Rediscovering the 'Me' in 'Mumeeeeeee'

'I have always thought that there is no more fruitful source of family discontent than a housewife’s badly-cooked dinners and untidy ways'. (Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management, 1861)

November 15, 2010

Chocolate and books

My Guardian Angel is definitely watching over me at the moment. I know this because I was recently sent 3 bars of Galaxy chocolate and a book - all for myself. Chocolate and books would be up there among my most pleasurable of indulgences so I was a very Happy Hot Cross Mum.
The book I was sent to review is Lisa Jewell's 'The Truth About Melody Browne'. I haven't read Lisa Jewell before - I knew about 'Ralph's Party' but, somehow, never read it.

I have to say I enjoyed this book. It was an easy, yet interesting read which I could plough straight into for a few chapters before bed. The story is about Melody Browne, who has no recollection of her life before the age of 9 years of age. Now in her 30's, we follow Melody as her memories are given a kick-start back into action. I particularly enjoyed the way Lisa writes the scenes of Melody's childhood and her social references past and present are spot on. Anyone else remember the high street shop 'Chelsea Girl'?! All in all, this is a well-written, enjoyable book with a plot which is interesting enough to keep you turning the pages until the end.

Oh, and the Galaxy chocolate was, of course, delicious and has helped me get half-way through an entire month of writing 50,000 words of my own novel. In December I will go back and edit my words, wipe down my chocolate covered keyboard, add more words and with a bit of luck and lots of things crossed will be ready to send it out to publishers early in the New Year. Watch out Lisa Jewell, I'm right behind you!

Pippa at 'A Mother's Ramblings' wrote this very entertaining review about the Jane Green book and chocolate she enjoyed as part of the Galaxy campaign - with pictures - so go and read hers next, then go and buy a bar of promotional Galaxy '1 million books to be won' and log onto the Galaxy Bookclub Page to see if you've won a book. If you haven't, find a quiet corner anyway (or the downstairs loo will do) and get stuck into a good book you've had sitting on the bedside table since last Christmas. We all deserve some me time now and again, after all.

Check out the Galaxy Facebook page for more book reviews and competitions.

This post was written on behalf of Galaxy Chocolate.



  1. omg chelsea girl,near the prospect centre in hull!!that brings back memories.

  2. Ok you sold me on this one!!!!! i'm getting it!!!!


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