Book Review The Hangman’s Secret by Laura Joh Rowland

Was thrown back in time with this Victorian era novel. I felt like I was on the streets of London with them. Loved the feel and tone of this suspenseful book, but I found the author was quite repetitive, reminding the reader of the fact that the main character’s father abandoned her and that he was suspected of murder. Also could have been a bit more detailed for me. I love a good description and this novel lacked vivid descriptions. I was not a fan of Sarah, the main character, she was kind of whiny and shy, but that may have been to do with the era of the book. I liked the photographic element and the way the author twined real events into the story.
This novel follows the life of Sarah, a photographer and investigator for a London newspaper during the late 1800’s. A murder of the Hangman has occurred and they start investigating right away. With the law not on their side and tons of enemies it is a fast paced easy read, with a touch of romance and intrigue. Kept me guessing till the end.

**I would like to thank #NetGalley for a digital copy in exchange for an honest review.


Lens-Artist Photo Challenge-Blue

Blue skies reflected onto water, I couldn’t resist getting right into the water for this shot along a popular walking trail in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia. Down the banks and into a Salt Water Marsh.

Chill Mom Photos
Blue tones

I found this challenge on word press and am excited to be able to participate in more photography challenges!

Literature Review: ADHD and Teachers understanding of it.

Well I have started the course and have come to find out I need to do some research and review that said research…AHHHH I should have read more carefully what I was getting myself into.

But I have started now so I shall keep going. I am going to try and research how much teachers actually understand ADHD, and if they should have courses or special days to learn about ADHD and how it affects children. Because so far I have only had a couple of teachers truly understand what it means to have ADHD, and how it affects Nicole and other children with this neurological disability.

I am going to spend the rest of the day looking up articles. maybe I will present this to the teachers at the beginning of the school year. If nothing else I will certainly learn more about it as well.

Research Writing, Free course to improve my reviews

If you follow along my other blog Hyper Child Chill Mom then you know that I am a stay at home mom. We made this decision when we had our second child, Nicole, and it was the right move for our family. With Nicole having ADHD and anxiety it has saved us from numerous missed days of work and just being home with my children has been the best.

I decided to start my first blog on a whim, to help others with their ADHD and anxiety, and I hope I have done that with that blog.

This blog I started for myself. I wanted somewhere to post my book reviews and some of my photography and to see how I have improved. To learn and hopefully to provide my readers with some photos of a Province they may never see. To learn new skills as  I go.

I also write on the side. I have not published anything, mainly because I haven’t finished my large novel I am working on. Being busy with my photography, my reading and reviewing keeps me from writing as much as I want. Also in summer we are outside more. But I find my writing needs improving, so I am going to try to do some free, online writing courses. Just to improve my writing. If I enjoy it, I may decide to get my degree in English. This is the link if you would like to check it out:

Research Writing

One of the first things they want us to do is start a blog to help with our writing and see our progress. Since I already have a blog I figured I would just put it on here. It is a fantastic way to see if I am progressing.

So follow along as I try a new chapter in my writing. maybe you will want to join me.

Chill Mom


Book review: Refuge by Merilyn Simonds

 Refuge is the type of book that you never want to put down, never want it to end, but you can’t stop reading it. I stayed up late into the night reading and losing myself in the amazing journey and life of Cass.

It reads just like you would think an elderly ladies mind would be. Drifting from a colorful past and come slamming back to the present. Recalling memories she wants to leave behind, even if they are the most loving and beautiful memories tainted with loss.
It was an amazing tale of Cass Maccallum’s life from the very beginning with her father bringing her into the world. She was born on a Canadian farm and traveled to Mexico after becoming a nurse, then to New York. It describes her romances and her fears. Her many losses over the years and how it affected her life. The twist is finding something she never new she had in the form of a refugee near the very end of her life, when she is content with her solitude.

I loved the acknowledgments at the end where it gives additional reading about the non fictional people she added into the story so if you are interested you can read more about them.

With richly descriptive passages and a photographic element that I was happy to find inside this gem of a novel you will not be disappointed.


*I would like to thank #NetGalley for providing me with a digital copy of this review in exchange for an honest review.

Chill Mom

Book Review: Money Rock by Pam Kelley

I have become highly interested in books and stories written by journalists and Money Rock did not fail to impress. Journalist have a way of writing that gets the story across with accurate descriptions that leave me feeling like I am right there. Pam Kelley did an excellent job of putting me in the middle of this story. Coming from an upper class predominately white neighborhood in Nova Scotia, Canada, it is hard to understand the life of African Americans and what they go through daily, just to survive. I really got the feeling that I was sitting on the neighbors steps when the first shooting took place. I love how Pam Kelley gave the information from lots of different perspectives in relation to Money rock and not just his story.
The only thing I did not like was jumping back and forth from past to present. I didn’t feel like the story moved smoothly from one part to the next, I would have liked to have the background information first then moved into the story of his life.
I loved all the extra details provided, extra facts about cocaine and how it was in Coca cola, which I knew but not a lot of people do not, and that it was used in the treatment of hay fever, which I didn’t know. That cocaine was a widely acceptable drug for a long period of time is remarkable to me.
This is why I enjoy biographies and books written by journalists. You find out information you never would have found out.

*I would like to thank NetGalley and Pam Kelley for giving me a digital copy in exchange for an honest review.