Winter chills

You know those books that give chills and keep you on the edge of your seat? It’s not much that they’re scary; rather, their gothic edge adds a haunted feel and the somewhat poetic writing sharply appeals to our senses, completely lacing us to the story.

Yep, from classics such as Jane Eyre and Rebecca, I do enjoy these plots full of torments and mystery, sometimes pointing to supposedly supernatural events, only to then have them explained. In my opinion, the writing shines so strongly in these books, through vivid descriptions that make us readers feel alongside the characters as well as “simple” unveiling of secrets and hidden treasures.

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When history is brought to life…

You guys, I just have to shamelessly fan girl tell you about Elizabeth Camden’s new book! Seriously, history lovers will be blown away by her craft style!

The thing about her books is that everything is intrinsic. There’s nothing there “by chance” and, at the end, I’m left stupefied by what I just read. Because to read one of her books is to truly travel in time and experience things so thoroughly that you almost believe you are one of the characters. The emotions jump out of the pages to completely enrapture you.

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Thoughts in October…

 

images“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”

― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

I adore Octobers. Truly. Because no matter where you are there is something special, be it apple ciders in the Northern Hemisphere or flowers blossoming in the Southern Hemisphere. My heart just skips a beat for the excitement coming ahead!

But this time, something just felt… off. I just couldn’t pinpoint what it was – probably a collection of a bunch of things that have been weighing my heart. I was telling my best friend this the other day and she suggested I should listen to “Build my Life” by Housefires.

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A Book and a Thought

looking glass lies

What do you see when you look in the mirror? Whose voices do you listen to?
I guess an obvious answer to this last question would be “my own”. But is it truly yours? Or have you let another person dictate your voice? And by that you’ve probably unintentionally let them dictate so much more – your feelings, your likes and dislikes, your self-worth.

In Varina Denman’s new book “Looking Glass Lies” we follow Cecily Ross’s journey. A journey of self-rediscovery. Of healing and forgiveness. And of letting go and opening up.
It is not an easy journey and many might think that the author chose the easy path by writing from where the character will be arriving at the “light at the end of the tunnel”.
But don’t be fooled. Not by a moment.
This journey Cecily Ross will have to go through is not easy at any moment.
The first chapter gives us a glimpse of what it was like for Cecily to feel as if she were living at the bottom of a pit. Throughout the book, Varina Denman gently peeled Cecily’s whole story with compassion, honesty and bravery and I was left heartbroken and without words. Speechless for all the abuse and damage that made her feel handicapped, invalid, and worthless. But also, I was speechless for her strength, her perseverance and  ability to let herself feel after everything she’d been through. She has a lot of fight in her, and this journey she is in is also about learning to use this fight for her and not against her.

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