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‘Ignoring Gravity’ by Sandra Danby: Book Review

Ignoring Gravity‘ is a debut book by Sandra Danby published by Beulah Press.

Ignoring Gravity’ follows the story of Rose who is confident about her identity. She pulls the same face as her grandfather when she has to do something she doesn’t want to do, she knows her DNA is the same as his. Except it isn’t: because Rose is adopted and doesn’t know it.

‘Ignoring Gravity’ connects two pairs of sisters separated by a generation of secrets. Finding her mother’s lost diaries, Rose begins to understand why she has always seemed the outsider in her family, why she feels so different from her sister Lily. Then just when she thinks there can’t be any more secrets…ig grav

I absolutely loved this book. I am usually very wary about reading books by new authors, especially ones which I haven’t read any reviews on previously, however I was pleasantly surprised with Sandra’s book.

From the very first page I was hooked. It started off exactly how you would expect it to – calm and simple – however, as the story unfolds we are introduced to a series of constant enigma’s.

We mainly follow the journey of Rose and Lily, and whilst we are searching for their unanswered questions to be resolved, we also learn a lot about their current life relationships with both people and work.

I disliked Lily’s husband from the very beginning and my hatred for him became more and more prominent as the book went on. Nick however, was a darling who I really loved – he was handsome, patient, loving and understanding. What more could you want in a man? Continue reading

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Nadia Knows Best by Jill Mansell: Book Review

Stranded in a snow storm, Nadia has no choice but to share a room for the night with the gorgeous Jay, who she had just met. Despite being tempted, Nadia promised herself to stay faithful to her long-term partner, Laurie, who is her childhood sweetheart. Not long after this event, Laurie decides to break up with Nadia, and Nadia happens to bump into the handsome Jay again, who soon becomes her boss.

As the story unfolds, we meet Nadia’s family and get invited to experience the drama which comes with it. Nadia and Jay are becoming pretty close when Laurie decides to show up and declare that he made a stupid mistake and wants Nadia to take him back. However, who will Nadia choose? Her childhood sweetheart who she’d always imagined marrying, or her boss who gives her sparks every time he enters the room?isbn9780755332618-detail

This is the fourth book by Jill Mansell that I have read, and once again it didn’t disappoint me. This is a typical chick-lit book that leaves you wanting more and struggling to put down.

Throughout the book, there is a huge focus on Nadia’s family and their individual problems. I really liked this structure, because although the book centre’s around Nadia, it was really interesting to get to know the personalities and lives of those close to her which made it seem like I actually knew the members of her family myself. I really liked Nadia and I found her relationship with her family quite interesting.

I have a sister and we are quite close. We get on pretty well most of the time, and have never ever had a physical fight – well, from what I can remember! The thought of hitting my sister is absolutely absurd, therefore I found it slightly uncomfortable that Nadia hit Clare when she was being a pain. However, saying that, my sister is nothing like Clare. A lot of the time Clare deserved a smack to put her in her place because she was so selfish, rude and spiteful. Nadia was such a strong character which I loved – she stood up for herself and stood up for everyone around her who was having a difficult time too. Continue reading

‘The Fault In Our Stars’ by John Green: Book Review

Sixteen year old Hazel has had a traumatic life, first getting diagnosed with cancer at just aged twelve. Sadly, it has got to the point in which her cancer is incurable and she knows that she doesn’t have much time left so she has to live everyday as it comes. Whilst taking drugs to help keep her tumour under control, and carrying an oxygen tank around daily to control her breathing, Hazel knows that soon enough she will be leaving her loved ones behind.

Along comes cancer survivor, Augustus. Hazel and Augustus meet at a cancer support group meeting, in which Augustus is in remission after losing his leg to the disease. Soon enough, Hazel and Gus hit it off and slowly but surely fall in love. Little did Hazel know just how much her life was going to change…The-Fault-In-Our-Stars-easy-living-1july13_b_426x639

Despite the fact I adored this book, I have to be completely honest and say that I was slightly disappointed by it. For weeks, even months, I have constantly read reviews and tweets emphasising just how amazing this book was and how it was a huge “must read”. Therefore, due to the huge hype that surrounded it, I feel as though I set my expectations too high which disappointed me in the long run.

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Help Raise Awareness and Support for Mental Health

I am a strong supporter of mental health, and I personally believe that it doesn’t get as much attention as it should. I decided to write this post in order to help raise awareness and help support those who suffer with a mental illness, have previously experienced it, or are in connection with somebody who experiences it. I am joined by three wonderful bloggers who have each wrote a short guest feature post on their experiences of mental health. Please help raise awareness and show your support!


Mental illness is very common – much more common than people think. Mental illness is just as serious, if not more serious, than other illnesses. The only difference is that you cannot see it.

450 million people worldwide are affected by mental health problems, whilst 1 in 4 people each year in Britain will be diagnosed with a mental health disorder. There are so many types of mental health disorders, which include:mental

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Schizophrenia
  • Anorexia
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Phobias

These are just a few mental health problems, which millions of people are dealing with everyday. There are many different causes for developing these problems, and symptoms are different for everybody.

The problem with mental health disorders, is that many people who have them are too embarrassed or ashamed to tell others and seek professional support. Mental health problems are equally as important as any other physical health problem, and can lead to extremely dangerous consequences if it is hidden and ignored for too long.

I want to live in a world where mental health disorders are treated with the same precautions as physical disorders. You wouldn’t tell somebody who has a tumour that it’s because they are not strong enough, would you? No. The simple answer is no. People with illnesses are treated with care and respect, therefore mental disorders are no different. Continue reading