A Night at the Ballet

When I started working in London, both my mum and I said we should make the point of going to the theatre more. We both love it, and with me already being in the city, it’s just a matter of meeting after work and going to see a show.

We started looking out for discounted tickets (everyone loves a bargain, right?) and been able to see/book a few things.

A couple of weeks ago, we went to see a ballet! I’ve seen a few previously, but not for years and never in London. It was exciting!

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Book Tag: The Bookshelf Book Tag

Book Tags

I saw this one over on the Dreamland Book Blog and thought it sounded great fun!

Despite my initial doubts over this post, I had great fun. What’s not to love about standing on a swivelling chair which is on wheels, leaning over the top of your wardrobe because you need a picture? That’s what blogging is all about, right?

I have to admit that I picked and chose with some of these questions: I didn’t know the answers to others and it just ended up getting really long. Definitely check out the original for all the questions!

So sit back, enjoy the ride, and let me give you a tour of my bookshelf!

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Book Review: Three Little Lies by Laura Marshall

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Synopsis: Someone told a lie.
Someone knows the truth.

Someone is watching you.

*****

When Sasha North comes into Ellen’s life, Ellen falls under her spell. As Ellen is welcomed into Sasha’s family, she doesn’t see the darkness that lies beneath their bohemian lifestyle. Not until a brutal attack changes all their lives forever.

Ten years later, Ellen and Sasha share a flat in London, still bound together by that night. When Sasha disappears, Ellen fears the worst. The police won’t take her seriously, but the events of the past give Ellen good reason to be frightened.

What really happened that night? Who is telling the whole truth? These are the questions Ellen must confront when searching for her friend. But someone knows Ellen is looking. And they don’t want the answers coming out . . .

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Book Review: Letters to my Daughters by Emma Hannigan

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Synopsis: Her three girls were her world. It was time to let them know. 

To sisters Bea, Jeannie and Rose, the death of their beloved childhood nanny is a devastating loss. As the girls grew up, Nanny May had become so much more to them all: confidant, advocate, comforter, friend. In whom will they confide their hopes, fears and failures now she has gone? Especially now each sister needs a mother’s wisdom more than ever…

Martha cannot understand why her daughters are so upset about losing their childhood nanny. Yes, Martha was always in demand as a busy midwife, but that doesn’t mean she loved her own children any less. But why don’t the girls realise that? And has she left it too late to let them know…?

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Escape to nature: Centre Parcs

Last month, my family and I had a week in Centre Parcs. We did it a couple of years ago and all thoroughly enjoyed it.

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We were so lucky with the weather! It was the first May bank holiday and it was a glorious week. I didn’t expect to be in shorts all week on a holiday in the UK. There were lots of long walks – partly because I was determined to get my steps in and partly because if you can’t go for a long walk around a lake in the middle of a forest, then where can you?

Personally, I really enjoyed the break from a city and escaping into nature.

It was a lovely week and nice to spend time together as a family. It was a mixture of activities, chilling and far too much food.

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Book Review: Revenant Gun by Yoon Ha Lee

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Synopsis: When Shuos Jedao wakes up for the first time, several things go wrong. His few memories tell him that he’s a seventeen-year-old cadet–but his body belongs to a man decades older.  Hexarch Nirai Kujen orders Jedao to reconquer the fractured hexarchate on his behalf even though Jedao has no memory of ever being a soldier, let alone a general.  Surely a knack for video games doesn’t qualify you to take charge of an army?

Soon Jedao learns the situation is even worse.  The Kel soldiers under his command may be compelled to obey him, but they hate him thanks to a massacre he can’t remember committing.  Kujen’s friendliness can’t hide the fact that he’s a tyrant.  And what’s worse, Jedao and Kujen are being hunted by an enemy who knows more about Jedao and his crimes than he does himself…

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Book Review: Storm Glass by Jeff Wheeler

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Synopsis: Theirs is a world of opposites. The privileged live in sky manors held aloft by a secretive magic known only as the Mysteries. Below, the earthbound poor are forced into factory work to maintain the engine of commerce. Only the wealthy can afford to learn the Mysteries, and they use their knowledge to further lock their hold on society.

Cettie Pratt is a waif doomed to the world below, until an admiral attempts to adopt her. But in her new home in the clouds, not everyone treats her as one of the family.

Sera Fitzempress is a princess born into power. She yearns to meet the orphan girl she has heard so much about, but her father deems the girl unworthy of his daughter’s curiosity.

Neither girl feels that she belongs. Each seeks to break free of imposed rules. Now, as Cettie dreams of living above and as Sera is drawn to the world below, they will follow the paths of their own choosing.

But both girls will be needed for the coming storm that threatens to overturn both their worlds.

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