Month: May 2014

Book Reviews

I am going to do three book reviews today all of which I enjoyed.  I have been laid up on the settee for most of the week with a badly swollen and bruised foot so have had plenty of time to read.

Separation by Dinah Jefferies

I was lucky enough to be given this novel by Love Reading to review a few weeks ago.  I do love new novels which aren´t my usual genre as it broadens my reading experience.  Anyway Separation is set in the 1950´s in Malaya and is about a Mother and Wife who becomes separated from her daughters and her journey to be reunited with them.

Within the first couple of pages I was hooked hook, line and sinker.  It was beautifully written and I was immediately immersed in the beauty and horror which was Malaya in the 1950´s.  But it wasn´t just that it was…

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Book Reviews

I am going to do three book reviews today all of which I enjoyed.  I have been laid up on the settee for most of the week with a badly swollen and bruised foot so have had plenty of time to read.

Separation by Dinah Jefferies

I was lucky enough to be given this novel by Love Reading to review a few weeks ago.  I do love new novels which aren´t my usual genre as it broadens my reading experience.  Anyway Separation is set in the 1950´s in Malaya and is about a Mother and Wife who becomes separated from her daughters and her journey to be reunited with them.

Within the first couple of pages I was hooked hook, line and sinker.  It was beautifully written and I was immediately immersed in the beauty and horror which was Malaya in the 1950´s.  But it wasn´t just that it was the “separation” of a mother from her children that tore the heart in two, it was also the unhappiness of one of the children in particular who couldn´t understand why her Mother had deserted them.

This novel has best seller written all over it.

Sound of Crickets by Marissa Farrar

I will own up immediately to say that I am biaised in this review as Marissa is my daughter. However saying that I do think this is an interesting concept of four women from four continents who get together via the web to write a blog.  This then reveals not just their lives but also how people in general react to blogging in a positive and negative way, but mostly this is about friendship and love and I must admit to shedding a tear or two.  Marissa normally writes very successful paranormal fantasy and I think this move away shows what a great writer she is.

Nearest Thing to Crazy by Elizabeth Forbes

I was recommended to this book by a friend and I am so glad she did.  It is a psychological thriller with a difference as it is written by the two people involved.  Ellie comes to live next door to Cassandra and her family in an idyllic country village and immediately makes friends with Cassandra´s friends and in particular her husband Dan.  Then things start to change and Cassandra finds herself more and more isolated but is it her or is it Ellie?

I do love psychological thrillers but as I have blogged before some are more “thrilling” than others.  I highly recommend Nearest Thing to Crazy and beware that newcomer to your life, he or she might not be all they are cracked up to be.

So what are you reading next?  I am going to try Under a Silent Moon by Elizabeth Haynes.  I absolutely loved Into the Darkest Corner but found it difficult to get in to Under a Silent Moon and abandoned it.  But I think I should give it another go.

Getting Older But What is the Alternative!

I was going to do a book blog this week but then got side tracked, don´t ask me how, possibly looking in the mirror and jumping back in horror!

Anyway I dont mind admitting that I am 65 this year and find it rather depressing as it is all downhill – a bit like the old face and bod.  I have now found myself trying NOT to look in the mirror unless  it is my own very kind one.  I just hate store mirrors why oh why do they have to be so unflattering and there is always stark flurescent lighting too making the whole experience of shopping hideous.  ps  surely they would sell more clothes if they addressed this issue!

It is also that much harder to keep slim, which I never used to have a problem with.  For years I was eight and a half stone and the shock when I was weighed at the doctors many years ago and the nurse said I was over nine stone and I argued with her saying that the machine was broken.  She did get her own back though when she said it was “middle aged spread”.  Grrr.  Since then the weight has slipped on gradually which doesn´t help as I loathe exercise except swimming.  Now it is a constant battle which will be lost on my soon visit back to the UK when I will be partaking in fish and chips, Nandos and the new patisserie which has opened in Exeter.  Oh yummy.  I do hope though that running up the stairs to my grandchildren will help!

The biggest benefit of getting older though is those same grandchildren, all four of them, which bring me the greatest joy.  I did find it very hard when my children flew the nest and I didn´t feel a lot of joy in my life at that time but life has a habit of going round and my only regret is that I am not nearer to them and the little ones.

I also hate wearing glasses and would love to have laser treatment but due to monetary limits and also cowardess I haven´t taken the plunge.

Would you have a little help in keeping the years away?  I would although looking at Rupert Everett this week, it does put me off a bit!

On the plus side I have discovered a wonderful product called Clinique CC cream.  It is amazing and I cannot recommend it enough.

My Mother even at the age of 80 used to say, “I am not old, and don´t you dare say I am” and I do think I am turning in to her talking to random people in the street for example.

Thank you for allowing me to waffle on a breezy but sunny morning.  Would love to hear from you all.