2018, Fitness, Me, Off Topic, personal

Change

I had a manager from my O2 at the O2 days who used to say it takes 28 days to form a habit. This speech would regularly come out if there were major changes and especially when he thought we wouldn’t ever be willing to try and get on board. After having a night out with my old pals it got me thinking.

Now I’ve mentioned before and I dare say it will come up again, in April I joined Slimming World and my relationship with food changed. Some of you think I’m not eating properly and that couldn’t be further from the truth if anything I eat more these days it’s just what I’m eating and how I’m making it. That’s the key.

What I’ve noticed threefold is I don’t eat in the same way. I’m more appreciative and my sweet tooth is still there it’s just not as greedy as it once was which is a good thing for my health.

I’ve always been quite an active person but in finding Slimming World I shortly after found Fight Klub and for the first time in a while I felt truly excited. If I can’t make a class I’m grumpy. Recently when I hurt my back I missed two weeks of classes. This week I returned at a lower pace although I don’t think my right shoulder thinks that was the case saying that this morning it’s feeling a lot better but I haven’t reached work yet.

Now I’m a target member I’m not trying to loose any more weight. I’m now trying to find the right balance. I’m still enjoying trying new things and there’s still a number of things I’d love to make. I’m line with that on 12th November I’m embarking on an ETM Exercise To Music course and for the first time in ages I’m truly excited to study once again. I did GCSE PE and I honestly thought i’d have done more with it and now I’m on a whole new journey. This year has been remarkable for me and when opportunity knocks say yes what’s the worst that can happen. There are a few other potentials which I haven’t ruled out either.

I have recently become a Just Strong ambassador, I’m extremely new to this but I’m very much on board for inspiring and empowering women. I have just received my package but as I was out having a cheeky night off I haven’t opened it as yet. I dare say there will be an update on this as I cannot wait to try on my new gear. www.juststrong.com as a thank you to you beauties I am able to share with you my 10% discount code HAYLTHO10 I will be reviewing the top and jogging bottoms that I have purchased. If you have any questions or would like me to try something also get in touch. I’ve seen a few girls modelling the hoodies and I maybe swayed on that as these days are getting colder.

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2018, event, Uncategorized, update

What’s your perfect day off?

After a quite frankly horrible week I’ve had a pretty awesome Saturday.

I can’t say I had the much needed lie in that my weary body needs but I wasn’t up as early as when working, and I was up for a fun-filled bookish day.

The fact I was to spend most of my day talking about books and reuniting with friends including Catriona who is usually stateside was also a huge bonus.

Today has been the first day in a while, where I’ve relaxed a little and it’s been refreshing I just hope I don’t regret it come weigh day – but enough of that. Keeping positive and to the books.

I hadn’t been well in the lead up to today so hadn’t read much but today I finally started reading The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton and I’m finally out of my reading funk so thank you to my fab blogging girls and the Simon & Schuster team. This simply unique book won’t hit shelves until January but my oh my. It’s pulled me out of my funk and given me back my reading mojo in the most beautiful of ways.

Books and the City events are always fabulous fun and today was just what I needed as ever there are always bookish goodies and recommendations from the team and my friends.

As I’ve mentioned before I’m a massive lover of Paige Toon but I discovered her late and some of these I didn’t have physical copies of.

Plus the Alice Peterson that everybody has been telling me to devour.

The fabulous Catriona has recommended so many of my fave reads and she brought me this.

I had such a lovely day chatting books, eating treats and helping shape the future of a number of books. An interesting and enlightening day which was exactly what I needed after a physically exhausting week where I have doubted myself in a number of ways.

Today I felt more like me….ooooh and there was a lil Pumpkin Spiced Latte.

2018, Me, Off Topic, Uncategorized, update

My Fitness Journey….

Hey welcome to Hayley Reviews, today I am going away from bookishness and talking about me.

In my younger years I was one of those girls who people said could eat anything and wouldn’t put on weight that soon changed. I’ve never minded fruit but I can honestly say I rarely smashed my five a day. As for vegetables – as a child I had a best mate whose mum would serve up all sorts of veg and expect you to eat it whether you liked it or not. To this day I blame her for Brussel Sprouts – I did try them again quite recently and I can honestly say I can live without them.

If at the beginning of this year you had said to me that I would one be trying to actually cook rather than throwing something in the oven and two that I would willingly want broccoli, spinach and cauliflower with my dinner I would have laughed in your face. Now I’m upset if I run out of spinach or Broccoli or if Sainsbury’s don’t have Butternut Squaffles in stock.

They do say your taste buds change every seven years and they really do. I have such a sweet tooth yet it’s been curbed quite a bit. Don’t get me wrong I still love a hot choc and I’m still impartial to chocolates just not to the excess I would have before. I have also learnt that a lot of the time it was merely through boredom or because it was there. In working in such a busy environment where there are often lots of people around it was often easier to just snack on crap. Fast forward to August 2018 and the thought of some of the things I would have gauged on makes me feel physically sick.

On 16th April 2018 I joined Slimming World – a number of people asked me why and a number of people also said I shouldn’t have. Having seen a number of friends do well from Slimming World I thought what the hell. What do I have to lose. In joining I took one look at the plan and was instantly thinking what am I going to eat. Natasha my consultant was super helpful- she told me not to focus on what I wouldn’t eat and to look at what I would. My first week was a little strange and I somehow managed to put together some odd meals. In that week I managed to lose 3lb but I hadn’t had much speed food.

What is speed food? I hear you say. These are fruit and vegetables that help speed up your metabolism – quite quickly I found a flow that I could enjoy. With my breakfast I often have Strawberries, Raspberries, Blackberries and Blueberries which are all speedy fruits and with meals it’s often Mushrooms, Carrots, Spinach, Butternut Squash and Broccoli to name a few. Before Slimming World I ate Carrots and Mushrooms but the other vegetables I hadn’t tried in a long time.

On 13th August 2018 I hit my target weight – this was a very good Monday for me, I had said to myself as I got closer that I wanted to be at target before my family holiday to the seaside and I made it. As you know I’m away as we speak and I’ve had a sketchy food week but I have had some fruit and Weetabix on a few mornings and some semi Slimming World friendly stuff. In town I found a gorgeous Mushroom Risotto which if possible I would love to sample again before we leave – it hasn’t happened so far.

I know there are Slimming World recipes for this so this will be happening when I return home.

Alongside my food and my walking I started attending a number of fitness classes. I have been doing Zumba on/off for years and I still really enjoy it. I managed to get a few free passes to some Boxfit classes. I did Boxfit on Blackheath common and then I found Fight Klub. That’s another thing I wouldn’t have thought a boxing based fitness class would be my thing but I love it and when I miss it, I’m seriously annoyed. Last week I managed to fit in two sessions which I was also meant to do the week before but due to trainer sickness that didn’t happen.

What has surprised me….I’m now a target member- I’ve missed a weigh in week as I’m away but I’m intrigued to see how I fair. As I have relaxed a little this week I have been shocked at the changes. Back in April/May time I purchased this…

On the Friday night before we left home I decided my working week was done and my me time had started so I would sample this. I had two quite small glasses and found it super super sweet. I also realised that I can’t drink normal coke – I asked for a vodka and Diet Coke and was given a normal coke and yet again it was too sweet. I’m pleased to report my love of an Irish coffee and of fudge still stands but once again my body will tell me when I have had too much. I’m also noticing a difference to how I feel when I’ve eaten fatty foods.

The picture on the left was taken at a book event with friends on 30th April so two weeks into my SW journey and the pic on the right was taken in July around the World Cup. I’ve also had a number of non scale victories in the fact I need pretty much a new wardrobe and the stuff that used to be tight now fits.

Thank you to those who took part in my poll yesterday, meaning I actually finished writing this piece.

What would you like to see tomorrow? Book Review, Author Guest Post, or something different. You guys get first refusal on what tomorrow holds.

2018, New Author to me, novella, Short Story, Uncategorized

Novella Review: The Last Good Day By Hannah Pearl

Blurb: celebrates life, love and the importance of friendship. WINNER of the Books and the City #heatseeker short story competition, in partnership with heat magazine.

‘A beautifully poignant tale of love, friendship and loss. I can’t wait to read whatever Hannah writes next!’ PAIGE TOON?

Belle knows she is going to die.

Her lifelong best friend Helen knows it too, which is why she decides to sneak Belle out of hospital and take her on one last adventure.

In a day filled with fun, laughter and tears, the pair face the prospect of saying goodbye, and raise the important question:

How would you want to spend your last good day?

Review: I have to start this review by saying Hannah was announced and at the Simon & Schuster Christmas party that I attended. Now if you’ve been reading my blog for a while you will remember that, that evening was a nightmare for me. I had to work late and got lost so to put a long story short I never met Hannah. You can read the rest of that tale Here.

The Last Good Day – now I’m guessing you will like me look at the title and have some thoughts on the story. I can safely say as much as it is about what you’re thinking you will be taken on a gorgeous rollercoaster of emotions when devouring this sweet treat. A cup of tea or coffee and whatever your choice of treat is needed for this one.

I’m a huge fan of novellas and I always aim to read more of them and it doesn’t always happen. Having seen so many authors and publishers at Books and the City rave about this short story I knew I needed to devour it. I was hoping to have read this during my lunch break – but my work day turned a little chaotic so it became my evening treat and what a treat it was.

Belle and Hannah are best friends – they are so different yet so the same. Their connection is like that of sisters as well as the best of friends. Hannah is the sensible one yet she will do absolutely anything for Belle and Belle simply adores her friend. The day they share is full of love, memories, resentments in the fact the future means separation. I won’t spoil the details but I can honestly say you will be grinning from ear to ear one minute and sobbing the next.

Hannah Pearl has a way with words, she’s written a beautiful short story about love, loss, friendship and making sure you embrace every single day to the max, as you never know when your time is up.

This story will stay with you long after the final pages. I honestly cannot wait to read more from Hannah. I also loved the acknowledgements and the bit about her. Hannah keep writing- you’re an inspiration and you should be extremely proud of The Last Good Day.

2018, Uncategorized

Unique Blogger Award

Some days I’m truly humbled by the blogger community and on Saturday 10th March I was scrolling through my notifications on WordPress and this beauty pinged through.

My blogger quest has been a bumpy ride from a very unfocused first blog – to blogging with a friend, trolls and a lot of tears along the way.

I changed my whole blogging identity to the circumstances of my life at the time.

Today it’s my little place where I mostly talk books with a few occasional differences.

It’s been a while since I have been nominated for a blogger tag/award and I believe this is my first on Hayley Reviews so thank you once again to Books Teacup and Reviews for thinking of me, as I have already said it put a huge smile on my face.

The questions:

1. What’s something unique about you?

Hmm now this is what stumps me talking about myself. I’m brilliant at celebrating others but not myself. I’m a mixed bag with a mixture of skills and as I have embarked on a new journey with slimming world I’m finding out new things about myself every single day. I’m not sure if that completely answers the question so I apologise.

2. A favourite author is naming a character after you in their next book. What kind of character would you like to be?

Now this is something I have thought about. Ha! I keep begging my fave authors to put me into a book. Although Zoe May tells me that’s not always a good thing to ask – don’t make me crazy….

I think I would love to be a strong independent woman. Although I could also love being in a psychological thriller although I would definitely want to be on the nice side….C L Taylor don’t kill me off in a book. Her novels keep me on my toes but I would love to stay alive even if I am in a gritty thriller…

3. It’s easy to come across little sayings in each book we read, something memorable. Have you begun to collect quotes, and if so when was your last, and what was the book and author?

From time to time I have captured quotes and sometimes a quote in a book really gets me and I usually write it down and use it where appropriate. Although as I say that I cannot think of one right this second. Although if it’s resonated with me it often ends up in my review or I dare say in a tweet or two. I’m that reader who can from time to time constantly tweet the author whose book I’m reading. Usually saying OMG how can he do that or what is she doing or omg twist that I truly never saw come.

Now my nominations are for Fabulous Book Fiend and Nicki aka Secret Library Book Club and for any book blogger whose wanted a nomination and never received one. You are all awesome and most of you are the reason why my TBR keeps extending.

The questions?

1. What’s your favourite bookish memory? Tell me about it.

2. If you could be a character in a book you love who would you be and why?

3. What’s the last book you desperately wanted to read but it left you feeling deflated.

2018, audible, Author Love, Review, Uncategorized

Audio Review: Sunshine and Sweet Peas in Nightingale Square By Heidi Swain

Blurb: Kate is on the run from her almost-divorced husband who is determined to have her back, and she has found the perfect place to hide…a little cottage on Nightingale Square in Norwich, far away from her old life in London. But the residents of Nightingale Square don’t take no for an answer, and Kate soon finds herself pulled into a friendship with Lisa, her bossy buy lovely new neighbour.

Within a matter of days Kate is landed with the job of campaigning the council to turn the green into a community garden, meanwhile all the residents of Nightingale Square are horrified to discover that the Victorian mansion house on the other side of the square has been bought by developers. But when all hope is lost, the arrival of a handsome stranger is sure to turn things around.

Review: Right first off I have to mention I first met Heidi Swain last June and I am ashamed to say this is the first of her books that I have devoured. Although I did start Mince Pies and Mistletoe at the Christmas Market, and then Christmas came and went so I sadly stopped.

I decided to download the audio version and I got some listening in on publication day. I had truly adored the first few chapters that Heidi had shared on her blog and I loved rehearing that before delving into the heart of the story in the gorgeously sounding Nightingale Square. From the off I warmed to Kate, her husband had betrayed her in the worst possible way but the way she handled changing her life was awe-inspiring.

So the setting sounded beautiful and it makes you long for a close knit community like Nightingale Square. Lisa was a hit for me from the off. First setting eyes on her as a nosey neighbour but there’s so much more to her. I don’t want to say too much as I want anyone who hasn’t inhaled this beauty to find out more about Lisa and her passions in the OMG that’s so beautiful kind of way that I did. I want to say more on this but if I do that will also ruin the surprise. I also have to mention Heather as the three musketeers bond was truly enlightening to see as it blossomed.

The characters all have their quirks just like real life communities and work places and I truly loved the eclectic bunch that Heidi created. I have to mention Mr Luke Lonsdale in his own right. Now I have fell in love with many bookish guys but Luke has that mix of sophistication and just damn right down to earth and I love that.

Like any story there are a number of bumps along the way that will have you reeling for the characters especially that of Kate. I’m glad the heroine I liked from the very starts life changed dramatically for the better. As mentioned earlier I haven’t read Heidi’s other books but I have them and in reading this you also hear about a few of the residents from Wynbridge and I honestly cannot wait to delve into The Cherry Tree Cafe – I know it would be a regular haunt for me.

Sunshine and Sweet Peas in Nightingale Square is so much more than a feel good read. It’s inspiring and full of hope and beauty in a world that is often plagued with sadness. If like me you are new to Heidi Swain then fear not this is a beautiful way to start her collection. I promise you will also be excited to read more about the Wynbridge contingent as soon as you turn the final pages of this novel.

2018, Author Love, ebook, novella, Review, Uncategorized

Book Review: Random Acts Of Kindness Part Four – New Adventures

Blurb: Welcome to Littlewood, a small town community with a big heart…

Summer is drawing to a close as Huntley Manor is due to have its grand re-opening. Abbie is determined to save the hotel from closure but she has to remember her own career too… As she and Thomas grow ever closer, will she end up making Littlewood her home for good? Or will she set up her own PR company back in London…?

Eszter has to decide whether it is time to go back to Hungary… But what has she got to return to? She has no career to speak of, and their home is filled with painful memories of her beloved husband. But can a new job, a new home and a surprise new dog convince Eszter and Zoe to stay?

Louise wants to tell Alex how she feels but decides she needs to show him after pushing him away for so long. Will a grand gesture be enough to show him she won’t run away this time?

As the town of Littlewood comes together to help Huntley Manor, we’ll find out if kindness really does have the power to save the day….

Packed full of love and kindness, this heart-warming story will reaffirm your faith in humanity!

Review: Now it goes without saying I have been waiting for the final part of this story since I finished reading part three back in April. Although I must admit I was also worrying about saying goodbye to Littlewood and its residents.

I did think I would have devoured this a lot quicker than I did but I am going to blame work, my fitness sessions and the fact I was blooming scared to say goodbye to the gang.

The town and characters that Victoria has created instantly had an impact on me. Being kind is definitely something we should all do more of. I have started to make these changes in being kinder to myself although I am still very much a work in progress my mindset is changing for the better. I just wished I had a place like Brew, to head to whenever I needed that little pick me up and reminder that being kind to yourself and others really does make a difference in a world full of such sadness. The kindness board really has made me think and I loved how Victoria wove it into certain aspects of the story especially with Louise. I wont be adding any spoilers here but that note melted me. There are aspects to Louise and her wariness that I can see in me, and maybe I just need to up the kindness stakes in being kinder to myself and the rest will fall into place, when I least expect it.

In part four the story comes together and loose ends are tied up for the three main ladies Louise, Abbie and Eszter. They all have life-changing and affirming decisions and what I will say is their journey truly is beautiful. At the beginning of the Summer these ladies really didn’t know just how much they needed one another. I love that it ends in a way where Victoria could and I truly hope that she does return to Littlewood and its residents as everyone could do with a little bit of kindness in each and every day.

If you are looking for a read that will not only let you truly escape the trials and tribulations of everyday life, it will also have you asking yourself thought provoking on how you can be kinder in general and to yourself, then Random Acts of Kindness is definitely for you. You will not regret it, you will be sad to see it end but you will be left with tears of joy and genuine smiles.

This serial truly inspired me and I loved all of the leading ladies for different reasons. Sometimes you have to go with your gut instinct and sometimes you have to choose the wrong path to see the right one. I’m not done with kindness, I need more of this in my day to day. It’s not always easy with the rollercoaster that is life but if we all make a concious effort we can start little by little.

If there are any truly kind books that I should be adding to that ever growing TBR list feel free to let me know below. If you want to chat about this serial some more also do get in touch.

I already have Eva Woods How to be Happy – which I have heard good things about so I am hoping to bump that up my list. Very shortly I will be devouring Miranda Dickinson’s latest I was meant to buddy read that one but life got in the way. She is another author who lets me escape and who also inspires. I also have Derren Brown’s Happy which I am sure will be enlightening, but I am looking forward to what suggestions you give me.

2018, Blog Tour, novella, Quick Reads, Review, Short Story, Uncategorized

Blog Tour: My Sweet Friend By H.A. Leuschel

Blurb: A perfect friend … or a perfect impostor?

Alexa is an energetic and charismatic professional and the new member of a Parisian PR company where she quickly befriends her colleagues Rosie and Jack. She brings a much-needed breath of fresh air into the office and ambitiously throws herself into her new job and friendships.

But is Alexa all she claims to be?

As her life intertwines with Rosie and Jack’s, they must all decide what separates truth from fiction. Will the stories that unfold unite or divide them? Can first impressions ever be trusted?

In this original novella, H.A. Leuschel evokes the powerful hold of appearances and what a person is prepared to do to keep up the facade. If you like thought-provoking and compelling reads with intriguing characters, My Sweet Friend is for you.

Review: Back in March I was on the blog tour for Tess and Tattoos by Helene. Here is my review of that.

It was an intriguing and thought provoking read. I wasn’t sure what to expect and I was left in awe of the strangest read that left me wanting more. Then Rachel posted about My Sweet Friend also one of Helene’s short novellas. I was an instant yes, reads like these are why I like blog tours. I do get bogged down from time to time but discovering new authors who I may have bypassed makes it worthwhile. I was also lucky enough to win this…

I still haven’t touched the chocolate as I’m very new to Slimming World but will be a good treat soon.

I really don’t know where to start My Sweet Friend is a short novella that will have you captivated from the off. Alexa looks the part and has a way of making people feel special if only for a short while. Rosie seems captivated by her confidence and stylish air but is her new friend what she seems. As the novella progresses Rosie starts to put two and two together although the damage is already done. Rosie confides in Alexa and she chooses to use her weakness to her advantage seeming like a good friend, willing to help and eager to calm Rosie’s stresses – that’s until she changes her mind.

This novella shows you what friends are and aren’t and how a person can use manipulation to make her craziness seem normal.

Alexa is a deeply troubled young woman who likes to believe she lives the high life when in reality, she’s troubled, lonely and depressed.

A thought provoking novella that will make you question your own actions and make you appreciate the people in your life who truly care for you. Helene has a way in intertwining a number of issues, friends, foes, work/ life balance, depression and manipulation. I cannot wait to devour my competition win – this author has one mental imagination.

2018, Read to sleep week, Review, Uncategorized

Book Review: Five Years From Now By Paige Toon

Blurb: What happens if you meet the RIGHT person at the WRONG time?

Nell and Van meet as children when their parents fall in love, but soon they are forced worlds apart.

Five years later, they find each other. Their bond is rekindled and new feelings take hold, but once again they have to separate.

For the next two decades, fate brings Nell and Van together every five years, as life and circumstance continue to divide them. Will they ever find true happiness? And will it be together?

‘One day, maybe five years from now, you’ll look back and understand why this happened…’

Review: Firstly I have to start by saying Paige Toon is one of my most favourite authors and Five Years From Now is definitely my favourite, and her best yet. This gorgeous treat comes out a week today….Pre-order here.

Although I haven’t read all of her collection (yes I just admitted that and it’s not the first time I have said that.) I also sent her a tweet after I closed the book saying I 💖and hate you right now and that is exactly what this gorgeously raw story did to me.

If you are new to Paige this is definitely a good place to start it’s an emotional rollercoaster with Nell and Vian/Van but it sure is a beautiful ride.

As I mentioned on here before Paige had said that the first few chapters of Five Years From Now were on Netgalley. I instantly clicked and downloaded- I was in the middle of another book but I thought reading the first paragraph or two won’t hurt. I devoured the chapters quite quickly and then it just stopped at such a heart-stopping moment. I needed and wanted more. A short while later I met Paige at Simon & Schuster’s Spring Event where I was given a copy of this. I had some will power and didn’t dive in straight away I honestly don’t know how.

When I started…I took Paige’s advice and delved into where I was left…I read a tad of what I had and carried on. I sat and looked at what I had written after reading the sampler and I smiled. I knew that the bombshell at the end of the sampler was the beginning of something huge and it sure was.

Nell and Vian/Van’s story is a beautiful tale of love, loss and friendship. It starts at five and then it’s every five years from then. The bombshell means that Nell and Vian/Van are separated. The pair are like two peas in a pod but their relationship is strained when Vian/Van’s dad takes him back to Australia. They communicate via telephone but it’s not the same. When they reunite five years later their relationship changes – as they have grown into teens. Fifteen ends abruptly and the pair are torn between their feelings for each other and for that of Geoff (Nell’s dad) As a reader I was left on edge for their reunion.

I love the carefree way Nell and Vian/Van were as children, their innocence was heartwarming. As adults there were many changes but at times their old ways were still apparent which was lovely to read, and as I stated on my short review this made me think of my nieces and their innocence and imaginations.

What I love about Paige Toon is how she can write so hauntingly real. A number of the events in Nell and Vian/Van’s life mimicked events in my life which left me a sobbing mess. I don’t want to say too much as I don’t want to ruin the story but it was so raw I was a sobbing mess. All I will say is definitely finish this book in private – because you will feel a multitude of emotions.

Towards the end of the novel I wasn’t liking where Nell and Vian/Van’s journey was taking them but there was a bittersweet moment of pure friendship and that’s what I’m taking from this truly beautiful tale.

Paige Toon will take you on the greatest rollercoaster ride with massive highs and devastating lows, you will be left heartbroken and moved. Once I finished this treat I looked a complete mess and I couldn’t pick up a book for a few days but it was worth every second of the laughter and the spine tingling tears.

2018, Author Love, New Author to me, novella, Review, Uncategorized

Book Review: Valentine’s Day at The Cafe at the end of the Pier By Helen Rolfe

Blurb: Searching for love? You’ll find it at The Café at the End of the Pier…

When Jo’s beloved grandparents ask for her help in running their little café at the end of the pier in Salthaven-on-Sea she jumps at the chance.

The café is a hub for many people: the single dad who brings his little boy in on a Saturday morning; the lady who sits alone and stares out to sea; the woman who pops in after her morning run.

Jo soon realises that each of her customers is looking for love – and she knows just the way to find it for them. She goes about setting each of them up on blind dates – each date is held in the café, with a special menu she has designed for the occasion.

But Jo has never found love herself. She always held her grandparents’ marriage up as her ideal and she hasn’t found anything close to that. But could it be that love is right under her nose…?

Review: What a truly gorgeous introduction to Helen Rolfe and her new series. I must admit I have one of Helen’s Christmas reads on my Kindle but I haven’t got around to it just yet sadly. Now this is the start of what I believe will be a beautiful series down by the sea at the pier. As it stands this instalment is also free so go and bag a gorgeous bargain here is Part one.

From the off I liked Jo, she sounded sad at the beginning but when she mentioned her grandparents I was instantly smiling. I miss my grandparents very much and this story made me feel close to them. My grandparents had been together since school and Jo’s grandparents have been together a long while. Their tale is romantic as well as of friendship and companionship which I believe Jo is longing for but the love she has for them is so strong. The tale starts with Jo leaving her so so life in Edinburgh to head back to Salthaven-on-Sea instantly her mood and demeanour changed – then it changed again when she was reunited with her grandparents. It was so lovely to see. I truly miss those days as a child I spent most Saturday’s at my Nan and Grandads and as an adult I made the time to go and see them. I’m so grateful for that time, losing them early into my 30s was heartbreaking but the memories are always there.

Jo needed her grandparents as much as they needed her. It was lovely to see her settle in so seamlessly.

I don’t want to say too much as I believe everyone who reads this should go in knowing very little but what I will say is what seems like a disaster turns into a beautiful ending to part one. I honestly cannot wait to carry on this series but I have a few commitments before I can treat myself to part two.

I have to share this quote as it’s very much a feeling I agree with. ‘The beach was the place where she most felt like herself, where she could think, and where she was most at home.’ On this gorgeous bank holiday Monday I urge you to download this beauty you have no excuse it’s a freebie. Go and discover how beautiful The Cafe at the end of the Pier is.