Book Review | “Magic Sometimes Happens” (Charton Minster No.6) by Margaret James #ChocLitSaturdays

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Why I feature #ChocLitSaturdays (book reviews & guest author features)
and created #ChocLitSaturday (the chat via @ChocLitSaturday):

I wanted to create a bit of a niche on Jorie Loves A Story to showcase romance fiction steeped in relationships, courtships, and the breadth of marriage enveloped by characters written honestly whose lives not only endear you to them but they nestle into your heart as their story is being read!

I am always seeking relationship-based romance which strikes a chord within my mind’s eye as well as my heart! I’m a romantic optimist, and I love curling into a romance where I can be swept inside the past, as history becomes lit alive in the fullness of the narrative and I can wander amongst the supporting cast observing the principal characters fall in love and sort out if they are a proper match for each other!

I love how an Indie Publisher like ChocLitUK is such a positive alternative for those of us who do not identify ourselves as girls and women who read ‘chick-lit’. I appreciate the stories which alight in my hands from ChocLit as much as I appreciate the inspirational romances I gravitate towards because there is a certain level of depth to both outlets in romance which encourage my spirits and gives me a beautiful story to absorb! Whilst sorting out how promote my book reviews on behalf of ChocLit, I coined the phrase “ChocLitSaturdays”, which is a nod to the fact my ChocLit reviews & features debut on ‘a Saturday’ but further to the point that on the ‘weekend’ we want to dip into a world wholly ideal and romantic during our hours off from the work week!

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Acquired Book By: I am a regular reviewer for ChocLitUK, where I hand select which books in either their backlist and/or current releases I would like to read next for my #ChocLitSaturdays blog feature. As of June 2016, I became a member of the ChocLit Stars Team in tandem with being on the Cover Reveal Team which I joined in May 2016. I reference the Stars as this is a lovely new reader contribution team of sending feedback to the publisher ahead of new book releases. As always, even if I’m involved with a publisher in this sort of fashion, each review is never influenced by that participation and will always be my honest impression as I read the story. Whether the author is one I have previously read or never had the pleasure to read until the book greets my shelf.

I received a complimentary copy of “Magic Sometimes Happens” from ChocLit in exchange for an honest review! I did not receive compensation for my opinions or thoughts shared herein.

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Why Jorie Loves reading the Charton Minster series:

There is a whisper of a nod towards Dorset winding through the opening chapters – it’s the setting of Cat’s supposed wedding but it isn’t until she arrives to meet the people behind the wedding of her dreams giveaway where she meets Rosie Denham – a twenty-something assistant to the forty-something executive in charge of the arrangements. This is the moment where the past and the present start to collide and bend through the continuity Ms James is infamous for in the series.

In the Historical side of the series, everything is centred round the Denham family – as there is a strong presence of multi-generational connections – where the parents and the children are inter-connected as is the small community in which they are living. Even during the Land Girl generation, the family, friends and neighbours were strengthened through their close connections, however, as the series shifts forward into the latter half of the 20th Century (told through flashbacks to help pull forward Daisy Denham’s story-line) and the early start of the 21st Century (post-Harry Potter, as this is one critical reference to ‘when’ this story is set) we start to see the disconnections between family and community. It’s almost a map of how time has altered all communities and neighbourhoods – not just in Dorset but even here in America, as neighbourhoods are not as inter-connected as they once were I’m afraid. (at least not in all communities)

Rather than having the matriarch and patriarch at the head and centre – we are threading through where singletons have flat mates and where even if they have a strong bond to their parents, we do not see them ‘in-scene’ but rather as odd mentions here or there for the sake of realising they do have a connection to their Mums and/or Dad’s. Being Contemporary and Modern, there are other changes too – where the boundaries and guidelines of the war era are erased for a more causal acceptance of life and the harmony of how one gets on in their single life vs. the check point of having Rose in your life or looking after you if you were Land Girl. Rose was a mentor and a surrogate Mum to many but it was how she approached accepting the choices her children made and the choices others made on their behalf which made her a strong character inside the series. She had incredible strength running through her veins and she overcame so very much during her lifetime.

In this section of the series, we’re meeting two people who are at a proper cross-roads of their lives – where they can either turn right or left (cheekily this reminds me of that particular Doctor Who episode) effectively altering the course of where their path could take them. They aren’t even sure if they want what they thought they wanted out of life (ie. marriage and a steady life partner) as everything has gone quite sour in that regard. Yet, they aren’t quite able to ‘pick up and start anew’ either. Owning to the emotional upheaval of bad endings to relationships you never knew were one-sided.

I even had a smidge of a taste for what is going to greet me in Girl in Red Velvet – as Rosie Denham (in this story) is Lily Denham’s niece! You see – for each new turning of this series you get another glimpse of how Ms James has knitted it all together into one luscious saga!

-quoted from my review of The Wedding Diary

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Notation on Cover Art: A perfect splice of dual-locales – it was interesting because this is a globetrotting story-line and the cover reflects this perfectly! It’s also a dash whimsy in how it’s arranged and the colours work well together to pull it off!

 Book Review | “Magic Sometimes Happens” (Charton Minster No.6) by Margaret James #ChocLitSaturdaysMagic Sometimes Happens
Subtitle: It takes one life changing decison...
by Margaret James
Illustrator/Cover Designer: Berni Stevens
Source: Direct from Publisher

Passport to love

London-based PR and promotions consultant Rosie Denham has just spent a year in Paris where she’s tried but failed to fall in love. She’s also made a big mistake and can’t forgive herself.

American IT professor Patrick Riley’s wife has left him for a Mr Wonderful with a cute British accent and a house with a real yard. So Patrick’s not exactly thrilled to meet another Brit who’s visiting Minnesota, even if she’s hot.

Pat and Rosie couldn’t be more different. She’s had a privileged English upbringing. He was raised in poverty in Missouri. Pat has two kids, a job that means the world to him and a wife who might decide she wants her husband back.

So when Pat and Rosie fall in love, the prospects don’t seem bright for them.

But magic sometimes happens – right?

Places to find the book:

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Book Page on World Weaver Press

ISBN: 9781781891759

Also by this author: The Silver Locket, The Golden Chain, The Penny Bangle, Cover Reveal w/ Notes (Girl in Red Velvet), The Wedding Diary

Also in this series: The Silver Locket, The Golden Chain, The Penny Bangle, Cover Reveal w/ Notes (Girl in Red Velvet), The Wedding Diary

Genres: Contemporary (Modern) Fiction (post 1945), Contemporary Romance

Published by ChocLitUK

on 7th November, 2014

Format: UK Edition Paperback

Pages: 352

Published by: ChocLitUK (@ChocLituk)

Available Formats: Paperback, Audiobook & E-Book

Order of Sequence of Charton Minster series:

The Silver Locket Book One (review)

The Golden Chain Book Two (review) | The Penny Bangle Book Three (review)

A writer to reader explanation of how to read the last three novels: I wrote to Ms James (whilst in the throes of reading ‘The Wedding Diary’) to understand my slight confusion on how ‘The Wedding Diary’ fits into the canon of Charton Minster wherein I learnt a few things quite extraordinary! In regards to time-line, the sequence ought to be this way round: ‘Girl in Red Velvet’ (hugs closer to ending of 1st trilogy being set in the 1960s) then ‘The Wedding Diary’ and ending off with ‘Magic Sometimes Happens’.

This is due to the fact ‘The Wedding Diary’ is set in modern day (ie. the 21st Century present day) and is only a handful (say two) years ahead of ‘Magic Sometimes Happens’. Ergo, I was at a deficient reading what I perceived as books 4 & 5: the truth is 6 becomes 4 and 5 becomes 6, thereby making the 4th book the 5th in sequence. I have re-aligned the proper sequence below as well as updated my slideshow of covers. This also makes the cover art illustrations more relatable as well – four books hug the war eras & emerge into the 60s; the latter two in sequence change style of cover art to reflect the new century they reside inside. Mystery solved!

PS: You know ‘The Wedding Diary’ is set in the 21st Century as ‘Harry Potter’ is referenced; mind you, the way in which he’s referenced it felt 2000+ not ending chapters of 1990s. It’s close though – it could be interpreted either way – I am only sharing where I feel it fits.

Girl in Red Velvet Book Four (see also Cover Reveal Notes)

The Wedding Diary Book Five (review) | Magic Sometimes Happens Book Six

NOTE: When ‘Girl in Red Velvet’ releases into print, I will be re-reading this series in order to anchour the sequence into the proper order and to see what I might have missed by reading the series out of it’s proper continuous time-line. This isn’t the first series I have read which was published out of sequence of the order of the story. I am truly blessed Ms James was available to help me work out the details and thereby giving me the chance to help you read this in the time-line she intended. My instincts of suspecting there was a switch-up was on the nose but it wasn’t until I spoke to Ms James all the pieces of the puzzle were fully understood. The truth in the pudding truly was the cover art illustrations!

Converse via: #ChartonMinster, #HistFic, #HistRom + #ChocLit

About Margaret James

Margaret James

Margaret James was born and brought up in Hereford and now lives in Devon. She studied English at London University, and has written many short stories, articles and serials for magazines. She is the author of sixteen published novels.

Her debut novel for Choc Lit, The Silver Locket, received a glowing review from the Daily Mail and reached the Top 20 Small Publishers Fiction List in November 2010 and in the same year a Reviewers’ Choice Award from Single Titles. The Golden Chain also hit the Top 20 Small Publishers Fiction List in May 2011. The Wedding Diary was shortlisted for the 2014 Romantic Novel of the Year Award.

Novels: The Silver Locket, The Golden Chain, The Penny Bangle, The Wedding Diary and Magic Sometimes Happens which are part of the Charton Minster series.

Coffee and Tea Clip Art Set purchased on Etsy; made by rachelwhitetoo.further enroads into the contemporary ‘charton minster’:

Goodness, goodness! Things happen so quickly in the modern stories for Charton Minster, that’s for sure! Getting caught up in the tailwind of what is surging into Patrick’s life was quite numbing – considering he had so much at stake to lose and hardly any moment to spare thinking about how to stave off his wife from extracting his children out from under him whilst she relocated to the UK with a new beau who (claims) to make her happy again! My, oh my – quite the upstart on this Contemporary – especially if you intermix into the fold a spin of a suspense about what is causing the ache in Rosie’s spirit after attending a recent funeral?

My Review of magic sometimes happens:

I couldn’t blame Rosie from making a fast exit from a wedding reception which was so far from normal and celebratory – it was easy to see why she felt blighted out by the debauchery around her! If the couple couldn’t take their vows seriously enough so close to saying them, there truly wasn’t much hope for the longevity of the marriage – but it was more than this, too. It was how everyone was behaving round her – giving no thought to scandal nor moral code and letting their fancies folly their actions! Honestly – how she could stomach being there as long as she had been was a wonder in of itself!

Rosie is caught between how to move forward from her grief and what is best to do when your not feeling like doing anything at all – except, of course, get away from your surroundings – or you’ll feel as if you’ve gone plumb mad! When she caught a flicker of hope coming from her best friend Tess, who encouraged her to jump a plane and fly off for a holiday spent with her in Minnesota, the timing of the request and the state in question felt like the best fit of all. She had no presumptions about the Mid-West location – something she couldn’t quite say the same about the West Coast (ie. California) of which held her strongest discontempt. No, she was in the mood for something benignly spontaneous and something which would give her a bout of fun to help clear her gloom. There is something to be said for friends’ who get you well enough to give you a path out of your self-pity and warring strife to make sense of things which were never meant to be properly understood.

Tess, of course, is living a life Rosie doesn’t quite understand but all the more power to her to sort out a life which she feels is the right one for her to live. Rosie on the other hand is burnt out on love and the sport of dating – she’s fixed her mind against children (which is a bit ironic, knowing she’s meant to cross paths with Patrick; the father of two whose marriage collapsed overnight) and she enjoys the high life: posh clothes, haute couture and the lifestyle to match.

I had to smile – just when Tess’s husband thought he had the upper hand on surprising his wife with his truer intentions ‘behind’ his marriage (mind, his third!) she turns the tables on him by dishing on what she knows he’s really up too when Rosie gets her talking about everything as they whip up dinner in the kitchen! I laughed – as it would be fitting for a rat fink to meet his match and have a wife who understood exactly why she was wed and what was going to cause the marriage to fail – not that I advocate her choice, it’s a dicey slope without a happy ending but as Tess has her eyes open to the kind of character traits she’s married; you can only observe and hope for the best in the end!

Patrick’s wife is a contradiction in arms – she says one thing yet means something completely different and never honestly shares exactly what is running through her mind or heart. I could well see why Patrick found talking to her and etching out exactly why she was leaving their marriage to be so very frustrating because she was relying too much on what her new beau was telling her to say and explaining why things had to be the way they were going to be from now on. It was almost as if she hadn’t first thought things out for herself or even dared to speak to her husband (of fifteen years, no less!) about why she was feeling trapped and less inclined to stay in a marriage where she felt indifferent towards her husband. It felt very awkward to be observing everything – as despite owning the fact there could be fault on both sides, Patrick was at least trying to talk things over before the lawyers would arbitrate and his life would be shattered thereafter.

As we watch Patrick spend time with his children – you gather how difficult this new transition will be for everyone – the children are feeling they are being shuffled not only through different places to live but have mixed messages from their parents (re: food to eat, rules to follow, etc) whilst in the balance of it all – Patrick himself, is less certain about how he feels towards his wife. She took the time to sort out her own thoughts (even if she never felt she should share them with him) but never gave him the chance to do the same. Whilst he is sorting through everything – he starts to be smitten by Rosie – the girl who has her own struggles to unwind and sort out; something she is keeping from Patrick, as she doesn’t want any unnecessary attention placed on her even if finding someone to talk things out with would do her a world of good!

The more we see of Patrick and Rosie – they have quite a bit in common on the surface of things: they both don’t readily share personal insight into their lives and they both have a trademark way of dodging what is deeply personal by offsetting the focus to either someone else or switching subjects like most people switch hats! The irony of course, is how for all their effort to subtract attention of notice on their truer feelings, you start to gather – they both haven’t felt as comfortable with others as they feel with each other! They fit together and they both find themselves without the kind of anxiety they feel regularly when their in each others’ company. I think it speaks to how sometimes you can be with the wrong people – especially people who might not fully understand you and accept you just as you are – it takes meeting someone new to re-see how others interpret your own actions and to take stock of what you find out in the process.

As the story shifts in perspectives between Rosie and Patrick – we start to see how their lives are evolving forward – separately (at first) whilst how much they both wish the other would start a reconnection – they literally are flummoxed by how their lives are slightly more disconnected than they would have preferred except to say, they are a bit clueless in how to get a long-distance relationship started! Laughs. There are whole passages of each of them having a bit of a whinge about why they hadn’t heard from the other or if they should be even thinking about the other – as let’s face it, their situation isn’t quite as ideal as most would prefer (ie. Patrick is still technically married, albeit separated and moving towards divorce) but what gulls you a bit is how shy they both are in revealling their feelings for each other! They hesitate to email, they shudder to think if they reveal even a smidge of an honest feeling about one another it will wreck their hope of a future – at one point, I was starting to question if either of them were in a position of having a mature relationship because their fears and anxieties were not just holding them back but they were driving me bonkers! And, all this on the heels of that kiss at the airport! I thought they would have been in contact quite regularly after how they parted company as Rosie went to catch her plane!

And, I think that is partially why I struggled so much reading this installment of the series – I was so very vexed by Rosie and Patrick! They have the tendency of overthinking themselves to death – to where they almost cut themselves off from being ‘human’ because their over-reacting to everything – including things they want to say but never do! Very maddening! I kept hoping their dual perspectives would knit together – or at the very least offer something towards understanding why their each so uniquely unable to commit to sharing a conversation? I understood Rosie had suffered a severe loss in her life – but she was so emotionally numb, she stopped owning her emotions and literally shut down talking about anything too personal or inter-related to the loss itself. Patrick on the other hand was finding himself caught between his present, past and future; where he was attempting to shift forward but was finding himself uncertain of which route to take in order to find the happiness he was seeking most.

I found both of them a bit exasperating to be frank – when Fanny came back round (when Rosie goes back to England to start her new company) – I was truly thankful! Yes, thankful – to find the one character I had the hardest time understanding in the previous installment The Wedding Diary – I was celebrating coming back inside this one, as she added a layer of buoyancy for me! A bit of a life raft as I tried to navigate how this was going to stitch together and if, to be honest did I want Patrick and Rosie to be together!? I was having trouble seeing how their relationship would work even though I saw the merits of why their togetherness would have a positive effect on them both!

The turning point for me – where I had genuine interest again in the story is when Cassie started to give advice to both Rosie and Patrick! Taking them back to the foundation of the saga – to Dorset and where Charton Minster loomed in familiarity and territory, I felt was a winning hand! It was here, in the humbled beginnings of the series where we can find Patrick and Rosie at their most vulnerable and most authentic selves – they have so much separating them, the least of all is their inability to simply talk things out – communicating is definitely threading as a key concern in this story-line, as it was both the basis of how things broke down for all the couples involved and how a new relationship was hinged against it’s own hope of being begun.

I loved how Cassie explained how everyone was related and how the origins of the series are still anchoured to this Contemporary world of where Charton Minster now resides. The Contemporary stories are not entirely my favourites as they start to stray a bit too far afield from the key characters who lit Charton Minster alive for me in the first trilogy but in The Wedding Diary I felt there was more to align with my memories of Charton Minster than there was to be found inside Magic Sometimes Happens. This wasn’t my favourite of the six novels but I do appreciate how Ms James knitted the loose ends together whilst giving me new insight into the paths of the characters I loved most in the first three installments and helped me resolve the angst I felt whilst I read this story. I wasn’t a good fit for me personally but I did love bits within the last quarter of the novel – as I found myself glowing in the joy of being around Cassie and residing a bit in Dorset before the story closed.

My favourite part of this novel was what Rosie disclosed to Patrick in the very ending paragraphs and how he replied back to her – it was quite literally the most endearing and guttingly realistic closing to how one woman’s anguished grief is finally released and met with compassion. It truly was a fitting ending – because Patrick not only l learnt of Rosie’s secret but he finally saw why Rosie was hesitative to reveal portions of her heart – in many ways, some of the issues I had earlier softened as I saw Rosie differently in this moment – her personality and mannerisms had more gravity now of a woman most lost to find a rhythm of normalcy when tragedy changed her inside and out.

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A small fly in the ointment:

this is definitely more contemporary:

Especially in regards to how it’s set, written and the humour therein which is brokered against a far different world than the war eras of Charton Minster’s past. Some of the dialogue and wordings for the humourous bits were a bit blunter than I’d say were my fancy but at the heart of the story-line is a pulling back towards the foundation of the series – of finding a match in life where love grows strong and was part of the reason the heartaches were easier to transition out of once they arrived because the men and women in the series had someone to lean on and walk through life together.

Of course, it’s definitely more Contemporary than I generally read – as there is an about-face on tradition and of course, there is a thin boundary on what can be discussed, shared or revealled – as most modern stories seem to forget towing the line between decorum and blunt honesty. The language in this one is slightly rougher in more places than in the first Contemporary installment (ie. The Wedding Diary) and it took me a bit to get my bearings with this one, as it’s almost a step outside where I was hoping it would take me. Okay, I admit it – one giant LEAP outside of what I had hoped the story-line would reveal!

What kept me moving forward into the story itself was Rosie Denham herself – she is the last connection to the origins of the series – of how we have Charton Minster in our lives and why even this far flung into the future, Charton Minster still has a story to tell.

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A note about why my reading of this lovely Sixth Charton Minster novel was delayed:

Although, I admit once I was able to curb my reactions to my horrid seasonal allergies on the onset of July – (per the note after ‘The Wedding Diary’) what I couldn’t foresee was how guttingly dire the lightning storms would be once again – as each year I’ve been a book blogger, they’ve become worse than each previous storm season! Mind you, it’s a bit numbing looking back – as I had 90 days of lightning storms straight through the Summer of 2015 whilst at the tailend of Summer in 2016, my dear computer died a horrid electrical death. (something I hinted about recently during a Sunday Post)

Whilst my connectivity has been challenged and I’ve dealt with tech issues stemming out of the onslaught of more lightning storms – I’ve had a few personal woes pop up in the interim as well, such as my Dad’s BP medicine strife – which volleyed between the medicine itself being the culprit of stress and getting things turnt back round to where he was on medicine which not only did what it should do but didn’t have side effects either. Meanwhile, I also celebrated my 4th Blog Birthday – wherein I posted about a book which shares the birth ‘day’ of my blog!

I had meant to follow this with my Favourite Reads of 2016 and a lovely post about my 4th Year celebrations (for both my blogoversary in March and my blog birthday in August) except to say, even my Sunday Posts had to be postponed and pushed forward into mid-August, as honestly, between the storms and life in general – I’ve not been able to blog nearly as much as I had hoped I could. The deadlines for the Green Gables series came up so suddenly on my calendar, I had to push forward my readings of Magic Sometimes Happens as with limited connectivity and limited hours to blog overall – I had to stop the readings of the novels I had in queue (this includes where I left off with The Woman Who Breathed Two Worlds!) awaiting a moment where I’d have a vacuum of space without storms impending my progress!

Thus, happily these past two weekends, I was able to carve out some time between the storms to settle back inside #ChartonMinster and happily see where the sixth novel would take me! All the whilst, on more pins awaiting Girl in Red Velvet – as it’s the anchour story between the first and second trilogies!

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A small note of love about Dorset:

Ahead of reading this novel, shortly after I had concluded reading The Wedding Diary – Mum and I were watching more episodes of Escape to the Country wherein you get to follow Londonites & other English singletons and couples seeking a proper respite from city living for country settings! It’s such a wicked good overview of England – mind, I hadn’t thought I’d be blessed to see Dorset, but I believe I saw a total of three episodes all round this lovely area, giving me a proper realistic viewing of a place I felt so very attached inside by imagination and heart!

A full credit to Ms James for giving me such a grounding and firm foundation of what to expect, as the whole time I was watching the series itself, I kept murmuring to Mum: this IS Dorset! I recognise it – I know it, this is where Charton Minster is set! Of which warmed Mum’s heart, as she’s been living through my bookish memories and the happy conversations we’ve shared after each story was concluded – where you still have such an afterglow of happiness from what you’ve read, you just have to gush and bubble about it IRL?

I am quite sure this will surprise no one who reads my blog – as there are moments where I’m not just sharing my book love online but IRL as well! It’s hard to hold back a joy fest when you’ve become so very endeared and attached to characters and the settings in which their lives expand and revolve around as you soak into their experiences and their thoughts as their saga moves forward in time such as what happens inside Charton Minster! If you have NetFlix, I do encourage you to scope out this series – as it truly is a lovely way of ‘seeing’ England and all the lovely hamlets and villages you wish you could take a road trek yourself to visit inside whilst puttering round on the back roads of the English moors and countryside!

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In case you’ve missed my ChocLit readings:

Please follow the threads through #ChocLitSaturdays!

And, visit my ChocLit Next Reads List on Riffle (recently upated!)

to see which stories I fancy to devour next!

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My ChocLit reads of Summer:

Reading ChocLit is a cuppa comfort & joy. You get to ‘return home’ to the stories penned in the beauty of the Romantic genres you love to devour with characters who inspire you & give you such a lift of joy to meet.

The Wedding Diary | No. 5 of the Charton Minster series | by Margaret James (*) (see also Review)

Where Dragonflies Hover | by AnneMarie Brear (see also Review)

Magic Sometimes Happens | No. 6 of the Charton Minster series | by Margaret James (*)

*Part of my focus on serial ChocLit Fiction!*

What shall Jorie pick next to read?! Hmm.

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IF you love chatting about Romance novels, #amwriting adventures and being in a wicked good circle of writers and readers joyfully sharing their writerly & bookish lives, I invite you to join us for #ChocLitSaturday which is an extension of my reviews & guest features on behalf of ChocLitUK! All are welcome! Visit @ChocLitSaturday for more details!

We were meeting up weekly for a short bit this Summer – as my co-host Juli was able to re-attend #ChocLitSaturday whilst living in China as an ESL teacher. She was a happy presence the three Saturdays we were meeting up – however, then, life superseded the joy of chatting and the lightning storms wicked me offline to where, I ended up missing the fourth weekend, wherein Juli was going to try to reconvene once more before she would have to miss #ChocLitSaturday again for work as she was on medical leave. Those weeks she returnt were incredible as I had missed her wit and her engaging smile in our #ChocLitSaturday convos! We’ll start to meet-up again in early September – as with the storms still in high frequency, I’m not finding it easy to host them until the storms start to recede as Autumn starts to round into view!

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I look forward to reading your thoughts & commentary! Especially if you read the book or were thinking you might be inclined to read it. I appreciate hearing different points of view especially amongst bloggers who picked up the same story to read.

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I’m a social reader : I tweet as I read:

First sharing a few tweets I’ve generated through the tag for the book itself #ChartonMinster. If you’d like to see all the tweets I’ve been tweeting between my main Twitter @joriestory and the chat I host @ChocLitSaturday kindly click here.

Creating the tag to help champion the book as I cheer for the series has been a wicked delight! Now I wait to see if other readers will find the tag and continue to share their journey with this wonderfully written series! As you will also note, this year, whilst participating on #20BooksOfSummer, I’ve met a fellow reader whose as madly in love with #ChartonMinster as I am!

whilst supporting fellow book lovers who LOVE #ChartonMinster:

About jorielov

I am self-educated through local libraries and alternative education opportunities. I am a writer by trade and I cured a ten-year writer’s block by the discovery of Nanowrimo in November 2008. The event changed my life by re-establishing my muse and solidifying my path. Five years later whilst exploring the bookish blogosphere I decided to become a book blogger. I am a champion of wordsmiths who evoke a visceral experience in narrative. I write comprehensive book showcases electing to get into the heart of my reading observations. I dance through genres seeking literary enlightenment and enchantment. Starting in Autumn 2013 I became a blog book tour hostess featuring books and authors. I joined The Classics Club in January 2014 to seek out appreciators of the timeless works of literature whose breadth of scope and voice resonate with us all.

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