Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Book ~ "Freefall" (2019) Jessica Barry

From Goodreads ~ When her fiancé’s private plane crashes in the Colorado Rockies, Allison Carpenter miraculously survives. But the fight for her life is just beginning. Allison has been living with a terrible secret, a shocking truth that powerful men will kill to keep buried. If they know she’s alive, they will come for her. She must make it home.

In the small community of Owl Creek, Maine, Maggie Carpenter learns that her only child is presumed dead. But authorities have not recovered her body - giving Maggie a shred of hope. She, too, harbors a shameful secret: she hasn’t communicated with her daughter in two years, since a family tragedy drove Allison away. Maggie doesn’t know anything about her daughter’s life now - not even that she was engaged to wealthy pharmaceutical CEO Ben Gardner or why she was on a private plane.

As Allison struggles across the treacherous mountain wilderness, Maggie embarks on a desperate search for answers. Immersing herself in Allison’s life, she discovers a sleek socialite hiding dark secrets. What was Allison running from - and can Maggie uncover the truth in time to save her?

Ben, the wealthy CEO of a pharmaceutical company, is flying his small plane home to San Diego from Chicago with his fiancée, Allison.  The plane crashes in the Rockies ... Ben is dead and Allison survives, though she is pretty banged up.  Allison has knowledge of something that she will probably be killed for so she knows she has to getting moving before anyone finds her.

Back home in Maine, Maggie, Allison's mother, is notified of the crash and that her daughter is presumed dead and her body must have been burnt in the wreckage.  Maggie won't truly be convinced of Allison's death until her body is found.  She and Allison had been estranged for the last two years so Maggie doesn't know anything about her current life, including being engaged to and living with Ben.

I thought this had an interesting writing style and it worked for me.  It's written in two voices ... Allison's and Maggie's, with the chapters alternating (they are labeled) ... both are written in first person perspective.  As a head's up, there is swearing.

Allison's story begins with the crash and her journey to get down the mountain to safety.  In addition, there are flashbacks to her life in San Diego so we get to know how she ended up engaged to Ben and in the plane.  Maggie's story begins when she learns from her long-time friend, Jim, who is a police officer about Allison's crash.  She then sets out to learn all she can about Allison's new life.

I liked the story.  It was a bit farfetched at times but I went with it ... like when Allison bought a car without having any ID or when someone gives Allison a drive into a town and puts her up in a hotel room, despite her being bloody, dirty and smelly.

And I found it odd that Allison, when she thought her mother was danger, drove thousands of miles home to Maine rather than calling, Jim, the family friend who is a police officer who lives practically next door to Maggie. 

I found it a bit naïve on the author's part to assume that almost everyone who is OLD like Maggie (she was only about sixty!) wouldn't know how to navigate a computer and the Internet.  Really!?

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Ipsy Glam Bag - May 2019

My May Ipsy Glam Bag arrived today.
  • 4 to 5 beauty products in a collectible makeup bag 
  • Monthly videos showing you how to get the Look 
  • Win free products in contests and giveaways

Subscriptions are $10US a month or $110US for a year.  Shipping is free in the U.S. and $4.95US per month to Canada.

Here's what I received ...

  • Make-up bag
  • LA CHATELAINE Coconut Milk Hand Cream - $4.50 value
  • ORYZA Nude Shimmer & Contour Eyeshadow - $27.99 value
  • PAPA RECIPE Eggplant Clearing 5.5 Cleansing Foam - $1.88 value
  • F.A.R.A.H. BRUSHES 22E Shade & Blend - $22 value
  • PIXI BY PETRA Endless Silky Eye Pen (RoseGlow) - $12 value

  • $68.37US value

    Sunday, 19 May 2019

    Martin Goodman Trail, Toronto, ON

    I went for a long walk this afternoon.  It was the reverse of what I did last Saturday ... I walked west along Queen Street W, and followed the Martin Goodman Trail east to Coronation Park (Lakeshore Blvd./Strachan Avenue) and then headed home.

    It was a great day for a walk ... the sun was out for most of the time and it was a bit chilly along the water at times.

    I crossed over the bridge that connects Queen Street W/King Street W/Roncesvalles Avenue to the lake at Palais Royale.

    Budapest Park

     Marilyn Bell Park

    Saturday, 18 May 2019

    Americas Rugby League Nines Championship, Lamport Stadium, Toronto, ON

    Today Canada hosted three fellow Americas teams at the inaugural Americas Nines Championship  at Lamport Stadium (a couple blocks from home) ... apparently it will take place every two years beginning this year.  The tournament featured the Canada Wolverines, USA Hawks, Latin Heat and the Reggae Warriors men's national teams battling for the title of Americas Rugby League Nines Champions.  There was also a women's competition with Canada, Ontario and Jamaica.

    Including the men's consolation final and men's final matches, there were 11 matches.  Each match had two nine-minute halves and each team had nine players on the field ... hence the name (nines).  The first match started at 12:30pm and the last one finished about 6:30pm ... and Gord and I were there for them all!  It was a fun day!

    It would have been nice, though, if the games could have been announced rather than just having the teams take the field and play and having to figure out who was the "home" team.

    Gord and I have season tickets for the Toronto Wolfpack so our tickets for today were complimentary (otherwise they were only $10).

    Here were the prizes.

    Women's on the left and men's on the right

    Men - Canada 24 ~ Jamaica 6

    Friday, 17 May 2019

    "Bella Donna", Taragon Theatre, Toronto, ON

    Gord and I saw Bella Donna at the Tarragon Theatre ... this evening was the opening night and it runs to June 1.  Our pal, Dewey Stewart, is in it and plays Giovanni (he looks fabulous in a gown and sneakers!).

    "Bella Donna" invites audiences into the world of intrigue, politics, sex, and power, all controlled by one of history’s most powerful and misunderstood women: Lucrezia Borgia.

    While Pope Julius II excommunicates Lucrezia Borgia (alleged daughter of his predecessor, Alexander VI) and her husband, Duke Alfonso D'Este of Ferrara, Alfonso dallies with his young mistress, Angela DiGhilini. Disguised, Lucrezia goes to seek a secret audience with the Pope. There she meets Giovanni, a young soldier, who doesn’t realize who Lucrezia is and may be evidence of a guilty secret even more devastating to Lucrezia. Sister Bibiana, Lucrezia’s confidante, arranges for Giovanni to come to Ferrara, where he is adroitly poisoned by Alfonso. As the evidence mounts, so do the dramatic stakes.

    Our contemporized production of Bella Donna is directed by the Gina Wilkinson award-winning emerging female director, Anita La Selva, and stars Françoise Balthazar, Martha Chaves, Michael Giordano, Paul Hopkins, Chelsea Russell, and Dewey Stewart. Are you ready to be seduced?

    It's a story from the early 1500s that has been modernized.  It was funny and all the actors did a great job in their roles.  The stage is minimal with props being carried in and out by the actors during the scenes.

    Because it was opening night, there was a reception afterwards.

    Chadwick's Craft Kitchen & Bar, Toronto, ON

    Gord and I had supper this evening at Chadwick's Craft Kitchen & Bar (on Howland Avenue at Dupont Street).  It's a cute spot.

    Thursday, 16 May 2019