“A tragic accident. It all happened so quickly. She couldn’t have prevented it. Could she?
In a split second, Jenna Gray’s world descends into a nightmare. Her only hope of moving on is to walk away from everything she knows to start afresh. Desperate to escape, Jenna moves to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast, but she is haunted by her fears, her grief and her memories of a cruel November night that changed her life forever.
Slowly, Jenna begins to glimpse the potential for happiness in her future. But her past is about to catch up with her, and the consequences will be devastating . . .”
I’m not exaggerating when I say that I Let You Go is the best book I have read in a long time! I raced through the chapters, not wanting to put it down for a second! The style of writing is very readable and I like the way that you see the story from the view point of a few different people. I’m always really conscious when I write book reviews that I might say too much and ruin the story for everyone else and I’m even more worried than usual with this one! There is a really big twist which I totally did not see coming at all. It was so unexpected that I wanted to go back and re-read everything up to that point, just to make sure I had read it right! I am not going to say anything else, just in case I spoil the surprise…. You will just have to trust me and get your hands on a copy to find out what happens!
Nicky wakes up in her crumpled car at the bottom of a ravine, in the dead of night and in the pouring rain. She has no idea how she got there and all she can think is that she has to save Vero. But where is Vero?
I will admit that it did take me a few chapters to get into this book. I think it was because of the disjointed storytelling at the start making it take longer than normal to get to know who’s who. Once I got things straight in my head then I really couldn’t put the book down. The jumpy style of the writing actually makes a lot of sense against the mysterious story line and the fact that the main character is suffering from memory loss. There are lots of twists in the plot and I liked that it kept me guessing literally all of the way to the end, but still managed to deliver lots of shock moments throughout the book. I’d highly recommend this book if you’re looking for an exciting, fast paced read!
Ugly Young Thing is a mystery/thriller by Jennifer Jaynes. It’s about 16 year old Allie whose mum and brother both suffered from mental illness. After their deaths, she moves into a foster home where she begins to worry that she may end up suffering the same fate…
This book is a real page-turner! I read it over the weekend and picked it up every chance I got, even when brushing my teeth or just waiting for the kettle to boil! It’s an easy read but draws you in right from the start. I thought that I had been clever and figured out who the bad guy was pretty early on but it turned out I was way off. I love being surprised by a book! The fast moving story really built up the tension and I found myself jumping out of my skin when my boyfriend loudly slammed the front door when he arrived home!
The Beautiful Hands Anti Aging Serum from Botanicals is a real treat to use. I am a little bit addicted to hand cream so was extremely excited when this serum arrived at through the door! The first thing I love about the serum is the packaging. The little bottle with the pipette is just so cute! The scent is fabulous too, a mixture of rosehip and frankincense …… It reminds me of relaxing in a spa…. I mainly use the serum on its own but sometimes I use it before a hand cream for some extra moisture. It costs £13.95 for a 10ml bottle. It sounds like 10ml would be finished in no time but as the serum is so concentrated, a little goes a really long way. Much further than a normal hand cream. I have been using it every few days for nearly two months now and have only got through about 1/8th of the bottle! I can’t recommend it enough!
1. Our mini Christmas tree
2 & 4. Christmas nails
3. Lovely Botanicals hand serum
5. My Christmas cake
6. Gorgeous Christmas candle
7. Mum’s Christmas cake
8. Christmas pudding
9. Walking off the turkey!
My attempt at a sparkly gradient for my work Christmas meal! The photos don’t show it too well but I used a Nubar holographic glitter over the top which is my favourite!
l have found myself reaching for the Planet Spa Heavenly Hydration face mask from Avon pretty regularly over the past few months. It doesn’t smell of anything in particular and doesn’t have an exciting face mask colour, but it promises hydrated skin and it definitely delivers on that front! The mask has an olive oil base which is a fantastic moisturiser. The mask glides onto your skin and, after around 15 minutes, leaves your skin feeling unbelievably silky. The smooth and moisturised feeling lasts for a few days after use which I love! I think this should be a winter staple for everyone!
Last month we spent my birthday weekend at the Macdonald Houston House near Edinburgh. The main building is an impressive 16th century Tower House and the hotel is equipped with a spa, a 2 AA rosette restaurant and a very cosy bar. Although slightly dated, our room was massive, spotlessly clean, with an extremely comfy bed. I was also pleased to find that the room was snug and warm as I really feel the cold, so am a little wary of old buildings!
After checking in, we had a quick explore of the hotel and gardens before I headed off to the spa for a facial. I really do love a facial and as I don’t have them often it was a real treat. The waiting room was lovely and relaxing with scented candles and bubbly spa music and the facial itself was amazing. My therapist was lovely and put me at ease – I am usually a little nervous at the start of a facial as it is a bit weird having someone prodding your face! Within ten minutes I was more relaxed than I had been for months and I think I even drifted off for a while!
With my skin all preened and feeling very soft, we headed to the bar for our dinner. The bar is in a snug room with the thickest walls you’ve ever seen and a roaring log fire to keep it toasty. We both ordered a burger and a glass of wine and continued relaxing. The food was fantastic and just what we needed after the drive down to Edinburgh and the strenuous (!) facial!
Next morning, after the excitement of opening birthday presents was over, we had a hearty breakfast in the restaurant before catching the train into Edinburgh. The train station was just a fifteen minute walk away with regular, direct trains into the city. All day we were looking forward to that evenings dinner! We hadn’t remembered to book the Jeremy Wares restaurant in the hotel in advance so we ended up having to eat incredibly early, I think around quarter to 6, as that was the only slot available when we checked in! There was no way we were going to miss the chance of eating in the 2 AA rosette restaurant – we would have taken any time slot they gave us! The meal was totally worth hurrying back from town. The service was impeccable and food was delicious. Everything was cooked to perfection and we really enjoyed the whole experience.
We’d definitely love to visit the hotel again. It was such a relaxing weekend and we both managed to completely switch off which was nice as we had been so busy for what felt like months beforehand!