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Chat Specials BEST OF 3 2019

Published by TI Media Limited Chat Specials is the monthly series spin-off from one of Britain's best-loved magazines. With eight ‘Seasonals' and five ‘Best Ofs', the series captures the very best from Chat. with the most gripping and moving stories that will get everyone talking. There's much more than just explosive real-life, though, with fabulous fashion, bargain beauty, health advice you can trust, top travel tips, reliable recipes, and laughs and surprises galore. Plus there's 12 prize puzzles to pit your wits against. A fun package to keep you truly entertained.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
13 Issues

in this issue

1 min

It’s a known fact that being grateful makes us happier. Even in trying times, there’s always something to be thankful for. After losing her husband after just two weeks of marriage, you would think that Shelley (pg6) would have very little to be grateful for. But through her pain, she’s learnt to live life for the moment, and is so thankful for the memories. After nearly 70 years, Lynn (pg10) finally learnt the truth about her family. Her dying mum dropped an unexpected bombshell, but now she couldn’t be more grateful for how it all turned out. We admire the bravery of Molly (pg41) – after a horrific accident, she was able to see the silver lining, and it ended up changing her life forever. Even animals can be grateful. Cooper may not have the…

9 min
his final twisted kiss

Jennifer Sargent, 32, Coventry Walking into the factory, I recognised one of the new boys right away. It was January 2016, and I’d just arrived for my shift when I clocked eyes with him. He was dishy and handsome. And it was clear that he recognised me, too. ‘Jennifer, is that you?’ he asked. I went to school with Jason Foster, now 31, and I’d always thought he was handsome. As we caught up on life, I remembered how funny and kind he was. He told me he’d been released from prison, where he’d served time for theft. ‘I’m turning my life around now,’ he said. ‘I’ve made some mistakes but no more of that from me.’ He was honest and he’d clearly grown up. His maturity made me fancy him even more. We began talking on Facebook and we clicked…

8 min
from wife to widow

Shelly Lewis, 39, Cheltenham From my very first blind date with Mark, I’d been smitten. I’d been reluctant when friends tried to set us up, but we were the perfect match, just as they’d thought. Straight away, I was honest about wanting kids - I was 27 and ready to settle down. ‘I feel the same,’ he grinned. Just two months after we first met, I fell pregnant with our son, Joe, now nine. We moved in together and life was perfect. ‘I never thought I was destined for happily ever after,’ I’d tell Mark, ‘then you came along.’ And seeing what an amazing father he was only made me love him even more. When Joe was old enough Mark would take him fishing and helped with his karate practise. ‘He’s a right daddy’s boy,’ Mark would tell me,…

2 min
morris diner

Michelle Haigh, 43, Littleborough Proudly patting his bulging tummy, my hubby Paul smiled happily. ‘It takes a lot to make this,’ he joked. Paul and I had met back in 1992, when I was working as a waitress in a café. As the chef, Paul would serve up steaming meat pies with moats of gravy swishing around the sides. ‘Pity I have to serve this up,’ he’d say, passing me the plate. Paul’s sense of humour won me over pretty quickly, and soon, it wasn’t just the fryer heating up. We became a couple, but Paul’s culinary skills got him into hot water. After a shift, he’d cook up several meat pies, then shovel them down two at a time, along with a few pints of ale. He put on weight, but as his belly grew, he became…

3 min
salon saviour

Jayne Hobbs, 44, Kent Dragging my sunbed over towards the pool, I worked out the best angle for maximum tanning. I was on holiday with my husband Keith, 48, and our three young kids in Biarritz, France, and the weather was glorious. ‘This trip is just what I needed,’ I sighed to Keith. The next morning, as I was checking out my tan lines over breakfast, I spotted a mole on my chest that had slightly changed in appearance. It looked darker than it had before, but my whole body was in the process of being turned a lovely nut brown by the sun, so I thought no more of it. After getting back home to drizzly Kent, we immediately had the holiday blues. ‘I think the sun has aged my face, it’s very dry,’ I…

1 min

An adorable mini village complete with log cabins, post boxes and even dining tables has been built by a photographer – for mice. Simon Dell began making the mini shire in spring 2018 when he spotted a wild mouse in his back garden. He said: ‘I could see the cats sitting just feet away from him at the other side of a fence. ‘I piled some small logs around a box as a home for the mouse and covered it with moss and straw to give him a little shelter. ‘I then secured some wire fencing around the fence so that there was no way the cats could get to the mouse. ‘We decided to name him George.’ After saving the mouse, Simon began to add more homes next door. And within days, more mice had…