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How to Keep little ones busy on a plane ✈️

Both my boys were born abroad in sunny Antalya. My parents retired to Antalya, I wanted to give birth near my parents for the added comfort and company, so it was the best decision all round.

Both were 2 months old when we first flew with them. The flight was 4 hours long but travelling with kids in general can be daunting enough, when they are so tiny it can be nerve wrecking to say the least. Just the planning involved to fly with a newborn is a trip in itself. But we did it, it was fine, so can you.


Now my boys are older, 4 and 7 to be precise, we still fly at least three round trips a year, visiting our loved ones in Istanbul and Antalya. There is still an element of planning involved, but my carry on bag is definately getting lighter and less bulky as they get older.


What I’ve done, is broken down the flight necessities by age. Of course every child is different, some children require more some require less, so these recommendations are based purely on my experiences travelling by plane with two kids up until now.

I hope you can gain a few handy titbits to help the jouney run more smoothly!

0-6months-

Babies are in my opinion the easiest ‘little ones’ to travel with. Especially if you only have one to deal with. However if it is your first child there is the added stress of being a first time mother on a plane, which is totally normal. We have all been there. They normally sleep with the lulling sound of the engine. However my second son had colic so spent the entire journey screaming, every child is different. I haven’t had any mean remarks from other passengers up to now, but I have a handy reply at the ready to any grumpy people, that my mother (also an experienced traveller with young kids) taught me, “Just ask them if they were ever babies?”

Here is my round up of Travel Essentials on board a plane –

– nappies/wipes – keep lots handy.

– dummies – take extras, planes can be dirty places, if one drops on the floor.

– Change of clothes – for baby & a few tops for yourself incase of accidents

– Snacks – keep little bags of nuts, dried fruits, oat cookies at hand to nibble on. Its impossible to balance a plane meal tray and a baby on your lap at the same time.

– Blanket- Never rely on the airline for blankets, take your own.

– Milk- if you are breastfeeding this part is easy. But if you have to prepare a bottle I’ve found the airlines to be very helpful in providing warm water. As you may know only 100ml of liquids are allowed through security at airports. If you are carrying on pre boiled water or mixed formula, the security people will llow it through as long as you taste it infront of them.

6months-2years-

– Kids in this age range are a bit more mobile so be prepared to be running around the airline at some point. Either bouncing your little one on your hip or chasing your toddler up and down the corridors. If you are traveling alone make sure you have your valuables in a small rucksack or across body bag so you can carry them with you as you are walking around the aircraft. Essentials-

– Nappies / Wipes / Dummies – reasons as before

– Snacks – finger foods and pouches filled with yummy purées which you can take on board with you. Don’t forget to pack a little spoon!

– Toys / Board books- don’t go crazy here, 1-2 favourites are enough otherwise they just get lost on board.

2-4 years-

– Nappies – Most kids are potty trained around this age but believe me there will always be the chance that your little one will fall asleep. Just put on a pull up nappy pre flight to prevent any wet pants and seats.

– Change of clothes – theres bound to be the odd spill or accident.

– Sticker books- These books are a godsend! They will keep your toddler busy for ages.

– Colouring books – Not as popular with my boys as the sticker books, and crayons can break and get fiddly, so take along colouring pencils instead.

– Meals – My older son loves and has always enjoyed the on board meal. After the age of 4 years he has had what everyone else was given. I have tried the children’s meals on several airlines but have not found them to be so popular or all that healthy. I clearly remember one airline offered 2-3 chocolate bars amd a handful of sweets! My younger son absolutely refuses to eat the on board meals so instead what we do is grab a sandwich at Pret or make a packed lunch to bring on board. Everyone’s happy!

– Snacks – Don’t bring chocolate on board, all you end up with is messy fingers and faces. Not good in a small space. My favourite snacks are pretzels, yogurt coated raisins, dried fruit and nuts, dry cheerios, oat cookies. Anything in handy little packs for quick snacking. Fresh fruit – cut up apples, grapes. Bananas are another no no, very messy if squashed in your bag, unless you have one of those ‘banana boxes.’

– Sugar free chewing gun or sugar free lollies – to suck or chew to help with ear popping at take off and landing.

-Ipads – Essential for a little peace & quiet!

4 – 7 years –

– Change of clothes-accidents can still happen.

– Snacks – as before.

– Ipads & a book to read

As you can see the essentials list is much smaller as the child grows.

Its never easy, I remember going to the toilet in airplanes lots of times with both boys when they were little. Squeezing into the tiny cubicle, one jumping about, the other screaming on my lap, while I try to do my business! But thats life as a mother, you learn to get on with it.

Enjoy travelling with your little ones it can be fun!

Bon voyage! xxxx

Clever Tykes Storybooks ❤️📚 books to inspire kids 

The current world we live in seems to be dominated by information technology. Trips to the library seem to be far less and far between. It is very sad in my opinion, but unfortunately this is the trend and we need to keep up with the times otherwise we will get left behind.

I love reading and even though I do have a Kindle I enjoy getting books from our local library. I love the feel, the smell and the enjoyment of turning the pages a real book gives.

Its the same when my kids read, I love to watch them entranced by a story.

So when I found out about a scheme that would get kids reading material that would in turn inspire them to be entrepeneurs of the future. With the help of the Lloyds Banking Group, Clever Tykes books are out to “help you inspire and empower your children to be the most creative and proactive young people they can be!” How wonderful!

The Books –


Clever Tykes is a series of storybooks for children ages 6-9, which introduce important life skills and characteristics through positive entrepreneurial role models. The stories follow three separate protagonists as they each realise that there is something they are especially good at or passionate about, and they set about making this into their own venture. The stories incorporate the target literacy and numeracy skills for the specific age range and the entrepreneurial messages are subtle whilst important characteristics such as innovation, independence, goal-setting; hard work and resourcefulness are promoted.

The books read at an 8 year old’s level, but the concepts can be readily understood by children as young as 4 having the stories read to them. The Clever Tykes stories have been read and enjoyed by children up to the age of 11.

Clever Tykes is pioneering primary enterprise education and are being used in thousands of schools across the country. In January 2017 every primary school in the UK was gifted a set of these books.

There are three books in the series –

  • Code-It Cody

When the Computer Club competition is announced, Cody and his friends must put their coding skills into action. Cody begins a quest to research current computer games before creating the prototype of his very own. After months of hard work, the moment of truth arrives. Cody and the other Computer Club members have to pitch their prototypes in front of a panel of teachers! Cody’s friend Hana has produced a game that everyone will really like. Can Cody do better?

  • Walk-In Willow

Willow loves dogs and enjoys walking her big shaggy pet, Stomp. When Miss Snippet asks for her help, Willow realises that she can turn doing what she loves into a great way to earn money and help others. Willow soon puts her skills into action, but when she makes a mistake she faces some tough decisions. How will she put things right, and whatever will Mr Moore say?

  • Change-It Cho – 

Cho is a feisty competitor and enjoys nothing more than beating George in races! Cho’s parents have always helped her eat healthily so when she sees kids from school eating junk food every day, Cho decides something must change. Cho begins raising awareness about healthy eating but gets a frosty response from the shopkeeper. After the local council tells her she can’t start her own fruit stall in the village, Cho is faced with her biggest challenge ever.

Verdict –

My boys are 9 and 6, and they both enjoyed these stories. I love to see how new things and ideas can shape the way they think and inspire them to do different things.

These books are not only fun but inspirational for young minds. The characters are fun and fit in with the likes and dislikes of kids today.

My boys liked Code It Cody because they are studying computer coding at school so they knew all about it.


If you would like to find out more about this series as a parent or a teacher there is lots of information about how to get involved at their website below –

http://clevertykes.com/about-us/

A weekend in Berlin 🇩🇪❤️without kids 👜🕶

What can I say about this amazing city. The words that come to mind are historic, so very different and must be seen to be fully understood.

It was my dear mother who chose to come to Berlin. I would have chosen Paris yet again for our weekend get away, but my mother was right, it was time for a change.


Berlin has always fascinated me. It has been a city which has had to endure such hardships over the years. And despite this rich history filled with both good and bad events, it has come out on top. Now said to be one of the coolest cities in Europe, alongside London, of course.

My good friend Aysin Kuran, who lives in Berlin with her husband and three kids actually wrote a wonderful guest blog for me a while back with her top tips on things to do in Berlin with kids. So I am now sharing tips on things to do without the little ones.

Where we stayed –


We stayed at the most beautiful, fabulously located hotels in Berlin. The Radisson Blu hotel has a great location right beside The Berliner Dom – a very historic Evangelical Church dating back to 1451.

We had a gorgeous room with a private balcony looking onto the Church with a river running between us. It was a lively river with tour boats running up and down it through the day, but it was extremely quiet and romantic at night. The best of both worlds.


Where we ate –

We were lucky enough to have an amazing buffet breakfast at our hotel. Pumperninkle bread topped with German cheese has got to be the most delicious breakfast ever.

Thanks to the expert advice of my good friend Aysin who lives in Berlin, we ate at some fabulous places!


For lunch we dined at Hopfingerbrau I’m Palais, a casual restaurant located just beside the infamous Brandenburg Gate. My mother and I were desperate to try some authentic German food but nothing too rich and heavy, this place was perfect. Traditional veal sausages served boiled, with a side of the most scrumptious homemade potato salad and thick cut chips. All washed down with a huge beer. How much more German could we get?

Afternoon Treat – After some more walking and sightseeing to work off our lunch we headed to ‘Einstein Unter den Linden’ – a very famous coffee shop in a very historic part of Berlin. Walking into the coffee shop is like taking a step back in time. It is very much like a Viennese Coffee House and the coffee is one of the best I have enjoyed in a long time. My mother and I shared a giant slice of ‘Apfel Strudel topped with whipped cream’ while watching the world go by at a cosy table outside. And all I can say is it was perfect.


Dinner – Sadly although my friend had recommended a wonderful restaurant for us to dine at, from all the walking, sightseeing and eating we had already done, my mother and I decided to give dinner a miss and head to our balcony with a view. Here is the restaurant that was recommended to me by Aysin, and I plan to visit it on my next trip – Lutter und Wegner or The Borchardt Restaurant.

What we saw –

Start your weekend with a tour of the city. There are several double decker bus tours available and all seem to offer a similar general overview of the city. We took one which departed straight outside our hotel and took us for a 2 hour route around the city pointing out historic sights and giving information in every language you could imagine. It was a good way to get a feel for the city.

Make sure you are wearing very comfortable shoes as Berlin is definitely a walking city. You can get around from sight to sight quite easily on foot.

There are numerous museums in Berlin. Our hotel was actually located on Museum Island. On this trip we decided to skip the museums and instead get a feel for the city, so another thing to do on the next visit.

Must sees –

  • The Topography of Terror – a timeline displaying Berlin’s history during the reign of Adolf Hitler. Very moving and shocking but an imbedded part of history nevertheless.
  • Check Point Charlie – the name given to the crossing between East and West Berlin during the cold war. Now a major tourist attraction even with two pretend American soldiers.
  • The Berlin Wall – After all we have read and heard about the wall, seeing it in real life is a very surreal experience. To understand why such a wall was built is very difficult indeed.
  • Hitlers Bunker – this no longer exists as it was blown up after the war. This is the place Adolf Hitler hid during the war and where he committed suicide. Now all that marks the spot where the bunker was is a sign explaining what was once there. I read somewhere it is the most visited tourist attraction in Berlin.
  • The Brandenburg Gate – When I think of Berlin I think of this amazing gate. To see it in real life is amazing.
  • The Hotel Adlon – One of Berlin’s oldest and most famous hotels. A tall established building right beside the Brandenburg gate, it has an amazing history of very famous guests. I recommend you enjoy a cappuccino on the terrace outside on a warm sunny day.
  • The Berliner Dom – definitely worth a visit. The huge dome is breathtaking and the crypt below is unlike any other.

Verdict –

I loved visiting Berlin. For me it was a new city, and although I have travelled to many cities around the world Berlin was unlike any other city. Walking around you see such a mixture of architectural designs in the buildings that line the street. All bringing it back to the fact that this city was once split into several segments, and run by different cultures.

I wish I could have seen Berlin before the war, before so much of it’s historical buildings were ruined by the atrocities of war.

Definitely worth a visit without kids to learn and digest the rich history of the city.

My Berlin Kitchen by Luisa Weiss 🇧🇪 a book review 📚

I love reading books where recipes are incorporated into the story. It’s like getting ‘two for one’ – a story and a cookbook in one.

After my recent trip to Berlin I started to look for a book which told me more about the beautiful German capital and gave me a few German recipes to try out for myself.

The Book –


Luisa Weiss was working in New York when she decided to cook her way through her massive recipe collection. The Wednesday Chef, the cooking blog she launched to document her adventures, charmed readers around the world. But Luisa never stopped longing to return to her childhood home in Berlin. 

A food memoir with recipes, My Berlin Kitchen deliciously chronicles how she finally took the plunge and went across the ocean in search of happiness—only to find love waiting where she least expected it. 

Verdict –

Julie and Julia is one of my favourite movies, and My Berlin Kitchen touched me with the same emotional intensity. 

I felt very connected to the author in many ways. I too am from a mix of two cultures, and I feel that when you grow up knowing two cultures you always have two homes. I too am an avid cook and blogger.

After my recent trip to Berlin I enjoyed this book even more. Berlin was a city unlike any other I have seen so far, and this book was a lovely way to revisit all the terrific memories made there.

I cannot wait to try some of the wonderful recipes and read Luisa’s blog.

My Berlin Kitchen is available to purchase at major bookshops & on Amazon now. 

The Charles Dickens Museum ❤️📚 

Every Christmas since I was a little girl we have watched ‘Scroodge’! Not the black & white version but the musical one starring Albert Finney. I pretty much know all the songs and whats even more amazing is that my boys enjoy watching the same musical every Christmas too.

The classical story written by the great Charles Dickens, originally known as ‘A Christmas Carol.’ 

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) was an English writter, known to most as one of the most famous authors of the Victorian era. His books are famous the world over – Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, David Copperfield, A Tale of Two Cities to mention a few.

So a visit to the Charles Dickens Museum – a beautiful Victorian town house in the heart of London – was an immemse treat.

The Museum –


Charles Dickens and his wife Catherine moved here to 48 Doughty St, London, a few months before Queen Victoria began her reign in 1837. The couple raised the eldest three of their ten children in the house. They also hosted many of the period’s leading figures with dinners and parties.

This is the house where Dickens wrote Oliver Twist, Pickwick Papers and Nicholas Nickleby. 

At the centre of the house is the author’s study. In this book-lined room he wrote an extraordinary number of newspaper articles, journal essays, short stories and novels – always with a quill pen and often by candlelight. He was frequently inspired by the busy household of family, servants and guests around him.


The museum holds the largest collection of material relating to his life and work, with over 100,000 items including furniture, personal effects, paintings, prints, photographs, letters, manuscripts, and rare editions.

Verdict –

I absolutely loved the museum. It is in a beautiful tree lined road near Russell Square station in the heart of old London. The Victorian town house is intact, and stepping through the doors is like taking a step back in time to London in the 1800’s. The Victorian era, visiting the home of one of the greatest authors in the world.

Each room in the room is intact, as it would have been when it was the Dickens family home. An upper class dwelling with warm and cosy decor. 

The stories and anecdotes ones reads along the way gives us a glimse into the mind of this great writer whose stories were a compilation of his experiences in his youth.

At the end of your tour I recommend you enjoy a delicious coffee in the beautiful garden of the museum. The outdoor courtyard is so calming and relaxing, the perfect place to stop and recharge.

Entrance to the museum is £9 & £4 for 6-16 year olds. Under 6’s go free.

The Museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am until 5pm. Last admission is at 4pm. They are closed on Mondays except for Bank Holidays.

Find out more below –

https://dickensmuseum.com

Why the Dutch are different : a hidden journey into the heart of the Netherlands by Ben Coates 📚 a book review

I am writing to you from beautiful Berlin where Im on a weekend trip with my lovely mother. Berlin weekend is coming to my blog soon.

In the meantime I wanted to tell you about a great book I recommend you read if you ever visit the Netherlands. I actually read this book after my visit to Amsterdam last year, and wish I had read it before.

The Book –


In the first book to consider the hidden history of the Netherlands from a modern perspective, author Ben Coates explores the length and breadth of his adopted homeland and discovers why one of the world’s smallest countries is so fascinating and significant. 

It is a self-made country, the Dutch national character shaped by the ongoing battle to keep the water out, its love of dairy and beer, its attitude towards nature, and its famous tolerance.

Verdict –

So much fun and I learnt so much! I absolutely loved Amsterdam and to learn about the Dutch made everything even more interesting.

I think when visiting a country one needs to find out about it’s history, food, culture and it’s people. A definate winner!

Why the Dutch are Different is available in bookstores and on Amazon.

Homemade New York Cheesecake 🍰

I have been on the look out for a good cheesecake for a while now. When I lived and studied in the US, the Cheesecake Factory used to be a favourite of mine. They made the most delicious cheesecakes in a multitude of different flavours. These were the ultimate cheesecakes, and anyone who has ever visited will know what I mean.

Back home I always found the shop bought or restaurant cheesecakes just didn’t match up in appearance or taste. You see for me a cheesecake has to be just that. Cheese and cake. Not covered in chocolate or swirls of caramel. I want it to have a very thin biscuit base, and a very thick creamy yet airy cheese topping.

So I decided to make one myself the other day. It was my first ever try at a baked homemade cheesecake. And you know what> It was much easier to make than I ever expected, and was a big hit with my family. My dad, who is a cheesecake connoisseur, loved it too!


Here is the easy peasy recipe which I adapted from BBC Good food online.

Ingredients –

– 85g butter melted, plus extra for tin

– 140g digestive biscuit, made into fine crumbs

– 1 tbsp sugar – granulated or golden caster

For the cheesecake filling

– 3 x 300g/11oz pack Philadelphia cheese, or other full-fat soft cheese

– 250g golden caster sugar

– 3 tbsp plain flour

– 1½ tsp vanilla extract

– finely grated zest of 1 lemon (about 2 tsp)

– 1½ tsp lemon juice

– 3 large eggs, plus 1 yolk

– 284ml carton soured cream

Method –


 Position an oven shelf in the middle of the oven. Preheat the oven to fan 160C/conventional 180C/gas 4. Line the base of a 23cm springform cake tin with parchment paper. For the crust, melt the butter in a medium pan. Stir in the biscuit crumbs and sugar so the mixture is evenly moistened. Press the mixture into the bottom of the pan and bake for 10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack while preparing the filling.

For the filling, increase the oven temperature to fan 200C/conventional 240C/gas 9. In a table top mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the soft cheese at medium-low speed until creamy, about 2 minutes. With the mixer on low, gradually add the sugar, then the flour and a pinch of salt, scraping down the sides of the bowl and the paddle twice.

Swap the paddle attachment for the whisk. Continue by adding the vanilla, lemon zest and juice. Whisk in the eggs and yolk, one at a time, scraping the bowl and whisk at least twice. Stir the 284ml carton of soured cream until smooth, then measure 200ml/7fl oz (just over 3⁄4 of the carton). Continue on low speed as you add the measured soured cream (reserve the rest). Whisk to blend, but don’t over-beat. The batter should be smooth, light and somewhat airy.

Brush the sides of the springform tin with melted butter and put on a baking sheet. Pour in the filling – if there are any lumps, sink them using a knife – the top should be as smooth as possible. Bake for 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to fan 90C/conventional 110C/gas 1⁄4 and bake for 25 minutes more. If you gently shake the tin, the filling should have a slight wobble. Turn off the oven and open the oven door for a cheesecake that’s creamy in the centre, or leave it closed if you prefer a drier texture. Let cool in the oven for 2 hours. The cheesecake may get a slight crack on top as it cools.

Combine the reserved soured cream with the 142ml carton, the sugar and lemon juice for the topping. Spread over the cheesecake right to the edges. Cover loosely with foil and refrigerate for at least 8 hours or overnight.

Run a round-bladed knife around the sides of the tin to loosen any stuck edges. Unlock the side, slide the cheesecake off the bottom of the tin onto a plate, then slide the parchment paper out from underneath.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, July 2004

Absolutely delicious and a perfect end to any meal! xxx

Evie’s Year of Taking Chances by Christie Barlow 💕 a book review 📚

One of the reasons I love to read is because it is an escapism. A way to learn about the lives of others without having to leave the comfort of your own home. Lately I have been extremely lucky to come across books inwhich I not only love the characters but can also connect to the the storyline in someway or another. These are the stories that stick with you for a long time to come.

The Book –


It’s Evie’s birthday and the start of a year she’ll never forget. An emotional story of love, friendship and grabbing life by the horns. 

Evie’s job has always been her safe haven. As a librarian in the little town of Becton she loses herself in books – after all it’s far easier to read about other people’s problems than set about solving her own. 

Then, one birthday, everything is turned upside down. A mysterious parcel containing a beautiful book with a poignant inscription arrives for Evie. It’s the beginning of a new chapter for Evie and she’s inspired to try and find her real mother. 
Evie’s search leads her to meet handsome author Noah Jones. Charming and intelligent, Noah seems the perfect catch but what Evie doesn’t realise is that he is hiding something – a key to Evie’s past. 
As Evie gets closer to Noah and discovering her mother, she must take a giant leap of faith. Can she embrace the new and make this her year of taking chances? And if she does, will she get her heart broken? 

Verdict –

Another lovely book by one of my favourite authors. 

Christie has a lovely, warm and fuzzy way of writing which makes you feel lovely inside. I loved the characters and the setting. Evie is a librarian, she meets authors and that’s how she meets Noah. Noah Jones is not only charming and intelligent but also holds a secret.

I can’t give too much more away but it is a story you will want to read and find out what happens next.

It is a romantic comedy which will touch you all emotionally. Im sure you will be able to relate to it in some way or another. 

Available to purchase on Amazon uk now! 

How to make the most out of your garden with the little ones 🌸🌳

Gardens are a saviour when you have little kids. They are the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors without having to step a foot outside your home. Instead of heading to the local park, you can let the kids enjoy fresh air and outdoor play in the safety of their own home.


My boys have loved playing in our garden over the years. Our garden isn’t big but it is enough. And thanks to my lovely father who is an excellent gardener, our garden is so beautiful at the moment with blossoms blooming and flowers everywhere.

Here are a few tips for making your outdoor space more child friendly –

  • Growing fruits and vegetables – Encouraging children to plant, care for and finally harvest fruits and vegetables has got to be ones of life little pleasures. The joy on their little faces as they pick tomatoes straight from the plant is just wonderful. In our garden my father has put together a raised vegetable patch where we grow mint, chives, tomatoes and broad beans.

 

  • Get kids involved in gardening – I normally mow the lawn but then the boys put on their gardening gloves and help in the clear up. They love collecting leaves and any grass cuttings. Then the most fun is had watering the flowers and plants.

 

  • Enjoy eating outside – Children love picnics! If you don’t have time to picnic in the park just get a nice picnic blanket, lay it out on the lawn in your garden. Snacks like crisps, carrots, tomatoes are the perfect way for kids to sit and enjoy eating outdoors. Not too many sweet snacks is a better option as they attract bees.

 

  • Give children responsibility – My boys feel so proud when they have responsibilities.  Buy a pot, add some soil and a flower plant. Each child can have his or her own pot. The pot can be painted. Then the child is responsible for looking after and watering their plants.

Gardens are there to be enjoyed, when the sun comes out open the doors and let your little ones explore and enjoy the great outdoors!

 

 

The Perfume Collector ❤️ a book review 📚

I have been using the same perfume since the age of 27. I sometimes try other perfumes, ones I like the scent of in shops or in magazines. But my one perfume is always with me.

Every woman, and man, in my opinion needs to wear a perfume. A perfume is not only a pleasant experience for those around you, it also gives the person wearing the scent happiness, self confidence and a special aura.

The Book –


London, 1955: Grace Monroe is a fortunate young woman. Despite her sheltered upbringing in Oxford, her recent marriage has thrust her into the heart of London’s most refined and ambitious social circles. However, playing the role of the sophisticated socialite her husband would like her to be doesn’t come easily to her–and perhaps never will.

Then one evening a letter arrives from France that will change everything. Grace has received an inheritance from a mysterious benefactor, Eva d’Orsey, whom she’s never met.

So begins a search that takes Grace to a long-abandoned perfume shop on Paris’s Left Bank, where she discovers the seductive world of perfumers and their muses, and a surprising love story. Told by invoking the three distinctive perfumes she inspired, Eva d’Orsey’s story weaves through the decades, from 1920s New York to Monte Carlo, Paris, and London.

But these three perfumes hold secrets. And as Eva’s past and Grace’s future intersect, Grace must choose between the life she thinks she should live and the person she is truly meant to be.

Verdict –

Kathleen Tesaro is a favourite author of mine, I reviewed another one of her books not long ago. This book I finished on the flight back from Antalya after a lovely Easter break.

It drew me in straight away. The main characters are Grace and Eva, two women of seperate eras, who are both destined to join even though when they do Eva has passed away.

I loved this story even more because it is partially set in my favourite Paris. In fact the description of Eva’s apartment is my dream flat in Paris. 

Perfume is described in the most eloquent way in the book, and I wanted to share this quote from the book with you,

“Perfume should tell a story – the story of who you are, who you might be, perhaps even of who you fear becoming…all of these things are possible.”

Another wonderful story by a fantastic author.

The Perfume Collector is available online & at major book shops now!