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Book Review

Book Review: The Child

The Child by Fiona Barton

This is the second book by Fiona Barton that I have read!

A skeleton of a baby is found buried in an area where a construction crew is working on in London. Reporter, Kate Waters, starts investigating, trying to figure out who the baby is and what happened. There are two women in deep pain, Angela and Emma. Forty years ago, Angela’s infant daughter Alice was stolen from the hospital as Angela went to take a much needed shower. And so anytime a dead baby is discovered, Angela follows up with the police to see if it’s her Alice. Emma has a secret that she has never told anyone, not even her husband. Emma is sure that the dead baby is hers and she is waiting for the police to come and arrest her.

The themes I saw:

A mother’s love for her child –

Angela loved her daughter, Alice even though she was with her for a very short time after she was born. The contrast is Jude’s relationship with her daughter, Emma. Emma can’t tell that her mother loves her because her mom always picks her boyfriends over her daughter.

Victim blaming –

The police blame Angela for leaving her baby unattended while she went to take a shower. Angela is the victim and the jerk who stole Angela’s baby is the only one to blame.

Will blames Emma for “tempting him”. Disgusting! Emma was a child and Will was a grown man. As a grown man it was Will’s responsibility to not look at a child in a sexual way and to definitely not act on that impulse!

Emma blames herself for getting pregnant even though she never wanted to have sex that first time that led to her pregnancy. And so Emma hid her pregnancy then gave birth alone in her bathtub. That must have been so scary and painful for her!

Motherhood –

Being a good mother isn’t something that a woman is born with and the moment she has a child – BOOM – she becomes a good mother. It is a skill that a mother works on. Jude should never have been a mother, she wanted to focus on keeping her man happy; which would have been fine but there was a child in the picture.

I cried at the end of the book! It was sad but it left me feeling good and hopeful since the ending was a happy one! Let me know what you thought.

Book Review

Book Review: The Widow

Book Review: The Widow by Fiona Barton

A baby named Bella Elliot is taken from her backyard while her mom (Dawn Elliot) went inside the house for a few minutes. Bob Sparkes, a detective is on Bella’s case. Kate Waters is a reporter looking into the case. As the investigation continues Glen Taylor becomes the primary suspect and is later charged with kidnapping Bella. When the case goes to trial, Glen is not convicted and ends up suing the police. Jean Taylor is married to Glen Taylor and she remains with her husband through this entire ordeal.

The book is told from the points of views of several characters, each chapter is from a different character’s point of view – The Widow (Jean Taylor), The Reporter (Kate Waters), The Mother (Dawn Elliot), The Detective (Bob Sparkes) and The Husband (Glen Taylor).

It was interesting to see how a reporter works a story – having a hunch, digging, talking to people and then it could turn into something or it is nothing.

I did not understand the dynamic of Jean and Glen’s marriage – from how Jean described the marriage, it didn’t feel like it was a great marriage.

There is pedophilia, child abduction and death in this book. The ending was not predictable at all and I was surprised.

Movie Reviews

What I learned after watching Nightmare Tenants and Slum Landlords

I recently watched the show Nightmare Tenants and Slum Landlords on Netflix. The show has two seasons it is a reality show following independent eviction specialists working on behalf of landlords and local authority housing officers investigating landlords and unsafe living conditions. It is based in England and during each episode the tenants and landlords change. Sometimes the tenant will be bad – not paying rent, destroying the house and refusing to leave. While other times the landlord is bad – not making repairs, threatening tenants.

What I learned:

Have an application. Do a background and criminal check. Check if there are any judgments against your potential tenant. Get copies of IDs of the potential tenants.

Get a security deposit and ensure that you follow the law in regards to how to manage the security deposit.

Get repairs done in a timely manner and keep all receipts for the work that was done since you will need to show what you did when the tenant takes you to court for not making repairs.

Communicate through email so you have a record of everything.

Do not give into sob stories – they will screw you later on!

Understand that a tenant will be rough with your house and a lot of tenants will not take care of your home. So yes you will need to do a major cleaning and repairs once the old tenants move to prepare the house for new tenants.

Put aside money to pay for lawyer fees, court fees, clean out, etc. There will be a time that you need this so just have it ready.

Make sure you can pay your mortgage with your own salary without financial strain because tenants do not always pay their rent and your mortgage company will not care, they want their money.

Have a fund sent aside for repairs because repairs will always be needed and your tenant will be right there to say that’s why they did not pay rent.

Rossy's Corner

The Perfect Kiss

Before Wonderful I thought I knew what a good kiss was, in fact I believed that I had a few great kisses from a small number of exes. And then Wonderful kissed me. The first time, I was surprised so I didn’t move. But the second first kiss……. was amazing! Every kiss after that one was great too!

Unfortunately, Wonderful has stopped kissing me. We barely speak – a text every so often and we no longer hang out. Yes I know that this means that Wonderful “is not that into me” and I need to stop being so desperate and move on as my bestie so bluntly put it……….. several times.

I’m going through a loss of Wonderful right now and it hurts. I have hope that later on I will meet Wonderful 2.0, who will rhyme with my drum beat and whose kisses will knock me off my feet! But until that day that I meet Wonderful 2.0 I am happy for what Wonderful showed me and I will be okay. So yes I’m still single, I have kissing withdrawal but I’m alive! And where there is life, there is hope! (And I hope that I will get to enjoy more perfect kisses.)

Book Review

Book Review: It’s Always the Husband

Book Review:  It’s Always the Husband

By Michele Campbell

Kate Eastman, Aubrey Miller and Jenny Vega are assigned to room together as freshmen at Carlisle College.

Kate is popular and from a rich family.

Aubrey is dirt poor, at the college on a scholarship and ready to finally get a life and start living it!

Jenny is a townie from a loving family who dreams of making it big after college.

Lucas is a jock who secretly dated Jenny in high school until Jenny broke up with him. In college Lucas is one of the guys Kate dates.

Tim is Lucas’ cousin.

Griff always loved Kate but Kate only tolerates him because he is rich.

One day, Kate and Lucas get into an argument when Lucas tries to break up with her. Kate gets really angry and pushes Lucas off a bridge. Tim, Aubrey and Jenny witness it. Tim runs into the water to save Lucas, Tim gets a head injury and does not remember that night. Aubrey was there to commit suicide but changes her mind. Jenny was there to stop Aubrey from committing suicide. Lucas dies.

Twenty years later……

Kate is unemployed, married to Griff, an ex-rich kid. Kate does not love Griff. She has numerous affairs. Her most recent affair is with Ethan (Aubrey’s husband) and she ends up pregnant.

Aubrey owns her own yoga studio, she is married to Ethan, a doctor who constantly cheats. Aubrey secretly loves Griff.

Jenny is mayor and married to Tim a construction company owner. Jenny has hidden the truth of how Lucas died from Tim and Tim still does not remember how Lucas died.

Kate ends up dead and it could have ties to Lucas’ death twenty years ago or it could have been a suicide.

Owen Rizzo has just been hired as the town’s sheriff. He met Kate for a brief moment before her death. Now as sheriff he is determined to find out who murdered Kate. But he could be so fixated on saying that this was a murder when it could have been a suicide.

Themes I saw:

Loving someone who does not care about you

Aubrey loves Kate but Kate is selfish.

Aubrey loves Griff but Griff loves Kate.

Ethan loves cheating and is currently cheating with Kate.

Kate loves Ethan.

Secrets

Aubrey, Jenny and Kate hold the secret of what really happened to Lukas.

Money

Having lots of money gives the person access to the best of everything.

Kate’s dad is rich and so he was able to quickly get Kate out of the country to a place that she would not be extradited from. He then had the family lawyer handle the “new truth” of what happened to Lucas.

Money doesn’t automatically equal happiness

Kate’s family has a lot of money but Kate is a damaged kid. She lost her mom at a young age, she believes that her dad hates her and so she drinks a lot of alcohol, attends all the parties and does lots of drugs. When Kate is older she gets married to Griff a guy she does not love but he has a lot of money. Kate cheats on Griff all the time, she continues with drinking and doing drugs.  

There was friendship, murder, suicide, revenge, betrayal, love, drugs, and the ending surprised me because the explanation of how Kate died was not what I though. I loved the book!!!!

Rossy's Corner

Tips for working two jobs (one full-time and one part-time)

You needed more money and so you got a part time job along side your full-time job.

1-Have a goal of what you will do with the money from the part-time. For example: pay off $5000 of my student loans. When you get your paycheck, close your eyes and pay that bill like planned.

2-Write down your schedule in your cell phone and/or write it in your planner or on a piece of paper; whatever form you are most comfortable with. A written schedule will keep you organised so you know where you are supposed to be and at what time.

3-Write down the hours you worked and compare that to the hours you are paid for. Yes, companies make mistakes. If there’s an issue bring it up to the correct person as soon as possible.

4-Do your best. Just because this is your part-time job it does not mean that you should goof off, you need to complete your work to the best of your ability.

5-Take care of yourself. Get adequate sleep, eat good food and do one thing just for you at least once a week.

6-Remember why you decided to do this. There will be many days and nights where you will want to quit. At that point remind yourself about why you are working this part-time job and remember that it is temporary and will end soon enough.

Rossy's Corner

My birthday

Happy birthday to me! I am officially a year older.

I wanted to try something new. First I wanted to find a wonderful cabin to just get away but I didn’t find something that I really liked. Then I wanted to go to a bed and breakfast but I was hesitant on that because I’m black and I didn’t know if the places I liked would be okay with hosting black people and I did not want any issues.

So I decided that I would sleep in a hotel. I picked a local hotel about 20 minutes from my home that I went and it was nice to sleep somewhere else. Then later in the day, Wonderful and I went to dinner and it was nice (especially since we had not talked or spent time with each other in a long while).

Next year I plan on taking time and finding a cabin to just go on a retreat for the week of my birthday. It will be so awesome!!!!