The Cluttering Discombobulator by Paula Harmon


Pensioner Robert thinks that growing up is for boring people. Dragons, TV Crews, household disasters – everything can be fixed with duct tape. When Robert falls ill, his serious daughter Laura remembers her chaotic childhood and Robert fights common sense as the hero in his own stories.



If you enjoyed the sitcom ‘The Kennedys’ then I am sure The Cluttering Discombobulator will appeal to you. It is a comforting memoir-esque story of a family’s past and present. It includes the sentence ‘The beansprouts tasted of soap and earnestness’ (big fan of anyone who can write like this), and quaint illustrations. It’s a lovely book.

Page-turner-ability rating : 5/5 stars.

Three word review: Families Make Stories


Officially a Holiday Read

cropped-20180401_120047.jpgEleven books read during my holiday, reviews to follow…  1962, my book worked it’s way around the pool too! No internet during my holiday, which I got used to after about half a day (or was it half an hour!). Normal service of liking and commenting should return this week.

Happy reading! Samantha

Book Review: The Tuscan Child by Rhys Bowen

516RInLmgQL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_If you enjoyed reading Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis De Bernieres then The Tuscan Child by Rhys Bowen will appeal to you, I’m sure of this. The story is told from the point of view of Sir Hugo Langley in 1944 when, during the war, his plane crashed in Tuscany, and his bereaved daughter, Joanna, in 1973 and her journey to find out the truth about her father’s Italian recovery/adventure/mystery. I enjoyed the two time settings, one employed first person, the other third person writing. Platefuls of Italian food and culture mentions- you could be there!

Page turner-ability rating 5/5 stars.

Three word review : Mysterious Tuscan Interlude.

Happy Reading! Samantha

I Don’t Know How They do it, Their Eyes Must be all Over Their Heads!

20180322_183857I’ve recently ran a five day free promotion on one of my e-books ‘Quirky Tales to Make Your Day’. This created a self inflicted wild goose chase of networking with social media pages and potential reviewers – one said yes, RESULT! The last time I tried to get people to review me, I gave free books to actual people I know. I have decided to keep plodding on, but before I do try and look at things from the reviewer’s point of view. After all this week’s social networking I have sold about one book to the ten I have promised myself to read! I don’t know how these book reviewers do it! Their eyes must be all over the place! Not to mention, can you imagine not being able to just read an old classic?! I bet they get loads of e-mithers! Nevertheless, I’ve decided to start reviewing – although my priority is writing my next novel, if I read something I like, I’ll share it and if I don’t have anything nice to say, I won’t say anything at all. You won’t catch me posting a two stars with no comment on Goodreads! And you never know, I might get ‘reviewed back’!

That picture above is not representative of the several million (not really it’s about 11 or twelve) indie published books I have downloaded or ordered the paperback of this month waiting to be read. But notice how my father-in-law’s book has sneaked itself on the photo, oh! And one of mine, Piccalilly up there in the top right corner!

Reviewers, I salute you!

Happy Saturday, Samantha.