Oh woe is me, I have really bad toothache! Having had part of my back tooth shaved off (without anaesthetic…) this morning, I'm now on antibiotics, which don't take effect for 48 hours. Whinge whinge, cry, cry! I feel like Dudley Moore in '10'!
Let's look on the positive side instead shall we? The sun is shining in London, a British man has just won Wimbledon for the first time in 77 years and I have a book to give away. Hoorah!
Here's a little bit about the book:
Gregoire Delacourt’s The List of My Desires is about Jocelyne, a 47 year old woman who lives in a provincial French town and runs a haberdashery shop. She also writes a blog about needlecraft and knitting, which brings together a community of women who find pleasure and inspiration through their love of sewing. Everything changes when Jocelyne wins the lottery and realises that her life could change completely. Without cashing the cheque, she writes down a ‘list of desires’ and weighs up whether the simple, good things in her life will make her happier than a new Chanel handbag.
I was sent a copy to read by the publisher a few weeks ago, who described it as a beautiful book about dressmaking. In my honest opinion, it's a charming novel and a VERY quick read (I read it on one return train journey) but it's pretty light on the dressmaking/sewing content I was expecting. Jocelyne's haberdashery shop and blog are very minor elements of the plot. To me, the novel seemed to focus more on the different relationships in her life (husband, parents, children, friends) and the choices she's forced to make. Some of her experiences and choices are ones that we've all had to make, which I did find quite thought provoking. And the small town French setting and daily interactions with her fellow shopkeepers reminded me a tiny bit of Chocolat by Joanne Harris, but maybe that was just the French setting?
Anyway, I'd recommend it as an enjoyable, holiday read, perfect for the summer in fact. So if you'd like to win your own copy of this book, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post. If you have any holiday reads of your own that you'd like to share in your comment, that would be great (it's not compulsory though). The giveaway is open worldwide and closes at midnight GMT on Friday 12th July 2013. Please make sure you leave your email address if it's not linked to your blogger profile so I can contact you if you're a winner. Good luck everybody. x
A copy of The List of My Desires was given to me free of charge for review. All views my own.