Pilates Express By Lynne Robinson

Pilates Express By Lynne Robinson

40 quick-fix Pilates workouts to fit into your daily schedule

Suitable for all fitness levels, these 10-minute mini workouts are each designed for a different part of your day – morning, noon and evening.

Starting with The New Fundamentals, Lynne Robinson’s programme features more than 100 illustrated step-by-step exercises, many of which are brand new to Pilates. As well as increasing your strength and flexibility, there are dedicated exercises to boost your immune system and improve the efficiency of your breathing. You’ll also discover how Pilates can benefit both your mental and physical health, helping you to reset your lifestyle, cope with stress and restore balance in your body.

Whether you want to lose weight, improve your fitness or tone up, this essential guide will help you integrate Pilates into your daily life and achieve your goals.

My Thoughts:

Every one wants to get fitter in the New Year and this is the perfect book to start off with. It has many different benefits and also many different workouts to suit all needs. I found it really easy and interesting to follow and felt as though different parts worked best for what kind of mood I was in. There is lots of interesting information in the first part of the book and reading this will help you overall. The work outs have exactly what you need to do with a handy picture too to make sure you are doing each position correctly. I really found the watchpoints helpful too, these help to make sure you are in the perfect and correct position. Overall I have found this a great beginners guide to Pilates and I cannot wait to continue my journey through out this book for a better well being. This book is really going to help people.

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Mainely Angst By Matt Cost

Mainely Angst By Matt Cost

Langdon is muddling his way through the pandemic like everybody else. Business restrictions have dealt a blow to his mystery bookstore, and nobody leaves the house anymore to get into trouble and create a need for a PI. At the same time, his marriage is stronger than ever, and he’s had a chance to catch up on things around the house.

Then it all changes. The bookstore opens back up, and he gets hired to find a missing woman, find proof of sexual harassment against another local business owner, and track down a kidnapped boy before he is executed by a madman in a desperate bid to force the state to ease masking restrictions. 

My Thoughts:

This is book four in the Mainely series and I love these books so much. I would recommend reading all the other previous books in this series as you can get the back story of Langdon. Also the other books are really good, We catch up with Langdon as he is going through the pandemic like everyone else is. We see how the pandemic has affected his business and his life. Then we find him going on an interesting case of finding a missing woman, amongst other interesting cases. It is just another day in the life of Langdon. I just love these books so much, I always feel as though I am trying to work out Langdon’s cases before him, but I never do as Langdon is just too good. I loved these books and look forward to Matt’s next book.

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Frances & the Navajo – The Mystery of the Vanishing Bullets By Jon Jones

Frances & the Navajo – The Mystery of the Vanishing Bullets By Jon Jones

Frances meets Navajo after saving him from two attackers. Navajo reveals he is a private detective who deals with old cases for high wealth individuals and asks Frances to join him on his current case. Hugh Baxter-Wright has been killed, by a vanishing bullet, thirteen months earlier. The office door is locked, the window closed and there is no trace of a bullet. The police have failed to close the case so Mrs Baxter-Wright cannot claim her large insurance settlement so she employs them to solve the mystery. A number of suspects are interviewed; family members that seem shadowy and employees who appear evasive. On a visit to see the family solicitor he too is shot, and again the bullet vanishes. When they re-examine all the clues Navajo suddenly realises how the murder was committed and how to catch the murderer.

My Thoughts:

If you are after a short crime novella this is the one for you, it certainly packs a punch, I found it a very interesting and engaging story with some brilliant characters through out. There is a fantastic twist at the end that I didn’t see coming and the ending was excellent. It was the perfect short story as it left me wanting to read more by this author. Looking forward to the next book.

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The Girl Beneath the Ice By Joseph Darlington

The Girl Beneath the Ice By Joseph Darlington

EVERY SECRET HAS A MELTING POINT

Will the killer be revealed before the frost thaws?

Winter comes to Avon Murray and as the town weathers the snowstorm, the body of a schoolgirl, Tasha Barcroft, is found frozen beneath the river. The blizzard disguises all evidence and with no way to extract her body, everyone has a theory about who killed Tasha Barcroft.

The investigation falls on Inspector Dafydd Todor, his disgraced reputation following him to Avon Murray, and rumours of his past failures linger on the lips of his colleagues. Faced with real police work, his doubts leave heavy impressions in the snow.

Could the killer be Lucas Farringdon, son of a local businessman and Tasha’s boyfriend? Her grandmother certainly thinks so. Yet she too is hiding a secret; an alcoholic daughter who is prone to violent outbursts. Is the killer the strange man who lives in the woods? Or the goth girl that Tasha bullied relentlessly? Todor must act quickly before the case turns cold.

My Thoughts:

This was a good read, I liked how each chapter is a different person so you feel as the reader you get every one’s perspective on what has happened. Everyone seems suspicious but what really did happen. I enjoyed it but it didn’t blow me away and I guessed what happened early on which for me let it down a bit. It is worth a read though as the author has done a brilliant job of unravelling all the different characters and the inspector is a likeable character, I wonder if he will crop up in any other books?

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The Rose Queen By Katie Flynn

The Rose Queen By Katie Flynn

It’s 1938, and Cadi is chosen to be Rose Queen in the annual Rose Fete. She is thrilled to be treated like royalty for the day. But deep down she is desperate to leave the Welsh mining community where she grew up.

When war is declared, Cadi and her best friend Poppy see a chance to escape. Cadi leaves behind her parents and local boy Aled, whom she is meant to marry, for Liverpool.

But city life doesn’t bring the opportunities they’d hoped for. Unable to join the forces, the girls are left looking for work in poverty-stricken Vauxhall Ward.

They secure jobs in a local pub, and Cadi’s blossoming relationship with a handsome dock worker deepens after he rescues her from a terrifying encounter.

But when Aled unexpectedly appears dressed in RAF uniform Cadi finds her worlds colliding again. Now the Rose Queen must decide: who will become her King?

My Thoughts:

This is my first book by Katie and will certainly not be my last. I really enjoyed this story set in 1938 about two girls who are bored with where they live and want to experience the bright lights of Liverpool. This is at the time war had been declared too, so it was interesting to see how they would cope by themselves and what life was like in that era too. Both girls go through a lot and I was wondering if they had made the right decision to leave, but it is a powerful story about friendship, love and doing what is best for you. I liked the characters and to see the girls experience what they had seen or been through was an eye opener. I thought the story had a good pace to it and kept me hooked till the very last page. I will be reading more of Katie Flynn’s books now as I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

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Unfaithful By J. L. Butler

Unfaithful By J. L. Butler

A FATAL attraction…
Rachel Reeves has it all. The perfect family, a rich husband, and a gorgeous home. But when her only child flies the nest, Rachel feels lost – and succumbs to a mind-blowing one-night stand.

With a DEADLY twist…
Instantly regretting her infidelity, Rachel cuts ties with Chris. But he won’t let her go that easily. She erases him from her life – until a text changes everything.

And an UNFORGETTABLE end…

Someone knows what she did.
And they’re ready to destroy her entire life because of it.

My Thoughts:

When reading the plot for this book, I thought it sounded good but for me it was very long and drawn out. I didn’t like any of the characters and felt as though Rachel needed a slap. Rachel has a loving family with a husband and daughter but decides to risk it all by having a one night stand, she instantly feels ashamed and guilty but unfortunate for her her one night stand wants more and she cannot get away from him. But with these kind of things it always will come out at some point and someone knows the terrible thing she has done. How will she come back from this? and how will her husband cope when finding out what she has done. I wanted to finish the book just to see what the consequences would be for Rachel and her family, the ending was good and I felt as though it concluded everything well.

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MirrorLand By Carole Johnstone

MirrorLand By Carole Johnstone

One twin ran. The other vanished. Neither escaped…

DON’T TRUST ANYONE
Cat’s twin sister El has disappeared. But there’s one thing Cat is sure of: her sister isn’t dead. She would have felt it. She would have known.

DON’T TRUST YOUR MEMORIES
To find her sister, Cat must return to their dark, crumbling childhood home and confront the horrors that wait there. Because it’s all coming back to Cat now: all the things she has buried, all the secrets she’s been running from.

DON’T TRUST THIS STORY…
The closer Cat comes to the truth, the closer to danger she is. Some things are better left in the past…

My Thoughts:

If you are looking for a great debut novel then this is the book for you, I thought it was a good read that kept me hooked until the end. I liked the story line, it was creepy and dark, I felt as though the storyline was a little different which made it even more exciting to read. The characters were really well written, it almost felt as though the reader was getting inside the twins head. We could see what they were thinking and that made the story feel really dark but compelling. I found the ending was astonishing. If this is the author Carole’s first book, I look forward to seeing what her next book brings. I would highly recommend this book.

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The Little Shop of Hidden Treasures By Holly Hepburn

The Little Shop of Hidden Treasures By Holly Hepburn


When Hope loses her husband, she fears her happiest days are behind her. With her only connection to London broken, she moves home to York to be near her family and to begin to build a new life.  
 
Taking a job at the antique shop she has always admired, she finds herself crossing paths with two very different men. Will, who has recently become the guardian to his niece after the tragic death of her parents. And Ciaran, who she enlists to help solve the mystery of an Egyptian antique. Two men who represent two different happy endings.
 
But can she trust herself to choose the right man? And will that bring her everything she really needs?

My Thoughts:

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this comforting and warm read. All the characters in this story make is such a wonderful read, there is Hope who after a bereavement, doesn’t think she will be happy ever again, she moves back to be near her family and find some comfort from them. When she gets a job at an antique shop it is the last thing she thought she would be doing but can the magical shop turn her life around for the better? also there are a couple of good looking men that want to help Hope out, but can she ever see a happy ending? I went through quite a few emotions reading this book and I really was drawn to Hope, not that I could ever imagine going through what she has gone through but just because even at her lowest she is still there to help other people out. I really admire her. I loved reading about her meeting Brodie and what she does for the little girl, it was lovely to see their bond grow. It was just a pleasing story that made me feel like I was wrapped in a warm hug.

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The Library By Bella Osborne

The Library By Bella Osborne

Teenager Tom has always blended into the background of life. After a row with his dad and facing an unhappy future at the dog food factory, he escapes to the library.

Pensioner Maggie has been happily alone with her beloved novels for ten years – at least, that’s what she tells herself.

When they meet, they recognise something in each other that will change both their lives for ever.

Then the library comes under threat of closure, and they must join forces to prove that it’s not just about books – it’s the heart of their community.

They are determined to save it – because some things are worth fighting for.

My Thoughts:

I have always liked Bella’s books and was excited to see her next one was out. I loved it, and needed it at this moment in my life. Going through a lot means escaping with a book is the best thing ever. Reading about Tom and Maggie’s unlikely friendship was lovely to see, they each have their own story which we get to hear about, both are lonely in their own worlds but the library has brought them together and has formed a lovely relationship between the two of them. It is a heart warming and touching read about a true friendship. I also enjoyed all the recommendations of different books and I genuinely want to read some of them. I cannot wait to see what Bella’s next book brings. Perfect escapism that brings joy to a readers face.

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Anything Could Happen By Lucy Diamond

Anything Could Happen By Lucy Diamond

Your big secret is out. What next?

For Lara and her daughter Eliza, it has always been just the two of them. But when Eliza turns eighteen and wants to connect with her father, Lara is forced to admit a secret that she has been keeping from her daughter her whole life.

Eliza needs answers – and so does Lara. Their journey to the truth will take them on a road trip across England and eventually to New York, where it all began. Dreams might have been broken and opportunities missed, but there are still surprises in store…

My Thoughts:

There is just something so comforting about reading a Lucy Diamond book. I loved it but then I have loved all of Lucy’s previous books, I feel as though the subject line could be a relatable situation to many people, and I hope it helps them feel as though they are not alone. I loved the characters, I liked Eliza I felt as though she is a strong young women but sometimes can get things wrong, but her mum Lara is always there to help pick up the pieces. Eliza has never known her father and she wants to find out who he is but Lara her mother is keeping a secret from her. What happens when they track him down and Lara is face to face with him that she has not seen for a very long time. How will it go? the story is based on love and second chances but there is also an element of how we can be lead down a completely different path that we were expecting to go down. I think the ending was good too, when I had finished it I had a warm and uplifting feeling.

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