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LOOK FOR ME BY LISA GARDNER – BOOK REVIEW

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Oh wow, what a story, Lisa has pulled it out the bag again. Surprise after surprise, you just never know or can predict what is going to happen next so I just kept on reading so I am going to blame Lisa for my low word count in NaNoWriMo!

You may remember Flora from a previous novel who was held captive for so long then finally when she came home she is just a different person and appears to be on a path of helping abducted people get away from their abductors.  Setting up a website she steers people towards fighting back and escaping, will Flora ever be normal I don’t think so, she was taken and abused for so long she does not know anything else but she is good at helping locate people and that is how she ends up helping DD the cop she befriends and even trusts a little bit, not that she would admit to that.

This story is heartbreaking when you read what these children go through and how it eventually breaks them and their family. There is no happy ending but there are surprises and shocks for everyone. I really do love a good book that keeps you so engrossed and you never know what is going to happen next and this gives you that. A good five stars of super writing, brilliant characters that all bounce of one another, becoming interlinked in surprising ways.

This is in my top five of the year!

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WORLD KINDNESS DAY

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Should we really have to be reminded to be kind? Surely this is an everyday emotion that we all use constantly, or it should be, why be unkind to anyone?  Does it really make you feel any better or make you stew on what ever it was more so?  There are enough problems in the world so do your bit and always be kind, not just for a day as that’s not going to do any good.  Turn over a new leaf and make kindness the thing that people remember you for.

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KARA’S TATTOO

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Last week I went for lunch with Kara but before that she wanted to get another tattoo, I am not a fan of them but I don’t mind a little one hidden just for yourself with a meaning to it. Kara was going to get it on her arm but I managed to convince her that it should be a bit hidden as you never know what you might be doing in twenty years and if you had a job where you could not show your tattoo you would be in long sleeves all summer. So eventually she decided on her shoulder, score one to Nan!

I had never seen a tattoo being done so was very interested, I found it hard to understand why you would put yourself through unnecessary pain, Kara said it was because I was old and didn’t understand, lol.  I do like the amount of hygiene these tattoo and piercing places have to go by now at least it is relatively safe but I guess some do get infected, not sure it would be from this place though as everything was covered in cling film and replaced constantly.

I was surprised how quick it is all done but amazed at how much they all cost, how do people afford to have so many?

As Kara works in a coffee shop she had a hot chocolate put in her heartbeat so it did look pretty with a bit of colour.  She asked me if I wanted one but I declined, maybe one day I might buck up the courage to have a tiny one done just for myself.  The lady who did Karas said she did her Mum one the other day for her 60th birthday, I thought that was cute.  So here is the end result, even with marshmallows in the hot chocolate and some steam!  Kara was pleased so I guess that’s all that matters, the only problem is she now wants another one, I am trying to dissuade her with not much luck at the moment.

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READING THIS NOW, VERY GOOD

I started reading this last night and fell asleep reading as it was so good I didn’t want to stop.  It is about the policewoman DD and girls that have been held captive, I have read a couple other of these stories which were very good so I am pleased I found this one on my Kindle. I am sure the review will be next week as I cannot wait to get reading.

 

THE KEEPER OF LOST THINGS BY RUTH HOGAN – BOOK REVIEW

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What a lovely story and such a brilliant idea as I am sure there are an awful lot of lost things in this world.  I love the way some of the things all have a connection of some sort and that is what ties this story together so magnificently.  The characters all work really well together and I just loved Sunshine and her little gems of information she just popped in there, sometimes without Laura realising.  This is to me a happy book and I really enjoyed reading it.

I was pleased to see that it is one of the Goodreads books in the awards so I have voted for it, if you want to vote you can here.

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I would also like to say good luck to all the authors who have books in these awards.

 

NOVEMBER 5th – This might be a moan!

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Years ago a group of children would build a guy and then take him to sit outside the local shop asking for “a penny for the guy Mr” in the evening all the families would gather round the rec to watch, bringing home-made toffee apples.  There would be lots of oooooo and aaarrrrrs as the fireworks made their magic in the sky.

What a lovely thought but now it is just a memory for many as you could not let your kids out to knock on doors asking for things to build their guy, you could not let them sit outside shops on their own.  I am guessing that now hardly any of them would know what a guy was let alone how to build one.

Times change – we now have fireworks for about a week and for any other occasion people can think of, they are let off with not a thought for anyone else or animals.  This week I have seen news about a horse jumping over the fence because a firework went off very early evening and landed in his field, the horse landed on a car and is now in vet hospital, the owner is distraught and praying he will be ok.  Dogs are escaping gardens so scared and just running, cats are hiding.  We all know to bring our animals inside but you do not expect it all to start so early in the evening or a week either side of November 5th.  They are so loud that I am sure it would be more enjoyable if quieter so you can just watch the spectacular colour show, many children are so scared they do not even want to go outside.

Where is the enjoyment in all that?

What I think – Firework displays should only be arranged ones with a permit, no fireworks should be sold to the general public, there needs to be a bigger cordon keeping people further away from the fireworks. I have seen a firework first hand come back down into the crowd and seriously hurt many people.  With all the fuss about health and safety now a days I cannot understand why they are still allowed, they have set ridiculous rules for some things but then nothing for fireworks going off in streets, gardens or just about anywhere at anytime during the year!

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Feel free to comment, rant over, I think, oh no! There will be more tonight as it is actually Guy Fawkes night!

I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO READING THIS

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