Sunset over the Cherry Orchard – Jo Thomas

Sunset over the Cherry Orchard - Jo ThomasSynopsis: Jo Thomas’s new novel invites you to a special cherry orchard in Spain, where sunshine, romance and family secrets are the order of the day.

It’s time for Beti Winter to dance to her own beat.

After three failed engagements Beti is in desperate need of a fresh start. What better place than the sun-drenched hills of southern Spain?

But it’s not all sangria and siestas. Beti finds work on an old Andalucian cherry farm where there are cherries to be picked, trees to be watered and her fiery boss, Antonio, to win over.

As the sun toasts her skin, Beti finds herself warming to the Spanish way of life. Embracing the art of flamenco, she discovers there is much to learn from the dance of passion. She just has to let loose and listen to the rhythm of her heart.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sunset-over-Cherry-Orchard-Thomas/dp/1472245970/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1533757893&sr=1-1&keywords=Sunset+over+the+Cherry+Orchard+-+Jo+Thomas

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
We love this book! Full of energy, atmosphere and passion. Like the flamenco dance the pace scorches through the book, making you want to get up and go there! it would make a wonderful movie. It’s such a great read you don’t want it to end!


Secret Legacy – Sara Alexander

Secret Legacy - Sara AlexanderSynopsis: Santina is spending her final days at her home, Villa San Vito, in the beautiful Italian town of Positano. As she decides the fate of the magnificent eighteenth century palazzo she must confront the choices that led her here.

In 1949, hoping to escape poverty, young Santina becomes housekeeper to a distinguished British major and his creative, impulsive wife, Adeline.

When they move to Positano, Santina joins them, raising their daughter as Adeline’s mental health declines. With each passing year, Santina becomes more deeply entwined with the family, trying to navigate her complicated feelings for a man who is much more than an employer while hiding secrets that could shatter the only home she knows . . .

https://www.amazon.co.uk/

Hot Brands Cool Places Review
The Secret Legacy is one of those books that you want to read and almost want to read again, certainly the beginning as it links so seamlessly to the end. Poignant and full of hidden depths this is an absolutely stunning book, one of our must read books of the summer!


Wilde About The Girl – Louise Pentland

Wilde About The Girl - Louise PentlandSynopsis: After the year from hell, she’s pulled herself up and out of The Emptiness, her love life is ticking along nicely, single motherhood is actually quite fun and she is ready for whatever life throws at her. When a thrilling opportunity at work arises, Robin is more than excited to step up and show everyone, including herself, what she’s made of.

But her best friend Lacey is increasingly broken-hearted about struggling to conceive, and her daughter Lyla is starting to come out with some horrible attitudes she’s learning from someone at school. Is Auntie Kath hiding loneliness under her bubbly, loving veneer? And can Robin definitely trust the people she must depend on in her fab new role?

But Robin has her girls. And her girls have got her. Together they can handle any crisis. Can’t they?

Life is about to throw quite the curve ball at Robin Wilde, and she’ll need to make some pretty brave choices if she’s going to stop everything she cares about falling apart . . .

https://www.amazon.co.uk/

Hot Brands Cool Places Review
In Wilde About The Girl, Louise Pentland has written a great story with humour, poignancy, warmth and honesty. This book has great pace, once started you just want to keep reading. A fabulous summer read!


Stitched Memories – Telling a Story Through Cloth and Thread – Tilly Rose

Stitched Memories - Telling a Story Through Cloth and Thread - Tilly RoseSynopsis
Creating unique textile art using vintage cloth and embroidery to tell a story and preserve memories

Our homes are full of treasured items from the past. Hidden away from view but never thrown away, they are our links to the special people and events that tell our story. In this beautiful and inspiring book, Tilly Rose encourages you to seek out your precious stash of pre-loved items and transform them into beautiful and practical textile artworks that celebrate the lives of your loved ones and preserve your memories for generations to come.

Tilly shows you how to make 15 gorgeous projects, including cloth journals, lavender hearts, framed collages, wall hangings and miniature quilts. All of the designs have a story to tell and are made using a plethora of vintage fabrics, threads, lace, ribbon, buttons, beads, photographs and other found items. If you dont have a collection of suitable materials at home, you can have fun sourcing them from online marketplaces, thrift/charity stores and flea markets, and try mixing them with modern fabrics and embellishments for a more contemporary look.

The projects incorporate a range of exciting techniques, all explained through clear instructions and step-by-step photographs, including layering and collage, hand embroidery, transferring your own designs to cloth, stamping, appliqué, embellishing, patchwork, free motion embroidery and photo transfer.

This book will take you on a truly inspirational journey, encouraging you to be creative, to source and re-use materials of special significance, and to incorporate them into textile artworks that become treasured keepsakes.

https://www.searchpress.com/book/9781782215653/stitched-memories

Hot Brands Cool Places Review

We were really excited to receive this book, we have been waiting for its publication and we were not disappointed, the exquisite content really lives up to its title. This beautiful book will inspire anyone to venture into the world of creating your own pieces of textile artworks. With 15 different projects, there is something for everyone. The start of the book is one of the most comprehensive guides we have ever reviewed. It is full of really useful information about how to find inspiration, the tools and techniques you will need and this is followed by the gorgeous projects, again with step-by-step guidance and stunning photography.

We love this book so much we are delighted to have chosen it as our Highly Recommended Crafting Book of the Month!


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Combermere Abbey Estate

Combermere Abbey Estate - Hot Brands Cool PlacesOverview
Combermere Abbey is a medieval and Gothic country home steeped in a thousand years of history on the Cheshire/Shropshire border, set in 1050 acres of woodland, farmland and lakes.

Following a major restoration project by the current owner, the run-down estate was saved from ruin and transformed into an idyllic country retreat and luxury wedding venue. With a range of accommodation on offer, Combermere Abbey allows guests to completely relax in the peace of the countryside with the estate available for exploring – including the famous Walled Gardens with the world’s only Fruit Tree Maze. Continue reading


The Secrets of Primrose Square – Claudia Carroll

The Secrets of Primrose Square - Claudia CarrollSynopsis: There are so many stories hidden behind closed doors . . .
It’s late at night and the rain is pouring down on the Dublin city streets. A mother is grieving for her dead child. She stands silently outside the home of the teenage boy she believes responsible. She watches . . .

In a kitchen on the same square, a girl waits anxiously for her mum to come home. She knows exactly where she is, but she knows she cannot reach her.

A few doors down, and a widow sits alone in her room. She has just delivered a bombshell to her family during dinner and her life is about to change forever.

And an aspiring theatre director has just moved in to a flat across the street. Her landlord is absent, but there are already things about him that don’t quite add up . . .

Welcome to Primrose Square

https://www.amazon.co.uk/

Hot Brands Cool Places Review
In The Secrets of Primrose Square Claudia Carroll deals very sensitively with a number of issues for the four main characters. Claudia has written beautifully about the lives of the women and cleverly linked their lives together in a way that has created an uplifting story of warmth and friendship.

For more information about the inspiration behind The Secrets of Primrose Square head over to http://mycreativenotebook.co.uk for an interview with Claudia Carroll


An Italian Summer – Fanny Blake

Synopsis: An Italian Summer is a novel about friendship, family secrets and second chances, set against the backdrop of southern Italy.
Sandy is in her fifties, and at a crossroads in her life: she’s a teacher and respected by her pupils, but she feels she is being sidelined in favour of younger colleagues. So when her mother dies, leaving her a sealed envelope addressed to an unknown woman living in Naples, Sandy decides to head to Italy to resolve the mystery by delivering the letter herself. She books herself on to a small sightseeing trip from Rome to Naples and the Amalfi Coast, hoping to meet some like-minded people along the way. Who is the mysterious woman she is searching for? And will Sandy find friendship, or even love, along the way…?

https://www.amazon.co.uk/

Hot Brands Cool Places Review
This is a deeply satisfying book, set against a beautiful Italian backdrop, this novel has real depth. Fanny Blake’s characters are really well drawn, and the mystery letter creates a very intriguing storyline. An Italian Summer is an absolutely perfect summer read, be prepared to become completely absorbed!


A Match Made in Devon – Cathy Bramley

A Match Made in Devon - Cathy BramleySynopsis: Sometimes you have to play a part to realise who you really are…
Nina has always dreamed of being a star. Unfortunately her agent thinks she’s more girl-next-door than leading lady and her acting career isn’t going quite as planned. Then, after a series of very public blunders and to escape a gathering storm of paparazzi, Nina is forced to flee from London.

Her plan is to lay low with a friend in Devon, in beautiful Brightside Cove. But soon Nina learns that more drama can be found in a small village than on a hectic television set.

And when a gorgeous man (and his adorable dog) catch her eye, it’s not long before London and showbiz start to lose their appeal. Will Nina choose to return to the bright lights or has she met her match in Brightside Cove?

https://www.amazon.co.uk/

Hot Brands Cool Places Review
A Match Made in Devon is full of humour and very current in its content. Originally in four parts and now complete in one edition Cathy has created a delightful village to escape to for a perfect summer read!


Homes & Antiques August 2018

Celebrate the arrival of summer with our August issue, on sale now! Pick up a copy and discover fresh ideas for styling your coffee table, glorious artisan ceramics, unique homes and more…

Top Tables
Give your coffee table a starring role, whether it’s antique, vintage, reclaimed or new.

Imaginative Interiors
From a renovated Victorian home to a colourful mid-century treasure chest, our houses are packed with seasonal decorating inspiration.

Celebrate Georg Jensen’s Pitcher 992
Discover how Jensen’s extraordinary silverware became an icon of modern design.

The Rise of Ceramics
From porcelain to stoneware, discover the studio ceramics commanding attention right now.

Meet the Maker
Ceramicist Catherine Lucktaylor uses ancient Japanese firing techniques to create her vibrant vessels inspired by the Cornish coastline

10 Ways to Create an Idyllic Garden Room
Taking cues from this month’s houses, enjoy indoor/outdoor living all year round.

How to get an Instagram-Ready Home
We ask three interiors Instagrammers for their advice on creating a good-looking home and a unique feed that are worth sharing.

My Style Story
Interior designer Kelly Hoppen shares her most treasured possessions, her interiors wishlist and her passion for collecting photographs.

All this and much much more!!
The August issue of Homes & Antiques is on sale now : www.homesandantiques.com

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