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I started writing this post last week and then the week just took over. As many of you know I am a nurse and I work shifts so things can be a little hectic when it comes to having time to sit down and schedule posts.

This weeks post will be a little different as I will be including bits about what has been happening with me and not just the books I have read etc! I have done this before and really enjoyed writing the posts. Well, here goes!

LIFE

As I mentioned above I have been on night shifts but recently work has been full on as my shifts are a bit all over the place. A couple of months ago I started writing the staff newsletter and really enjoy doing so, this has now become a monthly thing.

nurse, life of a nurse

Despite being nagged by everyone and their dog to get the flu jab this year I am yet to do it. This week I got a very bad cold – I don’t think it was flu but it was bad enough to make me want to go and get the jab as feeling like this is one thing and from experience flu is even worse!

flu jab, health, medication

Christmas shopping – yes I said it! Although some may deem it too early I just see it as being organised slightly as I am sure there will be something that I will leave to the last-minute. The shops are already being ransacked for presents that will be presented to our nearest and dearest. Have you started yet?

santa moped!

I have not been to the gym in over 3 weeks and I feel very bad for this. Bad enough to scoff a delicious mince-pie with my coffee – I will get around to going back but I think I should ease myself into it! Some light swimming perhaps!

BEAUTY

Over the past couple of weeks my make up collection has grown significantly. Especially in the NARS department. Their seasonal colours are truly amazing and I can think of no better reason to get glammed up even for a night sipping red wine at your local bar/pub or just a simple shopping trip with a vamped up look.

I have already written a post about one of the colours from the Audacious lipstick range but will be posting the rest of my lovely collection over the next couple of weeks. Today however I wanted to share with you a favourite that seems to be used on a daily basis and may be in need of a refill sooner rather than later!

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Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Bahama – £18

This pencil is an absolute beauty and something that if available I will be making several buys. The colour is incredibly neutral and as it is matte stays on for such a long time that reapplication is few and far between. At £18 it’s not cheap but totally worth it if within your budget.

Books

Currently Reading

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Last week I was sent three books by Sheila Roberts and as agreed I am starting to read The Snow Globe first. There will be a review up on Wednesday 3rd December as I am taking part in the Blog Tour for the book.

Just Received

Foxglove Summer, Ben Aaronovitch, Fiction, Books, Reading, London, Rivers of London, The Folly

I absolutely love Mr A’s style of writing as well as most of the books being based in London (I Heart My City!) they are just such a great adventure. I look forward to getting stuck into this one.

Recently Reviewed

Love Actually, Notting Hill, London, Love, Romance, Chick Lit, Fiction, Reading, Books, Ali Harris, Little Brown Book Group, Sphere, Blog A Book Etc, Fay, From Notting Hill to New York . . . Actually

Check out my review HERE

The Christmas Surprise, Jenny Colgan, Fiction, Books, Reading, Chick Lit, Festive, Christmas, Winter, Little Brown Books UK, Sphere, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Check out my review HERE

Events

Over the past couple of months I have attended a few events and as this is party season the calendar is filling up pretty fast – not only with work but social and bloggy events. Tonight I will be attending a decadent sleepover in honour of the release of Sylvia Day’s new book. Champagne and Chocolates here I come!

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That’s all for now guys :D

REVIEW: From Notting Hill to New York . . . Actually by Ali McNamara

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The Back of the Book

Movie addict Scarlett O’Brien is finally living the jet-setting life she’s always dreamed of – but it all hangs by a shiny, golden thread.

Flying between London and New York, running two businesses, planning her wedding to handsome fiancé, Sean, with best friends Oscar and Maddie – life couldn’t be better.

But then Scarlett meets paparazzi darling, Gabriella Romero, and life suddenly becomes even more extravagant and glamorous than she could ever dream of.

As she begins to experience the other side to being rich and famous, it’s not only Scarlett’s perfect wedding that’s put in jeopardy, but her whole world.

My Thoughts

As we continue our love story with Scarlett & Sean we are thrown between New York and London for a life of fun, frolics and serious business. If you have already read the first book you will be used to Scarlett’s wild escapades already and if not welcome to her world. It is world that you either embrace or simply do not tolerate. Thankfully whilst Scarlett and the other characters in this book are traipsing around two of the best cities in the world the reader is able to enjoy the trip from the comfort of a cosy arm chair.

Even though the pair of lovebirds are happy Sean starts to notice that Scarlett is getting itchy feet and encourages her to take a trip with bestie Oscar to the big apple. A hop skip and a plane ride later she is flitting around the big city and finding even more troublesome antics than she can shake a stick at. Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a mere walk in the park for our lovely Scarlett.

People magnet Scarlett and her sidekick Oscar attract people at every opportunity even to the tune of a major celebrity heart throb which when you read it you will find out who. Two people that really have got the readers attention are Jamie (TV presenter) and his Max (Cameraman) who become fast friends with our colourful Londoners. Scarlett finds herself oddly drawn to Jamie who is tall, dark and oddly handsome.

From picnics in Central Park to finding long lost relatives on Ellis island this tale of love, friendship and just amazing chick lit screams READ ME! From one beautiful city to another the descriptions are truly amazing and there is even a map in the back to show you around. Having been to New York a couple of times these books make me want to take another trip very soon to explore!

Rating

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I am currently reading the next installment . . .

Love Actually, Notting Hill, London, Love, Romance, Chick Lit, Fiction, Reading, Books, Ali Harris, Little Brown Book Group, Sphere, Blog A Book Etc, Fay, From Notting Hill with Four Weddings . . . Actually

REVIEW: The Christmas Surprise by Jenny Colgan

The Christmas Surprise, Jenny Colgan, Fiction, Books, Reading, Chick Lit, Festive, Christmas, Winter, Little Brown Books UK, Sphere, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

The Back of the Book

Rosie Hopkins, newly engaged, is looking forward to an exciting year in the little sweetshop she owns and runs. But when fate strikes Rosie and her boyfriend, Stephen, a terrible blow, threatening everything they hold dear, it’s going to take all their strength and the support of their families and their Lipton friends to hold them together.

After all, don’t they say it takes a village to raise a child?

My Thoughts

Jenny Colgan has done it again ladies and gents. A festive continuation of where we left off from the previous Rosie Hopkins book and my, my what a tear jerker it is. This book is nothing short of a christmas surprise therefore it really does live up to its’ title.

We start with a non intrusive reminder of how the previous book finished – this is something that I found extremely helpful and a great reference point for those that have not read the previous book. This quick recap covers the location, the characters and many other good points to get us up to speed. For someone who has already read the previous books even I found this useful as I have not read the book prior to this for some time.

It was lovely to read about previous characters like Edison returning to health even if not as great a before and his genuine friendship with Rosie as she continues to charm her way through the village. With Tina’s wedding coming up the shop is in a frenzy as is general life around the village. Organisation has taken over and when a significant loss is thrown into the mix Rosie and her little family are at the forefront of this.

Without giving anything away as this is book that definitely should be read for yourself when such sadness takes over it can take a while to shake it off and this book really does hit a few home truths for myself.

With a tissue in one hand and cup of coffee in the other I continued reading and through a lot of modern references such as Westfield shopping centre, Made In Chelsea (TV series) this was not ‘just another book’. Colgan was on fire when this was written and her feelings were off the chart.

This book not only identifies with a whole horde of political issues such as Poverty but touches on Homosexuality and Racism to boot. This book is nothing short of a christmas miracle let alone surprise! Of course being a fictional story there has to be a touch of the unreal such as a free house, social worker disappearance and easy adoption. But once again I will not be giving anything away and this is where I will leave you to read the book for yourselves.

Just remember this – when you reach the end think about David Attenborough as we span out over the country side and look at what we have just read and think about the future. Much like a movie voice over this ending is just lovely and will bring a tear to the coldest of eyes and hearts.

Rating

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Just a little note to say – To Jenny Colgan I am so sorry for the loss of your dear friend. Times like this are really hard but I can only hope it will get better for you.

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This week has been more productive than most on the reading front – which is surprising considering the weird shift pattern that I had allocated to me. After trying to get into my regular refuge for reading and blogging and finding that it was being refurbished I stuck to reading rather than blogging and clearly it made a difference. I felt slightly more organised than usual despite not actually having a plan. Let’s see what this week brings!

Currently Reading

Love Actually, Notting Hill, London, Love, Romance, Chick Lit, Fiction, Reading, Books, Ali Harris, Little Brown Book Group, Sphere, Blog A Book Etc, Fay, From Notting Hill with Four Weddings . . . Actually

Finished

Love Actually, Notting Hill, London, Love, Romance, Chick Lit, Fiction, Reading, Books, Ali Harris, Little Brown Book Group, Sphere, Blog A Book Etc, Fay, From Notting Hill to New York . . . Actually

Well, well, well! This book was romantic indeed – but without wanting to spoil it! My review will be up soon :D

Reviewed

The Christmas Surprise, Jenny Colgan, Fiction, Books, Reading, Chick Lit, Festive, Christmas, Winter, Little Brown Books UK, Sphere, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

True to Colgan form this book was just wonderful.

Check out my review for this which will go live tomorrow.

From Notting Hill with Love Actually, Love Actually, Notting Hill, London, Love, Romance, Chick Lit, Fiction, Reading, Books, Ali Harris, Little Brown Book Group, Sphere, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

This romantic little treat was just delightful.

Check out my review HERE!

Once again you can see that I have been a busy bee and there is still more to come. Tomorrow you will see my review for the Christmas Surprise as mentioned above and there will be a whole host of other tidbits for you to feast your eyes on throughout the week. If there are any requests of posts from my end please do get in touch :D

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