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Monday, Blogging, It's Monday What Are You Reading?, IMWAYR, Blog A Book Etc, FayMy, my what a rushed week it has been on top of family stress and work just being a bit full on I am glad to bid farewell to last week and welcome the new week whole heartedly. This Monday post is a little late due to a long dog walk and an array of other personal appointments that we have both had today. Himself and I have had a really tough time this week and we just want to chill and reboot a little.

Onwards . . .

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For my eyes

Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery, Jenny Colgan, Books, Reviews, Fiction, Chick Lit, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

As a hardcore Colgan I have nothing but love for this book and continuation of the Polly and Neil adventure. Must-read for all!

For my ears

The Hypnotist's Love Story, Love Story, Story, Love, Liane Moriarty, Books, Audible, Audio Book, Bolinda, Caroline Lee, Fiction, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Haven’t had much listening time recently so I am looking forward to picking up where I left off with this.

Fashion, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Despite the sun coming out the wind has also been up so I have been able to get my tootsies out whilst wrapping up around my neck to prevent a cold. My feet are one part of my body that I do not like to keep covered up if possible as the more air that gets to them the better so my Birke’s are just awesome.
Beauty
Just a couple of the new products that I have been using for the past month. My favourite is the brow set as when I get up for work in the morning as I wear no make-up I put a bit of this on and I am ready to go. There really is no point in wearing make up to work as after a whole day it would most probably melt off my face!

How was your week?

RELEASE DATE: Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery, Jenny Colgan, Books, Reviews, Fiction, Chick Lit, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Today is the release date for this awesome book – have you got your copy yet?

If not then head out and buy it.

Whether you get it online, in the store or on audible it is a MUST read!

Books, Reading, Fiction, Chick Lit, Review, Jenny Colgan, Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery, Sphere Publishing, Sphere, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

I received my copies almost over a week ago from the lovelies at Sphere and I am really enjoying the read so far. Keep checking back for the review guys.

Happy Pub day to Jenny – you have done it once again :D

Jenny Colgan’s Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery – A Note!

Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery, Jenny Colgan, Books, Reviews, Fiction, Chick Lit, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Just so you guys know what is going on behind the scenes. The book above is my current read and I am LOVING it. Jenny Colgan has yet to disappoint me and this time is no different I won’t be giving away any spoilers even in my review but I will highly recommend it to you especially if you have read her books before. Colgan fans are waiting with baited breath for the next installment of Polly and Neil and on Thursday you can finally get your copies. Why not pre-order now!

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The Book Depository

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Monday, Blogging, It's Monday What Are You Reading?, IMWAYR, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

With another week on the horizon and plenty to do this meme is the perfect way to say goodbye to weeks gone by and start afresh. This great meme is hosted by Sheila over at Book Journey and is a way for bloggers from all corners of the internet to link up and see what has been happening it other peoples world. Have you tried it yet? You really should.

Reading, Books, Fiction, Non Fiction, It's Monday What Are You Reading?, IMWAYR, Blog A Book Etc, FayThe Hypnotist's Love Story, Love Story, Story, Love, Liane Moriarty, Books, Audible, Audio Book, Bolinda, Caroline Lee, Fiction, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

I am still listening to this audio and loving it. The story is progressing at a glacial pace but from past experience with Moriarty’s books I am sure it will pick up soon. Or at least I hope it will!

Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery, Jenny Colgan, Books, Reviews, Fiction, Chick Lit, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

My happiness could not be expressed when I got this through the door – I have started it and as suspected I am LOVING it!

LifeCocktails, Food & Drink, Drink, Alcohol, Fontaine's, Bar, Stoke Newington, London, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Cocktails at Fontaine’s in Stoke Newington with Catherine & the men in our life.
It was the start of a great evening.

Food, Breakfast, Eggs, Kale, Chorizo Hash, Sweet Potato, Night Shift, Nurse, Life, Blog A Book Etc, Fay, Harrisons, Balham

Breakfast after a block of night shifts is always necessary and Harrison’s in Balham really fit the bill.
Beauty

Real Techniques, Blushing brush, make up brush, Make up,

This is one of my favourite make up brushes, it picks up just the right amount of powder without being too heavy on the face. Worth the money and when washed does not lose consistency.

Origins, Skin Care, Beauty, Face Mask, Out of TroubleThis product is great for a quick fix between regular skin care routines or if you have more time leaving it on a little longer gives stunning results.

What do you have planned for the week ahead?

REVIEW: The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty

The Last Anniversary, Liane Moriarty, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Audiobooks, Audio, Audible, Bolinda, Anniversary

What’s it all about . . .

I’ll tell you something, something important. Love is a decision. Not a feeling. That’s what you young people don’t realise. That’s why you’re always off divorcing each other. No offence, dear.

So decrees the formidable Connie Thrum of Scribbly Gum Island. She is the chief decision-maker of a rather unconventional family and her word is law. It’s been over 70 years since Connie and her sister Rose visited their neighbours and found the kettle boiling and a baby waking for her feed, but no sign of her parents. The ‘Munro Baby Mystery’ still hasn’t been solved and tourists can visit the abandoned home, exactly as it was found in 1932.

But now Connie has passed away and the island residents ponder her legacy. Sophie Honeywell is looking down the barrel of her 40th birthday and still hoping for that fairytale ending. Her beautiful new friend Grace, the Munro Baby’s grand daughter, can’t tell anyone what she hopes for. It would be too shocking.

Meanwhile, a frumpy housewife makes a pact with a stranger, an old lady starts making her own decisions and a family secret finally explodes on an extraordinary night of mulled wine, fire-eating, and face-painting

My Thoughts . . .

Once again Moriarty’s style of writing has excelled and made me want more but still feel satisfied at the end of the story. The one thing that this book has in common with her other reads is that it took some time to get into the story before it became gripping and had a very short climax.

Scribbly Gum, a place with many secrets that those who hold them close are not yet willing to tell. Between family dilemmas, lies, deceit and a pretty serious bout of post natal depression this story by Liane Moriarty was incredibly gripping. After reading previous books by this author I was on a roll by the time I got to this one and am very happy that I powered through.

Liane Moriarty touches on subjects that are still quite taboo to the naked eye and flaunts them for us to read and educate ourselves if we so wish. All families have issues but the Munroe baby mystery that we are concentrating on is one that could potentially rip a family to shreds and cause all kinds of hoo ha to be casual about it.

Alongside some difficult subjects there is an underlying story about a woman’s search for ‘the one’ in an effect to quell the loud tick of her biological clock. Surrounded by past memories from previous relationships Sophie (our main character) is essentially adopted into the family fold against the wishes of some family members. The reasons behind the detestable feelings towards Sophie are unveiled later in the story but hilarious when you do eventually find out.

Dealing with a family unit that dislike you because of a bad break up is one thing, having to live with them day in day out is an entirely different story. To see how Sophie gets on and to delve into the story of Connie and the Munroe baby mystery you will just have to give this book a read yourself. Despite the slow start it is worth it in the end and if you are already a fan of Moriarty’s gripping writing style you will not be disappointed.

Rating

rating3* Mediocre Beans

Thanks to Audible for enabling me to read and review this title.

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Monday, Blogging, It's Monday What Are You Reading?, IMWAYR, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

My, my, my what a week it has been. Having just returned from one of the most romantic weekends of my life I am sorry to say that life has to resume to normal proceedings. With a week of night shifts looming I am sure that I will have plenty of time to listen to a couple of books I have in the pipeline.

Reading, Books, Fiction, Non Fiction, It's Monday What Are You Reading?, IMWAYR, Blog A Book Etc, FayWolf Hall, Hilary Mantel, Henry VIII, History, Thomas Cromwell, Prize Winner
After quite some time I have finally picked this book up. Despite not liking the look of the actual author and some of her comments I really do want to give it a go.

Bringing up the Bodies, Hilary Mantel, Historical Fiction, Fiction, History, Henry VIII, Cromwell, England
This one made it to the pile too as it was on offer and the next one on from Wolf Hall so why not!

Beauty

Rub Rub Rub, Beauty, Skincare, LushThis scrub has been a godsend over the past week – I will post a review to let you know how I got on with it.

LifeHorse Riding, Exmoor, National Park, Exmoor National Park, Countryside, Country Life, Horses, Country, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

If you didn’t know from yesterday’s post and a couple more himself booked a trip away for Valentine’s day and truly blew me away. Check out some of the photos HERE.

Happy Monday peeps!

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Monday, Blogging, It's Monday What Are You Reading?, IMWAYR, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Reading time is back – yes ladies and gents as I have been commuting for a long time recently I have been able to spend more time reading to and from work. It may sound like a little thing but having that time to myself to read and listen to music really has made me feel like my old self. Despite having to get up 1 hour earlier to get to work I feel GREAT. Do you have reading time?

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The Hypnotist's Love Story, Love Story, Story, Love, Liane Moriarty, Books, Audible, Audio Book, Bolinda, Caroline Lee, Fiction, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Despite having only listened to part of the first chapter of this book I am actually reading a book written by the man in my life. There is not much I can say at the moment but when it all comes together and I can I will tell all.

Beauty

Carmex, Strawberry, Lip Balm, Beauty, Skin Care, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

 

Whilst out shopping the other day it was extremely chilly outside and my lips were having none of it. On popping into Primark for some work under shirts I picked up this bad boy and can’t stop using it. It needs a lot of re-application but smells so tasty.

Life

London, Oxford Street, Oxford Circus, Regent Street, Shopping, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Last week himself and I took a trip to Oxford/Regent Street to get some homely bits – namely memory foam pillows and we got caught up in the crowds and cold.

What have you been up to this week?

AUDIO CLIP: Private Vegas by James Patterson

Private Vegas, James Patterson, Books, Fiction, Crime

PRIVATE VEGAS (HB) Released 1 January 2015 (RRP: £18.99)

Jack Morgan, head of Private Investigations, the global PI agency of the rich and famous, is being pushed to the limit. His car has been firebombed, his ex is dating someone else, and his twin brother is still out to destroy him

But Private doesn’t rest, and nor do its clients: not the LAPD who need Private’s help catching two scumbags with diplomatic immunity, and not the client who has just confessed to murdering his wife.

Add to that Jack’s best friend being held on a trumped-up charge that could see him locked away for a very long time, and it seems like all bets are off…

If you are a James Patterson fan why not listen to the sound bite below for a taster of this awesome audiobook. 

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Monday, Blogging, It's Monday What Are You Reading?, IMWAYR, Blog A Book Etc, FayIt’s Monday again and although it is late I figured better late than never to join in with Sheila’s regular Monday meme! This week I actually managed to get some stuff done but I also realised how much I have left to do. With a nerve wracking interview out of the way and still waiting for the results for something that I am feeling quite negative about at the moment I am pressing on. Positivity peeps – that is the word for the week over here.

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Last Anniversary, Liane Moriarty, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Audiobooks, Audio, Audible

This one has been finished and I am so hooked on Liane Moriarty’s writing that I have started listening to another one of her books. My review of this one will be up soon so keep your eyes open.

The Hypnotist's Love Story, Love Story, Story, Love, Liane Moriarty, Books, Audible, Audio Book, Bolinda, Caroline Lee, Fiction

Having just started this I couldn’t tell you what this book is like right now.
You will just have to wait and see!

Beauty

Soap & Glory, Hand Food, Hand Cream, Cream, Skin Care, Beauty, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

After washing my hands an insane amount of times on a daily basis at work this is one product that really has done me some good. It keeps my hands soft, supple and smelling exceptionally good. There is currently an offer on at Boots of 3 for 2 so check it out if you are near.

Perfume, Scent, Smell, Eau De Parfum, EDP, Rihanna, Reb'l Fleur, Sexy

One of my colleagues has had this scent in her locker for some time now and every time she opens her locker despite the smell that emirates from most of lockers of feet hints of Rihanna waft up my nose. Finally I have my own bottle for my locker – soooo sweet!

£24.50 for 100ml is an absolute BARGAIN seeing as Boots are selling it for £29 for 50ml
(Weird Right!)

Life

Breakfast, Harrisons, Full English Breakfast, Full English, Balham, Harrisons Balham, London, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Breakfast after night shifts is always a nice way to start the long day that comes after shifts!

Amsterdam, Travel, Dam, Fay, Blog A Book Etc

Actually found the time to edit my pictures from our Amsterdam trip – I will be writing a post soon.

Body Jewellery, Jewellery, Piercings, Body Piercing, Ears, Belly Button, Surgical Steel, Rings, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Himself and I headed to Westfield on Sunday and picked up a few bits and there are a couple more to show you.

What have you been up to this week?

 

REVIEW: Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Little Lies, Big Little Lies, Liane Moriarty, Books, Fiction, Womens Fiction, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

The Back of the Book

Pirriwee Public is a beautiful little beachside primary school where children are taught that ‘sharing is caring.’ So how has the annual School Trivia Night ended in full-blown riot? Sirens are wailing. People are screaming. The principal is mortified.

And one parent is dead.

Was it a murder, a tragic accident or just good parents gone bad? As the parents at Pirriwee Public are about to discover, sometimes it’s the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal…

LITTLE LIES is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, school-yard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.

My Thoughts

Family dramas, friendship, love, hate and even murder! 

‘Little people, little problems’ (From the book!)

Jane is a single mother to a beautiful boy called Ziggy and is finding it hard moving to a new community and trying to fit in with all of the ‘perfect’ family surroundings. Despite the beautiful new surroundings there is something shady about Pirriwee but Jane is yet to let on.

Celeste despite being a slender beautiful mother of two with a gorgeous husband and more money than most can dream of there is still something that we do not know – or so it seems. Covering up is never easy but some women make it such a habit that when it does come out it is like you are numb to the subject.

Madeline takes no prisoners, she is upfront and most certainly does not mince her words. With a tongue that could cause a serious bout of whiplash as well as a teenage daughter that is ready to cause havoc and possibly a crime.

Community spirit with plenty of secrets in the background. This story circles around the three womens complicated lives. Between Jane, Celeste & Madeline any woman who reads this book will identify with the narrative somewhere along the lines and hopefully enjoy it immensely. From out there and brash to reserved and much like a ticking time bomb of emotions these ladies become friends and their lives intertwined in ways that not even they could imagine possible.

It is a great of love and support for friends and family as well as delving into a shocking back story that had me on the edge of my seat and wanting to throttle certain characters in the book. Moriarty has a way of bringing her characters to life and making them incredibly relatable.

A deeply thrilling, page turner that even though finished I want more. Once again Liane Moriarty has written a book that has left the reader wanting more.

Have you read it yet? 

Rating

rating4* worthy fix