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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New Pound Coin

So today is the day that many coin collectors have been waiting for.  It is the official release of the new 12 sided £1 coin.  Being an newbie coin collector I have certainly been looking forward to its release.  So much so that Dan booked us a tour of the Royal Mint so that we could mint our own new coins before its release date.

The tour of the mint was such an amazing experience.  You get to have a front row seat of themaster_royal_mint_black_logo_royal_purple_rgb coins being made on the factory floor, you learn about what it takes to make a coin from the materials down to what each machine does to the metals to make it into the finished product, and finally you get to see all the old coins that they have there; some of which are dating back to the 16th century.  For any one who lives in the area I would highly recommend this as a trip for people of all ages.

Since the announcement of the new 12 sided £1’s release date there has been one hell of a st-2016-royal-arms-c2a31-bu-coin-both-sides1scramble for collectors to own all of the old round pounds which was aptly named The Great One Pound Coin Race.  There was one pound coin however, that you would not be able to find in your change and that was ‘The Last Round Pound’.  This coin is a collectable item which can only be purchased from the Mint its self.  I am so pleased to say that I am the proud owner of one of these coins.  They are beautifully designed with all of the mythical creatures from the four countries that make Britain great!

 

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New Pound Coins minted by ourselves, The Last Round Pound, and Mrs Tiggly Winkle coins.

Have any of my lovely followers been on any cool day trips recently? If so I would love to hear about them!

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Upcycling – Nightstands

I had a new carpet fitted in my bedroom over the weekend and with this being the only component left to modernise the room from the old lady style decor of the person I bought the house from I felt that I wanted my night stands to match the room but I didn’t want to buy new ones just yet. I decided that vinyl wrapping them would hide the ugly worn marks that they had and bring them in line with the new colour scheme of the room.

Here is how they turned out.  The first one took a bit longer and as really ain’t a pro at this it did take some time to get them right.  I am really pleased with the finish and it was the perfect project for a rainy day.

I started from the top and worked my way down the cabinet. The top drawer was the trickiest because of the frosted window in it but after some perseverance I got there in the end! The handles were removed to give a professional finish.

 

Here are some half way through pics showing the progress I was making.  It may have been very slow progress but I was progress non the less! perseverance is key when it comes to vinyl wrapping.  It really isn’t for those with a short temper.

                            

Cheeky one down, one to go shot!

I was really pleased with the difference that a clean finish made.  Almost makes them look like new.

I would love to know you thoughts on this upcycling project and I would like to hear about your projects.

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Feb 2017 – Summary

 

So another month over and done with.  All in all it has been a pretty good one. During the last month I have had some ups and downs.

birthdayI have had another birthday which now puts me at the grand old age of 29! Scary right?! This was the first birthday without my Gramps here which was real hard.  Opening my card signed just from my Nan, not having the phone call with his soft cheery voice to sing happy birthday to me it all got the better of me but I just keep thinking ‘thank god he is no longer in pain!’.

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Over the last couple of months I have had some serious health issues which could have totally altered the course of my future, or at least where I thought my future was heading, and yesterday I got some great news from the hospital confirming that the result have come back to say what I had hoped they would and they don’t need to see me again.  I have never felt such relief like I did when I read that letter!  However, having this scare has really made me put things into perspective.  It made me realise all the things that I have been missing out on which I intend to change!! Holidays being the first.  I want to see more sights, both home and away.  It got me thinking that if that was the end I was not happy with what I have achieved.  It is now time to set things right!

Business.pngAs a result of the realisation of my mortality I have decided to put everything I have into revamping and rebranding my online store.  Keeping it inline with this blog I decided to make it into a brand and I have started to put some of the wall art ideas I have had over the last year or so onto the drawing board.  I have actually started to list some new items which have taken off quite well. below are a few of the new items I have listed.

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you can find the rest of my items on my Made by Mel tab in the main menu.  I am determined to make this a success and I plan on putting my all into it.

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I have been trying lately to get back into my crafts and I have made quite a promising start I think.  I have been trying my hand to candle printing to see if it was something think I would like as I am in to my candles big time.  Dan thinks I secretly own shares in a candle company because of the amount I have! Here’s a sneak peak at my first attempts.

summaryBirthdays:

1

New shop listings:

4

Books read: 1

Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay (reviewed)

Book reading: 2

Secrets of Happiness by Lucy Diamond

A Year of Being Single by Fiona Collins

That seems to be everything I can think that has happened within the last month and as I said all in all its been a good month.  I will be trying to keep up to date on everyone else’s monthly round ups as I love to know what everyone has been getting up to. How has your last month been? Let me know… Speak to you all soon.

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Our Nest Wall Art

our-nestNew home / new family “Our Nest” vinyl wall art. New item in the eBay store. Why not head over and check out some of my other items. XO

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Not All Who Wander Quote Wall Art

no-all-who-wanderNew wall art added to our eBay store today.
Why not head over and check out some of my other items. Link in bio. XO
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Compass Vintage Wall Art

compassNew item for sale on my eBay Shop. Compass style wall art. Perfect for any room in the house. Why not head over to the store and check out some of my other items. More items being added daily. XO

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2017 Home Trends – Low Maintenance Indoor Plants

There is a vast range of indoor plants that would look great in any style room.  A few of my favourites are below:

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Succulents

If you have a tendency to kill every plant you have ever owned, like me, then these are for you. They are a very low maintenance plant and are ideal for the amateur gardener. They are fantastic at retaining water so they don’t need to be watered as often as most plants. They are best suited to window sills, shelves or tabletops and are a great addition to any room.

 

 

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Cacti

These plants come in a full range of different shapes, sizes and colours so I am sure that you will be able to find something that suits your room. All cacti have the ability to flower so if this is what you are going for then they would need to be watered regularly during growing season. Cacti can give your home the California touch which paired with modern, minimalistic décor.

 

There are a load more varieties of hard wearing plants that you could choose.  Why not share you thoughts on what you would like to see in your home this coming year.

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Book Review – Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay by Jill Mansell

I enjoyed this book enormously.  Given the weather being of the wet variety lately images of warm Cornish sunshine was a welcome distraction.
This is the first book I have read by Jill Mansell and I am really glad that I did. This story is based in St Carys, Cornwall.  Jill Mansell sets the scenes so perfectly in this book that it really makes you want to get in your car and see the beautiful, picturesque seaside town for yourself. This is very much a ‘boy meets girl’ story on multiple platforms and despite a number of detours to the longing that is the love story of ‘Meet me at Beachcomber Bay’ they all get ‘The One’ in the end.
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Clemency, the main character of this story is a very down to earth and likable estate agent  with a rather snobby step sister of the same age who goes by the name of Belle.  Despite their obvious differences they get on pretty well until Belle turns up with new guy who Clemency happens to have met 3 years earlier while on a return plane home.  During their plane journey, there was an obvious connection felt by Clemency and Sam, after which she slips him her business card hoping to keep in touch and take things to the next level.  Much to Clemency’s dismay Sam unable to offer her what she was hoping for and reveals that unfortunately he is married.  The two part ways thinking that they will never see each other again, until Sam turns up at a viewing for a new flat as Clem’s sisters fiancé.
The second unexpected romance comes from Clemency’s work mate, Ronan.   Ronan is a bit of a ladies man but the fact that he is gorgeous, tanned and very rarely found together, a nice guy means that the ladies of St Carys are powerless to resist his charm.  Recently single, Ronan find himself in bed with none other than the lady who delivers their mail to work and a client of Ronans, Kate.  Whilst laying in each others arms after what could only be described as a passionate, unplanned night they hear a knock at the door.  It is Ronan’s ex-girlfriend, who despite their best attempts to ignore her, takes it upon herself to recite very badly written poetry about the love she has for Ronan.  Once she realises that she was not getting a response from him, anger descends and she shouts at the front door that give him a week and he will have another tart in his bed.  This leads to Ronan confirming to Kate that he has only been single for about 24 hours which leaves Kate feeling discussed with herself as one night stands were definitely out of her character. Other than work interactions and other revelation happening in Ronan’s life, they don’t really get the chance to get close again until an unexpected arrival later on brings them back together.
Finally, the third romance involves Clemency’s upper class sister Belle.  Having arrived in St Carys with Sam she is completely unaware that he sister as Sam are already acquainted.  Nobody tells her otherwise and their introduction is carried out as if they had just met.  Belle boasts to Clemency about how perfect Sam is and how lucky she is to have found someone so wonderful that she can really spend the rest of her life with.  Belle, having pretty much invited herself to move to St Carys with Sam, quit her job in the city and sold her flat in preparation for the move to sunny Cornwall.  Once they have arrived and start moving into the flat that Clemency was tasked with finding for them Belle decides to take a walk to the town to get flowers and other such niceties to add a female touch to Sam’s humble abode.  Whilst out she literally bumps into a fitness junkie and the answer to her deepest desires.
This story is brimming with feel good vibes and is perfect for a pick me up!  What Jill Mansell has created here is so much more than just a Boy meets Girl predictable tale.  I was completely able to get totally lost in the world she has created and despite some of the trials and tribulations that these characters face it is still a very uplifting and warm style of writing.  Just thinking back about this book gives me a warm glow.  So if your feeling the January/February blues this one if definitely for you.
I gave this book 5/5 stars on Goodreads
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As always, I hope you have enjoyed my review and I look forward to your feedback.

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