Dear Anna

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Two days to read this book, definitely a five star read. What a ride in this book. John is rich and life for Medeia was great – nice house, lots of money, even a chef. But John was controlling her to the point she could not have friends, a job or her own opinion.

But the worst of it all is John was cheating on her. Medeia couldnt divorce him because of a prenup that would strip her of any money. And she wasnt going back to the poverty she came from. So she devises a plan to get rid of Anna and get the life she really deserves.

This page turner was great. Every chapter kept you wanting more. Definitely going to read her other book. #KindleUnlimited

I Will Make You Pay

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received this book through Netgalley and got hooked because it was about a stalker (my kind of read). Very interesting. But what I didnt know is how involved it would become.

It seems like an ordinary Wednesday, until the phone rings. A mysterious caller with a chilling threat.

The story is broken into 3 parts….Alice, a journalist who is being stalked and threatened; Matthew, her bodyguard and a person named – HIM – we never find out his real name until the end. I love mysteries because I always try to find out the person who dunnit. I was sooo wrong on this one and didnt find out until the end who was her stalker and why. And I was surprised….

The book clearly keeps you turning the pages and a few times holding your breath. #Netgalley #KindleUnlimited

First time for me

I am in my 70s and since I first registered to vote I have been called to serve jury duty. Every time I was called I was dismissed the same day, to return 8 years later.

One time I almost got on a trial, but the second day I went back the lawyer thought it was a conflict and dismissed me.

So this time when I was called I figured one day there and that’s it. But fate had other ideas. I spent the morning in civil court and then since there were no cases (how can that be?) I was escorted over to Supreme Court (nicer building, plus a park area outside). There I was ushered into a jury room with 11 others I thought I still would not be picked – you see, they only needed 2 alternates.

But out of all those people I was chosen and even though I told them I cant come on days that were my religious holidays…..they said no problem, court will not be open on those days.

So I traveled each day downtown to the courts and served my time. We were told to arrive at 10 am….but for some reason we were never taken into the court itself until 11:30 or 12:00 noon. Of course lunch break was at 1 pm and court ended at 4:30. And this lasted 6 days. Not in succession because court was not held on certain days.

But finally it was my last day; given my paperwork not to return for another 8 years. Have you served on jury duty? What was it like?

Your Dream Clean Trio

Have you ever seen the snow a few days after it has fallen? It is pushed aside so that traffic can flow and day after day it gets blacker and blacker. It often amazes me how dirty that white snow becomes just by sitting there. Even the snow I pile up in front of my house gets dirty.

And so it makes me wonder what exactly does the air do to your face? Do you really clean it well enough to say that all that dirt and grime is off your face? I have just started using this trio and must say it amazes me the amount of dirt that comes off my face after I use this brush.

I use the brush with our Anew Clean Cleansing Foam and always carry around my wipes because there are days I need to clean some more grime off my face especially after running around all day.

I dont use the brush everyday but once a week; but I do wash daily with Micellar Water.

What does micellar water do?

Micellar waters  — pronounced my-sell-ar — work to cleanse your skin in a completely different way than soap-based face washes. They are a combination of hydrating ingredients, glycerine, and extremely mild surfactants. The molecules in these surfactants combine to create little bubbles, called micelles, that eat up dirt and oil. Since you apply micellar water with a cotton swab, the dirt gets wiped away with the micellar water. That means no rinsing, which means no dry skin — and the hydrating ingredients baked into the formula stay behind to keep your face moisturized.

Questions? Please feel free to ask.

Big Lies in a Small Town

Big Lies in a Small Town: A Novel
 by Diane Chamberlain

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have read quite a few of Chamberlain’s books and loved everyone of them. But I must admit this one is now my favorite. I am not a fan of the ending (that’s just me) and almost gave it 4 stars because of it. But after pondering it for a while, I realized the story itself was really worth 5 stars.

It hit me in the heart. Such a warm story which switches back and forth between Anna (1940) and Morgan (2018) . Morgan Christopher’s life has been derailed. Taking the fall for a crime she did not commit, she finds herself serving a three-year stint in the North Carolina Women’s Correctional Center. Her dream of a career in art is put on hold—until a mysterious visitor makes her an offer that will see her released immediately. Her assignment: restore an old post office mural in a sleepy southern town. Morgan knows nothing about art restoration, but desperate to leave prison, she accepts. What she finds under the layers of grime is a painting that tells the story of madness, violence, and a conspiracy of small town secrets.

This description alone got a hold of me. But when the story jumps back to Anna in the 1940s and her part in the mural, what heartaches she went through…I was totally hooked. The story kept me turning pages way past my bedtime to absorb more of this amazing story.

This is a must read. I thank #netgalley for giving me the opportunity to read this book and Diane Chamberlain for writing such a powerful book that makes you think about love, family, consequences, relationships and the extents people will go through to survive. Place this on your TBR list. (Available January 14, 2020)

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Get Some Mattitude

What is Mattitude? Obviously it’s a made up word, or at least I havent found it in the dictionary…do people even use dictionaries any more? So lets go to Google….

So technically there is no such word. But you can use it to describe a number of things. And in this case it is describing Avon’s lipstick.

The reason it is called Mattitude is that it is a soft matte liquid lip with a non-drying formula that will last for hours. Yes, I said hours. I wore it once to an event and that night before getting ready for bed, hubby asked why I put on more lipstick before going to bed. I hadn’t, but that is how long it lasted.

Poppy seed oil and vitamin E nourish and smooth lips. And it is paraben-sulfate-and phthalate free.

And you won’t believe the price. So what’s your Mattitude?