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May 2013

Twenty-Seven

By Life, Love & Relationships, ThinkingNo Comments
My Birthday Presents - Happy Birthday Cake

My Birthday Presents – Happy Birthday Cake

I’ve been twenty-seven for a fortnight now, and I’ve discovered that it’s no different than being twenty-six. I had a brilliant birthday which involved: spending time with family & friends, visiting The Druid Circle & Millom Castle and lots of lovely presents.

I remember turning twenty and having a fear about losing my youth; I was quite down about it until I realised that it’s inevitable. Although there’s no difference between twenty-seven and twenty-six, every birthday causes me to stop and reflect on my life.

This years birthday has made me think about love. I met my first love when he was around twenty-seven years old. I was younger than him and he had to decide whether he was going to risk his heart or play it safe.

He choose to play it safe. I understand his decision now; more so than I ever did before. By twenty-seven he must have experienced his heart break several times. It’s a natural to have mechanisms to protect yourself from further pain.

But I hope that next time I meet someone special, I don’t let my past get in the way. Instead I hope that I believe in them, believe in love and make positive choices that lead to happiness.

Take care,

Antony

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Book Review: In His Secret Life by Mel Bossa

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In-His-Secret-Life-Mel-Bossa-Cover In His Secret Life is Mel Bossa‘s latest book. Allan has taken care of his sister Elise and her daughter Fay ever since Elise was dumped by Fay’s father. But when Elise meets Dayton, Allan knows things are going to change. It’s not long until Elise & Dayton get engaged and Allan gets to meet Dayton’s family.

Allan meets Davinder, one of Dayton’s brothers who is married with two kids. Something about Davinder captivates Allan and he’s about to break his one and only rule: never fall for a straight guy.

In His Secret Life is a love story about a seemingly impossible relationship, which is told over decades. It gives the reader a moral dilemma. On the one hand Davinder is a married man, but on the other it’s clear that he’s unhappily married and that he loves Allan.

The story is written in three parts. In the first part the characters are introduced and Allan & Davinder meet. The second part is about Allan & Davinder’s affair and the duality of their double lives. The third and final part is about Allan & Davinder’s journey on separate paths back to one another.

There’s something magical about Mel Bossa‘s writing that hypnotises the reader from the first word. All of the characters are likeable and the story is written from Allan’s perspective. The reader empathises with Allan’s loneliness, as well as the highs and lows of love – that he likens to drug addiction. The use of perspective and these emotions – that everybody has experienced at sometime in their life, creates a connection between Allan and the reader.

Allan & Davinder’s sexual relationship develops a bit too quickly in the beginning and their was a scene that gave the impression that Allan had drunkenly drove home. But apart from these minor details the plot is perfectly paced, well thought out and exceptionally well written.

Mel Bossa‘s use letters and emails to show other characters perspectives was a really clever idea. The description ignites the readers imagination, giving a flawless image of the characters, settings and events. The end this book made me cry (with happiness) and was heartwarming.

In His Secret Life is Mel Bossa‘s best book to date and is one of those incredibly rare books that comes into your life and leaves you feeling changed somehow.

If you want a book about impossible love made possible, that will make you question yourself, leave you feeling satisfied and joyous then I recommend In His Secret Life by Mel Bossa, which is available to buy on Amazon.

Write soon,

Antony

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My Birthday Presents

By Friends & Family, Happiness & Joy, TV, Online Streaming & Films2 Comments
My Birthday Presents - Happy Birthday Cake

My Birthday Presents – Happy Birthday Cake

It was my birthday last week. I had a birthday tea with mum, caught up with my sister & brother, saw Kay, Steve and Simon (Cumbria Adventure: The Druid Circle, Old Farmhouse Pub/Restaurant, Holly Trinity Church & Millom Castle) my friends.

I was kindly showered with gifts. Here are some photo’s of what I got:

My Birthday Presents - Love Notebook

My Birthday Presents – Love Notebook

My Birthday Presents - Don't count the days, Make the days count

My Birthday Presents – Don’t count the days, Make the days count

My Birthday Presents - The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Gimme, Gimme, Gimme DVDs

My Birthday Presents – The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Gimme, Gimme, Gimme DVDs

My Birthday Presents - Keeping Mum DVD, Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella, French & Saunders Still Alive Live Tour DVD

My Birthday Presents – Keeping Mum DVD, Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella, French & Saunders Still Alive Live Tour DVD

My Birthday Presents - Paperchase photo frame

My Birthday Presents – Paperchase photo frame

My Birthday Presents - Thortons classic collection

My Birthday Presents – Thortons classic collection

I would like to say a massive thank you for the presents, cards and money family, friends and work colleagues gave me. As well as a huge thank you to those I celebrated my birthday with me.

Take care,

Antony

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Mel Bossa’s Latest Book: In His Secret Life

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Mel Bossa‘s latest book In His Secret Life arrived through the post. Look:

In His Secret Life Mel Bossa's New Book (Cover)

In His Secret Life Mel Bossa’s New Book (Cover)

In His Secret Life Mel Bossa's New Book (Signed)

In His Secret Life Mel Bossa’s New Book (Signed)

It was so kind of Mel Bossa to sign it and such a lovely message. I’m so excited, I can’t wait to read it!

Here’s what the story is about (from the cover):

When Allan’s boyfriend leaves him for a younger man, Allan lets him go without a grudge. When his sister, Elsie, gets pregnant and ditched, he becomes her support system and father figure to his niece.

Then Elsie becomes engaged to Dayton, and Allan meets Dayton’s older brother, Davinder—a fierce and exceptionally gifted artist with a thousand secrets breathing in his eyes. But Davinder is a married man and father of two young boys.

From the moment they meet, and for over four decades, Allan and Davinder will walk along the edge of their secret lives, never allowed to push open the gates. And though their love is a head-on collision, a meeting of the minds, a fusing of two lost souls, both men know that it is also, and above all…impossible.

I’ll write a review of In His Secret Life when I’ve read it, but knowing Mel Bossa it will be a brilliant and addictive read.

You can buy In His Secret Life by Mel Bossa on Amazon.

Blog soon,

Antony

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