LOST BY LEONA DEAKIN – BOOK REVIEW

PUBLISHED BY TRANSWORLD DIGITAL

HOW CAN YOU SOLVE A CRIME IF YOU CAN’T REMEMBER THE CLUES?

PUBLISHED BY TRANSWORLD DIGITALThere is an explosion at a military ball. The casualties are rushed to hospital in eight ambulances, but only seven vehicles arrive. Captain Harry Peterson is missing.
His girlfriend calls upon her old friend Dr Augusta Bloom to support the investigation. But no one can work out if there is a connection between the bomb and the disappearance.
When Harry is eventually discovered three days later, they hope he holds the answers to their questions. But he can’t remember a single thing.
Without any clues, will Dr Bloom find herself lost in this puzzle too?

Leona Deakin started her career as a psychologist with the West Yorkshire Police. She is now an occupational psychologist and lives with her family in Leeds. This is her debut thriller.

WHAT DID I THINK?

I have read the previous book to this, which was called Gone but to be honest there are a lot of books that have come after that one. I don’t think you have to have read the previous book as this is a stand-alone, I think. It certainly keeps you guessing all the way through so you keep changing your mind about the outcome. I read this quick as it keeps you engrossed. Good strong characters that you like but never too sure if they are telling the truth. I really enjoyed this and would recommend it.  For a second book, this was excellent.

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‘Taking Advantage Of Your Natural Palette’

While it doesn’t need to define or limit your choices in fashion and beauty, there’s no denying that playing to the strengths of your body can help you create a truly impactful look. Aside from dressing to your shape, however, you should get to know what your natural palette is and get to work with that, as well. Here, we’re going to look at what you need to know about your palette and a few ways to make extra good use of it.

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Get to know your palette

First of all, you want to know what you’re working with, to begin with, of course. This means getting to know what your palette actually is. Usually, this is known as the seasonal colour type. People tend to be split into either summer or autumn colours, as well as warm or cool colours. This quiz can help you figure out what your seasonal colour type is, as well as showing you which colours can work well with your natural palette.

Dressing to your palette

Once you know what your palette is, there are plenty of tips that can help you better dress to fit your natural colours. For instance, there are handy charts like this can help you learn how to dress to your skin tone (though seasonal palette types tend to take eyes and hair into account, as well.) For instance, warm colours, both summer and autumn, tend to benefit better from warmer colours like red and yellow to bright out that light, while cooler skin tones are complemented by cooler clothing, too.

Make those eyes pop

Your eyes are one of the most powerful weapons in any woman’s arsenal and knowing how to draw out their strength is a tip that you should know. One of the best ways to do that is to find what eyeshadow best matches your skin tone. For instance, paler women may not want to use a lot of it, but use a striking dark colour that really draws attention to them. If you wear glasses, you can get even more work from the right choice of frames. Choose frames much like you would choose clothes that complement your skin tone, but match them to your eyes, instead.

Take advantage of your skin

If you want to ensure that your natural palette works in combination with your fashion choices, then you want to make sure that you take good care of your skin, as well. Especially in winter, breakouts, blotchiness, and redness are all a lot more common as the cold can affect dry and sensitive skin quite strongly. For that reason, it’s worth investing in a comprehensive winter skincare routine to make sure that your skin stays clear and beautiful looking.

As mentioned, the tips above don’t necessarily have to limit your options but are rather more designed to help you get a better idea of what options you have. You can go on to rock whatever look you want, just know that you got your palette in the arsenal.

 

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THE CHALET BY CATHERINE COOPER – BOOK REVIEW

PUBLISHED BY HARPER COLLINS ON 31st OCTOBER 2020

French Alps, 1998

Two young men ski into a blizzard… but only one returns.

20 years later

Four people connected to the missing man find themselves in that same resort. Each has a secret. Two may have blood on their hands. One is a killer-in-waiting.

Someone knows what really happened that day.

And somebody will pay.

Catherine Cooper is a freelance journalist writing for many national newspapers and magazines, specialising in travel. Most recently she has written several ski pieces for the Guardian and is currently compiling a 50 best family holidays round-up for the Telegraph. She also makes regular appearances as a talking head on daytime TV. She lives in France with her husband and two teenage children and is a keen skier.

WHAT DID I THINK?

This was good, the setting descriptions made you feel like you were there, characters that worked really well and I did not see the connection until the end as it is so well written. Full of suspense all the way through. This is a real winter story and ideal for sitting reding in front of the fire.

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ONE MORE FOR CHRISTMAS BY SARAH MORGAN – BOOK REVIEW

PUBLISHED BY HQ ON THE 29th OCTOBER

Gayle is a highly successful and motivated business woman, but her success has come at a price – she hasn’t spoken to her daughters, Ella and Samantha, for years. But when Gayle has an accident at work, she realises she needs to make amends with her family.

And so she invites herself to join Ella and Samantha for their Christmas in the beautiful Scottish Highlands. The sisters are none too pleased that their mother has inserted herself into their Christmas plans. They have each other – and don’t need their mother back in their lives. Or so they think…

As they embark on their first family Christmas together in years, will the three women learn that sometimes facing up to a few home truths is all you need to heal your heart?

one more

Sarah Morgan is a Sunday Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance and women’s fiction. She has sold more than 18 million copies of her books and her trademark warmth and humour have gained her fans across the globe. Sarah lives near London with her family and when she isn’t writing or reading, she likes to spend time outdoors walking or riding her mountain bike.

WHAT DID I THINK?

What a delightful Christmas book and just what I would like to read over the festive season, or even to get you into the enjoyment of the season. Lovely characters, especially Brodie as he was very handsome in my imagination! So can Gayle repair and build a new relationship with her two children who she has not seen for five years, plus will the girls be open to starting again with their mother? I liked the way this was written as we all like a nice happy ending especially at Christmas time but I kept wondering if it would turn out like that. A lot of strings were entered into the equation so you are never really sure if it will all work out. It keeps you awake at night keep reading another chapter though, so it’s all good. Definitely, one to read over Christmas.

The book is available on AMAZON now.

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CURRENTLY READING

Nick is another of my favourite authors so I am enjoying reading this at the moment, DCI Craig Gillard is an excellent series. The ideas are so fresh and really quite unbelievable at times, where does he get them from? These books keep you guessing until the end, never knowing what is going to happen next. I love a good crime story and these books are some of the best I have had the pleasure to read and review. Well done Nick Louth. 

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BOX OF FAVOURS REVIEW

When I was asked to review these favours I wasn’t sure what to expect, so I was really pleased when they arrived. This is such a simple present but because you can personalise them it makes it a lovely, well thought of gift. Due to the current pandemic going on all over the world, we are spending more time indoors with our loved ones, family and friends. Spending some time to personalise their presents this year is going to mean so much and if money is tight then these make such a thoughtful gift. If you live alone then even just having someone visit you or phone you can really make your day plus have a good impact on your mental health. Let’s spend some time this year thinking about the presents we gift and their impact.

 

I loved the cute contract you can fill in, makes it a special contract for who you are gifting it to. The selection of cards you get in the box are things you can do for most people but then you get a few blank cards. These blank cards you can write on can be anything that you could do for the person you are giving it to, this makes it very personal for them.

The writing is clear on the contract and cards plus all made in stiff cardboard so will not get all bendy and tatty.

The box of favours made for anyone that deserves the personal touch.

 

 

 

I love the way some of these favours are just so simple but could actually mean the world to someone. The box is strong so will last as I am sure it will be opened and shut a lot of times. I can think of lots that I would like written on the cards if they were for me.

Wash the car.

Clean the oven

Weed the garden

Do the ironing

Make a cocktail

Hoover

Dust

Clean windows…….my list could go on and on!

I thought that the idea of putting something else in with the box of favours was really good, like this pink mug in with the tea or coffee card.  Popcorn in with the movie one. You could have a beauty session with the massage card. You can let your imagination go wild with the blank cards that you fill in yourself.

Ben from Box of Favours supports many charities and this year it will be ‘One Tree Planted’, so from now on, for EVERY Box Of Favours sold he will donate $1 to the charity ‘One Tree Planted’. For every dollar, they receive they will plant a tree. Ben did this a few years ago with Box Of Favours over Christmas and they managed to plant 2000 trees around the world which is technically a small forest! What a brilliant effort, let’s hope they can match that effort or even beat it this year.

You can buy the box of favours here  AMAZON

Box Of Favours

 

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NATIONAL NOVEL WRITING MONTH CALENDAR 2020

I have found two trackers and one you can fill in with your own targets. However you decide to add your words it is up to you, some do a bit everyday and then some just do it during the week as they do not get time at the weeknds. Which ever way works best for you set your own timetable and let the people you live with have a copy so they know not to disturb you.

Get your planning done as you only have 8 more days until you start!

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MIA’S NEW PUPPY OREO

Mia had her Christmas present early as she wanted a puppy, he is so tiny but very cute. I can see him getting very spoilt, he is settling in very well and no crying at night. Mia slept downstairs with him the first night. I gave her the animal playpen that I had bought for my cat but never used and he loved it in there.  The mum and dad were not very big as they only wanted a small dog, small and mighty and very cute.

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KASPA’S IN DOVER

I very rarely drive over to Dover apart from when catching a ferry to France but just before you get to the ferry terminal there is a new development with some good shops in that we have not got in Folkestone anymore. For example Next and Marks & Spencer’s food hall plus a cinema. Izzy came with me this week so we popped into Kaspa’s for a sneaky dessert, I wasn’t on my diet this day so it was fine!  The choice is amazing and it is definitely the best place to go in the South East for a gorgeous dessert. During October on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays you get 25% off I am not sure if they will extend that through November so make the most of it. There is also plenty of parking, the Poundland is huge and a Nando’s that is very popular.

I had the strawberry and banana and Izzy had the strawberry shortcake but with extra chocolate sauce, they are very filling but well worth the calories.

A nice place to go for half-term next week.

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STAINLESS STEEL CAFFETIÈRVE REVIEW

How brilliant is this, it can keep your coffee warm for at least an hour because it is double insulated. Some of the smaller glass ones I always end up with half a cup of cold coffee. Plus you can have more than one, so I thought this was ideal to take to my desk so I can top up my coffee as I drink it.

These filters are mesh screens and so much better, there is nothing worse than a bit of coffee in your mouth. This is all stainless steel and dishwasher proof, ideal for me and making it so easy and unbreakable!

I think this is the best one I have seen, I’m so pleased with it.

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