Bricking It

Bricking It When siblings Dan and Hayley Daley inherit their late grandmother s derelict Victorian farmhouse it seems like a dream come true All they have to do is fix the place up and sell it for a tidy profit

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  • Title: Bricking It
  • Author: Nick Spalding
  • ISBN: 9781511334280
  • Page: 460
  • Format: Audio CD
  • When siblings Dan and Hayley Daley inherit their late grandmother s derelict Victorian farmhouse, it seems like a dream come true All they have to do is fix the place up and sell it for a tidy profit Except as anyone who has renovated an old house knows things are never that easy.The walls are rapidly crumbling around them, the architect is a certified lunatic, the budgetWhen siblings Dan and Hayley Daley inherit their late grandmother s derelict Victorian farmhouse, it seems like a dream come true All they have to do is fix the place up and sell it for a tidy profit Except as anyone who has renovated an old house knows things are never that easy.The walls are rapidly crumbling around them, the architect is a certified lunatic, the budget is spiraling and then there s the disturbingly intelligent cow to worry about.On top of all this, the renovation is being featured on a daytime reality TV show, and as soon as Great Locations presenter Gerard O Keefe catches sight of Hayley s first floor balcony, he s determined to woo her out of her ban on romance, whether she wants him to or not.Will Dan and Hayley survive and sell up Or will the whole thing collapse on them like a ton of bricks From bestselling author Nick Spalding comes a hilarious tale of life, love, and dodgy plumbing.

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    1. ARC requested through Netgalley, and kindly provided by Lake Union Publishing in exchange for an honest review.This story was hilarious! Told through alternating points of view, brother and sister, Dan and Hayley tell the story of how they came to renovate the money pit of all money pits. I loved this story. It was filled with humour and fantastic characters. I fell in love with all of the people that came together to return Dan and Hayley’s late grandmother’s house to it's original glory.Hi [...]

    2. 3.5*Danny and Hayley Daley (what's in a name right?), brother and sister, inherit their grandmother's neglected farmhouse. Hoping to make a nice profit, they decide to fix it up and sell it afterwards.Together with some unforgettable characters, they experience some hilarious moments, severe headaches, hidden treasures, personal growth and find love (or not).Most memorable character: Pat the CowMost memorable moment: one up in the loftMost memorable outfit: orange corduroy trousers, a red smokin [...]

    3. Oh my goodness. I have never laughed so hard while reading a book in my life. I was actually in tears. I know renovating a house can always be a disaster no matter how big the job. Whether it's simply just the inconvenience of things being not in order. However, Nick Spalding adds a few things to this that makes sure there is disaster in a comical way.The writing was great. The characters were very well developed and quirkiness abounds. I am sitting here shaking my head at them while writing thi [...]

    4. עד לפני שבוע לא הכרתי את הסופר ניק ספלדינג והנה עכשיו אני קוראת את הספר השני שלו בתוך יומיים.הספר Fat chance היה הרבה יותר הזוי וקורע מצחוק לטעמי אבל, גם בספר הזה ישנן סצנות מגוחכות, הזויות ומצחיקות.הגעתי למסקנה שניק ספלדינג הוא אלוף הסיטואציות. יש לו יכולת מדהימה לתפוס את הרגע ולה [...]

    5. Miserable awful people in a miserable awful situationA more appalling, repellant pair of siblings would be difficult to imagine. I did not find them funny or appealing in any way. In fact I only wanted to be rid of their company as soon add possible. I'm not sure who the audience for this book is, but they'd have to have a very high tolerance for b*tching, whining, moaning and sniping. In short order I wanted both brother and sister to fall to the deaths beneath the rotten floorboards of the hou [...]

    6. Look I love home renovation shows. I mean love them. I am now obsessed with Chip and Joanna Gaines on Fixer Upper. So combining humor with a brother and sister who are trying to renovate their deceased grandmother's home in the country sounded right up my alley. I only wish that I had liked it more than I did.Dan and Hayley Daley (yeah those are their names) decided to fix up their grandmother's old Victorian farmhouse. They figure that once the house is renovated they will be able to sell for a [...]

    7. Bricking It is a light-hearted story about a brother and sister fixing up a dilapidated property in the British countryside that they've inherited from their grandmother. Assisted by some memorable builders and an eccentric architect, the entire process is also featured on one of those TV renovation shows. There were parts that were laugh-out-loud funny, others were a bit too ludicrous for my taste, although I became quite fond of Pat, the cow, in the end. The audio version features dual narrati [...]

    8. Terrible book. Badly written with a weak plot and despicable characters. Relies heavily on crass toilet humour and foul language to try and get a laugh. I'm not easily offended but I don't see the point of using foul language just for the sake of it. In my opinion it shows a lack of imagination from the author having to resort to base humour for the want of originality in his writing. This book is the worst example of lazy, painting by numbers tosh that I've had the misfortune to read. I'm perpl [...]

    9. ****I won this book in a GoodReads giveaway, but this has in no way affected my review or rating****This was such a good read. I loved Nick's first "Love" book, Love From Both Sides, it literally made me snort with laughter when I read it a few years ago, and I've got all the other Love books to catch up on at some point, Nick's one of those authors that always makes you laugh, and I knew Bricking It would be another good one, especially since everyone has seen the movie The Money Pit right? I e [...]

    10. Simplistic & Silly - not my type of book.This was my first book by Nick Spalding. I picked it up based on the rave reviews by others. Unfortunately it is not my cup of tea. I found it to be amateurish in style, with little or no substance. I couldn't finish it.

    11. Actual rating: -11 stars.I don't want to actually give reasons why, because when I try to do that for a book I feel strongly for, I overuse capitals and I would come back to this review and cringe.So here's just 5 things you should know about this in general:1. Very, very British. Like, extremely British. As someone who grew up in rural America, I've had to look up words and YouTube TV shows just to keep up. Sort of a pain.2. Not fantasy. I don't know why some people considered this fantasy. Apa [...]

    12. I have to admit that I'm a sucker for a tv property makeover. Anything where the family has to be in by Xmas or before their unplanned baby is born and I'm there, happily watching them struggle with their avant-guard cantilevers, locally sourced straw insulation and brutalist stamped concrete bathrooms. I also have a bit of a thing about the presenters on these shows, with their North Face jackets and tartan scarves, rolling up their manly sleeves to help out with drilling the foundations or wha [...]

    13. When Haley and Danny Daley inherit a derelict Victorian farmhouse from their deceased grandmother, they decide to renovate with the intention to sell it later. Well, that's the plan anyway.Through the renovation process they meet lots of entertaining characters and learn quite a lot about themselves. They also learn about a grandmother they thought they knew but, who had an entirely unknown past. The story is funny, highly entertaining and full of surprises.Anyone, who has undertaken a renovatio [...]

    14. Siblings Dan and Hayley Daley inherit their grandmother’s long-ago abandoned Victorian. This comes as a surprise as they never knew of its existence. Both agree to work together hiring an architect and builder to restore the decrepit house, then sell for a quick profit. A great plan but these two are in over their heads. The local design/reno team they hire consists of amusingly quirky characters. There is no shortage of surprises and problems, at times outlandish situations that made me laugh [...]

    15. I'm torn with the rating on this one - comedy isn't usually my first choice, but the humour was pretty good and I found myself laughing out loud whilst reading about the trials and tribulations of the house renovation. Some of the characters were a little bit too exaggerated and the storyline was pretty predictable, if a bit more chick-lit or rom-com than I was expecting. That said, I did really enjoy the book, it took my mind of Storm Desmond, made me chuckle and even laugh out loud in parts. I [...]

    16. Take every story about disastrous home make-overs and toss them out the window! Bricking It is nothing like them! Sure there are a few expected home improvement guffaws, but the meat of this story is about how Dan and Hayley handle the renovation of their grandmother's previously unknown home, the revelations about her and themselves, and some of the oddest events to ever take place during a rebuild. This story is funny from beginning to end, the characters are loveable and unexpected, and all t [...]

    17. I received a copy of this book through NetGalleyI don't remember the last time I laughed out loud while reading the book but this certainly had me going. I've never read a book by Spalding but I will definitely be picking up another one. The writing in this is fantastic and the book is populated with great characters who bring the setting to life. The duel perspectives was great and the relationship between Dan and Hayley was very sweet.I would recommend this for many reasons but the main one be [...]

    18. DNF at 40%. Almost half of the book gone, and still nothing has really happened. All of the characters are stereotypes or cardboard, and you don't care at all what happens to them. For what is supposed to be a comedy, it is far from funny, with sometimes falling into the simply gross to try and get a few laughs. Nothing interesting ever happens. Formulaic and disrespects the reader's intelligence.

    19. this was a rather fun story.Napoleon Ryan did a really good job on the male narration, suited the tone of the story so well, delivering the slightly silly puns as I felt they where intended. But I found Heather Wilds female narration very dry and over stilted .

    20. A mix of chick lit and reality tv.If you like that mix, this is for you.Not my cup of tea, but the cow was interesting!I was given a digital copy of this book by the publisher via Netgalley in return for an honest unbiased review.

    21. An enjoyable, funny read. I haven't read a book that has made me laugh out loud like this one, in years! At one point I was crying with laughter! I really liked the feeling so will definitely be reading more of Nicks books

    22. This was a decent, light reading book. I am in desperate need of a GREAT book again to get me back into the reading mood.

    23. 5 stars for the scene in the attic with Danny and the box! laughed so hard, I cried!!! the rest went downhill very, very fast. not worth reading after the one chapter. bummer.

    24. Very very basic. I was totally not on side with this book at the start. It played up some serious gender stereotypes that I was not happy with. Haley stamps her feet and tantrums and does a lot of things that just screamed to me "a man is writing this based on how he thinks a woman is". Obviously the author did play on male stereotypes as well, but it didn't come across so offensive in the same way, more "ah look how silly I am I'm such a bloke", guessing i took it this way as it was a male auth [...]

    25. 'A house is just bricks and mortar, and bricks and mortar are pretty predictable when you get right down to it. It’s the people inside you have to watch out for'. This book made me smile. I have, what can be described as, a crass sense of humour and this book has this by the bucket load. From (view spoiler)[butt plugs, BDSM, Pat the Cow, unexploded WW2 bombs and marijuana, to a grandmother with a more colourful past than anyone could have imagined,(hide spoiler)] this book made me laugh and sm [...]

    26. This was one of the funniest books I have read in a long time. Worthy of 4.5 stars. Siblings Danny and Hayley Daley have been left a Victorian farmhouse by their grandmother. Unfortunately, the property has been abandoned for decades and is in very poor shape. With the house potentially worth four times as much if renovated, they decide to renovate the house. However, they have no experience in home renovation and not much money. The only affordable competent architect, Mitchell Hollingsbrooke, [...]

    27. Life with no breaks was one of the first books I read on my shiny new kindle back in 2011. I though this guy can write funny and his humour is right on my wavelength. I have now read most of his books and, although his writing has maturing much over the past few years, his sense of humour remains right where it should be! This means that his books can sometimes be a bit marmite, but as far as I am concerned, still spot on for me.I won't rehash the story, you can read that for yourself. I persona [...]

    28. Review per NetGalley: If it weren't for the well-placed crude adult humour that somehow is never too much, I might have felt I were reading a upper-elementary children's book. Light and easy, I haven't had as many instances of laughing so hard it hurts in recent reading memory.  I guess I just didn't know I was missing an empathic cow and a roll-top bath from my life.However, there are two major reasons for which I detract a star each,  First, it's painfully obvious that this male author has n [...]

    29. Haley and Dan's grandmother has died and left them a house in the English countryside. No one has lived in it or kept it up for fifty years so it's really rundown no one in their family even knew about the house. Their plan is to borrow money to fixed it up and sell it to make a profit. They hire Mitchell, an eccentric architect, and Fred, an gruff handyman, and his team because they are cheap. In addition, they take a leave of absence from their jobs so they can help out however they can in or [...]

    30. Thank you to Netgalley for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.I loved this book! It is the story of brother and sister Dan and Haley Daley who inherit their grandmother's ramshackle house which needs completely renovated before it can be sold.I loved the relationship between Dan and Haley, it was so affectionate and supportive but only they could get away with speaking to each other the way they sometimes do, just like any siblings. There were some wonderful characters in this [...]

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