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Saturday stack : self care

Seeing as it was blue Monday this week and what feels like the longest month ever I have done my Saturday book stack based on books to do with self care.
After all loving ourselves is so important and instead of being called selfish at times for doing what we want to do; I prefer the term self care.
Do what makes you feel good for both your health and happiness.

I love all of these books and haven’t finished them all but love to go back to when I’m feeling like I need a pick me up or just to read views and words of wisdom from these great authors. Plus I love positivity and these really feel you with that. None of us are perfect, we can all learn a lot and develop from reading others stories.

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Book Review: The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

I don’t always give stars on my reviews but this was definitely a ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️/5

After having this book for ages on my to be read pile. I finally got around to reading this on a buddy read with some lovely ladies on Instagram. The only negative thing I can stay about this book is why the heck didn’t I pick this up sooner!

It pulled me in and completely captivated me from the very first page. I’m really getting into my thrillers and this was perfect for me with the right amount of intensity. I could easily have read this in a day but I wanted to enjoy and process the brilliance of it.

This is well written and very cleverly done.

I loved how Alex keeps you guessing the whole way through and brings in different characters to get you thinking what do they have to do with Alicias story. I was thinking all sorts throughout and kept changing my mind on things.

I cannot say too much as I don’t want to give anything away but if this is on your #tbr pile please pick it up ASAP. You won’t be disappointed.

I did not guess the ending at all. Did you? Did anyone feel sorry for Alicia? Did you like Theo?

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Book Review: Those Other Women by Nicola Moriarty

☕️🍷Review Those Other Women by Nicola Moriarty ☕️🍷 I didn’t really know what to make of this like if I enjoyed it or not.

Sounds weird but some parts I really liked and others really put me off liking the book and I couldn’t wait to finish it. On a positive note it did keep me up until 1am one night, so I clearly was engrossed in some parts.

The story is set around two different Facebook groups just for women; the non mums and then the mothers of the local town. It started off by Poppy who was betrayed by her husband with her best friend. She wasn’t happy about ladies at work getting special mummies privileges and a mother group on Facebook so made her own. Thanks to some help with her new friend Annalise.

What I liked was the friendship between Poppy and Annalise and how Annalise picked Poppy up and was there for her. Also as with every story there was Jack the good guy, who I was interested to see what would happen with him.

What I didn’t like was both sets of Facebook groups, they just seemed so childish. The drama between the two groups; the non mums and the mothers group was just silly. There was a lot of unnecessary drama all thanks to social media. Which is really big these days so I guess I could see where Nicola was going with this sorry but it just was too bitchy for my liking. Who needs drama in their life after all! I also didn’t like Poppy’s mum, she irritated me!

The one thing I could relate to with Poppy and this story is the pressure to have children when you don’t have any or being asked why you don’t have any. I could feel Poppy’s frustrations.
Nicola had some strong messages in this book; that we are all equal women, we should build each other up not be against other women and everyone goes through things others don’t know about 💞let’s be kind always.

Sorry it’s a review of negative and positive bits✌🏼

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Book Review : The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

Old friends spending New Year’s Eve together at a lodge in the Scottish wilderness leaves one person dead. Who was the murderer? .

I loved this book and was captivated from the start. A brilliant murder mystery that I devoured in a few days. It did take me a little while to get my head around all the characters and I had to write down notes of who each of the characters were so I could refer back to. Does anyone else do that? .

After that I soon got into the swing of who was who and found the story really intriguing and loved the whole who done it. I loved how the story was told from multiple perspectives as you got a real feel for each of the characters. From this it also got you thinking who would have motives to kill and got you guessing who the person who died was. There were twists and stories unravelling that I didn’t guess or see coming which also kept the suspense of the murderer. Did anyone guess right? I did have my suspicion of the victim but I couldn’t work out who the murderer was. If you haven’t read this, I highly recommend it. .

Now to choose what to read next. I have started to branch out from my usual genre to the more deeper, mystery thriller style books. Saying that after watching You season 2 and reading this book I think I could do with a nice romance/chick lit book now.

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Book Review: A Wedding In December by Sarah Morgan

🎄📚Review A wedding in December by Sarah Morgan🎄📚

I’m a huge fan of Sarah Morgan and this book didn’t disappoint, it was fab! A Christmas wedding in a beautiful dreamy snow resort in the mountains and you have the perfect book.

Rosie and Dan are two lovely people in love, who after eleven weeks of dating are getting married. They both have really good support networks with their families wanting everything in life to be perfect for them. This includes Dan’s mum Catherine organising the wedding and Rosie’s family flying out at short notice to attend yet was it too soon to be getting married?

I love how the story is told from three different views; Rosie, her sister Katie and their mum Maggie. I loved them all and each of their stories. Rosie for her impulsive, hopeless romantic ways always trying to please everyone. Katie for being the caring over protective sister with issues she would rather keep to herself than burden her family. Maggie whose mission is to do best by her daughters and be the best mum yet on the brink of divorce from their dad.  Not to forget her great sense of humour. I had many laugh out loud moments with Maggie and her ways…the bedroom scene! With the help of Catherine. What a funny duo they were.

All the characters I warmed to instantly, even Katie. I loved the chemistry between her and Jordan. He took no nonsense yet was very lovely.  I was hoping he would crack her and make her realise she deserved some happiness after everything she has been through.

I wrote this review wishing I was at Snowfall lodge in Colorado. I imagined being in one of the tree houses with a book enjoying the spectacular scenery, blissful or what! It really does sound the best place ever. Who wants to join me on a trip to Colorado?

I would recommend this book if you are after a cosy, feel good romantic Christmas book to curl up with on these cold nights with a hot chocolate.

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December

Hello December. This really is the most wonderful time of the year and my favourite month. I love that everyone is very happy and excited for Christmas. As amazing as Christmas day is; spending it with your loved ones, receiving lots of lovely pressies and just being merry. I will admit I love the build-up just as much. 

All the festive celebrations, ranging from the Christmas markets, to work parties, to children playing in the school play. It’s all just so wonderful, not to forget the mulled wine, cheese and wine evenings and digging out your old faithful Christmas jumper. 

Also, my favourite books come out in full force. I just love a Christmas book, they are full of so much promise and romance, in wonderful dreamy settings. 

I am loving all the festive pictures on Instagram and was going to do a Happy December post and then I thought no let’s make your own Christmas tree out of books. So, this is what I did. Picture attached. 

However, my five-year-old niece was quick to point out “it’s not a tree it’s a tunnel of books with lights on” Haha i did have to laugh at her. 

I hope that you all are enjoying the start of your December. Please feel free to message me your favourite festive book or if you are reading a good Christmas book and would like to share equally comment.

I will add if anyone is suffering at this time of year then my thoughts are with you all. As much as this is a great time of year for some, I also know it’s a sad time for some people. My love goes out to each one of you

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Book Review: The Holiday by T.M. Logan

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 

A nice holiday planned with your oldest friends, partners and kids in the gorgeous sunshine. What could go wrong?! I’m a bit late with this book and have read everyone’s amazing feedback on this so had to bump it up on my TBR. 

I am glad I did as I absolutely loved this book and it had me hooked from the beginning.

I cannot say to much as I don’t want to give any spoilers away but I loved the plot behind this. It really did keep me guessing right until the end, with so much drama and suspense throughout. I love it when books are not predictable and you just can’t work out what’s going to happen.

I found their friendships to be very messy, full of secrets and most of the time hard work. It’s surprising they even went on the holiday together, definitely won’t be another!! .

Who does Kate think is having an affair with her husband….For people that have read this. I didn’t guess. Did you work it out?

I was glad I had @bookish_and_brews to discuss my surprises and suspense with when I was reading it. So thank you again. 

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Book Review : The Christmas Wish List by Heidi Swain

My first Christmas book of the and I absolutely adored it hence the 5 stars. It really gets you in the festive mood and is so heart-warming.

The story starts off with Hattie losing her job and having to face what to do next. Hattie’s dear friend Dolly comes to the rescue and offers her a plan for Christmas. Also, Hattie’s boyfriend Jonathan who she lives with has his own future planned for them, much to Hattie’s surprise. Does this fit in with what Hattie wants though….

Before Hattie makes any choices, she gets to spend a few weeks leading up to Christmas with Dolly. Heidi really lets you feel the loving friendship between Hattie and Dolly who equally look out for each other. Dolly has a great idea and sets them both a task to put together a Christmas wish list. Ticking of many things they haven’t done before over the festive period. Being someone who if forever making lists, I absolutely love this idea. 

Even more so I love that we get taken back to Wynbridge. A chance to catch up with some of the wonderful characters from the previous books. Hattie seems to know everyone and has many friends including the lovely Beamish. Who I think was one of my favourite characters. Don’t worry if you haven’t read the previous books, although I do highly recommend these. They are great!

The town is just wonderful, with a great Christmas market, café that does the most wonderful cinnamon buns and a great community spirit. I just love this place and if I could I would live here, or at least visit. Where is such place?!

This is a great Christmas book about friendship, family and relationships. At the same time Heidi tackles some tough issues. Thank you, Heidi, for starting off my Christmas just perfectly. 

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Book Review: Love Offline by Olivia Spring

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/ 5

I was very lucky to be given a chance to read Love Offline by the lovely Olivia. As soon as I read the Synopsis, I knew I would love this book. Thank you again.

If i could sum this up in three words it would be fun, flirty and fabulous.

This is a great book about getting your heart broken, true friendships and discovering who you really are. Whilst also touching on real life issues of the pressure of social media and mental health that comes with too much screen time.

The lovely Emily is terrified of getting back out there after a failed relationship with the man she thought she would marry.  Working from home she seeks solitude there in the comfort of her pj’s, sitting on her phone wasting hours scrolling through people’s social media and dating apps where no one can hurt her there! How is she ever going to get out of the rut she is in. That is until her best friend the wonderful Chloe steps in.

Chloe is the best friend every one of us needs, caring, honest and brings cake at every drama Emily face. Bonus! Their friendship was just so lovely, you really did feel all Chloe wanted was the best for Emily.  Without giving too much away, I loved what Chloe did for Emily, setting her tasks and taking her shopping. You could see the confidence growing back and Chloe also brought out a feisty side to Emily that I loved.

I was laughing throughout the whole book, especially at some of the interesting characters Emily met along the way. Henry being one of them, you would not want to meet him at speed dating!! Single or in a relationship I recommend this book. It has plenty of feel good and laugh out loud moments with the added cringe moments of dating we have all face in life. I know I can relate to a lot of how Emily felt after a break up and how hard it was trying to get back out there. Wish I had this book then! Only bad thing is it did make me want to go speed dating for the giggles (just don’t think my partner would like that now)!

As much as dating online works for some people, being the hopeless romantic I am I do also believe in the old fashion way and what Chloe was trying to do for Emily. Love has a funny way of showing up when you least expect it. But with whom in Emily’s case. You must read this to find out.

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Book Review : Burned Alive by Souad

I give this ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

There are not many books I can say I’ve read in less than 40 hours, but this is one of them. It was so intense, I was captivated from start to finish.

This is a story of a young Palestinian women who was brought up in the West Bank. She describes the most awful treatment she received growing up, including being a slave for her family from a very young age. Souad then goes onto tell the punishment she was

given for falling in love and how she is still alive today.

I never really read nonfiction not because I don’t enjoy it just because I wouldn’t know where to start. So, when I was given this true story to read I moved it to the top of my TBR pile. I can honestly say it’s the most powerful, moving, emotional book I have ever read. I was left feeling all kinds of emotions, sad, angry, shocked and heartbroken.

This is a book that will stick with me forever and keep me going over and over of how Souad suffered and the unfairness of it.

To know honour killings goes on in our world has deeply saddened and shocked me. Thank you for letting me open my eyes and heart to something I knew little about.

I’m glad Souad has been able to tell her story, as painful as it must have been. What a courageous, brave, strong women.

Not to forget what an amazing and remarkable women Jacqueline is.