Book Review – The Plus One Pact by Portia Mackintosh

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I absolutely loved this book. It’s funny, relatable and feel good.

I love the character of Cara, nerdy but cool and very single. She has tried the whole dating app thing which has produced a number of undesirable characters. Then just as she is about to give up she meets Millsy in a bar. From here, her whole life changes. Millsy picks her up out of her mundane life and shows her all the things she could be doing. Essentially they become each others plus one to all up and coming events over the summer.

After Clara having a makeover (courtesy of Millsy’s connections) she feels like a whole new woman. More confident, outgoing and daring.

It’s a very will they won’t they situation as Clara clears fancies the pants off Millsy but also doesn’t know if it’s reciprocated and is petrified of ruining their friendship.

Without spoiling the ending I will leave it at all’s well that ends well.

This is probably the best story I have ready in a while. Literally made me laugh out loud at times.

I rate this ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Book review – The Secrets of Ivy Garden by Catherine Furguson

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This was a nice story. Although a little sad at times with reference to the death of Holly’s parent followed by the death of her grand mother Ivy.

Holly, totally alone in the world and deciding to fix up and sell up her grandmothers cottage doesn’t have it easy when she finds that the cottage had flooded and garden which was much loved by her grandmother has been destroyed by recent storms doesn’t let these set backs phase her and gets stuck in wholeheartedly. Following the discovery of her grandmothers diary and the revelation that the man she had always thought was her grandfather discovers that Ivy actually had a secret lover who was in fact her mothers biological father. This sets Holly on a path to discover who the mysterious B is.

Assisted by a friend she begins her search one person at a time. She makes friends with local shop owners daughter who soon discovers Holly grave fear of the wide open countryside which is a natural reaction to the circumstances surrounding her parents death.

Following the first unconventional meeting between Holly and Ben there are feelings that they both share but as with all great love stories this takes time for it to become apparent to each other.

This story has a lovely happy ending where Holly finds that she is no longer alone in the world but she in fact has a whole family that she didn’t know anything about before going to Appleton and with her new relationship with Ben just getting started she has found that the countryside is no longer something to be feared but I may well be a place to call home.

To sum up I would rate this book

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If your looking for a lighthearted read this is the one for you.

Happy reading everyone!

Book Review – The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella

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I loved this story. High flying lawyer turned housekeeper, Samantha is absolutely useless at the everyday tasks. It makes you wonder if there are people in this world who really are that useless!

She turns it around and learns the skills needed to pull off her bluff all whilst finding love. This book is really heartwarming in the sense that thinking that she had lost everything showed her what she had really been missing all along. I am a big fan of the slower pace of life so this book was like an idilic little day dream!

I rate this book 5 stars!

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Happy reading everyone!

Harley Merlin and the Secret Coven – Book Review

They dubbed this series of books the next Harry Potter. I wouldn’t go that far. Yes they’re both technically orphans who have magical powers and neither find out about the magical world until they are older but that’s were the similarities end.

I enjoyed the book but I feel that the story took a long time to get going and just as you get into it the book ends. It’s not the sort of story that’s tied up neatly by the end as it practically ends on a cliff hanger. Perhaps that’s smart writing on the authors part to entice you to read the next one. Either way it worked and I have now started the second book to find out what happened.

This is an enjoyable story filled with magic, demons and bad guys as you would expect. However, as I have said don’t expect this book to be anything like the Harry Potter books because it’s not.

I would rate this book an optimistic 4/5

XO – Mel

Bathroom Update

During lockdown I’ve been reassessing the decor in my home and giving everything in sight a freshen up because while your stuck at home what else is there to do.

This week the on the agenda is the bathroom. Because it’s tiled from floor to ceiling there’s not a lot I can do with the walls without completely destroying the room so I figured I could change the blinds to give it a tweak.

At present we have a white roller blind with a suede flower pattern in black in there and I’ve never really liked it since I put it up but at the time it was better than what was there when we moved in.

Existing bathroom blind

As I’ve been looking to modernise the house bit by bit I find myself torn between two options, Venetian blonds with ribbon or day/night blinds.

New blind options

I love them both which is why I can’t decide so I’ve taken to Instagram polls to see what the masses think.

Hope your all staying safe! Have a great weekend!

Be who you are and say what you think.

Those who mind, don’t matter.

Those who matter don’t mind.

Never have I uttered a truer phrase. When that time comes that you think about changing yourself whether it be your ways, appearance, or trying to change the things you enjoy to please someone else for someone else, just remember, the people who truly know you will accept you for who you are no matter what.

November

autumn leaves

As we say good bye to October and put away the Halloween decorations for another year, it’s a time for an autumnal cleanse of the house before the Christmas madness sets in!

The leaves on the trees are turning from yellow to golden red and I for one am such a fan of this beautiful month.


I hope you all had an enjoyable Halloween.  We dressed our little girl up as a witch this year which was without doubt the cutest thing I have ever seen! but I am biased! She refused to keep the hat on for even one photograph but she still looked cute non the less.

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This weekend is all about packing away the Halloween decorations. (I am not looking forward to this) there are way to many spiders webs in my house so I think I may be there a while with this chore.  Then I think its time for a mega clean.

On that note I will bid you a due and hope you all have a great weekend.

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Your car – a mode of transport or your personal vent space?

I’ve noticed lately that my car seems to be my sanctuary! By this is mean that no matter what happens during the day that annoys, bothers and enrages me I seem to try and keep it all locked in (as much as I possibly can) until the next morning when I get into my car to travel the 30 miles to work and then it all comes out!

I sit in my car on my journey to work and talk (out loud like a nutter) myself through all of the shit that’s been bothering me. I get upset, sometimes I cry, I get angry, frustrated and annoyed by all the things that are happening in my life right now that I have no control over!

It’s like having a conversation with a therapist but I am answering myself. (Sounds crazy right?). I play out different conversations that have taken place and voice the response that I would have loved to come out with but didn’t for the sake of keeping the peace with that person and not causing them upset. I’m not sure if this is deceptive behaviour. Perhaps I should speak my mind and on rare occasions I do but it always ends in hurt feelings for the other person which is why I use my car method!

Does anyone else do this or is this weird behaviour on my end? I would really like to know your thoughts on this!

XO

Book Review – My Sweet Revenge by Jane Fallon

My Sweet Revenge by Jane Fallon  is such an amazing story.  I was hooked from the word go!  As with a few of the books by Jane, the story is set around the world of television.  Paula is a house wife with a part time job in a local bakery.  Her husband, Robert, is one of the starts in a well known soap opera.  She loves her life and despite having put her career goals on the back burner since the arrival of their daughter so is more than happy with her life.  She has a lovely flat in a nice part of London, a loving husband who works hard for his family and a bright and beautiful teenage daughter.

Since the time that Paula and Robert first met in college she has let herself go a little bit and working in a bakery certainly didn’t help with that.  Despite this all seems well in their marriage and they are as happy as they ever have been.  That is until a suspicious text message from a younger, thinner, pretty female co-worker comes through on Roberts phone while it is not under his guard.  This immediately raises Paula’s suspicions that the may be more to their happy life than meets the eye.

She decides that she will not confront Robert with this new found knowledge and make sure that she has the facts before he is even aware than she knows anything.  She is a girl after my own heart.  Once its confirmed she puts a plan into motion to get back in shape, make more of an effort with her general appearance, show more interest in Robert in general and what he wants to do and win his heart back.

at this point you may be thinking what a fool. But, there is a dish of revenge set to cool in preparation to be served.

I love how Jane Fallon has structured this book.  The first half is entirely from Paula’s perspective.  Her thought, experiences and concerns.  Half way through (Part 2) we get to hear the same story but from the perspective of the Mistress which then alternates IMG_0838between what is happening on Paula’s end of this and then from the side of the Mistress.  I don’t name the Mistress in this review as I don’t want to spoil the story for anyone who has not yet read it.  I was so on the fence for most of it as to who Robert was having the affair with it was brilliant.  Because of this Is it, isn’t it back and forth I finished the whole book in about 3 days flat.  Well obviously I had to squeeze some work time into this too, but I pretty much didn’t put this book down.

for any one who likes the work by Lucy Diamond or Sophie Kinsella this is a must read.

I gave this book 5/5 on Goodreads

 

five-stars I hope that you enjoyed my review and welcome any feedback.

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Book Review – The Secrets of Happiness by Lucy Diamond

The Secrets of Happiness is a petty apt name for this book.  Its based on the strained relationship between two step sisters Becca and Rachel.  Rachel’s father had passed away a few years back and this is when she decided to cut all ties with her step mother and sister. Rachel never really got on with either of them even while her father was alive.  She believed that they were imposing on her happy life with her father.  Her mother had passed away many years ago when Rachel was only a toddler but she nurses fond memories of her.

Newly single and unemployed, thanks to her jealous, possessive, violent ex-husband; Rachel is trying her hand at starting her own personal training business.  All is going well until she takes a trip to Manchester which lands her in the hospital with a broken jaw and some serious memory loss making it impossible for her to contact home.

Becca is called by Rachel’s eldest daughter and asked if she can go to their home to hold down the fort until they can find out where their mother is.  As the relationship between Becca and Rachel is not the best at this time Becca is reluctant but goes anyway.  Becca, being carefree and a bit of a tear away when she was younger is overwhelmed when given the responsibility of looking after 2 children and a teenager.

Once Rachel is finally home Becca is a dab hand at running the house hold. As much as Rachel doesn’t want her there she realises fast that her injuries make it difficult for her to carry out even the simplest of tasks and she reluctantly asks Becca to stay.

Becca is of a plump build, nothing like slim, in shape, health nut Rachel and find her self out of her comfort zone when she is asked to train Rachel’s new clients.  Despite the fact that Becca has absolutely no clue as to what she is doing she slowly find herself getting in shape and starting to enjoy the sessions she is doing for Rachel, even if some of them are not what Rachel has scheduled.

After a confrontation with her ex and with Becca to back her up, Rachel really sees that she has had the wrong impression of her step sister all this time.  Rachel then decides to help Becca, along with Becca’s unexpected love interest, get herself on her feet and go into business for herself.

The end of this book gave me a warm fussy feeling.  After all the animosity between the two sisters they finally develop the type of relationship that each of them has always wanted.

I gave this book 5/5 on Goodreads

five-stars This is a feel good story and I would recommend it to anyone who likes to work of Jane Fallon also.

I hope that you enjoyed my review and welcome any feedback.

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