This is the first review of a book for my blog! As I’m sure I have already said I have always wanted to be part of a book club – but having yet to find one I thought I would ramble away on here!
Fractured is one of the original books I selected from the Kindle Unlimited library – I loved the synopsis and knew it was a book that I wanted to savour and enjoy rather than read whilst watching TV in the evening.
The description for the book on the Amazon website is:
“What would you do if life gave you a second chance?
The night of the accident changed everything…
Now, five years on, Rachel’s life is crumbling. She lives alone in a tiny flat, working in a dead-end job, desperate with guilt over her best friend’s death. She would give anything to turn back the clock. But life doesn’t work like that… Does it?
The night of the accident was a lucky escape…
Now, five years on, Rachel’s life is perfect. She has a wonderful fiancé, loving family and friends around her, and the career she always wanted. But why can’t Rachel shake the memory of a very different life?
Gripping, romantic and heartbreaking, Fractured is a magical love story that asks: can two different stories lead to the same happy ending?”
I found from the first few pages I was hooked. The book is beautifully written and, unlike other books I have read in the same genre, didn’t feel predictable. From early on in the book I must confess I was trying to guess the ending – but my imagination of the conclusion was worlds apart!
One of the most poignant parts of the plot for me was at the point of the fracture in Rachel’s life when she is coming to the realisation that ‘her’ past and everyone else’s since that night 5 years prior are very different. I found myself really rooting for her to make her friends, family and medical professionals realise that there was a mistake; that she didn’t belong in that reality.
I loved the characters and the way that their interactions are portrayed throughout the pages of the book. I found myself truly absorbed within the world of the book; at several points I found myself crying while reading it. But note; not just through sadness! I think this book would make an amazing film – certainly one that would deserve a supply of chocolate, a box of tissues and the obligatory glass of wine!
If you would like to read it for yourself it is available from Amazon!
I would love to hear your thoughts on the book, or if you have any other suggestions of books you think I might like to read next!
I love reading, I can’t get enough of losing myself in the world held inside the pages of a good book. Unfortunately there are just not enough hours in the day to get a lot of reading squeezed in at the moment. It is the one reason that Winter is my favourite season; the days are shorter and you don’t feel as guilty about snuggling up on the sofa with a good book! I say book – I have moved over to using the Kindle app on my Smartphone now rather than reading a proper book! I have found for me the best and most cost effective way of reading is to use the Amazon Kindle Unlimited scheme. For £7.99 a month you can choose from over 700,000 titles ‘taking’ 10 out at a time; there are no late fees and they even offer a 30 day free trial. I have found it to be great and well worth the fee
I am trying to get the boys interested in books from a young age and they adore having Beatrix Potter books read to them at bedtime. “Squirrel Nutkin” and “The Flopsie Bunnies” are the two most frequently selected – I’m sure I could recite them from memory if required!
I have always wanted to be part of a book club but don’t have time to join an actual one that requires you to attend a meeting as such and for a while I was part of one on Facebook that fizzled out after a few months. So I will talk about my recent reads on here and would love to hear your thoughts as well!
I can’t believe that so much time has passed since my last post! Soooo much has happened in that time. Mark and I have had milestone birthdays and the boys are turning 3 in just a couple of weeks.
Since my last post the boys have made such amazing developments; they are still developmentally delayed in comparison to their peers but are so bright and just bursting with energy. A very brief catch-up on the last 12 months: Ethan was diagnosed with Diplegic Cerebral Palsey last year and Theo is potentially going to be assessed for being on the autistic spectrum. Both boys are non-verbal and we are making progress with objects of reference. They are the light and soul of our lives!
We have had a very exciting year with the business which has been great, but more about that later!
Although it may have been a year (or slightly more) since my last post I have been documenting bits and pieces to write about so over the next couple of weeks I will get it all written up and posted!
Ethan and Theo have always had lot’s of hair and we put off getting it cut for as long as possible, but after a few occasions of them being mistaken as being girls we thought enough was enough and booked them an appointment. This was of course after (briefly) contemplating having a go myself, but thinking ears could be difficult to reattach in the event of me getting distracted by the other twin and the scissors slipping, decided against it! We have now been to 2 hairdressers!
The 1st did a lovely job but it just felt unfriendly so we thought for our 2nd haircut we would try elsewhere and what a difference. The 2nd salon had a special chair for children with a horse head for them to play with – but the boys were more interested in bashing the shelf with an array of combs, brushes and anything else they cold reach! It felt much more tolerant of children!
Below pictures of during their haircut! Ethan left, Theo right [Note: I actually got this the wrong way around at first … oops!!]
After their haircuts having a little sit down, relaxing together with a real page turner! (Ethan right, Theo left)
All in all, the boys seemed to enjoy casing havoc and left with tidy haircuts!
I think if you have a less than happy experience try another salon! Both of the ones we have tried advertise that they are childrens hairdressers, but there is only one that I would use again!
I saw an advert for SmarTrikes when Ethan and Theo were still quite small and initially considered purchasing them for their 1st birthday (last July) but as the boys were so prem their development was quite delayed so decided to wait. I did however try and research online how other twin parents found having 2 children on SmarTrikes at once – and found little information….
We decided to get the boys their SmarTrikes for Christmas and I have to say they are great, they boys LOVE them! But as a twin mummy I don’t think I would be able to take them out on my own using them. They go in every direction when I try and control both at once! This could just be my inability to stear in a straight line but the fact that Daddy can’t very well either makes me think this is not the case!
One reason I loved the concept of the SmarTrike is that as the boys get older and more independant we can remove the parental controls (gradually!) and they then become trikes that they can race about on!
Ethan left, Theo right!
So as long as we go out together on them it’s great! The perfect excuse for long family walks!
We thought that the boys needed eye protection from the sun and what is cooler than identical twin boys in sunglasses?! So we did our homework and determined that Baby Banz were the best around, we got the boys the Retro Black style which we thought looked awesome! Typically after making such a purchase we then didn’t see any sun for what felt like forever, but then there was a sunny day and we got to use them! In the photos for the sunglasses the children/toddlers and babies all look happy and content wearing their awesome glasses, in reality this is not the case, at least not for us anyhow…….. Our first attempt at getting them to wear them was horrific; they screamed and ripped them off and in hindsight, probably wrongly we put the glasses back in their cases and thought we would try again another day. This was a mistake as the next time we tried they had learnt that if they didn’t want to they didn’t have to, there were tantrums and crying all round! But after what felt like a life time they kept them on!! And how cool do they look?!
We still have to persuade them to wear them (and they are pretty quick at whipping them off) but they are great and we would recommend them!
Ethan and Theo like nothing more (besides perhaps Peppa Pig) than going out in the buggy for a walk, rain or shine
We are currently on our 3rd twin pram, we have purchased all of them 2nd hand and including accessories such as rain covers, cozy toes etc have paid between £60 and £80. Each pram has had its pros and cons as with everything in life!
Our 1st prams is the Mclaren twin stroller!
- Reclines nicely and easily for sleeping babies and toddlers.
- Lots of room under the pram in the basket, we used this mainly when the twins were younger and Theo was still on Oxygen and we used to fit our medium sized cylinder under the pram! There are also some great sized pockets behind each seat, these are velcro fastened so easily opened and closed.
- Simple to put up and collapse down, also folds down to quite a small size so easy to get in and out of the car boot!
- Although a twin buggy it is quite narrow so getting in and out of most doorways is done with ease!
- This pram has 12 wheels in total which can be tough to steer, I have mainly only noticed this when I have had to use this pram again after using one of the others!
- It is not great ‘off-road'; living in a rural area we go over fields etc now and then and it doesn’t cope brilliantly.
- I think as the boys have got bigger and are more toddler size they are a little squashed in this buggy.
Our 2nd buggy was the Jane power twin
- Being a tandem buggy we are as narrow as most single buggy designs making more places accessible.
- Nice size storage basket under the pram.
- Being only 3 wheels it was all terrain!
- The buggy has a hand brake which was very useful (as well as a foot brake).
- It also reclined quite easily.
- You can set the front wheel to either be free spinning or locked in one direction.
- We found that Theo did not like being in the back of the buggy and always being in the front meant that he got the most attention. With Ethan being quite shy anyway we felt that this might exaggerate this further.
- No storage pockets.
- We found that occasionally the free spinning front wheel when mounting and dismounting pavements could be a little unstable.
Our 3rd and current buggy is the Out ‘n’ about 360
- This is a side by side buggy.
- It is a 3 wheel all terrain buggy.
- Although a double buggy it is quite narrow still and fits through most doors.
- The seats are almost tub like rather than being flat – probably comfortable but we would prefer flat for posture!
- It only has 2 positions – sat up right or led flat.
- We have found this buggy the hardest of all 3 to get in and out of the boot.
In summary the Out ‘n’ About ticks the most boxes for us having the benefits of being a side by side but all terrain style. But I really like each of our buggies for different factors and I think the perfect buggy would be a hybrid of all 3!
All of the pros and cons listed for each buggy are only my own thoughts and experiences of using them and everyone’s needs in a buggy vary greatly. We for example did not want to use the Phil and Teds double style buggy where the rear passenger is lower down and we felt would not be able to see out easily. We even saw at a car boot sale one family didn’t bother with the concept of a buggy designed for two but had their other child in the storage basket under the pram! (I would not recommend this lol).
I hope you find my thoughts of interest, please feel free to comment your findings with buggies!
We love getting out and about as a family when we get the chance. We have joined the National Trust again recently as we have amazing properties such as Stourhead just down the road from us and walking around their beautiful lake is so relaxing. Being a very technology driven family it can be nice to get away from it all for an hour or so!
The boys LOVE animals and there was a new petting zoo type farm open up nearby, so I planned to take the boys along but due to the awful weather the opening launch had to be postponed until later in the week, which unfortunatly conincided with our relauch of Semi Precious Beads website so as Daddy couldn’t come with us my sister otherwise known as Auntie Pippa came with us. The weather for our day out at Little Lambs in Buckhorn Western was great and the boys loved it. They had their first ever go on a swing and met lots of different animals! We must have taken hundreds of photos! I don’t think that you can ever take to many photos
Ethan on the swing!
Theo with Auntie Pippa driving a tractor!
Ethan and Auntie Pippa!
Theo and Mummy!
My beautiful boys driving their tractors! (Theo left, Ethan right)
Auntie Pippa made a friend!
I love our days out as a family and Mark and I both working from home means that we can to some extent pick and choose our hours to fit our life! We have so many more days out planned!
After Theo was found to have some cardiac irregularities on his monitoring during his recent surgery he has had a 24 hour ECG carried out. I have to confess I was amazed that he kept the pads on but as usual he was a star!
We have now had confirmation that the ectopic heartbeat is benign!
Wow! Ethan and Theo have turned 1!
I had planned the most amazing birthday cake with Peppa Pig on for them and as time got nearer I realised that I had left it magnificently too late to make such a masterpiece…….. As you can imagine such a realisation signals the end of the world in Mummy terms and I can recall suggesting that people gauge how good a mother you are by the cake as I sobbed into a mixing bowl to make a sponge cake on the morning of their party.
I now feel in hindsight that the cake really didn’t matter, the boys had a lovely birthday even if the cake just had buttercream icing
There is always next year for the perfect cake!