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Happy April everyone! I hope the long weekend was relaxing and that you hopefully didn't eat chocolate till you were sick (although it is sometimes tempting). My family & I went to Taupo again which is becoming one of my favourite places. I started the weekend with good intentions and brought my uni readings and intended to work on my assignments (one of which is due this week). Didn't do any reading, did work a little bit on one assignment. I just couldn't get into it, I was in holiday mode and not in my usual setting. Now that I'm back home I really need to get to it.

Before I left I'd pretty much finished The Boat Runner* and when I got home tonight (last night as you're reading this) I finished it off. Usually, there's a gap between when I finish a book to when I write about it which isn't really good for me as I tend to forget the plot. Not this time (hopefully).

The story revolves around Jacob Koopman, he is 14 years old when WW2 starts and he lives in a small Dutch town with his parents, brother & uncle. The narrative chronicles how the war impacts on his life; his town, friends, family as well as his own view of what is happening around him. As with any story set during a war, there are events which are tragic, and for Jacob three major ones greatly impact on his life. As a result, he makes a rash decision and enlists in the German army where he uses his experiences from helping his uncle on a fishing boat. He tries to forget/block out everything that's happened to him but the realities of war start to sink in and with the help of his uncle he attempts to leave Europe and head for Canada. 

As much as the story is about the physical journey Jacob takes it's really more about his emotional/mental journey. With the loss of his family/home/himself, he gets lost in the machine that is war and doesn't know who he is anymore. He kind of regains his sense of self at the end, becoming a boat runner and giving safe passage to Jewish refugees.

3 stars

Have you read The Boat Runner? What were your thoughts?

Ashley xx
*Review copy from Harper Collins NZ 

Review | The Boat Runner

Tuesday, 3 April 2018


Happy April everyone! I hope the long weekend was relaxing and that you hopefully didn't eat chocolate till you were sick (although it is sometimes tempting). My family & I went to Taupo again which is becoming one of my favourite places. I started the weekend with good intentions and brought my uni readings and intended to work on my assignments (one of which is due this week). Didn't do any reading, did work a little bit on one assignment. I just couldn't get into it, I was in holiday mode and not in my usual setting. Now that I'm back home I really need to get to it.

Before I left I'd pretty much finished The Boat Runner* and when I got home tonight (last night as you're reading this) I finished it off. Usually, there's a gap between when I finish a book to when I write about it which isn't really good for me as I tend to forget the plot. Not this time (hopefully).

The story revolves around Jacob Koopman, he is 14 years old when WW2 starts and he lives in a small Dutch town with his parents, brother & uncle. The narrative chronicles how the war impacts on his life; his town, friends, family as well as his own view of what is happening around him. As with any story set during a war, there are events which are tragic, and for Jacob three major ones greatly impact on his life. As a result, he makes a rash decision and enlists in the German army where he uses his experiences from helping his uncle on a fishing boat. He tries to forget/block out everything that's happened to him but the realities of war start to sink in and with the help of his uncle he attempts to leave Europe and head for Canada. 

As much as the story is about the physical journey Jacob takes it's really more about his emotional/mental journey. With the loss of his family/home/himself, he gets lost in the machine that is war and doesn't know who he is anymore. He kind of regains his sense of self at the end, becoming a boat runner and giving safe passage to Jewish refugees.

3 stars

Have you read The Boat Runner? What were your thoughts?

Ashley xx
*Review copy from Harper Collins NZ 

I've been planning to do this for a while and I can't believe I'm putting up the first post. Sometime last year I wrote a post on passion & motivation and it kind of inspired me to start a series. First up is Sophie from Nana Wintour whose blog was the first one I'd ever read and what gave me the idea of starting one of my own. She writes about books, beauty, fashion, as well as personal posts and I'm so happy that she kicks off the series.

For you, does passion/motivation interweave or are they separate?
Personally, I think they go hand in hand. With passions and an enthusiasm for life and whatever it may entail, I feel like you can be so driven to do whatever it is you set your mind to. They definitely can be seen as separate entities but they really do intertwine and form quite the dream team when utilised well. 

What areas are you passionate about? Career, side/creative projects etc.
Good question! I like to think I’m quite a passionate, enthusiastic person. I love my work-even though it’s not really a creative job. The people and the supportive, awesome environment it is makes me feel really lucky. It really is like a big family. I love my side-hustle, mostly non-paying btw. For me that is primarily writing, whether it be for my own blog or other outlets. Writing has always been something that has filled me with such enthusiasm and excitement I suppose. It seems to be something I can really do effortlessly. Tying in with that, words are obviously a huge source of love for me. I often think about how powerful they really are and how they can communicate so much. 


What is it about these areas that makes you motivated to achieve goals/get stuff done?
Hmm because my workplace is so positive and there’s always a lot of laughter and the like, it makes me want to work hard. Of course I have days where I’d rather be catching some extra zzz’s and maybe want to throw my desk phone out the window but the good far outweighs the bad. In terms of writing-goodness knows I procrastinate a lot sometimes. Once I get going though I find I can’t really stop until I’ve finished. For time’s sake I often come back to blog posts and write bits and pieces. I guess because it’s something I genuinely love doing and want to succeed at+better myself, it makes me want to get shit done so to speak.

How do you get through periods of feeling less motivated/passionate?
This is something I’ve definitely been struggling a bit with lately. For me stepping back a bit is extremely helpful. Thanks to social media, which I otherwise love for the most part, it’s all too easy to get swept up in what everyone else is doing. Don’t do it. Following people for the sake of it? Unfollow them. Taking a break is great too-I’m thinking particularly with blogging here. I remember back in the day I used to find the idea of taking blog breaks horrifying. Now I do them quite regularly. It’s perhaps less noticeable because I’ll still be posting but my weeks are less filled up with writing posts, scheduling woes and the like because of it. Maybe that’s just because I work full time but when it begins to feel tedious or unenjoyable, I know it’s time to step back for a bit.


Where do you find sources of motivation & ideas? Other people/art/blogs etc.
So many places-I’d be here all day if I listed them all. Sometimes it can be something as simplistic as having a conversation with someone. Actually conversation is another thing I love, I’m sure people wish I’d be quiet sometimes haha. Seriously though-good banter=great inspiration, most of the time. As I am quite a visual person-things like films and literature are a huge source. Flicking through magazines is another. As cliché as it sounds, taking the time to not stare at a screen whilst walking to and from work for example can be a huge inspiration. Whether that’s noticing the colour of the sky, the oversized shades a stranger dons, an appealing typeface on a window. Honestly though I often get inspiration at the weirdest of times. Case in point: I was looking out the window of a train when a series on my blog came to me. Not sure what inspired it but I quickly grabbed my phone and wrote notes down.

And finally, are there any future projects/goals you're excited about in 2018?
No concrete projects as such. I really, really need to get my act together and overhaul my blog design. It’s stale and I want a refresh. Other than that, for me it’s getting published elsewhere-which kinda scares me because not hearing back is the worst but actually submitting things is quite nervewracking in itself. Honestly though, whoever says “yep, I’ll print that” will probably make my year. 


Thank you so much to Sophie for her amazing answers and being the first of the series. Make sure you check out her blog as well her Instagrams: @nanawinour & @whatsophieread.

Ashley xx

Passion & Motivation with Nana Wintour

Thursday, 22 March 2018


I've been planning to do this for a while and I can't believe I'm putting up the first post. Sometime last year I wrote a post on passion & motivation and it kind of inspired me to start a series. First up is Sophie from Nana Wintour whose blog was the first one I'd ever read and what gave me the idea of starting one of my own. She writes about books, beauty, fashion, as well as personal posts and I'm so happy that she kicks off the series.

For you, does passion/motivation interweave or are they separate?
Personally, I think they go hand in hand. With passions and an enthusiasm for life and whatever it may entail, I feel like you can be so driven to do whatever it is you set your mind to. They definitely can be seen as separate entities but they really do intertwine and form quite the dream team when utilised well. 

What areas are you passionate about? Career, side/creative projects etc.
Good question! I like to think I’m quite a passionate, enthusiastic person. I love my work-even though it’s not really a creative job. The people and the supportive, awesome environment it is makes me feel really lucky. It really is like a big family. I love my side-hustle, mostly non-paying btw. For me that is primarily writing, whether it be for my own blog or other outlets. Writing has always been something that has filled me with such enthusiasm and excitement I suppose. It seems to be something I can really do effortlessly. Tying in with that, words are obviously a huge source of love for me. I often think about how powerful they really are and how they can communicate so much. 


What is it about these areas that makes you motivated to achieve goals/get stuff done?
Hmm because my workplace is so positive and there’s always a lot of laughter and the like, it makes me want to work hard. Of course I have days where I’d rather be catching some extra zzz’s and maybe want to throw my desk phone out the window but the good far outweighs the bad. In terms of writing-goodness knows I procrastinate a lot sometimes. Once I get going though I find I can’t really stop until I’ve finished. For time’s sake I often come back to blog posts and write bits and pieces. I guess because it’s something I genuinely love doing and want to succeed at+better myself, it makes me want to get shit done so to speak.

How do you get through periods of feeling less motivated/passionate?
This is something I’ve definitely been struggling a bit with lately. For me stepping back a bit is extremely helpful. Thanks to social media, which I otherwise love for the most part, it’s all too easy to get swept up in what everyone else is doing. Don’t do it. Following people for the sake of it? Unfollow them. Taking a break is great too-I’m thinking particularly with blogging here. I remember back in the day I used to find the idea of taking blog breaks horrifying. Now I do them quite regularly. It’s perhaps less noticeable because I’ll still be posting but my weeks are less filled up with writing posts, scheduling woes and the like because of it. Maybe that’s just because I work full time but when it begins to feel tedious or unenjoyable, I know it’s time to step back for a bit.


Where do you find sources of motivation & ideas? Other people/art/blogs etc.
So many places-I’d be here all day if I listed them all. Sometimes it can be something as simplistic as having a conversation with someone. Actually conversation is another thing I love, I’m sure people wish I’d be quiet sometimes haha. Seriously though-good banter=great inspiration, most of the time. As I am quite a visual person-things like films and literature are a huge source. Flicking through magazines is another. As cliché as it sounds, taking the time to not stare at a screen whilst walking to and from work for example can be a huge inspiration. Whether that’s noticing the colour of the sky, the oversized shades a stranger dons, an appealing typeface on a window. Honestly though I often get inspiration at the weirdest of times. Case in point: I was looking out the window of a train when a series on my blog came to me. Not sure what inspired it but I quickly grabbed my phone and wrote notes down.

And finally, are there any future projects/goals you're excited about in 2018?
No concrete projects as such. I really, really need to get my act together and overhaul my blog design. It’s stale and I want a refresh. Other than that, for me it’s getting published elsewhere-which kinda scares me because not hearing back is the worst but actually submitting things is quite nervewracking in itself. Honestly though, whoever says “yep, I’ll print that” will probably make my year. 


Thank you so much to Sophie for her amazing answers and being the first of the series. Make sure you check out her blog as well her Instagrams: @nanawinour & @whatsophieread.

Ashley xx

I hadn't heard of the brand Dermaviduals before and when I was contacted about their products I was interested in trying some out. The products are based on the principals of Cornotheropy and it targets the maintenance of the skins natural barrier as well as the prevention of ageing. The brand was founded by Dr Hans Lautenschläger and treats skin conditions such as acne, skin ageing, pigmentation and eczema. The products are free of emulsifiers, preservatives, fragrances, mineral oils, silicones, dyes and amines. I'm not entirely sure what any of those are so it's a good thing they aren't in the products.

Acne is pretty much one of biggest issues with my skin. It just never seems to disappear so I was eager to see if using the products would lead to any improvement. I was sent the Skin Clarity Kit* which also included a nice travel bag for skincare which is always handy to have. Inside were four products which have had an effect on my skin.

  
So to start off there's the Cleansing Gel* which you apply to your face and neck. As an added measure I also like to go in with a sonic cleansing brush cause I like to think it helps, and also cause it just feels nice. Once I've rinsed it off I apply the Lotion P* which comes in a spray bottle. My face is typically oily/combination and once I've used these two products my skin becomes drier.


Next is the Liposome Concentrate Plus* which comes in a dropper. This is more of a spot treatment so apply to the areas that are really annoying. Lastly is the PlutioDerm Plus* which moisturises your skin. 

The Results
So after using the products everyday for a while I actually started to notice a difference in my skin. It started to clear up more and my skin was less oily. Being a bit of a lazy person I'd often forgo the regime which resulted in a number of breakouts. So once again I started using the products and once again saw an improvement. For the most prominent spots, I also applied some of the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion which dealt with them.

So overall the products actually had a positive effect on my skin which is a nice change. I'll keep going with the regime and hopefully, my skin will improve even more.

Dermaviduals is available in over 47 clinics across New Zealand. The range includes cleansers, serums, face and body moisturisers to mineral makeup.

Ashley xx
*Products sent for review. Opinions are my own

Dermaviduals Skincare

Tuesday, 20 March 2018


I hadn't heard of the brand Dermaviduals before and when I was contacted about their products I was interested in trying some out. The products are based on the principals of Cornotheropy and it targets the maintenance of the skins natural barrier as well as the prevention of ageing. The brand was founded by Dr Hans Lautenschläger and treats skin conditions such as acne, skin ageing, pigmentation and eczema. The products are free of emulsifiers, preservatives, fragrances, mineral oils, silicones, dyes and amines. I'm not entirely sure what any of those are so it's a good thing they aren't in the products.

Acne is pretty much one of biggest issues with my skin. It just never seems to disappear so I was eager to see if using the products would lead to any improvement. I was sent the Skin Clarity Kit* which also included a nice travel bag for skincare which is always handy to have. Inside were four products which have had an effect on my skin.

  
So to start off there's the Cleansing Gel* which you apply to your face and neck. As an added measure I also like to go in with a sonic cleansing brush cause I like to think it helps, and also cause it just feels nice. Once I've rinsed it off I apply the Lotion P* which comes in a spray bottle. My face is typically oily/combination and once I've used these two products my skin becomes drier.


Next is the Liposome Concentrate Plus* which comes in a dropper. This is more of a spot treatment so apply to the areas that are really annoying. Lastly is the PlutioDerm Plus* which moisturises your skin. 

The Results
So after using the products everyday for a while I actually started to notice a difference in my skin. It started to clear up more and my skin was less oily. Being a bit of a lazy person I'd often forgo the regime which resulted in a number of breakouts. So once again I started using the products and once again saw an improvement. For the most prominent spots, I also applied some of the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion which dealt with them.

So overall the products actually had a positive effect on my skin which is a nice change. I'll keep going with the regime and hopefully, my skin will improve even more.

Dermaviduals is available in over 47 clinics across New Zealand. The range includes cleansers, serums, face and body moisturisers to mineral makeup.

Ashley xx
*Products sent for review. Opinions are my own

The fact that I'm writing this post means that I managed to survive on my own in Wellington. I went down for uni, a compulsory contact course which to be honest is what put me off from doing the degree sooner. My good old friend anxiety convinced me that I wouldn't be able to manage on my own in a city far away from home and I always felt I was one step away from having a panic attack. Happy to say there were no panic attacks and thanks so copious amounts of pre-planning I managed to get myself around the city.

The first obstacle occurred before I even reached Wellington. Getting on a big metal craft and being propelled high off the ground. I've always fantasised about travelling to amazing locations but I always block out the fact that I'm kind of nervous when it comes to flying. I know it's the safest way of transport but your still trapped high off the ground with no control. The plane to Wellington had a TV which was great, I distracted myself by watching a movie. I've noticed my nerves follow a pattern, I get really anxious and nervous in the days leading up to it but when I'm actually on the plane I had this weird calmness come over me. That, however, disappears when there's turbulence and you feel the plane go up and down.

When I safely made it onto the ground I successfully found the bus and got into the city. I checked into my motel, dumped my suitcase and wandered around the city. An observation I made is that Wellington is very confusing to navigate. With Auckland, you've got Queen Street which cuts right down the middle but Wellington is like a grid. I'd often lose my bearings but after some walking I'd find my way out. Another thing which I'd stupidly forgotten is that Wellington is very windy. I packed a cardigan at the last minute which was a lifesaver cause it was a bit chilly. 


The majority of Saturday & Sunday was dedicated to the contact course. First off I had to find my way to Massey which got a bit confusing but I figured it out. The highlight of the whole weekend would of have to have been going behind the scenes at Te Papa and looking through the collections in storage. Collection Care is the area I'm most interested in so it was fascinating to see everything.

Monday was my last day; I checked out, saw a movie, caught the bus back to the airport and flew back to Auckland. Of course, I got there a few hours early but I would rather wait than be in a panic rushing. Was once again nervous for the flight, the plane I was on unfortunately didn't have a TV + my phone was playing it up so it wasn't playing music properly. There was a bit of turbulence, most of the flight I couldn't see a thing but I made it back to a wet Auckland in once piece. 

It was probably one of the longest weekends ever but I enjoyed most of it and reminded me why I'm doing the degree in the first place.

Ashley xx

First Solo Trip to Wellington

Thursday, 15 March 2018


The fact that I'm writing this post means that I managed to survive on my own in Wellington. I went down for uni, a compulsory contact course which to be honest is what put me off from doing the degree sooner. My good old friend anxiety convinced me that I wouldn't be able to manage on my own in a city far away from home and I always felt I was one step away from having a panic attack. Happy to say there were no panic attacks and thanks so copious amounts of pre-planning I managed to get myself around the city.

The first obstacle occurred before I even reached Wellington. Getting on a big metal craft and being propelled high off the ground. I've always fantasised about travelling to amazing locations but I always block out the fact that I'm kind of nervous when it comes to flying. I know it's the safest way of transport but your still trapped high off the ground with no control. The plane to Wellington had a TV which was great, I distracted myself by watching a movie. I've noticed my nerves follow a pattern, I get really anxious and nervous in the days leading up to it but when I'm actually on the plane I had this weird calmness come over me. That, however, disappears when there's turbulence and you feel the plane go up and down.

When I safely made it onto the ground I successfully found the bus and got into the city. I checked into my motel, dumped my suitcase and wandered around the city. An observation I made is that Wellington is very confusing to navigate. With Auckland, you've got Queen Street which cuts right down the middle but Wellington is like a grid. I'd often lose my bearings but after some walking I'd find my way out. Another thing which I'd stupidly forgotten is that Wellington is very windy. I packed a cardigan at the last minute which was a lifesaver cause it was a bit chilly. 


The majority of Saturday & Sunday was dedicated to the contact course. First off I had to find my way to Massey which got a bit confusing but I figured it out. The highlight of the whole weekend would of have to have been going behind the scenes at Te Papa and looking through the collections in storage. Collection Care is the area I'm most interested in so it was fascinating to see everything.

Monday was my last day; I checked out, saw a movie, caught the bus back to the airport and flew back to Auckland. Of course, I got there a few hours early but I would rather wait than be in a panic rushing. Was once again nervous for the flight, the plane I was on unfortunately didn't have a TV + my phone was playing it up so it wasn't playing music properly. There was a bit of turbulence, most of the flight I couldn't see a thing but I made it back to a wet Auckland in once piece. 

It was probably one of the longest weekends ever but I enjoyed most of it and reminded me why I'm doing the degree in the first place.

Ashley xx

Hello again, it's been a while. Last week was my first week back at uni and already I feel like I'm behind. This year is different as I'm studying via distance and one of the main things I've noticed is that there is a quite a lot of reading to do each week. I'm only doing two courses this semester which is half what I did while doing my BA & Honours but it feels the same. I am enjoying it so far, I'm doing a Museum's degree which will hopefully help with getting a job in the sector. This weekend I'm off to Wellington for a contact course where I get to meet other students and do other educational stuff. I'm a bit nervous, this is really my first trip on my own, but also excited for the adventure.

This past Tuesday I got just a little bit older. The number kind of terrifies me, I just try to ignore it till you have to sign up for something and have to put what age bracket you fit into. I hate those. I didn't really do anything, apart from study. Thrilling I know. My family got me a small carry on suitcase which is awesome. It's got wheels so I don't have to carry it around which is great. Now I just want to travel to all the places. I also got chocolate & liquorice which is always appreciated.

Usually every month I write about what books I plan to read for that month. I'm just gonna include it here as with all the readings for uni there isn't room for much else. I'm planning to take The Boat Runner by Devin Murphy* which I wrote about in February's post to Wellington. I'm also currently reading Are You Waiting for Monsieur Bellivier by Britta Rostlund* which is set in Paris and has a bit of mystery to it. After The Boat Runner I'm planning to start The Twelve Mile Straight by Eleanor Henderson* which is set in Georgia, 1930. The themes of race are prevalent in this book with a white sharecropper's daughter giving birth to two children; one light-skinned, the other dark. There's a mystery surrounding it which intrigues me.

So that's my little update. I have a feeling my blog schedule will be all over the place but I've got some exciting posts coming up which I can't wait to share.

Ashley xx
                                                                                                                                            *Review Copy

Life Update: Books, Uni & Birthday

Thursday, 8 March 2018


Hello again, it's been a while. Last week was my first week back at uni and already I feel like I'm behind. This year is different as I'm studying via distance and one of the main things I've noticed is that there is a quite a lot of reading to do each week. I'm only doing two courses this semester which is half what I did while doing my BA & Honours but it feels the same. I am enjoying it so far, I'm doing a Museum's degree which will hopefully help with getting a job in the sector. This weekend I'm off to Wellington for a contact course where I get to meet other students and do other educational stuff. I'm a bit nervous, this is really my first trip on my own, but also excited for the adventure.

This past Tuesday I got just a little bit older. The number kind of terrifies me, I just try to ignore it till you have to sign up for something and have to put what age bracket you fit into. I hate those. I didn't really do anything, apart from study. Thrilling I know. My family got me a small carry on suitcase which is awesome. It's got wheels so I don't have to carry it around which is great. Now I just want to travel to all the places. I also got chocolate & liquorice which is always appreciated.

Usually every month I write about what books I plan to read for that month. I'm just gonna include it here as with all the readings for uni there isn't room for much else. I'm planning to take The Boat Runner by Devin Murphy* which I wrote about in February's post to Wellington. I'm also currently reading Are You Waiting for Monsieur Bellivier by Britta Rostlund* which is set in Paris and has a bit of mystery to it. After The Boat Runner I'm planning to start The Twelve Mile Straight by Eleanor Henderson* which is set in Georgia, 1930. The themes of race are prevalent in this book with a white sharecropper's daughter giving birth to two children; one light-skinned, the other dark. There's a mystery surrounding it which intrigues me.

So that's my little update. I have a feeling my blog schedule will be all over the place but I've got some exciting posts coming up which I can't wait to share.

Ashley xx
                                                                                                                                            *Review Copy

In a few short days, I will once again have the title of student. I'm both excited/nervous. The coursework for the first week is up and I've started reading up. I know, I know. I'm trying to keep on top of it, although I try that every year but eventually end up falling behind. Hopefully, I'll still manage to have time/be motivated to keep reading non-academic stuff.

Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane*
I wasn't expecting to read this as fast as I did. It's an intriguing mystery in we, and main character Rachel, question whether or not we truly know a person. The story kind of has two parts to it. The first follows Rachel figuring out who her mother really was after her death as well as the identity of her father. This leads her to meet Brian. They reconnect years later after Rachel has a breakdown on TV and become married. After her breakdown Rachel becomes a recluse, getting the occasional panic attacks until something shocks her. Was her husband Brian truly who she thought he was. I was very invested in the story, I just kept wanting to read and find out what was going on. I liked the revelation at the end, it was kind of unique so it didn't feel liked I've read it before.

4 stars


Six Tudor Queens: Anne Boleyn by Alison Weir*

This is the second book in the series. I've read the first on Katherine of Aragon and I just love how they're from the female perspective, something that was very rare for that time. The story is told in the first person perspective of Anne Boleyn. Weir obviously would have taken creative license with her thoughts and feelings but includes all the historical dates & events. I really loved how the story of Anne & her relationship with Henry is written. It makes a lot of sense & doesn't portray Anne as deceiving from the outset. She caught the attention of the King & and was essentially a pawn of her fathers in order to get status. In the end she makes the ultimate sacrifice for her family. Wealth & status over love and in the end it, unfortunately, doesn't end well for her.

4 stars


What books have you read recently?

Ashley xx
*Review Copy

Review | Since We Fell & Six Tudor Queens: Anne Boleyn

Friday, 23 February 2018


In a few short days, I will once again have the title of student. I'm both excited/nervous. The coursework for the first week is up and I've started reading up. I know, I know. I'm trying to keep on top of it, although I try that every year but eventually end up falling behind. Hopefully, I'll still manage to have time/be motivated to keep reading non-academic stuff.

Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane*
I wasn't expecting to read this as fast as I did. It's an intriguing mystery in we, and main character Rachel, question whether or not we truly know a person. The story kind of has two parts to it. The first follows Rachel figuring out who her mother really was after her death as well as the identity of her father. This leads her to meet Brian. They reconnect years later after Rachel has a breakdown on TV and become married. After her breakdown Rachel becomes a recluse, getting the occasional panic attacks until something shocks her. Was her husband Brian truly who she thought he was. I was very invested in the story, I just kept wanting to read and find out what was going on. I liked the revelation at the end, it was kind of unique so it didn't feel liked I've read it before.

4 stars


Six Tudor Queens: Anne Boleyn by Alison Weir*

This is the second book in the series. I've read the first on Katherine of Aragon and I just love how they're from the female perspective, something that was very rare for that time. The story is told in the first person perspective of Anne Boleyn. Weir obviously would have taken creative license with her thoughts and feelings but includes all the historical dates & events. I really loved how the story of Anne & her relationship with Henry is written. It makes a lot of sense & doesn't portray Anne as deceiving from the outset. She caught the attention of the King & and was essentially a pawn of her fathers in order to get status. In the end she makes the ultimate sacrifice for her family. Wealth & status over love and in the end it, unfortunately, doesn't end well for her.

4 stars


What books have you read recently?

Ashley xx
*Review Copy

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