4.5 BIG Stars🌟 Our House by Louise Candlish @louise_candlish @BerkleyPub #BookReview

Happy hump day y’all!

Thrilled to share with you my review for this brilliant book!😍

My Thoughts

4.5 Stars Filled With Madness 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5

Our House by Louise Candlish

🎵Father wears his Sunday best

Mother’s tired she needs a rest

The kids are playing up downstairs

Sister’s sighing in her sleep

Brother’s got a date to keep

He can’t hang around

Our house, in the middle of our street

Our house, in the middle of our

Our house it has a crowd

There’s always something happening

And it’s usually quite loud

Our mum she’s so house-proud

Nothing ever slows her down

And a mess is not allowed


-Madness-Our House 1982

Fiona was certainly house proud, but whether or not she liked a mess she certainly found herself in the middle of one… imagine returning home to find someone else has moved into your house… The problem? As far as you know your house was never for sale… and why can you not reach your ex-husband on his phone? Where is your stuff, where are your children? Sounds dreadful, doesn’t it?

The unraveling of this story was quite brilliant… told from Fiona‘s perspective through podcast episodes… Fiona was such a likable generous person who absolutely put her children before all else…. and truly this “bird nest “custody arrangement really played nicely into her house being sold right out from under her… BUT I’m absolutely not going to blame the victim here! We also got Brahm’s perspective through a letter/word doc…. now it was really hard for me to elicit any sympathy for him, he really was a reckless selfish individual…. The one good thing I can say about him is I do think he truly loved his wife and children, he just didn’t know how to go about it…. but what a horrible mess he left for Fiona to clean up!

Along with the podcast and word doc we also got the real time story… this was a TS read and some of the sisters found this to be repetitive…. however, I did not… I really liked getting to see events unfold from both Fiona and Brahm’s points of view… and I felt the use of different medias really kept it fresh….

This book was such a crazy ride! Such a rollercoaster… I got all buckled in and then… that huge hill that starts your heart kmbeating faster and fills you with anticipation… and just when you least expect it you’re headed down that huge hill being turned upside down and then you come to a screeching slamming jarring stop!…. that really is this book so many twists, so many turns, and an ending that will leave you reeling!

Strongly recommend this book to all psychological thriller lovers and I hope you enjoy the ride!

*** many thanks to Berkley for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

On a bright January morning in the London suburbs, a family moves into the house they’ve just bought in Trinity Avenue.

Nothing strange about that. Except it is your house. And you didn’t sell it.

When Fiona Lawson comes home to find strangers moving into her house, she’s sure there’s been a mistake. She and her estranged husband, Bram, have a modern co-parenting arrangement: bird’s nest custody, where each parent spends a few nights a week with their two sons at the prized family home to maintain stability for their children. But the system built to protect their family ends up putting them in terrible jeopardy. In a domino effect of crimes and misdemeanors, the nest comes tumbling down.

Now Bram has disappeared and so have Fiona’s children. As events spiral well beyond her control, Fiona will discover just how many lies her husband was weaving and how little they truly knew each other. But Bram’s not the only one with things to hide, and some secrets are best kept to oneself, safe as houses.

Have a brilliant day! Berit☀️✨

The Bespokist Society Guide to…London by Jeremy Liebster @TheBespokist @rararesources #ReadAllAboutIt

The Bespokist Society Guide to…LondonThe Bespokist Society Guide to…London

“sparse… some glaring omissions” FoodPorn London

“only page 23 is of mild interest” http://www.londonpetlover.com

“Wow!!! A genuinely bespoke city guide!!!” Tommy Sponge, Chairman, The Bespokist Society

You have in your hands one of the most curated city guides ever created. As the first travel book produced by the hugely influential Bespokist Society, this handy guide takes you to a London you’ve never seen: a London of challenging Etruscan restaurants, edgy branding parlours, emoji hotels and hidden Icelandic communities; a London where 8-ply toilet paper is a thing.

On the way, meet an eclectic band of inspiring Londoners – from scriveners to socialites via urban wordsmiths and coffee preachers – and see why London is now the global epicentre of Bespokist consciousness, community and culture.

The_Bespokist_Society_Guide_to_London_COVER Large

Purchase Link – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bespokist-Society-Guide-London/dp/1912615142/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1523828780&sr=8-1&keywords=bespokist

Author Bio –
The Bespokist Society Guide to London is a work of fiction written by born and bred Londoner, Jeremy Liebster. Somewhat surprisingly, Jeremy is also a city lawyer – formerly at DLA Piper and now a General Counsel within a large private equity group. Jeremy is utterly obsessed with travel books and although he might poke fun at urban fads, hipster fried chicken is his guilty pleasure. He also has an unusual interest in clothes hangers.

Social Media Links – @TheBespokist www.bespokistsociety.com


Read All About It!
Natasha Gold of the Urban Breastfeeding Trust explains how London has become a breastfeeding mecca. 

Sponsored by The Bespokist Society

I remember very clearly my mum breastfeeding me when I was a baby. She was a busy, active mum but whenever it was time for my feed she used to dash home, lock all the doors and close the curtains before she could allow me to suckle. 

Twenty five years later and London is a very different place. Desperate mums from all over the world are now flocking to London to enjoy the far more positive approach to breastfeeding. In Northern Ireland breastfeeding is actually illegal so we have a lot of mums flying over from Belfast for overnight feeds. We also have a lot of long term feeders from countries like Sudan, Myanmar and Moldova where breastfeeders are forced to huddle together in alleyways and car parks for fear of public reprimand.

By contrast in London a series of laws introduced by local councils have created a incredible safe space where breastfeeding is actively encouraged. In Hammersmith & Fulham breast pumps are freely available at all bus stops for female, male and transgender mums while in Ealing mums seen using formula face the choice between a short prison sentence or a five day re-education programme. 

At the Urban Breastfeeding Trust we have been doing our own bit to help. We’ve launched our own App (Sucklr) whereby breastfeeding mums can browse profiles and then hook up with other mums to swap their babies with. All our research conclusively concludes that babies’ immune systems receive a 30% boost if they sample a variety of different mums’ milk so we’re encouraging mums to swap via Sucklr at least five times a week. The response has been immense and we’re about to launch Sucklr worldwide. Watch out Northern Ireland here we come!