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Gambling Spells: Book Review

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What is the definition of a Grimoire I wonder? Certainly, here a ‘Trove’ of papers was found in which a number of spells and ways to undertake magic were written. In many languages, by many hands. It had been collected and was being kept by a person who then died.

Once discovered, many in the magical world wanted this trove as it was rare but the girl finding it was not about to give it up.

This gave rise to a number of accidents, incidents and other magical occurrences. Elizabeth is trying to cope with her father’s suicide and the discovery of his trove and the reason for his suicide hits her hard. She struggles to know who to trust and who can help her understand what happened.

In may respects this is a simple story in the genre of being accidentally magical in adulthood with accompanying issues. The difference mainly being that Elizabeth is not a born witch coming into her powers but rather a mundane using what she finds to join the magical world.

Whilst interesting in its difference, it was not such that I feel compelled to follow up the storyline.

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Inn on the Beach: Book Review

The rule of 3

3 friends 
3 women plus 1 as sisters 
Witches work with the rule of 3 and mainly females through the Moon goddess. Although she is night and there is a god  for day.
I found this an interesting book to read even though it takes up the theme of women past or during menopause which is common amongst fantasy writers st present.
The Inn came through the story as being a place of healing, whether emotional, psychological,  or physical. 
I enjoyed the book and intend to read the remainder of the series, and so was disappointed to discover that even though it says book2 is already published, i couldn't find if
As for the Shakespeare 'toil and bubble' explanation of the contents of the brew, I checked it out! And yes, Delaney is correct, most of these would the tricksy witch names for the ingredients. For 2 reasons. 1. To keep the contents of the potion secret; and 2. To make people fear them..
So eye of newt is black mustard seed, toe of frog is buttercup buds, wool of bat is holly, tongue of dog is houndstonhue, tooth of wolf is wolfsbane, adders fork is adderstongue herbs, lizards leg is breastweed , and owlets wing is henbane

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I’m not into commitment: book review

Can their tempestuous affair be reignited after years? Once she reveals the secret she’s hoarding, will it turn him away?

This was effectively a double trope – which works mainly, but not quite in places.

For me there was something missing in the style of writing even though the concept was a nice idea – an Indian crooner who sings the Blues rather than Bollywood.

I felt that Austin came over 2 dimensional, never seemed quite real to me as a person.

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A Woman and a Van

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This is a true story told by the author about her drive and stay in a van to find where she would go next after her divorce – her 2nd as it happens.

Initially, she just had the bare van – with nothing in it but some furniture for a sink – with 2 bottles of water – fresh and grey in the cupboard under it and a camping mattress and boxes of her belongings.

She was lucky in that as she travelled from Washington State to Florida in this van, she had friends she could call into to have a night on a real bed and a proper shower rather than any that she could find in a campsite. She did have plenty of experience of camping and van type travelling luckily, even though her van was not tricked out properly. By the end of her journey her van looked more like the one pictured above as she had some building work done and also she and her Dad did some work on it.

What surprised me, being in the UK, was that she had lots of doctor visits before she set off as travelling from state to state on her journey she had no health care insurance if anything happened to her. I am so thankful for our health service and the arrangements we have in Europe too…

One thing I found very interesting, and that made me realise that I needed, was her daily habit of journaling. Gratitude journaling. I had heard about it before but as someone who has survived what could have been an extremely serious illness and is now still unwell and will need to take a lot of care for the rest of my life, I need to work more on gratitude and less on negativity as to what has been taken away from me. Her 8 dimensions of self-care are also interesting as I been told to take more time on my self-care by several health professionals, so it was interesting to see what she means by it.

Stacy lives and talks about her self-care and has a website that she plugs but overall I was disappointed that her van journey was short and whilst she ‘explored’ on her journey, the places she visited were really obvious tourist sites.

This could have been a better book in my opinion as Stacy really uses it to plug her business and I wonder about her motivation in writing it and whether she had decided to do this before she started the journey. But still the style was good and easy to read.

STACY FISHER is a registered dietitian, lifestyle coach, health & travel writer, and speaker with more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry. As the founder of LivingUpp, she teaches women how to build a solid self-care foundation using a unique framework and planning system that she developed. Her methodology empowers women to simplify their lifestyles, so they can experience more ease and better health. Stacy has been featured in The Costco Connection and is the author of three other books, including The Lifestyle Design Planner.

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Don’t Chase

This an FBI thriller/suspense story.
Whilst I quite liked the storyline I was not so enthused by the characters and their descriptions. I thought that Chase came out as a better described character than Sophie. But overall, neither character came across sharply.
My overall impression of the writing was that it was rather ‘doughy’ in style – sticky and and bit soft. needed to be sharpened up.

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