Win a copy of Atonement by Ian McEwan

It’s been a while since I ran a competition due to troublesome morning sickness and extreme tiredness! So now I am feeling much better since hitting the second trimester, I want to get back to some kind of normality which is blogging and comping.
I first read this exact book over 10 years ago, and is one of my favourites, now I would like to share this beautifully written book with you. Atonement by Ian McEwan was also made into a film starring Keira Knightley and  James McAvoy. 
The story is a gracefully written English drama about two young lovers, Cecilia Tallis and Robbie Turner. Their lives are torn apart one summer’s day in 1934 when Cecilia’s jealous younger sister Briony constructs a lie and accuses Robbie of a crime he didn’t commit. This results in Robbie being placed in prison. The consequences of that day are shown over the course of six decades where Briony spends the rest of her life trying to atone for what she did.
           
You cannot cosy up with a great book without some chocolate, so I am also giving away a few little chocolates to go with Atonement.
To enter this giveaway, please fill in the Rafflecopter below. Due to postage costs this will be a UK only competition. Good Luck.
Rachel xx

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There is one prize of a paperback copy of Atonement and mini chocolates as shown in the image above – the prize is non-transferable and no cash alternative will be offered. The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter.com from all valid entries and be notified by Twitter. The winner will have 14 days to respond with a valid UK postal address before a new winner is selected. Open to all UK entrants aged 18 or over only. Facebook and Twitter are in no way associated with this giveaway. 
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#MySundayPhoto 23/08/2015

           
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Summer Time in the Garden

Over the past few weeks we can all agree that the weather has been not quite ‘Summer’ weather. We have had a few great days of sunshine here and there, but when it has rained, well it has almost been like the heavens opened and flooded us all. 
This mixture of warm and wet weather conditions has been perfect for gardens. As I walk around my parents garden and also my own I can see how all the plants look brighter, full of life – nature at it’s very best. 
This photo of the perfect bee accompanied by the lovely ladybird, is one of the few shots captured around the garden. I feel there is something very special about this picture.

All of the following pictures are taken with just a camera phone. Some of which can be very good these days for capturing those precious moments.

This gorgeous pink rose is one of my favourite colours. The petals are very pretty and perfectly formed.
One the slope part of my back garden, this type of reed plant has started to grow all by itself. It fits in perfectly with my other shrubs so I have left it where it is and weeded around it. The type of soil in my garden is clay so its always wet most of the time, especially with our damp climate in Cornwall. I’m assuming that these conditions are perfect for this type of reed, hence it growing very fast!
This gorgeous yellow flower completely brightens up the garden – reminds me of the sun.
I hope you have enjoyed my little tour of the gardens, you can keep up to date with future posts by following me on Facebook Twitter and bloglovin
Rachel xx

#MySundayPhoto 16/08/2015

               
Rachel xx
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A Very Exciting Time!

Well it has been a few weeks since I last blogged, and this is the reason why! My husband and I are expecting our first baby. It has been a long two years for us and we are so excited we are finally at this point. 
I have had the most terrible morning sickness and the usual tiredness that goes with being pregnant. So whilst working full time I haven’t had the energy in the evenings to blog or comp. I have been getting home from work and falling asleep on the sofa, so my poor little blog and readers have been neglected.
Now I am past the first trimester the sickness has worn off and I am feeling must better. My energy levels are coming back up so I am ready to get back on the blogging and comping train!
             
While starting back up my regular comping routine, I am very lucky to have won these wonderful and very useful books. The Baby Keepsake book and planner is absolutely adorable. It contains lots of little useful notes and pockets to add your own bits, while charting your progress. It’s perfect and I can’t wait to start filling it in. 
My pregnancy 2015 has a week by week guide and is very useful in what is about to begin happening to your body. I love the baby name section, choosing the correct name for your baby is such an important part, as they will be stuck with it for the rest of their life!
My mission over the next few months is to enter as many baby competitions that I can find, so hopefully I can win a few bits to help us on our way.
Rachel xx

Book Review: Terminal Life by Richard Torregrossa

When i first spotted this book, I really liked the look of the cover and with the little description of a suited hero novel. This made me think that the hero of the story is very smart, business- like and immaculately dressed. A different type of hero to the normal costume dressed heroes that are ten a penny nowadays.    
                  


Book Description

Luke Stark, a Special Forces veteran, returns home from his second tour in Afghanistan to learn that his wife has been mysteriously murdered and his son has disappeared. These tragedies, in addition to suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, push him over the edge. He has also been diagnosed with an incipient form of cancer, but he forgoes treatment, a decision that is akin to a slow suicide.

Although he lives in a shelter, he wears an impeccable suit, an eccentric characteristic that sets him apart from his fellow down-and-outers and just about everybody else. He is nicknamed, somewhat ironically, The Suited Hero.

Revenge and the search for his son spark a kind of rebirth in him that is as cathartic as it is brutal. This leads him into the dangerous world of illegal prescription drug distribution, where nobody in this gripping mystery crime thriller— not even some family members—is who they appear to be.
This book is a very enjoyable action/suspense/thriller, and one that I read pretty quickly. The main character Luke Stark is a great hero and you can’t help but feel for him in his unfortunate circumstances. There are some fabulous action scenes with a little gore included, but this gets offset by a romance element which for me was a welcome change from all the action.
I would definitely recommend it as a fast paced summer read, I was wanting more at the end though so would love to see a few sequels. The author has a fantastic character in Luke Stark and I for one would read more of his adventures. 
I have given Terminal Life by Richard Torregrossa 5 out of 5 stars.
Hardback Edition
Published 2014 by Oceanview Publishing
Rachel xx

Disclaimer: I was given this hardback edition to read and review free of charge by Oceanview Publishing through Tomoson. All opinions and views expressed are my own. Book description and bottom image taken from Tomoson.com for purpose for this review only.