I have to be honest...I really enjoyed parts of this book but didn't enjoy other parts. It made it hard to rate internally. I'm also not a purist (or Janeite, in any definition) of the cannon. Most adaptions or derivations might be enjoyable (depending on writing style). I was also keen to see the movie that was made from this book, at least I was at the time.
To be frank, since I'm still unsure how much I liked or disliked the book and I'm not quite keen on the casting...I've left off the movie (sorry!) but P.D. James does have a nice writing style and as deviations go, this book is okay.
I haven't really sold this book have I? This is why I'm never going to be big in the book community (alas) but seriously...if you're not bothered by Pride and Prejudice continuations, this will all be okay. I think.
Macy's Beauty Box is a new (to me) beauty box. It's actually more in line with what I thought Sephora's Beauty Box was going to be. A lot of the stuff included are samples for new products or even samples you can get at the beauty counter but I don't have a functioning Macy's in my town (which is another gripe I have).
That's not totally fair, the Macy's near me doesn't carry the brands I like in store. If I drive for a longer distance, that Macy's carries what I want. I apparently don't live in the right demographic for the shopper near me. It's fine.
Also included in the monthly boxes was a bag that I thought was the perfect size to put extra samples of basics for safe haven shelters near me. Alas...Macy's has decided to not always include the bag. So, there's that.
To give ideas of sizes, the perfume samples below are true to size. The spine size of the pamphlets are about 12.5 cm (almost 5 inches).
This is the third book I've read by Jenn Bennett. The other two being Alex, Approximately and Starry Eyes. I received Starry Eyes in an Uppercase Box and bought the other two from the bookstore. I like Bennett's books because while they're light-hearted, they're still well plotted with some serious issues. Often characters (even lead characters) are not white. They're also LGBTQ+ friendly (although not lead romances in the three I've read). YA is often times ahead of the curve with inclusion.
It's a YA fictional contemporary romance. It's set in Seattle (each of the three books mentioned above are West Coast set, which to me as an East-Coaster, is like visiting a different locale). I mean, people surf here but not like they do out West.
I finished the Tami Hoag book I was reading and it was such a doozy (in a good way). I picked up some more lighthearted books to kinda 'recover' from the murder-eyness. This was one of the books I picked up. While written in a fun tone it is serious but it does not deal with murder and mayhem and pissy men.
So I'm quite behind. I've been de-cluttering and organizing around my house. In the mess I created through the process...I lost my camera. It's a decently sized digital camera so that was disconcerting. I finally found it though (obviously) so that's a small win from my own misfortune.
August (yes...three months behind) Lavish box is so cute. The theme was "Candy Shoppe" with the Canterbury Tales spelling. From the box, I've only used one item (one of the bath bombs) so I cannot talk about the usage of the products but I've yet to be disappointed from a Lavish Box so I feel the trust can see me through.