Books, Beaches and A Little Bit of Eurovision #LittleLoves

Jess McGlynnMay 29, 2015

It has been a long while since I’ve joined in with #LittleLoves but something I am going to get back on board with.  I love reading about the small things which have made other people smile in the week, and thinking back on my own.

It was pretty easy to make my choices this week as we’ve just been away and spent 5 lovely days together as a family so I had lots of fab moments to choose from.

I’ve been a bit ‘off’ reading lately; I think it is a result of having spent too many days staring at the manuscript for Secrets…but whilst we were away I did manage to finish reading Tuck which is the last in a trilogy about the legend of Robin Hood written by Stephen Lawhead.  I’ll admit, I shed a tear when I finished as Lawhead just has this amazing way of sweeping you up into the story he has created and making the characters feel like your friends…and then he invariably goes and bumps off one of the best.  


We didn’t get chance to watch too much whilst we were cocooned in our cottage, which is probably a good thing.  However, I did subject James to Eurovision; it is without a doubt one of my little pleasures in life.  No guilt here whatsoever; I love it and unashamedly so.  My favourite is never the winner although I did enjoy Sweden’s offering, but I loved Norway this year.  It gave me little chills.


I picked up some gorgeous summer clothes in H&M before we went away for Meg and Eli, in particular my favourite is this little outfit.  Meg has hated trousers since she was tiny, and it is always a real battle to get her to wear them but these are so floaty and lightweight that she will be able to put them on in the summer when it’s a bit cooler but won’t feel like she’s wearing trousers, if that makes sense?  I’m on the lookout for an adult pair now as they seem super comfy.

Yoga on the beach? Why not.


Some good news for some friends.  I can’t share too much but it was a stressful time for them and they’ve had a break and got some great news which will pull them out to the other side.  Hurray!  


Fire!  Honestly, who would have thought getting a log burner going would be so tricky?  Apparently (according to James) it is something to do with the level of seasoning the wood has had but all I knew was that without fire the cottage got very very cold in the evening and there was no hot water.  We struggled for a few days to get the fire to last but finally we made it work.  I felt very proud of my fire building skills although I don’t think I’d be much good out in the wilderness.  Bear Grylls I am not.

And Lastly…

Feel free to slap my wrists at this point but I just have to say that I am really pleased with how well Secrets of the River is being received.  I’ve struggled with knowing how best to promote it but have had some lovely bloggers sharing about it, and reading it too.  Watching the little reviews going up and up in number makes my day.  I’m not a bestseller yet but I’m trusting that slow and steady will win the race (or something….)


  • Emily Davies

    May 29, 2015 at 14:22

    I am loving your book, Jess. My child is on the verge of neglect as I can't put it down! 😉 I can't believe I forgot to mention Eurovision in my #littleloves post – we always say we won't watch it, we say we won't stay up late for it, and we always watch right to the end! Loved Sweden's entry and was glad we weren't totally shamed (as in someone gave us points!). xx

  • Claire@ClarinasContemplations

    May 29, 2015 at 14:22

    That little outfit is seriously cute… Ava has that little palm tree t-shirt and I love it too! Totally with you on Eurovision… I thought Sweden's entry was very clever, but I loved Norway's entry best (don't think I'm biased there!) So glad your book is doing well… I'm planning on scooping it up as soon as the 1st comes round! Just in time for my "M" for A-Z authors!x

  • Potty Mouthed Mum

    May 29, 2015 at 14:22

    That fire is gorgeous! Love that she's doing yoga on the beach, too cute.

    And I have just downloaded your book, how exciting!!!! Can't wait to read. Have a lovely weekend xxx

  • Alice

    May 31, 2015 at 14:55

    I'm excited to get hold of your book and read it when 'M' comes around for #atozauthors, congratulations on all the positive feedback. Meg's outfit is so cute, good old H&M. Hope you've had a lovely weekend 🙂 xx

  • Mum Reinvented

    May 31, 2015 at 14:55

    Your book sounds great. I saw a review for it earlier actually and just added it to my Amazon wishlist. Must be amazing seeing your work published. That log burner looks gorgeous, makes you want to pull up a comfy chair and sit by the fire. Have a great week and good luck with the book, hope the reviews keep coming in x

  • Sam

    May 31, 2015 at 14:55

    Yay another mention for Eurovision! I'm impressed that you've written and published a book Jess – it's another Helen Braid cover too isn't it? I read the blurb on Amazon and it sounds like a great read for the summer. Might just give it a go! Have a great weekend Xx #littleloves

  • dont call me stepmum

    May 31, 2015 at 14:55

    I have heard about your book, I think I need to sort myself out a copy. I'm enjoying listening to this song 'Monster Like Me' as I'm typing, I lover her hair and outfit, this is how I want my red locks but can't quite manage that haha. Meg looks amazing in that photo. Great #littleloves

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Prev Post

We Were On A Break...

Next Post

Me & Mine {May}