I’m going away today to see my Grandma in Norfolk so I’m not doing a proper post or review today.

Most people have now finished work for christmas, if you’ve been organised and got all your shopping done why not chill out with a large mulled wine, a tin of quality street and some fabulous christmas films.

Nothing says christmas like the classics and these films are full of costume and actors that will make you wish for a time machine! Merry Christmas!

It’s a Wonderful Life 1946

The Bishop’s Wife 1947

White Christmas 1954

Miracle on 34th Street 1947

There are so many other’s but these are my favourites. I’m hoping to get to watch all of them this year.

I’ve been getting festive reading this christmas book by Carole Matthews.

Here’s the synopsis…

Can the imperfect family really have the perfect Christmas?

 Juliet Joyce adores Christmas. She loves the presents, the tree, the turkey, the tinsel, everything. Already the festive spirit is upon her, which is just as well as this Christmas things are starting to get out of hand.

 Her son Tom is out of work and bringing home a slew of unsuitable partners; pregnant daughter Chloe and her little boy have moved back in; Juliet’s father, Frank, is getting over a heartbreak of his own and Rita, her eccentric mother, is behaving more erratically each day. And has the chaos got too much for Juliet’s husband Rick?

 With the big day fast approaching, Juliet hopes that she can stop everything spiralling out of control, because the only thing she wants is her family all around her and her home to be filled WITH LOVE AT CHRISTMAS.

I wasn’t sure about this book at first, mainly because I wasn’t sure it was aimed at my age group. The first few pages didn’t really have me gripped as it all felt very predictable. However after working my way through the first chapter I found myself hooked. Carole Matthews shows her experience in this quality book.

Juliet is a great character, she is such a normal mum, rushing around after her family and making no time for herself. All the character’s are very real. It’s nice reading a book about everyday events that really could and do happen in real life. The story is touching, sad and also very funny at times. For the time that you are reading it, you feel like part of the family.

The book isn’t about the perfect christmas, infact every thing that could go wrong does. However the book did remind me of what is important at this time of year, christmas is about family, friends and giving. Not just giving presents but opening up to those who need you.

I managed to finish the book in just a couple of days which is quite an achievement for me. I think this is because the book is so fast paced with so many different events stuffed into its 432 pages. It almost comes to an end too quickly and your left wanting more. as this is the second book Matthew’s has written about the family I am hoping there will be more to come. As the story concludes many more seem to be beginning.

If you want a cheerful christmas read, that you’d lend to your mum once your done then this is a great, easy to read book.

With Love at Christmas is Published by Sphere

You can get your copy on Amazon here

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I’m a little behind on my reviewing, and I’ve manage to read quite a lot lately. The blog is going to be a little book review heavy as I’d like to get all my reviews done before christmas. Especially lovely festive reads like this one. I haven’t read a book that I’ve not enjoyed in ages, and this book is no exception. This book had been recommended to me by lot’s of other bloggers especially my good friend Fay from Blogabooketc who was reading it at the same time. This is Abby Clement’s first book, and hopefully many more will follow.

Here’s the synopsis…

Childhood friends Laurie and Rachel used to be inseparable – but their lives have taken very different paths since they picked up their A-level results together. Now thirty-five, they have all but fallen out of touch; glamorous single girl Laurie is based in London and dedicated to her career in fashion;
Rachel seemingly living the family idyll in Yorkshire. But when Rachel’s mother-in-law needs urgent treatment in London, and disasters at work and in her love life mean Laurie needs to flee, a house swap falls into place. Soon gentle Rachel is far from the village bake sales, braving the city’s mean streets while trying to keep her marriage and family together; while Laurie attempts to work an Aga, befriend the wary village locals – and forget the man who seems intent on breaking her heart. Will their relationships survive this test? And will they make it home for Christmas?

The book has two really different main characters, both complex and interesting. I enjoyed reading how each of them settled into their new surroundings. It’s one of those books where from the beginning you know exactly what you want to happen at the end, and I found myself intrigued as the story went on to see if and how the characters would get there.

Alongside the two main characters the story of their family and friends runs alongside and this works seamlessly with the plot. I really enjoyed reading about Rachel’s daughter Milly. The book manages to be lighthearted and fun, but also covers a few serious issues and this works very well.

Although this is a christmas book, the christmas theme is not important to the book and it could  be read any time of year.

I’m really looking forward to reading more books by Abby Clements in the future and I’m really hoping she gets her next book penned quickly as this book is a great sign of things to come. She has also written a short spin off; The Christmas Bake-Off which is available on Kindle.

Meet Me Under the Mistletoe is published by Quercus Publishing Plc

And is available from Amazon here

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I read this book a little while ago, it’s written by the queen of chick-lit Jenny Colgan and it’s a super lovely girlie read. I read this because I loved her Cupcake Cafe books so much.

Heres the synopsis…

Were you a sherbet lemon or chocolate lime fan? Penny chews or hard boiled sweeties (you do get more for your money that way)? The jangle of your pocket money . . . the rustle of the pink and green striped paper bag . . .

Rosie Hopkins thinks leaving her busy London life, and her boyfriend Gerard, to sort out her elderly Aunt Lilian’s sweetshop in a small country village is going to be dull. Boy, is she wrong.

 Lilian Hopkins has spent her life running Lipton’s sweetshop, through wartime and family feuds. As she struggles with the idea that it might finally be time to settle up, she also wrestles with the secret history hidden behind the jars of beautifully coloured sweets.

 Welcome to Rosie Hopkins’ Sweetshop of Dreams – a novel – with recipes.

The book is as sweet as the content’s of Lilian’s shop. It is completely charming. Rosie is a normal girl and so likeable. The love interest is not obvious at first, the pages just turn with more lovely delicious story line on every page.

From a vintage point of view the fact that the modern story of Rosie runs alongside the 1940s story of Lilian gives the story far more meaning. It is at times sad reading about the young Lilian and then the old. The inevitability of age is an ever-present theme within the book. And I have never read a book based in war-time england that has summed up the pure misery of the era.

The book also features a recipe at the start of each chapter, similar to the Cupcake cafe books. This really adds to the charm along with a witty commentary on sweets from Lilian.

I love the picture of rural life painted in the book, with a mixture of drama and comedy the characters are all complex and interesting.

This is a top quality book and I couldn’t recommend it enough. It will put a big smile on your face but also make you cry (a lot) so hankies at the ready!

Jenny Colgan is currently writing the sequel to this which makes me super happy as I lovede thecharacters so much I would have been disapointed not to know more!

Welcome to Rosie Hopkin’s Sweetshop of Dreams is Puplished by Sphere

You can buy the book from Amazon here

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It’s freezing cold here in London and my youngest daughter has not been sleeping well this week. It’s all a bit of a shock to the system as I’m used to both girls sleeping through.

Today I am taking it easy and snuggling up on the sofa under the duvet.

This week I’ve started having a little sort through some of my vintage collection. After having my second baby my size has changed and I’m going to be selling a lot of my clothing, plus some of my old stock from vintage fairs. I also have heaps of vintage home wares that I don’t have room for anymore so these are all going too.

Over the next week I will be stocking my Etsy shop with some beautiful vintage treasures. I’ve left a link at the top of my sidebar so it’s worth checking back every few days to see what I’ve added.

The only thing I’ve listed so far is this late 1950s Royal Standard ‘Red Velvet’ tea set, which is such a beautiful set and has all 6 trios with no chips, as well as a sugar bowl, milk jug and serving platter.

Red Velver Tea Set

Red velvet teaset

Red velvet teaset

1950s Red Velvet Tea Set £40 Available here

This week I will try to add some more vintage tea sets and a selection of early 60’s dresses that I am currently cleaning and restoring so I’ll keep you posted.