Harold and Garrett: A Lucy Furr Story (The Lucy Furr Series) By Ty Lionheart Review!

Harold and Garrett: A Lucy Furr Story (The Lucy Furr Series)

Harold and Garrett: A Lucy Furr Story (2021) by Ty Lionheart is a great short read from The Lucy Furr Series by the author.

The story is told from the POV of Harold. He and Garrett go camping in a bid to reconnect and ultimately save their marriage which is currently going through a really bad patch. They get lost and end up at the house created from food which is drag queen Lucy Furr’s home.

I really enjoyed the story. The characters are great. I love the way the story speaks about age and how peoples’ lives change and how as time goes on people feel less appreciated. It was really great how the author weaved Harold’s and Garrett’s story together with Lucy’s story and showed how in different ways they were all feeling the same.

I think a lot was packed into this story for how short it was which is not an easy thing to achieve. None of the story feels like filter and each bit of the story is there to bring the story forward and to help us to get to know the characters better.

I loved it. Great short read. Excellent writing.

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5 Videos To Watch This Week On YouTube!

Hi everybody! 🙂

Here is my latest five video suggestions to watch this week on YouTube.

Social Issues/History

Firstly we have the second episode in The Palestinian catastrophe from Al Jazeera English. It is an incredible series.

This amazing series from Crash Course which is presented by Clint Smith takes a look at Black American History. In this first episode Clint talks about the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

Music

Here is a great music video and amazing bop from Bronski Beat. So great to dance to here is Hit That Perfect Beat.

Next we have a great song from Alesha Dixon Breathe Slow. The music video is really great too, very storytelling which I really love about it.

To end today we have a gorgeous track from Alexandra Burke called The Silence. Alexandra’s vocal is just sublime on this track and the music video is beautifully emotive.

Beauty On A Budget: Glossy Lip Look

Hi everybody! 🙂

Here is my latest Beauty On A Budget look. Hope you all like it. 🙂

First Steps

Use Miss Beauty London’s Flawless Matte Foundation – Translucent and the middle colour on the top and bottom lines of the Cosmetic Connections Blusher/Powder palette on your face and neck. In the same palette use the second colour on the bottom line on your cheeks. Brush eyebrows and put the black colour from Max & More’s 12 Color Eyeshadow Palette on your eyebrows and under your eyes. Put Max & More’s Mascara With Argan Oil – black on your eyelashes. Use Miss Beauty London’s Eye Crayon – Cocoa on your eyelids. 

Final Steps

Put Miss Beauty London’s Halo on your bottom lip and Miss Beauty London’s Show Off on your top lip and press lips together to mix the colours together. Put Miss Beauty London’s Lipstick Sealer over it. 

5 Videos To Watch This Week On YouTube!

Hi everybody! 🙂

Here is my latest five video suggestions to watch this week on YouTube.

Social Issues/History

This documentary series The Palestinian catastrophe from Al Jazeera English details the history of how Palestinian people were forced from their homes and the violence and cruelty Palestinian people have faced. An excellent documentary series but obviously a very sad series too. My heart goes out to the Palestinian people.

Books

This amazing episode of Biographics is about the life of writer Jack Kerouac. Very interesting watch.

Music

George Benson’s Give Me The Night is such a great tune, a real bop and a great music video too.

Here is Elton John and Years & Years performing It’s a Sin on The Brit Awards. Gorgeous performance.

Animals

This short clip of Endo the dog at the vet’s is just so funny and adorable. The energy of Endo, honest to god! 🙂

Beauty On A Budget: Quick Going Out Look

Hi everybody! 🙂

Here is my latest Beauty On A Budget look. Hope you all like it. 🙂

First Steps

Use Miss Beauty London’s Flawless Matte Foundation – Translucent on your face and neck. Brush eyebrows and put the black colour from Max & More’s 12 Color Eyeshadow Palette on your eyebrows and under your eyes. Put the fourth colour from the left on the top line of the Cosmetic Connections Eye Shadow palette on your eyelids. Put Max & More’s Mascara With Argan Oil – black on your eyelashes.

Final Steps

Put the purple colour from Max & More’s 12 Color Eyeshadow Palette on your lips and put Miss Beauty London’s Lipstick Sealer over it. 

Marry For Love By Christina Courtenay Review!

Marry for Love

Marry For Love (2016) by Christina Courtenay is a wonderful read.

The book follows the story of protagonist Delilah who pretends she has been with Hamish to save him from being caught up in a loveless marriage with her twin sister Deborah. In the era in which this book is set that set Delilah up for public disgrace but she had to save him because she is a good person and she is in love with Hamish. In the aftermath of the wedding which wasn’t a wedding Delilah flees with Hamish and begins working for him. Though he at first offers marriage she does not wish to take advantage of him. However Deborah begins plotting and decides she is going to try everything to try to keep control of her sister.

This is definitely one part love story. There is a gradual love story which develops over time between Delilah and Hamish bringing the story out of Delilah’s previous fantasies for them as a couple. Their chemistry is pretty obvious from the start and though they are quite different, they are quite similar too. They are attracted to the differences between them and get each other too.

But the story is also a quest to escape power. Delilah has clearly been persecuted by her sister throughout her life and seeing Hamish being a new possible target for her sister’s abuse stirred something naturally in her to act and put a stop to this. In doing so though she managed to untangle herself from that uneven balance of power that she had grown to maybe not think was right but which she had grown to accept as just a part of life. And yes, you go girl, we like to see that darling.

The story was obviously well thought out and the parts fit together well. I could see what was going to happen at the end quite a bit before it happened though. I would have liked a bit of suspense on that score because it was supposed to be the big ending I think. But otherwise I really enjoyed the story. Endings are immensely hard to write. They are the hardest thing to write often so I don’t think it takes too much away from the story really.

A great read.

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For more about Christina Courtenay and her work go to:

http://christinacourtenay.com/

Maiden’s Hap By Carolyn Hughes Review!

An everyday story of country folk? – Carolyn Hughes

Maiden’s Hap (2019) by Carolyn Hughes is a fantastic short read.

The novella is a Meonbridge Chronicles story and follows Eleanor whose mother dies during birth at the beginning of the story. After her mother’s passing, she begins to keep the household running and is a huge source of help to her father. She loves the country life and looking after the sheep but also would one day like to marry a man and become a mother. Her father remarries and she hasn’t a fantastic relationship with her new stepmother. In the meantime her father decides he has neglected finding a suitor for Eleanor for too long and decides to put her needs before his after not doing so while he was caught up in the joys he was in with her stepmother. But will the man her father chooses be a good fit for Eleanor?

I think for such a short read the author really does help the reader to get to know many of the characters. Betha is an older employee in the house who features prominently and is clearly a huge source of support for Eleanor. For the most part the two are very likeable though I have to say there was a bit of snobbery towards Eleanor’s stepmother while she was making advances towards Eleanor’s father which showed quite an ugly flaw in their personalities. I was glad the author included this though because it showed the class and social status discrimination which often goes on in the world. Not that I was mad about the stepmother. She is my least favourite character in the book but fair where fair is due. She is quite controlling it seems and manipulative and I wouldn’t blame Eleanor wishing to get away from home after her arrival. I like most of the characters though but I think my favourite is the shepherd Walter. He seems so easy-going and down-to-earth and seems really good with the sheep. He seemed really nice. I also really liked the cook. He seem really interesting and had a lot about him.

There was many interesting elements the author brought into the story fleetingly but which were good to see there. Things like how Eleanor seems a bit self-conscious about how she looks which a lot of people feel, how Eleanor is not an expert on sex which not everyone is and the peer pressure she faces for wishing to remain in certain situations with her father instead of her friends. These are situations which happen a lot to people and therefore will be relatable to a lot of readers which will hopefully make them feel less alone and not weird because they aren’t weird at all.

An excellent read.

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For more about Carolyn Hughes and her work go to:

https://carolynhughesauthor.com/

Beauty On A Budget: Metallic Look

Hi everybody! 🙂

Here is my latest Beauty On A Budget look. Hope you all like it. 🙂

First Steps

Use Miss Beauty London’s Flawless Matte Foundation – Translucent and the middle colour on the top and bottom lines of the Cosmetic Connections Blusher/Powder palette on your face and neck. In the same palette use the first colour on the top line on your cheeks. Highlight cheeks gently with the two bottom colours in the highlighter palette from the Golddigga 24 Carat Glam Set and also do the same with the Gold Glitter from the same set. Brush eyebrows and put the black colour from Max & More’s 12 Color Eyeshadow Palette on your eyebrows.

Final Steps

Use the Bronze Metallic Eye Pencil from the Golddigga set on your eyelids and under your eyelids. Put Max & More’s Mascara With Argan Oil – black on your eyelashes. Put the Gold Metallic Eye Pencil on your lips and cover with Miss Beauty London’s Lipstick Sealer.

The Loss Of The Titanic, 1912 By Tim Coates And Uncovered Editions Review

The Loss of the Titanic: 1912

The Loss Of The Titanic, 1912 (1999) by Tim Coates and Uncovered Editions is an amazing book which includes the report by the government about the disaster, a section about the expenses which the Board of Trade and other government departments paid out and the Right Honourable Cecil Parkinson MP’s opinion of events after the Titanic was discovered in 1985.

I found the book really interesting and informative. It was very well put together and the sections really worked well together. It is definitely more a detailing of the facts and doesn’t really go too much into the human side of the disaster which I think is what the book was intended as. While I would personally prefer a book which talks about the human side and the stories of the people on board more I think that is just my personal taste as a reader. This book is perfect for what it sets out to do and will suit readers who are simply looking for facts and opinions on the stats and possibilities and facts about how the Titanic sank. There is a lot of sea-related terms which did sometimes go above my head but there is a very helpful glossary of nautical terms which accompanies this book which helps somewhat. Obviously there is so many sea-related terms that they couldn’t include everything in the glossary.

It is a great book and really helps readers to know more about the disaster and gives you a real insight into the aftermath at the actual time and later. So well put together and looks at the events from several different points of view. It is great that a book like this is out there with all this information in it of different sources all in one place making it very accessible for people to learn.

To purchase The Loss Of The Titanic, 1912 by Tim Coates and Uncovered Editions go to:

For more information about Tim Coates and his work go to:

https://www.amazon.com/Tim-Coates/e/B001JSBJUW/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_book_1

For more information about Uncovered Editions and their work go to:

https://www.librarything.com/series/Uncovered+Editions