Monday, 21 August 2017

The Honeymoon – by Tina Seskis

Original Cover
My own copy

The blurb:

There's trouble in paradise. . .

For as long as she can remember, Jemma has been planning the perfect honeymoon. A fortnight's retreat to a five-star resort in the Maldives, complete with luxury villas, personal butlers and absolute privacy. It should be paradise, but it's turned into a nightmare.

Because the man Jemma married a week ago has just disappeared from the island without a trace. And now her perfect new life is vanishing just as quickly before her eyes. After everything they've been through together, how can this be happening? Is there anyone on the island who Jemma can trust? And above all - where has her husband gone?

My Opinion:

*Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Why haven’t I read a Tina Seskis book before?! Seriously though, I’m in love with her writing style. I usually don’t really that many physiological thrillers, but it’s a nice change in between. It’s absolutely electric and I enjoyed every single second of this book!!!

The book follows Jemma, who is on her honeymoon with her husband Jamie in the Maldives. They are in a luxury resort, but Jemma is not happy! Did she do the right thing in marrying Jamie?! However, everything changes when Jamie goes missing! What happened to him?! Has he drowned? Or just left? Jemma tries to remember the night before, but it’s hard. The police eventually get involved and Jemma is a mess, understandably of course!

The chapters alternate between “NOW” and the past. We find out, how Jemma met Jamie, that she dated his brother Dan first and what happened between them. This adds a lot of interesting and at times confusing facts to the story. Only in the end the whole picture can be put together, which is great, because there was always a mystery. Of course there is this other mystery of what happened to Jamie.

You keep guessing until the end of what actually happened. A lot of characters are involved and suspected, but there is always a surprise in between and the storyline is full of twists and turns. All the characters play a vital role in this story and they were all very well lined out, which is impressive and brilliantly done! All the characters are unique and have their story to tell. They have secrets too and it’s very interesting to see the connection between them.

I was hooked to this story from the start! It’s tense, full of drama, intrigues, lies and secrets. It’s def the best thriller I have ever read, very unpredictable and with a shocker of an ending! I really want to read more about Jemma now, how life is for her a few years later.

I was literally at the edge of my seat after every chapter and just wanted to find out what really happened. At times I wasn’t even sure, whether we are going to find out what really happened to Jamie.

A brilliant book, cleverly written and JUST WOW!!!!!


Tina Seskis on Twitter: @tinaseskis

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Fashion Corner - High Heeled Sandals

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Today's Fashion Corner is dedicated to my new fave shoes and this fab dress from Topshop: 

The dress is from Topshop, I bought it last year in London, I just adore the color. The shoes are from a brand called La Strada, I bought them in Tenerife. I combined the outfit with my gold jewellery and my pink bag from Coach. 

- Dress: Topshop (similar)
- Shoes: La Strada
- Bag: Coach (similar)

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Lisbon – Travel Diary

It’s time for our annual mother-daughter trip. Every year we pick a city to visit, this year we decided to go to Lisbon. It’s London every second year anyway, so we wanted something special. Lisbon and Kopenhagen were on top of our list. A lit of friends and family lived Lisbon, so we decided to listen to them ;).

Monday, August 7:

Our flight was at 12.00. so we had plenty of time in the morning. After a coffee at the train station, we took the train tot he airport. There we had to wait in line a bit, to drop-off our luggage, but it didn’t take too long. We headed to security right away, bought a little sandwich, browsed through the stores and then waited at the gate. The flight was a little delayed, but we landed in Lisbon at 14.30 pm. Luckily, we gained an hour. The landing was awesome, we saw parts of Lisbon and of course also the ocean. It was a bit shaky too, but that was due to the wind. We took the Aerobus tot he city centre, which I really recommend. It’s way cheaper than a taxi and the have good stops along the way. After checking in at our hotel (NH Collection Libardade), we headed to to roof top, where they had a pool and we got a free cocktail. Who can say not o that?! Then it was time to hit the city. We just walked down the main street Avenida Liberdade, down to Rossio. On the way there were already some trams, tiles and beautiful houses. The entrance of the train station is very pretty and there is a Starbucks right there. My brother went to Lisbon last year for a Champions League game. He didn’t really have time for sightseeing, but he recommended a restaurant to us. The tricky thing about it: He didn’t remember the name, he just explained it on Google street view. After going into a Lisbon store, we had dinner at “il Mulino”. It turns out it was the right one ;). The food was delicious and we had a great waiter, called Christin. He’s half Italian, half Brazilian and he even offered us a Limoncello in the end. Afterwards we went back to the hotel, traveling is exhausting.

Tuesday, August 8:

While having breakfast at Starbucks, we discussed what to do. The first stop took us to Rossio, a big “piazza”, very pretty. Then we headed to the Elevador Santa Justa, where we had to stand in line to get up. We bought a daily ticket for the public transport first, which makes it cheaper. The standing in line was a bit tiring, but we made it eventually. We didn’t realise before that we could have walked up, because this part of the city is called Bairro Alto. So there was a whole new area to discover, the view up there was great too. There were more pretty houses and cute squares up there. We stopped at a Tapas restaurant to have lunch. Then we explore the Bairro Alto a bit more, found the main square, some shops and the trams. Afterwards we walked to the Miradouro (viewpoint) Santa Catarina. The view there was fabulous. Right next to it we stopped for an iced tea at the Pharmacy museum. The weather was still windy and actually not too warm, so we enjoyed sitting in the sun. Then it was time to take the tram #28. It was packed, which was a pity, but that’s normal in Lisbon. We got off at the cathedral and went inside. We then walked along the tram lines up to the Miradouro Stanta Luzia. I really liked the view up there. From there we walked to the castle Sao Jorge, where there would have been another great view, but the line for the tickets was too long for us. So we decided to walk down to the city again. On the way we stopped for Pasteis de Nata, a traditional sweet desert there. They were absolutely delicious. The walk took us via Rua Augusta to the Praca do Comercio, my favourite square in Lisbon. It’s huge, there is so much to see and it’s right by the water. We then looked at the shops of Rua Augusta, walked around the area and in the end had dinner right by the Santa Justa Elevador, at a restaurant called Bellalisa. After that it was time to go back to the hotel, we walked 15.5 km that day and really were exhausted. What really was impressive, were all these little surprises, when we just walked up a street, we discovered a lot of beautiful places, we didn’t even plan to see.

Wednesday, August 9:

On Wednesday we got up early and had breakfast in the room, because we had to be at our meeting point at 8.30 am. We booked a guided tour to Sintra, Cabo da Roca and Cascais for that day. Our guide Joao picked us up and we were joined by an American women and a couple for the tour. Our guide was fabulous, his English was great and he knew a lot. We couldn’t have wished for a better guide. We quickly stopped in Queluz to see the Palacio National. We learned a lot about the Portuguese royal family, their history and also the big earthquake in 1755. Our first stop was Sintra. Sintra is full of palaces, the highlight being the Palacio da Pena. It’s so pretty, with it’s colours and tiles. The view is impressive as well. It’s actually called the Portuguese Neuschwanstein. Not surprising, because the king, who built it was originally from Bavaria. We then drove to the Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of the European mainland. Unfortunately, we couldn’t stop and drive along the coast, because the wind was too strong. We headed straight to Cascais, a lovely town by the sea. It’s actually a place, where a lot of Expats live and also the people from Lisbon come to relax. It’s full of beaches. I didn’t really like the village to much, but it was still great to see. Then the tour was over. We quickly stopped at the hotel and then checked out the stores on Avenida da Libardade. Then we took the Elevador da Gloria up to another viewpoint. Unfortunately, we couldn’t really enjoy the view, because they were doing some construction work. We decided to get room service that night, which was a really good decision.

Thursday, August 10:

On Thursday the weather finally changed and it got a lot warmer. We once again had breakfast at the hotel and then headed to Belem, a kind of suburb of Lisbon. There we visited the Torre de Belem first, which actually looks like a castle, but was actually used to protect the city. The view onto the river Tejo, the 25 April bride and the Cristo statue were fab there. Just a little walk away is the discovery monument, which was very impressive, so big and full of all these discoverers. There is also a big world map right there. I just loved that place. At the Torre we already bought our tickets for the Jeronimos Monastery, where we went next. Luckily we didn’t have to stand in land and went straight in. This was so beautiful. There is so much detail in the architecture, I could have stayed there all day. After this cultureal morning we went to buy the Pastais de Belem (the other ones were actually better and the staff in Belem were not friendly at all). We had lunch and then took the tram back to the city, to the Cais do Sodre, another pretty square, right by the water. There are a lot of cute restaurants there and the famous TimeOut market is located there as well. From there we took a taxi to the Centro Commercial Colombo, it’s right by the Benfica Lisbon stadium. Unfortunately, we weren’t really impressed with the shops and went back to the city, where we look at a pretty house from the inside. We actually discovered it, when my brother tried to show us the restaurant. It’s called Casa do Alentejo, it has a restaurant inside, it’s full of these beautiful tiles and it’s just so pretty. Since we were close to il Mulino we had dinner there again. Our waiter was there again and he was so happy we came back that he offred us another Limoncello and asked us to come back the next day.

 Friday, August 11:

Friday was our last full day in Lisbon. After breakfast we walked down to the tram 28 line and took at to the Miradouro do Senhora do Monte. The view up there was absolutely breathtaking, WOW! You can see the whole city, the Cristo statue, the bride, just everything! We then took the tram back down and had a drink at the Praca do Comercio, there are some lovely restaurants down there. Since we promised Christian to come back, we went to have lunch at il Mulino. Christian really spoiled us there. Came with extra fruit, another drink and more. The rest of the afternoon was spent by the pool on the rooftop. The water was really cold, o I just put my feet in. After that we had a lovely dinner at adLib, which was opposite our hotel. That was very yummy.

Saturday, August 12:

On Saturday we just packed, had breakfast, checked out and headed to the airport. We enjoyed some shopping there and then flew back home.

We really enjoyed our trip to Lisbon. The city is full of surprises, so pretty and I really fell in love with all these tiles. I will write a guide to Lisbon as well. So keep your eyes open for that. 

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