Peg's childhood was anything but normal. Her mother died when she was young, her father left her in the care of her grandparents and her bed-ridden au...morePeg's childhood was anything but normal. Her mother died when she was young, her father left her in the care of her grandparents and her bed-ridden aunt. Peg doesn't remember anything much before the age of ten but she happily remembers home-cooked meals, days at the beach and being smothered in love by her dear old nan, Doll.
However, now that she's all grown-up, Peg discovers that the family have been keeping secrets from her and as she tries to find out more from her forgotten childhood, Peg's family begins to look less how she remembered and more like something from a nightmare.
As I've come to expect from Julia Crouch's novels, 'Tarnished' is an intelligent yarn that has you second guessing every move. The characters in this novel are believable and the locations are described vividly.
'Tarnished' is a fast-paced page turner that draws you in quickly and doesn't let up. I was intrigued, scared and on the edge of my seat. I didn't want to put this novel down.
I met Jenni Eden on my latest trip to Muscat, Oman. She is an incredibly spiritual person who wants to share her positivity with the world. Jenni taug...moreI met Jenni Eden on my latest trip to Muscat, Oman. She is an incredibly spiritual person who wants to share her positivity with the world. Jenni taught me some meditations that I have been using for almost 3 weeks and the difference I am feeling mentally is really amazing.
Jenni wrote 'Face2Faith' in order to share her thoughts and experiences with readers.
She's very honest about her experiences with low mood and how spirituality and her experiences with people have got her through difficult times in her life.
You may not appreciate Jenni's story if you approach it with a very closed mind or if you feel very strongly that there is no such things as a god. Jenni herself is a Christian but she herself accepts that organised religion can be hypocritical and judgemental. I'm not really sure what I believe in but I do consider myself quite spiritual.
Jenni is a positive thinker and believes in cosmic ordering (that means visualising what you want in order to get it). Like me, Jenni is a believer in tolerance and treating people as you would like to be treated.
This autobiography is interesting as I feel Jenni hasn't held anything back unlike many of the celebrity autobiographies you may read now. Her story is an exploration in how positivity and asking "god" for support and guidance can turn your life around.
Even if you didn't want to read this book for its spiritual aspects, Jenni's story regarding her desire to be a full-time artist but struggling to pay the bills is something that will resonate with anyone who has been told to do their dream job for fun as it won't pay.
As an artist, Jenni chose to explore her experiences through her paintings. Jenni shares her paintings on the pages of the book so I do recommend that if you read on a black and white e-reader, you would be better off buying the book instead of downloading it. However, if you're using a PC, laptop, tablet or Kindle Fire, you will have no problem enjoying the bright, vivid pictures. (less)
Are you wondering what 2013 holds for you? Well, you can read how it pans out for barrister Kate Parker in this lovely chick-lit offering from Lucy Ha...moreAre you wondering what 2013 holds for you? Well, you can read how it pans out for barrister Kate Parker in this lovely chick-lit offering from Lucy Harland.
The uniqueness in this book is that it's not narrated by anyone but the reader gets to read Kate's texts, emails, mobile locations and social network messages. Voyeuristic it may be but this book is original and addictive.
Kate's an independent woman with a small group of friends who continuously try to set her up on dates. She's like Bridget Jones if Bridget actually cared about her job! Kate Parker works her socks off but knows how to enjoy life too. However, the arrival of Andy "hot" Hall in Kate's life changes everything.
Set in the North-East, this novel is a real gem. Lucy Harland's writing is witty, clever and full of heart. She paints her characters so vividly that I could see them in my mind. I loved reading this book and when I couldn't read it (i.e. when at work), I was desperate to know what would happen to the characters! It is compulsive reading.
If you like Cecelia Aherne, Sophie Kinsella and Adele Parks, you have to read Lucy Harland's debut novel.