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Tuesday, 24 January 2017

This Secret We're Keeping

Hello lovely people. It's certainly getting quite a bit colder after our reasonably mild winter so far. We're still a house of illness unfortunately. Andy and I are much better, just the lingering cough that often happens after a virus, but now my Imogen is laid up in bed, so poorly. She was only ill at Christmas (we caught our virus from her), has just finished doing a play with her drama club and now has a temperature of 103 and all that goes with it. I've popped her in our bed with the fan on her to try and cool her down as well as constantly refilling her water bottle.She hurts all over, has a sore throat and is very weak, sounds a bit like may be flu, poor thing. She actually started to get ill on Sunday, but was adamant that she must perform the last evenings show or it would affect everyone else and could ruin part of the show, how she sang I don't know!

I thought I'd do a book review for today's post, The Secret We're Keeping by Rebecca Done.

I found it an interesting read, raising a few questions. The story is told in the present from Jess's viewpoint with chapters told by Matthew about 17 years ago. Matthew tells the story of when he was a maths teacher and Jess was his 15 year old pupil, then we read about their relationship now when they meet again.

I like to think of myself as someone who does not judge others. As I grow older, it has become even more important to me that I do not judge anyone for any reason and to be as tolerant as I can be (I believe we're always growing and learning), but.... it is OK to have opinions, morals and values. Again, I hope I don't let my values affect others, but what about when it comes to someone breaking the law, hurting someone else, especially a vulnerable person such as a child?

This book is about a relationship between a child and an adult, a very inappropriate relationship. I found it very interesting how it left me feeling at the conclusion, seeing the relationship between the same 2 people, but both as adults. If anyone else has read it/reads it, I'd love to hear what you think about it.

On a much lighter note, here are my lovely roses my darling picked up from the bargain section last week.

The petals are just starting to splay outwards, they've done well for roses and look so pretty in my favourite parrot vase.

Take care


  1. Oh poor Imogen. I do hope she gets better soon.
    I'm not sure the book appeals to me very much but I bet it's one my DDIL would read. I shall have to ask her if she has or is intending to-x-

  2. Love the vase but I think I'll give the book a miss. It sounds heavy and disturbing.

    1. It isn't heavy at all, doesn't go into things in depth, just makes you think about the relationship now they are both adults xx

  3. Get well soon Imogen, really love that vase xx

  4. hope your daughter feels better soon, these things are lingering, pexhausted because we are having mild weather.
    The book sounds interesting, it would make a good book club read I think, with such a topic. We never truly know how it is to walk in another person's shoes do we. Thanks for the review.

  5. Hope Imogen feels better soon. This cold spell should begin to kill off some bugs. I'm not sure that the book sounds like one that I would particularly enioy, but thank you for sharing it x

  6. Hope Imogen feels better soon. What a trooper to perform in her play when she wasn't feeling good!
    Lovely roses!

  7. Sorry to hear about your daughter's illness. Sending best wishes for a speedy recovery. Thank you for visiting my blog. I enjoyed exploring yours. I admire your creativity -- You are very talented. P. x

  8. Your poor daughter, I do hope that she is much better very soon. I am sure you will take good care of her in the meantime. Sending hugs!

  9. So sorry to hear that Imogen is feeling so poorly and hope she's back to health soon.
    The roses are lovely.

  10. So many nasty bugs about again at the moment. DH has just had a dose and it's taking some shaking off. Big hugs for Imogen, hope she soon recovers and well done for her fighting spirit and not letting others down when you feel so rough! Xx

  11. Glad to hear you are on the mend but your poor daughter such a shame. How proud you must be with her carrying on with the show, hope she too feels better soon.

  12. Hope your daughter is soon much better, there are a lot of germs about.
    Thanks for the book review, think i'll bypass it if I see it in our library.

  13. I hope that Imogen is better today. There's been some really horrible viruses around. Jx

  14. It sounds like a controversial subject to tackle but I'm sure it will make the reader think. Well done to Imogen for soldiering on, the show must go on, as they say, a true pro! I hope she's feeling better soon.

  15. I do hope Imogen is feeling a lot better now.
    I often think that this time of year there are so many 'nasties' around ...

    Those roses look lovely what a very nice colour.

    All the best Jan

  16. Hope that your daughter is feeling better, these cold bugs just don't seem to be going away! Well done to her for carrying on with the show, although it must have wiped her out.
    Your roses are a lovely gift.
    Lisa x


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