Posted in Adult Fiction, Blogs, Chick Lit, Contemporary Fiction

Today I am delighted to be reviewing The Only Exception by Claire Huston

My Review

This has been in my pile since release day and I finally got a gap to read it and I’m so glad I did! I loved the first visit we had last year to the Compton’s when I read Art & Soul and really enjoyed this visit too.

We encounter Alex & Lucinda who meet in a fluke encounter in a lift early on in the story and after a sticky start build up an unlikely friendship. We spend time getting to know both of these wonderful characters and learn about their highs and lows of life and where they are currently at. As we get to know them we start to piece information together to understand how they have gotten to their current place in life and what they are planning to do to make changes. After they spend a bizarre afternoon/evening together they find some common ground and the pace and direction of the book really comes into its own.

A really enjoyable story, that I loved it was one of those that the more I read, the more I wanted to read. If you haven’t grabbed a copy and you fancy a light hearted read that will make you chuckle, then grab a copy now!

Book Blurb

Lucinda Green knows something is missing from her life. But what? Her catering business is enjoying modest success and she loves her cosy house, even if she does have to share it with her irritating ex-fiancé.

Whatever’s making her unsettled and edgy, Lucinda’s certain that a lack of romance isn’t the problem. How could it be when she doesn’t believe in true love?

But Lucinda’s beliefs are shaken by a series of electric encounters with Alex Fraser, a newly notorious actor who gradually proves himself to be infuriatingly funny and smart, as well as handsome.

Not that any of that matters. Because Lucinda doesn’t believe in all that ‘The One’ nonsense. That’s the rule.

But doesn’t every rule have an exception?

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Claire Huston lives in Warwickshire, UK, with her husband and two children. She writes uplifting modern love stories about characters who are meant for each other but sometimes need a little help to realise it.

A keen amateur baker, she enjoys making cakes, biscuits and brownies almost as much as eating them. You can find recipes for all the cakes mentioned in Art and Soul at http://www.clairehuston.co.uk along with over 150 other recipes. This is also where she talks about and reviews books.

As well as her website, you can find her on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Goodreads: linktr.ee/clairehuston_author

Posted in Adult Fiction, Blogs, Chick Lit

My second review of the day is for a book brimming with escapism – Ellie’s A-Z of Love by Claire Huston

My Review

I was delighted to be asked to read the latest release by Claire Huston after loving her last book.

Based in a small village we follow Elle as she returns home from University and initially her crushing disappointment and being back where she grew up and faced many years of bullying. Through her penpal she has an outlet into the world and looks forward to receiving the letters from her fellow Zero after he finds her through a blog article she has written whilst trying to secure a job in journalism.

This story is filled with emotional highs and lows for Elle as she falls in love with a childhood friend and has the difficult relationship with her Mother never far from her mind. She surrounds herself with the people she knows she can count on to help her through the more difficult times and we get to see her grow and blossom into adulthood.

Another great story that is wonderful escapism, set in a scenic village in the countryside.

Book Blurb

Haileybrook, a beautiful village in the peaceful Cotswolds countryside, is most people’s idea of heaven on earth. 

Born and raised in this small slice of paradise, Elle Bea can’t wait to leave.

It should be easy, but every time she packs her bags for exotic adventures, old loves and loyalties pull her back.

Will Elle be forced to forget her dreams of far-flung places and epic romance, or can she grab one last chance to have it all?


An uplifting, romantic story about friends, family and the relationships that make a place a home.

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Claire Huston lives in Warwickshire, UK, with her husband and two children. She writes uplifting modern love stories about characters who are meant for each other but sometimes need a little help to realise it.

A keen amateur baker, she enjoys making cakes, biscuits and brownies almost as much as eating them. You can find recipes for all the cakes mentioned in Art and Soul at http://www.clairehuston.co.uk along with over 100 other recipes. This is also where she talks about and reviews books.

As well as her website, you can find her on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Goodreads: linktr.ee/clairehuston_author

Many thanks for the invitation to read and review your latest release.

Massive thanks to everyone who has stopped by to visit my blog, please remember to like and share to help spread the book love far and wide!

Have a great day

Daisy, Jacks & Kel x

Posted in Blogs, Younger Readers Age 9-12

Easy guide to illustration apps for kids

Some brilliant tips here and really interesting if you have a budding young artist, I’ll definitely be sharing this with Daisy as she loves to sketch

Thanks to @lexi_rees and Charlotte for sharing today!

Lexi Rees, author

Sometimes you meet people whose talent just blows your mind! So today I have the very great pleasure of introducing Charlotte who is going to share her illustration app tips. She’s already planning a career in art and I see a bright future for her.

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She entered my illustration competition, and not only were her drawings amazing, but she was the only computer based entry which really caught my attention. I asked her, via her Dad, if she would mind sharing her knowledge on computer based illustration to help other youngsters try it out. I’m delighted too share this blog from her, and being a super cool tech-savvy kid, she’s made us a YouTube video too!

So over to Charlotte …

Hi, I’m Charlotte and I am 11 years old. I love to draw; it’s one of the things that I like to do most in my free time and…

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