What I Learned - Edinburgh Twilight by Carole Lawrence
Really enjoyed this book! Not my usual genre, a murder mystery set in olde worlde Edinburgh, but the characters were gorgeous, and the descriptions of Edinburgh were amazing!
What I Learned:
Love this quote - even now it's a good summary of the kind of city Edinburgh is - I'm going to have to order this book!
I would add avid readers to writers & policemen too!
I hadn't thought about this before but this is so true, and actually this is how crime novels unravel too.
This is one of the best descriptions of Scottish weather I have ever read.
I spent some time in Edinburgh a few weeks ago and this is still true today - we saw people rough sleeping in the graveyard around the corner from some of the most expensive properties in Edinburgh. It really upset me.
This is a great way for anyone to view their future, with nothing but hope and optimism.
Time is always moving forward, we can't do anything at all about the past other than learn from it and move forward with that hope and optimism.
Our brains are a powerful thing - always try to look for the positive in everything because quite often your internal dialogue becomes your reality.
I always want to escape into fiction - and this is one reason why!
so true, this is why I abseiled from the Forth Road Bridge - not sure I would say my fear of heights has been overcome, but I know I can face it!
May all of you live all the days of your life to the absolute full!
Always do your best to right the wrongs, no matter how difficult. Never turn the other cheek. Always do everything in your power to help anyone who needs it. I'm going to get a little bit personal here but this resonates for me. I was in a horrible relationship, with a new baby but didn't have the confidence to leave. I know the neighbours could hear what was happening through the walls, and I often wonder what would have happened if just one of them had asked the question, just asked if I was okay or if I needed help.
This ties hand in hand with the fact that it doesn't matter how much you worry, and how many things you worry about it's generally the unexpected that comes along. Try and go with the flow and know that you are strong enough to deal with whatever comes your way.
I know it's a challenge at times, but try really hard not to give up on anyone, in fact go out of your way to help them to be everything they can possibly be. And that includes yourself.
This quote made me smile! I like to think I will just cross from very young to very old so I will always have an excuse!!!
Don't be so hard on yourself. You just being you is more than enough. You are great just as you are!
My Goodreads Review:
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Not my usual genre of read but I loved it and couldn't put it down.
Set around Edinburgh of old, the authors descriptions of the streets make it easy to escape to the setting, and image the sounds, smells & sights of Edinburgh of old. She also manages to capture the sense of a divided city that I still believe exists today.
Ian Hamilton is a complicated and at times distant character, but has his personal story unfolds along with the crimes he is investigating, I found myself falling in love with him. His relationships with the extremely varied cast of characters around him are explored and written beautifully...and you can sense and feel his want to let people in, but his reluctance to do so!
The crimes in this story kept me hooked right until the last page, and I even found my heart racing!
Highly recommended, and can't wait to follow for of Ian Hamilton's mysteries.
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