I’m really torn with rating this book because there were times when it was so engaging, funny, heartwarming (the bra shopping for example….you’ll have to read it to understand the reference) and totally worthy of a 5* review. There were also times where the story simply became completely ridiculous and absurd (the pole/blouse bit for example….again, you’ll need to read it to understand the reference!) and I thus had little feelings or care for the characters because it lacked authenticity. So it has to be an overall 3* review. On the whole, it is a very (very), easy-going chick lit read which could be perfect for a sunny holiday pool-side book!
It took me quite a while to get into this book mainly because it felt like there were lots of characters and I couldn’t tell who was/wasn’t important to the storyline (for those who want to know – Arthur and Lucie are the 2 to focus on!) Once I got into the book I really enjoyed it. It was a fun, easy to read chick lit with a novel twist to the standard boy-meets-girl. Perfect holiday reading!
I have been playing with the Fern Garden collection by Makower UK over this May Bank Holiday! I adore this beautiful collection which is full of calming and refreshing shades of green, yellow and grey! It definitely brings a stylish botanical feel to your sewing projects.
I have been making a tote bag for a friend of mine who loves everything to do with nature so this felt like the perfect collection to use for her gift! I am English Paper Piecing (EPP) these shapes together and only have the bottom row to go before the bag front is finished!
I couldn’t EPP without sneaking in a bit of fussy cutting! How stunning is this primrose?
I have been using GIANT hexagons to make this tote bag (2.5″ sides) but this collection works just as beautifully with mini hexagons (0.5″ sides). These beauties are cut and ready to be basted so that I can make a matching mini zip pouch!
I love a collection that works so fantastically no matter what size EPP shapes that you choose to use! This collection is definitely a winner!
I like to use coordinating threads for English Paper Piecing so for this fabric collection I am using Gütermann sew-all polyester thread shades 417 (yellow), 582 (green) and 701 (grey). For Gütermann stockists contact Gutermann@stockistenquiries.co.uk
5* for A Perfect Cornish Summer
This is the first Phillipa Ashley book that I’ve read and it definitely won’t be the last because it was amazing! With humour, heart break, love, romance, kinship, food, community spirit and a range of characters, Phillipa expertly takes you on a journey to Cornwall in the lead up to the town’s festival which entices and enthralls from start to finish! I would definitely recommend this book and I am keeping everything crossed that it’ll be the start of a whole new series of books for Phillipa as I want to go on more journeys with these characters!
I couldn’t resist making a 6-point diamond star block (in keeping with the 2019 IG-led #fussycuttingsewalong) with a foodie theme to match the book’s foodie theme! I’ve used this fabulous fabric from the ‘Emma’s Kitchen’ collection by Haerae Design Studio. Head on over to Hantex to find your nearest stockists of this fabric collection!
On the whole, I really enjoyed this book. The characters were authentic, funny, and likeable. The storyline was romantic, engaging, lively and humorous. It is a perfect chick-lit summer read and definitely makes me want to hop on a plane to Rome as the descriptions are so vivid and enticing.
For me, the only thing that let it down (otherwise it would have been a 5* review) was the ending as I felt it set feminism back about 50 years (I won’t expand anymore because I don’t want to spoil anything).