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Three and a half years ago I became vegetarian. Three and a half weeks ago, anticipating a certain health diagnosis at any time, I also gave up all added sugar in my diet. My mother is of a certain generation and, although a very good cook, struggles to know what to offer guests with specific dietary restrictions. She once had a vegetarian and a coeliac for dinner at the same time, and nearly lost her reason! So, the idea for this blog was born. Every recipe that features here will be vegan (and, obviously, vegetarian), gluten free, sugar free, lactose and dairy free, and suitable for people on a low sodium diet. That's right, you read that correctly. Even if you have guests with each of these restrictions coming to the same meal, everything here is safe for them. And, before you expect weird and wonderful ingredients to make an appearance, everything I'm using can be bought in larger branches of all major supermarkets - you don't even need to visit health food stores. Try the recipes and tell me what you think!

So What's This Tweet Treats Thingy All About?

Watch the brilliant 30 second trailer below and all will become clear!

Tweet Treats Trailer from Catherine Ryan Howard on Vimeo.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Distant Shore - A Review

One of Tweet Treats' great supporters is @Mariam_Kobras from Germany. Mariam very kindly hosted a stage on the Tweet Treats blog tour, so it seems only right for Tweet Treats to return the favour. Be sure to read to the end if you want to enter a terrific giveaway!

A talented writer, Mariam is the author of the newly released The Distant Shore, book 1 of the Stone Trilogy. The novel deals with Jonathon Stone, international rock star, who has pined for years over the One That Got Away. When an unusual fan letter arrives he drops everything to finally find her - Naomi - and the son he never knew he had.

This is a gorgeous book; from the strangely tactile, softly coloured cover right through to the unresolved ending, Kobras plays on all the senses to weave a tale of love that is bigger than either of the main characters.

The book begins unconventionally with a lost love regained, leaving the reader wondering where the story can possibly go from there. However, though drawn helplessly together, the main characters have oceans between them, complex histories and enormous amounts of baggage to overcome. The language of the book explores the depths of their characters, leaving them raw and open for the reader, at times almost uncomfortably so.

Geography and landscape play a large role in the story, and are exquisitely drawn by Kobras to the extent that the reader feels the warmth of the sun, the salt spray of a frigid sea, or a cold stone held in a hand making the reader absolutely present within the story. It takes a great writing craftsperson to draw in the reader in such an irrevocable manner, and Kobras is such a writer. Her style is reminiscent of Anita Shreve, and if you liked Body Surfing, then you will love this. I highly recommend it and Tweet Treats wishes Mariam all the best! 

This was the thirteenth stop on Mariam’s The Distant Shore “Love is in the Air” Blog Hop and Giveaway. We hope you enjoyed this review and will join us tomorrow on the next stop at Satisfaction for the Insatiable Reader for a post on creativity.

Buddhapuss Ink is giving away copies of Mariam’s book, along with some pretty terrific (and very romantic) gifts, as we count down to that most romantic day of the year—Valentine’s Day!

Want to enter the giveaway?

Leave a comment for this post for one entry. We also encourage you to “Like” this blog and follow it! Tweet a link to this blog including the hashtag #TDSBlogHop for another chance to win.

Want more chances to win? CLICK HERE for all the info!

Want to see that TV interview that Mariam and Marci mentioned? Here it is.


  1. Thank you so much, Jane! It was a joy to be one of your blog hop hosts, my dear, I'm insanely proud of you! xxx

  2. HAPPY THIRTEENTH STOP Mariam - another great review that has left me impatiently waiting for my copy to arrive : ) xxx

  3. AND ... the Tweettreat idea is fabulous. Another book on my list to buy xxx

  4. Aw, thanks Jaqui! My mother's maiden name was Somers, spelled the same way. It's quite unusual :)

  5. You had me at: "It takes a great writing craftsperson to draw in the reader in such an irrevocable manner, and Kobras is such a writer."

    Me wantee!


  6. Great review! I'm still hopping along with you, Mariam! :)

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