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The Truth Behind My Abusive Relationship

When my friends used to tell me to leave my relationship whilst I still can, I never listened. They would tell me I was in an abusive relationship and it was dangerous, but how could it be when he had never hit me? How could it be when he had never threatened to punch me or tried to strangle me?

I understand now. It has been just under three years since we broke up, and I can finally admit I was in a abusive relationship. Everybody else could see it; apart from me. Because Love is blind.

When we first got together, things were great. I fell for him straight away and it was the first time I could honestly say that I only have eyes for him. Things were going smoothly, yet whenever we came to any kind of obstacle that affected our relationship, it was always my fault.  Continue reading

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To A Stranger You Pass On The Street

I bumped into a stranger the other day. She stopped and asked me how I was; what I was doing with my life.

It felt awkward. I told her I was working, doing a job I love and I am back home living with my parents after three years away. I asked her the same questions back – “How are you? What are you doing in life?”

She pretty much said the same thing back – “I’m busy working. I have got myself a car to take me there and back each day from my parents house”.

We exchanged smiles for a few moments and stood hovering on our feet awkwardly unsure of what to say next.

After a couple of minutes of awkwardly looking around for something else to say, I wished her well and went on my way. Continue reading

‘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

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

‘Fangirl’ by Rainbow Rowell: Book Review

Cath and Wren are identical twins and have always done absolutely everything together. However, when they leave home to start university, that all changes. Wren wants to have more freedom away from Cath and wants to go off and have fun getting drunk, going to parties and meeting boys. Cath on the other hand, isn’t sure she is ready for that huge change yet so keeps herself buried in her fanfiction world that she writes, whilst feeling Wren slip away from her more and more.

Cath spends her days trying to avoid other people on the campus (including the gorgeous Levi who always seems to be hanging out in her room with her flatmate), writing fan fiction which she is extremely passionate about and worrying about her Dad who is all alone now that Wren and Cath have flown the nest. Now that Wren has distanced herself, how is Cath going to cope with life? Can Cath leave her fan fiction world behind and open up to new experiences and new people?FANGIRL_CoverDec2012-725x1075

I had heard so many good things about this book over the last month or so, that I was desperate to give it a go. When I first read what it was about, I was quite excited. I thought it sounded like such a fantastic book and ever so different to those that I have read before.

The relationship between Cath and Wren was very up and down. I felt very sorry for Cath when Wren decided that she didn’t want to share a room with her anymore and basically found a new partner in crime – her new roommate. It felt as though Wren was being spiteful as she knew that Cath was very shy and found it difficult to make friends, yet she seemed to shut Cath out more and more. I found this whole relationship so interesting to read. I have a sister myself, and although we have never shared a room or been completely inseparable, I would find it very difficult if she shut me out and got on with her life, totally forgetting about me. Therefore, I can understand that this situation was 10x worse for Cath so I really sympathised with her. Continue reading

‘The Best Thing That Never Happened To Me’ by Jimmy Rice and Laura Tait: Book Review

I was really lucky to win a copy of this book on Stacey’s blog, and I am so thankful that I did.

Holly and Alex were best friends and it soon became time for them to part from one another whilst Holly leaves for university. Holly had never told Alex her true feelings towards him, so the evening before she was due to go away seemed like the perfect opportunity to open up to him and tell him the truth. However, this does not go at all to plan, and they are each left wondering what happened..

Forward eleven years…TBTTNHTM

Eleven years on and Holly is living her life in London, working as a PA and sucked up in a secretive relationship with her boss. Alex moves to London for a fresh start, and begins teaching at a London school. London life appears a whole lot different to his previous life in a small town and he is a stranger to everybody.

Holly and Alex end up reconnecting and building up the friendship that they had all of those years ago. Neither of them knew that they were secretly in love with one another, but you can never forget your first love, can you? Have the feelings finally vanished, or is this new reunion going to set off a spark between them?

I have never read a book written by two authors before and I am pleasantly surprised at how well it works! When I discovered two authors, Jimmy Rice and Laura Tait, wrote this book together, I was a bit concerned whether it would get confusing, especially if their writing styles were different. But I absolutely loved it – it worked perfectly.

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