Beach Reads Blog Tour 2015 Day 7 #Beachbooks @LindleyE

So we are just ending our first week of our holiday beach reads, everyone should be enjoying some sun and kicking back for a good rest.

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Today my guest is E.L. Lindley

E. L. Lindley Author

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I’m not much of a beach person so my ideal holiday destination is always a city break. I’m not overly keen on flying these days either so I can’t think of anything better than taking the train to Paris and spending my holiday embracing the lovely cafe culture there. I would spend my days watching the world go by with a glass of wine and a good book. Wherever I go, I always have a paperback and my kindle in my bag so I’d have lots to choose from. My iPod is another permanent companion but curiously I have never listened to an audio book so this would be the perfect opportunity for me to give one a try.

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A Fun Read – I think it would be a lot of fun to charge up my kindle and re-read one of my own books. The Georgie Connelly stories are light-hearted crime thrillers which would hopefully get me into a holiday frame of mind. I’d choose Business As Usual because it’s the first one in the series and introduces us to Georgie Connelly. It’s also the first book I ever wrote so it would be nice to re-visit it. I’d then like to spend the rest of the holiday channelling my inner Georgie as she’s such a lively, mad-cap character who’s up for anything.

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

 To be released soon

An Easy Read For Me – A book I’m really looking forward to reading is Thicker than Water by Georgia Rose, which I’ll be downloading onto my kindle the second it’s released. It’s the third book in The Grayson Trilogy and I know this will be an easy read for me purely because I enjoyed the first two books so much. The stories are exquisitely written and introduce us to Emma Grayson and Trent who, despite neither of them having had easy lives, manage to connect and nurture their feelings for each other. As Thicker than Water is the final part of the trilogy, I’m really hoping that things will work out for Emma and Trent. For me the strength of the stories lie in the fact that they’re not just love at first sight, happy ending style romance but deal with real issues such as bereavement and loneliness.

 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Georgia-Rose/e/B00I4YW2ZA/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

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A Book I’ve Been Meaning To Read For Ages – I’ve had a paperback copy of Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn on my bedside table for months. I loved Dark Places and Gone Girl and, everyone I know who has read them, keeps telling me that Sharp Objects is Flynn’s best novel. It’s the story of a journalist who returns to her home town after many years in order to cover the story of a missing girl. Flynn does seem to divide opinion, possibly because Gone Girl was such a phenomenal success, but readers seem to love or hate her. I’m definitely in the ‘love her’ camp and really enjoy her dark, spiky style.

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

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 A Book From My Favourite Genre – My favourite genre is crime and so I’d get my kindle out to read Hollywood Shakedown by Mark Barry, which I really love. It’s a gritty, old school crime novel and has a wonderful cast of dysfunctionally loveable characters. Frustrated writer, Buddy Chinn is at the centre of the story and he’s the kind of character that readers will adore and want to kill in equal measure. He’s very much a laid back Los Angeleno and so would provide the perfect antidote to all that stylish Parisian glamour. The plot has lots of twists and turns and takes the reader from LA to Chicago and London with lots of hilarious cross cultural shenanigans. It’s the perfect accompaniment to a nice glass of chardonnay.

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

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A Book I Could Truly Escape With – I recently saw Far From The Madding Crowd at the cinema and it really made me want to read the book. It’s the story of Bathsheba Everdene, who’s trying to be an independent woman when it wasn’t really the done thing. She makes some terrible choices though and ends up in a bit of a pickle. I’m not a massive Thomas Hardy fan but I love The Mayor of Casterbridge because, when I was at school the teacher read it aloud to us and it was such a memorable experience. I think I would try and recreate that pleasure by listening to Far From The Madding Crowd on audio book. It’s really long so it would be perfect for the train journey from Sheffield to London and then onto Paris.

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

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Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

We’re back with a book review from Louise today, I’ll let her explain why she is reviewing this book. Thanks Louise!

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‘‘Tess of the d’Urbervilles’ – Thomas Hardy

 Rating: 4/5

This is a classic novel, set in the 1880’s, which tells the story of Tess Durbeyfield. Tess is the daughter of a poor, ailing villager who learns that she may be descended from the bygone family of d’Urberville, and in her search for virtue her luck alternates greatly. It explores her up-and-down relationships with two very different men, whilst she battles against the stone-set morals of Britain’s rural villages and goes on an emotional journey far lengthier than her travels across Hardy’s Wessex; and this all adopts the proportions of a Greek tragedy.

I am required to study Tess for my AS-level English course, so when I first read the plot, I readied myself for a long, long year. However, after I had read the first few pages it became clear that even though the novel was lengthy, it would by no means be boring. Within the first ‘phase’ alone, there was romance, drama and death. This was why I loved the book; it was so unexpected, with drama at the turn of every page, and even though it was published in 1891, the morals of the story seemed so modern, and so true to our current society. Tess is a very emotional girl, and her troubles cause her to become very depressed, verging on suicidal, and it is this vulnerability that causes us, and various men, to fall in love with her; that, and her vividly described beauty. In fact, Hardy has packed the novel full of elaborate descriptions of the surrounding environment, and this really helps to set the scene and place us into the story. However, the language is very old-fashioned, and even though there is a dictionary in the back pages filled with over 200 entries, I still found myself incredibly confused and lost at times. The truth is, even though I wouldn’t have read this novel voluntarily, I am so glad that I did; the depth of the story allowed me to get entirely engrossed, and the jaw-dropping final chapters actually triggered a physical reaction, they were that brilliant! Overall, even though it is a complicated and slow read, the time is so worth it.’

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