2018 Round Up


Well its the 31st December, last day of 2018!! Hours away from the start of 2019!  How can it be? Its come round so quick, 2018 has flown by and 2018 has been up and down and not the greatest for me personally…

I would say out of the 12 months of 2018, 8 of them have been proper shitty. My mum admitted herself into hospital in March and was there till May, after a number of chest infections, blood tests, weight loss, falls, oxygen levels.  She was discharged in May, but as she wasn’t able to go back Home we had to make the decision that mum needed to go to a home, which she didn’t want to but she knew it was the right thing as she was in no way able to go home and look after herself even with carers in 4/5 times a day.  From May till 6th December mum again was in and out of hospital with a number of chest infections, decreasing oxygen levels and another fall.  Her health was slowly detreating and get worse, especially her oxygen levels, there was one thing about my mum is that she was a fighter and she certainly fought for the 9 months from March.

Mum ended her battle with he illness at 11:30am on 6th December 2018, as much I didn’t have the best relationship with my mum over the years but she was still my mum and I struggled the last 9 months with her illness and how poorly she was.  It hit me hard when I got the call to say she has past, but I’m still grieving now in my own way.  So its been a pretty shit end to 2018, but mum isn’t in anymore pain and is at peace.

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Lots of plans & changes to come in 2019, have the Spice Girls Concert with a night in London to look forward to in June, a few draft plans to confirm and to get some travel booked in along the way…

Really am looking forward to 2019 to see what it has in store for me, last year in my 30s for The Boy and I! So planning what to do for our 40th’s will be on the cards also.. Thinking West Coast of America

Hope you all have a F A B U L O U S Plans!

Happy New Year

Lots of Love





6 Months Reading Material: Jan – Jun 2019

Right so I’ve selected a number of books I am planning to read between 1st Jan to 30th Jun 2019! It’s one of my 2019 goals/achievements to read more, and I’m going to really challenge myself..!📚I’ve gone for a mixed selection of genres as I think sometimes I read too many of one type of book, so I thought I’d switch it up.. Has anyone one read any of the above books? Drop me a comment if you have to let me know your thoughts..

These are the two I’ve picked to kick start my January reading.. 🤓

Lots of Love



Book Reviews: Sept – Dec 2018

Well I can say that my reading selection didn’t go well between Sept – Dec, you may of seen my earlier post, showing which 11 books I had chosen to read between Sept to Dec.  Its been a poor effort on my half with me not reading getting stuck into the books,  but its been a rough and rocky few months personally.  ANYWAY less of that, here are reviews of 4 books which I did read!

Sept 2018

‘Love Me Not’ by M J Arlidge ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️This is book 7 of DI Helen Grace.

A woman’s body lies in the road. At first it looks like a tragic accident. But when Helen Grace arrives on the scene it’s clear she’s looking at a coldblooded killing. But why would anyone target a much-loved wife and mother? Across town, a shopkeeper is killed while his customers are left unharmed. But what lies behind the killer’s choices? If Helen can’t solve this deadly puzzle then more blood will be shed. But any mistake and it might be her own …

When I first started reading Love me Not I wasn’t aware that it was book 7 of 8! As it’s a series with DI Helen Grace being the lead in all the stories, I really enjoyed the book and got into the story straight away and didn’t take me long to read the book, it is a chilling and gripping read and would recommend reading it, but make sure you read in the order.  I am now on the look out for the other books, I have picked up Liar Liar (Book 4)and Little Boy Blue (Book 5), so I’m still hunting for Book 1, 2, 3, 6 and 8.  So if anyone see’s any and are not a silly price, let me know..

Oct 2018

‘Little Sister’ by Isobel Ashdown ⭐️⭐️⭐️

A twisted world of family secrets and sibling rivalry.  After sixteen years apart sisters Jessica and Emily are reunited. With the past now behind them, the warmth they once shared quickly returns and before long Jess has moved into Emily’s comfortable island home. Life couldn’t be better. But when baby Daisy disappears while in Jess’s care, the perfect life Emily has so carefully built starts to fall apart. Was Emily right to trust her sister after everything that happened before? Perfect for anyone that loves psychological thrillers.

This was another book which it took me a little while to get into, but when I did I did enjoy the book, there was a few twists and turn in the storyline as you get into the book, which I like as it pulls you into the book more. I liked how Isobel Ashdown has made the characters who they are and the little secrets that they all have individually and making them all connect together for the storyline.

‘Wilde Like Me’ by Louise Pentland ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

THE NUIMBER 1 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER! Fans of Sophie Kinsella and Lindsey Kelk will love Wilde Like Me! You’ll never forget the day you meet Robin Wilde! Robin Wilde is an awesome single mum. She’s great at her job. Her best friend Lacey and bonkers Auntie Kath love her and little Lyla Blue to the moon and back. From the outside, everything looks just fine. But behind the mask she carefully applies every day, things sometimes feel . . . grey. And lonely. After 4 years (and 2 months and 24 days!) of single-mum-dom, it’s time for Robin Wilde to Change. Her. Life! A little courage, creativity and help from the wonderful women around her go a long way. And Robin is about to embark on quite an adventure . . .  SPEND YOUR EVENINGS WITH ROBIN WILDE AND FALL IN LOVE WITH THIS YEAR’S HOTTEST DEBUT! 

I’ve heard and read so many reviews on how good this book was, so when I saw it in a local charity shop I picked it up right away and it didn’t disappoint! Even though the book is based on Robin Wilde, a single mum I can relate to so many of her situation’s and how she deals with them and how she is feeling, bits of the book made me laugh out loud, get teary eyed and also pulled at my heart strings.  Its a funny, witty, real life, charming, engaging, empowering, heartfelt and heart warming book.  It was a really good read and if you fancy switching up your reading material or genre then this is the book to switch to!  Looking forward to getting my hands on her second book ‘Wilde about the Girl’ as I’m sure this will be equally as good.

Nov 2018

‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’ by Gail Honeyman ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy.

I started this book in November, and yes I am still currently reading it.  What I have read so far I have enjoyed and I really need to get stuck back into it which I have been doing over the last few days, I am aiming to read as much of this book over the next few days as I am wanting to start 2019 with a new book.  December has had me distracted from reading for more than one reason.

So keep your eyes peeled for an updated review on this book in the next few days

Hope you have found this post useful if you are thinking of reading any of these books?

Lots of Love



Book Reviews: Jun – Aug 2018

The above 8 books I selected to read between Jun, Jul and Aug. I’ve actually brought another 5 books 📚 from a charity shop since selecting the 8!! I really must stop and read what I’ve got so far. One of the 5 books was ‘In Strangers Houses’ by Elizabeth Mundy so I’ve added this to the list as it sounded a good read.

Jun 2018

The Gift’ by Louise Jensen ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The story is about Jenna, who is given a second chance at life with a heart donor from a girl called Callie. Eternally grateful to Callie and her family, Jenna gets closer to them, but she soon discovers that Callie’s perfect family is hiding some very dark secrets…

This was a tense, gripping and thrilling book to read, as soon as I started reading it, it grabbed my attention right away, and there were times where I didn’t want to put it down!!  The book is full of intense twists and a I was guess right up to till the end of the book, I would recommend to give this book a read..  This is the first book of Louise Jensen’s I’ve read, and the following are on my list to read: The Date, The Sister and The Surrogate.

‘Mum’s List’ by St John Greene ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

On her deathbed, Kate Greene’s only concern was for her two little boys, Reef and Finn, and her loving husband, Singe. She knew she’d be leaving them behind very soon.  So Mum’s List was written…

I’ve been wanting to read this book since I saw the family on Good Morning Britain a while ago, telling the story about Mum’s List which had been made into a book and also a DVD.  I knew straight away that it would be a book that I wanted to read, as I could relate to some parts as I Lost my dad to 5 different types of cancer in June 2012.  For me it was very touching, emotional read and brought back some memories when my dad was poorly.  I loved how Kate put the list together for her hubby and sons and that they carried out what was written and also the remembering what things Kate liked, the sayings and making sure the two boys knew how much there mum loved them as well as teaching them to show and say what they mean and feel.  I can only imagine how hard it was for hubby and her boys to deal with the loss of a wife and mum and to try to carry on with their day to-day lives..

‘In Strangers Houses’ by Elizabeth Mundy ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Lena Szarka, a Hungarian cleaner working in London, knows all too well about cleaning up other people’s messes. When her friend Timea disappears, she suspects one of her clients is to blame. However, the police don’t share her suspicions and it is left to Lena to turn sleuth and find her friend.

This booked was an added extra to my orginal selection.  When I first started reading it, I’ll be honest I couldn’t get into it and was wondering if the story-line would pick up? But I persisted with the book and it started to get a bit more juicy.  Its was an OK read, it’s not one I would shout about if I’m honest, hence the 3 star rating.  When I read the back of the book it sounded a good read, but when it came to reading it wasn’t as good I had thought. 

Jul 2018

‘Just what kind of mother are you’ by Paula Daly ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Your friend’s child is missing. It’s your fault. No family is perfect.
A husband, three children and a full-time job, so many plates to keep spinning. No wonder you forgot you were supposed to be looking after your friend’s daughter.
But no one has seen her since yesterday.
And she’s not the first to go missing from your small town.
So who’s hiding something?

This is another book, where I read the back and like to sound of the story.  It gets straight into the story line a couple of pages in, which is good as the story gets going instead of it building up.  I did enjoy this and it had some good twists in, some places gets you guessing who has done it.  I did enjoy the book, and I read it within 6 days which is good for me as sometimes I take longer.  I think with this book after reading it I sat and thought that there are people out there which actually do this! Why? What goes through their minds?

‘Behind Closed Doors’ by B A Paris ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You might not want to like them, but you do. You’d like to get to know Grace better. But it’s difficult, because you realise Jack and Grace are never apart.
Some might call this true love. Others might ask why Grace never answers the phone. Or how she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. And why there are bars on one of the bedroom windows. Sometimes, the perfect marriage is the perfect lie.

Another book which I brought from Amazon and has been sitting around waiting for me to read it, and I’ve finally got round to reading it in July! I’ve had people ask me if I have read it yet, and my reply every time no , but I do have it to read..  I really got into this book and enjoyed the story line and I didn’t want to put the book down, was evening reading it on the short walk to work when I get of the bus! 😂😂.  The thing that gets me and I don’t understand is that what that book is about still happens now, which is scary to understand why and how someone can treat another person in that way? Why?

‘Don’t close your eyes’ by Holly Seddon ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Two sisters. A lifetime of secrets. One terrible reckoning.  Robin and Sarah weren’t the closest of twins. They weren’t even that similar. But they loved each other dearly. Until, in the cruellest of domestic twists, they were taken from one another.   Now, in her early 30s, Robin lives alone. Agoraphobic and suffering from panic attacks, she spends her days pacing the rooms of her house. The rest of the time she watches – watches the street, the houses, the neighbours. Until one day, she sees something she shouldn’t…

This is the second book I have read of Holly Seddon’s, the other book I have read is ‘Try not to Breathe’. Out of the two books I have read I enjoyed the first book more than Don’t close your eyes.  This book was a good read but couldn’t really get into the story as I have done with previous books, it was a good read when I got into the story it was good and there was parts of the story where it happens in real life, but people don’t hear about it happening. There is another book which the author has written called ‘Love will tear us apart’ which is on my reading list along with many others!!

Aug 2018

‘Broken and Betrayed’ by Jayne Senior ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

For fourteen years, Jayne Senior tried to help girls from Rotherham who had been groomed, raped, tortured, pimped and threatened with violence by sex traffickers. As the manager of Risky Business, which was set up to work with vulnerable teens, she heard heart breaking and shocking stories of abuse and assiduously kept notes and details of the perpetrators, passing information on to the authorities in the belief that they would do something. Eventually, when she lost hope that the authorities would take action against the gangs she had identified as the abusers, she became a whistleblower for The Times investigative reporter Andrew Norfolk.  
Now, in her powerful memoir, she describes a life spent working to protect Rotherham’s girls, the pressure put on her to stop rocking the boat, and why she risked prison in the hope that she could help end the appalling child exploitation in the town.

Now this is one book I’ve wanted to read for a while, yes another book I’ve had for over a year but not got round to reading it.  I got it off amazon, and I brought it after watching the short series on BBC about the Rotherham grooming scandal.  I was intrigued to read the book by Jayne Senior from an angle with someone who was involved in getting the wrong doing’s dealt with and helping the victims in a positive way for a better future for them and there families.

I think this book has been well written and reading it from Jayne’s view it shows you what they were up against, with the authorities not listening or acting upon information they had been given in an area which needed attention.  There are other books which are written by some of the victims, I’m not sure if I would read these or not as I think they maybe more exposure to what happened to them, more so than Jayne’s book. 


‘The Follower’ by Koethi Zan ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Julie has the perfect life. A kind boyfriend, loving parents and good grades. She has everything ahead of her. Cora’s life is a nightmare. A psychopath for a husband, a violent father and a terrible secret. There’s no way out.
But one night, their worlds collide. Locked in an isolated house together, they must work  out what has happened – and who they can trust to set them free. From the bestselling author of The Never List, this is a breath-taking new thriller about the wife of a kidnapper and her relationship with his last victim.

It took me a little while to get into this book, but I persisted with it and got into the story line. I won’t say it was one of my favourite books I have read in 2018, but was an alright read and another booked added to my pile I have read. If you don’t mind stories with a religious/cult storyline then you’ll enjoy this book.

I hope you have enjoyed this post on my book reviews, and hope you find it helpful if you want to read any of the books I have mentioned.  Apologises in the delay in getting the post out!

The Last Chapter; Chapter 12

‘It’s the most wonderful time of the year’


I’m really hoping to spend Christmas with The Boy this year up in Liverpool, but still nothing set in stone yet which is slightly annoying as I like to know what I’m doing and he is the opposite and goes with the flow and doesn’t make plans 🙄.

I really want to go to a Christmas market or an afternoon of Christmas drinks to try and up my spirits, I need to look for a tree as well as I’ve been buying some decorations but no where to put them December

I’m not really feeling Christmassy 🎅🏻🎄 at the min, but I’m trying!

I’ve wrote some Christmas cards, watched some Christmas films on Netflix and will be wrapping some presents at some point as I’ll need to post some..

What festive fun and antics are you all up too?? Let me know in the comments 🎄🥂🥳. Hope you all have a great crimbo and a great festive season ✨🎅🏻🎄🥂🎁🤶🏼✨

Lots of Love

Carina 💋