The Healing Paths of Fife by Diana Jackson

I LOVE this book by Diana Jackson very highly recommended

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The Healing Paths of Fife_Diana walked along the Fife Coastal Path from North Queensferry – beneath the famous Forth Rail Bridge – to St Andrews. On her way she ‘met’ some fascinating characters – from St Margaret in Dunfermline to the real Robinson Crusoe, Alexander Selkirk, in Lower Largo.

9780993260810.jpgAs she paused to have a ‘wee blether’ with those she ‘met,’ she learnt a new way of looking at her world, finding values which gave her a way forward for the next stage in her life.

The further Diana travelled the more she became absorbed in the history of Fife and her affinity for the area grew.

As you read ‘The Healing Paths of Fife’ you may find yourself ‘walking beside Diana’ along this beautiful coast of East Scotland. Her experiences might help you with some of the challenges you face in your own life, or they may inspire you to visit this region…

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11 Roses in Literature (Shakespeare)

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Happy Sunday and today once again I am partnering Roses in Literature with #ShakespeareSunday. This weeks theme was set by NYC Central Park on Twitter. Click the image to visit their page.

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Shakespeare Garden Central Park Conservancy

Listen to how the Shakespeare garden came into being after a Black Mulberry from Shakespeare’s home town of Stratford-upon-Avon was planted in the park way back in 1880.

To find out more about Central Park’s Shakespeare Garden click HERE.

Secrets of Shakespeare’s Graden in Central Park

To delve into a few of the secrets of the garden click the image below


Roses in Shakespeare Hamlet ~ Laertes to Ophelia.

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Read the quote from Hamlet (Act 4 Scene 5 Line 155)

This is a rather sad scene Laertes is home, he is brother to Ophelia. When he sees her he becomes angry, for she has been driven to insanity. She is in love with Hamlet but, earlier in the play, he not only spurns her, but murders her father. At the end of the famous ‘mad’ scene; she hands out flowers with telling messages. This is a very strong and powerful scene and has to be one of my favourites of the play.


How now, what noise is that?

Enter Ophelia

O heat, dry up my brains! Tears seven times salt
Burn out the sense and virtue of mine eye!
By heaven, thy madness shall be paid with weight
Till our scale turn the beam. O rose of May!
Dear maid, kind sister, sweet Ophelia!
O heavens, is’t possible a young maid’s wits
Should be as mortal as an old man’s life?
Nature is fine in love, and where ’tis fine,
It sends some precious instance of itself
After the thing it loves.

Ophelia Sings.

“They bore him barefac’d on the bier,
Hey non nonny, nonny, hey nonny,
And in his grave rain’d many a tear”—
Fare you well, my dove!


Hadst thou thy wits and didst persuade revenge,
It could not move thus.


You must sing, “A-down, a-down,”
And you call him a-down-a.
O how the wheel becomes it!
It is the false steward,
that stole his master’s daughter.


This nothing’s more than matter.


There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance;
pray you, love, remember.
And there is pansies, that’s for thoughts.


A document in madness, thoughts and remembrance fitted.

Ophelia To Claudius.

There’s fennel for you, and columbines.

To Gertrude.

There’s rue for you, and here’s some for me;
we may call it herb of grace a’ Sundays.
You may wear your rue with a difference.
There’s a daisy. I would give you some violets,
but they wither’d all when my father died.
They say ’a made a good end—

My favourite Rose image

Now here is one of my favourite rose images, I took it in the garden of a book festival in Leominster, West Midlands UK back in 2015.

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Thank you for visiting, I hope you enjoyed this weeks theme.



Father’s Day

The Magic of Stories

Open to Everybody.

Father’s Day is in June and here at Magic of Stories, we would like your ‘Dad Stories’.

For the whole of the month, we shall publish different stories about different dads.

We all have many memories about our father’s and I would like just one or two contained in 500-700 words. It can be anything, funny or sad things, wishful things, or just something about your dad you would really like to share.

You can include up to three photographs and also a link back to yourself, if you wish, such as a web or Facebook page.

If you are interested, send your story in an emailand I’ll let you know the day yours will be featured and give you a link when it is written.

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Release Day ‘Sins of the Father’ by Maria Gibbs

17th May 2018

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Sins of the Father


Maria Gibbs

Genre: Literary Fiction

Buy your copy of ‘Sins of the Father’ here



Having seen first-hand the results of starvation, abuse, and murder, Carlos Suarez knows all too well that the streets of Rio are no place for a child to grow up.

Because of his own history and subsequent rescue from that poverty at the age of fifteen, he makes it his life’s work to ensure opportunities are available to the future generations of Brasil’s homeless children—but no matter how many kids Carlos saves, it’s never enough for him.

Almost to the point of obsession.

Dedicated to his work, and haunted by his past, Carlos has never considered an intimate relationship with anyone, let alone another man, especially after that night. But when Fate throws him a curve ball, and his past comes screaming back threatening to destroy his future, Carlos will discover that redemption can be found in the most unexpected of places.

Guaranteed to tug at your heartstrings, Sins of the Father is a story you won’t be able to put down.



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I write in many genres, my mind is alive with thoughts and ideas so I allow them free release on paper. Inspiration comes in many forms and I grab it with greedy hands. Writing has been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember. My most popular book so far is ‘A Boy from the Streets’ which is centred on twin babies orphaned at birth in Brazil, one baby is adopted into a life of luxury and the other abandoned into the poverty of the streets.

When I’m not writing, I like reading, listening to music or riding my motorbike.


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‘A Boy From The Streets’ by Maria Gibbs

In preperation of the release of Book 2 of the series ‘Children from the Streets’ by Maria Gibbs Indie Author, I am re-blogging my review of Book 1 from 2017 which is VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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‘A Boy From the Streets’

by Maria Gibbs

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The eBook is not released until Saturday 1st April  but there was a hiccough with the print edition which has lead to me being able to grab a copy before the official Release Tour.

Whoop Whoo!

Rose Reviews ‘A Boy From the Streets’

First let me say a big THANK YOU to Maria for asking me to read over this wonderful story pre-editing and then again for this, my 21st Book of the Goodreads reading challenge I was offered a copy to proofread. How lucky am I. This is a PHENOMENAL story. Check out the blurb and the inspiration behind the story on the following Teasers. Click the images to enlarge for ease of reading, opens in a new tab.


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I absolutely LOVE this book it packs a punch right from the start with us learning the terrible fate that befalls new-born twins sadly abandoned at birth. As if fate has not been cruel enough already, we soon discover that she has worse things in store for the boys. They are separated, one being adopted and taken off to England the other left in Brasil to become a Street Child and what a terrible life this child has.

The story is very carefully crafted, told through several different points of view. There are the harrowing events that lead up to the biological parents Leandro & Carolina having to abandon the babies, and how they barely survive living without them hoping and dreaming that one day soon they will all be re-united.

There is the underlying story of Christina & Fernando the couple who adopt one of the boys and take him to England.

Then there are the boys Jose & Pedro and how very different their lives are. It is like two different sides of a coin, and their lives are most certainly not balanced.

It is only after many years that the boys learn of each other. At the age of 12yrs they finally meet for the first time then the balance is redressed, both experiencing very briefly the life of their sibling.

Several other important characters are introduced gradually throughout the story and readers may find it a little confusing at times but it is all necessary. It will help you to understand what these families are experiencing. Whoever said ‘life is easy’ was way off the mark, and these families go through much more than any normal family would.

Below is a little teaser from each of the boys:-


The poverty we glimpsed shocked me but there was also a romanticism in it which drew me. Rich smells seeped through the closed windows of the car, causing my stomach to growl as though asking for a taste.

The hotel was a gilded prison. Everything I could ever want was here, yet what I really wanted was to go out and have a look around. I wasn’t an outdoorsy kind of boy, but I’d never left England before, and Brasil seemed exotic.


My stomach hurt so much I feared that I was dying. If I don’t get some food soon, I probably will. Starvation was a horrible thing. I thought about the emaciated body of my old friend, Jonny. It wasn’t his real name, just as Pedro wasn’t mine. We were pivetinho (Brasilian slang for Street Child), we weren’t given names, didn’t have identities. We couldn’t cease to exist because we didn’t exist in the first place.

This novel will most definitely tug on your heart-strings so have your tissues to hand. Like I mentioned some may find it a little confusing at times but bare with it the author is giving us the life experiences of all involved and it is a truly moving story. As you read on you will be drawn in and simply have to keep turning the pages to find out what is happening to everyone involved.

This is a truly beautiful story and is

Very Highly Recommended

A real page-turner hence I give it a 3 Rose Rating

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Happy Reading


17 Goodreads ‘The Toymakers’

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book 17 of my Goodreads Challenge 2018

Absolutely loved this book a kind of fairytale for adults with reality of the First Great War rubbing up against the Long War played with wind up toy soldiers by the Godman brothers in Papa Jacks Emporium

Cathy finds herself in trouble and her family are not happy, they want to make changes that Cathy is not at all comfortable with. However, before anything can happen an advert in the paper catches her attention. This advert helps her to make up her mind and she runs away to the Magical Emporium in London. There she is given work for the winter season.

It is only a matter of time before someone finds out what kind of trouble Cathy has gotten herself into fortunately she has friends on her side to help her. A wonderful magical story one that I will enjoy reading again and again.

Very Highly Recommended.

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16 Goodreads ‘Poems to My Younger Self’

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book 16 of my Goodreads Challenge 2018

I like a bit of poetry now and again, and this wonderful colletion was most enjoyable. What a fun idea to write a poem to your younger self. This was an eclectic mix of poems some happy and some rather sad.

For me Always be a Giraffe by Merlot Bookbinder was a big favourite.

Heed advice;
You don’t know best,
Despite what you might think.
You’re here just once
And life is quick
It’ll pass you in a blink.

This was wonderful especially as it was for charity with all proceeds of the book donated to the MAKE A WISH UK Charity

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