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Far from Home by T A Williams #Review #BeneathItalianSkiesBook3

  As ever, I am delighted to feature another romance by T A Williams , set in beautiful Italy. Far from Home was published by Canelo on May 9th. The secrets of the past will unlock her future… Working in the fast-paced foreign exchange market in Canary Wharf, Amy never expected her job to drive her to collapse. With her doctor advising she take a month off work, when Amy receives a solicitor’s letter informing her of a surprise inheritance in Italy, the timing couldn’t be more perfect. But who on earth has left her a house in the sleepy Tuscan hills? As she gets to know the town and its inhabitants, Amy discovers more about the mysterious man who named her in his will. Shocking family secrets come to light, leaving Amy questioning the life she knew. The town of Sant’Antonio holds more than just secrets. Here, Amy meets Adam, a renowned TV journalist whose documentaries take him to dangerous places. But as their attraction grows, so do Amy’s worries. Her life is in England,

The Julia Donaldson Story Collection


Today on the blog I have the Julia Donaldson Story Collection. These picture books will appeal to 5 - 7 year olds. The beautifully illustrated rhyming books are long standing favourites with many families. Of her numerous books, The Gruffalo is the most well known and has been translated into 43 languages.

You can order the collection here: Books2Door

Titles in the Collection


The Gruffalo

    The Gruffalo's Child

    The Snail and the Whale

    Room on the Broom

    A Squash and a Squeeze

    Cave Baby

    The Paper Dolls

    Charlie Cook's Favourite Book

    The Smartest Giant In Town

    Tyrannosaurus Drip






My Thoughts

This is a lovely collection of picture books which many young children will recognise as old favourites. They all bear the hallmarks of Julia Donaldson's rhyming stories which are so suitable for reading aloud. They are tailor made for sharing and there are so many opportunities for language development and empathy. Packaged in a colourful book bag, they are perfect to carry along especially with the summer in mind.

    My particular favourite is Charlie Cook's Favourite Book which has a wonderful cyclical structure as it moves through different genres of stories. There is plenty to notice in the illustrations and as this photo of a double spread from A Squash and a Squeeze shows, even the youngest child will appreciate the humour in the stories.


About the Author

Julia Donaldson is an extraordinary author of children stories, prior to Donaldson releasing her first book, she was in fact singer / songwriter for children shows. The song Squash and a Squeeze was then changed into a book with pictures in 1993, during this time she actually collaborated with the amazing illustrator Axel Scheffler, 6 years later Donaldson published the famous The Gruffalo. Julia Donaldson has made a strong impact in the world of children's publishing, being a Children’s Laureate between the years of 2011 and 2013. Julia Donaldson has written over a massive amount of books of more than 180, some of which includes the Songbirds books as part of the Oxford Reading Tree series.

 ISBN: 9781509801251 

Book link: Books2Door

Thanks to Books2Door for a copy of the collection. 


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