Book Review: Pigeon Pie

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This book starts with a message from Nancy:

It was written before Christmas 1939. Published on 6 May 1940 it was an early and unimportant casualty of the real war which was then beginning

Sophia Garfield is trapped in a loveless marriage and when the Phoney War begins she decides to take action and help the war effort by joining a first aid post.

After finding Wigs On The Green very disappointing I was hoping Pigeon Pie would contain more of the Nancy wit I so enjoyed in her first two novels. The satire does work but for me it misses the mark a bit.

I also felt this novel should have been called Wigs On the Green as this is the headline used in the novel when Sir Ivor King’s body is discovered on Kew Green.

The only character I felt any kind of attachment too was Sophia. You want her to break away from Luke and be with Rudolph. She is also brave when it comes to dealing with the spies who have kidnapped her dog knowing one wrong move they’d put her down the main drain.

I give this book 3/5

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Flapper Reading Sewing Update 6

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Was quite pleased with how much I got done this week

Until my next update… Happy Crafting!!

The Liebster Award

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Thank you Lainey from The World According to Lainey for my blog nomination!

Here are the rules:

  1. Thank and link the person who nominated you
  2. Answer the questions given by the nominator
  3. Nominate 11 other bloggers who have less than 200 followers and link them
  4. Create 11 new questions for the nominees to answer
  5. Notify all nominees by social media/blogs

Questions I was given to answer

If you are to change to a book’s ending, which book would it be and why?

I would have liked Eddard Stark to have lived in Game of Thrones and he sort out Joffrey

What is the last book you’ve read that you’ll probably never read again?

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

What is your life’s current soundtrack?

Rita Coolidge

If you are to fall in love with a fictional character, who will it be?

I have never found myself in love with a character from a book. But a fictional television character I’d pick B.J Hunnicutt from M*A*S*H

If you are to kill someone in a book, who will it be?

A in the Pretty Little Liars books. Just leave those fab girls alone!!

What place do you want to visit because of a book you read?

After reading The Sun King by Nancy Mitford I’d love to visit the Versailles Palace

What is the longest book you ever read?

A Woman of Substance by Barbara Taylor Bradford

What do you want to eat whilst reading a book?

Nothing

Which do you prefer? Books, Ebooks or Audiobooks?

I have converted to just using my Kindle but if there is a book I want that isn’t available on there I will buy the book. But I also enjoy hearing the Book of the Week and the Archers Omnibus on Radio Four in the morning whilst during some chores. So I guess a mixture of the three

Who are your top 3 authors?

Barbara Taylor Bradford, Jean Plaidy and Sara Shepard

What is the book nearest to you now?

A Talent to Annoy by Nancy Mitford

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My 11 Nominees are

  1. Thread and Bobbins
  2. Cross Quilt
  3. Knettycraft
  4. Knitterly Arts
  5. Fall From Grace Crafts
  6. Life’s Complicated, So Cross Stitch
  7. Rare English Rose
  8. In the Hall of the Mountain Queen
  9. Gladerider Crafts
  10. Hooded Crows and Hedge Mustard
  11. Coffee Stitcher’s Stitchy Blog of Stitchy Awesome

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My 11 questions for the nominees are:

  • What is your favourite colour?
  • DMC or Anchor?
  • Favourite time of day?
  • What was the first craft you learnt?
  • Which era of music do you prefer 80’s or 90’s?
  • Do you plan ahead to Christmas to make gifts in January?
  • What have you made that you are most proud of?
  • Is there any crafts you can’t do but wish you could?
  • Can you knit a garment?
  • Is there anything you can’t resist buying in a craft shop?
  • Would you like to be on the Sewing Bee?

Book Review: Wigs On The Green

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I can’t believe I’m writing this review. But I truly did not like this book!

I was so hopeful when I started it having loved the previous two books by Nancy but slowly I found myself really not liking it and by the time the pageant happen I was praying for it to end!

Jasper Aspect comes across as an annoying character and just gets worse throughout the book.

Noel Foster had a lot of potential. With the money he inherited he could have built a good life for himself instead his story ends the way it starts, in a dead end job with little prospect of being anything.

I also found the plot too political. Eugenia is clearly a thinly veiled version of Nancy’s sister Unity. There are also no mentions of my previously loved characters created by Nancy such as Albert or Jane.

I give this book 2/5

Tsum Tsum Fun Fun!!

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I love Disney films and when I saw Clintons advertising them as exclusive stockists I had to have some!!

These ones are the small size and are fun to stack. I’m sure I’ll be buying the others soon!

Flapper Reading Sewing Update 5

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Progressing slowly!

Until my next update… Happy Crafting!!

Book Review: Flawless

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Flawless is the second book in the Pretty Little Liar series written by Sara Shepard. It’s as well written and full of gossip and drama as the first book.

The book starts off with a flashback so you learn exactly how they are involved in “The Jenna Thing” and you start to wonder if she is A. Of course by the end of it we are not really any closer to who it is.

Sara Shepard has a unique way of writing chapters by concentrating on one of the four girls POV at a time. You also feel you can relate to each girl even though they are so different. I like Aria’s kookiness and find I want her to be with her English teacher even though it is so wrong. You feel for Spencer being a top student but as she isn’t the eldest she will never be worthy in her parent’s eyes. Hannah with her weight issues you feel for her as each teenage girl finds her body changing. Also having the addition of her new bitchy step sister who is naturally slim making her feel unwanted by her Dad. Emily discovering she has feelings for girls and what this means for her is also handled well but doesn’t help A wanting to out her when she needs time to figure it out.

I found myself quickly finishing this book as I couldn’t wait to see what happened. They aren’t long books either and you wish they could have packed in more pages of drama of the liars.

I give this book 5/5

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