Last weekend we shared with you all, the first of our Christmas 2017 meet the makers blog posted located here.  We will be supporting a number of small business leading up to Christmas through our blog and Instagram account.

This weekend, we have the pleasure of welcoming Annie Rudkin, as this weekends Christmas meet the maker.   Annie and ourselves, have been following each other on Instagram for sometime.  We were drawn to Annie's account through her gorgeous captures of nature, her homely and welcoming looking home, her two kitties and her delicious looking breakfast she posts nearly every morning... If only Instagram had a reach into the square and eat feature.... now there is a thought!  When you take a peek at Annie's personal Instagram account (here) you will see what we mean.  

Although we have been following Annie for sometime (quite possibly well over a year or two!), we have only just recently become aware of Annie's business.  Annie is an artist and her work is exquisite, we love her style and how she captures nature in her work.  We know you will absolutely love her work as much as us.  With this, we are delighted to have Annie, the owner of Annie's Little Artroom with us this weekend.  We have loved learning more about Annie and her work.  Thank you for sharing with us.


Christmas Meet The Maker

Annie Rudkin


Tell us a little about Annie's Little Art Room and how your product is different.






I am a watercolour artist and l sell original paintings and greetings cards printed from my original designs via my online shop "Annie's Little Artroom".

I really feel my cards are different from the usual cards one finds in the high street shops. I aim to give them a simplistic, almost naive quality. In fact someone felt they had a somewhat Scandi influence. Must admit I am drawn to the Scandi/countryside look !


All my latest cards are printed on high quality paper by a brilliant printing firm based in Cornwall called Sixprint.

We are interested to learn how you started your business and how it has grown.

My business is really in its infancy, as I only launched my Etsy Store (link here) a few months ago.

I first started selling my cards via my Instagram account (@annieslittleartroom) back in May. I must admit it was quite scary taking those first steps, as I wasn't sure how or even if the cards would sell. However the response was just so amazing and I sold out the first print run very quickly.  This gave me the confidence to take the next step and open an online outlet on Etsy.



Have you always creative?

Oh yes......definitely ! From a very young age I loved to draw and paint. I remember having two Christmas card designs used as a school Christmas card. I even designed tiny cards for my dolls and teddies !

After finishing Sixth form I went on to do a Foundation course in Art and Design, but after taking a year out I got a 'proper' job and unfortunately didn't return to my studies and so my Art Career never took off. 

It wasn't until three years ago when I was lucky enough to be offered Voluntary Redundancy from my work that I then decided it was time to fulfill a life long dream and get into the creative world. Due to it having been so long since holding a paint brush in my hand, to build some confidence I enrolled on Water colour painting classes. That very first day at the class was just so wonderful........I was once again hooked !

Where does your inspiration come from?


I'm inspired by the countryside and all that can be found there - plants, animals, produce and scenery.  



One of my first ranges of cards came from my love of fresh seasonal produce, along with my love of cooking and eating ! Each card featured a different fruit or vegetable with a related recipe printed inside.

Another collection "Garden to Table" was inspired by an Instagram friend called Carla (@carla_tomasi). She lives in Italy just outside of Rome and grows the most amazing fruit and vegetables in her garden, along with cooking and baking wonderful bread, pastries, pasta, the list is endless... inspiration was found!


My most recent collections of cards, of course, are for Christmas.  I was so excited designing these, as Christmas (to coin a phrase), really is the most wonderful time of the year !


The Noël collection features my favourite Christmas icons......Robins, Holly, Mistletoe and Fir cones......everything that can be found on a Boxing Day stroll !


I've given these the clean, minimalist Scandi/Nordic vibe which I love.







My husband and I just love Christmas and are so looking forward to spending the festive period celebrating at home with our two kitties Bella and Boris (who feature quite a lot in my other Instagram feed @annierudsky).

What does handmade mean to you?

To me, handmade means "different" and that time, love and importantly enjoyment has been had throughout the whole process, from conception through to the finished product.  I just love the fact that maybe a little doodle or quick sketched thought can eventually result in a new collection of cards or a painting. Just so gratifying !

What are you looking forward to this year?

I'm so excited as to what the New Year holds in terms of my business. I'm working on new designs at the moment, specifically for Spring. I want to introduce more designs and maybe other products, but most importantly......enjoy what I do. Life is much too short to be unhappy!

Thank You


A very big thank you to Annie, for taking the time to be one of Christmas 2017 Meet the Maker.  We have loved working with you and reading more about you and your business. 

Please do pop over to Instagram and say hi to Annie.  You won't be disappointed in her work, it is exquisite.  We love it, and am sure you will too.  You can find further details of her products in here Etsy store (here) and on Instagram (here).

Enjoy your weekend,

Serendipity Loves x


This post has been written in collaboration with Annie Rudkin

All photographs contained within have rights reserved by Annie @ Annie's Little ArtRoom and should not be produced without her prior permission.



Over the next few weekends, we will be supporting a number of small business in the lead up to Christmas.  This weekend it is a pleasure to introduce Lisa, from Limezest Jewellery, as the first of our Christmas 2017 Meet The Makers

We first came across Limezest Jewellery, on Instagram (here), Mrs S loves Silver jewellery and showed me a photograph on Instagram of a gorgeous silver gemstone ring.  She loved it and kept zooming in on the photo.  Her love of silver jewellery has been passed to both my sister and I, like mother like daughter.

We are delighted to have Lisa, the owner of Limezest Jewellery as the first of our Christmas meet the maker this weekend and we have enjoyed learning more about your products and business.





Christmas Meet The Maker

Limezest Jewellery


Tell us a little about Limezest Jewellery and how your product is different.

I make sterling silver jewellery using traditional silversmith tools and techniques. Nearly all of my jewellery can be customised either by gemstone choice, texture of the metal or personalised with hand stamping. This makes a truly unique piece for the wearer.

I strive to bring a truly personal service by understanding my customers’ requirements to provide them with a piece of jewellery which they will treasure for years to come.

I have a selection of rings, necklaces, earrings and bangles some with a luxury addition of solid gold.

All of my jewellery starts with raw materials such as flat sheet metal or silver wire and gemstones.



We are interested to learn how you started your business and how it has grown.

I have been making jewellery since 2007. I started out making beaded jewellery from the sofa for friends and family as well as attending the occasional school fete or Christmas market.

To start my silver journey I found a lady in Oxford who was teaching a 1 days silver ring workshop. I booked a place, where I learned how to forge, solder and clean up silver. I was totally hooked.

In 2011 silver was at an all-time price high. I couldn’t afford to buy the metal and was scared to even work with it in case it didn’t sell.

I continued with the beaded jewellery for a few more years saving all profits from sales to invest in silversmithing tools.

I attended a refresher day course in 2012, after which I took the plunge and bought some silver sheet metal and wire to make my first silver jewellery.

Jump forward to 2017 and I now have a studio dedicated to Limezest jewellery, which I have filled with all the tools I use to make the jewellery I do today. And a wonderful customer base who appreciate my personal service.

Where you always creative?

I would say I have been pretty creative all my life.  I was the child making the blue peter pencil pots and Christmas advent wreaths made from wire coat hangers and tinsel! I love to draw and paint especially my girls faces. 

I have a big cupboard full of craft supplies, I am a bit of a stationary addict!  And secretly I think W H Smith is my favourite shop! 


I love learning new skills be it new jewellery techniques or a new craft, next year I am booked onto a Blacksmithing course which I am very excited about!

Where does your inspiration come from?
I take a lot of inspiration from the seasons, nature and my holidays to the Scottish Highlands, sometimes you don’t really need a specific concept to give you inspiration you just need a sense of peace to allow you to relax and let the ideas flow.


What does handmade mean to you?

Handmade means to me a product that has been lovingly designed and made from scratch using traditional skills and techniques. Each handmade item always takes a little bit of the makers soul with them. Something that is made to last and to be cherished.

What are you looking forward to this year?

Well today is a big day! I have just launched my new website and brand refresh. I have been working on this for a long time behind the scenes and I am very excited that the day has arrived to set it live! 

The new website will be a lot more user friendly with the option to select ring sizes, gemstones and metal texture on each listing visit www.limezest.net

I am holding a launch party over on my Facebook page where there are lots of offers and a few giveaways please do join me to celebrate the launch! www.facebook.com/limezestjewellery

I am really looking forward to December, spending time with my family and the excitement of my girls, It’s my wedding anniversary, Christmas and my Birthday all in one month! Mulled wine, wood burner roaring and a good book or film! Bliss

Thank You


A very big thank you to Lisa for taking the time to be our first meet the maker for Christmas 2017, we wish you well with your launch party and new website.  

Please do pop over to Lisa's Facebook page (here) and join her in celebrating, at her launch party.  I know you won't be disappointed, her products are gorgeous.  You can find further details of her products on her website (here), Instagram (here), Facebook (here), Twitter (here) and Pinterest (here).

Enjoy your weekends,

Serendipity Loves x


This post has been written in collaboration with Limezest Jewellery

All photographs contained within have rights reserved by Lisa @ Limezest Jewellery and should not be produced without her prior permission.

This week has seen warm, crisp autumn days, perfect for walks among the golden leaf trees and the carpeted pathways they fill at this time of year.  This year I have appreciated autumn and the changing colours, more than previous years.  I have taken the time to stop and look, watching the colour of the trees and the surrounding mountains changing slowly.  So many different colours to describe.  It is so easy when days are incredibly busy, and your local area is full of mountains and woods to forget how fortunate we are to live in such an incredible area.

I wondered what had changed this year for me, what had made me stop and look - what was so different from previous years?   The answer, "Sams's Journey" by Irene Jones.



A heartwarming and courageous tale of Sam's Journey from "Lost Soul", to a beloved family dog and the fight to save a local ancient wood.

Sam's Journey is the story of ordinary people going to extraordinary lengths to protect the environment.  The story is told from the perspective of Sam, a beloved family dog whose start in life is anything but humane, the narrative bears witness to a tragic moment in local history when 3,000 trees, many of them ancient oaks and the habitats of dormice, bats and buzzards, were cleared to make way for a road.  Poignant and elegantly told, Sam's journey is full of courage and tenderness; a fitting elegy for the trees and testimony to the hope and humanity even when tragedy strikes.

Our Review

We can only start our review with our Christmas wish for 2017, we would love for Sam's Journey to be in every home this Christmas.  The story of his journey is incredibly heartwarming, full of courage and compassion.  It is without a doubt a hidden gem.

Sam is a Labrador and shares his journey with us through his own eyes. We learn early in his journey he is very much a lost soul, abandoned in a local park.  He is struggling to recollect his past life and is subject to much torment at the park. All is not lost, when Sam meets Hilda, who takes him home until they can locate a suitable future home for him.  It isn't long until Sam is introduced to Rene and Allen and he settles into his new family home, a home filled with love and tenderness.  Sam quickly settles in his new home and his daily walks with Allen and Rene through the local ancient woods - known as St Davids Wood.

Through those walks, Sam meets many members of the community, and enjoys the freedom of running through the fields and trees.  He learns of, and describes to us, the spirit of the woods and it's inhabitants. It is Sam's descriptions of the woods, that has made me stop and absorb my local surroundings this autumn.  Reigniting, my love for autumn walks when the air is crisp, trees rustling and the birds circling overhead, preparing to hibernate.  Not forgetting, the family of buzzards who have taken up residence in the forestry.

Through Sam's Journey we learn of the threat of the destruction of the ancient wood to build a bypass, and the disregard of the area, it's history and inhabitants.  What follows is a heartfelt tale of Sam's family and community fighting relentlessly to save the woods and it's inhabitants.   We follow the journey through Sam's eyes, a journey which shows two extreme sides to the human race - destruction versus compassion.  We learn of the campaigns defeat, but the continued support and defiance of Sam's family and the local community to do everything they can.

I have read Sam's Journey several times, each time I am compelled to absorb my surroundings, live in the moment and enjoy our local forestry.  So many of us take these things for granted - me included.  Sam's tale has changed this....

We started our review, with our Christmas wish for 2017... we would love nothing more for our wish to become a reality.  Sam's story has touched the hearts of many adults and children alike, and has potential to touch so many more.... 


Author

Irene Jones is a mother, grandmother and environmental and animal rights activist.  This is her first book.  She was born in London and evacuated to Bargoed during World War Two.  She is married to Allen and was instrumental in the battle to save St David's Wood.

Publication Availability

Sam's story has touched the hearts of many adults and children alike, "Sam's Journey is currently available for purchase in paperback hereDonations from the sale of Sams Journey are made to many of the authors favorite charities.

Enjoy,
Serendipity Loves x


Today sees the fourth of our blog tours with Canelo, and we have the pleasure of reviewing  "Christmas at Conwenna Cove" by Darcie Boleyn.  Again, we are excited to be taking part, and would like to thank both Canelo and Darcie Boleyn for the advanced copy.






A heartwarming, romantic and Christmassy novel set in the gorgeous Cornish village of Conwenna Cove.

When Grace Phillips travels to Conwenna Cove to help her parents move there 30 years after their honeymoon in the village, she sees why they fell in love with the place. The festive decorations, carols in the air and constant supply of delicious mince pies certainly make it hard to leave. Grace soon meets local vet Oli Davenport and initially finds him rude, but learning about his passion for animals and how much he cares for his two kids helps Grace to see a softer side to Oli.

It’s been two years since Oli lost his wife to cancer. Though he loves eleven-year-old Amy and five-year-old Tom more than anything it’s hard to be mum and dad. He has no interest in romance until he crosses paths with beautiful and kind-hearted Grace. The sparks fly but both Oli and Grace are holding onto fear about letting someone into their heart.

As the snow falls and Christmas wishes come true can Conwenna Cove work its magic and help Grace and Oli find the happiness they both deserve?

Don’t miss this explosive and moving drama. Perfect for fans of Amanda Prowse, Kelly Rimmer and Kerry Fisher.

Our Review

Very often I aim to read Christmas books during December as we prepare for Christmas.  I have this picture of reading in a cosy chair, warm fire, hot chocolate and the Christmas tree lit.  The reality is very different, December is always very busy here at Serendipity Loves.  Given the opportunity to read Christmas at Conwenna Cove in October - we jumped at the chance.

Christmas is a time for Children, family gatherings, good food and of course a touch of romance.  The main characters are Grace Phillips and Oli Davenport.  Together with Grace and Oli's respective parents (Simon, Grace's Dad is a great cook - you can almost smell his dinners as you read!) and Oli's children - Tom and Amy, and with Oli being the local vet a greyhound - Hope - and cat with a family of kittens.  These characters plus a gorgeous setting in a cove in Cornwall, makes for an amazing Christmas read.

Grace is a successful author who lives in her flat in Cardiff, she is spending sometime at Conwenna Cover over the Christmas period to help her parents as they settle into their Rosehip cottage.  As the story unfolds, Grace finds it very difficult to leave the Cove, the inhabitants are very warm and friendly.  That is with the exception of her first meeting at the local Cafe with Oli, he is nothing but hostile to Grace.  Her second meeting with Oli, at the local pub she sees a different side to him, he has two children, has a great love for animals, a widower.  As she sees more and more of Oli, she warms to him although it is always in the back of her mind, she will return to her flat in Cardiff.

Both Grace and Oli have had their hearts broken. Oli lost his wife (Linda) to cancer and both him and children are facing their second Christmas alone with her. But Oli, cannot face losing anyone else from his life and feels disrespectful to Linda if he loves another. Grace, lost her brother to a genetic disease and has decided she won't have children, in fear of passing on the gene and also feels as though life would be better alone.

Everyone talks about the magic of the Cove, will it work it's wonder and bring the two together?  Will a quiet whisper into Santa's ear bring Tom's Christmas wish?

I really enjoyed this book, read it in under 24 hours, it is without a doubt a feel good Christmas story.  It not only covers love, hope and family, it covers grief, how it feels to love and to have lost, children's hopes and wishes, strength and determination to move into the future.  It is very well written and a must read before the festive season.

Thank you to both Canelo and Darcie Boleyn for the advanced copy.


Blog Tour


Tomorrow the Blog Tour is hosted by Ali the Dragon Slayer and Donna's Book Blog, both are well worth a visit.

Author 

Darcie Boleyn has a huge heart and is a real softy. She never fails to cry at books and movies, whether ending is happy or not. Darcie is in possession of an overactive imagination that often keeps her awake at night. Darcie fell in love in New York, got married in the snow, rescues uncoordinated greyhounds and can usually be found reading or typing away on her laptop.

Publication Availability
Christmas at Conwenna Cove, was published on 9th October 2017, and is currently available for purchase through the following links
Amazon UK
Google 
Kobo
Further reviews can be found on Goodreads

Enjoy,

Serendipity Loves x


* We received an advanced copy of Christmas at Conwenna Cove, from Canelo, in return for an open and honest review.
I am not sure where this week has gone, it has flown by and it's been lovely to have some find, crisp autumn days.  We are all full up with colds here at Serendipity Loves, perfect for hot chocolate and relaxing in our favorite chair reading.

Today sees the third of our blog tours with Canelo, and we have the pleasure of reviewing "The Snow Globe" by Judith Kinghorn.  Again, we are excited to be taking part, and would like to thank both Canelo and Judith Kinghorn for the advanced copy.  This book has a festive feel to it and is perfect for the run up to Christmas.




A beautiful story of enduring love and heartbreaking choices.


As Christmas 1926 approaches, the Forbes family are preparing to host a celebration at Eden Hall. Eighteen-year-old Daisy is preoccupied by a sense of change in the air. Overnight, her relationship with Stephen Jessop, the housekeeper’s son, has shifted and every encounter seems fraught with tension. Before the festivities are over, Daisy has received a declaration of love, a proposal and a kiss – from three different men. Unable to bear the confusion she flees to London and stays with her elder sister.


By the following summer, Daisy has bowed to the persistence of the man who proposed to her the previous year. When the family reunite for a party at Eden Hall and Stephen is once more in her life, it is clear to Daisy she is committing to the wrong person. Yet she also believes that family secrets mean she has no choice but to follow her head instead of her heart. Will love conquer all, or is Daisy’s fate already written?




Our Review

Reading "The Snow Globe" brings visions of Downton Abbey to mind, the story sits within the historical fiction genre and is set in December 1926, with the Forbes family, who live in Eden Hall and preparations are being made for Christmas family gathering and seasonal celebrations.

The main character is eighteen year old Daisy Forbes, the youngest child of Mabel and Howard, and Daisy has always been a fathers daughter whom she has always admired.  In the early part of the book, we learn that Daisy has this feeling things are about to change and a family upheaval is imminent.  It isn't long before she discovers a shocking secret about her father.  Daisy over hers the servants and learns her father has lived a very separate life in London with his lover. This leaves Daisy shattered, the one person she adores, provided her with security, and love, is no longer the honorable person she thought he was.

Stephen, the house keepers son and family chauffeur, is the one persons she knows she can turn to.  They have both known each all their lives and have spent considerable time together.  Their feelings have grown of the years from friendship, and through this story they develop to love.  But Stephen isn't Daisy's only suitor..... in total their are *coughs* (we don't want to give too much away - no spoilers here) and through the story we see her receive a proposal and a declaration of love.  Stephen, whom she has grown deeply in love with, is moving abroad, to start a new life,  this coupled with her new knowledge of her fathers love affair and the prospect of her mother inviting her fathers lover  to spend Christmas at Eden Hall finds Daisy confused.  She is not sure who to turn to for advice, she has always been encouraged to settle down and marry, however not necessarily for love, maybe for necessity.  

Everything becomes to much for Daisy, and she takes herself off to London to escape and find the answer.  And just like her snow globe, if it is shaken once more she hopes the snow will settle in the right place and the answer will be clear.  

Daisy decides to accept the hand of marriage to one of her suitors, and not long after Stephen comes back into her life.  As my Nan would have said, you wait for one and then they all come along like buses!  Yes, this book brought back many happy memories of conversations with my grandmother, over tea and toast.  Daisy knows who her true feelings of love are with, but will fate work it's hand and bring them together..... *coughs again* no spoilers.


The characters are well written, it is very easy to get to know them and feel part of the story.  I loved both Daisy and her mother Mabel, and both make this book great reading.  Mabel challenges the norm and is set on proving love is worth fighting for.

One of the things I love most about book reviews is I gain the opportunity to read books that I may not ordinary have chosen to buy, this is one of those books.  You may ask - why? The historical fiction gene isn't one that jumps out at me, but The Snow Globe makes for easy and compelling reading.  One of those books, full of likable characters, family tales, secrets, touch of romance and I was compelled to read to the end, a real page turner.  A must buy and read for a relaxing read leading up to Christmas.

Thank you to both Canelo and Judith Kinghorn for the advanced copy, I am certainly going to track down more of Judith's books.


Blog Tour


It is the last day of  "The Snow Globe" blog tour tomorrow.  Both Book Witch Blogger and Chells and Books are hosting the final day of the blog tour and well worth a visit.


Author 

Judith Kinghorn is the author of four novels: The Echo of Twilight, The Snow Globe, The Memory of Lost Senses and The Last Summer. She was born in Northumberland, educated in the Lake District, and is a graduate in English and History of Art. She lives in Hampshire, England, with her husband and two children.

Publication Availability
The Snow Globe, was published by Canelo on 25th September 2017 and is currently available for purchase through the following links
Amazon (UK)
Kobo (UK)
Google Books (UK)
Apple Books (UK)

Further reviews can be found on Goodreads.

Enjoy,

Serendipity Loves x


* We received an advanced copy of The Snow Globe, from Canelo, in return for an open and honest review.
It's a crisp autumn morning here, the type of morning where sitting down in front of a cosy fire with a good book and a hot chocolate.  Today sees the second of our blog tours with Canelo - "The Woolly Hat Knitting Club" written by Poppy Dolan. We are excited to be taking part, and would like to thank both Canelo and Poppy Dolan for the advanced copy.



Finding happiness one stitch at a time.

When Dee Blackthorn's bother, JP, breaks both wrists not only is he in need of a helping hand - or two - but the knitting shop he owns can't function.  Sisterly duties take Dee away from her demanding job and she is unceremoniously fired amidst scandalous office rumors.  Dee is certain that her ho shot nemesis, Ben, is behind it all.

Back in the village of Fenwild where JP's shop resides, Dee bumps into Becky, and old friend who is new mum to a premature baby.  Desperate to help Becky, Dee convinces JP to enlist his knitting pals to make tiny woolly hats to keep the little one warm.  Seeing how grateful her friend is, Dee makes it her mission to help lots of other premature babies.  When Ben turns up denying involvement in Dee's sacking she is initially furious, but hears him out before roping him into helping the knitting cause.

But before long Dee's good intentions backfire and she risks losing her friends, her family and Ben, who's turned out to be not so bad after all...

A feel-good romantic comedy about life, love and knitting, The Woolly Hat Knitting Club is perfect for fans of Cathy Bramley, Tilly Tennant and Carole Matthews.

Our Review

I was taught to knit by my grandmother and mother from the age of six.  I spent many  hours watching them both, listening to the clicking of their needles and attempting to knit myself.  Although I mastered the art of crochet much easier than knitting, I like my sister am skilled in both.  We definitely inherited the crafty gene!

I jumped at the chance to read and review this book, although I don't usually read romantic comedies, most of you who follow will know psychological thrillers is my usual gene.  Over the past few years, I have made and donated many woolly hats to our local hospital, both the premature babies unit and blood clinic.  I felt close to this book and drawn to read it, before I had even opened the first page!

Dee is an incredibly likable character, it is very easy to warm to her and her situation in the story.  At the start of the book, she is a workaholic but quickly rushes to her brothers side when he has broken both of his arms.  Dee loses her job, with speculation rife as to whether she was fired or quit.  Over the duration of the story we see Dee change, consumed less with work and more caring towards family and friends.

The brother - sister relationship makes for an enjoyable read as Dee supports her brother at a time of crisis and turns his business around whilst he recovers.  There is one very big difference between them.  Dee does not knit, whilst JP knits, runs a shop, has a knitting gang who loves him and runs a blog.

This difference changes and Dee runs into Becky, an old friend who has a premature baby.  Dee knows she can help with knitted woolly hats, before long parcels are flocking into the shop of knits for her friends baby and before long the challenge widens as they appreciate how many more babies they can support.

I don't want to give too much away... no spoilers here.... If you love knitting and reading, this book is a rare combination of both, a hidden gem.

This book is suited to those who enjoy reading comedies, built on family and friend relationships, with a touch of romance. This book makes for great reading, it leaves you with a warm and cosy feeling inspired to help others with the crafty genes.


Blog Tour


The blog tour continues tomorrow with "Tea Party Princess" and "The Cosiest Corner" please do pop over to the bloggers who are taking part in blog tour, they are well worth visiting.


Author 

Poppy Dolan is in her mid thirties and lives in Berkshire with her husband.  She is a near-obsessive baker and a keen crafter, so on a typical weekend can be found moving between the haberdashery and kitchenware floors of a department store, adding to her birthday wish list.

She has written three novels: The Bad Boyfriends Bootcamp, There's More to Life than Cupcakes and most recently The Bluebell Bunting Society. The Bad Boyfriends Bootcamp made it into the Amazon top 100 bestseller chart, so clearly someone other than her mum must have read it.   She is currenty working on her fourth novel - it's about friends, siblings and crafty things - and drinking far too much tea. 


Publication Availability
The Woolly Hat Knitting Club, was published by Canelo on 25th September 2017 and is currently available for purchase through the following links
Amazon (UK):
Kobo (UK)
Google Books (UK),
Apple Books (UK)

Further reviews can be found on Goodreads

Enjoy,

Serendipity Loves x


* We received an advanced copy of  The Woolly Hat Knitting Club, from Canelo, in return for an open and honest review.
It has been a while since our last blog.  The past few months have been hectic, here at SL HQ and we decided to take a break from blogging over the summer months.  With autumn now in full swing, we are back and are delighted to welcome you to the first of a number of blog tours we are hosting, with publishers Canelo.

Today's blog tour supports "The Body in the Marsh" by Nick Louth.  It is the sixth day of the tour, and our first book review blog tour with Canelo. We are excited to be taking part, and would like to thank both Canelo and Nick Louth for the advanced copy of The Body in the Marsh and the opportunity to take part in the blog tour. 





When a woman goes missing, it gets personal for DCI Craig Gillard.  But he could never imagine what happens next.

Criminologist Martin Knight lives a gilded life and is a thorn in the side of the police.  But then his wife Liz goes missing.  There is no good explanation and no sign of Martin....
    
To make things worse, Liz is the ex-girlfriend of DCI Craig Gillard who is drawn into the investigation.  Is it just a missing person or something worse?  And what relevance do the events around the shocking Girl F case, so taken up by Knight, have to do with the present?

The truth is darker than you could ever have imagined.

Utterly gripping and full of twists, this is a compulsive thriller from master Nick Louth for fans of Robert Bryndza, Patricia Gibney and Carole Wyer.

Our Review

This book can be described in two words - "Roller coaster", it is most definitely gripping and the twists and turns keep you on the edge of your seat until you read the last sentence. If you are a seasoned crime fiction reader you may guess the ending, (although there are many curve balls to knock you off the scent), however this does not detract from Nick's style of writing nor the story and it is still compulsive reading right to the last page. Well worth, what I call, "book sleep deprivation" the following day after a late night reading session!  

When starting to read The body in the Marsh you quickly gain an understanding of the location and characters. The book is set in the nature reserve in Kent and also in an area in Surrey.  Both provide a great setting and location to the suspense of the thriller. Nick's style of writing enables you to visualise and gain an insight into both quickly.  When reading the book, it is almost as though you have stepped into the story and are fully immersed in the surroundings.  Almost observing from with the room rather than at home reading the book, quite a unique feeling.

The main character, who is very likable, is DCI Craig Gillard and when a missing persons report is filed for 48 year old Elizabeth (Liz) Knight, things start to become personal for DCI Gillard.  Liz was his girlfriend 30 years ago.  Liz's husband - Professor Martin Knight - is a criminologist and a long term critic of the police force.  When Professor Knight also goes missing and Liz's blood is found at their family home.  The evidence suggest that Liz is dead and likely to have been murdered and the suspect is her husband.  Suddenly everyone one is involved, the search for Martin steps up and DCI Gillard is heartbroken.   Further evidence is located on Martin's computer, suggesting he has had a string of affairs and also emails suggestioning he was preparing to run off with one particular lady who had recently inherited large sums of money.

At the same time, an inquiry is launched into failings by Surrey police in a case of Child F, whom committed suicide as a result of abuse allegations not taken seriously by the police.  It becomes questionable whether the two cases are linked, with the knowledge that Professor Martin Knight condemned this case.  Are the two linked? or not?  Having this extra sub plot really adds to the depth and tensity of the story and ensures you keep turning page after page.

As with all good books and investigations, as a reader, you get drawn in emotionally - frustrated, interested and excited.  That is in one chapter alone!

As with all books there are some areas that work for some and not other readers, and these are down to the personal preference of the reader.  With The Body in The Marsh it was particularly good to see a strong female role included.  DS Claire Mulholland, a likable and realistic policewoman who has a family and grand children.  The book also covers female sexual objectification, with one particular individual sharing his views,  the one thing I would say in relation to the latter is - Karma works its magic!  I was also a little perplexed as to how DCI Gillard, was still love struck and obsessive over a woman he met 30 years ago, but this is fiction and anything goes.

This book is suited to those who enjoy reading police procedural thriller, it is fast paced and enjoyable characters.  It was enjoyable, can be read in a few sittings (although you will struggle to put it down) and we look forward to reading Nick's next book.


Blog Tour


The blog tour continues tomorrow with "Trish's Blog" and "Books After Tea" please do pop over to the bloggers who are taking part in "The Body in the Marsh" blog tour, they are well worth visiting.


Author 


Nick Louth is a best-selling thriller writer, award-winning financial journalist and an investment commentator. A 1979 graduate of the London School of Economics, he went on to become a Reuters foreign correspondent in 1987. It was an experience at a medical conference in Amsterdam in 1992, while working for Reuters, that gave him the inspiration for Bite, which was self-published in 2007 and went on to become the UK No. 1 Kindle best-seller for several weeks in 2014 before being snapped up by Sphere. It has sold a third of a million copies, and been translated into six languages.

The terrorism thriller Heartbreaker was published in June 2014 and received critical acclaim from Amazon readers, with a 4.6 out of 5 stars on over 100 reviews. Mirror Mirror, subtitled ‘When evil and beauty collide’ was published in June 2016. The Body in the Marsh, a crime thriller, is being published by Canelo in September 2017.

Freelance since 1998, he has been a regular contributor to the Financial Times, Investors Chronicle and Money observer and has published seven other books.  Nick Louth is married and lives in Lincolnshire.

Publication Availability
The Body in the Marsh, was published by Canelo on 25th September 2017 and is currently available for purchase through the following links Amazon (UK), Kobo (UK)Google Books (UK)Apple Books (UK), further reviews can be found on Goodreads
Enjoy,

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* We received an advanced copy of The Body in the Marsh from Canelo, in return for an open and honest review.
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