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All Those Things We Never Said – Marc Levy

After really enjoying The Strange Journey of Alice Pendlebury by Marc Levy I decided to give another of his books a try. I chose All Those Things We Never Said from Kindle Unlimited.

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By: Marc LevyChris Murray – translator
Narrated by: Amy McFadden
Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
Release date: 14-11-17
Language: English

The Blurb from All Those Things We Never Said

Days before her wedding, Julia Walsh is blindsided twice: once by the sudden death of her estranged father…and again when he appears on her doorstep after his funeral, ready to make amends, right his past mistakes, and prevent her from making new ones.

Surprised, to say the least, Julia reluctantly agrees to turn what should have been her honeymoon into a spontaneous road trip with her father to make up for lost time. But when an astonishing secret is revealed about a past relationship, their trip becomes a whirlwind journey of rediscovery that takes them from Montreal to Paris to Berlin and back home again, where Julia learns that even the smallest gestures she might have taken for granted have the power to change her life forever.

My Review

I was intrigued by the blurb, how could her father appear on her doorstep after his funeral? Well, the answer was rather surprising and suspends belief. I’m all for a little sci-fi but it just didn’t seem to fit well into this story.

The premise was lovely, a young women gets to make amends with her father, find out what her childhood was really like, have some long and caring conversations as well as some strops, travel to Canada, Paris and Germany. Meet up with old friends, break up with new and finally realise what is most important in life.

In reality, the story dragged, All Those Things We Never Said, could have been said a little more concisely, cutting the story down. If you like a story which examines all the emotions then you will probably enjoy this. I’m not saying it was bad but…

The main character, Julia, was just annoying, a spoilt brat. The Father was tiresome, meddling, and could have said all those things he needed to say in a letter. Some interesting parts of the story seemed rushed and gave way to lots of dreamy type monologues. The narrator was not to my liking either but that’s a personal choice. I just sometimes think that the past is past and it’s not believable that two so different characters could still be so much in love after the passing of nearly twenty years, or was it eighteen? I got confused as the author used both.

It hasn’t put me off Marc Levy, but I’m glad I got this on my Kindle Unlimited rather than using an Audible credit.

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New Baby Crochet Cardigan and Blanket

If you read my other blog, Raisiebay, you may already know that we have a new baby in the family. My niece had a little boy just a few weeks ago and he is the most adorable little baby, I just had to get my hooks out and make something for him. I decided to crochet a blanket and a cardigan.

First up, I bought my wool, I chose Stylecraft Special in Aspen colour. I did think it would be more blue, but it was a kind of aquamarine colour, which happens to be my niece’s favourite colour.

Baby Blanket.

I tried lots of patterns but I decided on just a simple waffle crochet stitch to make this square pram size blanket. But it needed a little decorations so I made a couple of bunnies to sew on the corner.

baby blanket crochet in waffle stitch, with two little bunnies sewn on
baby blanket with bunnies

Baby Cardigan

I chose my cardigan pattern from Kerry Jane Designs on Etsy.

crochet baby cardigan.
Little Ridge Cardigan from Kelly Jane Designs

I bought the buttons on Amazon which were a great bargain. Just £6.99 for 150 buttons in different sizes. Each one is printed with the words, Handmade with love and with two little hearts. I think they are perfect for a baby cardigan.

I made the cardigan in the newborn size but as my great nephew is so tiny it doesn’t fit him yet. I am thinking of making some more for my shop as it’s such a great pattern.

You can see more of my crochet here on this blog. And you can see some of the things I’ve made for sale on my Etsy shop which is also called At Home A Lot.

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The Strange Journey of Alice Pendlebury, book review

My latest audio book was The Strange Journey of Alice Pendlebury which I read for free from Amazon Kindle Unlimited. I’ll get on to the book review in a moment.

I love Audible but I keep listening to more than one book every month and I needed to get access to more books without paying too much. Audio books are generally more expensive than normal books or ebooks. I decided to sign up to Amazon Kindle Unlimited which gives me access to many more books with audio narration. And I get three months free to try it out.

The Strange Journey of Alice Pendlebury

The Blurb

Alice Pendelbury believes everything in her life is pretty much in order – from her good friends to her burgeoning career. But even Alice has to admit it’s been an odd week. Not only has her belligerent neighbor, Mr. Daldry, suddenly become a surprisingly agreeable confidant, but he’s encouraging her to take seriously the fortune-teller who told her that only by traveling to Turkey can Alice meet the most important person in her life.

What’s more, the peculiarly insistent Mr. Daldry has even agreed to finance Alice’s trip – one that against all reason seems to be predestined. It’s on this journey, crazy from the outset and strangely irresistible, that Alice will find out that nothing in her life is real, that her past is not true, and that the six people she’s about to encounter will shape her future in ways she could never have dreamed.

My Review

The book was originally written in French but it was translated by an American, which gives it a strange American themes to the English scenes. You may spot them, but I wasn’t overly bothered by them. The narrator was agreeable to listen to, but I always advise anyone purchasing an ebook to listen to the preview.

The book is available on kindle and paperback too, I’ll give links at the end of my post.

This is not the kind of book I would normally read but I was drawn in by the blurb. It sounded quite fascinating and a little bit mystical. The story is basically a love story, but it has lots of little twists and love is not the obvious objective.

I really enjoyed the stories of life in Turkey. For someone who hasn’t travelled much I love hearing stories about other countries. Of course, there was also some of the sad history in the story too. The actual book is set in the 1950s but it also covers 1915 which was a pretty awful time for the Armenians living in Turkey. It encouraged me to read a little more into what happened back then.

Alice Pendlebury is a likeable character and she doesn’t ‘do’ nonsense which is great. Mr Daldry is not so likeable at first, but he grows on you. It’s never really explained why he is so uptight, but it’s lovely to see the little parts of him that endears his character.

The other characters are all brought to life with lots of colour and interest. I have decided that I want to read more from Marc Levy. I’ve already downloaded my next book from Amazon Unlimited.

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Join us for Bookworms Monthly June Linkup Party

Welcome to Bookworms June linkup

Hello, Welcome to BookWorms Monthly June. I haven’t done a bookworms monthly for a while but I’ve decided to revive it again.

Reading is my passion and I love to write about what I’ve read. I’m a real book worm and I have been since the day I could read. I decided to start this linky so that other book worms could Share. I’m starting monthly for now, so you have a whole month to link up your posts. You can link up to four posts, so that’s one a week. Or if you like you can link up some of your older posts.

Let’s share what we read and give other’s ideas what to read next. Tell me your reviews, you book reading lists, your author interviews, kids book favourites, Young Adult books, and even posts about your favourite authors. Anything book related is allowed and I can’t wait to read them all. I want to find all the book worms out there.

Here is last months linky to give you some idea of what book worms monthly is about. I’m trying to reach out to all the book worms out there to come and join me with their posts monthly.

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