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Weekly Wrap Up (August 28)

Weekly Wrap Up

Well greetings from the Mother-in-Law, my latest moniker! Since I last updated you we had a bride with a black-eye, a chief bridesmaid with a broken toe, a guest who got stung by a wasp at the pre-wedding bbq and yet, the moment my gorgeous daughter strode purposefully down towards her groom, I knew all was going to go well – and it did!

Beth's poemThere were so many highlights to the day, I won’t bore you all with them, apart from this one… Before my daughter turned eighteen, my brother asked her what she would like as a present, she didn’t want an expensive keepsake, instead she asked him to make something for her. The two of them decided that he would write her a poem, which he did and had framed for her. For her wedding she wanted another and this one was so superb I just have to share it with you – there was nary a dry eye in the castle when this was being read and it too is framed ready to hang on their wall to remind them of a truly special day.


This Castle Queen

Rock solid in foundation, gazing out across the seas;

Majestically serene, she has seen the centuries

Roll by; and yet, stands fast against the beachhead, looking ever on,

A myriad of mystery forever standing strong.

Her walls are fixed, resilient, whilst endless waves cascade;

This Castle Queen looks over those both Jersey born or made.

Her face remains untroubled by all of time’s debris,

Her flags alone are flustered, battered but still free.


Today a beauteous princess is welcomed to her heart;

Standing proud before us amid these stone ramparts.

Tempestuous in temperament, tenacious through and through,

Caring and compassionate; loving, loyal and true.

Her beauty shines most brightly now, both outward and within;

A vision of maturity to all her kith and kin.


Elegance-personified bestows maternal love

On her picture-perfect daughter and on those who live above.

Her liltingly infectious laugh spreads out beyond the room

As she welcomes to her family the handsome, charming groom.


Part-hidden by the shadows, a moustachioed figure stands;

Beams towards the bridal group, whilst his ephemeral hands

Move like lightening, across the unseen page,

Creating everlasting likenesses of those on centre stage.

A wry smile breaks his lips; and still – they part to softly sing –

And send lights to shine eternally within each wedding ring.


The bride accepts the binding band from her adoring man,

Their lives entwined forever now in Fate’s forgiving hands.

As he takes hers on his for life, placed with assuring grace,

Two bodies, hearts and minds combine, fused in love’s pure embrace.


Rock solid in foundation, gazing out as kindred forms;

Majestic in each other’s arms they’ll face the strongest storms.

Together more resilient, with hearts aflame with love,

Surrounded and adored by those on Earth and from above.

This Castle Queen has never seen a marriage such as this –

And all those here today rejoice to witness wedded bliss.

We soon recovered and the bride and groom finished their vows and here are a few of the pictures taken throughout the day.







Last Week on the Blog

Well a consequence of all that excitement is not a lot happened here on the blog but I did manage three reviews:

A re-post of my review for The Hidden Legacy by G.J. Minett for the publication of the paperback on Thursday’s post, this was well up on my list of favourite reads of 2015 and I was delighted to help to remind those who prefer ‘real’ books that they can now read it too!

Friday saw number 12 of my 20 Books of Summer challenge with a review of Tea by the Nursery Fire by Noel Streatfeild. Not my favourite of my picks for the challenge but as it came with a healthy dollop of nostalgia for one of my favourite childhood authors, it wasn’t the worst either.

Yesterday had me reviewing The Perfect Girl by Gilly Macmillan which was a truly compulsive read and got the full five stars from me.

This Time Last Year

Appropriately although I couldn’t know it at the time, this time last year had me reviewing a book about a hen weekend, this was one of the few books that spooked me probably not helped by the title borrowed from a children’s rhyme, In a Dark, Dark Wood. Ruth Ware really wowed me with this spooky tale which is full of odd characters not least the obsessive chief bridesmaid Claire and the mixture of exposed secrets in an isolated house kept the tension high throughout the read. I awarded this psychological thriller five stars.

In a Dark Dark Wood
You can read my review here


Someone’s getting married. Someone’s getting murdered.
In a dark, dark wood
Nora hasn’t seen Clare for ten years. Not since Nora walked out of school one day and never went back.
There was a dark, dark house
Until, out of the blue, an invitation to Clare’s hen do arrives. Is this a chance for Nora to finally put her past behind her?
And in the dark, dark house there was a dark, dark room
But something goes wrong. Very wrong.
And in the dark, dark room…. NetGalley

Have you read this one?

Stacking the Shelves

Not much in the way of stacking has gone on either since my last post with just one offering: A Man with One of those Faces by Caimh McDonnell.

A Man With One of those Faces


The First time somebody tried to kill him was an accident.
The second time was deliberate.
Now Paul Muchrone finds himself on the run with nobody to turn to except a nurse who has read one-too-many crime novels and a renegade copper with a penchant for violence. Together they must solve one of the most notorious crimes in Irish history…
…or else they’ll be history.


PicMonkey Collage TBR
Since my last post I have read 3 books, gave one to my brother and gained just 1 so the total is now 171 books! I haven’t had a total this low since the beginning of March so a pat on the back for me I think!
82 physical books
68 e-books
21 books on NetGalley

What have you found to read this week?


A book lover who clearly has issues as obsessed with crime despite leading a respectable life

44 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap Up (August 28)

  1. It sounds like an eventful day that will give you all memories to treasure (if not laugh about). Glad it was enjoyable though and went well, barring the breaks, bites and bruises! Reading will seem quite mundane by comparison 😊

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    1. Thanks Jill, fortunately by the day everyone stopped having accidents although I was worried my bride was going to look like she’d stepped off the Jeremy Kyle show!! I didn’t have time to read but I’m back into it now – far less stressful 😏

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  2. Oh, Cleo, what a beautiful, meaningful poem! I have to tell you there wasn’t a dry eye in this house either when reading that. What a lovely thing for your daughter to treasure – a real blessing on the wedding. Thank you so much for sharing it with us, and the beautiful photos. 😀

    And I’m so impressed by your TBR self-control that I think you should celebrate by treating yourself to a book-buying splurge…


    1. Thank you, he did a brilliant job even making sure he made it rhyme as per his brief. I knew the title but nothing else and wasn’t expecting that! Not so much self-control but lack of opportunity, not sure my TBR will reach the dizzying heights of yours 😏

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      1. I love it when there is something very personal given at a special family occasion. Those things always mean more to me than material things. None of my girls are showing any signs of getting married for a good few years! 😂


  3. What a beautiful poem that your daughter can cherish forever 🙂 I love meaningful presents. They add magic to an event. I am glad to hear you had a brilliant day! xx


  4. What lovely ‘photos, Cleo! She is absolutely gorgeous!! And that poem is just beautiful. I know she’ll treasure it always. I’m so glad the wedding went off well. And what a fabulous distraction from reading, too! So happy for all of you.


    1. Thank you Margot – I am very proud of her. The poem was an amazing surprise, I won’t relay the ditty he sent me trying to make out it was what he had written which was very funny but had swear words in it; he forgets I know him too well! He surpassed all our expectations with such a meaningful poem and I rather like being ‘elegance-personified’ which I think was a bit of poetic licence!! Truly a great distraction although I’ve been pleased to get back to my books now all the guests have departed.

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  5. What a lovely way to mark milestones in someone’s life – so much more memorable and personal than just going to shop! Glad to know the wedding went well despite those calamaties – i bet your daughter was not happy to have a black eye in her photos! My own wedding day had a bit of drama too – it was torrential rain and flooding so people got blocked on their way to the ceremony, my husband to be crashed in the taxi on the way to the wedding (into the back of a police car) and ended up on a mountainside trying to hitch a lift with a farmer……But it meant no-one in the family has every forgotten that day!!! We even made the newspapers because we were both journalists and a friend decided it would be great fun to turn the tables on us and report on our drama


    1. Oh what a brilliant wedding story although I’m sure it was only quite so funny in retrospect!! I’m so pleased that she has something so meaningful to remind her of the ceremony itself, something that reminds her exactly how much she is loved by us all – as you say far more meaningful than anything money can buy. Fortunately the make-up girl did a fantastic job of hiding the black eye which was less swollen by the time the day came but beforehand she was getting cross with people saying you could hardly see it when it was quite prominent – all was well in the end though!


    1. I’d forgotten about William & Kate’s poem! Yes she’s very lucky she has such a talented Uncle. I really enjoyed The Rosie Project too – I’m getting back into the reading stride again now that things have calmed down.


    1. Thank you Marce, it was a lovely surprise as I didn’t expect a poem quite like that. I was particularly pleased with the poetic licence and being referred to elegance-personified 😉 Glad you’re enjoying The Hidden Legacy too!


    1. Thank you – it is an amazing location and in my eyes she looked exactly like a princess for her special day. In a Dark Dark Wood was a very dark read about an ostensibly happy occasion – I was glad our hen weekend was of a very different nature.


  6. Congratulations to your daughter- looks like a wonderful ceremony. And that poem- very nice. Such a wonderful moment I’m sure. And great job on the TBR watch!

    Have a wonderful week.


  7. Wow you still managed 3 reviews with all that happening, amazing. Beautiful poem and pics, congratulations and good luck with the new title! I’ve finsihed my month of reading Women in Translation and decided to celebrate with reading An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine, which is a novel about a woman living in Beirut who for the past 40 years has been translating a different book every year into Arabic – just for pleasure. It’s fabulous. I’ve highlighted so many passages, always a good sign.


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