At the chime of midnight on the fence between December 31st and 1st January, it seems as though people are magically transported into a new dimension or miraculously altered like Cinderella’s twinkling transformation on the dot of the minute hand striking the 12. In all honesty, I am a flitter. I am this person mentioned … More New Year, New Me? OR New Year, Start Again?
A sentence to summarise: A historically poignant novel that shows the numerous paths taken in war, the impending terror of Nazi/Fascist power and the love that acts as a life-jacket for the people, giving them the strength to face the waves of devastation and death. A little plot snippet: The title of the novel – … More This book went straight in my top 10: “An Italian Affair” by Caroline Montague REVIEW
Cities are always an easy go-to location for a girlie trip away. Thousands of coffee shops, every kind of worldwide cuisine known to man and cosmopolitan bars with lavish cocktail menus along every street. I think I said it before, but I will say it again – I am NOT a city girl. … More Beautiful, Brilliant Bath: Britain’s Best
The Boat The boat was empty apart from the man that had – over the past year- withered into a pitiful shell that once was home to the brightest of human souls. Beneath his feet a picnic box that lay just as lifelessly as he did, moved an inch here and there with the knocking of … More The Boat: A Moment of Reflection On The Water
Caring for your skin this summer doesn’t have to cost the earth OR most importantly, cost the lives of innocent animals. Browsing the aisles of Boots and Superdrug, I am like a magpie drawn to shimmering jewellery, I am always pulled towards skincare. New products are released faster than the speed of light nowadays and … More Cruelty-Free Summer Skin
The Tattooist of Auschwitz Writer – Heather Morris Based on the interviews with Slovakian Jew Lale Sokolov. A paragraph to summarise: In a world full of words, the Holocaust always finds me wordless and speechless. Are there any conversations on this historical genocide that truly use the right words to express how harrowing it … More The Tattooist of Auschwitz : the true story that will stay with me.
‘The Nightingale’ Kristin Hannah A sentence to summarise: A historically charged novel mixed with the tenderness of human relationships and the power of human sacrifice. Plot overview: Spanning the course of the Second World War and the Nazi reign of terror on the people of France, this novel splits between two sisters who in … More ‘The Nightingale’ by Kristin Hannah Book Review.
THE TEA PLANTER’S WIFE BY DINAH JEFFRIES A sentence to summarise: A refined blend of British stoicism and the suffocating impact of secrets, alongside the evocative landscapes of foreign lands. Plot: Youthful Gwen, a born English rose, marries the charmingly captivating Laurence Hooper. Love’s commitments soon sees Gwen aboard a ship bound for Ceylon (Sri … More THE TEA PLANTER’S WIFE book review
There are books and then there are stories. A story lies within a book, fixed to the pages in small black ink that runs across the paper, beckoning you to follow their journey. I suppose that is where the phrase “bookworm” comes from. You follow the story like a worm follows the raindrops: like the … More The Beauty of Books
I am a hypocrite. I will categorically state to anybody that I am NOT a city girl; resenting the hustle and bustle of cities as I become engulfed within the mass crowds. It feels like an expedition to just manoeuvre your way along a path: people always seem to be swarming TOWARDS you, making you … More Ambling Around Amsterdam