Monday, 30 April 2018

My Book of the Month for April - She Did It - Mel Sherratt

My book of the month for April is by Mel Sherratt with 'She Did It'.

This is the first Mel Sherratt book I have read, despite having once upon a time actually worked with the talented lady! Now I have read this one, I am ready to devour her every output. What a read this is!!

I won't spoil it for you, as its got some serious twists and turns, and the end - wow! What I will say is that the plot revolves around two main characters - those being Tamara and Esther. Set in London and its surrounding area, its about the present, but totally moving due to the past to an inevitable face down.

Its interesting in that despite being a rotten apple, one of the characters is revealed to have been treated very badly indeed in the past, and both have their share of skeletons in the cupboard.

Tamara may well have status, but her money is running short. In Esther, she sees a capable, enthusiastic new employee that opens up the career opportunites she needs. In Tamara, Esther sees a gullible woman, willing to employ her despite her fake references and hidden agenda.

Even within a setting where its clear that all is not going to end well, and the term friendship is perhaps not the most appropriate description of their relationship with each other, its still shocking how things develop.

This is a great psychological thriller, well written with a fabulous story arc and great twists. Highly recommend this and off to read more from Mel. Great read.

My Travels - Hoar Cross Hall - Inside the Venue - Part II

Each hallway was lined with thick patterned carpets

There were real fireplaces polished up and detailed with ornaments

Stately carved chairs dotted about everywhere add to the elegance

I adored these love chairs

Huge wooden doors welcome you inside

Beautiful urns are there to great you on arrival

The whole place is full of atmosphere and history

In the original wing, a beautiful wooden stairs case winds its way to the first floor

The original wing has such class 

Wonderful mirrors adorn the walls

Chandeliers hang suspended from the ceilings

There are even suits of armour! 

My Travels - Hoar Cross Hall - Our room

My Travels - Hoar Cross Hall - Inside The Venue Part 1

Hoar Cross Hall is one impressive building

Dark wood, library shelves lined with books

Huge windows dressed with elaborate furnishings

Leather sofa's

Beautiful tables and chairs

Dark wood floors and chaise longues

Plush carpets underfoot

Glass tables and comfy seating

Fabulous lighting

My Travels - Hoar Cross Hall - The Grounds Part II

Around every corner was another beautiful statue

The weather could not have been better

This beautiful bench was the perfect spot for the best views

The hall loomed up as we walked back

The trees reminded me of Harry Potter

The whole place felt magical

Statues of deer and stags adorn the front lawn

Kissing statues - so romantic

It was so well looked after

This is the raised glass dome for the spa below