Beyond the Moon Review

Hi guys!

This review is long overdue as I read this book back in 2019, but I just haven’t been able to bring myself to write blog posts for some reason! But if anything can bring me back, it’s this book!

Blurb:

In 1916 1st Lieutenant Robert Lovett is a patient at Coldbrook Hall military hospital in Sussex, England. A gifted artist, he’s been wounded fighting in the Great War. Shell shocked and suffering from hysterical blindness he can no longer see his own face, let alone paint, and life seems increasingly hopeless. 

A century later in 2017, medical student Louisa Casson has just lost her beloved grandmother – her only family. Heartbroken, she drowns her sorrows in alcohol on the South Downs cliffs – only to fall accidentally part-way down. Doctors fear she may have attempted suicide, and Louisa finds herself involuntarily admitted to Coldbrook Hall – now a psychiatric hospital, an unfriendly and chaotic place.

Then one day, while secretly exploring the old Victorian hospital’s ruined, abandoned wing, Louisa hears a voice calling for help, and stumbles across a dark, old-fashioned hospital room. Inside, lying on the floor, is a mysterious, sightless young man, who tells her he was hurt at the Battle of the Somme, a WW1 battle a century ago. And that his name is Lieutenant Robert Lovett…

Two people, two battles: one against the invading Germans on the battlefields of 1916 France, the other against a substandard, uncaring mental health facility in modern-day England. Two journeys begun a century apart, but somehow destined to coincide – and become one desperate struggle to be together.

This book is perfection. There aren’t really any other words to describe it. It has stuck with me long after finishing it because I just can’t stop thinking about it! It’s written in such a smooth and descriptive way that I could see everything so vividly in my head. From the hospital rooms to the trenches it felt like I was right there with the characters every step of the way.

The characters are all amazing, I love how real they all are even despite the fact that Louisa is in two different time periods. She seems to adjust so well every time she goes back in time. Another thing I emoji yes was how although she struggled in both times, she always had friends around her which I think was a really nice touch. She made friends quite easily, it didn’t matter whether she was an inpatient at a psychiatric hospital or a nurse near the front line.

I am a huge fan of the books/show Outlander and this book definitely has similar vibes. It also reminds me a little bit of the WW1 section of Downton Abbey, but I think that mostly just a time period similarity! This book does have a lot of themes within it, aside from the love story but that made me love it more. The characters where focused on more than just love and that definitely made them more likeable and real.

I am definitely planning on re-reading this book sometime in the future because I simply adored it. It has also been rereleased with a new cover so I might even buy a second copy to build up a little collection!

A definite 5/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

See you soon!

Elizabeth

(@daintybeth)

Miss Cordelia- My Bothwell Character✨

Hi guys!

It’s been a while since I last posted here and I’m sorry about that! I’ve just been super busy with different projects and things that I haven’t had time to write blog posts!

If you follow my instagram (instagram.com/daintybeth), you will know who Cordelia is. Or at least know what she is.

Cordelia is a character of my creation that I plan on taking to a LARP called Bothwell School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. In case you don’t know what a LARP is; it stands for Live Action Role-play and is basically make believe for adults! The Bothwell LARP is inspired by the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and is a weekend long event in the South of England where you play a character attending a magical school. You get a lot of free reign when designing your character, but costume wise they have to adhere to the dress code, unless they don’t care about losing house points!

A portrait of Cordelia

The character I have created is called Cordelia. She was born in 1895, and was the first witch in her coven to successfully time travel a long distance forward, only he got stuck and had to start living her life in the 21st century. Her coven did not know this at the time, they thought she died, so they used magic to add her name to the list of people that went down on the titanic.

How ever, just over 100 years after Cordelia ‘travelled’ she suddenly arrives in the 21st century, in the exact same place she started only it looks very different now. There are taller buildings, faster cars, more people, busier streets. It is definitely not the town she remembers. However, Cordelia was prepped for a stranded situation, so she follows the instructions and begins to make the journey down the country to Herstmonceux Castle.

On her journey down, which takes her a long time because she has no money and only her wits and her magic, she learns a lot about this new age. She finds out about the internet, mobile phones, moving pictures WITH sound, airplanes and shorter skirts. She goes into a library to read about the tragedy that she was supposedly a part of and formed a great connection with that ship, feeling awful that everyone else really did die when she was sitting there completely fine.

Some of Cordelia’s possessions

She eventually made her way down the country to the castle, enrols in the school and restarts her magic education, constantly being amazed by the people she’s surrounded by and how much society has changed.

So! That is Cordelia’s story written out in full for pretty much the first time! I hope you love her as much as I do, and I cannot wait to play her! I will post updates (mainly in my instagram) as I develop her, and when I finally get my ticket to attend Bothwell I will document my whole journey and share all my costume pieces etc.!

Costume details

Thank you for reading my long spiel, and I hope to see you around here again soon!

Elizabeth

Where you can find Bothwell:

https://www.bothwellschoolofwitchcraft.com

Edwardian Ladies Hat Fashions: Where Did You Get That Hat? (Pen and Sword)

Hi guys!

If you follow me on Instagram, you will know that I love Edwardian fashion! It is by far my favourite era, I love everything about it! From the elegant skirts, to the corsets and bustles I’m just obsessed! But one area I have never really focused on is hats! I was always in the mindset that a good straw hat would be good enough, and maybe it is! But what I didn’t fully realise was how intense the Edwardian hat culture was!

This book, Edwardian Ladies Hat Fashions is not only one of the most interesting fashion books I have ever read, but definitely one of the most beautiful! This pictures are simply stunning, and all the Women are so beautiful!

It was interesting yet horrific to read about the massive negative effect that the fashion industry had on the bird population. It even led to the RSPB being formed!

One of my favourite parts was when the author talked about hat pins, and how a lot of women use them for self defence! Although it’s sad that it was (and still is, let’s be honest) necessary, it was so fun! And there was even a little songs/poem that I will include a picture of below!

This is a book that I will definitely keep referring back to in my adventures through Edwardian fashion, and when I start to put together my own accurate costumes this will basically become my bible!

I can’t keep the magic of this book to myself, so I have decided to include a few of my favourite ladies and their amazing hats! If you want to see more, then you will have to buy the book! Which I couldn’t recommend highly enough!!

There was also a section full of street photography, showing women going about their day to day life instead of posing for postcard photos! I will put a couple of my favourites of these in too!

I definitely rate this book 5/5⭐️, I would rate it 6/5⭐️ if I could! I adore this book, and will definitely treasure it for a very long time! I do believe it may have kickstarted a need to collect some of these beautiful postcards for myself too!

See you next time!

Elizabeth

Christchurch Mansion

Hello!

I wanted to break up my book reviews a bit with a slightly different post! So I decided to keep it really simple and just do a bit of a ‘photo dump’! These photos are of one of my favourite places in the world, Christchurch Mansion! It is such a pretty historical building, I just adore looking at all the rooms and imagining what it must’ve been like to live in!

I hope you enjoy looking through these photographs! Tell me about any historical places you like to visit!