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‘The Guestbook’ by Holly Martin: Book Review

Wow… where do I even begin?!

Welcome to Willow Cottage…

Young widow and landlady, Annie Butterworth, lives next door to Willow Cottage and is always on hand to help out and provide guests with anything they need, whether it is tea or just a friendly chat. Guests of Willow Cottage are encouraged to write about their stay in The Guestbook which Annie has left in the cottage. The Guestbook is not only used by the guests staying, but also as a way of communication with Annie. This book provides entries from a huge range of different guests throughout, including Annie herself and the famous writer, Oliver Black, – Although to Annie, he is just plain old Olly… Her first kiss.Holly

What a beautiful book. The moment I entered Willow Cottage, I fell in love with it!

The story is told entirely through the cottage Guestbook which was such a fantastic and unique way of writing a novel. Before I began reading the book, I wasn’t sure whether I would enjoy it that much as I thought I may get confused with all of the separate stories by each of the different guests. But boy, was I wrong! I loved it. I was hooked from the very first entry and didn’t want to put it down at all.

I absolutely adored the main character, Annie. Everybody assumed she was this little old lady because of her name, but she was in fact a young, beautiful woman who had a passion for looking after her guests and the cottage. Annie was so likable, and no matter what was happening in her personal life, she always tried to look at the bright side of things and put her guests before herself. Being widowed, Annie had gone through a lot of trauma in her life, however she appeared to be loved by all of the locals around her which was really nice.

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“Gapping it..” – Guest Post by Mia

Today, I have a really insightful guest post to share with you written by Mia. Here, Mia is telling us all about her decision to take a gap year, and advice on how to spend your gap year if you cannot afford to go travelling. I hope you enjoy this post, and remember to go and visit Mia’s lovely blog here!


I am currently on a hiatus from life. I don’t know what to do, I don’t know where to go, I don’t know where I want to end up, and I’m not really quite sure who I want to be yet either. So, because of my habitual indecisiveness, I decided to take a Gap Year, and let me tell you, it’s not all saving orphaned elephants in the rainforest.

Had I known that I would spend two years of my life feeling the most stressed that I have ever been, I would have told myself resolutely, that I would take a Gap Year at the end of sixth form. But no. I was not aware of the blood, sweat and tears (SO many tears) that would have to go into gaining three A-levels. I worked bloody hard for my grades, but I paid for it too. I got unbelievably stressed, which therefore made me ill, which therefore made me miss lessons, which therefore made me stressed again. I was not a pleasant person to be around. My friends still like to remind me that I favoured grunting to actual speech when I was in a spiral of stress.
Not that sixth form wasn’t worth it. I made some amazing friends and memories, I learned a lot, and I discovered things. We laughed a lot, because if you didn’t laugh, you’d probably cry. A-levels are hard, man, I don’t care what anyone says.GapCollage

I learned how to be myself, and how to do my own thing. Sixth form gave me the confidence to branch out and do things that I wouldn’t normally do. I went to Auschwitz in Poland as part of a history trip, I started my blog, I got slightly less shy (but only slightly, that still remains an issue) and I even started going to parties. It was good. I even loved my subjects, but they were difficult and required a lot of brain power; brain power that started to dwindle by the end of the two years at sixth form. Not only this, but I had the pressure of University applications to think about too. I didn’t even consider a Gap Year as an option- I would go to Uni, just like everyone else.
But I still wasn’t sure. There was always something niggling at me; when my friends started getting excited about Uni, I was just anxious. When they started buying pots and pans and duvet covers, I just ignored the situation and wished it would go away.
I got offered a place at Brighton University to study Media & English Literature, so I had done what I set out to do. That was Stage One complete. Now I just had to get there. But the closer September got, the more I started to think. Do I really want to go? Am I ready for something like this, really? And the answer was no. Truly, I am not.
And it’s okay to say that.

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“My journey into the blogging world” – Guest Post by Jenny

Today, I am honoured to be sharing with you a very inspirational guest post written by Jenny from ‘Jenny In Neverland’. Jenny is a fantastic book blogger and has even set up her own blog touring business. I hope you enjoy this post, and please head over to Jenny’s blog afterwards here! 🙂


I started blogging in March 2013 and the reason? I was bored. That’s right, there’s no deep, meaningful reason why I started up my blog. I wasn’t overly concerned if anyone read it or if I was going to gain a following. In fact, I didn’t understand where followers came from! I simply came across another book blog, thought it was a good idea and started up my own out of pure boredom. I had previously quit my college course and 1509659_10203337791435838_7431774155389775404_n2my job – I was training to be a teaching assistant in a Primary school and was going to college one night a week to learn the theory side of it and then working voluntarily in a school 3 mornings a week to gain experience. I was on my course for a few months and every day I went into work I realised more and more that it wasn’t for me. I just simply was not cut out to deal with 30 odd school children every day. One day I went into work and I snapped at this boy. I can’t remember what he done but it wasn’t anything bad but I really shouted at him and that was the moment I realised it was time to go. I was also suffering from bad anxiety at the time and being stuck doing something I hated only made it worse.

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“Fashion blogging is my passion” – Wonderful Guest Post by Thea Mechleb

Today, I have a wonderful guest post by Thea to share with you. Thea is a new fashion blogger and her blog is fantastic! Please go check out her blog and hit the follow button after you have read this post! Here, Thea is talking about her passion for fashion blogging, and it is most definitely inspiring! Enjoy!! 🙂

Guest Post by Théa Mechleb

Do you ever feel like you need to free yourself from a very heavy weight that’s been keeping you down? Would you ever just throw yourself in the water hoping it calm down your trouble with its soothing way of moving? Do you ever just take the ice-cream box, with a big Nutella pot and eat it out like nothing ever mattered? Do you ever scream and shout and let it all out?

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