Book Review: Little Mouse’s Christmas by Riikka Jantti



PUBLICATION DATE: 9th November 2017

Little Mouse’s Christmas in another instalment in the adorable Little Mouse series. This time, just as the title suggests, Little Mouse gets caught up in the excitement leading up to Christmas. Similar to little people, Little Mouse has a hard time waiting for the big day to arrive, but luckily Mummy Mouse has lots of festive activities planned to keep the little varmint busy.

It’s very easy to love the Little Mouse books. They are filled with so much cuteness and brilliantly highlight day-to-day situations (no matter if you are a little mouse or a little person…). The writing style is simple, yet very engaging which make them perfect for children who are just starting to read coupled with colourful, detailed illustrations. This book gives us an interesting insight into a Finnish Christmas, too, with slightly different customs in comparison to a typical British celebration. Finland is a country we have always wanted to visit, and we already feel like it is our second home thanks to the Little Mouse series!

Thank you, Scribe, for providing us with a review copy of this gorgeous children’s book. All views and opinions are entirely our own.

A Dreamy Short Break to Woolley Grange

We have just returned home from an amazing couple of nights at Woolley Grange. I cannot praise this dreamy, utterly relaxing and atmospheric hotel enough. We honestly had the best time there and are already looking to book again for next year’s February half-term (this is not an ad – we paid for our holiday entirely ourselves, but I just had to share our positive opinion with you).

Earlier this year, we celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary. We knew we wanted to go somewhere relaxing and ideally on a spa break. However, we did not want to leave our children behind and I really struggled to find hotels that would tick all the boxes. Most spa hotels do not allow children. By chance, I came across Luxury Family Hotels and oh my, am I glad I did. I immediately knew that I had stumbled upon a gem and only minutes later I was on the phone booking our trip to Woolley Grange.

We loved every single aspect of our short break – from the atmospheric Jacobean Manor House to the wonderful gardens, the relaxing pool time to the fantastic activities for children… the list is endless. Here are our highlights:


As soon as we spotted the Manor House out of our car windows, we immediately felt relaxed. This feeling lasted for the whole trip. 


The facilities at Woolley Grange are amazing. We absolutely loved the huge bed in our suite (we stayed in a large family suite located just a few steps away from the main house). Although we were obviously provided with a cot bed for Isabelle and a Z-bed for Morgan, we all shared the big bed for the second night (really as a treat for our girls, but Dan and I secretly loved having our daughters sandwiched between us for the night). 


All guests at Woolley Grange are able to make use of the hotel pool, which our oldest daughter was most excited about. The water was lovely and warm and the glass front gave the most gorgeous views into the Walled Garden. Pure bliss!!


A huge thank you to the amazing staff at Woolley Grange. We were made to feel most welcome at all times. The lovely receptionists and waiters went over and above what could be expected from exceptional service. Each one was warm hearted, took time to talk to us and listened to the endless conversations our oldest one struck up with them. 


Not only was the cooked breakfast and buffet extremely tasty, but the children were made to feel so very special. Each table had a little personalised sign with the children’s names – such a super cute touch! We also loved that everything was provided for our baby girl – from highchairs to bibs, sippy cups and feeding spoons.


Last but not least, there is so much to do for the children! Morgan couldn’t get enough from exploring the wonderful Walled Garden, spotting the free running chickens and ducks, playing in the playhouses, finding hidden sheep on the Woolley Sheep trail, splashing in the pool and of course making new friends in the Woolley Bear’s Den. 

Thank you, Woolley Grange, for such a lovely time. We will be back! That’s for sure.


Book Review: Trust Me by Zosia Wand

Publisher: Head of Zeus

Pages: 352

Publication Date: 5th October 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed Trust Me. The title is extremely appropriate and basically sums up the storyline with just these two words – very clever! 

The beginning of this thriller is rather slow-paced. Having said that, it worked brilliantly in this book. It only adds to the storyline that the reader gets enough time to get fully accustomed with the character cast. Just when I thought, I had the whole story figured out, the author planted little seeds of doubt. Along the way, I certainly had no idea who to trust. 

Some of the characters I liked a lot more than others. Jonty, for example, was someone I didn’t particularly like from the beginning on and my opinion of him never really changed. Lizzie and Sam, in contrast, were extremely intriguing and well developed. Their “stepmother/son” relationship definitely left food for thought. 

This book is a thrilling, head-spinning and well-written read that will keep you guessing throughout. 

Huge thanks to Head of Zeus for providing me with a review copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own. 

Book Review: Bonkers About Beetroot by Cath Jones

PUBLISHER: Maverick Arts Publishing

PUBLICATION DATE: 5th October 2017

What a gorgeous children’s book and definitely quite unique (I have certainly never come across a children’s book that featured beetroot).

The zoo animals are in despair, No one is visiting their zoo anymore and they fear for the worst, until Zebra has an idea – why not grow a giant beetroot to attract visitor?  After all, people love beetroot (well, according to Zebra anyway).

The characters in this book are brilliant. From an overenthusiastic zebra to a grumpy penguin – you name it. The storyline and illustrations are super cute and this book makes for a great bedtime read. 

The book takes a very unexpected plot twist towards the end which greatly adds to the overall impression of it, you will most likely say out loud “I didn’t expect that!” Very refreshing for a children’s book to do something out of the ordinary, which makes it a lot more memorable than many of its contemporaries.

Book Review: Wilde Like Me by Louise Pentland


PAGES: 416

PUBLICATION DATE: 29th June 2017

What a brilliant read! I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump lately, having started a few books, but not being able to finish them due to various reasons. Wilde Like Me, however, was not one of these books. I thoroughly enjoyed it and picked it up whenever I had a free minute. I finished the book at the hairdressers and earned a few peculiar stares from the lady sitting next to me as I couldn’t help myself from smirking at Louise’s fantastically witty writing style.

Robin, the heroine in this book, is so incredibly relatable and I would go so far as to argue there is a bit of Robin in each and everyone of us. She is feisty and knows (pretty much) what she wants, but battles secretly with her insecurities. 

Louise created a wide array of characters that are each just as loveable as the next and that add so much substance and support to the story. There are a tonne of laugh-out-loud moments in this book which brilliantly go hand in hand with the more serious issues Robin is facing. 

Wilde Like Me is a wonderfully entertaining read about motherhood, friendships  and daily trials and tribulations. Definitely a book that will proudly sit in my “books to keep” shelf.