Book Review & Giveaway- The Traitor’s Mark by D.K Wilson

I read The Traitor’s Mark by D.K. Wilson last year and recently came across another copy so I am offering it up in a little giveaway. It’s a great historical mystery novel set in Tudor England and based on a real unsolved Tudor Mystery.
The Traitor's Mark by D.K Wilson

Book Description:

The Real Crime: Hans Holbein, King Henry VIII’s portrait painter, died in the autumn of 1543. A century later a chronicler reported that the artist had succumbed to plague, yet there is no contemporary evidence to support this. Suspicions have been raised over the centuries, but the truth behind what actually happened remains a mystery.

Our Story: Young London goldsmith Thomas Treviot is awaiting a design for a very important jewelry commission from Hans Holbein. When the design fails to turn up, Thomas sends a servant to track Holbein down, only to discover that the painter has disappeared. 
In his hunt for Holbein and the lost design, Thomas is led into a morass of dangerous political intrigue, Spanish spies and courtiers that is more treacherous than he could ever have anticipated . . . 

My Review:
A really fantastic read, good characters, with a great setting. I love any books set in the Tudor period. The Traitor’s Mark is well written, describing how people used to live during those times. I love the fact that there is an element of real life to the book it gives it that special feeling. There is a perfect sense of mystery in the air while reading it. 
I didn’t feel as if I was missing anything with not reading the first book in the series, this could have easily been a standalone novel. Its an intriguing read for people with a love of history and mystery.
I gave The Traitor’s Mark by D.K Wilson 4 out of 5 stars

Paperback 400 pages
Published 1st August 2014 by Sphere
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April Bucket List

This is going to be my first ever bucket list post. I keep a blogging planner/journal jotting down plans for posts, books I need to read and review, social media stats and site visit numbers, so I thought why not bring everything together and write a post on my aims for the coming month. 

Books to read and review
1) Unwanted Truths by Tricia Haddon
2) The Reflections of Queen Snow White by David Meredith
3) When She Was Bad by Tammy Cohen
Increase social media followers

My current numbers from March are: 
Twitter 1996
Facebook 233
Instagram 279
Pinterest 238
I have always used Twitter the most so lots of room for improvement on the other channels.
Blog statistics for March 

Site views 1589
Blog visitors 679
Posts published 12
Blog Domain Authority (DA) 21
My site views for March were fantastic for my little blog due to running my 1st Blogiversary giveaway. 
My aim is to run at least one competition a month to try and encourage new readers to come and visit. 
Carry on improving the layout of my blog – I have started arranging the pages at the top of my blog but need to carry on with further tabs to make it easier to navigate around the different subjects. 
To try and leave the house more! – hard with a newborn, takes forever to get ready in the mornings! 
I hope you all have a good month and the weather continues to improve! 

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Looking back over March 2016

I had meant to write this post a few days ago, but I have been so busy with baby girl I didn’t realise the end of the month was here! So here it is – looking back over the month of March.
March has been a great month for us. My husband had his birthday and a week off from work. This gave us a really great first family week together. We went out and did something every day. This was great for me as I haven’t been able to drive due to my c-section.
March Roundup
We went out for lunch to our local Brewers Fayre, which was not the best experience I had as a breastfeeding mother, you can read about that Here.
We went for some lovely walks around where we live. Popped down to Hayle for one of the best Cornish pasties around at  Philps, then drove down to Marazion to eat them overlooking the sea and St Michael’s Mount. That’s what I call lunch with a view!

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Book Review : Unwanted Truths by Tricia Haddon

Welcome back to #BookReviewMondays, It has been a while since I actually picked up a book (or my Kindle) due to having very little time with a newborn. Baby girl takes up all of my time these days! 
Anyway I actually started Unwanted Truths by Tricia Haddon while I was in hospital being induced waiting for baby girl to arrive. I was in the delivery suite reading away in between contractions trying to take my mind off things. My midwife in there with us said to me that’s a great way to distract yourself from the contractions! It was only in the early stages of labour, the pain got too bad to carry on reading for too long!
So onto the book – I received an ebook copy of Unwanted Truths by Tricia Haddon from netgalley to read and review, and so I downloaded it to my Kindle. 
 Unwanted Truths by Tricia Haddon

Book Description

Family secrets – we all have them. But some are more devastating than others… 

Jenny Porter knows the name of every capital city in the world, but that doesn’t mean she has all the answers. When she discovers she is adopted, she has nobody to turn to and, unable to trust her parents or talk to her friends, she buries her feelings. 

A few years later, Jenny is happily married. She doesn’t love her husband, but she likes him enough to make the marriage work and raise a family. After the death of her parents, she finds herself reunited with her childhood sweetheart, Martin Barretti, and suddenly everything begins to unravel… 
Jenny and Martin begin a passionate affair and make the difficult decisions to leave their families and spend the rest of their lives together. Now living with the love of her life, Jenny decides to use the change in adoption law to find information about her birth family and is horrified to discover the truth. 
Will Jenny tell Martin what she discovered and risk their future falling apart? 
Or will she do as her adopted mother did years before, and keep her secret? 
Unwanted Truths is a captivating novel that delves into the emotions and issues involved in adoption, touching on the change in British society from the repressive 1950s to the liberal 1970s/80s. Set mainly in Brighton, East Sussex and London, it is a gripping read for fans of contemporary fiction and romance novels with a twist. 

My Review
I found the book slow to start with, and unfortunately it never got any better. It’s a well written novel that goes back and forth in Jenny’s life when she was a teenager right up to adulthood, but it lacks that oomph. I do like it being set in the 1950’s then in the 1970’s/1980’s though and gives us the idea of what life was like in the 1970’s for a teenage girl.
The main character Jenny is a smart girl and I did like following her life up to when she has her own family. The only part I found interesting was when Jenny discovers information about her birth family. There wasn’t really a lot more of the book that was intriguing and wanting you to read more. As I was reviewing it I did feel as if I should finish the book to get the whole story. 
I have given Unwanted Truths by Tricia Haddon 2 out of 5 stars
Kindle Edition: 336 pages
Published 28th April 2015 by Matador
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Disclaimer: All the views and opinions expressed are my own. Book cover image and book description from Goodreads for purpose of this review only.
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My Sunday Photo 03/04/2016

Ever since I told my mum I was expecting last Summer she has been knitting little hats and boots for baby girl. Knowing that she was going to be born in the Winter gave her the perfect excuse to knit and crochet lots of hats, booties and blankets. 
My Sunday Photo - knitted baby hats and booties
My mum uses any odd ends of wool lying about and turns them into cute hats. When my sisters, brother and I were little she used to knit us jumpers with all the Disney and cartoon characters on. Mine was Donald Duck! She has been asking me which Disney character I would like on a jumper for baby girl for next Winter. I am still deciding!
Hope you all have a lovely Sunday.
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Maybelline – The falsies push up drama mascara

Lots of Drama!

I love the falsies push up drama mascara! It gives great depth and volume to my lashes. Perfect for that going out dramatic look! Easy to glide on to your lashes. I tried the very black colour which is very dark for my light lashes. The bristles on the brush are cup shaped and help to push your lashes upwards. An excellent mascara! 
                                                                 Maybelline - The falsies push up drama mascara
I gave Maybelline’s Push up Drama mascara 5 out of 5 stars.
        I recieved the mascara for free from Maybelline, and this is my own honest opinion.