Everyday Magic By Charlie Laidlaw

Everyday Magic By Charlie Laidlaw

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Carole Gunn leads an unfulfilled life and knows it. She’s married to someone who may, or may not, be in New York on business and, to make things worse, the family’s deaf cat has been run over by an electric car. But something has been changing in Carole’s mind. She’s decided to revisit places that hold special significance for her. She wants to better understand herself, and whether the person she is now is simply an older version of the person she once was. Instead, she’s taken on an unlikely journey to confront her past, present and future.

Everyday magic is an uplifting book filled with humour and poignancy, and reminds us that, while our pasts makes us who we are, we can always change the course of our futures.

My Thoughts:

I could not wait to read this book, I have enjoyed all of Charlie’s previous novels and knew this one would be just as good and it was. Carole finds her life has come to a stop, almost like a dead end, she feels as though life is passing her by and she can’t do anything to rectify the situation, she has a husband and daughter who take her for granted which I feel as though a lot of people will be able to relate too. It made me think what would I do in her situation. Hopefully this will help these people realize they are not alone. Carole then gets a look and see what life is like in the future for her, we see her letting go of things near the end. I felt as though I warmed to Carole and could see where she was coming from, this was a uplifting read that shows us that if we want to change then we can but we have to do it for ourselves. I really enjoyed this book.

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Forgive Me By Susan Lewis

Forgive Me By Susan Lewis

This is Claudia Winters’s last chance for a fresh start. Changing her name and leaving her old life behind, she has fled to the small town of Kesterly with her mother and daughter. Here, she hopes they can be safe for the first time in years.

But the past can’t stay hidden forever. And even as Claudia makes new friends and builds a new life, she can’t help feeling it’s all about to catch up with her… Until one disastrous night changes everything forever.

My Thoughts:

Wow what a story, even though I have finished it I have still been thinking out it. The book highlights a few things including an abusive relationship, Restorative Justice and recovery and rehabilitation. I can’t seem to get my head around Restorative Justice, this book has opened up my eyes to it and I still don’t really understand why you would want to do it but hopefully I will never be in that position where I would have to. Claudia, her mother and her daughter have had to make a fresh start away from their home because of an abusive relationship, Marcus is capable of anything and the girls do not want to be found. Just when life is getting back on track, something utterly devastating happens and Claudia is left sickened that Marcus has found them but has he? I don’t want to give anything away but I really admire Marcy, Claudia’s mother, I feel as though she is a very courageous woman, with having her family and friends around her I knew she would get there in the end. The rehabilitation process is a long and hard one speaking from experiences, not like what Marcy has had to go through but it is a long process and as long as you have your family behind you, I know it can be done. Susan Lewis books always have a habit of staying with you for a long time. I think this is a very good book and written well. It just begs the question could you forgive or would you?

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Light and Shade serious (and not so serious) poems By Kevin Morris

Light and Shade serious (and not so serious) poems By Kevin Morris

Life is full of light and shade. For to be human is to experience joy, beauty, love, pain and laughter. This collection reflects all facets of human experience. hence the title ‘Light and Shade; serious (and not so serious poems)’.

My Thoughts:

I am really getting into poem books now, I like the fact that this one is divided into sections, one section has thought provoking and serious poems and the other has amusing poems. I enjoyed the majority of the poems Vanity was probably my favourite. I like poems that make you think but I also like poems that are funny and make me smile, Kevin has got a good balance of both here. A really good poem book.

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