What is French for falling in love? When Del leaves small town America to compete in a perfume competition in Paris, she thinks it is just the next step on her five-year-plan. It’s an exciting opportunity. What started out as just a dream for Del and her twin sister is nearly in her grasp. If she wins this competition, they are on their way to opening their very own perfume boutique! Arriving in Paris, watching the sun glinting off the Seine and wandering the Champs-Elysees, Del discovers the most perfect perfumery she’s ever seen. Yet, as the competition dawns Del realises that whilst she might have had the best nose in her small village, her competitors seem to know more than she could ever have dreamed. This competition isn’t going to be easy… Del has the romance of Paris to sweep her away from her worries, but as the competition… View Post

Rosa Larkin is down on her luck in London, so when she inherits a near-derelict corner shop in a quaint Devon village, her first thought is to sell it for cash and sort out her life. But nothing is straightforward about this legacy. While the identity of her benefactor remains a mystery, he – or she – has left one important legal proviso: that the shop cannot be sold, only passed on to somebody who really deserves it. Rosa makes up her mind to give it a go: to put everything she has into getting the shop up and running again in the small seaside community of Cockleberry Bay. But can she do it all on her own? And if not, who will help her succeed – and who among the following will work secretly to see her fail? There is a handsome rugby player, a sexy plumber, a charlatan… View Post

Well it’s been a weird and very up and down week this week but I am taking more of the good than the bad from it. I am embracing the fact that I have reconnected with an old friend who I haven’t seen for about 10 years. He’s an incredible guy, who happens to be teaching abroad so while we have been catching up over messages we haven’t got the opportunity to meet up – it’s a very long flight! But despite this we speak daily and share pictures of random pieces of our lives, and it’s just been great to reconnect with someone who makes me happy. I have been working through some personal things over the last week or so, and things have been a little tough, but one thing that has kept me smiling is my Twitter friends. I know some people can’t understand the importance of… View Post

As I’ve been thinking a little more about goal setting in the last few weeks, I thought why not share a goals post on the blog! Hit my first blogging goal of 50 followers. I know it doesn’t sound much to most of the bloggers out there, but it will be my first milestone here on Crooked Bookmark. I’m very close, so if you haven’t already given me a follow why not help a girl out! 🙂 Say yes more! This is a goal I have been working on much more this year, I have often shied away from doing certain things for mostly the reason of fear, and I’ve decided that I need to step out and be braver more often. This is how I ended up at a fantastic Book Launch for the lovely Cally Taylor last month. So here’s hoping many more good things will come my… View Post

As someone who enjoys a good nature photography session I have always enjoyed visiting National Trust properties, and during a recent trip to my local Tyntesfield I decided that it would save me a large amount of money if I became a member of the Trust. I will say I am already half way to making my money back in a matter of a just a few months – a very worthwhile investment. I thought I might showcase some of the properties I enjoy as I embrace my time as a National Trust Member. First up has to be my favourite local haunt – Tyntesfield.   I love the range of flowers to be seen here, with my favourite being the soon to be Tulip season as they always have a fantastic array here for me to photograph. I absolutely adore the houses chapel, it’s small but in my opinion… View Post