Friday, 27 February 2015

Book Beginnngs on Fridays - Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Book Beginnings on Fridays is hosted by Rose City Reader and as she says the idea of this meme is for you to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name. There's a linky list on the website and you can use #BookBeginnings on Twitter.



I've just finished this and it was a lighter, easier read than I was expecting. I enjoyed the chapters set in the past more than the ones in the present day.


Book Beginning:


I believe in ghosts. They're the ones who haunt us, the ones who have left us behind. Many times in my life I have felt them around me, observing, witnessing, when no one in the living world knew or cared what happened. 


Orphan Train


Book Description


 Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to “aging out” out of the foster care system. A community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse...
As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.
Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life – answers that will ultimately free them both.

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Village Candles

A few weeks ago Village Candle kindly sent me some of their products to review. I love scented candles, I'm a big fan of Kringle and Yankee so was looking forward to trying these.

I got a small jar (11 fl oz) of Violet Blossom with a burn time of up to 55 hours.The scent is described as containing violet, iris, rose, heliotrope and musk. I'm not usually a huge fan of flower scents but liked this as it's not too overpowering. Also as the smaller size is a wide candle (unlike other makes) you still get a good scent throw.


The Rendezvous medium jar (16 fl oz) I received lasts for up to 105 hours. This contains cedar, grapefruit, orange and musk. Although more of a masculine scent there was enough of a hint of the fruit scents coming through for me.    


The large jar (26 fl oz) was Raspberry Rose Tea (raspberry, herbs, tea and musk) and this size jar has a maximum huge burn time of 170 hours. Out of the three this was my favourite, I could definitely smell the raspberry and tea scents.


What I especially like about these premium jar candles is that they all have 2 wicks, this means a more even clean burn. You get an excellent wax pool very quickly, thankfully no tunnelling issues with these.

I've been very impressed with the quality of Village Candles, I have already bought myself a Frozen Margarita one and shall treat myself to more in the future.

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Teaser Tuesdays


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading anyone can play along! Just do the following:


• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Alice and the FlyMy Teaser:


Miss Hayes has a new theory. She thinks I'm not really scared of Them. 


P86 - Alice and the Fly by James Rice