Review: Jamaica Inn by Daphne Du Maurier

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Jamaica Inn by Daphne Du Maurier 5/5

15878976_1393063644078382_1049832502_nHer mother’s dying request takes Mary Yellan on a sad journey across the bleak moorland of Cornwall to reach Jamaica Inn, the home of her Aunt Patience. With the coachman’s warning echoing in her memory, Mary arrives at a dismal place to find Patience a changed woman, cowering from her overbearing husband, Joss Merlyn.

Affected by the Inn’s brooding power, Mary is thwarted in her attention to reform her aunt, and unwillingly drawn into the dark deeds of Joss and his accomplices. And, as she struggles with events beyond her control, Mary is further thrown by her feelings for a man she dare not trust…

Review:
   Mary Yellan promises her mother upon her death bed that she will go to live with her only remaining family member, her aunt. Little does Mary know that her aunt is married to a drunkard criminal who owns the Jamaica Inn; a place known for its shady characters and criminal activity. Mary is determined to get her Aunt away from Joss Merlyn, and thwart his illegal acitivites in the process. She doesn’t bargain on befriending the local vicar, or falling for a man she would never have looked twice at before. Not all is as it seems, and who is involved in Joss’ ventures?
   Ever since reading Rebecca, I have been keen to read another Du Maurier book, but I never quite managed to work through my TBR pile. I picked up Jamaica Inn in my library and bumped it to the top of my list to avoid late fines (ha). I’m so glad I did. Once again, Du Maurier weaves an intriguing, descriptive tale that utterly enthralled me. Not only that, Jamaica Inn is set in my home county of Cornwall, so there was an element of sentimentality about this read, especially as my home town of Helston is mentioned numerous times. Du Maurier captures the stark landscape of the Bodmin moors, and creates the perfect setting for this dark and macabre tale.
   What is there not to like? Absolutely nothing. Mystery, romance, strong-minded female lead, potential bad boy love interest, and plot twists. The book drew me in and wouldn’t let me go. The masterfully written plot twists are staged throughout the narrative ready for the big finale, and I was pleasantly surprised with Mary Yellan’s choice at the very end of the book. The uncertainty, but the truth in it felt more believable than the alternative she had planned for herself.
   If you want a dark, twisted, macabre tale that ensnares from the start, then get your hands on Jamaica Inn. You won’t be disappointed.

The opinions expressed here are those of K.J.Chapman and no other parties

All books reviewed on this blog have been read by K.J.Chapman

K.J.Chapman has not been paid for this review

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Sunshine Blogger Award

Mollie over at Mollie’s Musings, nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. Hi, Mollie, *waves frantically* thank you for thinking of me!

So, there are some rules for the Sunshine Blogger Award, and who doesn’t love a good rule… um, okay, moving on to the rules:

1) Answer the 11 questions from the blogger who nominated you.

2) Nominate up to 11 bloggers who bring sunshine to the blogging world, and create 11 questions for them to answer. (This one I might be a rebel and break…)

1) Do you have any tattoos? If so, details please- who, what, when, where, why, and how? If not, would you ever get one? Do you know what you’d get?

I have three! One on each wrist and one on my back. I’ve included pictures because I’m thorough like that, but I couldn’t get one of my back- shame *cough*. That one is a tribal thing that needs refilling, and started out small until I had a 9lb 1oz baby- if you get my drift. I had my back tatt done on my 18th. Mum paid for it as a gift, I picked something off the wall without thought, and voila. It is what it is. I wanted it at that point in my life, and hey, I see tatts as diaries on our skin. The flowers I had done for my 21st *theme going here*. Same applies- Mum paid as a gift, I walked in off the street, picked a tatt, had the tatt. The third is for my daughter, Sophie. That one was thought through and meaningful.

Yes, I am having another. My hubby and I are getting the date of our wedding underneath our wedding rings.

2) What’s the first thing you notice about a guy or a girl?

Their manners- how they treat other people.

3) If you’re the hero what does the villain look like?

A hero. Nah, only jokes. In all seriousness, I’d want a villian I could laugh at.

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4) Three fun things you’d want with you on a desert island. Nothing practical, please.

  • Kindle with a s*#tload of unread ebooks on it.
  • Slip and slide- and an all in one swim suit. No bikinis on those things-eek!
  • Photo booth with the fun accessories for scrapbooking at a later date.

Can I ask for one more thing? I mean, just incase I was by my lonesome…

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5) If you could create a creature from scratch, what would it look like? (*cough* Tom Hiddleston)

Jason Stathom with a bit of Tom Hardy thrown in for good measure.

6) Do you believe in soulmates? Romantic, platonic, or both?

I believe in both. I am a huge advocate of friends of quality not quantity. I’m lucky to have found friends who I know will last a life time. Our humours etc are in sync. Now, on to the romantic stuff! I met my hubby a month before we turned 15. Yep, we only have 12 days between us in age. I joke that he was made for me, as I am the eldest. We’ve been together ever since… 15 years this year. It’s scary to think that this year we would have been in each others lives for the same amount of time as we have been without each other. We have a 5 year old daughter, and got married last year. So, although this year is our 15th anniversary, it will only be our 1st wedding anniversary. We like to shake things up hehe.

7) If you had to work with one of your characters, who would it be and why?

Golding Kersey from my EVO Nation series. Just love the little gob-shite. For all the EVO Nation readers out there- I know.

8) What’s the craziest thing you want to do and why?

It’s not so much crazy, as a must. I want to sleep in one of these and see the Aurora Borealis:

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9) What is your favourite word? Least favourite?

My favourite word is ‘sonder’. It’s meaning: the realisation that each passerby has a life as vivid and complex as your own. This really affects me. I emphasise a lot, and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I’m very aware of how others feel, and if I witness something horrid or see something on social media that affects even just one person, I can’t get it out of my head for days. On the other hand, I love to see people happy. It literally, makes my day, week, year.

My least favourite word is ‘phlegm’- not only is it a bugger to spell, but it just sounds as gross as what it is describing.

10) What’s the last picture you took on your phone or camera?

This is my little Sophie Anne. Isn’t she the cutest? She deserves to be immortalised in ink on my skin, don’t you think?

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11) List someone you know and describe them in five words. That’s not really a question but oh well.)

My husband, Nathan.

  • Gentleman
  • Attentive
  • Hard-working
  • Loyal
  • Unconditional
  • Dad of the Year
  • Loving
  • Funny as hell
  • Tolerant
  • Mine

I went for ten *technically more than ten* because, hey, I wouldn’t have married him for less haha ;)!

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I am unsure who has or hasn’t been tagged in this one, so I won’t bore you all by tagging you again, even though I love so many of you wonderful lot. So, here’s what we can do: If you want to partake in this tag, answer Mollie’s fab questions, and tag both Mollie and I in the post. Mollie, because like I said, they’re her amazeball questions, and me because I’m nosey.

Thanks again Mollie for the nomination!!


Content belongs to KJ.Chapman. Questions belong to Mollie Wallace.

The ‘Sisterhood of the World’ Bloggers Award

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I received this award on a wet and windy day in Cornwall, England and it cheered my morning up. I owe my thanks to An Artsy Appetite. I appreciate you thinking of me when you received your own award. You should all check out her blog. If you have an interest in art and food, hit that follow button.

The rules of this award:

  • Thank and link the blogger who awarded you.
  • Answer the questions the blogger has provided.
  • Award 10 other bloggers.
  • Create 10 questions and notify your chosen bloggers of their award.

Here are my answers:

1. What is your favourite colour for clothes/dresses/outfits?

My favourite colour is green, but when it comes to clothes, I like patterns.

2. Favourite inspirational quote?

‘To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.’ ~ Oscar Wilde.

3. Fine dining or take out?

Take out.

4. Which one would you see, Sci-Fi movie or Thriller?

Sci-Fi all the way! I watch, read, and write Sci-Fi and Fantasy.

5. Why do you blog?

I blog to share my experiences as a self-published author, to build a platform, and to share in other blogger’s experiences.

6. Do you have any plans for your blog?

As my blog is still in its infancy, I hope to reach out to more followers.

7. What would be your favourite holiday destination? Why?

I would love to go to Lapland at Christmas time. My daughter wants to see Santa’s grotto, and I want a shot at seeing the Northern Lights.

8. Paper books or Kindle?

Both. I love the smell of books, and have a vast collection, but I also appreciate Kindle, and self-published my own book on Amazon Kindle.

9. What do you enjoy cooking the most?

Roast dinners. I love a good roast potato.

10. Who is your favourite person? Why?

I have two- my daughter and my partner. They are my world.

I award the ‘Sisterhood of the World’ Bloggers Award to  the following:

Here are my 10 questions for you:

  1. What is your most prized possession?
  2. Where is your favourite place in the world?
  3. What actress would you pick to play you in a film of your life?
  4. What film title sums up your life?
  5. What is your go to karaoke song?
  6. What is your favourite aspect of blogging?
  7. Do you have a phobia? If so, what is it?
  8. What is your favourite book?
  9. Tell me something that annoys you.
  10. Tell me something that inspires you.

Congratulations to you all.

You do not have to participate, but it is a great way to promote and honour our sister bloggers!

Starlight Blogger Award

Oh my goodness! My Monday is turning out better than expected. Thank you to Stephysweetbakes for the Starlight Blogger Award. I appreciate you thinking of me when you received your award, and it is my pleasure to accept. Please check out Stephy’s blog and hit that follow button!

The Starlight Blogger Award is an award to promote and honour those individuals who are inspiring, creative bloggers. Again, it is such an honour to be included in this award.

The rules of this award are:

  • Thank the giver and link their blog to your post.
  • Answer the 3 questions given to you.
  • Please pass the award on to 6 or more bloggers of your choice and let them know that they have been nominated by you.
  • Include the logo of the award in a post or on your blog. Please never alter the logo or change the rules.
  • This award is created to highlight and promote inspiring Bloggers
  • Give your chosen bloggers three questions to answer.

Here are my answers:

1.  Give a brief description of your blog and any future plans for it.

I started my blog to enable me to share my experiences, struggles, and triumphs as a self-published author, and to learn from the experiences of other bloggers. My goal is to get my blog off the ground, and to build a platform not just as a blogger, but as a writer, and to aid in the promotion of my eBook, EVO Nation.

2. A brief description of yourself.

I am a 28 year old, Cornish mother – writer – girlfriend – friend – blogger. Author to EVO Nation. My passion is my family and my writing.

3. Who or what is your encouragement in life, not just on your blog?

My encouragement is my daughter. She is my world, and I want to show her that she can achieve her dreams if she works hard enough. My role as Mummy is the most important job I will ever have, and I get one shot at it, so I plan on giving her my best.

The bloggers I am awarding the Starlight Blogger Award to are:

Sarinalangerwriter

Gabriel360live

Scribblesoncocktailnapkins

Aelysvera

Dottiedaniels

Thefeatheredsleep

My questions for you are:

1. What makes you get out of bed in the morning?

2. If you had to pick a song title to sum up your life what would it be?

3. Describe yourself in ten words.

Happy Monday!

Dragon’s Loyalty Award Nomination

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Sarinalangerwriter kindly nominated me for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award. I’m touched that she thought of me when she received her nomination. My blog hasn’t been in action for long, and this nomination was a welcome surprise.

On her blog, ‘Cookie break’, Sarina shares posts about her journey as a writer- tips, weekly quotes, book reviews, writing journals, and much more. Aspiring writers, authors, and book lovers will enjoy this blog, so hit that ‘follow’ button.

The Dragon’s Loyalty Award is meant to acknowledge those who regularly read and comment on your blog. The rules for it are pretty simple:

–Show off your achievement by displaying the award.
–Link back to the person who bestowed this award upon you.
–Nominate up to 15 of your regular readers (less than 15 is just fine, though).
–Let them know that they’ve been nominated.
–Share 7 interesting facts about yourself.

Here I go with my seven random facts about me:

1. I have an irrational, but incredibly real phobia of moths and butterflies. It’s their furry bodies and the noise their wings make as they beat together- eurgh. If one landed on me there is a good probability that I’d pass out, and an even stronger probability that I’d freak out.

2. I have a vast, verging on obsessive collection of decorative signs. Quotes, photographs, stained glass, wooden, wicker, metal, and so on. I can count nine just from where I sit writing this post.

3. I could possibly be the only person in the world to not like either popcorn or candy floss. It’s not just the taste, but the texture.

4. I hate waste. I’m a keen recycler, upcycler, and charity shop regular. I shall swiftly move on to fact five before I start to rant that approximately 89 million tonnes of food is wasted in the EU every year. It’s horrifying, isn’t it?

5. My friends occasionally call me Monica as in Monica Gellar from the ‘Friends’ sitcom. I do enjoy a good list, and ‘be prepared’ could be my motto. Not forgetting that if it’s a tad humid outside my hair goes all kinds of crazy. I went in the rainforest biome at Cornwall’s Eden project and came out looking like Hagrid.

6. I have had my own slapstick moment when I fell down an escalator carrying a large box. It was the dreaded ‘one foot on the escalator and one foot off’ scenario. I escaped with a gash to my shin and a bruised ego, but my mother dearest still cries with laughter when she recalls my trauma. Nothing like a Mother’s love, eh?

7. I am Cornish, and yep, I have a Cornish accent to match.

As my blog is still in its infancy, I shall nominate one of my most interactive followers:

Larajayn

You do not have to participate in the Dragon’s Loyalty Award Nomination, but it is a great way to show thanks to your blog supporters.