before but I had seen this book posted all over Instagram, so when I saw it in my local charity shop I picked it up & stuck it in my case for our trip to Turkey.  I’m so glad I did.  I absolutely loved this book, so much so that once I’d finished it I gave it to my sister in law to read and totally forgot to take any pictures of it!  I started reading thinking that it would just be like every other chick-lit book I’ve ever read but I was wrong.  A Year and A Day is so much deeper than that, there are twists and turns throughout that you just don’t see coming.  Although there are 3 separate stories running through the book, they blend together so seamlessly that you don’t have to think about which tale belongs to who – you can just sit back and watch it all unfold before your eyes.  I’ve never had a book make me want to visit a city more – I cannot wait to go to Prague; it really is a character all of it’s own in this book and the descriptions of the city really do bring the story to life – you really feel like you could be there.  I have recommended this book to so many people since coming back from Turkey and will continue to do so.  I have now added all of Isabelle Brooms other books to my “to be read” list and can’t wait to see what those have in store.

 

Next on my list

The Last Piece of My Heart – Paige Toon

If you’ve been following my blog for a while then you will know that I adore Paige Toon.  I have read everything she has written and love them all equally.  I always finish one of her books and wonder how she will be able to top it with her next release but she always does.  I’m very excited to see if The Last Piece of My Heart lives up to my expectations, I’m sure it will.

What are you reading this week?

V xx

#RockingMotherhood Challenge

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Since I’ve been out of action since like May, I’ve just been catching up with some of my favourite blogs.  I’ve noticed that I’ve been tagged to complete a couple of “challenges” so I guess I’d better get my arse in gear & get them done!

The first one is the #RockingMotherhood Challenge – thanks to Kirsty from HonestK for the nomination!  I love Kirstys’ blog, it’s so honest and hilarious – I actually find myself nodding my way through most of her posts, we could definitely be the same person!  Get yourselves over & give her a follow – I promise you won’t regret it.

I’m supposed to nominate other Mums to complete this challenge but I really don’t know many people on here so please feel free to play along & let me know you’ve done it – I’m really nosy haha!!

The rules of the challenge are as follows:

  1. Thank the blogger who tagged you and link to her blog.
  2. List 10 (or more) things that make you a good mother.
  3. Grab the #RockingMotherhood image and add it to your post or sidebar.
  4. Tag three to five bloggers to join the #RockingMotherhood tag.

 

Okay so here goes!  Ten things that make me a good mother, I don’t know if I can even think of 1 never mind 10!!

1.  I’ve kept Connor alive for almost 3 years – that’s good right?!  I think I deserve credit for that ha!

2.  I only work 2 half days & 1 full day a week because I hate being away from him.  Don’t know if that makes me a good Mum or the worlds clingiest Mum – either way that’s the way it is.  Not that the extra money wouldn’t be handy, of course it would, but I just don’t like to part with him for longer than is completely necessary!

3. I don’t know how this goes with being a good mother but I suffered from PND and made it out the other side.  Don’t get me wrong, I still have my off days but they are few and far between compared to how I used to be.  It’s a part of my life that although it holds horrible memories, the fact that I’ve “survived” it means that I am definitely a far stronger person now than I was before.  I’m proud of that (and myself) and I think Connor would be too.

4. I will do anything to make Connor happy – be that painting wooden spoons to look like the three little pigs (I actually did this) or reading endless amounts of dinosaur fact books – yes I said fact books, my 2 year old knows more dinosaur names than most adults! – when it’s already waaaay past bedtime.  I really don’t think there’s much – if anything- that I wouldn’t do for him.

5. We’re always being told how Connor is a joy to look after, how funny/clever he is, how polite he is etc etc – we must be doing something right?!  I definitely pride myself on having a very polite child.  I make remind him to say please and thank you for every tiny little thing & although he sometimes needs a lot of reminding when it’s just us apparently when he’s with other people he’s a little charmer.

6. Connor will literally chat away to anybody and everybody.  He’s not what Scottish people would class as a “strange wean” – basically means wary of people, doesn’t talk much etc.  Connor could and regularly does talk for Scotland,  I love that he’s so confident in every situation – we could walk into a room full of strangers and he will work his way round speaking to everyone.  At parties/softplay he dives right in without so much as a “bye Mum” and I’m usually left in a trail of dust as he runs off to explore.

7. He loves everybody and considers everybody to be his friend.  Even if in actual fact it’s one of his Grampas’ friends who has only spoken 2 words to Connor in his entire life.  He has such a warm, friendly, caring nature and I would like to think I’ve we’ve had something to do with that.

8. I’m dressed like a tramp 99.9% of the time while Connor swans around in brand new clothes.  I think the same can be said for most Mums and their kids but I’d just rather buy for him than for myself.  He’s way cuter than me and his outfits always look better anyway.

9.  Connor fights me most nights for bedtime.  He always wants one more cuddle – it drives me insane because by this point I just want my dinner and a seat on the couch.  This can sometimes go on for nearly an hour but if David goes puts him to bed he’s out like a light first time.  David says it’s because he takes the piss out of me, I say I clearly give better cuddles.

10.  My son is just amazing.  I can’t believe that we actually managed to make something as clever, funny and caring as he is – especially when he came from us two weirdos.  We definitely must be doing something right.

 

That was so bloody difficult.  I don’t even think half of those points answer the question but it’s the best I’ve got!

 

Please feel free to complete this & tag me so I can be nosy and read all your answers!

 

V xx

50 Questions You’ve Never Been Asked Tag

I know I’ve been AWOL for a while, sorry!  I promise I do have a really good excuse, ha!  Anyway I thought I’d do one of these tag posts to ease me back into writing since I haven’t done it for nearly 2 months!  It’s a long one, there’s 50 questions so I’d better get started!

 

1. What’s your favorite candle scent?

It’s called Prosecco & Berries by Candelle & Co – it smells divine!

2. What female celebrity do you wish was your sister?

I love Jennifer Lawrence, she’s nuts.

3. What male celebrity do you wish was your brother?

I can’t think of anyone off the top of my head.  I wouldn’t know what to do with a brother!

4. How old do you think you’ll be when you get married?

I was 22 🙂

5. Do you know a hoarder?

My Mum would say I’m a hoarder, but I disagree, so no!

6. Can you do a split?

Nope, I can barely touch my toes.

7. How old were you when you learned how to ride a bike?

Only little, I’d say like 4 probably.

8. How many oceans have you swam in?

4 I think?

9. How many countries have you been to?

6 – England, America, Turkey, Cyprus, Spain & Bulgaria

10. Is anyone in your family in the army?

No, my Uncle used to be in the RAF though.

11. What would you name your daughter if you had one?

I really don’t know, I struggle with girls names.

12. What would you name your son if you had one?

We called him Connor 🙂 I have no idea what we would call another one, it took us til Connor was 3 days old to agree on his name!

13. What’s the worst grade you got on a test?

A fail?

14. What was your favorite TV show when you were a child?

Sabrina the Teenage Witch

15. What did you dress up as on Halloween when you were eight?

I have no clue.

16. Have you read any of the Harry Potter, Hunger Games or Twilight series?

All of them.

17. Would you rather have an American accent or a British accent?

I’d rather keep my Scottish accent I think.

18. Did your mother go to college?

Nope she did not.

19. Are your grandparents still married?

Technically, 1 of each set of grandparents has passed away.

20. Have you ever taken karate lessons?

No

21. Do you know who Kermit the frog is?

Of course!

22. What’s the first amusement park you’ve been to?

One of the ones in Florida I think.

23. What language, besides your native language, would you like to be fluent in?

I’d love to speak Spanish.

24. Do you spell the color as grey or gray?

Grey.

25. Is your father bald?

Not yet!

26. Do you know triplets?

I did when I was younger.

27. Do you prefer Titanic or The Notebook?

Titanic all day every day.

28. Have you ever had Indian food?

Yep, most of it is too spicy for me though!

29. What’s the name of your favorite restaurant?

I haven’t been to a restaurant at home in so long so I’ll say Charcoal Palace which was an amazing restaurant we found on holiday in Turkey.

30. Have you ever been to Olive Garden?

I think I have actually.

31. Do you belong to any warehouse stores (Costco, BJ’s, etc.)?

Nope.

32. What would your parents have named you if you were the opposite gender?

Dayle, Dean or Darren.

33. If you have a nickname, what is it?

Toria, Toes.

34. Who’s your favorite person in the world?

My son, Connor.

35. Would you rather live in a rural area or in the suburbs?

Suburbs, country life would be too quiet for me I think.

36. Can you whistle?

Not properly.

37. Do you sleep with a nightlight?

Nope.

38. Do you eat breakfast every morning?

Most mornings.

39. Do you take any pills or medication daily?

No.

40. What medical conditions do you have?

Asthma and a history of depression.

41. How many times have you been to the hospital?

Too many to count.

42. Have you ever seen Finding Nemo?

I have indeed.

43. Where did you buy your jeans?

A shop called LC Waikiki in Turkey,

44. What’s the last compliment you got?

That I had a nice smile 🙂

45. Do you usually remember your dreams in the morning?

Sometimes but not always.

46. What flavor tea do you enjoy?

I’m not a big tea drinker.

47. How many pairs of shoes do you currently own?

For everyday use – only about 3 for going out – I’ve lost count.

48. What religion will you raise your children to practice?

None, I’m not religious & neither is David so we will leave it up to them to decide if religion is something they want to follow.

49. How old were you when you found out that Santa wasn’t real?

I don’t think I was ever officially told that he wasn’t real.  My sister is 4 years younger than me so as long as I can remember Santa has been real in our family.

50. Why do you have a tumblr?

I don’t.

 

Thanks for reading if you made it all the way to the end 🙂  I tag Kirsty from HonestK and Roxy from Roxanne Starr if you ladies would like to give it a go.

 

V xx