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Books: ‘My Wish List’ Giveaway Winner

Posted 7 April, 2014 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments



My Wish List: A Novel
By: Gregoire Delacourt
Format/Source: Advanced Reading Copy courtesy of Penguin Books
My review of the novel

A cathartic, charmingly tender, assuredly irresistible novel, My Wish List imagines one answer to the question: If you won the lottery, would you trade your life for the life of your dreams? With sales of more than half a million copies in France alone, rights sold in twenty-five countries, and a major motion picture in development, this slim yet spirited tale has sewn up the interest of the literary world.

Jocelyne Guerbette is a forty-seven year old who runs a modest fabric shop in a nondescript provincial French town. Her husband—instead of dreaming of her—wants nothing more in life than a flat-screen TV and the complete James Bond DVD box set. And to Jocelyne’s two grown-up children, who live far from home, she’s become nothing but an obligatory phone call. Perpetually wondering what has happened to all the dreams she had when she was younger, Jocelyne finally comes to terms with the series of ordinary defeats and small lies that seem to make up her life.

But then Jocelyne wins the lottery: $25,500,000! And suddenly she finds the world at her fingertips. But before cashing the check, before telling a soul, she starts making a list of all the things she could do with the money. While evaluating the small pleasures in life—her friendship with the twins who manage the hairdresser next door, her holidays away, her sewing blog that’s gaining popularity—she begins to think that the everyday ordinary may not be so bad. Does she really want her life to change?

My Wish List is an essential reminder of the often-overlooked joys of everyday life and a celebration of the daily rituals, serendipities, and small acts of love that make life quietly wonderful

Merci beaucoup to everyone who entered the book giveaway contest courtesy of the author and France Book Tours! A winner has been chosen from the entries on the Rafflecopter–Congratulations to Suzy M.! I hope you enjoy Mr. Delacourt’s novel! 🙂

Have a wonderful week everyone, and thanks again! 🙂

Review: My Wish List (+ Giveaway!)

Posted 27 March, 2014 by Lianne in Books / 4 Comments



My Wish List: A Novel
By: Gregoire Delacourt
Format/Source: Advanced Reading Copy courtesy of Penguin Books

A cathartic, charmingly tender, assuredly irresistible novel, My Wish List imagines one answer to the question: If you won the lottery, would you trade your life for the life of your dreams? With sales of more than half a million copies in France alone, rights sold in twenty-five countries, and a major motion picture in development, this slim yet spirited tale has sewn up the interest of the literary world.

Jocelyne Guerbette is a forty-seven year old who runs a modest fabric shop in a nondescript provincial French town. Her husband—instead of dreaming of her—wants nothing more in life than a flat-screen TV and the complete James Bond DVD box set. And to Jocelyne’s two grown-up children, who live far from home, she’s become nothing but an obligatory phone call. Perpetually wondering what has happened to all the dreams she had when she was younger, Jocelyne finally comes to terms with the series of ordinary defeats and small lies that seem to make up her life.

But then Jocelyne wins the lottery: $25,500,000! And suddenly she finds the world at her fingertips. But before cashing the check, before telling a soul, she starts making a list of all the things she could do with the money. While evaluating the small pleasures in life—her friendship with the twins who manage the hairdresser next door, her holidays away, her sewing blog that’s gaining popularity—she begins to think that the everyday ordinary may not be so bad. Does she really want her life to change?

My Wish List is an essential reminder of the often-overlooked joys of everyday life and a celebration of the daily rituals, serendipities, and small acts of love that make life quietly wonderful

It’s always great to see a new novel translated to English from another language. The premise of this novel caught my attention because it’s something I think many of us wonder about: what if we won the lottery? What would we do with the money? How would out lives change? I kindly received an advanced reading copy of this novel from the publishers as part of a book blog tour for this novel; it will be available on 25 March 2014.

Be sure to stick around as at the end of the post, I am also hosting a book giveaway for a chance to win a copy of this book! (open to US/Canada residents only–sorry international readers!)

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Review: Citadel (+ Giveaway!)

Posted 25 March, 2014 by Lianne in Books / 10 Comments



Citadel
By: Kate Mosse
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

From the internationally bestselling author of Labyrinth and Sepulchre comes a thrilling novel, set in the South of France during World War II, that interweaves history and legend, love and conflict, passion and adventure, bringing to life brave women of the French Resistance and a secret they must protect from the Nazis. In Carcassonne, a colorful historic village nestled deep in the Pyrenees, a group of courageous and determined operatives are engaged in a lethal battle. Like their ancestors who fought to protect their land from Northern invaders seven hundred years before, these women—codenamed Citadel—fight to liberate their home from the Germans.

But smuggling refugees over the mountains into neutral territory and sabotaging their Nazi occupiers is only part of their mission. These members of the resistance must also protect an ancient secret that, if discovered by the enemy, could change the course of history.

A superb blend of rugged action and haunting mystery based on real-life figures, Citadel is a vivid and richly atmospheric story of a group of heroic women who dared the odds to survive

I’ve been a fan of Kate Mosse’s Languedoc books ever since I found the first two novels of the trilogy, Labyrinth and Sepulchre, sitting on my mum’s shelves. I absolutely loved Sepulchre (review), it’s one of my favourite books ever because it’s so atmospheric and Gothic <3 So naturally I’ve been excited for the final novel in the trilogy, set in the beautiful and mysterious region of Carcassonne. I finally got my hands on it last year (a little irked that my copy’s a different size than the first two books in the trilogy, but what can you do? (As an aside, my book also is the green cover, not the blue one you see here)) but I didn’t quite around to it until this book blog tour came around 🙂

Be sure to stick around as at the end of the post, I am also hosting a book giveaway for a chance to win a copy of this book! (open to US residents only; sorry international readers!) Also, be sure to drop by my blog on 27 March as the author will be featured in a guest post related to her book. See you then! 🙂

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Website: Blogoversary Giveaway Winner(s)

Posted 3 March, 2014 by Lianne in Website / 2 Comments

Thank you again for the congratulations and well wishes on my blog’s 7th blogoversary! It’s been a long time since I started figuring out what to do with this web space and it’s nice to celebrate a milestone around here and where that journey has taken me since 🙂

And thank you also to everyone who participated in the book giveaway contest I held last month in conjunction with the celebration. I know I mentioned that one (1) winner would be selected but you guys are so awesome that I drew up TWO (2) winners instead 😉 So a big congratulations to Izzy and Riv! I hope you both enjoy the novels you selected and if you review them later on, I look forward to reading your thoughts on them 😀

Hope everyone has a wonderful week! 🙂 Thanks again.

Books: ‘Marie Antoinette’s Head’ Giveaway Winner!

Posted 17 February, 2014 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments



Marie Antoinette’s Head: The Royal Hairdresser, The Queen, And The Revolution
By: Will Bashor
Format/Source: Hardback courtesy of the author
My review of the book

Marie Antoinette has remained atop the popular cultural landscape for centuries for the daring in style and fashion that she brought to 18th century France. For the better part of the queen’s reign, one man was entrusted with the sole responsibility of ensuring that her coiffure was at its most ostentatious best. Who was this minister of fashion who wielded such tremendous influence over the queen’s affairs? Marie Antoinette’s Head: The Royal Hairdresser, The Queen, and the Revolution charts the rise of Leonard Autié from humble origins as a country barber in the south of France to the inventor of the Pouf and premier hairdresser to Queen Marie-Antoinette.

By unearthing a variety of sources from the 18th and 19th centuries, including memoirs (including Léonard’s own), court documents, and archived periodicals the author, Professor Will Bashor, tells Autié’s mostly unknown story. He chronicles Leonard’s story, the role he played in the life of his most famous client, and the chaotic and history-making world in which he rose to prominence. Besides his proximity to the queen, Leonard also had a most fascinating life filled with sex (he was the only man in a female dominated court), seduction, intrigue, espionage, theft, exile, treason, and possibly, execution. The French press reported that Léonard was convicted of treason and executed in Paris in 1793. However, it was also recorded that Léonard, after receiving a pension from the new King Louis XVIII, died in Paris in March 1820. Granted, Leonard was known as the magician of Marie-Antoinette’s court, but how was it possible that he managed to die twice?

Merci beaucoup to everyone who entered the book giveaway contest courtesy of the author and France Book Tours! A winner has been chosen from the entries on the Rafflecopter; congratulations to Jorie! I hope you enjoy Mr. Bashor’s book! 🙂

Have a wonderful week, everyone, and thanks again! And just for a bit of shameless pluggage here, I’m also celebrating my blogoversary this month (seven years!) with a giveaway so feel free to pop on by 🙂