Review of The Vanishing Girl by Laura Thalassa

The Vanishing Girl (The Vanishing Girl, #1)

Author: Laura Thalassa

***New Adult Science Fiction/Fantasy***

Blurb:

Every night after Ember Pierce falls asleep, she disappears. She can teleport anywhere in the world—London, Paris, her crush’s bedroom—wherever her dreams lead her. Ten minutes is all she gets, and once time’s up, she returns to her bed. It’s a secret she’s successfully kept for the last five years. But now someone knows.

A week after her eighteenth birthday, when frustratingly handsome Caden Hawthorne captures her, delivers her to the government, and then disappears before her eyes, Ember realizes two things: One, she is not alone. And two, people like her—teleporters—are being used as weapons.

Dragged off to a remote facility where others like her live, Ember’s forced to pair up with her former captor, Caden, to learn how to survive inside until she can escape. Only Caden’s making escape seem less and less appealing.

But even as Ember falls for the boy who got her into this mess, she knows that she is running out of time. Because the government has plans for those like her, and those plans might just cost Ember her life.

 

5 Alien star Review:

The Vanishing Girl is a mix between dystopian’s ruthless The Hunger Games and the amazing alien world from The Lux Series. I seriously fell in love with Laura Thalassa’s Unearthly series and after reading The Vanishing Girl, she has now been selected as one of my must-buy-regardless-of-genre authors. *yikes, that’s a mouthful*

Let’s get on with the story. So, we have Ember, a young 18yr. old who, at the start of puberty, flashes to different places the second she falls to sleep. These flashes last approx.10min, but long enough to cause potential problems. Ember never knew why she had this crazy ability, until the government knocks on her door.

Let’s skip to the hot guy, and when I say hot, I mean like holy shit, he is lick worthy hot! So, Ember is taken away by government officials to be trained and partnered up with her pair, Caden.

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See, hotness!

 

Caden is a smart-mouthed, egotistical…sweetheart, who could totally kill you in a heartbeat. Caden attempts to explain why Ember is being held in a government institution and why they were made for the other, but she doesn’t buy it.

Ember is thrown into one training session after another, all the while government officials are keeping dangerous tabs on her progress. Once Ember has reached a specific level of readiness, she and Caden are given their first lethal assignment.

Ember wants out. She wants her friends, family, and life back. Escape is the only solution. Problem is, she never expected to fall for Caden. Now, Ember has to decide if freedom is more important than the sole person designed to be her other half?

OMG! I hate writing reviews for one reason, I always say too much and leave little to potential readers imagination. Basically, I suck ass at keeping secrets. O_O The Vanishing Girl is awesome, but is left in one hell of a cliffhanger. I can’t wait to read what happens next in this series! Eeeeep!

Heaven Is For Real Book Review

Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back

Blurb:

“Do you remember the hospital, Colton?” Sonja said. “Yes, mommy, I remember,” he said. “That’s where the angels sang to me.”

When Colton Burpo made it through an emergency appendectomy, his family was overjoyed at his miraculous survival. What they weren’t expecting, though, was the story that emerged in the months that followed–a story as beautiful as it was extraordinary, detailing their little boy’s trip to heaven and back.

Colton, not yet four years old, told his parents he left his body during the surgery-and authenticated that claim by describing exactly what his parents were doing in another part of the hospital while he was being operated on. He talked of visiting heaven and relayed stories told to him by people he met there whom he had never met in life, sharing events that happened even before he was born. He also astonished his parents with descriptions and obscure details about heaven that matched the Bible exactly, though he had not yet learned to read.

With disarming innocence and the plainspoken boldness of a child, Colton tells of meeting long-departed family members. He describes Jesus, the angels, how “really, really big” God is, and how much God loves us. Retold by his father, but using Colton’s uniquely simple words, “Heaven Is for Real” offers a glimpse of the world that awaits us, where as Colton says, “Nobody is old and nobody wears glasses.”

“Heaven Is for Real” will forever change the way you think of eternity, offering the chance to see, and believe, like a child.

 

5 Alien Stars

Review:

Heaven Is For Real…right? I’ve never questioned if heaven is real before, but so many others do. Regardless, this is my thoughts, my heart on Heaven Is For Real.

So, here’s the background: Before I read the book…Two years, while stuck in yet another airport, (I have terrible luck when it comes to catching my scheduled flight) I decided to check out their book store. I came across Heaven Is For Real, picked the book up and bought it. Afterward I had that, ‘I did a good thing’ feeling. You know, like when you offer an elderly man/woman your seat in a seatless room. Anyway, so I grabbed the book but didn’t end up reading it. When I got home, I tossed the paperback on my coffee table and forgot about it. Well, not really….do you ever get a feeling that someone is watching you? Well, that’s how I felt every time I looked at this book, just sitting on my coffee table. I wanted to read it, only I did’t want to go there. But I had this nagging feeling in the back of my mind telling me I really needed to read this book. However, I continued to ignore the silly voice in my head. So, the book continued to sit.

A week ago (now two weeks because I suck at writing reviews and blogging) I learned this book was coming to the big screen! I watched the trailer and instant goosebumps formed on my arms. Seriously.  No joke. I chatted with a few friends who’d read the book and they all said, “Oh, you’re going to love it. It’s a super fast read. You’ll finish it in one evening.”

Still didn’t read the book.

During the read: So, it’s Easter weekend, my favorite holiday and I decided to buy tickets to watch Heaven Is For Real. Yup, it’s so gonna happen, and that’s what I did. I booked our tickets for Sunday evening and figured I’d sit down and read. So, third page into the prologue and my eyes are watering.  I continued reading and the next thing I knew, I’d read over half the book. Yeah, I guess you could say I was hooked.

Below I quoted a couple of my favorite parts:

“I think God knows where he puts our children, in each family,” Mrs. Kramarik said. I remembered what Jesus told his disciples one day when they were trying to keep some kids from ‘bothering’ him: “Let the little children come to me.”  I made a mental note for future sermons: Akianie’s story showed that God can reach anyone, anywhere, at any age—even a preschool girl in a home where his name had never been spoken.

“You said you went to heaven. People have to die to go to heaven.”

Colton’s gaze didn’t waver. “Well, okay then, I died. But just for a little bit.” My heart skipped a beat. If you haven’t heard your preschooler tell you he was dead, I don’t recommend it.

I’ve already said I cried while reading Heaven Is For Real, but I laughed, too…and then freaking cried again, and sometimes while laughing.

Skeptics, or people who’ve been ‘turned off’ from God may look at this book/review and think: Yeah, good try. This is simply another persons attempt to make me feel guilty for one reason or another. God isn’t about guilt or hate or any other assortment of inadequacies. God is love.

Heaven Is For Real is a great representation of how much you are loved. Pointing fingers or accusations from family or friends is wrong. No one is out of His reach. No one person has the ability to take His grace away from you.  No one is perfect, but His love, kindness, and forgiveness is.

 

3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.  ~2 Corinthians 1:3

 

 

LUX: BEGINNINGS Cover Reveal by Jennifer Armentrout

Lux: Beginnings (Obsidian & Onyx) official Blurb:

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Obsidian

There’s an alien next door. And with his looming height and eerie green eyes, he’s hot…until he opens his mouth. He’s infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, he lights me up with a big fat bulls-eye. Turns out he has a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal his abilities and the only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to him until my alien mojo fades. If I don’t kill him first, that is.

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Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro alien connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems. I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?

LUX: BEGINNING (Obsidian & Onyx) Links:

Goodreads ~ Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer Armentrout lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell, Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

Additional links to Jennifer’s pages:

Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Website

We will also be raffling off two fan inspired artwork from fans of the Lux series sent from the author, Jennifer L. Armentrout, herself.

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For Better or For Worse by Ingrid Nickelsen

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For Better or For Worse

a paranormal/ fantasy romance

By

Ingrid Nickelsen

Published: February 25, 2013

by Untold Press www.untoldpress.com

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FBOFWsmWhen one story ends, another begins.

Evangeline lived a long fulfilling life. Loving mother and wife, she had everything she could wish for…until a tragic car accident took it all away from her.

Awakening in a new world with the body of a young woman, Evangeline doesn’t remember anything about her life, not even her own name. Luckily she has godparents to help guide her in this new society of the dead. As she struggles to fit in, deep inside, she can sense something is missing, a part of her that she can’t recall. When a mysterious man claims he can help get her memory back if she agrees to keep their nocturnal meetings a secret, she can’t refuse. Everything about him screams trouble, but she can’t seem to stay away. Every moment spent with him makes her feel alive again.

Is she really prepared to unveil her past completely, from beginning to end? Everything is not as it seems in her new found home, and her new life may also end in tragedy.

Rest in fear, Evangeline.

~Ingrid Nickelsen’s Bio~

 INickelsenIngrid is a 23-year-old French girl, college student, and dreamer. She currently resides in Paris, where she spends most of her time going to museums and the movies. Despite the romantic atmosphere in Montmartre, or even the fancy cafés in the Champs Elysées, she would easily trade it all for a nice walk in the woods with her schnauzer, Golden. She is always craving adventures, and finds that books are the cheapest way to travel to far-away lands. She is inwardly convinced that words have the power to heal the worst blisters on our hearts, or at least can make us forget about them for a little while. And sometimes, it is just enough to face another crazy day.

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eBook Buy Links  

Amazon US:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00INL15K2

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Goodreads– book link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20883236-for-better-or-for-worse

5 Alien Stars

Life after death with a twist of fate? Kind of, but not really? Confused yet, okay so this is the deal.

Life

Evangeline (Eve) is a devoted wife and mother. The story begins when Eve decides to meet her daughter and grandson. As soon as Eve’s husband, Josh comes home the two head out…and then disaster strikes. A terrible car crash later and Eve suddenly finds herself in a new, strange place…with no memory of who she is, where she came from, or the people she left behind.

Death

“What hurts is to have no one to hold. What hurts is to be dead, and forced to survive. What hurts is that trying to survive breaks me.”  ~Ingrid Nickelson

Eve’s arrival in the ‘between’ comes as a shock, but her Godparent, Brielle rushes in to make her transition as smooth as possible. Her new life seems strange yet beautiful and even though Evangeline can’t remember her life before she died, she feels a sort of wrongness around her. Brielle shows Eve to her new home, instructs her to rest and everything will be peachy in no time.

Uncertainty weighs heavily in her mind until she meet Will. Handsome, but extremely broody and very mysterious, Will takes Eve on nightly trips back to his place. There seems to be an unspoken connection between Eve and Will, but why? Questions pile up but the thing is, no one is willing to share answers with her.

Between

Eve is introduced to so many people during her stay in the between. Some, Eve feels she can call friends, but others she would rather keep her distance from. Eve learns that her home mailbox delivers letters connecting her to people from her past. Only the letters create an ache so painful she refuses to try to remember. She doesn’t want to feel their pain, or her own. Will is the only person who makes her connect with her past…and then learns she was in a car accident with a man…her husband. But what does this mean for her and Will? Who is Will, really, and why can’t she see him during the daytime hours? Again, more questions and left with no answers.

Then Eve meets her husband, Josh. Fireworks and tingly feelings erupt, except they don’t. Eve doesn’t remember him, and worse yet, she feels like she should be with Will…

For Better or For Worse is a maze of strange, beautiful and creative wonder. The ending brought tears to my eyes, I mean seriously, I had tears. Evangeline is such a strong character and refuses to abide by their rules. I could go on forever about the up’s and down’s this story provided, but then I’d give everything away and how fun would that be, right? Ingrid Nickelson is so amazing. I recommend she be added to everyone’s up and coming new author list. Ingrid, you’ve fashioned an inspiring story with depth, wonder, and awe. Well done, my dear. Well done. Read below for an excerpt of For Better or For Worse  ❤

Excerpt:

“Everything’s gonna be okay.”

Everything is going to be okay. I should repeat it to myself like a broken record. Everything is going to be okay. Everything is going to be okay. Why does it seem like these words have lost all their meaning?

“I promise.” He embraces my waist to push me closer to his warm chest.

“How is it going to be okay?” I shake my head, unable to restrain my tears from rolling down my burning cheeks. “How? He’s dead!”

I bury my face into his collarbone to stifle my crying, listening to nothing else but the sound of his beating heart. I feel it pounding fast and hard, matching mine. It makes me cry even more. I don’t want him to be strong for the both of us. That, too, isn’t fair.

He puts his hand on the back of my head. “I’m so sorry.”

I curl up against him and move my head slightly to glance at the dark ocean. This sandy beach is my favorite place on earth. This is where he kissed me for the first time. This is the place that always reminds me someone truly loves me, and sometimes it’s just enough to chase the hurt. This is my haven.

At least it was, until now.

I ran to meet him here as soon as my little brother released my hand in his hospital bed. I knew he wouldn’t force me to speak, and he didn’t. He just held me close. It took the time of a wave dying in the vast ocean’s arms for me to fall down in a faint, my legs quaking like an aspen leaf. His grip was so tight he fell to his knees, too, resolute not to abandon me in my rare moment of weakness.

It feels so good to be weak. I don’t care if my face is washed with tears or if I have red rims around my eyes. I need this loss of myself. I need him and my haven.

“I’m sorry, Eve. So sorry.” He sighs, clasping me tighter against him to calm me down. “I wish I could do something, anything to relieve your pain. I hate being so helpless,” he hisses between clenched teeth. “It kills me.”

I peek up at him, trying to find a light of hope, but I see nothing. Tonight, I’m more aware than anyone that love isn’t possession. It doesn’t stand still. My world can fly away in the blink of an eye, and there’s absolutely nothing I can do to fight the ruthless, cold, and brutal wind that likes to come without calling.

“I…I just want…the world to disappear,” I choke out between my sobs. The thick air is getting unbearable, harder to breathe. I press my hand against my breastbone. It hurts. It hurts too much. “I can’t live anymore, I don’t want to. Not like this. Please make it stop,” I beg him. “Just make it stop. It hurts.”

He holds my face in his hands to make sure I meet his serious gaze.

“Listen to me,” he says slowly, scanning my face as he speaks. “I’m on your side. There are times when I wish I could escape this crazy world. But you know what? It’d be a terrible mistake to switch our life off if we get the chance.”

I vaguely wipe my face with the back of my hand, lowering my gaze.

“Yes, you can be hurt and awfully bruised inside,” he continues, gently tucking a stray lock of hair behind my ear. “Sometimes you get so scared to face the day you could suffocate. But I love you.”

His last words take me by surprise. I know he does. I just didn’t expect him to say them now.

“I love you,” he says again, his voice catching ever so slightly. He strokes my face once more. “I don’t want to switch my life off… because you are my life.”

I feel paralyzed for a brief moment. It doesn’t make any sense. Who am I supposed to thank for the love he’s offering me? Are they the same odds that are against me tonight? Those who first harm me to bless me next?

I desperately love him. I do. So much. He’s always been my hero, and logically speaking, a hero is supposed to be indestructible. He’ll be here, until the end of time. I have to be sure of that. I want to be sure of that.

“He’s gone.” I shrug sadly, more tears falling out of my eyes. “He’ll never be seventeen. I’ll never get the chance to see him anymore. Never again…It’s over.” I try to put together in a wrecked breath, willing for more comfort.

“No, he’s not. He’s right here,” he says, pointing at my hammering heart. “He’s probably in a better world now.”

I instinctively look up at the starry sky with a broken smile. I hope he is. He deserves to be.

“Eve.” He tips my chin down to hold my gaze. “Maybe now is the time to share what’s in your heart, too. There’s no forever.”

I quickly shake my head.

“Don’t say that.” I take a long, ragged breath. I really don’t know how to breathe anymore. “We have time.”

The disappointed light in his eyes is his only reply.

He bends down instead, and softly puts his lips close enough to touch mine. His hands travel up my cheeks and fondle my hair as he gives me a tender kiss. These are the ones I love the most. Our breath mingles together as I forget the world around us, and just like that, the ache begins to vanish little by little.

Not entirely, but just enough for the dizziness to take over so I may abandon myself in my most secured place.

His arms.

He knows I want to say those three words. I just need more time.

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Remember Love (The Forever Love Series #1) is ON SALE for a LIMITED TIME on Amazon ONLY!!!

Remember Love (The Forever Love Series #1) is ON SALE for a LIMITED TIME on Amazon ONLY!!!

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They say you can never go home again. Brenna James is about to finish her final year of college when a visit home could change everything. Fate was pushing her towards her childhood best friend, Tucker, leaving Brenna no other option than to remember memories from a time once forgotten.
Can Tucker slip himself into her heart?
Will he be able to show her his feelings?
The biggest question is, can Tucker help Brenna remember love?

The book has sexual situations and language intended for ages 18 & up.

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Something Like Normal Cover Reveal by Monica James

Coming May 2014…
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20802709-something-like-normal
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SYNOPSIS
* Book #1 in the Something Like Normal Series *
Mia Lee has a secret…
A secret she’s kept hidden since she was eight years old, however, Mia will no longer allow that secret to define her.
An irrevocable decision has left Mia Lee a fugitive and on the run—a circumstance that should leave her weak and scared, yet Mia has never felt so alive.
Under the pseudonym of Paige Cassidy, Mia is ready to live the life she’s never had, and she’s determined not to allow her tainted past dictate her promising future.
Paige is on a Greyhound bus heading from L.A. to South Boston, Virginia, to start a new life. A life that includes finding her mother, who abandoned her at age three. But what she finds, is four people, who will change her life forever.
Yet no one can outrun their past…
Especially one filled with bitter memories, which refuse to remain hidden.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Monica James spent her youth devouring the works of Anne Rice, William Shakespeare and Emily Dickinson. When she is not writing, Monica is busy, running her own business, but she always finds a balance between the two. She enjoys writing honest, heartfelt and turbulent stories,hoping to leave an imprint on her readers, and her inspiration comes from every day life. Monica James resides in Melbourne, Australia, with her wonderful family, and menagerie of animals. She is slightly obsessed with cats, chucks and lip gloss, and secretly wishes she was a ninja on the weekends.

 

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Review of The Lady Astronomer by Katy O’Dowd

16051462Lucretia’s quiet life as an astronomer and hat-maker is quickly turned on its head by her brother. He is commanded by the king to build the grandest telescope in the land. Unfortunately for Lucretia, she is introduced to his majesty as her brother’s assistant. Her nights spent on rooftops gazing at the stars are replaced by adventure and danger. In a race to build the Forty-foot telescope on time for the king, her misfortunes take their toll. When Lucretia finds herself held hostage at the Clockwork Court, the innocent country girl doesn’t know who to trust. The lady astronomer finds court life to be more dangerous than she could have ever imagined. Even if her brothers manage to build the telescope on time, she might not live to earn her freedom.

With the help of her brothers, Freddie and Al, and her constant companions Leibniz the Lemur and Orion the Eagle Owl, Lucretia embarks on a journey that could change her life forever. Can she find the strength inside to balance her new life and overcome the obstacles threatening her destiny? Only the stars will tell.

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Special Note

We are proud to publish our first novel from an author who lives outside of North America. Katy hails from Ireland. When reading this novel, please keep in mind that English is not spelled the same everywhere! Because she is from Ireland and her characters also dwell in Europe, we maintained her uses and spellings. Enjoy!

Review 5 Alien Stars

The fabulous Katy O’Dowd is just awesome creative! The Lady Astronomer brings us a crew of spunky characters and witty dialogue. I loved the back and forth banter between Lucretia, Freddie and Al. Their relationship really made this book so enjoyable to devour. The dialogue, oh man, I laughed and laughed. The author does such a great job with mixing humor with loads of thrilling adventure. Also, Mrs. O’Dowd brought to life a clockwork orchestra, a freaking clockwork orchestra. How cool is that?!

In the mix, we get to meet a lemur (Leibniz) and an owl (Orion) in the story, and even though they’re animals, I felt their role was just as great as Lucretia and her two brothers. The adventure came when these crazy siblings are sought to build the great forty-foot telescope. Holy crap! I know, it’s so big, right! The King! Oh, I laughed every time he’d follow up with, “what, what.” So funny! In conclusion, I really think what makes The Lady Astronomer such a great read is that all ages can enjoy this story. Steampunk at it’s finest ❤

Also, if you’ve read Katy’s work before and loved it, she’ll have a new story out in April 2014 with Untold Press

See below for a sneak peak of MEMENTO MORI  😉  and be sure to follow Katy on Twitter.

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Take tea with the Victorian Mafia – organised crime has never been so civilised

They say revenge is a dish best served cold – in the Lamb residence it is more likely served out of a fine bone china cup.

The untimely demise of Thaddeus Lamb (murdered, poor fellow) leaves his son Riley in charge of Assam and Earl Grey, prostitutes and extortion. Under the watchful eyes of a street philosopher who prints everything he hears, Riley and his family grieve for Thaddeus in the best way possible – retribution.

To make matters worse, the assassin O’Murtagh is leaving a trail of bodies behind, which pave their bloody way to the Lamb’s highly glossed front door.

Through a series of informants who, unfortunately, have to be disposed of; a nasty turf war over brothels and dollymops; and somebody who is depleting the coffers, life in the Lamb household falters but does not crumble, and retains its genteel veneer of calling cards, tea shops and chocolate sponge – all the social niceties, etiquette and manners that come as part of being in the upper echelons of London Victorian society.

Riley slowly starts to unravel the terrible deception that has been carried out against the Lambs, but betrayal, murder and heartbreak make for uneasy bedfellows, and he and his family can never truly rest easy, even when the Lambs have carried out their own law.

And when the cadavers start piling up, Riley and those he loves find themselves in more trouble than they could ever have anticipated.

Honestly, it’s enough to drive anyone to drink – one lump or two? The matrons of Regent’s Park will never be the same again.