Friday, June 24, 2016

Blog Tour: Following Evan by Elida May

Here's a wonderful book to add to your summer reading list! It's called Following Evan by Elida May. You can read an excerpt and find out all about it below!


Three years on from the sudden death of her husband Matt and a subsequent miscarriage, interior designer Laura is still lost in grief, hiding out in the smart London townhouse that was going to be her family home. On the encouragement of her best friend Carla, she signs up to a dating website and receives a message from a mysterious stranger, imploring her to visit him in New York because he has seen her face in his dreams.

Meanwhile, Laura visits an art gallery and is captivated by a painting of a beautiful woman in a flowing dress. It seems to be speaking directly to her, beckoning her to take a leap of faith.

These seemingly disparate events lead Laura on an epic journey to the bustling streets of the Big Apple and the desert landscape of Wyoming, where the clues to her future happiness are waiting to be discovered…

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Book Spotlight: The Lines of Tamar

I was recently given the opportunity to read The Lines of Tamar by Sheila Mughal. It's a mystical thriller set in modern times, which follows the story of twins Ruby and Eenayah, who were adopted as babies. During their search to find out more about their origin, they uncover a link with an ancient prophecy and connections with ancestors from biblical times.

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel because of the intriguing story that just kept going and going. The story unfolded in a deliberate manner, which bit by bit revealed the lives of the twins. However, the story continued to gain steam at a great pace as more was revealed. I enjoyed the way that the author let readers get to know these two women, because it helped me as a reader to invest in the welfare of the characters more. I was along for the ride with them. This was an excellent read!

Friday, June 10, 2016

Happy Friday

I took this picture a few days ago out in our backyard. The rose was peeking into the window so I went outside to get a closer look. It was so beautiful as you can see. I'm glad that I could capture this beautiful rose at this moment in time and share it here.

Happy Friday and happy weekend wherever you are! :)

Review: That Cold Day In The Park

One of my favorite pastimes is watching films and I often watch some over and over again. A great treat for me is when I come across a film that is older, and yet the film is new to me. I love being transported to another time and place.

Recently, I was given the opportunity to see acclaimed director Robert Altman's 1969 psychological gothic thriller, That Cold Day In The Park. Eureka Entertainment is releasing the film for the first time ever in the UK in a dual format edition as part of the Masters of Cinema Series on June 20th, 2016. This intriguing film was directed by Altman just prior to his career breakthrough with M*A*S*H.

That Cold Day In The Park tells the story of Frances Austen, a young, wealthy spinster, who invites a mute teenager into her apartment after finding him freezing in the park next to where she lives. France's talkativeness meets the young man's silence and highlights her sense of loneliness. She has friends, but they are older and you can feel the disconnect between herself and them. She socializes with them but to me she seemed to be on the periphery of their get-togethers.

Frances welcomes him into her home and becomes increasingly possessive towards him and things go into disturbing new realms. This film is an intriguing look into human emotion and desperation. It's an interesting example of Altman's early work. I really enjoyed this film.

That Cold Day In The Park is available to order from Amazon here .

*Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this film for review. All opinions are mine.

Monday, June 06, 2016

A Pineapple, the Weekend, and Backyards

My weekend was good. The weather got really nice and sunny yesterday, so I loved that. I've REALLY come to appreciate sunny days since I've been living here in England :)

As you can see in the photo above, we have ourselves a pineapple here at the Yellow House...maybe it's the warmer weather or maybe it's that I need to eat more fruit or it's a bit of both...I vote for a bit of both. I don't eat really lousy, but I can definitely do better, so this pineapple is my mascot for eating more fruit. I'm publishing its picture here before it gets eaten, so that whenever I need to be reminded to eat my fruit and vegetables more, I can come here and remind myself ;-)

Also, I took the photo below this morning when the sunlight was so nice. This is in our backyard. I love the sunlight coming through the trees in the morning. I took the picture with my phone so it's not sharply focused at all (my phone camera isn't great)...but I thought that I'd share it anyway just to let you see what my morning looked like.

Happy New Week!

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Happy June

I'm a day behind because of the Bank Holiday/Memorial Day weekend holiday. Today feels like Tuesday instead of Wednesday, but I'm not complaining. It just means that the weekend is that much closer. Woo hoo! I can't believe it's June already.

Here are some photos that I took over the weekend with my phone through the windshield of our car. Don't worry, I wasn't driving :) They're rather fuzzy, but I thought that I'd share them here anyway because I love sharing snaps of the countryside out here in Wiltshire. The intensely blue sky in the upper photo is just the effect of the windshield.

This second one was taken on the same day, but the clouds were starting to roll in at this point. I liked how moody it looked along this road with the tree striking its elegant pose. No one needs me to say it, but I'm gonna say the obvious anyway...nature creates some beautiful scenes.

It was a great weekend. I look forward to sharing other photos from time to time. Wiltshire is a lovely place and it reminds me of where I come from back in Georgia. I hope that you'll visit me again to see what else I have to share :)