Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Cover Reveal - Let Me Burn by Carrie Elks


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Title: Let Me Burn
Author: Carrie Elks
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 21, 2019
Cover Designed by: Najla Qamber

SYNOPSIS

She isn’t looking for love. He’s not planning on staying around. But when they meet, sparks fly…

As a big city firefighter, Lucas lives for his job. Forced to take extended leave following an accident, he returns to his small hometown to stay at the beach cottage his grandparents left him. The problem is, he’s not used to having so much time on his hands.

After a broken engagement, Ember isn’t ready for love right now. Though her heart might be mended, she prefers to keep herself busy with her family and work; that way she won’t get hurt again. But she didn’t count on meeting a handsome firefighter with that dimpled smile. After Lucas saves her from one awkward situation too many, she can’t stop thinking about him.

Ember finds Lucas impossible to resist. And he’s determined not to let her. As long summer days melt into sultry, passionate nights what begins as a fling develops into something much deeper. Until the day Ember’s ex-fiancĂ© returns to town and threatens to destroy the fragile connection that’s building between them.

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Carrie Elks writes contemporary romance with a sizzling edge. Her first book, Fix You, has been translated into eight languages and made a surprise appearance on Big Brother in Brazil. Luckily for her, it wasn’t voted out. Carrie lives with her husband, two lovely children and a larger-than-life black pug called Plato. When she isn’t writing or reading, she can be found baking, drinking an occasional (!) glass of wine, or chatting on social media.


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Saturday, 19 January 2019

What to wear in Winter


The weather or rather how people walk around in this weather has inspired me to write a little blog post.

We have deep winter in Switzerland, at times it‘s been snowing for several days and it‘s cold. For me that always means taking the cable car to work.

Anyway, it‘s been really interesting to watch people in this weather, especially how they are dressed. Don‘t get me wrong, I love fashion and being stylish, but at a certain point you should consider your health and saftey. Walk ways and streets are icy, sometimes you don‘t even see that.

I always have to laugh when I see people with bare ankles, wearing sneakers and light fake fur jackets. Have you actually noticed it's snowing outside and roads are slippery?! 
Don't these people get wet feet and are freezing?! Well, let's just say that they then souldn't complain when they get sick. 

Warm shoes with a good profile are very important. Moon Boots, Sorel, Timberland etc. Even booties with a little heel are not a good idea. Bare ankles are a really bad idea, the cold will spread through the whole body. A scarf, gloves and a beanies/bonnets etc. a pretty jumper etc. add charm and warmth to your outfit. Always important for me is tucking in your shirt. There shouldn't be any bare skin around that area, especially to protect your kidneys. If it's really cold thermals are always a possibility. 
There are still plenty of possibitities to add some cuteness to your outfit and find some fashionable pieces. You can wear sneakers the rest of the year, right?!



Tuesday, 15 January 2019

The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton - by Anstey Harris

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My own copy














The blurb: 

GRACE ATHERTON HAS FALLEN OUT OF LOVE ... AND INTO LIFE

Between the simple melody of running her violin shop and the full-blown orchestra of her romantic interludes in Paris with David, her devoted partner of eight years, Grace Atherton has always set her life to music.

Her world revolves entirely around David, for Grace’s own secrets have kept everyone else at bay. Until, suddenly and shockingly, one act tips Grace’s life upside down, and the music seems to stop.

It takes a vivacious old man and a straight-talking teenager to kickstart a new chapter for Grace. In the process, she learns that she is not as alone in the world as she had once thought, that no mistake is insurmountable, and that the quiet moments in life can be something to shout about …

For fans of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and The Keeper of Lost Things, The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton is the story of a woman who has her heart broken, but then puts it back together again in the most uplifting and exquisite way.


My Opinion:

*Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

I was very intrigued by the title, as well as the blurb of this book. I didn’t really know what to expect, but it certainly took me by surprise. 

It’s different from the books I normally read because the author's style is very unique and special. In a good way of course. The plot is full of twists and turns and I also really enjoyed the musical aspect of the story. 

It was very interesting to follow Grace’s story. I really liked her as a character and the way she developed in this story. Mr. Williams and Nadia helped her get through everything and that was lovely to see. What Grace had and has to deal with is not easy, so I was glad she had some support. I didn’t like David from the story, but that also made the reading more exciting. 

It’s a charming, captivating and thought-provoking book!

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Anstey Harris on Twitter: @Anstey_Harris



Saturday, 12 January 2019

Sweeney Todd – Opera House Zurich


About the show: 

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is a 1979 musical thriller with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler. The musical is based on the 1973 play Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street by Christopher Bond.
Sweeney Todd opened on Broadway in 1979 and in the West End in 1980. It won the Tony Award for Best Musical and Olivier Award for Best New Musical. It has since had numerous revivals as well as a film adaptation.




My opinion: 

Ok, so I’m a big Stephen Sondheim fan (I even wrote my dissertation in high school about him – yes, I had to write a paper in high school). Sweeney Todd is probably my fave musical by him and I have never been to the Opera House in Zurich. 

The afternoon of December 14, was a day of firsts for me. I was really excited. 

The show started with a big scream and the lights, which surrounded the stage made a first appearance. That was really effective and a bit creepy. 
The music and the lyrics of this show are absolutely brilliant, Stephen Sondheim really is a genius. The actors and the choir did a wonderful job singing these complex songs. Bryn Terfel played Sweeney Todd, he was great and so were Elliot Madore (Anthony), Brindley Sherratt (Judge Turpin), Melissa Petit (Joanna) and Spencer Lang (Toby). The woman in the main role Angelika Kirchschlager did a good job, with English not being her mother tongue, but she still had an accent sometimes and something was just missing for me. 

Sweeney Todd kills people on his barber shop chair and sends them down to Mrs Lovett’s pie shop. That could have been done in a more effective way. They just had part of the stage move up and down. They didn’t do a lot with the stage anyway and the pictures in the background didn’t change much. Sometimes the stage seemed to crowded for me, especially with it being in dark colours and all oft hem wearing dark colours as well. The insane asylum was done really well though. 

The audience were mostly older people, who have a season pass for the Opera house and I wasn’t sure if they really understood what was happening on stage ;). The applause in the end was loud and people left happy, even though it’s an intense story. Subtitles were in English and German for the songs and German ones for the dialogues. 

A great show with fab and talented actors. I’m very happy, I went. 

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

A Year at Castle Court - by Holly Hepburn

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My own copy
The blurb: 

Sadie is a single mum, nursing a broken heart. Her best friend from childhood, Cat, is burned out from working long hours as a chef in Paris. In need of a change, they decide to invest in their dream – running their own handmade biscuit shop in gorgeous Castle Court, a three-storey food court tucked away behind Chester's bustling streets.
 
They soon discover that Castle Court has its own community – a little haven of delight against the stresses of the outside world. But not everyone welcomes the new business; the patisserie owner is less than pleased by what she sees as direct competition and Greg, who runs the fancy bistro that dominates one end of the courtyard, doesn't think Sadie and Cat have the talent or business acumen to succeed. Luckily, there's support in the form of the delectable Jaren, who owns the Dutch waffle house opposite Smart Cookies, and Swiss chocolate-shop owner, Elin. And if all else fails, the friends can drown their sorrows in Seb's cocktail bar on the third floor!

My Opinion:

*Book provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

The book follows best friends Sadie and Cat, who take over shop in Castle Court. Sadie has a daughter and is nursing a broken heart. Cat was a chef in Paris and needs a change. 

Castle Court ist he perfect setting, it has ist own community andmost of thepeople are very nice.Obviously not everyone welcomes the new business, so that could lead to some drama. Some people are very supportive though, mainly Adam, Elin, Jaren and Seb. Lissy, Sadie’s daughter is very sweet and so are Earl and Andrew. 

The storyline is split into four parts and is full uf ups and downs. Sadie grows closer with Adam, butb there is still her „husband“ Daniel, who wants to try again. Se band Cat seem to hit it off, but the plot hides a few surprises. 

I loved both Sadie and Cat and together with the other characters they created a wonderful atmosphere. The writing is very gripping and the author described it all so vividly. 

Certain things were solved very quickly and what happened afterwards seemed a bit too obvious. 

This was my first Holly Hepburn book and definitely not my last. She is a very talented author. 

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Holly Hepburn on Twitter:@HollyH_Author

Sunday, 6 January 2019

Fashion Corner - Black Midi Skirt


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The Fashion Corner is back! With a very elegant skirt.


The black midi skirt is from Massimo Dutti, one of my favourite stores. I combined it with a dark red velvet top from Intimissimi. Black high heels and black tights and the outfit is complete. For e festive outfit in winter I added a white blazer from Mango as well. I love the slit detail and it's well fitted around the waist. 


- Skirt: Massimo Dutti
- Top: Intimissimi


Here is an alternative outfit: 


The blouse is from Sandro and the shoes are from Jonak. 

- Booties: Jonak