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Secrets Between Us by Valerie Keogh

This is a spectacular psychological thriller!
Valerie Keogh introduces us to Ellie and Will whose lives are devastated when they find out that Ellie cannot have children. At the same time, she receives notification that the sheltered housing her twin sister lives in is closing down.
Tia goes to live with the couple but Ellie struggles from the start. She always played second fiddle to her twin whilst growing up and resented the love and attention Tia got as a result of her learning disability.
Ellie suspects that Tia is more able than she appears and is eager for her to find new accommodation. Is she right and does Tia have other ideas about the future?
There are some MAJOR plot twists that I want to share but don’t want to spoil the surprise for you!
Ellie’s emotions are laid bare in the book and it is quite heartbreaking to see her distress at being unable to become a mother whilst coping with the responsibility of caring for her sister.
This is a fascinating book to read although I was expecting the final twist at the end. Twins are captivating to us as a society. I can appreciate a little of the frustration of identity confusion: at my wedding the photographer thought my sister was me!


Title:          Secrets Between Us   
Author:     Valerie Keogh   
PUBLICATION DAY: November 14th 2018
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One letter a week for fifteen years. 780 identical white envelopes brimming with my sister’s darkest secrets. All the intimate details of a life as different to mine as could possibly be.
I read each letter slowly to make sure I understand it perfectly, one day very soon it will be a matter of life and death…
At the end of each letter, after signing her name, there is always one final sentence:
Don’t forget to burn this letter.
I’ll let you decide if I do…
A jaw-dropping psychological thriller that you will read in one sitting. If you loved dark, twisty thrillers like The Girl on The TrainThe Couple Next Door and Friend Request, this unputdownable novel will have your heart racing long after you’ve finished reading.


Author Bio:
Valerie Keogh grew up reading Agatha Christie so when she started writing it seemed natural to write crime novels. She writes two different series, one based in Ireland featuring Garda Sergeant Mike West and a grittier one based in the UK featuring Nicola Connolly, a serial killer.
Valerie has also written a stand-alone psychological thriller, Exit Five from Charing Cross
In March 2018, Valerie signed a two-book contract with the publisher, Bookouture. The first of these, Secrets Between Us, is out now.
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#StayClassyMama 6

Hello and welcome to the #StayClassyMama linky.
I am absolutely thrilled and honoured to have been allowed to continue this fantastic linky. I have decided to make a couple of changes to be more representative of my character and parenting style so please have a read of the rules and make sure you have my badge on your post or page!

Please let your blogging friends know about the link up and encourage them to join us!

The featured post this week is this fascinating post from Kate on Thin Ice. I had no idea that a simple, non-invasive test could check oxygen levels and help diagnose heart conditions in newborns.
  • Add 1 or 2 posts (old or new), any topics welcome but a focus on the highs and lows of parenting is preferable: what meals and recipes have worked or not? what new toys have you discovered? where have you taken the kids this week? have you done a craft and got glitter everywhere? what gorgeous item of clothing is covered in snot?
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Festive family fun at Lush in Basingstoke

I usually describe myself as a family blogger not a parent or mum one. I was thrilled to take my sister along to a blogging event at Lush in Basingstoke and enjoy some quality sister time together.
The instore displays of gifts are so magical and really put us in the festive mood. The limited edition Christmas products are so cute!
My favourite scent is the Snow Fairy range and is available in a wide number of products. I love the iridescent sheen to the body conditioner.
We got the opportunity to make our own bath bombs. All of the products at Lush are handmade but thanksfully not by me! My sister was sooooo much better at it than me 🙂
I knew about bath bombs but not jelly bombs. These are perfect for children (and young at heart adults!) I don’t have weird fashion sense: that is my hand on the right and my sister’s on the left:
One of the products that impressed me most was the naked shower gel. Lush believe in reducing plastic so have produced some ‘naked’ items that do not have any plastic packaging.
I love Lush’s ethos. All of their poducts are vegetarian and cruelty free and a large number are also vegan.
Thank you so much to Lush in Basingstoke for inviting us along for a wonderful evening.

6 weeks to declutter ready for Christmas!

OK chaps, we have 6 weeks to go until the mayhem that is Christmas. Time to get organised, time to plan…
Right so let’s start with the kitchen.
Go through those cupboards. Check if anything is out of date (left over from last Christmas…???) and decide if you will use it or not (go on, be a daredevil, it’s only a bit ancient!)

Also review any other storage areas that you use to keep food. We have shelves and boxes in the garage that we use for extra storage space. We need all available space to store Christmas treats!
Look under the sink: what cleaning products will you need to use and does anything need replacing.
You want to decorate the living room. Only problem is that life has taken over in the last 11 months and the place that the tree is supposed to go is heaving with junk. Gird your loins and go for it. Move everything out of the space and start the grand old game of chess, moving things around until it settles in a new home.
Christmas means presents, yay! Time to get brutal and look at what toys/books etc can be removed. I recommend doing this secretly while the kids are at school.
Be strong, get rid of anything broken or that hasn’t been played with for 3 months or more. Remember they may not notice and they have new things on the way.

Look in your hiding places and review which presents you have already bought. I am guilty of buying things, forgetting about them and buying them a second time!
Next up: clothes. I have a tendency to wear things until they fall apart so I have socks that are about 20 years old that are almost worn through but not quite. There are clothes in my wardrobe that I have kept just in case: jeans with holes in, trousers that are too big, tops that are too small.
I think it is time to declutter! Christmas is the perfect time to ask for more socks! If my waist gets bigger again then hopefully it won’t be for another 10-15 years so will I really want to wear something from my early 30s when I’m in my 50s?!

Get other family members involved. Ask the children what clothes are getting too small etc. Plan a trip to the charity shop for anything that still has wear potential and a trip to the textile recycling place for anything else.
Do you have any tips for decluttering in the lead up to Christmas?

#GlobalBlogging 86

Happy Monday everyone and welcome to Global Blogging. I know many of you are enjoying school holidays so thank you for finding the time to link up!
I am very excited to have been invited to join as a host for 2018. This year we have the extra twist that we want to be more active on social media (see below to get your posts shared on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest).
Please encourage your friends to join us by sharing on social media (or send them a DM and insist)! Linkies are a great way to discover new blogs and blogging friends as well as promote your own posts and raise your DA so please visit us each week!
It’s very quiet so far in our FB group so please pop over and get friendly! Add your post to the thread and get sharing!
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My favourite post from last week was this one from Liberty on the Lighter Side. This post is so heartbreaking but also essential reading. The glass art is extraordinary and the story behind it is so sad.
Shank You Very Much’s fave is from Daddy Poppins. It is a very interesting post about equality between mum and dad bloggers.
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Bloggers from all around the world are invited to link up their posts: come and join us!
As usual for a linky there are a few rules:
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  • You may link up 1 or 2 posts per week between 6am on Monday and 10pm on Tuesday (GMT!). All subjects welcome!
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I look forward to reading your posts and getting social! Have a great week everyone!
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