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review 2020-07-17 09:27
Urban Aviary: A Modern Guide to City Birds
Urban Aviary: A Modern Guide to City Birds - Stephen Moss

I bought this because it was pretty.  The author takes us on a whirlwind tour across the world, highlighting one bird in each major city that has, despite all the odds, thrived.  Each gets one page, and the facing page is a watercolour of the bird, done by Marc Martin, and each is astonishingly wonderful in its simplicity and detail.


As a bonus to the eye-candy, I learned quite a bit about a range of birds; even the ones I'd already heard of had facts that were new to me, so it's a win all around.  

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review 2020-06-25 10:50
Poison in Paddington (Cassie Coburn Mysteries) by Samantha Silver

From the Amazon page: When Cassie Coburn moved to London, she never thought she'd be involved in a quadruple homicide. After a car accident ended her medical career before it even started, Cassie moved to London on a whim, expecting to see the sights and live the typical tourist backpacker lifestyle. Instead she finds herself accompanying a French private detective, Violet Despuis, as they attempt to find out who poisoned four people in the middle of London. Cassie's life soon includes this crazy detective, an ancient landlady with a curious past, a mischievous orange cat who likes going for walks on a leash, and a super hot pathologist that Cassie is sure is out of her league. And they haven't even found the murderer yet...The Cassie Coburn mysteries are a cozy mystery series featuring a Sherlock-Holmes style sleuth. If you want a light, fun, modern mystery featuring a San Francisco girl totally out of her element in London, and a crazy French woman who happens to be very good at noticing things, then this is the series for you.

As it says, it’s a Sherlock Holmes-style story. It was pretty obvious, though both ’Sherlock’ and ’Watson’ have their genders changed. All I can say is I like the characters, mainly Cassie. Violet is quite a bit like Sherlock - arrogant and a bit abrupt, but fun in a way. The story is well written and as I said, because I like the characters I wanted to find out what would happen. I also enjoyed reading about how Cassie made herself at home in London. As someone who has moved quite a few times in the past year, this made me nod in recognition at some of her experiences. The book is no longer free, except as an audio book, as part of an Audible trial. The paperback isn’t that expensive, and I would probably have bought it if I’d known how good it was.

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text 2020-06-08 09:00
Modern Maternity Clothes: Useful Tips from Style Experts

Congratulations Mama Bear!

You are going to be a proud mama real soon. All the arrangements would be in full swing and the whole family would be super excited for the new member. The shopping starts for the little bundle of joy and you start on an amazing journey. And with this journey comes a very important question: how to style your baby bump? Though there are many maternity clothes for pregnant ladies online available in the market, you may need an expert stylist who can tell you what to wear that would flaunt your baby bump.



Today, to help out with this tricky task, we have brought you a couple of tips that may help you while shopping for maternity clothes.


Get Your Basics Right: Behind every chic and glamorous dress, comes a right support. Without a proper support, any chic dress can fall flat and this support comes with a well fitted underwear and right sized maternity bras. During these nine months, your breasts would undergo several size changes. That’s why it is better to invest in good quality and modern maternity clothes that come with an easy accessible nursing flap and adjustable fit strap. Apart from this, don’t forget to pick basic black colored maternity jeggings if you are looking for something super comfortable.



Go for Separates: According to maternity fashion stylists, rather splurging on several dresses, it is better to pick a couple of great pair of maternity jeans and different t-shirts and tank tops that can be easily layered. Such separates are not only easy to carry, but also give the would be mommies a chic edge.


Don’t Forget A LBD: LBD or little black dress is a must have for every female. Now why to change the rules when you are going to be a proud mama. A simple, yet sophisticated black dress along with a few accessories can instantly turn you into diva. This color complements all ladies and can be easily mixed-match with other colors.


Check out the Seasonal Colors and Trends: While merging seasonal trends with your maternity fashion, you should consider how these colors and trends would look on your cute baby bump. Think about the color and prints. Opt for bright prints and bold colors for better half as it would draw attention towards your legs and would balance out the baby bump.


Midi as an Office Wear: Are you a boss/mamma bear? Then, you should invest in a couple of nursing midi dress as your office wear. They are not only classy and flattering, but comfortable as well. So, go for midis in bold colors and grab that baby bump in office.



  1. With that being said, these are some of the style tips that can you prepare your maternity wardrobe. Want to know more? Then, stay tuned with us at www.lovemere.com

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review 2020-06-07 13:33
Thomasina (Essential Modern Classics) - Paul Gallico

by Paul Gallico


I saw the movie long before I read the book, but it was a favorite in my childhood. The basic story is the same but a lot of the details are different. I've tried to imagine how I would have received the book if I had read it first, but find it impossible not to contrast it with the movie experience.


Mary MacDhui lives in a village in Scotland and loves her cat, Thomasina. Her father is the local vet, though he really wanted to be a doctor. Both are strong personalities and very stubborn.


When Thomasina is hurt in an accident, her father disappoints Mary so deeply that it looks as if she'll never recover. I won't go into details in case someone who has never read the book or seen the film runs into spoilers. The story made a good Disney film with strong characters and an unusual plot for a cat story. As a cat person, I can easily identify with Mary, even though she's a child.


The setting adds a lot of charm and part of the story is narrated by Thomasina herself. I enjoyed reading it again, despite being an adult. It is, however, a thing of its time. Some of the human reactions are less than fully believable and it is unintentionally misogynistic. The Gypsies are portrayed in a bad light and the plot continuity isn't nearly as good in the book as it is in the movie.


I'm glad I read it, but I think this is the last time for me.

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review 2020-05-31 08:15
At First Sight (A Modern Fairytale #7) by: Katy Regnery
At First Sight (A Modern Fairytale #7) - Katy Regnery





At First Sight by Katy Regnery

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The greatest tragedies make for the most haunting stories. At First Sight is the kind of heartache that leaves an impression on the soul. Regnery takes a tale of young love and what ifs and turns it into a bumpy, yet magical carpet ride. From bruised hearts to shattering revelations, Ian and Tina find a chance at forever, buried within the healing power of love. Beautiful tragedy packs an uplifting message. 

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