In Bloom – Clare Nolan

In Bloom - Clare NolanGrowing, Harvesting and Arranging Flowers all year round

Synopsis: Planting cut flowers brings that `grow-your-own’ excitement to a whole new level – being able to step out of the back door and pick a single stem for beside the bed or pull together a posy for a friend is a joy. In this beautifully designed book, brimming with inspirational photographs, Clare Nolan reveals her secrets for growing a bountiful harvest as well as styling spectacular homegrown displays that will fill your home with colour and the gorgeous scent of the garden year-round. She takes the mystique out of what to grow and guides you through the entire process – from choosing the plants to suit both your garden and home decor and laying out your cutting patch, to planning ahead so you get your perfect palette of colour, texture and shape to play with at the right time. A whole chapter on arranging will inspire you to create spectacular arrangements for your home without the need for complicated floristry techniques.

In Bloom by Clare Nolan is published by Kyle Books (www.kylebooks.co.uk). Photography by Clare Nolan.

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To say that this book is beautiful is an understatement, In Bloom is an amazing, glorious, absolute joy of a book.

Packed full with the most beautiful photography, Clare Nolan’s enthusiasm for her flowers shines through on every page. The really helpful content
includes Getting Started, Annuals & Biennials, Bulbs, Perennials, Shrubs & Trees, Foliage & Fillers, Harvesting/Arranging.

We love the way that she combines inspiration with practicality, identifying what you want to grow, based on colour, scale, texture and scent, with how and where you are able to grow your plants. There is a very useful Seasonal Calendar and a summary of the flower grower’s year.

This is followed by in-depth sections about sowing and growing, collecting seeds, and then detailed information about the actual flowers themselves, describing her favourites, how to care for them in the garden, and how best to use them in a vase.

To complete the book Clare devotes her final chapters to Harvesting & Arranging with the most helpful advice and gorgeous imagery.

Whether you are a gardener, a florist, a stylist, or just have a passion for flowers you will absolutely adore this book, it is such an inspiration, bringing joy and colour to the dullest of days.

We are delighted to have chosen In Bloom as our Gardening Book of the Month. Highly Recommended!


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A Summer Reunion – Fanny Blake

A Summer Reunion - Fanny BlakeSynopsis: One perfect villa, four old friends, and a holiday that will change everything…

Amy, Linda, Kate and Jane were best friends at school. Now, years later, they have grown apart. When Amy discovers her husband has been stealing from her successful interiors business, and with a milestone birthday looming, she decides it is the time to reach out to her old friends once again.

So, she decides to invite the other three to her beautiful villa in Mallorca for a reunion weekend. As the four friends gather, secrets are unearthed, old scores settled and new friendships forged. Will this holiday bring them together or tear them apart? And will each of them grasp their second chance for happiness…?

https://www.waterstones.com/

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Fanny Blake always creates the most delightful books. Her storytelling is always enticing, as a reader you want to know more about her characters and their lives. Her descriptions of the locations are sublime, ensuring that you don’t just read her books but experience them as if you are an observer watching the plot unfold. A Summer Reunion is an intriguing, absolutely wonderful summer read. Highly Recommended!


The Bookshop on the Shore – Jenny Colgan

The Bookshop on the Shore - Jenny ColganEscape to the Scottish Highlands where a tiny bookshop perches on the edge of a loch.

Synopsis: Zoe is a single mother, sinking beneath the waves trying to cope by herself in London. Hari, her gorgeous little boy is perfect in every way – except for the fact that he just doesn’t speak, at all. When her landlord raises the rent on her flat, Zoe doesn’t know where to turn.

Then Hari’s aunt suggests Zoe could move to Scotland to help run a bookshop. Going from the lonely city to a small village in the Highlands could be the change Zoe and Hari desperately need.

Faced with an unwelcoming boss, a moody, distant bookseller named Ramsay Urquart, and a band of unruly children, Zoe wonders if she’s made the right decision. But Hari has found his very first real friend, and no one could resist the beauty of the loch glinting in the summer sun. If only Ramsay would just be a little more approachable…

https://www.waterstones.com/

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What we love about Jenny Colgan’s books is her magical storytelling where she always creates such believable characters and communities that you feel transported the minute you step inside her books. Full of atmosphere, The Bookshop on the Shore is an uplifting, heart-warming summer read!
Highly Recommended!


The Lemon Tree Hotel – Rosanna Ley

The Lemon Tree Hotel - Rosanna LeySynopsis: In the beautiful village of Vernazza, the Mazzone family have transformed an old convent overlooking the glamorous Italian Riviera into the elegant Lemon Tree Hotel. For Chiara, her daughter Elene and her granddaughter Isabella, the running of their hotel is the driving force in their lives.

One day, two unexpected guests check in. The first, Dante, is a face from Chiara’s past, but what exactly happened between them all those years ago, Elene wonders. Meanwhile, Isabella is preoccupied with the second guest, a mysterious young man who seems to know a lot about the history of the old convent and the people who live there. Isabella is determined to find out his true intentions and discover the secret past of the Lemon Tree Hotel.

A story about love, family secrets, and a little piece of heaven . . .

https://www.waterstones.com/

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An indication of how much we like a book is how invested we are in the characters. In The Lemon Tree Hotel, Rosanna Ley has created a family that is so real that as a reader there are times when you are literally holding your breath as you turn the pages; willing them to get to the next stage, caring about their hopes and dreams – will they each get a happy ending? Absolutely stunning writing, a wonderful summer read. Highly Recommended!


Homes & Antiques July 2019

Homes & Antiques July 2019It’s time to enjoy longer evenings and the heady scents of summer! Now is the ideal time to turn your garden into a dreamy space for entertaining and our 10 ideas for adding character and soul will have you wanting to enjoy every meal outside. With their playful, optimistic vibe, teaming mid-century furniture and accessories with antiques and contemporary pieces can look as stylish today as they did in the 40, 50s and 60s. Take style notes from seven rooms (including the bathroom) in our photoshoot. We also tour four houses brimming with individuality, plus our columnist Jay Blades shares his love of colour and the go-to shades he favours. Plus we visit 10 gardens that have either made history or are set to…

Mid-century living
Take design notes from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s to create a playful and stylish home.

Summer interiors
From a Georgian farmhouse, to a seafront apartment filled with period pieces.

The beauty of rattan
We delve into the history of rattan, the fibre that’s still inspiring ground-breaking furniture from contemporary designers.

Meet the maker
See how Jessica Geach turns unbleached cotton braid into attractive accessories.

Colour Show
In his latest column, restorer and designer Jay Blades shares his love of working with colour.

10 historic UK gardens
Take a tour of 10 glorious gardens that have either made their mark, or are set to make history.

Young restorers
From furniture gilding to art conservation, meet three fresh faces in antiques restoration,

All this and much much more!!

The July issue of Homes & Antiques is on sale now : www.homesandantiques.com


The Path to the Sea – Liz Fenwick

The Path to the Sea - Liz FenwickSynopsis: Sometimes going home is just the beginning…

Boskenna, the beautiful, imposing house standing on the Cornish cliffs, means something different to each of the Trewin women.

For Joan, as a glamorous young wife in the 1960s, it was a paradise where she and her husband could entertain and escape a world where no one was quite what they seemed – a world that would ultimately cost their marriage and end in tragedy.

Diana, her daughter, still dreams of her childhood there – the endless blue skies and wide lawns, book-filled rooms and parties, the sound of the sea at the end of the coastal path – even though the family she adored was shattered there.

And for the youngest, broken-hearted Lottie, heading home in the August traffic, returning to Boskenna is a welcome escape from a life gone wrong in London, but will mean facing a past she’d hoped to forget.

As the three women gather in Boskenna for a final time, the secrets hidden within the beautiful old house will be revealed in a summer that will leave them changed for ever.

https://www.waterstones.com/

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The Path to the Sea is a book that commands your attention. This is a novel with real depth; Liz Fenwick’s brilliant writing with her evocative descriptions and powerful characters is utterly gripping.

We have loved Liz’s previous books, but this has all the qualities to make it one of her best books yet!

Once started The Path to the Sea will ensure that you will lose track of time, so book out the weekend and escape to the sea!

Definitely one of our Top 10 reads this year. Highly Recommended!


Country Brocante Style – Lucy Haywood

Country Brocante Style - Lucy  HaywoodA Decorative Country Life

Synopsis: Lucy Haywood is the creator of The Country Brocantes – home and lifestyle fairs held in idyllic rural surroundings. In Country Brocante Style, she introduces her pretty and accessible signature look into the home, fusing two classic and enduring decorating traditions – English country style and French-inspired vintage styling. There’s plenty of classic French ‘brocanterie’ – old textiles, vintage furniture and decorative pieces – alongside lifestyle brands, gardenalia, handmade textiles, cottage-garden flowers and other homewares. In the first section, Country Brocante Style, Lucy leads you through the colour palette of the Brocantes and discusses key pieces of furniture and decorative pieces before presenting creative ideas for putting the look together. In the second section, Country Brocante Interiors, she pays a visit to the homes of the dealers and the buyers who flock to the fairs.

Decorative country style is more popular than ever and The Country Brocante will inspire you to create this romantic, timeless style in your own home.

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We absolutely love this book!! In Country Brocante Style, Lucy Haywood has created a treasure trove of beautiful pieces, every page has the most exquisite items, with suggestions of how to display them. The photography by Ben Edwards is delightful, highlighting the beauty of the rooms and the pieces displayed.

This is a book of constant inspiration, as Lucy explains the Country Brocante Style with its colour palette of pale pinks, washed whites, seaside blues and soft greens. She then examines more about textures, vintage treasures, art, architectural antiques, decorative touches and how to pull it all together.

In the second section there are in-depth studies of actual interiors, again full of wonderful inspiration of how to achieve a Country Brocante Style. Finally there is a useful Sources listing.

This book is an absolute must-buy for anyone with a love of English Country and French Vintage, it is a book to return to over and over again, whenever you need to be inspired.

Country Brocante Style is one of our Top 10 favourite interiors books this year and we are delighted that it is our Home Book of the Month!


Her Husband’s Mistake: A marriage, a secret, and a wife’s choice… Sheila O’Flanagan

Her Husband's Mistake: A marriage, a secret, and a wife's choice... Sheila O’FlanaganSynopsis: Should a woman be ready to forgive and forget to save her marriage? Roxy’s not so sure…

When Roxy comes home unexpectedly one day to give her husband Dave a lovely surprise, it’s Roxy who gets shock of her life. And all she wants to do is run away. Roxy knows she has to face up to what’s happened and decide: forgive and forget, or bring an end to a decade-long marriage. Surely the right thing is to get over it – that’s what Dave thinks. After all, it’s just one mistake…

But Roxy finds it’s not so simple. Especially when another secret starts to emerge. Her friends and family all know what they’d do – but they’re not Roxy…

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Sheila O’Flanagan is such a sublime writer that when one of her books arrive arrives you know that you will be completely transported to the place and people that she has created with such realism. Her Husband’s Mistake is gritty, funny, and totally absorbing.

We absolutely loved it, a perfect summer read! Highly Recommended!


The Woman Who Wanted More by Vicky Zimmerman

The Woman Who Wanted More by Vicky ZimmermanSynopsis: Two women. One unusual cookbook. And a friendship that will show them how to savour each moment . . .

Kate Parker is about to turn forty and her world has fallen apart. Her seemingly rock-solid relationship is suddenly up in the air, and she’s been forced to move back in with her mother. In need of some distraction, Kate (reluctantly) volunteers at her local retirement home.

Cecily Finn is a ninety-seven-year-old resident of Lauderdale House for Exceptional Ladies. Her tongue is as sharp as her mind but lately she’s lost her spark, seemingly resigned to the Imminent End.

But then Cecily prescribes Kate a self-help recipe book with a difference – and so begins an unlikely friendship between two lonely and stubborn souls. Together, these two very different women – one near the end of her life, one adrift somewhere in the middle – will show each other that food is for feasting, life is for living, and that it’s always essential to ask for more.

https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-woman-who-wanted-more/vicky-zimmerman/9781785765322

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In the note from the author Vicky Zimmerman explains that one of her lead characters, Cecily Finn, was inspired by her grandmother also called Cecily Finn, who wrote Thought for Food in the 1950’s. This in part explains why The Woman Who Wanted More is such a deliciously authentic book, beautifully written, poignant but ultimately inspiring.

Highly Recommended!


A Perfect Cornish Summer – Phillipa Ashley

A Perfect Cornish Summer - Phillipa AshleySynopsis: Summer is on the horizon, and the people of Porthmellow are eagerly awaiting the annual food festival. At least, most of them are…

For Sam Lovell, organising the summer festival in her hometown is one of the highlights of her year. It’s not always smooth sailing, but she loves to see Porthmellow’s harbour packed with happy visitors, and being on the committee has provided a much-needed distraction from the drama in her family life (and the distinct lack of it in her love life).

When their star guest pulls out with only a few weeks to go, everyone’s delighted when a London chef who grew up locally steps in at the last minute. But Gabe Matthias is the last person Sam was expecting to see, and his return to Porthmellow will change her quiet coastal life for ever.

Curl up with this gorgeous novel and savour the world of Porthmellow Harbour.

The first in a gorgeous new series from the author of Summer at the Cornish Cafe.

https://www.waterstones.com/

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We love Phillipa Ashley’s books and A Perfect Cornish Summer is another delightful example of her writing. Capturing the atmosphere and spirit of the village and the festival Phillipa invites you in and keeps you engrossed until the very end. A heart-warming summer read! Highly Recommended!


Homes & Antiques June 2019

Homes & Antiques June 2019It’s time to put your collections centre stage and show off their intrinsic beauty. From silver trays to Parian busts via vintage suzanis, we show you how to create a striking feature wall. We also take a tour of four wonderfully individual homes belonging to artists and antiques dealers, and show you 10 ways to create the country kitchen of your dreams, with room to display your antique ceramics too. A year on from the second blaze at the Glasgow School of Art we discover what’s in store for the iconic Mackintosh building, and spend 48 hours in St Ives – a haven of art, culture and beautiful coastline.

Statement collections
Discover how to show off your antique treasures with these clever display ideas.

Characterful Homes
From a rustic home in the French Countryside to a quirky converted builders’ yard.

The Glasgow School of Art: Rising from the Ashes?
A year on from its second devastating fire, we look to the future of the Mackintosh building.

Design Icon
We shine a spotlight on Ercol’s instantly recognisable pebble-shaped Nest of Tables.

Meet the Maker
We head to the coast and visit the Cornish studio of block printer Lou Tonkin.

Travel
Do sandy beaches, breathtaking views and oodles of culture and art sound dreamy? Then perhaps a weekend in St Ives is in order.

All this and much much more!!

The June issue of Homes & Antiques is on sale now : www.homesandantiques.com


A Summer to Remember – Sue Moorcroft

A Summer to Remember - Sue MoorcroftSynopsis: COME AND SPEND SUMMER BY THE SEA!

WANTED! A caretaker for Roundhouse Row holiday cottages.

WHERE? Nelson’s Bar is the perfect little village. Nestled away on the Norfolk coast we can offer you no signal, no Wi-Fi and – most importantly – no problems!

WHO? The ideal candidate will be looking for an escape from their cheating scumbag ex-fiancé, a diversion from their entitled cousin, and a break from their traitorous friends.

WHAT YOU’LL GET! Accommodation in a chocolate-box cottage, plus a summer filled with blue skies and beachside walks. Oh, and a reunion with the man of your dreams.

PLEASE NOTE: We take no responsibility for any of the above scumbags, passengers and/or traitors walking back into your life…

GET IN TOUCH NOW TO MAKE THIS A SUMMER TO REMEMBER!

https://www.waterstones.com/book/a-summer-to-remember/sue-moorcroft/9780008321765

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In A Summer to Remember, Sue Moorcroft’s description of the Norfolk coast is atmospheric and beautiful, you really do feel transported to Nelson’s Bar. The book is an absolute delight, beautifully written, a perfect escapist Bank Holiday read!


Playgroups and Prosecco – Jo Middleton

Playgroups and Prosecco - Jo MiddletonThe (mis)adventures of a single mum

Synopsis: January 3rd

Jaffa Cakes – 7.

Times I was forced to watch a small child do a dance involving a dusty piece of ribbon found under the sofa – 4.

Inappropriate thoughts about Zac Efron – undisclosed

Single mum Frankie’s whole life revolves around her kids. But when your toddler has a more active social life, something has to change. Forget ‘me-time’, Frankie would settle for some adult conversation, and watching something other than the Disney channel.
The local playgroup may be ruled by Instagram mums with perfect husbands but Frankie accidentally forms a splinter group of single parents. After all, Mummy reallyneeds a playdate of her own. (Now pass the prosecco.)

https://www.waterstones.com/book/playgroups-and-prosecco/jo-middleton/9781529103366

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Playgroups and Prosecco is a very funny and relatable novel describing the life of single mum Frankie. Jo Middleton has very cleverly observed and recorded delightful anecdotes which combine poignancy with laugh-out loud moments, making it a delightful read. A brilliant debut novel.


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The Flatshare – Beth O’Leary

The Flatshare - Beth O'LearyTiffy and Leon share a flat
Tiffy and Leon share a bed
Tiffy and Leon have never met…

Tiffy Moore needs a cheap flat, and fast. Leon Twomey works nights and needs cash. Their friends think they’re crazy, but it’s the perfect solution: Leon occupies the one-bed flat while Tiffy’s at work in the day, and she has the run of the place the rest of the time.

But with obsessive ex-boyfriends, demanding clients at work, wrongly imprisoned brothers and, of course, the fact that they still haven’t met yet, they’re about to discover that if you want the perfect home you need to throw the rulebook out the window…

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This is a very clever book, we loved the concept behind The Flatshare, it’s intriguing and engaging. We often talk about a book being suitable for a movie but The Flatshare really would lend itself to the big screen. Heartwarming and uplifting with engaging characters, this is a stunning debut novel.

Highly Recommended and one of our favourite reads of 2019!


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