So yes, I brought my romance novel Good Enough on a trip to Berlin just before Christmas 2021 and we thoroughly enjoyed the trip. My daughter had arranged a jam-packed itinerary for us and we had barely dropped the bags before we were out the door again for brunch and then heading East to see the wall.
Berlin is vast and the size of it really struck me. It does not have the intimacy of neighbouring capitals like Paris or Amsterdam but it is a mecca for the history lover.
Museum after museum and then the Christmas markets and shopping followed. Plus eating of course. There was lots of eating and we made it our business to sample local fare. As my first experience of German Christmas markets it superseded my expectations, bustling Christmas villages in effect, some with ice-skating, fully functioning restaurants and all with numerous stalls of Christmas paraphernalia and abundant food stalls.
For me, one of the highpoints of the trip was the hotel. Sheer decadence. After lots of walking during the day it was the perfect sojourn for the weary traveller. Chosen for its location I was a little hesitant at what lay in store for us as the website for the hotel seemed so risqué (or am I a prude?). It is fabulous. The rooms are luxurious, (I do love a well stocked mini bar) and the restaurant food was excellent.
Located close to the underground ( U-Bahn at Konstanzer Str ) and within easy walking distance of Kurfürstendamm (the Ku Damm) where we explored every floor of the extravagant department store Kaufhaus des Westens (Ka-De-We) – which I can only describe as being like Harrods on speed, incredible. I can highly recommend Provocateur especially if you would like to stay somewhere romantic in Berlin.
I’m delighted to announce that the Paperback is now available !
For those who prefer the physical experience of buying in a bookshop you are in for a treat if you get a chance to visit the newly opened Dubray Cork, on Patrick’s Street. If you’d like to call them to reserve a copy (021) 235 5562
At last I get to announce the arrival of my debut romantic novel ‘Good Enough.’
Enjoy a feast for the senses as you interactively engage with this story written for the modern world. This novel has a multidimensional existence that the reader can experience and interact with in the virtual world via a variety of social media platforms.
Get a feel for the themes and vibes of each chapter by enjoying the specially curated Instagram reels, Spotify playlist and the blog posts that accompany each chapter.
If you’ve been visiting these pages recently you will have noticed that the last 20 blog posts each are called by a Chapter Name.
Each Chapter in the book has an accompanying blog-post because naturally our heroine Eva likes food and she occasionally cooks!
To best enjoy the book I’d firstly recommend a cosy night in, perhaps a fire lighting and maybe the spotify soundtrack on low in the background.
After you’ve read a chapter why not take a look at a reel on instagram, there’s one for each post. Stories on instagram ( @good_enough_novel )will be kept up to date with book news and there will be highlights of the Book Tour and readers hall of fame. I’d love to interact with readers over there too.
2kgs of cooking apples 50g caster sugar (for cooking the fruit) 100g plain flour 50g wholemeal flour 50g porridge oats 100g unsalted butter 200g light golden brown sugar Butter to grease baking dish
Preheat the oven to 170oC/Gas Mark 5. Core, peel and chop the apples into smallish chunks and cook in a saucepan with a splash of water and the caster sugar over a medium heat until softening (still with a bit of bite and not a pulp). This takes about 5 minutes. Put the plain and wholemeal flours and the oats into a mixing bowl and chop in the butter. Use your fingertips to crumble the flour, oats and butter together until it starts to resemble breadcrumbs. Add the brown sugar and mix well with a fork. Place the cooked apples in a large greased baking dish and scatter the crumble mixture on top – press it down lightly but do not over-compact it. Bake for 35–40 minutes. Delicious on its own, even better with custard or vanilla ice-cream.
After eating a couple of the freshly baked sausage rolls for tea, Eva tucked into a portion of the crumble. Adorned with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream it was delicious.
Time was pushing on and when the caterers arrived Eva set to work helping to prepare a space on a table for mulled wine, vodka and cranberry juice cocktails and another table for the food. Various tasty bites filled large white serving platters. There were delicate cheese straws, canapés of chicken satay sticks, goats cheese and Parma ham wrapped together in crispy pastry and other savouries that included pork and cranberry patties, figcrostini with melted stilton sitting beside an equally appealing array of bite-size desserts.