book reviews

A chocolate lover’s dream! An interesting and fun read about chocolate and the Cadbury family legacy. This is an in-depth read and kept my attention from beginning to end. I highly recommend this to all chocolate lovers with a curiosity about Cadbury. You won’t be disappointed. (A History of Cadbury)

I was very lucky to receive this book as a gift so I was hoping that it would contain more information than the other two books I have read on this subject. And I was not disappointed in the least. Chocolate is one of my favourite foods and it seems that the history of how the Cadbury family began in the making of this wonderful food was a very adventurous one […] Was well worth a read and I must admit it urged me out to the supermarket to purchase a purple-wrapped block of Cadbury’s finest. (A History of Cadbury)

I really enjoyed this look at the history of Cadbury chocolate and the Cadbury family. How it began, and prospered, through good times and bad, made a very entertaining story. The photographs are wonderful, with my favorite being the Easter Egg production. Posters advertising Cadbury’s are interspersed though out. (A History of Cadbury)

Learning about Quaker John Cadbury’s interest in the temperance movement and how he encouraged drinking chocolate as a healthy alternative to alcohol was just one of the facts that personalized this history for me. The logistics that went into creating milk chocolate, designing elaborate boxes for the chocolate, and the way Cadbury treated its employees were eye-opening. Now when I’m savoring my favorite Cadbury chocolates, I’ll be able to appreciate what all went into creating them. Fascinating. (A History of Cadbury)

Packed with photographs we learn how from a small shop in Bull Street Birmingham in 1824 Cadbury moved in 1879 to a new site outside of the city where Bournville […]  became a model village […] The book covers not only the development of its products, the packaging and advertising but just as interestingly documents the paternalistic and for the time enlightened approach that this family of Quaker owners adopted towards their workforce. There are chapters devoted to education and training, sport and recreation, workers welfare together with the various pension and savings schemes provided. We also learn how Bournville was in the vanguard of the “New Garden City” movement. Of course things change and since 2010 Cadbury has been wholly owned by Mondelez International (originally Kraft Foods). It seems light years away from the original opening of that one shop in Bull Street. (A History of Cadbury)

Diane Wordsworth has written a very approachable narrative of the Cadbury family and the development of the company. I was very pleased to read about the employment reforms that the family introduced for their workers over the years. Cadbury’s, like many companies, faced setbacks during the World Wars and takeovers battles over the years but they continue to produce memorable chocolates. This is a great story and well-written. (A History of Cadbury)

If you are already writing, [this book] will help spur you on to write more, or to look at and try different markets. If you are new to writing, but want to further your career then this is also the book for you. It’s not a ‘how to write’ book, more of a ‘how to write more and/or better’ book.
I bought this on kindle, but have just ordered the paperback as it’s one that I will want to dip into again and again and will be on my writing bookshelf for a very long time. (Diary of a Scaredy Cat)

Any woman who can down seven pints of cider has my undying admiration, and, amongst other things, that’s what Marcie Craig does in this excellent novel. If you enjoy stories telling of independent minded young women, willing to step up to the plate in order to protect friends and face down enemies, go the extra yard to find the truth when the police have given up the chase, you will love this.
If you’re looking for an English Janet Evanovich character (At least that’s how I saw Marcie) you will know you’re in for a treat.
The title drew me to the book, and I must say it didn’t disappoint.
We’ve all heard the cliché, unputdownable, but this entertained me from start to finish. (Night Crawler)

Diane Wordsworth’s ‘Night Crawler’, the first of what I hope will be a series of ‘Marcie Craig mysteries’, is a real page-turner. Set on the slightly-murky-but-semi-respectable fringes of England’s Second City, Birmingham, it’s more than a mere ‘whodunnit’. Written in a simple, gritty style, it wastes no time getting to the heart – and the music – of the matter. As a ‘Brummie’ myself, I know most of the places the story visits and can vouch that the author’s sense of place and time is spot-on.
Wordsworth’s characters are rounded and well-drawn, and she makes you care about what happens to them. In my book, that is what makes a good book.
Buy this book; you know you want to! (Night Crawler)

This is a great read. It rollerballs into an exciting, fast paced adventure as Marcie does what the police can’t (or won’t) – tries to find the real killer. It’s a great cast back to a time when night clubs were owned by individuals and not corporations, and when music was just….better. And it’s also a peek into biker world! I’d highly recommend this book to anyone. (Night Crawler)

Set in the 1990s, Night Crawler’s sassy protagonist, Marcie Craig is left to uncover the true murderer after the police arrest the wrong man. Harley-riding Marcie, a DJ in a rockers’ club, is in the ideal position to ask questions but not everyone is on the level in the world in which she mixes and it becomes difficult to know who to trust. When she’s beaten up, and another of her friends is murdered, Marcie has to step up her game.
If you’re looking for a whodunit that’s a bit different, Night Crawler has credible down-to-earth characters, a distinctive heroine and a plausible storyline with a knowledgeable backdrop of rock music and bikers. (Night Crawler)

In Marcie Craig, Diane Wordsworth has created a heroine with guts and humour. Night Crawler is an exciting read; I found myself holding my breath while reading the last few chapters. Her setting is beautifully presented and it rang many bells with this Brummie. (Night Crawler)

A collection of very different short stories. All easy reads for the times when you can’t concentrate on a book or just don’t have the time. I particularly enjoyed the ghost story. (Twee Tales)

I read the whole book in one sitting and each story has a satisfying ending that left me with a smile on my face. (Twee Tales)

This is a great wee book to pull out and dive into over a coffee break. Take each tale as it comes, and absorb the escapism through some great characters and heart-warming tales. I particularly like the ghost story in Scotland; being a Campbell myself, it made me smile 🙂 (Twee Tales)