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Book Review: I was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon

Genre: Historical fiction Rating: 5/5 Plot: Russia, July 17, 1918: Under direct orders from Vladimir Lenin, Bolshevik secret police force Anastasia Romanov, along with the entire imperial family, into a damp basement in Siberia, where they face a merciless firing squad. None survive. At least that is what the executioners have always claimed.Germany, February 17, 1920: A… Continue reading Book Review: I was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon

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Book Review: The Sea Witch Rising by Sarah Henning

Genre: fantasy/ YA Rating: 5/5 Plot: Alia has made a deal with the Sea Witch to give up her life as a mermaid in exchange for a human soul. Now she has only twelve hours left on land to win the prince she loves, or perish.But Alia’s sister, Runa, knows that the prince isn’t capable… Continue reading Book Review: The Sea Witch Rising by Sarah Henning

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Book Review: The Orphans Gift by Renita D Silva

Genre: Historical Fiction Rating: 5/5 Plot: She allows herself to kiss her perfect child just once. She wraps the baby in her last gift: a hand-knitted cardigan, embroidered with a water lily pattern. 'You're better off without me,' she whispers and although every step breaks her heart, she walks away. 1910, India. Young and curious Alice,… Continue reading Book Review: The Orphans Gift by Renita D Silva

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Book review: Every little Secret by Ruby Speechley

Genre: Thriller/Mystery Rating: She believed the lies... The truth will destroy her. Maddy Saunders’ life is unravelling. After the heartbreaking, unexpected death of 5-year-old daughter Chloe, she’s trying desperately to keep her family together for other daughter, Emily. But when the police inform her that husband Max is missing, the rucksack found at the bottom of a local canal… Continue reading Book review: Every little Secret by Ruby Speechley

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Book Review: The last letter from Istanbul by Lucy Foley

Genre: Historical Fiction Rating: 3/5 Plot: ISTANBUL, 1921 Before the Occupation, Nur’s city was a tapestry of treasures: the Grand Bazaar alive with colour, trinkets and spices; saffron sunsets melting into the black waters of the Bosphorus; the sweet fragrance of the fig trees dancing on the summer breeze . . . Now the shadow… Continue reading Book Review: The last letter from Istanbul by Lucy Foley

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25 Things you can do during during self isolation

Learn a language Read the Harry Potter seriesRead the classicsPractice embroidery Drawing/painting/ ColouringOrganise your house (sort through your cupboards, sort through your wardrobe)Start gardening Watch all your favourite moviesLearn to knit learn to cook/bake Learn to alter your clothesPractice mindfulnessPractice penmanship Practice arithmetic Memorise the capitals of the worldPerfect your makeup/ Try out new hairstyles… Continue reading 25 Things you can do during during self isolation

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Outline of my YA debut with the OCA

• Chapter one: Clara suspect that she has chronic fatigue syndrome along with her cerebral palsy and begins to blog about it where she meets Anastasia who offers her advice and guidance and an online friendship blossoms • Chapter two: Anistasia’s parents are offered jobs in England near to where Clara lives - Anistasia is… Continue reading Outline of my YA debut with the OCA