Christmas Gift Guide- Mum Edition

Is it too late to do a gift guide this far into December? If the answer is yes, then we can just see this as a ‘What I’ve got my Mum for Christmas‘ post…

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Elizabeth Arden Miracle Moisturisers

Firstly, you can’t go far wrong with a good gift set. My Mum is always complaining that she has never been able to find a decent lip product. So for a while, I’ve wanted to buy her the Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream. However, when I went to purchase it, this little combination came up and I liked that my Mum would have a variety of products.

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During the Summer, my Mum and I both read a book that immediately had us gripped. (Featured in a book club post here.) It is actually part of a series and for Christmas, I finally got around to ordering the second one. What’s great about this is that my Mum will have more than likely forgot about our love for the first book and (hopefully) it will be a pleasant surprise when she unwraps the second.

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St. Christopher Pendant

A bit of a luxury present now, I went 50/50 with my Dad for. It’s something my Mum had said she’s always liked but that it was expensive so she’d totally understand if we couldn’t get it. But my Mum deserves the world so this necklace was an easy choice.

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If all else fails and you’re just completely lost for what to get someone for Christmas, just go shopping with them. I went shopping with my Mum and in one store my Mum said how much she liked this purse. So I’ve bought it and it was just a easy present I didn’t have to put much thought into.

Bit of luck my Mum doesn’t know how to read my blog right?

Lots of Love,

         Sophie

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November Favourites 2018

November feels like it was the longest month. However, its officially the Christmas season and that’s enough to make everyone happy, right?! Anyways, here’s a few of my favourites from the month.

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Towards the start of November I spent the day at the Trafford Centre with my family. The last time I was there was probably 10 years ago, so it was a super weird feeling walking around and vaguely remembering everything. Now I live much closer to the place, its exciting to know that I can have the best shopping days more often.

I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here

November was the month that arguably one of the best shows started; I’m a Celebrity. Although this year, I’m not impressed, it seems to have only just started and now the final is tonight (of course this is an exaggeration, its been on for the usual three weeks.) I have surprisingly loved Holly Willoughby replacing Ant and I would love if Harry Redknapp or John Barrowman won. If you’ve been watching this year, who would you like to win?

4My last post was documenting my trip to the Bowes museum, so I thought it only fair to include in my favourites. Quite frankly, I’m still in admiration for the designers work I saw that day and its only just cemented my love for Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen.

Music

My song choice of the month has been ‘Sweet but Psycho by Ava Max’. Every time this song comes on the radio, it is turned up. Its just one of those songs that you’ve just got to sing along to.

3It feels like its been a while since I’ve mentioned an actual product in a favourites. But during November I purchased Garnier Pure Active 3 in 1 clay. Certain times of the month, my skin starts feeling a tad oily, which is why I wanted to try something for it. I love that you can use this in three different ways but what has been working for me is using it once a week or more if I need it as a face mask. I like that you don’t have to leave it on your skin for ages (2 to 3 minutes), so its not time consuming and it leaves my skin feeling really fresh.

2Saving the most important favourite until last. The NHS is such an incredible service that is taken for granted. ‘Hospitals in race to combat ‘toughest ever’ winter crisis for NHS’  and ‘Our NHS is struggling to survive in its current form. Time for a radical overhaul’. These types of headlines are circulating the news everyday and whilst you can hope change starts soon it doesn’t really sink in until you know someone or its yourself, who needs the service. During November, two of my family members needed the NHS, my Nana unfortunately experienced Intensive care and my Mum experienced the Paramedics and A&E. All as equally as important as each other. But all under just as much strain. I’m so grateful for the NHS, however we need to learn quickly how to look after it.

What did you love during November?

November Favourites 2017

November Favourites 2016

November Favourites 2015

Lots of Love,

         Sophie


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Bowes Museum- Photography

What a tiring couple of weeks it has been. Does anyone else have a busy/stressful time and as soon as it starts to calm down you end up feeling ill? Well anyways, a little while ago I took a trip to the Bowes Museum in County Durham with my University. I wanted to post about this last week but my Mum unexpectedly ended up in hospital, hence why I didn’t get to post anything. Anyways, she’s feeling a lot better now so I thought I’d share the pictures I took.

1The exhibition itself was so much better than I could have imagined.

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The sparkle on this dress could only be appreciated in person. You can also tell how luxurious it is because it was one of the few garments behind glass.

63This Comme des Garçons garment really took my breath away.

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9It was such a beautiful stately home which created the most elegant setting, contrasting well with the garments.

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I spent the majority of the day in absolute awe of the garments. But a couple of garments caught my attention immediately, this being one of them. To the point where I had to get a selfie. During a-levels, Vivienne Westwood was a big inspiration, particularly the pirate collection. So to see the garment in real life was amazing. I also got to see the other big garment that inspired me a lot during my design was the Alexander McQueen, The Horn of Plenty collection.

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Sorry for the shorter post this week, life should resume as normal now and its officially the start of Christmas?! How very exciting…

Lots of Love,

           Sophie


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What I Wore in a Week (Uni Edition)

This week was my first full week at uni, if you can even call it that because I still get Fridays off. But anyways I thought it was the perfect opportunity to do a What I wore in a week…

Monday

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With this post in mind, I wanted to start the week off strong. What better way to do that than wear one of my favourite tops?! The sleeves on this top are different to anything else I have in my wardrobe. The trousers are just a staple in my wardrobe because of how comfortable they are.

Outfit Details:

Tuesday

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For some reason, I had the energy to put effort into my hair and I was quite happy with the result. The mustard sweater is my most recent purchase, I’m trying to be more selective with what I buy recently (a post explaining why coming soon). But I know I’m going to get a lot of wear out of this, with Winter around the corner.

Outfit Details:

Wednesday

I lasted halfway and then I forgot to ask my Mum on a morning to take my picture. So for the last two days you’ll have to deal with a mirror selfie. However, you can still see what I wore..

Outfit Details:

Thursday

This was a ‘I-don’t-know-what-to-wear-so-lets-just-go-for-comfort’ kind of outfit. Although who doesn’t love a slogan tee. I’m also clinging onto being able to wear my jacket even though its starting to slightly too cold for it.

Outfit Details:

  • Top
  • Trousers (LINKED ABOVE)
  • Jacket (SIMILAR)

And that was my week in outfits. I love doing these types of posts, it just feels like it has so much more content than just a regular OOTD. Of course it could be a lot more successful without the mirror selfies.

Lots of Love,

       Sophie


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October Favourites 2018

I’ve just about got my head around these darker evenings but that doesn’t mean I have my head around the fact its NOVEMBER. This year has just been a whirlwind and I think the majority of people would have to agree. Anyways, October was no exception, hence why I have fewer favourites, it was a busy month…

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Obviously walking your dog is just one of those everyday tasks that has to be done. But throughout October, I really appreciated the fresh air. Usually by this time of year the weather has turned much colder and the chances of walking your dog in the rain has tripled. However, this year that’s not really been the case (this last week has made up for the rain though). I’ve just loved getting out for an hour, almost enjoyed it as much as Alfie has and we’ve met the loveliest old lady who lives the opposite side of the village. Halfway through our walk, we end up crossing paths with her and her dog and we just have a little chat.

Radio 1

I am spending a lot more time in the car recently. It can’t be helped, with traffic on the roads it usually takes me 45 minutes to get to uni. However, one thing that passes the time apart from the obvious full concentration on the roads has been BBC Radio 1. I love that you don’t have to listen to adverts, the music they play is usually quite good (I am there for the 9 am 10 minute takeover) and I find when the presenters do talk, its fairly interesting.

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How could I miss out on mentioning Halloween? I was kind of gutted I didn’t post on the 31st, like I usually do (2017, 2016, 2015). But I’d had such a long day at uni and the amount of trick or treaters we had, I actually didn’t get to sit down for very long. It was so surprising, in the old house we had a few people come to the door but it was never too many. This year, now living in a small village, I thought we’d be lucky to get one, clearly there’s a lot of kids in the village. My mum had bought 6 bags of sweets and at the end of the night we had maybe a handful left. Anyways, it ended up being surprisingly fun.

Is it too early to start Christmas shopping? I feel that once Halloween and bonfire night is out the way then its totally acceptable. Although this year I definitely had a few Christmas presents before Halloween and I’m okay about it. Christmas is one of the best times of the year and I love being able to get presents for my parents. I suppose I’m making life easier for myself by the time December rolls around and I’ll have just about finished Christmas shopping. We love an organised gal.

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I’m about to totally contradict myself now. In September, I posted ‘Why I didn’t like my First day at University‘ , which now seems a bit like clickbait. However, a lot has gone on since then; meetings have taken place, the course has been adjusted and strong friendships have been formed. I’m not saying I’m suddenly 100% in love with the course because that’s not the case. But the friends I’ve made are making it worthwhile and the course isn’t all bad. This was a picture of me with my finished shirt, not the best but it had just been an introduction to screen printing. So I guess you could say friends at uni are my last October fave.

Did you have a particular favourite throughout October?

October Favourites 2017

October Favourites 2016

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      Sophie.


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Reaching 1,000 Followers- A Look back.

Tuesday 30th October 2018.

That was the day I received the highly anticipated notification from WordPress, informing me I had hit 1,000 followers. Excitement was the initial feeling, but then what? I had suddenly reached a milestone I thought was unattainable for a small, little blog like mine.

For almost 4 years, I have been uploading on this platform. And yes, thousands of people achieve a lot more in that time, but I am still so proud it is something I’ve been able to keep going with. It’s been a slow burner, however I wouldn’t have it any other way. Anyways, thinking about what I could do to mark the occasion, I firstly came up with looking back at my old posts, to see how much it had (hopefully) changed.

1Ahh back when I blogged from my phone and thought it was a great idea to include emojis in the title. This was my first ever post and embarrassingly its still public for all to see (as are all my others). Back then, I knew I wanted to blog but had no idea where to start. I had read so many introductory/first posts from other bloggers, I just couldn’t conjure up my own start. Eventually, I decided that my first post was just going to not even acknowledge I was new to blogging and start simple ‘School Makeup’.

However, I have to say the photography for the first few months of blogging was really quite tragic. I was a gal who was clueless when it came to flat-lays and I thought the only way you could blur the background is to do it yourself in a free app. I also clearly thought you HAD to blur the background of every picture.

2I thought I’d include this picture because back in the day (I say this as if it was a lot longer than 4 years ago) my blog was completely anonymous. This was the best picture you were going to get of me; the back of my head. At that time blogging was new (to me), almost scary, I had no idea how much I was comfortable sharing with the world wide web. Soon after, I did realise that what I wanted to write about would involve me needing to show my face. Can you imagine if even now, I cropped my face out of OOTD’S? That could be a little odd.

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I can’t remember how I settled on a blog name, it wasn’t exactly rocket science using my first and middle name. But I’m glad I thought smart and its something I’ve been able to keep throughout and not feel the need to change. However, 4 years ago I thought ‘you must have a blog banner/logo/whatever you want to call them’. The first one is a good attempt, especially as I remember making it on Microsoft Publisher and I’m pretty sure the second one lasted a lot longer.

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See it was a gradual process of showing my face. Here we were getting a lot closer but I made the wise decision of wearing sunglasses almost half the size of my head, you know to really mask my identity. Also, filters were still a novelty to me, hence why I had about 626,742 on one picture.

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Late 2015, I finally figured out how to do a half decent flat-lay. I’d probably still be quite pleased if one of my flat lays turned out like this now.

6Its crazy to me that, Alfie, who couldn’t be more part of the family and I actually couldn’t imagine life without, was once not around but my blog was. I also love that I wrote about being so close to 100 followers. Even then, I remember not being able to get my head around why that many people would follow my blog.

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To this day, I would say this is still one of my favourite posts. It was surprisingly fun to test out all my lipsticks, match them up, write about them and compare prices. When you put a lot of effort into a post and it turns out as good/if not better than you expected, it kind of becomes memorable. This makes it seem like I haven’t put effort into a post since 2016 which is obviously not true.

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What came to mind when I saw this post was that at least my photography did improve. Some of my other favourite posts are where I’ve travelled to different places and have been able to purely upload photography. If I hadn’t of started a blog, I probably wouldn’t have a photography A level. Sometimes, its crazy to think that what you choose to do could have a knock on effect.

10I’d like to think that whatever I’ve posted, its something I’ve enjoyed writing about. For example, this ‘No Makeup Week’ I did last year, it seemed like a challenging task but because I was doing it for the blog, I did it. Again the knock on effect of that is I’ve probably spent the vast majority of this year wearing no makeup and I’m comfortable doing so. All because I had one small idea, I thought could be interesting on my blog.

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Finally, of course I’ve used my blog to document life events; getting a dog; GCSE’s; prom; A level exams; passing my driving test; moving house and now starting University. I’m so grateful to have this platform and whether I have 1,000 or stayed at 100 followers, I’d still probably be boring you all with my opinion and life.

I’m excited to see how blogging progresses and the plan is to do a small giveaway closer to Christmas as a thank you for 1,000 followers. Now let me go cry at the nostalgia I’ve got from reading my blog all evening…

Lots of Love,

          Sophie


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A Morning in Southport OOTD #24

Who knows how this happened, but I’m currently 4 people away from 1,000 followers!? For a while it seemed to be an unattainable goal and now I’m so close, its difficult to get my head around it. I also have no idea how to celebrate it? So if you have any ideas, please let me know.

In the meantime, I thought I’d share my morning with you. After moving house its all about finding where things are again, the shops, where to walk the dog and todays task; the beach. I was excited to see what Southport beach was like and to see Alfie’s response to an unfamiliar setting.

1Alfie’s response to the beach did not disappoint, he was inquisitive with everything. It always makes me so happy to see him happily exploring and also trying to drag me into the water with him.

 

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It is extremely difficult to get both of us looking at the camera at the same time.

This pink jacket was a recent purchase and I can honestly say I’m obsessed. It literally goes with every outfit. Hopefully I’ll be going into more detail soon, in a post about key pieces in my wardrobe.

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Outfit details:

Top* – Miss Selfridge

Trousers*- New Look

Shoes*- Topshop

Jacket: Topshop

*- I bought the items a while ago, so no longer on site.

65I don’t know how my Dad managed to capture such an image of Alfie but I’m so glad he did. I can’t decide whether its the funniest or weirdly the cutest picture and even though I look absolutely tragic, you can bet its never getting deleted from my camera roll.

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Hope you’re all having a lovely weekend.

Have you read my last OOTD? You can here.

Lots of Love,

           Sophie


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Empty House Tour

Wowwww it’s taken me a while to get round to writing this post. I want to say its because I’ve been trying to adjust being in a new house but also its because life has been an absolute whirlwind. Anyways, I had in mind to show you both the old and new house but the old house looked a state. So its a few old house pictures and majority new house, enjoyyy.

 

Starting off with the old house, this was the front and back. I’m not too sure what you’re supposed to say with house tour posts. However, one thing I loved about this house was the garden space and I loved the long (ish) drive up to the house.

 

I think Alfie was very spoilt to have so much space in the back garden to play and run around.

 

Something I probably miss about the old house is the big windows that let in the best light. Come the ‘golden hour’ the house was always had the BEST natural light shining in.

6Here is evidence that if I had shown you inside of the house, all the images were just going to be of furniture filled rooms. Example, my bedroom.

New House

 

Onto the new house, the day we moved in, Alfie had no clue what to do with himself. He just went from room to room and it took him a while to settle.

 

11An exciting thing about this house is that I get my own study. Its the perfect space to be able to sew, blog or just watch tv. It’s crazy how different this room looks now and I can’t wait to get the last few pieces to finish it off.

 

Main bathroom, downstairs toilet.

 

I love the living and dining room, its definitely the cosy place of the house. I’m so excited to see what it looks like during Christmas.

 

 

Another exciting place in the house is my bedroom. This is because I have my own en suite, its actually so nice to have my own bathroom and it just gives me a bit more privacy. Anyways, I’m so excited to do a bedroom post but again I have a couple more things I want to get before its properly finished.

I think that wraps up my post. Hoping it wasn’t one of my more boring posts to read, I know I like reading/watching house tours.

Lots of Love,

                                                                                Sophie


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September Favourites 2018

We’re 6 days into October and I still can’t get my head around it. Summer is well and truly over, whilst Autumn is in full swing. As I write this; its raining; the air is colder and the fog is coming in. Could it BE anymore autumnal?! Obviously typed that out in Chandlers voice… Anyways, if that friends reference went straight over your head, here’s what I loved during September.

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Starting with a social media sensation; Mrs Hinch. If you haven’t heard of her then you probably don’t have instagram. @mrshinchhome_x_ has got to be the fastest growing account I’ve ever witnessed and I can see why as she seems lovely. Her cleaning stories are genuinely so addictive to watch, not only funny but satisfying too. I liked cleaning to begin with but after following Mrs Hinch, I’m definitely more obsessed with it, who wouldn’t be when you get so many tips and tricks?! I am tempted to buy a ‘minkeh‘ when they come back in stock but I’m thinking that’s maybe a step too far with the obsession.

Following quite nicely on from the cleaning favourite is Zoflora, which enables the majority of cleaning. I probably started using Zoflora a little time before finding Mrs Hinch but had also heard about it from Lydia Millen. I flippin’ LOVE this stuff. It just makes everything smell so much better for absolutely ages. I couldn’t imagine using anything else to mop the floors with now. Favourite scent is ‘Linen Fresh’ but currently out of that so I have ‘Bouquet’ which smells good too.

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Its a usual occurrence on this blog to have a slightly odd monthly favourite. This time its Sudocrem. Since moving to a new area, my skin really broke out. Whether this was down to the stress of moving or even the change in water, I’m not sure. However, I am sure I was trying everything to calm my skin down. Then one night, in a last attempt, I applied Sudocrem before sleeping. Honestly, anyone would think I had used some expensive skincare product because my skin was 10x better in the morning. Hence Sudocrem had to be featured in a favourites because its really worked as a short term solution to my breakout.

During September, the good, cosy shows were starting to appear on T.V. and obviously I was there for it. In particular, Vanity Fair started and when it did, I just watched to see what it was like (it had been advertised a lot). Looking on Twitter, there was definitely mixed reviews but personally, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I haven’t read the book but if I had that could have changed my opinion on the adaptation. As its progressed, I’m surprised I like it because usually I like to have the main character as someone I warm to and want to do well. However, Becky Sharpe (the main character in Vanity Fair) is unbelievably manipulative. Having said all that, that’s probably why its so addictive to watch, because its different to other period dramas. Anyways, if you want to watch/catch up I think you can on the ITV hub. Cannot believe there’s only one episode left.

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September was the month that life became busier and I needed to integrate some organisation into my life. How? Lists of course. I strayed from using the ‘Reminders’ app on my phone and felt the need to actually write the jobs down. This is where Sticky Notes came in handy and on days when I wasn’t at University, I would use them to write down everything I needed to get done. Even though I’m starting to get used to this new timetable of events, I still feel the need to use sticky notes as reminders. I also think its much more satisfying being able to cross things off your list using a pen than just tapping it off on your phone.

My last favourite of September is ‘The Circle’, a new reality T.V. show where contestants are playing for popularity, using a uniquely designed social media platform ‘The Circle‘.  Players don’t actually meet each other, they’re all in separate apartments so you could pretend to be someone you’re not because you think with that profile you would be more popular. I started watching it because I’d never heard of anything like it but thought it was a genius idea. Both my Mum and I have been watching every episode and we agree its so bad its good and in turn its just very addictive to watch. If you have been watching it, my opinion on the contestants are; Dan to win (he is going to be heartbroken when he finds out about Kate) and (unpopular opinion) whilst Freddie isn’t a favourite, I do find some of the things he says funny and the show wouldn’t have been as entertaining if he wasn’t in it.

What did you love throughout September?

September Favourites 2017

September Favourites 2016

September Favourites 2015

Lots of Love,

                                                                                Sophie


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Sophie’s Book Club #11

Summer reading seems like a distant memory now. I wish I could go back to one of my ‘reading days‘ in early July, where my only problem was choosing which book to read next. Since moving house, I have been (slowly) reading a crime book based in Sweden, so these books are ones I read before moving.

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‘The One We Fell in Love with’ Paige Toon

This book took me back to when all I read was from the romance genre…

‘Phoebe is caught between a rock and a hard place. Settle down and get married, or return to the French Alps to pursue her passion? Eliza is in love with someone who is no longer hers. In fact, he probably never was… And her dream of becoming a successful musician seems to be vanishing before her eyes. Rose is out of a job and out of a boyfriend. To make matters worse, she’s been forced to move back in with her mother…But these very different girls have one thing in common. Angus. The one they fell in love with…’

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and it was a lighter read compared to the crime storylines I usually get gripped with. However, there was one character (if you haven’t read the book I don’t want to give any spoilers away) that I almost wanted to see how they developed.  At the same time, if the events that occurred didn’t happen, it wouldn’t have the same effect. *Excuse my poor attempt at reviewing but also not wanting to reveal the plot* Overall, it was a good book and I thought it was such a lovely, heart-warming ending.

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‘Afraid’ Mandasue Heller

I was hesitated to read this book, but once I picked it up, I couldn’t put it down…

‘When fifteen-year-old Skye’s mother finally does something so shocking that it can’t be hushed up, the police turn Skye over to the social workers – and that’s when the nightmare begins. No one will let her talk to her father. And the woman who is supposed to be helping her dumps her in a terrifying ‘home’ that’s more like a jail. But she still has one friend to turn to: the sympathetic girl she’s met in an internet chat room, the one who seems to have a home life as unhappy as Skye’s. So when Jade offers Skye – now alone in Manchester and nearly penniless – a safe place to stay, Skye is willing to trust her. Even when it isn’t Jade who turns up at the rendezvous, but a grown-up man who says he’s Jade’s brother…’

With this book, my Mum had actually got round to reading it first and her thoughts on it was that it was a very unnerving, scary book. The type of book you just have to keep putting it down, otherwise you literally won’t sleep at night, As you can imagine that review had me very hesitant to pick the book up at all. But then this was back in Summer, where I just so happened to be reading any book I could get my hands on. Anyways, when I did read it, I couldn’t agree with my Mum more, it was a very uncomfortable book. I think why this affected me so much is because it dawned on me that these kinds of horrific, disturbed people are real. On that cheery note, I think if you do happen to read this book, it is eye opening and you spend the entirety praying that Skye gets through it.

Reading is something I want to put more attention to again, so hopefully another book club post isn’t too far away from being uploaded.

Lots of Love,

                                                                               Sophie


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