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4* Review: Germ Warfare of the Corporate Kind – Noel Warnell


Mystery Thriller Blurb

The corporate world is sick. It’s full of disease and suffering. Even the bravest, brightest people are being infected despite having strong immune systems. At times like this, we need help. We need awareness. We need remedies. This book aims to give you the cure.

This hilarious book is the result of years of ‘in the trenches’ research into corporate diseases and by reading it, you’re taking a step towards a happier and healthier place to work, for yourself and for others, as you:

● become aware of the 25 corporate diseases lurking in your office
● discover how to quickly and easily identify symptoms
● receive expert guidance on how to disrupt and destroy them

The ailments you’ll discover are grouped into categories, driven by the part of the body infected – the mind, the eyes, the ears, the mouth, the face, the blood and the hands.

So, with your helmet and your antibacterial hand sanitizer at the ready, prepare for battle…

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Mystery Thriller My Review
‘Germ Warfare of the Corporate Kind’ is a witty, light-hearted and undoubtedly accurate account of office personalities, how to recognise them and suggested remedies for combating what ails them. Anyone who has worked in an office setting, particularly on a corporate scale will instantly recognise some of the ‘diseases’ described and the more self-aware will recognise their own shortcomings.
Aptly and cleverly named conditions make the book, divided into sections of the body, a quick and easy read. The descriptions are resplendent with imagery and often humorous. In addition, this book contains useful information, for those responsible for a harmonious office environment. It’s a novel way of demonstrating individual and team behaviour with advice on reduction of negative traits to promote positivity in your corporate world.
As a training tool at team-building meetings and events, participants could identify traits they see in themselves and each other in a safe non- threatening setting.
An entertaining book with practical possibilities, worth reading.
I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

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4 * Review: Journey to Peace – Jennifer Stevenson


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My Review

 ‘Journey to Peace’ is a very personal voyage of self discovery. Its honesty and simplicity makes pleasurable reading. There are poems about self, family, the struggle for equality and the meaning of life. They ebb and flow as the author strives for inner peace.

The poems are understandable, yet full of poignant, vivid imagery. Most readers will relate to the themes and enjoy this poet’s unique perspective of them as I did.
I am an infrequent poetry reader and would never profess to be an expert on the subject but I enjoyed experiencing this poetic journey and I would recommend you take it too.
I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

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5* Review: In the Shadow of Winter – Lorna Gray

23390890Historical BlurbThe Cotswolds, 1947

The relentless winter of 1947 holds post-war Britain in its deadly grip, and Eleanor Phillips rides out from her beleaguered Cotswold farm to rescue a stranger lost in the storm. But the near-dead man is no stranger and when she recognises Matthew Croft, the old ties of a failed romance tug deeply. Her sweetheart has returned from the war…

Suspicion, the police and the panicked flight of a desperate man beat a path to her door. And with a wanted man hidden in her home and stealing back into her heart, Eleanor must be on her guard—for the net is closing in on them both and enemies are all around…Historical Buy LinksAmazon UK
Historical My Review

In the Shadow of WinterSet in the devastating winter of 1947 ‘In the Shadow of Winter’ is an atmospheric story brimming with history, mystery, romance and suspense. Written in the first person, the story reads as Eleanor’s memoir. It allows the reader to experience post war rationing and poverty in a wholly realistic way. I remember my own grandparents and parents shuddering, when they recounted this cruel winter, so close to the austerity of WW2 and this story has the same authenticity.

Eleanor believes herself to be an eccentric person. In many ways this is true but it makes her easy to imagine and like. A strong, independent woman, Eleanor overcomes the obstacles thrown in her way and I admired her spirit. Her household is unconventional, but loving. The animals, which are an integral part of it, have distinct personalities, recognisable to anyone who shares similar lives with their animal friends.

Matthew is the perfect anti-hero. Seen through Eleanor’s eyes his transformation is believable and enlightening. The interplay between Eleanor and Matthew is interesting and sweetly romantic, in keeping with the attitudes of 1940’s England.

Absorbing and chilling, yet tempered with echoes of a lost romance, which makes Eleanor’s struggle to do what it is right, poignant. Well paced with plenty of action packed scenes, this story is one of the best I’ve read this year for its imagery and originality.

I received a copy of this book from Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

In the Shadow of Winter by Lorna Gray

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In the Shadow of Winter by Lorna Gray

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Spring At Last in the UK 2015

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DSCN9641Spring finally arrived in the Pleasley on Easter Monday and the garden looked so pretty I thought I would share it with you.

Oby and Jazz took advantage of the warmer weather and took time out of their walks to enjoy a tasty stick 🙂

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Oby and Jazz March 2015

After our walk we drank our coffee and ate homemade flapjack in the sunshine, even Tom demanded his share.

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He’s such a naughty cat but at almost 17 who is going to argue with him? Not me.

Yesterday it was sunny but the wind returned and the Spring warmth  disappeared, hopefully to return very soon. There were signs of Spring all around us on our walk.


Enjoy your Sunday 🙂