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Book Review : The Greek Escape by Karen Swan

I have just finished reading The Greek Escape by Karen Swan and let me tell you… It was phenomenal!

But before I get into my review, here is …

The Blurb

Before every new beginning, there must be an ending.

Running from heartbreak, Chloe Marston leaves her old life in London for a fresh start in New York. Working at a luxury concierge company, she makes other people’s lives run perfectly, even if her own has ground to a halt. But a terrible accident forces her to step into a new role, up close and personal with the company’s most esteemed and powerful clients. Charismatic Joe Lincoln is one of them and his every wish is her command, so when he asks her to find him a secluded holiday home in the Greek Islands, she sets about sourcing the perfect retreat.

But when Tom, her ex, unexpectedly shows up in Manhattan and the stability of her new life is thrown off-balance again, she jumps at the chance to help Joe inspect the holiday house; escaping to Greece will give her the time and space to decide where her future truly lies. Tom is the man she has loved for so long but he has hurt her before – can she give him another chance? And as she draws closer to Joe, does she even want to? As magnetic as he is mysterious, there’s an undeniable chemistry between them that she can’t resist.

But whatever her heart is telling her, she’s in over her head – another client’s wife has mysteriously disappeared and seriously allegations about Joe threaten more than just her happiness. Who can she trust? And will Chloe uncover the truth in time?

My Review

As you all know I am a huge fan of Karen Swans work, and have read every single book she wrote.

My Top 3 favorites after reading this book are now:

  1. Christmas at Tiffany’s
  2. The Perfect Present
  3. The Greek Escape

Let me tell you why The Greek Escape has made it into my Top 3 ….

The plot: It’s just phenomenal. I found myself trying to figure out where her brain was going with the characters, and just when I thought I had figured it out, she threw me another curve ball. I would have thought that by now, after reading all of her books, that I would be able to get inside of her head, but oh no! She has me hooked every time!

The characters: Are so rich, and so well-rounded. In this book I felt I got more of an opportunity to get to know each character so much better. I’ve found in some of her more recent books, there are one or two characters that I knew were there, but didn’t know. If that makes sense? Whereas here, I felt I knew every single one of them!

The way it made me feel: This book made me want to PAUSE! Normally I read a book and when it gets to the cliff hanger bits I just want to rush through them, turn the page and find out what happened. However with this book, I found myself closing the book and trying to figure out the mystery myself. I savoured the moment, soaked up the characters and mellowed in the memory. It was blissful!

So this is a FIVE STAR review from me, and a definite recommendation to anyone who is looking for the perfect read!

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About the Author

Karen Swan began her career in fashion journalism before giving it all up to raise her three children and a puppy, and to pursue her ambition of becoming a writer. She lives in the forest in Sussex, writing her books in a treehouse overlooking the Downs. Her books include Christmas at Tiffany’s, Summer at Tiffany’s, The Perfect Present, Christmas in the Snow, Christmas on Primrose Hill and The Paris Secret.

 

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Taryn Leigh is the Author of Perfect Imperfections, which is currently available from AmazonWaterstonesBarnes&NobleExclusive Books and where all good books are sold.

Book Lovers Info

10 Unusual Bookshelf Ideas

I thought I would share with you some unique and crazy bookshelf ideas, to spice up your home. I’ve tried to include a little something for everyone, so let me know which one is your favorite

Number 1:

For the tea lover. Because nothing goes better with books than a hot cup of tea.

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Number 2:

Something for the bedroom. If you like a little chaos, you would probably like the black background, and if you’re more conventional, then the white might be your thing!

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Number 3:

For the music lover. Why not turn your guitar case into a bookshelf, or your spouses one if its in the way lol.

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Number 4:

For the contemporary lover. Clean and simple is always beautiful!

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Number 5:

For the plumber, because nothings says I love my job like having it on display

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Number 6:

For the kids, or the child at heart who can no longer fit on their skateboard 🙂

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Number 7:

For those wanting a showpiece! Talk about a stand out and it doubles as a reading light.

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Number 8:

For the DIY lover … looks simple enough to install! However if you’re going to be tempted to clean the paint splatters off the ladder, rather get a new one lol.

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Number 9:

For the recycler. Anything can be repurposed and turned into a bookshelf!

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Number 10:

For the industrial designer. Making functional pieces out of almost nothing!

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Book Lovers Info

My TBR List

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There are some new books that have either just come out or are about to be released and I’m looking forward to getting my hands on these and supporting my fellow Authors.

So I thought I would share my TBR list with you.

Let me know if any of these are on your list?

 

The Greek Escape by Karen Swan

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The synopsis:

A scorching summer novel, set on a lush Greek island, The Greek Escape by bestselling author Karen Swan, is the perfect getaway for fans of Victoria Hislop and Santa Montefiore.

Before every new beginning, there must be an ending . . .

Running from heartbreak, Chloe Marston leaves her old life in London for a fresh start in New York. Working at a luxury concierge company, she makes other people’s lives run perfectly, even if her own has ground to a halt. But a terrible accident forces her to step into a new role, up close and personal with the company’s most esteemed and powerful clients. Charismatic Joe Lincoln is one of them and his every wish is her command, so when he asks her to find him a secluded holiday home in the Greek Islands, she sets about sourcing the perfect retreat.

But when Tom, her ex, unexpectedly shows up in Manhattan and the stability of her new life is thrown off-balance again, she jumps at the chance to help Joe inspect the holiday house; escaping to Greece will give her the time and space to decide where her future truly lies. Tom is the man she has loved for so long but he has hurt her before – can she give him another chance? And as she draws closer to Joe, does she even want to? As magnetic as he is mysterious, there’s an undeniable chemistry between them that she can’t resist.

But whatever her heart is telling her, she’s in over her head – another client’s wife has mysteriously disappeared and seriously allegations about Joe threaten more than just her happiness. Who can she trust? And will Chloe uncover the truth in time?

An Artisan Lovestyle (The Lovestyle Series Book 2) – Kiltie Jackson

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The synopsis:

Elsa Clairmont was widowed barely five years after marrying her childhood sweetheart. She has struggled to come to terms with the loss and, six years later, has almost ceased to live herself. She does just enough to get by.

Danny Delaney is the ultimate ‘Mr Nice Guy’. He’s kind, caring and sweet. A talented artist in his teens, his abusive mother ruined his career in art and he turned his back on his exceptional gift. Now, he does just enough to get by.

On New Year’s Eve, both Danny and Elsa die in unrelated accidents.

Thanks to some poker playing shenanigans, Elsa’s husband Harry, and Danny’s old Art teacher, William, manage to orchestrate a deal with Death that allows Danny and Elsa to live for one more year on the condition they both agree
to complete three tasks.

They have until the last chime of Big Ben on the 31st December to fulfill their quests.

If they succeed, they stay in the world of the living.

If they should fail however…

‘An Artisan Lovestyle’ is a story of personal growth and self-discovery as two people find themselves forced to make overdue changes in their lives, changes in other people’s lives, and all with the added challenge of
finding true love before their time runs out.

Will they do it?

Can they do it?

The Date – Louise Jensen

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The synopsis:

One night can change everything.

‘I know it as soon as I wake up and open my eyes… Something is wrong.’

Her Saturday night started normally. Recently separated from her husband, Ali has been persuaded by her friends to go on a date with a new man. She is ready, she is nervous, she is excited. She is about to take a step into her new future. By Sunday morning, Ali’s life is unrecognisable. She wakes, and she knows that something is wrong. She is home, she is alone, she is hurt and she has no memory of what happened to her.

Worse still, when she looks in the mirror, Ali doesn’t recognise the face staring back at her…

 

Let me know what is on your TBR list? You never know I might need to increase mine!!

 

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Author Recipes, Book Lovers Info

Chocolate Cupcake Recipe – Baking with me & Perfect Imperfections

For those who have read my book and follow me on social media, it’s no secret I LOVE to bake!

If you have read my book Perfect Imperfections you will see I mention many delectable foodie items in the novel, one being chocolate. Recently I baked my family some chocolate cupcakes, and ever since, everyone has been asking me for the recipe.

I have already shared the main Character Sarah’s real hot chocolate recipe with you, and now I will share my chocolate cupcakes too.

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Ingredients:

For the cake

1 & 3/4 cups cake flour

1 cup cocoa powder

1 & 2/3 cups sugar

2tsp baking soda

1tsp baking powder

2 large eggs

1 cup milk

3/4 cup canola oil

1tsp vanilla essence

1 cup boiling water

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For the chocolate icing

3 & 1/2 cups icing sugar

1 cup cocoa powder

1 cup unsalted butter, softened

3/4 cup milk

Method:

For the cake:

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius (350 degrees F)

Line a cupcake baking tin with cupcake casings

In a large bowl stir together the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda, baking powder until well combined

Mix in the eggs, milk, oil and vanilla until throughly combined

Carefully mix in the boiling water until the consistency is even. The batter will be thin, this is exactly how it should be.

Pour the batter into the cupcake tin and bake for 20 – 30 minutes, or until a knife or toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Allow the cupcakes to cool before icing

For the icing:

In a bowl. stir together the icing sugar and cocoa powder until well combined. Set aside

Using an electric mixer, whip together the softened butter on a medium speed until creamy (about 2 minutes).

Turn the mixer down to a lower speed and slowly spoon in the icing sugar/cocoa mixture until all is complete (it will resemble coarse sand).

Slowly pour in the milk, a little at a time, until the desired consistency is reached (you might not use all the milk, or you may need more).

Whip for another 2 minutes until light and fluffy and then ice your cooled cupcakes.

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Happy eating everyone and be sure to send me your pictures!

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Book Lovers Info, Interviews, Writers & Authors Advice

Author Interview: Marlene Wagman-Geller

Today we are joined by the phenomenal Author Marlene Wagman-Geller, who has published to date six books that are taking the world by storm.

Marlene is a true inspiration to me and she feels like a friend I’ve known for years, I am honoured to have been given the opportunity to have interviewed her.

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Q: I’ve just read Woman Who Launch, and you have written another phenomenal book! What inspired you to write this book?

A: The inspirational spark for Women Who Launch was the Women’s March on Washington where the capital was transformed into a moving mass of Barbie’s own hue. I investigated the back story of the pussy-eared hats, launched by Krista Suh. This led to the investigation of other iconic enterprises initiated by women and the book was born.

 

Q: Where and how do you conduct your research for your books?

A: While diamonds were Marilyn’s best friends, the internet is a writer’s. Most of my research was done online; however, when this did not suffice I relied on primary source materials such as autobiographies and biographies.

 

Q: What have been your favourite moments of being a published author?

A:  The pinnacle was when my first book received a review in The New York Times. Other magic moments was speaking at Yale University and my interview with The Chicago Tribune.

 

Q: What motivates you to keep writing?

A: Whatever wind there is beneath my wings comes from my books; ergo, the inspiration…….

 

Q: What made you decide to go into this genre of writing?

A: My bucket list was to publish a novel; however, despite copious efforts this never came to fruition. Publishers have bought my nonfiction and I am thrilled and thankful for that. I love the unknown back stories and uncovering that information is a labour of love.

Q: You have written incredible books about some amazing people. Who would you say is the one stand out person in all your books?

A: Ah, hard to answer: a good mother loves all her children……

 

Q: If you could choose to have an exclusive book club with three authors, dead or alive, who would you choose and what would be your ideal discussion to have with them?

A: The first would be Dorothy Parker, queen of the quip. I would love to hear her trademark humour on a conversational level. The second would be Oscar Wilde whose artistry with words is nonpareil. I would ask him if he had his life to live over, what other road he would have trod. The third would be Emily Bronte. I would ask her how, never having been involved in a romantic relationship, she could have written so passionately about Heathcliffe.

 

Q: What books do you currently have on your bedside table?

A: My kindle has many enticing reads but with a full-time teaching job, a looming deadline for my next book-coupled with the fact my husband has to be the messiest person in California-I have precious little time to read. I have downloaded The Forgotten Ones: A Novel by Steena Holmes

 

Q: What’s the one ‘secret’ you’ve learnt since becoming a published Author that has increased your success?

A: I have learned the necessity of marketing; the legwork begins after typing THE END.

 

Q: Lastly, something fun that our readers might not know about you?

A: I’m not really that fun-or so my students say………

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Feel free to connect with Marlene on Social Media to see what is next for her.

Find her on Facebook, on her Website, or connect with her on Amazon 

 

About Woman who launch:

Empowering stories of game-changing women

Dorothy Parker observed, “It’s a man’s world;” the lady entrepreneurs and game-changers profiled in Women Who Launch would beg to differ. Unlike the matrons of the 1950s-the women who lunched-these kick-ass females left their DNA in the annals of time.

A history of women in business and beyond: Julia Ward-Howe showed what’s good for the goose is good for the gander when she created the Girl Scouts of America. Sara Joseph Hale-authoress of Mary had a Little Lamb– convinced Lincoln to launch a national day of thanks while Anna Jarvis persuaded President Wilson to initiate a day in tribute of mothers. Estee Lauder revolutionized the cosmetics industry. The tradition of these Mothers of Invention continued when, compliments of knitter Krista Suh, the heads of millions were adorned with pink, pussy-cat ears in the largest women’s march in history. These women who launched prove-in the words of Rosie the Riveter, “We can do it!”

Biographies of women creators, innovators, and leaders: Women Who Launch is filled with inspiring true stories of women activists, artists, entrepreneurs who launched some of the most famous companies, brands, and organizations today and changed the world. It is at once a collection of biographies and a testament of female empowerment.

Readers will find:

  • The stories behind renowned companies, brands, and organizations and the diverse women who launched them.
  • empowering quotes from strong women and those who refused to be kept down.
  • motivation to all women who want to succeed in their careers, launch companies, and change the world.

Find motivation in your career and life with the amazing history of women entrepreneurship, activism, and leadership.

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Taryn Leigh

Taryn Leigh is the Author of Perfect Imperfections, which is currently available from AmazonWaterstonesBarnes&NobleExclusive Books and where all good books are sold.