Be very wary of strong woman on a mission

Be prepared to be totally absorbed by this gritty crime novel by author Emma Tallon.  Her Rival will transport you to the East End of London and into the lives of veryt strong woman, beautifully complex and totally engaging. Meet…

A beautiful emotional journey in a book

As many of you know I aspire to be a novelist.  I am writing every day, and dream of a day when it will be my book people will be reviewing.  Writers envy There it is – the green monster…

Pretty Broken Dolls

A killer that poses their victims as pretty broken dolls. I literally lay in the bath reading – my favourite reading place – until the water was cold.  I couldn’t stop until I reached the end. Pretty Broken Dolls was…

Would you be happy inside- forever?

The thing I love most about being part of the book community is opening my mind and heart to reading almost anything.  As I read on Kindle, I don’t read back covers anymore, I simply dive in, ready to live…

Is a Secretary ever just that?

Get ready for a roller coaster of a read!  When the opportunity came up to review Catherine Hokin’s book, The Secretary, I jumped at it.  I read The Lost Mother (read the review here), I just knew that I wanted…

This book stole my heart and made me paint!

There are times when a book comes along and it is as though it was written specifically for you.  Her Family Secret but Melissa Wiesner would get six stars if I could award them. This book not only stole my…

Damaged people are dangerous – My Husband’s Girlfriend

My Husband’s Girlfriend by Sheryl Browne is masterful.  It is a story about damaged people.  Not necessarily bad people, but people who have themselves being harmed by the circumstances of life, and then become dangerous themselves. On the surface it…

A wonderful twisty whodunnit for you to read

History teaches us lessons about the present.  I have really enjoyed delving into historical novels recently, and most especially learning about history, and it’s many facets.  The Tuscan House is a wonderful example of a rich historical novel. In each…

Who are the Fragile Ones?

The Fragile ones:  little innocent children who simply want to go out and play.  I read The Fragile Ones, by Jennifer Chase in little more than a day. This book is extremely well written and tells a tale of two…

Are you the pretty one in the family – a chilling book for you to read

When I was reading this book, I was literally carrying my kindle around the house.  I took it with me to read while I waited for the toast to pop, I was  reading which watching TV and yes, I even…

A World War 2 Book that opened my eyes to another side of the suffering.

Are you one of those people who watch a show like the Crown, and spend half the time googling to check how factually correct it is? I am.  I have learnt so much about history by indulging in my passion…

Does Collagen work? I always wanted to know ….

Over the past few years I have become quite obsessed with my wrinkles.  Some of the time, I feel I have earned them, and then at other times I resent them. I have come to terms with my age, with…

The complexity of a faithless marriage

What would you do if you suspected your husband of being unfaithful.  Cut up his clothes, change the locks or simply go home and make a wonderful dinner for your perfect family? A book with many themes that will keep…

Would you marry a stranger?

One of my new year’s resolutions was to be more adventurous in my reading.  To try different things, and I am so glad I did. The Company Daughters is a book that will remain with you long after you have…

Hope, Health and Happiness

When I can’t get to sleep at night I have a little breathing ritual to calm my mind.  As I breath in I imagine health, and when I breath out I feel gratitude.   This has become an important part of…

Be Careful What you Listen To …..

Whoa-Town is a boy band, a very successful boy band, put together by music mogul Rick Reeves. The Future Stars of America is the talent competition everyone wants to enter and these five lucky singers have won a place in…

The Art of Doing Nothing

I am not very good at doing nothing. In fact I am not even very good at doing one thing at a time. I am the person who grabs for my phone to check Facebook or play a game while…

The Tale of Two Books and a delightful surprise

I’m having a reading binge.  Just allowing myself read and enjoy and to an extent leave the housework for another day. I have very eclectic taste in reading.  I have my favourite genres, but I’ll give anything a try.  The…

Loving my skin with Yves Saint Laurent Pure Shots

I haven’t always loved my skin.  As a child I hated my freckles and would have done almost anything to get rid of them.  Through adulthood it wasn’t too bad, and I joked about my fabulous fatness reducing the amount…

Six Easy Ways to Get Your Home Summer-Ready

#AD. In the interest of disclosure and transparency, the syndication of this article has been provided and paid for by FBD Insurance Most of us are spending more time than ever at home right now, and that can be a…

Me and my Body – and a plus size bikini

Does it really matter what you look like?  If you have lumps and bumps?  If you are super skinny or really curvy?  I have realised that it doesn’t matter at all. I have been sitting on this blog post for…

What About the Nanny?

Reading the Nanny at No 43 by Nicola Cassidy was like being immersed in another world, a world many years ago where intrigue and mystery and wonderful charactarisation drew me into a story that I didn’t want to end.  I…

Corona Virus and Me

We have all been impacted by the rapid transmission of the Corona virus and the diagnosis of Covid 19 in so many.  Everything has changed. Right now, I am keeping as well as I can and have elected to socially…

Beautiful Mayo along the Wild Atlantic Way

Mayo stole my heart.  This beautiful county was my home for three years.  I was welcomed by the wonderful warm people and enchanted by the magnificent surroundings.  I return to Mayo as often as I can. The Wild Atlantic Way…

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