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ARK Skincare Age Defend Conditioning Cleanser
ARK Skincare Age Defend Conditioning Cleanser
Price: £25.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my top 2 cleansers. Xx, 2 April 2016
I am really impressed with this cleanser, I have used many brands over the years but this has to be one of my top 2 favourites. The packaging is very simple and professional looking and the bottle has a pump action top and one pump is enough so the bottle does last a long time. The smell of the product is great too, it isn't over powering like Eve Taylor it is more like a natural spa smell rather than a highly aromatherapy based smell. The consistency is perfect too and it really does leave your skin feeling soft and clean afterwards too. I love the idea of the age specific range making it easy to pick which product to buy for your skin with out the stress. I have quite sensitive skin and react to a lot of products but this is a nourishing soothing cleanser that suits my skin. I highly recommend this cleanser.

Summer Nights at the Moonlight Hotel
Summer Nights at the Moonlight Hotel
Price: £1.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book gets a big thumbs up from me, addictive and witty. xXx, 27 Mar. 2016
I was so excited to receive an advance copy of Summer Nights at the Moonlight Hotel by one of my all-time favourite authors Jane Costello. When anyone is looking for a fun, witty and down to earth read Jane Costello is the first author who comes to mind as her books have had me snorting out loud in public! Before I review the storyline I have to say that the cover of this book is my favourite yet of all of Jane’s books and is definitely one that would catch my eye on the shelves.

Lauren and her best friends Emily and Cate are single and looking for lurrrrve and what better way to meet a group of single men than the new salsa classes that are being held at the Moonlight Hotel a hotel that is close to Lauren’s heart. With shaking hips, fun and romance everything is going well until it is announced the classes are having to be moved because their much loved hotel has been brought buy a budget chain and is closing for extensive renovation. Lauren is heartbroken but can romance fit the pieces of her heart back together again?

You know a book is getting a full five star review when you settle down to read the first chapter of a book and the next thing you know you have a numb bum and have finished the book in one greedy setting! Jane Costello creates such exciting and good humoured characters who form such strong friendship circles that you just want to be a part of. Trouble and awkward situations seem to follow poor Lauren but each time she found herself in a spot of bother I was laughing away.

Romance plays a big part in this book for all three women but nothing is ever straight forward and there was actually one twist in this book that was really shocking I didn’t see it coming at all ( I love it when the wool is pulled over my eyes!)

The male characters were a great addition to this storyline, Joe was oozing sex appeal, he was charming and a pure gentleman who obviously knew how to wiggle those hips. Edwin, oh Edwin! He was such a little sweetie but he seemed more like a nerdy best friend than the love of anyone’s life but I loved him all the same.

This book gets a big thumbs up from me, it was addictive, witty and had a wonderful group of characters and a warning never to drink when you’re on antibiotics!

Sleepless In Manhattan (From Manhattan With Love, Book 1)
Sleepless In Manhattan (From Manhattan With Love, Book 1)
by Sarah Morgan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.85

5.0 out of 5 stars Sarah Morgan never disappoints xXx, 27 Mar. 2016
Sleepless in Manhattan is the latest release by Sarah Morgan and as ever it is another uplifting romantic read that swept me away.

Paige and her two best friends Frankie and Eva lose their jobs, they are devastated and can't bare the thought of not working together anymore. With a push in the direction from their friend Jake they decide to go it alone and set up their own rival company but it won't be easy especially for Paige as she will be seeing a lot more of her secret crush.

There is a great friendship group of characters in this novel even Matt who is Paige's brother fits perfectly in the group even though personally I could see a little spark between him and another character in the group too so it does make me wonder if there will be a follow on to this book where this could develop! Paige is a determined character who is willing to take risks as long as she has written down the ins and outs as she is an serial organiser!

I could relate to Paige as she faced taking the first daunting step in opening her own business, the exciting thrill of what could lay ahead but also that hesitant scary point where you could be making a big mistake but having supportive friends around her soon helped her to make a brave decision. This part of the book was realistic too showing the first stages of business getting off of the ground although I am sure we all wish we had a handsome contact like Jake to help.

The romance that weaves between the storyline has its ups and downs and although we can easily work out how it will end as Sarah Morgan always writes such happy and uplifting storylines, it was still great to see the rollercoaster the characters go on to get to the end point.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and Sarah Morgan fans will not be disappointed, the only thing that I missed with this book compared to the Puffin Island series and the Snow Crystal series was the setting, usually I find her books so atmospheric I could picture myself there but I didn't find Manhattan as vivid in this book.

This book gets another big thumbs up from me, Sarah Morgan never fails and always leaves me finishing her books with a sigh not wanting to leave her characters behind.

Knitting Pattern Dummy Soother Pram Charm
Knitting Pattern Dummy Soother Pram Charm

5.0 out of 5 stars Quick delivery and easy pattern, 21 Mar. 2016
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Quick postage and simple instructions to follow from a novice Knitter! Very quick and easy to make.

Out of the Darkness - a tale of love, loss and life after death
Out of the Darkness - a tale of love, loss and life after death
by katy hogan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A storyline with a strong friendship and a lot of emotion., 20 Mar. 2016
I was sent a copy of Out of the Darkness by author Katy Hogan and after reading the synopsis I was eager to start this book as the spirit world is something that has always been an interest of mine. Katy Hogan gets the balance just right in this book talking about the messages from the other side with out it stepping over to the "magical" or "spooky ghostly" path which I often find in similar books which then makes the storyline lose its believable and emotional edge.

The story begins by introducing us to one of main characters, Jessica who is struggling to come to terms with the death of her mother. Jessica meets a guy called Finn quite by chance and that one night changes her life completely and brings light into her darkness and it is because of this event that fate happens in bringing another of our two characters Alex and Hannah into Jessica's life. Little do the ladies know that their new friendship may not have been a coincidence.

Each of the characters are dealing with raw emotion but this book shows the importance of friendship and how strong it can be as they are there for each other as a constant support network to pull each other out the other side of their grief.

The storyline is sure to pull at your heart strings and I have to admit to having a lump in my throat at one particular part of this book. Don't feel like this book is going to have you wallowing all the way through though because although it deals with death, grieving and illness there is also a comforting and touching side to the book too. I loved how unpredictable the storyline was and also how fast paced the book was I read it in one sitting and there was never a slow or drawn out moment in the whole book which is why I found it so engaging.

These Days of Ours
These Days of Ours
Price: £2.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I thoroughly enjoyed this roamantic, modern, vibrant read., 8 Mar. 2016
These Days of Ours by Juliet Ashton is a storyline that grows with our main charters from the early years beginning at Kate’s 5th Birthday Party right up to her 40th and books like this really appeal to me as I feel like we really get to know the characters well as we watch their personalities grow as they face different life events. The focus of the storyline was the love between Kate and Charlie who were childhood sweethearts who separated in the early years but their lives have always been entwined and their love for each other never truly fizzled out but will true love find a way of reuniting the couple?

Although romance is at the core of this storyline there is also the strong bond between Kate and her cousin Becca who are more like best friends but are polar opposites of each other and I take my hat off to Kate with how much of Becca’s destruction she put up with. The early friendship group between Kate, Charlie, Julian and Becca was my favourite part of the book and where I really felt like we got to know our characters. Looking in on the foursome they really were a mismatch and even at this point I found myself wanting to bash Kate and Charlies head together as it was so obvious they still held a candle for each other and were so perfect for each other too.

I love how each chapter brings us to a new event in the characters’ lives from Birthdays to Weddings and funerals and even Divorce parties so you can tell there was a rollercoaster of emotions throughout this book! This was a clever way to move the story on through different points of their lives. The author managed to pull the wool over my eyes through this book too and when something Becca had done was revealed I was in total shock and wanted to scratch her eyes out!

This was a book that took you on a journey of romance and friendship with its emotional ups and downs that will have you laughing one minute and bringing a lump to your throat the next and I thoroughly enjoyed this modern vibrant read.

The Woman Who Upped and Left: A laugh-out-loud read that will put a spring in your step!
The Woman Who Upped and Left: A laugh-out-loud read that will put a spring in your step!
Price: £1.99

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A witty and uplifting read Xx, 1 Mar. 2016
From the opening chapter of The Woman Who Upped and Left there will be many mums with teenage boys who will be nodding their heads along with Audrey thinking they know exactly what she is going through! Personally I don’t have children but each of Fiona’s books still have me laughing away at the humour she creates from day to day relateable situations that families face and this book was no exception.

Audrey is a single parent and her son Morgan has reached the age of 18 and takes his mum for granted as he lazes around the house with his girlfriend being waited on hand and foot. Audrey is at her wits send with pants thrown around the house and no matter how much she has tried to encourage and help Morgan to get a job it falls on death ears. When an opportunity arises for Audrey to have a break in a swanky hotel and learn to cook French cuisine she decides it is about time she does something for herself but can Morgan cope with out his mum?

I have read every one of Fiona Gibson’s books and for anyone who loves Jane Costello you will love Fiona’s books too as they both have such a natural humour to their storylines. Morgan and his disastrous attempts at the laundry had me chuckling away! As much as I found myself laughing at Morgan I was also so infuriated by him and just wanted to grab him by the scruff of his neck and give him a good old shake because he was such a useless layabout and it is scary to think how many teenagers are like this now with no ambition or get up and go and although the author makes fun of this at first, she does also shed light on the effect it has on the family and that this is a problem that needs to be addressed.

The storyline has a rollercoaster romance too and all the way through I wasn’t quite sure who Audrey was going to end up with if anyone at all which really helped to keep my interest piqued all the way through. There are four male interests in the line-up but there was only one that I was routing for and he definitely wasn’t the disgraceful Stevie!

This was an enjoyable witty read that was uplifting and current. Mum on the Run still remains my favourite by this author but this was still a wonderful read that I would definitely recommend.

Kitty's Countryside Dream: A feel good romantic comedy about life, love and family.
Kitty's Countryside Dream: A feel good romantic comedy about life, love and family.
Price: £1.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An uplifting and charming read xXx, 25 Feb. 2016
The cover for Christie Barlow’s new book Kitty’s Countryside Dream is really eye-catching with its bright soft colours it had me wowed before I even started the first page and although you should never judge a book by its cover you sure can with this one as the cover complements the beautifully sweet storyline that is inside. I have previously started one of Christie's books before but I could't get into it so I was a little unsure how I would find this book but this book was right up my street!

Kitty has recently lost her mum and after so long being her mums carer she now doesn’t know what to do with her life but when she suddenly inherits Bluebell Lodge from a grandmother who she has long thought dead her life is about to have a purpose again. Kitty makes some wonderful new friends and gets a couple of hearts racing as she learns the ropes of running a chicken farm but Kitty is about to learn about more than just chickens!

The book starts off a light and cosy read as we are introduced to our main character Kitty who is a very good natured and friendly character. We know early on in the book that there is something amiss when we find out that Kitty had inherited the farm and yet had presumed that her grandmother had died years ago so I was curious as to what the mystery was going to be. There was a lovely group of warm and welcoming support characters from the handsome Joe to the excitable Jeannie and not forgetting the lovely Lucinda who made my mouth water throughout the book at the mention of all of her home made delicious treats. As the book progressed the storyline took on a deeper meaningful feel to it as we began to dig into the secrets of the past but yet not getting to heavy so it was still a wonderfully enjoyable read.

I found this book really enjoyable, the author has an engaging writing style that managed to draw me into the storyline and the lives of our character. The storyline flowed at a great pace and I raced through the book in no time soaking up the wonderful detailed descriptions and shaking my head at some of the frustrating points where I just wanted to shake Kitty because of how terribly wrong she got things!.

I found the first half of the book managed to keep me guessing about the events surrounding Kitty and Bluebell Lodge but smack bang on half way I had guessed what the mystery was which in one way was a shame but yet I still couldn’t put the book down as I was eager to see how it would be revealed.

I can see that fans of Cathy Bramley and Cathy Woodman would love this book as it had the cosy natural feel to it that I find in these authors books.

The Summer I Met You
The Summer I Met You
Price: £0.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Roll on The Second Love of my Life xXx, 23 Feb. 2016
You will very rarely see reviews for short stories by me because I hold my hands up and say I am not really a fan of them for the pure and simple fact that I am Greedy! I love a big storyline to pull me in and not let me go where as I find that short stories leave me feeling like someone has dangled a chocolate bar in my face and only let me lick it!

I was sent a copy of The Summer I Met you by Victoria Walters along with her full length novel The Second Love of my Life which is due out in April and so because it was a prequel I decided I would give it a try.

I was surprised in only 65 pages the author has managed to introduce us to four engaging characters who I can not wait to meet again. Emma and John seem like very fun loving and spontaneous characters and Rose and Lucas seem like they have a strong relationship and are very protective over their friend Emma and really want to see her happy. Not only has a holiday relationship quickly blossomed but you can already see a fabulous foursome friendship forming too.

I can not wait to read The Second Love of my Life now to see how the relationship has progressed and how John is settling into his new life. I am look forward to returning to the Summery setting of Talting and I think The Summer I Met You is a good little teaser that will then leave you desperate to read the novel.
I received a copy of this to review in exchange for an honest review.

The Glittering Art of Falling Apart
The Glittering Art of Falling Apart
Price: £4.99

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thoroughly enjoyable read xXx, 22 Feb. 2016
The Glittering Art of Falling Apart is the first book I have read by Ilana Fox and I didn’t know what to expect as the cover and the synopsis didn’t give much away but as soon as I had finished reading the Prologue I couldn’t wait to get stuck into the main storyline.

Cassie cannot face Beaufont Hall being sold since it has been in her family for generations but with the once grand house is rapidly deteriorating and with no money to bring it back to its former glory her mum is determined to sell but allows Cassie time to say her goodbyes to the home whilst tidying the place up, but Cassie uncovers diaries which she hopes will shed some light on the family she knows so little about and yet feels such a connection with.

Eliza is a free spirit and is living it up in Soho but it’s not long before she realises the partying and lifestyle she has comes at a price.

The chapters alternate between Cassie in the present day and Eliza back in the 1970’s and 80’s and each of the storylines are woven together perfectly and have a perfect balance. I am not typically a fan of dual time frame storylines as I always find one period holds my attention and I am eager to get back to that time but with this book I had equal interest in both time frames and it was great to see how London has changed over the years as well as how traditions have changed.

We get to know Eliza at the same time as Cassie does as we build a picture of her character through her diary entries. Cassie and Eliza were both wonderful characters with completely different personalities so they each brought something different to the storyline. I found I could relate to Cassie more, for me as she was a gentle caring character who was sensible and has a great respect for traditions, whereas Eliza was a carefree woman who enjoyed living day to day and enjoying the party life not knowing from one minute to the next what path she would take next.

I was so wrapped up in the storyline and when I had read about three quarters of the book something just suddenly clicked and I had an idea that something big was going to be revealed but I hadn’t had any idea that a twist could lay ahead all the way through the book and although my interest had been held all the way through, when I reached this point I felt myself racing through the remaining pages just to see if what I believed was going to be revealed was right.

This is a book about family secrets and betrayal with a blossoming romance. The storyline at times was vibrant and glamorous and at other times traditional and heartbreaking making this a real emotive read. The author has such a wonderful writing style that slowly builds the storyline and then hits the reader with a dramatic revelation and she also creates such engaging characters. I cannot wait to get my hands on another book by this author.

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