Monthly Archives: December 2014

Book Advent Calendar – 24 December

And so we come to the final book to be revealed in this inaugural book advent calendar. I do hope you’ve had as much fun as I have seeing what has been revealed each day.

Today’s book is rather an obvious choice but one that had to be made. This is probably one of the most well known, and well loved, Christmas tales. So entrenched has it become in our lives that the lead character’s name has become synonymous with describing someone without Christmas spirit. It has seen numerous on screen adaptations and has even reached the dizzying heights of being made into a film starring The Muppets! It is a tale that shows it is never too late to change, to embrace what is good in our lives and to see how we can affect others, a tale that is fit for any time of year, but just happens to be set at Yule Tide. If I’m honest it is the only book of Charles Dickens I have read to completion, but it would probably spoil me for any of his others. Whilst it is short on word count, particularly for Dickens, it is full of rich, enthralling content.

It is of course A Christmas Carol.



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Book Advent Calendar – 23 December

Today’s book is another classic children’s book. It is one that I can remember being a firm favourite of mine when I was little and all the children I have given it to have all fallen under it’s spell. I am now at the lovely stage where I can see my own children fall for it’s charms. It has had the details of its inspiration called into question in recent years but to me it is simply a fascinating tale of one very greedy and unusual guest who I always hoped would visit our house, for the resulting inevitable trip to the café in pyjamas if nothing else.





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Book Advent Calendar – 22 December

Today’s book is set in New Orleans, in the age of Jazz, with the country on the brink of Prohibition and tensions running high after the First World War. Amongst the host of characters involved in the hunt for a serial killer is a young Louis Armstrong. It also won this year’s CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger for Best Debut Crime Novel.




You can read my review here.

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Book Advent Calendar – 21 December

Today’s book is the latest in a series I just discovered this year. I became so wrapped up in the characters that I read each book in the series straight after each other. The trouble with that is that I know have to wait an age for the next one!



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Book Advent Calendar – 20 December

Today’s book is a short novella that’s big on impact. Totally different to my normal read it is an eye-opening insight into a day in the life of someone living on the edge of society.




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Book Advent Calendar – 19 December

Today’s book is the first if a new series of  historical mystery novels. It was a great introduction to new characters and set in the fascinating era of the plague. I’m already looking forward to the next book in the series out next year.



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Book Advent Calendar – 18 December

The book revealed today is the latest book I have read by another of my favourite authors. I always eagerly await the latest novel by Katie Fforde and love getting caught up in the worlds she creates.



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Book Advent Calendar – 17 December

Today’s book is chosen by Claire who blogs at

Her choice is one I had not heard of, but have had to add to my wishlist after reading her review. The characters and location are unusual to say the least and it is the premise that has led me to be so curious to read it.


You can read Claire’s review here.

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Cover Reveal – The Man Who Can’t Be Moved – Tilly Tennant

Today I’m pleased to be able to show you the cover for The Man Who Can’t Be Moved, the new novel by Tilly Tennant.


About the book:

Fledgling journalist Ellie Newton is keen to prove herself when she lands a hard-won job at the Millrise Echo.  So when reports come in of a man camped on the corner of a local street, refusing to move until the girl who has jilted him takes him back, Ellie is on a mission to get the scoop.

She arrives to meet Ben Kelly, a man she is instantly attracted to. But she has a job to do and an incredible story to write and has soon pledged to help him win back the girl of his dreams.  With Ellie’s help, Ben’s plight captures the hearts and imaginations of the public. And when a TV film crew appears to make a feature on the most romantic gesture the town of Millrise has ever seen, Ellie’s mission gets its happy ending…

But while Ellie has been busy fixing the lives of her wayward parents, providing shoulders for heartbroken friends to cry on, and worrying about her terminally-ill aunt, she hasn’t noticed that she has also been falling quietly in love – with the very man she has now ensured is hopelessly out of her reach

Ellie must choose between doing the right thing, and the thing that feels right. And whatever choice she makes, someone will get their heart broken.

About the author

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Tilly Tennant was born in Dorset, the oldest of four children, but now lives in Staffordshire with a family of her own. After years of dismal and disastrous jobs, including paper plate stacking, shop girl, newspaper promotions and waitressing (she never could carry a bowl of soup without spilling a bit), she decided to indulge her passion for the written word by embarking on a degree in English and creative writing, graduating in 2009 with first class honours. She wrote her first novel in 2007 during her first summer break at university and has not stopped writing since. She also works as a freelance fiction editor, and considers herself very lucky that this enables her to read many wonderful books before the rest of the world gets them.

The Man Who Can’t Be Moved is Tilly’s second full length novel.

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Book Advent Calendar – 16 December

Today’s book is chosen by Marina Sofia at She just happens to have chosen one of my top reads of this year, the second of only 2 5 star reads. This book is a beautifully written fictionalised account of the arrest and imprisonment of a Korean poet during WWII. This is more than a crime novel, or a political piece. It’s a poetic lesson on how freedom can be found in the most unlikely of places.



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