Positive News.

I don’t know about you, but I feel that every time I switch my TV on to a news channel all that they are covering is negative news.  I do believe we should be aware of what is going on around us, both at home and globally, it is our duty as caring beings to help those less fortunate than us in any way we can.  You don’t need me to tell you how biased the majority of news channels and newspapers are, especially when it comes to covering stories about people protesting about harsh cuts the Government here in the UK have enforced on the sick and disabled and those who have lost their jobs and need a helping hand. The only positive news they drip feed us mere mortals, or so it seems, is the scandalous shenanigans in the lives of celebrities.

To be perfectly honest, I really do not care who is dating who, who is marrying who, who is having a baby and who got drunk last night.  My life isn’t going to end if I don’t know these things and to put it bluntly, I DO NOT CARE  AT ALL!!!  That this is the only lighthearted news most media outlets share with us, we humans can be forgiven for feeling rather jaded by life.

All is not lost, if you truly want to see beauty, inspiration, and positivity then you don’t have to tune into the twenty-four news channels or pick up one of the many tabloids that are in circulation; typing the words “positive news” or “positive news stories” into your favourite search engine yields many links to heart-warming stories.  You will be pleasantly surprised by the amount of positive news that there actually is out there.

I think it is important we are aware of the suffering in this world, but I also think it’s counterproductive to have it thrust down our throats 24/7.  I have found that I switch off from too much pain and suffering and too much negative news and occasionally I have missed certain stories.  Of course we never fully escape what is happening in the world, social media always manages to keep us informed, even if it is indirectly informing us.  As viewers and readers, we feel that our TV screens and news feeds online are saturated with war, poverty, corruption, murder and other heartbreaking incidents.  I know how I feel and I know how other people have said they feel, it’s overwhelming, it hurts to see this negative news and there is no let-up.  The balance is tipped too far towards the negative and the positive that is offered is not really positive at all.  The balance is needed to keep us tuning in, or buying the newspaper.

Next time you feel overwhelmed by the images streaming into your home and life, images that shock you to the very core, remember, positive news is out there, you just have to look for it.

Review Of Shelby’s Way.

Shelby’s Way reads very much like a melodrama and keeps the reader guessing all the way throughout the book.

Set in Los Angeles, Shelby’s Way follows the trials and tribulations of Shelby Carpenter, a beautiful young woman who is married to a Hollywood stuntman, Boyd.

Right at the beginning of the book Boyd disappears after a party, he was last seen with a divorcee named Nancy and he leaves Shelby for her.  His deceitful actions leave Shelby feeling shocked and betrayed.  Shelby and Boyd have an 8 year old daughter, Pamela, and to make ends meet Shelby must get a job.

As Shelby learns to stand on her own two feet three men come into her life and their lives are intertwined because of her.  The first man, Sidney, is a married author who is famous and a lot older than Shelby.  She leans heavily on Sidney for emotional support in the days, weeks and months after Boyd leaves her.

The second man, Jeremy, is another married man, a lawyer, who is smitten with her from the moment he meets her.  The third man, Marc, is a family friend, recently divorced and a successful screenwriter.

Shelby reminded me a lot of Scarlett O’ Hara, whether that was intended or not, that’s who I envisaged as I read this book.  Like Scarlett, Shelby has a good heart and uses her femininity to get on in life.  Shelby isn’t malicious, nor is she a loose woman, she is very attractive and men seem to fall over themselves to help her.

The story seems a little confusing at times, there are a lot of different threads being weaved and it isn’t until they all come together at the end that everything makes sense.  

Shelby’s Way is a lighthearted read that centres around the lifestyle of lesser known people in Hollywood and the surrounding area.  It has scandal and heartache and despite her ditziness, you can’t help rooting for Shelby.

Anyone looking for a lighthearted read will love this book.

4 stars.  **** 
*A link to buy this book is included at the bottom of this post.*