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Thursday, 14 October 2021

Of His Bones by Tracey Scott-Townsend book review

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Of His Bones by Tracey Scott-Townsend book review

Today is my stop on the Of His Bones by Tracey Scott-Townsend book tour. 

Of His Bones by Tracey Scott-Townsend - The blurb

Of His Bones by Tracey Scott-Townsend book review

“Gabe and I are happy this way. We don’t need anyone else in our lives.”

Mariana feels like a pawn in other people’s games. Her birth mother is ill and opportunities for them to be reconciled are running out.

Despite being adopted, Mariana has always felt secure with who she is. But both sides of her birth family are now closing in, and whatever she decides will irrevocably alter many lives; most of all the man and woman who created her.

Of His Bones is about predestination and choices. It explores themes of familial love, identity and the powerful hold of the past. Set in the seascapes of East and North Yorkshire, this novel is the sister-book to The Last Time We Saw Marion.



Of His Bones by Tracey Scott-Townsend book review


Of His Bones by Tracey Scott-Townsend - my review

Of His Bones by Tracey-Scott Townsend is a haunting literary fiction novel. It mainly follows Mariana as she discovers her birth family and the devastating history and secrets they hold. 

The story is beautifully written, very descriptive and draws you in from the first chapter. The plot is full of twists and turns so you don't quite know what has happened until it is revealed. 

I really enjoyed the characters developing and each characters story unfolding. Every character in it is well developed with an interesting back story. I also love that it is set on the Yorkshire coast, one of my all time favourite places! Both the writing style and twists kept my attention throughout the novel. 

There is a strong theme of eating disorders and self-harm throughout the book so that definitely needs a content warning and pointing out. Without giving anything away there is an underlying theme to the story that I'm just not sure is something I believe in. 

Despite the general theme being so dark and haunting Of His Bones is an enjoyable read with a (generally) happy ending that feels fitting to the story. 

I'm giving Of His Bones by Tracey Scott-Townsend 3.5 stars.


You can get Of His Bones by Tracey Scott-Townsend here
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Sunday, 14 February 2021

January reads

*AD - GIFTED I mentioned in my 2021 goals reading more was something I was keen to get back in to this year. And I've started off well! Today I'm sharing the five books I read in January and what I think of them all. 

January reads vintage books in a wicker basket surrounded by fairy lights

The Art of Falling by Danielle McLaughlin

January reads - The art of falling by Danielle McLaughlin

Nessa McCormack is recovering from her husbands affair, whilst working as an art curator about to display the late Robert Lockes The Chalk Sculpture and raising a teenage daughter. And just when she is managing it all (just) along comes an eccentric Melanie Doerr to claim the Sculpture is hers.
The Art of Falling is a well written, windy story of family dramas and how secrets never do stay hidden.
The story follows Nessa through her home, work and social circle and all the characters blend really well into the story line and where it is going. The characters are all well written, with no one seeming out of place.
Whilst I found the first couple of chapters hard to get into, I sped through the rest of the book.
I love how Nessa is facing the truths and secrets from her past while trying to uncover the truth and secrets behind the sculpture and it’s creator. It’s a very cleverly written story line that comes together perfectly.
I really love the ending. It fits the tone of the book, not too “happy” and not too poignant. A just ending for everyone.

3.5 /5 stars

You can get The Art of Falling here.

The Longest Echo by Eoin Dempsey

January reads - The Longest Echo by Eoin Dempsey

In Monte Sole, Italy, Liliana’s family find an escaped American POW James Foley. They help him get to the local partisan resistance. But the SS strike a brutal attack against the resistance and locals leaving Liliana and James fleeing to the allied lines.
Years later Liliana and James are reunited. Both are haunted still by Monte Sole and Liliana wants to bring the SS responsible for what happened to justice and James knows how to do it.

The Longest Echo is a story that instantly draws you in and keeps you thinking long after you read it.
I love how you follow James and Liliana through the years and find out how what happened to them both has shaped their life. Despite the time jumps the story flows and is easy to follow.
I really enjoyed the different settings in the book. War ravaged Italy, New York, Argentina and back to America again.
The story is moving and poignant, made more so by the fact the Monte Sole massacre is a true event from the war.
The events here should be something everyone knows and I’m so glad The Longest Echo brings it to more people’s attention.

5/5 stars

You can pre-order The Longest Echo here.

A Splendid Ruin by Megan Chance 

January reads - A Splendid Ruin by Megan Chance

May Kimble is called to live at the Sullivan’s in San Francisco with her Aunt she’s never met after her mother dies. Her Aunts family welcome her into their wealthy, opulent world. But all isn’t as it seems. May almost loses everything, until the 1906 San Francisco earthquake gives her the ability to take it all back.

I loved reading this historical novel. I loved the setting, the characters and the mystery and drama of it.

Following Mays journey as she blunders through mixing with a higher social circle, as she tries to find out her past and as she realises what’s happening in the Sullivan’s house is entertaining and page turning.

The setting of the earthquake and how that gives May the ability to take her life back is a great storyline.

My only complaint is I would have liked the ending to be longer, or there to be a sequel. I’d love to know just how May is living her new life now.

4.5/5 stars.

You can get A Splendid Ruin here.

The Girl Who Escaped From Auschwitz by Ellie Midwood 

January reads - The girl who escaped from Auschwitz by Ellie Midwood

Mala Zimetbaum is prisoner 19880 in Auschwitz and she uses her work position in the concentration camp to help save as many other prisoners as possible. Edward, a camp veteran and political prisoner, needs her help and finds her in camp. Together they plan their escape from Auschwitz and fall in love along the way.
This is based on the true story of Mala who was the first woman to escape from Auschwitz.
The book is incredibly well written and really does justice to the story of Mala.
It is moving, harrowing and yet intercepted with moments of humanity and “normal every day” life. I connected with all of the characters, whether it is willing on Mala and Edwards escape, or despising the SS officers working in the camp.
The end had me in tears and it is a book that will stay with me for a long time.

5/5 stars

You can pre-order The Girl Who Escaped from Auschwitz here. 

Catch The Rabbit by Lana Bastasic

January reads - Catch the rabbit by Lana Bastasic

Sara has left Bosnia behind and is settled in Dublin when she gets a phone call from her childhood friend Lejla who she hasn’t spoken to in years. Lejla summons Sara home to drive her to Vienna and Sara goes.

The book follows them through their road trip to Vienna and through their past friendship.
It is written as if Sara is telling their story to Lejla. The writing is to the point, with nothing extra that doesn’t need to be said there, Which makes it quite an intense read.
I really enjoyed learning more about Bosnia and it’s past through Sara and Lejlas story. Both of their childhoods are interesting.
I unfortunately found both characters hard to connect to and also found the ending strange and somewhat unresolved.
I’m sure there is a point I’ve missed but it just wasn’t the book for me.

3/5 stars. 

You can pre-order Catch The Rabbit here

What have you read recently? And what is next on your to read list? 
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Thursday, 6 December 2018

Project Love Goodbye 2018 Hello 2019

*AD - GIFTED* I don't know about you but this time of year, as well as cramming the Christmas shopping in, I'm always on the look out for next years diary. Between being a mum, work, blogging and home life I am busy. And it is so easy to lose track of what I'm doing or where I need to be. As well as the standard week on two pages, this year I have something different that I want to share with you all. The Project Love Goodbye 2018 Hello 2019.

About Project Love Goodbye 2018 Hello 2019

Project Love are on a mission to inspire and empower busy people to create a life they love. They have a fortnightly podcast and an online platform; As well as the end of year journal, the Project Love Goodbye 2018 Hello 2019.

Project Love Goodbye 2018 Hello 2019


Project Love Goodbye 2018 Hello 2019 guides you through a journey that helps you to say farewell to 2018 and create a vision and a plan to help you create a life you love 2019.

 

Project Love Goodbye 2018 Hello 2019


My Project Love Goodbye 2018 Hello 2019 review

In the Project Love Goodbye 2018 Hello 2019 you won't find typical diary entries. There are no weeks to write appointments, plans or birthdays to remember. Instead you find motivational quotes and questions to answer.

 

Project Love Goodbye 2018 Hello 2019


love the activities to fill in on each page. There is a good mixture of simple things to answer and questions that really get you thinking.

 

Project Love Goodbye 2018 Hello 2019

 

As well as exercises on general life, the past year and plans for the coming year there are quarterly check ins too. It is great that I can keep using the book through the year and see how the goals are coming along.


Project Love Goodbye 2018 Hello 2019


I am so happy with the Project Love Goodbye 2018 Hello 2019 journal. I will be spending some time this month filling it in. Reflecting on the past year will be quite cathartic as there have been some great moments and some tough times too. A good yearly goals list is always something I enjoy doing too so I can't wait to make a start on that too.

You can get the Project Love Goodbye 2018 Hello 2019 here and it is £14.99.

Is this something you would use? Do you set goals for the New Year?

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Monday, 14 August 2017

Brooklyn Beckham What I See book signing event

 Spending a Friday night with Brooklyn Beckham definitely isn't something I thought I would be telling you about! But that is just what we did a few weeks ago. We were lucky enough to attend the Brooklyn Beckham What I see book signing event in Manchester.

Brooklyn Beckham What I See book signing

If you don't already know Brooklyn Beckham, yep the son of David and Victoria, has released his first book. If you follow him on social media you will have seen he always seems to have a camera with him. What I See is a book full of the photographs he has taken.

Selfridges, where the event was held, did an amazing job. We were there for just before our time of 6pm. A huge area was cordoned off, we were given our copies of the book and joined the queue. The queue did move fairly slowly but it gave us plenty of time to have a look through the book.

Before too long though it was our turn to go meet Brooklyn.

Brooklyn Beckham What I See book signing

Brooklyn Beckham What I See book signing

Me, Ellie and Ellie's friend all met with him individually whilst he was signing our books. Brooklyn really is so lovely! He seemed so genuinely happy to be meeting his fans and proud of his book. He is super polite and well mannered. It is impressing that he is able to talk to teenage girls like Ellie and their mums like me too. I had a fab chat with him about photography and his favourite styles.

After seeing us all individually he was happy to have a group photo too.

Brooklyn Beckham What I See book signing

I have now had a chance to look through the book cover to cover. Despite having some bad press I think it is brilliant. Watching Brooklyn's journey through photography is really nice to see. There aren't many of us who pick up a professional camera and instantly produce professional photographs. We all learn and grow as we go along. Seeing Brooklyn Beckham learn what he loves to photograph and his style is interesting. And of course a behind the scenes look at the Beckhams, the family photos and holiday snaps away from the posed magazine or press photographs is such a unique view. I really love the book.

Brooklyn Beckham What I See book signing

All three of us had an amazing night at the Brooklyn Beckham What I See book signing. As well as meeting him all three of us have a brilliant book to keep too.

Ellie is incredibly happy to have made it into his instagram video of the Brooklyn Beckham What I See book signing too.

Have you ever been to a celebrity signing? Who did you meet if you have? Or who would be your dream celebrity meeting?

You can pick up your own copy of Brooklyn Beckham What I See here.

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