The Quality of Silence by Rosamund Lupton

I picked this little book up from my local RSPCA charity shop before Christmas and began reading in January. Yes January and I have only just finished. The front cover is exciting, it makes you wonder what the book is about and the blurb has you gripped.

There are two main characters, Yasmin and her ten-year-old daughter Ruby who go on an adventure to find Matt. Ruby is deaf and the book is well written to support this. I like that British sign-language has been used and it is clear research has gone into the book.

You get the impression that The Quality of Silence would be a page turner as it’s been described as a ‘relentlessly tense thriller’. Haha okay, it definitely isn’t. I liked the book that much, I spilt my drink over it twice. Here’s where my review goes right down hill…

What a yawnfest. I am so disappointed with this book. It’s utter shite. Sorry Rosamund Lupton but I have had to force my way through the whole book which has taken a whopping four months to read. I gave up with Gone Girl after 125 pages because that was naff but I needed to know what had happened to Matt (the dad) on his trip to Alaska.

We spend at least 280-300 pages getting to Matt’s location and the book is 377 pages long. The car journey’s felt like they would never end. I don’t need descriptions of every minor detail, I was bored stiff. Nothing happens at all, Yasmin bumps into a few people at an airport and that’s it.

Oh here’s the twist for you. Matt has been missing and presumed dead by local residents as the village he was staying in caught fire and killed 24 people. Only 23 live there and there was an extra body so everyone thought it was Matt. Here’s where it gets interesting. Not. Yasmin and Ruby finally find Matt in a aputiak that he built – wow I wasted so much time reading this to find out he was alive and living in ice. That made my day.

I do have to commend Rosamand for her research into the terms, the Alaskian culture and the detail of the places but crikey, nothing else was thought about. This would be a 1/10 rating for me and I don’t recommend. However, if you have previously read it please let me know what you think?!

I have taken a break from blogging

I have had to take a small break from blogging because I have some personal things going on at the moment. Unfortunately the doctors have found something unusual and I need to undergo further tests to see what it is. As much as I love to blog, my health comes first and that’s what I am focusing on at the moment.

I’ll be back as soon as I can but I know you’ll all respect my decision. Thank you x

Why I have decided to stop drinking alcohol

I have never really been a weekly drinker, a part from when I turned 18 as that was an experience in itself – just get it out of your system. Most of us love to have a drink now and again and who doesn’t love a cocktail evening with friends?

Writing a post like this may put people off wanting to work with me or write guest posts for me but my blog is about being honest to myself and hiding nothing because I am human. If you are wanting to know why I have quit drinking alcohol I guess you should keep reading…

On December 30th I went out with some friends to our local Hungry Horse pub. I ate food like Sensible Sam would do on any occasion and cracked open a bottle of wine called Sam’s Island. Yes Sam’s Island is a wine and I was over the moon one was named after me! First bottle, absolutely fine, I felt normal, I remember drinking it and remember everything we did. J’ai fini.

Now I ended up getting myself into the danger zone by buying a second bottle of Sam’s Island. It went okay until the second half of the bottle – what happened? I don’t know what happened. This is where I have absolutely terrified myself because anything could have happened to me and I wouldn’t be able to tell you if it was true or not. I could have been hit by a car and I would only know from injuries not by memories.

I woke up on New Years Eve still drunk and I had slept for hours, what an embarrassment. I had no idea how I got home, I had no idea what time I got in or where we ended up after the pub. This really put things into perspective and I had the worst hangover. I had the shakes, a temperature, I couldn’t walk properly. It just didn’t seem to feel like anything I have ever experienced before.

Since December 31st I have not had a drop of alcohol and although when everyone else is drunk around you and you’re sober you kind of get left out, I don’t care, I am safe. I told myself I will not have any alcohol until January 1st 2019 but at this rate, I have no interest in drinking.

People have said I’m mad but I’m not, I’m sticking to my guns and stopping myself from getting in that mess ever again. Some have asked if I was spiked but I don’t know and it is sad if that did happen to me but right now I’m happy with the way I am.

Me with Sam's Island wine


Top 15 things I have never done

So I thought I would write something a little different this time by actually talking about my self and things that I haven’t done. When you read through this list you might be as shocked as me that I’ve not done half the things everyone else has done. I would also be very interested in your I have nevers.

I have never:

  • Been on a sunbed
  • Had my hair dyed in a salon
  • Had false nails
  • Travelled to America
  • Held a snake or been near one
  • Known how to put make-up on correctly
  • Ordered a steak at a restaurant / pub / anywhere
  • Had the flu
  • Killed an animal whilst driving (although I nearly did today)
  • Had any driving incidences (cursed myself probably)
  • Visited Ireland
  • Been stung by a bee / wasp
  • Decorated any room
  • Taken any illegal drugs
  • Been arrested or in trouble with the police

I think my list is quite generic but some people are often shocked that I haven’t ever ordered a steak before.

Please let me know what your top 15 things are. I know I definitely have more but the list would go on and on!

Accepting the Unexpected by Mollie Jo Joseph

As the title says, you really don’t know what will happen in this book. I hadn’t heard of Mollie Jo Joseph before but I came across her Instagram post looking for reviewers so I introduced myself to this author. Mollie was kind enough to send me the PDF version of Accepting the Unexpected for free in exchange for an honest review.

Leila is really interesting character and we’re taken on such an emotional rollercoaster with her. The story has been developed really well because it doesn’t have loop holes. Some stories you read you are looking for where they got that information from or is that made up?!

Leila decides to pack her bags and leave Cornwall for the ‘Big Apple’ but is this the right decision? What made me like this book is how Mollie Jo has really researched about the areas discussed within the book, I was able to imagine the main park and New York and I’ve never been there before.

I would say this is a personal development story. When Leila moves to NYC, we as the reader encourage her to tackle the bumps in the road and she eventually finds herself and what she wants. By the way, I love that there’s a dog in this story and he’s a main part!!

It was nice to see what goes on behind the scenes of Sleek magazine, the photoshoots, the description of the characters and how difficult it is in that sort of business. I always envisioned one day of working for a magazine so this is an eye opener.

If you’re after a little raunchiness then this book is certainly for you. There are a few interesting boy characters within this story and I don’t want to give it away by saying who’s the bag egg. I finished the book within a few days because I needed to know what was going to happen. It is a short read but one I highly recommend.

Thoughts on Darceys Candles

I am always a bit unsure of these new products that reps sell online because there are never really any real reviews and I don’t like that. However, I believe that Darceys Candles are a product that are worth a try. My friend has recently become a rep for them and I decided to flick through her brochure and see what Darceys have to offer.

Their range is quite extensive and you certainly stop and look at every single page in the brochure. What makes Darceys stand out is their selection of scents. As I said previously there are scents that you would probably want to eat. Without naming all of them here are two examples: Rhubarb and Custard or Drumstick Lollipops, every sweet tooths favourite.

I decided to try the Relaxation Candle as I often struggle with stress and wanted to try different ways of reducing that. I hadn’t come across a sample of this one before so I was like you, I didn’t know what to expect. The scent is not over powering but it is one I could have lit all of the time. It’s a soft smell and doesn’t trigger my asthma. By inhaling and exhaling with the candle lit, I could feel myself feeling calmer. I doubt that is solely from the candle but I felt relaxed.

The Relaxation Candle is made from soy wax which means it has the capability to last much longer than other candles. So far I have been very impressed with the candle and would like to try more from the range.


I do believe Darceys Candles are a little expensive and I haven’t ordered any other products from them so I can’t comment on those. This is a downfall for me because £9 for a small jam jar size candle is a little too much. I guess it depends on how much you like candles! However, I do want to try some more so we’ll have to see what they have to offer.

How does it feel turning 25?

So my 25th birthday was approaching and it was the day I was dreading. The day when you can no longer tick 18-24 boxes, you’re in your mid twenties and what you’re 25 and still live at home? Happy 2nd February for me! It is daunting because I always said I would probably have children by the time I was 25 – oh how I laugh at myself now. That’s not going to happen any time soon as I feel like I still have so much to do in my life before I can no longer be selfish. When I say selfish, I mean an adult.

There are quite a few negatives to being 25 (mainly the tick boxes issue) but let’s look at the positives.

I have always wanted afternoon tea because it is more sophisticated and ‘grown up’ so that’s what I decided to do. I absolutely loved afternoon tea at the Lakeside Bistro and it was only £13.95 each! It was nice to do something completely different and the food tasted great minus the egg sandwiches. It was a shame the table was set out in a line because it made it quite difficult speaking to people. So apologies if I didn’t get to speak to you that much!

What are the bonuses of being 25?

  • I’m no longer classed as a young driver so my insurance should hopefully drop for the summer!
  • People take you more seriously, you’ve got a few years of experience behind you so you can tackle things.
  • Your friends are starting to get married – weddings galore yay!
  • It is okay to stay in and watch Netflix because you can’t handle it like you used to.

I am struggling to think of more so if you’ve turned 25 what have been your highlights?