I loved reading Random Acts of Unkindness by Jacqueline Ward so I was pleased as punch to be offered a copy of the sequel Playlist for a Paper Angel to read and review. Oh and to be a part of the blog tour!

Playlist for a Paper Angel by Jacqueline Ward

Book Description

One child found, one child missing – what’s the connection?

DS Jan Pearce is still searching for her missing son. When she finds a little girl, Elise, alone in a pram in a busy town centre, she must unravel a mystery that takes her to the edge of her emotions. Then another child, Dara Price, goes missing.

Lisa Connelly, Elise’s mother, has been forced into a life of prostitution and has been leaving her little girl alone. Her gangland boss is holding her prisoner but she wants her little girl back.

Jan finds herself balancing her search for her son with finding Dara. Her right hand man, Mike Waring, is on another case so she and her temporary partner, profiler Damien Booth, must solve the puzzle and find Lisa before time runs out for Dara.

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I didn’t learn to drive at 17. I waited a few years. Thinking back now I have no idea why. When I started learning to drive I was a scaredy cat. I honestly thought I would never pass my test let alone go out and buy my first car.

I remember that first lesson. My driving instructor was called Chris, a nice bloke who was very patient. I suppose all driving instructors need to have some sort of patience and calmness about them. So that first lesson he picked me up from my mum and dads and drove me to our local leisure centre car park. I just hoped no one saw me as it was across the road from where I worked!

First Car memories and driving lessons

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I have had my current car for 9 years at the end of the year. It’s got fairly high mileage on it so will be on the lookout for another in the near future. But what’s got me thinking is how much mine is worth?

When it comes to selling your car, it’s important to consider its resale value. Many factors can affect the resale value, but if you are informed and prepared, you should be able to get top dollar for your vehicle.

factors affecting your car's resale value - car

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If your long-term relationship feels a bit stale and lacklustre, you aren’t alone – it’s normal in relationships that have matured past the initial stages. Nonetheless, many strategies exist designed to keep those sparks alive.

The following are four suggestions for those seeking positive ways to create their own customized intimacy-rejuvenation project. 

Keeping your marriage alive

Travel 

Many modern couples tell themselves they’ll take that romantic vacation once the kids are finished with school, once they get their mortgage paid off, or once they finally get that work promotion they’ve been striving for all these years. However, you don’t need to take a full-blown vacation to enjoy the benefits of getting away from your daily routine. Weekend getaways, however, are available options for almost all couples and can be enjoyed even by those with limited funds. If you can’t afford that romantic little bed-and-breakfast by the sea that’s been beckoning, book a camping spot in that same area instead. You’ll get the same environmental ambiance at a slim fraction of the cost, and sharing a meal and wine beside a campfire earns a higher rating on the romance meter than a candlelit dinner in a fine dining establishment any day.

Traveling outside the lines of the usual tourist season also results in significant savings – you might be able to get that little bed-and-breakfast booked for as much as half off the regular price if you visit when the maddening crowds aren’t part of the picture. If you can afford to splurge on deluxe accommodations from time to time, however, consider it a well-spent investment in your relationship. Few things recharge the senses and the spirit like a weekend spent with the one you love in luxurious surroundings. 

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I heard about this book a while ago. Long before I was asked if I wanted to pop along and be included on the blog tour. Something always struck me about the title – A Boy Made of Blocks. How does the title fit? I’m very intrigued to find out.

A Boy made of Blocks by Keith Stuart

Book Description

Meet thirtysomething dad, Alex
He loves his wife Jody, but has forgotten how to show it. He loves his son Sam, but doesn’t understand him. Something has to change. And he needs to start with himself.

Meet eight-year-old Sam
Beautiful, surprising, autistic. To him the world is a puzzle he can’t solve on his own.

When Sam starts to play Minecraft, it opens up a place where Alex and Sam begin to rediscover both themselves and each other . . . When life starts to tear one family apart, can they put themselves back together, one piece at a time?

A Boy Made of Blocks is a beautiful, funny and heartwarming story of family and love inspired by the author’s own experiences with his son.

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