Tuesday, 29 September 2015

A Jersey Dreamboat


The third instalment of the captivating Jersey Scene series. Izzy and her best friend Jess are badly let down when a Jersey socialite, who has agreed to hire their entire vintage party stock for her upcoming wedding, decides to elope instead - leaving the girls with no bookings and no money. Feeling despondent, the girls try a night out to cheer themselves up, and meet the captivating and aristocratic Ed, who invites the girls on a cruise to Nice on his yacht, together with his two brothers. Romance builds on the luxury trip, but when a last-minute wedding booking is offered, the girls must return to Jersey, and real life has to begin again ...or has it?

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Georgina Troy lives on the island of Jersey and when it’s dark she can see the lights in France from her bedroom window. This isn't surprising as Jersey is only fifteen miles off the French coast. She's an impossible romantic and likes nothing more than creating gorgeous heroes. Her books are published by Accent Press.



My Review

As always with Georgina Troy, there is a wonderful backdrop of Jersey coupled with romance – pure escapism. I always look forward to reading her books and this one was no exception. If you add in a smattering of France too then there is a heady combination. What I really enjoyed though was the relationship between Jess and Iz, who run an event planning business.  The characters are never black and white but grow on you. Likewise the spoiled little rich girl who cancels at the last minute leaving Jess and Iz pretty much without an income has hidden depths. By stripping away the layers we get to see these characters for better and worse. I must admit to being quite smitten by romantic Ed myself! After all, how many people are invited out of the blue to go on a cruise with a handsome Frenchman and his brothers? Of course, it’s not all plain sailing but that’s what develops the characters. Lovely, escapist read best enjoyed with coffee and chocolate for maximum effect.


Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Grumpies on board


Grumpies On Board
Genre: humour, non-fiction
Release Date: 21st May 2015
Publisher: Safkhet
A "book it" list like no other, with humorous suggestions for extreme active ageing trips and why grumpies should not go snuffle trunting

Fancy a holiday with a difference? Then pack your bags and get ready for some extreme active ageing. Us 'older' folk are heading away from the traditional hotel holiday and at last, having fun!
This humorous guide, compiled by Mr and Mrs Grumpy, offers alternatives to the usual holiday—from sensible to outrageous—to suit every grumpy guts.
Learn about Arctic boot camps, ayurvedic retreats, drumming holidays, ice blokarting, motoring experiences, skijorking, tubing, Vespa excursions, voodoo trips and discover why Mr Grumpy will never go truffle hunting again.
With over 300 suggestions of how to get the best out of your vacation and live life to the maximum, this book aims to inspire and entertain.
Read it and put some choices on your "book it" list. After all, you only live once!
“An excellently researched insight into the world of the truly grumpy traveller. Youngsters beware..!” Nigel Vardy AKA Mr. Fostbite. Record breaking mountaineer, author and inspirational speaker.



Carol E. Wyer was born in Munster, Germany in 1960. She began her working life in Casablanca where she taught English and French in Language Schools and for companies. used to race around the streets on a clapped out VĂ©loSoleX bike, avoiding donkeys. She changed career to become a fitness instructor in her forties and appeared in Zest magazine as a ‘success story’. No longer able to touch her toes with her hands, she has now become a full-time writer. Having written a series of educational yet amusing books for children, she turned her attention to the adult market in 2010 when her son flew from the nest.

Her first two novels Mini Skirts and Laughter Lines and Surfing in Stilettos won several awards for humour and much attention from the media. Since then, she has won the people’s Book Prize Award with Grumpy Old Menopause and has appeared on over fifty BBC radio stations, several international radio stations, Sky News, NBC television and BBC Breakfast television discussing age-related subjects such as ‘Irritable Male Syndrome’ and ‘Grumpy Old Menopause’. Her writing style has been described frequently by the media as 'witty' or 'humorous' and has even been compared to the acerbic wit of Jeremy Clarkson and the humour of Robin Williams.

Carol has written articles for and featured in several national women’s magazines including Take A Break, Choice, Woman’s Weekly and Woman's Own who also wrote about her journey to becoming a best-selling author.

Currently writing a series of novels and articles aimed at the ‘older’ woman and man, Carol is also engaged in writing by-line articles and posts for magazines and websites including Silver Travel Advisor and the Huffington Post.

Carol is also a regular Loud Mouth on BBC Radio Derby.

Last year, she took a crash course in stand-up comedy and is currently doing a comedy tour entitled Smile While You Still have Teeth to sell-out audiences, proving you’re never too old to try a new experience.


1st Prize – copy of the book (uk winner a signed paperback / non UK an ecopy)
2nd Prize – Grumpy old git / cow travel mug

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My Review

This is not a novel but a selection of places to go and things to do once you reach a certain age. Of course, it is all done in Carol Wyer’s inimitable style and will have you chuckling aloud. I love her ‘can-do’ attitude coupled with the ‘not blooming likely’ response of her Grumpy. Whatever your age, this book will encourage you to seize the moment and do something memorable – hopefully for all the right reasons. Arranged alphabetically there are loads of places that I’ve now added to my ‘wish list’ (I refuse to call it a bucket list). Whilst many are the stuff of which dreams are made – how I envy you at times Carol – there are plenty of things to suit every taste and budget. Nice to find quite a few that are not run of the mill. If you don’t fancy white water rafting, how about a safari or hot air balloon ride? If the worst comes to the worst, you can always leave your own Grumpy at home and take me.