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Book Review: Jane Once More by R G Dow.

Book Review: Jane Once More by R G Dow.

Jane Once More is the sequel to Jane of Manchester, which I reviewed HERE!. I was happy when Author R G Dow approached me asking me to read and review this sequel. Jane of Manchester was a really easy reading book for me, so I was expecting the same kind of ease of read from Jane Once More.

Jane once more

Kindle Edition, 191 pages

Published October 6th 2017 by Dow Books

Description:

Jane is back and so are her friends and family but time stands still for no-one, as they say, and so has she moved on at all with her life?

Carrying on from the first book, Jane of Manchester, there is plenty of fun left to be had as Jane and her friends continue to have a laugh in the city, but change may be just around the corner…

More giggles, good times and drama from Jane and the crew!

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My Thoughts:

Jane Once More was as I expected after the first book, it was easy reading. And as with the last book, I listened to it on audiobook while I was doing more monotonous things, like ironing and preparing lunches!! I didn’t need to concentrate much on the story as it followed Jane’s life, her work, friends and family, and also lots of her take aways!

Jane Once More follows the life of a ‘normal’ British girl, with the exception of the lack of social media, which was actually really refreshing as she saw and spoke to her friends and family, She texted a lot, but it was to meet them.

The book is almost written as diary style, (without the days and dates). Jane’s life is not particularly exciting, but she has a good group of friends, colleagues and family. Between hearing about them all and following Jane on her day to day goings on, the reader feels like they know Jane and almost particpate in her life with her.

As a real foodie, I liked all the eating in and out discussions. There was also the development of a relationship in this novel, of which there were none in the last book.

*(It is not essential to read the first book before this, but it will give more of a background if you do).

Jane Once More is a fun easy read. I am expecting another book to follow this one, as it was left with the scope to continue.

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Posted by on November 10, 2018 in Books

 

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Book Review: Three-Fingered Jack Davis, by D J Swykert.

Book Review: Three-Fingered Jack Davis, by D J Swykert.

I have read a few other books by Author D J Swykert, so without knowing too much about this book I wanted to read it. I remember reading ‘The Death of Anyone’ by D J Swykert, and being so interested in the details of the book, I did an interview with the Author and asked him all about familial DNA, which was part of the book I had just read.

When you know an Author does his research properly about the details in a book, it makes all their books more appealing. I went into ‘Three-Fingered Jack Davis’ of this opinion. I think if I hadn’t read previous books, the name of the book and the cover would leave me slightly unsure, but then reading the blurb I would be back fully on board again.

So lets get down to my review!

Three-Fingered Jack Davis
Published September 5th 2017 by Magic Masterminds LLC

Description:

Three-fingered Jack Davis and Jesse James Hofstetler operate a dope house in Detroit. They sell some black tar heroin laced with carfentanyl, a drug used to tranquilize elephants, to a house full of addicts. Several of the addicts overdose and now Jack and Jesse are stuck with a number of dead bodies to deal with. The two men aren’t evil, not in the sense of a serial killer, but under the law they have committed murder. But they also have a very human side, Jack takes in a young addict named Posie and offers her protection, and Jesse saves the life of an overdosed girl called Imogene, who goes by the name of Im.

Looking for refuge they hook up with Marielle, nicknamed Hell, a prostitute who owns a house of ill repute in the neighborhood. The lives of the five become intertwined as they are investigated by tough, but fair, Detroit homicide detective Bonnie Benham. The story proceeds through the perilous habitat of drug users, dealers and detectives to an unusual, but just, conclusion.

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My Thoughts:

Three-Fingered Jack Davis is a gritty book that involves drug dealers, drug addicts, death through over dose and murder. It is far from a life like mine, but this is just the kind of book that I enjoy! Who wants to read a book that is too close to your own life. I want adventure, thrills and danger through fiction! D J Swykert gave me this once again.

I was very pleased while reading this that the Author gave as much consideration to the real details in this book as he did with the last book of his that I read. Although I don’t know how drug addicts really feel, I felt that the descriptions given here were accurate and considered. Swykert writes his characters with understanding of all kinds of human knowledge, from the drug addicts who are aware of other humans to those that completly have no respect for human life. Although the two main characters Jack Davis and Jesse James are drug addicts and dealers, Jesse especially is written so that I grew to like him and root for him. 

It was nice to have Detective Benham back again. As before, she is fair but firm, gutsy but likeable. My favourite character was Hell. Hell becomes involved in Jesse and Jack’s difficulties through coincidence or fluke, but she sticks around and is a force to be reckoned with. We don’t know why Hell does all she does at first, but as we read on Hell’s character becomes more understandable to the reader. She was excellently written.

Three-Fingered Jack Davis was both character and plot driven to give maximum impact. There is action right the way through the book, and we see all the characters develop as we read too. All too often, I can read a book that focuses on one or the other, either plot or characters. To write a really gripping book where the reader feels like they know the characters and are drawn into their lives through the plot takes a talented writer. D J Swykert has managed this with Three-Fingered Jack Davis. I will be reading more from this Author.

 

 
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Posted by on September 23, 2018 in Books

 

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Book Review: Nowhere Child, by Rachel Abbott (Novella).

Book Review: Nowhere Child, by Rachel Abbott (Novella).

I found this book by a bit of a fluke. I took out an Amazon Prime trial, (for purposes only of free delivery) Then I discovered that could borrow books for free! ….I know, a bit behind on these things 😉

However, I had a little browse on what was available and came across Nowhere Child by Rachel Abbott. It sounded like my kind of read, so I gave it a go.

And my conclusion?………Why have I not read Rachel Abbott’s books before?

Tip: If you have Amazon Prime, download this book, if you don’t, find it another way.

Nowhere Child (DCI Tom Douglas 4.5#)

Nowhere Child (DCI Douglas 4.5) by Rachel Abbott.

Description:

A stand-alone novella featuring the same characters as Rachel Abbott’s bestselling novel Stranger Child

Someone is looking for Tasha. But does she want to be found?

Eight months ago Tasha Joseph ran away, and her stepmother, Emma, has been searching for her ever since. She is desperate to give Tasha the home and security she deserves.

The problem is, Emma isn’t the only one looking for Tasha. The police are keen to find her too. She could be a vital witness in a criminal trial, and DCI Tom Douglas has a team constantly on the lookout for her. But Tasha remains hidden, and nobody appears to have seen her.

Suddenly, the stakes are raised. Somebody is offering money – a lot of money – for information about Tasha’s whereabouts.

Tom and Emma know they have never been closer to finding the young girl. But they also recognise that she has never been closer to danger. Can they find her first?

She can run – but for how long can she hide?

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Published October 14th 2015 by Black Dot Publishing Ltd

 

My Thoughts:

Nowhere Child is a novella and stand alone novel. It is also a follow on book from Stranger Child. I haven’t read Stranger Child and it did not matter at all. There are enough details that you don’t need any extra background reading.

Tasha is a runaway child, living on the streets of Manchester (UK). I do enjoy crime thriller books based in places close to me. American and Scandi ones are fab too, but it makes a difference when you have a knowledge of the area and the law where the book is based. Tasha has a lot of people looking for her, but she doesn’t know what they will do to her if they find her. With the help of her friend Andy from the streets, she tries to survive and hide.

This is a novella with plenty of plot, characterisation and tension packed into 179 pages. Although Tasha is the main character, the book is labeled as a DCI Douglas book. It took me a while to get an impression of DCI Douglas (Tom), at first I wasn’t sure whether or not to trust him. As a serial crime thriller reader, I have learnt not to trust anybody in fiction at first! You know what I mean crime lovers? However, since reading other reviews of this Author’s books, it seems that Detective Tom is a very likeable character. I’m sure when I read more books with him in, I will feel foolish for doubting his intent.

Nowhere Child read easily, with constant tension and concern for Tasha’s safety. It is very obvious that the Author knows the vast difference between the classes in Manchester, how the middle class see “dirty runaways”. This is no more clear than when Tasha needs help in a street of ‘regular’ people, but needs to take what should be unneccesssary action in order to be listened to. 

I really enjoyed this read. Although I don’t feel inclined to go back to read Stranger Child, as it feels like I would already know the end, I do feel excited to read more of Rachel Abbott’s books. While looking into this Author and her books, I see she has a new book coming out in November called ‘And So It Begins’.

Links:

Goodreads.

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

Twitter/@RachelAbbott

www.rachel-abbott.com

 
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Posted by on September 9, 2018 in Books

 

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Book Review: The House Swap by Rebecca Fleet.

Book Review: The House Swap by Rebecca Fleet.

Thanks to Poppy Stimpson from Transworld Books for my copy of The House Swap. I love the cover of the ARC, where it has doors to open!

I give you my unbiased review of The House Swap by Rebecca Fleet.

 

The House Swap

The House Swap by Rebecca Fleet.

Published May 3rd 2018 by Doubleday

Be careful who you let in . . .

When Caroline and Francis receive an offer to house swap–from their city flat to a townhouse in a leafy, upscale London suburb–they jump at the chance for a week away from home, their son, and the tensions that have pushed their marriage to the brink.

As the couple settles in, the old problems that permeate their marriage–his unhealthy behaviors, her indiscretions–start bubbling to the surface. But while they attempt to mend their relationship, their neighbor, an intense young woman, is showing a little too much interest in their activities.

Meanwhile, Caroline slowly begins to uncover some signs of life in the stark house–signs of her life. The flowers in the bathroom or the music might seem innocent to anyone else–but to her they are clues. It seems the person they have swapped with is someone who knows her, someone who knows the secrets she’s desperate to forget…

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My Thoughts:

I loved the idea of this book. Actually I won a competition last year to have a year subscription to a house swapping website, so it is an idea that I have given thought to! I was intrigued by the description of Caroline and Francis swapping houses with somebody who seems to know Caroline, and has subtle ways of letting Caroline know that somebody knows her secrets. 

The chapters flip from present time to past, when things weren’t good in Caroline and Francis’ relationship to present time while they are in this borrowed house. It is easy to follow and the stories of both timelines link up well, so the reader has a good image of what has happened without giving away too much of Caroline’s secret.

The woman on the street where they are staying comes across as creepy and very intense. In my opinion Caroline was too polite in letting the woman worm her way in, but then this woman plays a bigger part as the story goes on……

We know from the start that Francis has addiction problems, and these were written very well. It seemed that the Author had done her research to know how both parties (the addicted Husband and the Wife who watches) could feel in this situation. It would have been good to have a bit more of an insight into Francis’ reasons for his addictions, but this didn’t spoil or impact the story, it just would have been good to know a deeper understanding of Francis. I didn’t take to Caroline at all throughout the book. I felt she was very unsympathetic to her Husband’s problems, and the way she dealt with it was wrong. (in my opinion).  I think if Caroline had acted differently this story would not have happened, but that’s the beauty of fiction for you!

The book had a steady pace all the way through, it kept my attention and I wanted to know what happened next at the end of every chapter. As the pages thinned, I had an idea of what the end would be, but as in all good thrillers, there was a twist I didn’t see coming and it finished the story off with a chilling bang. It only takes one decision in life, that could be the decision that changes everything! From a decision Caroline made, comes the twist that chilled me. 

House Swap is an enjoyable, steady paced domestic thriller. I would certainly read more of Rebecca Fleet’s books. But, I won’t be renewing that House Swapping subscription this year!

 

 

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Twitter/@RebeccaLFleet

 
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Posted by on September 2, 2018 in Books, the house swap

 

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TH1RT3EN, BY STEVE CAVANAGH. Book of the year for me so far!

TH1RT3EN, BY STEVE CAVANAGH. Book of the year for me so far!
Thirteen (Eddie Flynn #4)

TH1RT3EN, By Steve Cavanagh.

Eddie Flynn #4

 

THIS SERIAL KILLER ISN’T ON TRIAL.

HE’S ON THE JURY…

If that strap line doesn’t draw you in, you are not a serial killer thriller lover like me! I saw these 2 small sentences, and knew I needed to read this book!


Description:

They were Hollywood’s hottest power couple. They had the world at their feet. Now one of them is dead and Hollywood star Robert Solomon is charged with the brutal murder of his beautiful wife.

This is the celebrity murder trial of the century and the defence want one man on their team: con artist turned lawyer Eddie Flynn.

All the evidence points to Robert’s guilt, but as the trial begins a series of sinister incidents in the court room start to raise doubts in Eddie’s mind.

What if there’s more than one actor in the courtroom?

What if the killer isn’t on trial? What if the killer is on the jury?

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My Thoughts:

Before I started this book, I had already read some excellent reviews of Thirteen. So although excited to read it, I was hoping that I would enjoy it as much as others have done. Those reviews I read….. spot on! This book is amazing, gripping, thrilling, page turning, keep you up later that you intended, brilliant.

Steve Cavanagh has such a vivid clever imagination. This thriller is unique and like no other book I have read. How can the killer be on the jury??? How can they ever find the killer if its the killer that decides the verdict? So so clever.

I haven’t read any other of this Author’s book, but I am aware that there a few previous books also featuring Eddie Flynn, the con man turned defense lawyer. It didn’t matter that I hadn’t read the previous books, although reading Thirteen makes me want to read more of Cavanagh’s book now.

The main character Eddie Flynn was a con man, now he is a defense lawyer. I think a good defense lawyer woud be wise to know some of the tricks of the trade, and with Eddie’s past, this does give him certain advantages. The other characters also are so interesting and clever. As we follow each one, we learn a little more about them and their pasts. Eventually I got to understand the mind of this highly intelligient killer. There is something very different about him, something that enables him to be one of the “best serial killers” I’ve read about. I know that sounds weird, being the best serial killer, but this is legal, psychological fiction guys, my favourite genre. And now I have found myself a new favourite Author, with plenty of books that I haven’t yet read.

A short review from me, but full of powerful words, go read it, its amazing, I loved it. So clever, legal thriller fiction at its best!

I had been enjoying the legal thrillers of Author Olly Jarvis, my original favourite legal thriller Author. Jarvis’ books are based in the UK. Now I have another favourite legal thriller Author, whose books are based in America. 

TH1RT3EN IS AN AMAZING BOOK, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT, ESPECIALLY IF YOU LIKE LEGAL / PSYCHOLOGICAL / SERIAL KILLER THRILLERS.

 


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www.stevecavanaghbooks.com

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Posted by on August 13, 2018 in Books

 

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FLIP-FLOPS FIESTA & FLAMENCO by Donna Hepburn. My book review of a lovely summer read.

FLIP-FLOPS FIESTA & FLAMENCO by Donna Hepburn. My book review of a lovely summer read.

FLIP FLOPS, FIESTAS & FLAMENCO by Donna Hepburn.

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Description:

Flip Flops, Fiestas, and Flamenco is the first in a series of three books about two best friends, their lives, loves, and adventures after moving to a small village in the Andalusian hills.

Abby and Lou have been BFF’s since the first day at Uni. Despite being opposites in both looks and personality they were drawn to each other, sharing a flat, dreams and a love of animals.

Through the ensuing years despite heartache and divorce, they remain as close as ever.

Abby would be the first to admit her life needs an injection of fun. Middle-aged, divorced and slightly overweight, she’s a mother/general dogs-body to two lay-about sons, a pink-haired Amazonian on-off girlfriend and an incorrigible British Bulldog named Chester. Her lifelong dream of living in Spain’s glorious sunshine has been long forgotten or has it?

Lou was stuck in her own rut, never fully recovered from a tragedy in her past. A long list of online dating disasters had left her wondering if she will ever find love again. Her cool ice-maiden persona is shattered along with her cat’s eardrums when she wins £400,000 on an online bingo site.

Could this be the answer to both their prayers?

Flip-Flops packed, they embark on their adventure, but it isn’t all sun and sangria. Warring pets, new neighbours, cooking experiments, scary wildlife and an escapee Donkey named Santos combine to make it an unforgettable Summer.

Can their friendship survive or will the Mediterranean dream become a nightmare?

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MY REVIEW:

This is the perfect summer, escapism read. Two friends moving to Spain, animals, food, wine and sun. What’s not to love right!

Well I did enjoy this book, but all was not roses and rainbows in Spain for these two. What kind of read would it be if the ladies didn’t encounter some problems, get up to mischief and meet some Spanish Senoras.

The friendship between Lou and Abby is lovely. Just the kind of friendship a girl could hope for in her middle age. My other love from Flips Flops and Fiesta is Chester, the very stinky but lovable dog. Dog lovers will enjoy the book only for his antics.

This is only book one in the series, but there are no cliff hangers there which is good. Just the anticipation of hearing more about Abby and Lou’s adventures.

A little surprise addition at the back of the book was a few recipes that Abby made during the story. Throughout reading this, I kept licking my lips thinking ooh that sounds so good Abby. Then the recipes were there. 😋

An easy reading book of summer escapism, with fun, sun, fur babies and a little flamenco! Recommended by me, and already anticipating book 2!

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Author Bio
I live in the North East of England with my partner and two beautiful boxer dogs; Floyd and Freya.
From a very young age my head has always been full of stories and I’ve been wanting to write a book since way back when, well forever really but finances (running my own business,) procrastinating, and self-doubt have conspired to hold me back.
Dithering about what to write was another stumbling block, my reading taste is so eclectic; Vampires, Serial killers, Dystopia, Vikings, Witches, History, Travel, Autobiographies, the only genres I don’t really read are Spy Fiction, Westerns or Chick Lit Comedy.
Oh, I know I’ll write a Chick Lit Comedy!
Anyway, I digress. After my Eureka moment I decided to scrap all my almost finished, half-finished, ten chapters, first page attempts, concentrating on actually finishing my first novel.
Flip-Flops, Fiestas, and Flamenco is the first in a series of three novels, I am currently writing the second. I’m on a roll!
When I’m not writing I enjoy reading, travel and cooking I’m passionate about animals and consider myself a bit of a Gin connoisseur.

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Posted by on August 4, 2018 in Books

 

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Book Review: Trust Me by Angela Clarke.

Book Review: Trust Me by Angela Clarke.

Thank you to publishers Avon and to Netgalley for my copy of Trust Me by Angela Clarke. I have read and loved the previous 2 books in the social media murder series, so I was already booked in to be reading the third instalment. (It is not necessary to read the previous two but always better too of course). I really enjoyed Follow Me, and Watch Me. So, Trust Me was expected by me to be an exciting read.

Description:

What do you do if you witness a murder…but no-one believes you?

When Kate sees a horrific murder streamed live on her laptop, she calls the police in a state of shock. But when they arrive, the video has disappeared – and she can’t prove anything. Desperate to be believed, Kate tries to find out who the girl in the video could be – and who her killer is.

Freddie and Nas are working on a missing persons case, but tensions in the police force are running high and time is ticking. When Kate contacts them, they are the only ones to listen and they start to wonder – are the two cases connected?
Dark, gripping, and flawlessly paced, Trust Me is the brilliant third novel in the hugely popular social media murderer series.

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Published June 15th 2017 by Avon

My Thoughts:

After reading the previous two books in this series, I was really looking forward to seeing what the two main characters Nas and Freddie had been up to. This is a brilliant series. My favourite was the very first one ‘Follow Me’. Probably the reason for that though, is that I use Twitter, which is the type of social media used in this book. The second book, ‘Watch Me’ uses Snap Chat – which I don’t know much about, and the third, this one ‘Trust Me’ uses Periscope which I know even less about. However, the books are so current in the way it talks about social media, it is an addictive read. So, this mixed in with crimes, murders and great characters makes Angela Clarke’s books one of my much anticipated reads.

‘Trust Me’ did not disappoint, and I loved catching up with Nas and Freddie. After they are told about a murder that was live streamed on the internet, the case was one that could easily be dismissed as ‘a vivid imagination’ from a single woman. The video of a vicious attack that Kate saw is no longer there, so no proof exists except what Kate says she saw. Do Freddie and Nas believe her, should they investigate further?

There is also a missing person investigation going on, and we are taken along on the journey with Nas and Freddie while they try to figure out what is going on, who the criminals might be, and if there are any victims that can be saved. The story is set in London, and the description of estates, run down areas and gangs make the plot come alive as we fear for the victims and also for Freddie and Nas at points.

The relationship and stark differences between Nas and Freddie is a huge part of what makes these books so addictive. In some ways, I wonder how they can be friends and in other parts they work amazingly as a team. Freddie’s impulsiveness, unpredictability and intuition make her one of the most interesting characters I know. Whereas Nas is uptight and a stickler for rules (most of the time 😉 ). But both are strong female lead characters to love.

The Social Media Murder series is one of my favourite crime series. The Author writes believable, current and frankly scary plots. The books should make the reader consider how much of their lives are online. But then the reader could get so engrossed in the plot, characters, relationships and crimes that we are taken into the world of Nas and Freddie, so we forget about our online lives and are living in the pages of Angela Clarke’s words.

Links:

www.angelaclarke.co.uk

Goodreads

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

Twitter – @TheAngelaClarke

 
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Posted by on July 1, 2018 in Books

 

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Book Review: Surprise Me, by Sophie Kinsella.

Book Review: Surprise Me, by Sophie Kinsella.

Thank you to Becky Short and Penguin Random House for my copy of this book. Sophie Kinsella was my first favourite adult book, and I have loved all her books so far. I was very much looking forward to getting stuck into Surprise Me.

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Published February 8th 2018 by Transworld Digital

 

Description:

After being together for ten years, Sylvie and Dan have all the trimmings of a happy life and marriage; they have a comfortable home, fulfilling jobs, beautiful twin girls, and communicate so seamlessly, they finish each other’s sentences. However, a trip to the doctor projects they will live another 68 years together and panic sets in. They never expected “until death do us part” to mean seven decades.

In the name of marriage survival, they quickly concoct a plan to keep their relationship fresh and exciting: they will create little surprises for each other so that their (extended) years together will never become boring. But in their pursuit to execute Project Surprise Me, mishaps arise and secrets are uncovered that start to threaten the very foundation of their unshakable bond. When a scandal from the past is revealed that question some important untold truths, they begin to wonder if they ever really knew each other after all.

 

My Thoughts:

I have loved all of Sophie Kinsella’s books and I was sure I was going to love Surprise Me too. In fact, I did love it! I started to read this book in the waiting room of a hospital!! It was perhaps a little inappropriate for me to chuckling to myself about the things that Toby was doing in the first few chapters. Toby is a sideline character but he was my absolute favourite. He was so funny, and it was Toby that got me engrossed into the book rather than the main characters Sylvie and Dan. 

This was not my favourite of Sophie’s books, but when you write so many brilliant books, you set your standard so high. If this was the first Kinsella book I had read, I would be raving about how I had found another amazingly, funny, talented writer. In fact Kinsella is just that. The plot flowed, but not obvious in the way some chick lit stories are. There is definite character development as we see Sylvie and Dan surprise each other and how their marriage is affected by these unexpected events.  Along with that, the end was not at all what I was expecting, which is unusual for a chick lit book. There were a few parts of the story that I did not see coming, which was good. 

If I had read this and didn’t know the Author, I would have a good guess at Sophie Kinsella. My only request would be that Toby play more of a part because he was hilarious. I definitely recommend this book to Kinsella lovers, but if this was to be your first Kinsella book I would suggest reading her earlier ones first. 

Links:

Goodreads.

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

Twitter-@KinsellaSophie

www.sophiekinsella.co.uk

 
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Posted by on June 9, 2018 in Books

 

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Book Review: A Time for Penance, by Robin Storey.

Book Review: A Time for Penance, by Robin Storey.

Thank you to Author Robin Storey for offering me the chance to read and review ‘A Time for Penance’. The blurb of this book appealed to me as it got me thinking, what would you do differently if you could go back in time? And would fate intervene and leave you in the same place as you were? Or are we masters of our own destiny? Plus there is the gritty crime part, I’m always a sucker for that! 

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Description:

She murdered her husband. Now she has a chance to undo her crime.

For 20 years, wealthy socialite Eva Dennehy has borne the guilt of murdering her first husband Charlie, who was planning to leave her for his mistress.

When Eva is offered the opportunity to travel back in time, and undo her crime as penance, she accepts – what does she have to lose? Back in her old life with Charlie, her passion for him surpassed only by her torment at his infidelity, she is more determined than ever to prevent him from leaving her.

But her plan plunges her into a world of crime and depravity, and she soon discovers she has even more to lose this time around.

This taut, gritty novel about jealousy, betrayal and the dark side of love will appeal to fans of suspense, crime and modern noir.

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Published May 7th 2017 by Robin Storey

 

My Thoughts:

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I went into this book. Yes, I love gritty crime stories, and time travel ones are ok. But putting the two together was something I hadn’t read anything of before. If the book had been filled with too much unbelievable talk of the time travel, then I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed it so much. But the time travel parts were mainly at the beginning and the end, with a few parts interspersed throughout, as Eva notices the differences in technology (no mobile phones!), and has to hide facts about people and things that had happened that she shouldn’t know. 

I was intrigued as to whether Eva would end up in the same place as the beginning of the book, i.e with a dead Husband! or if the book was going to go down the route of master of your own destiny, and fix your mistakes. Well, obviously I won’t say how it ends, but I will tell you it was good, very good. 

As I started reading this, I became more and more hooked throughout. I liked it a lot better than I was expecting actually. Perhaps this has a little to do with the cover. I don’t think the cover does the book as much justice as it deserves. That’s just my opinion though.

The plot had a good flow that kept me gripped until the end. It also got me thinking about the prospect of being able to go back in time. What would you do differently and how would this change the outcomes? 

A really good book, and taught me…….don’t judge a book by its cover! This was a brilliant read.

 


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Twitter @RobinStorey1

Author’s website – storey-lines.com

 
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Posted by on May 28, 2018 in Books

 

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Learn in 60 minutes. Greek Mythology, Beyond Mount Olympus. Something different from ChocolatePages!

Learn in 60 minutes. Greek Mythology, Beyond Mount Olympus.  Something different from ChocolatePages!

Thanks to Tyler at ‘in60learning’ for my copy of Greek Mythology, Beyond Mount Olympus. When Tyler asked me if I wanted to read and review any of their ‘ Learn in 60 Minutes’ books, I was intrigued. There is quite a catalogue of topics and each book allows you to read and learn about the topic in ( as the name says) 60 minutes. I decided to read Greek Mythology first. I also looked at Ivan the Terrible. Both sounded like something interesting I could learn from.

 LEARNING 60 MINS

Description:

Get smarter in just 60 minutes with in60Learning. Concise and elegantly written non-fiction books and audiobooks help you learn the core subject matter in 20% of the time that it takes to read a typical book. Life is short, so explore a multitude of fascinating historical, biographical, scientific, political, and financial topics in only an hour each.

You’ve heard of Zeus, Poseidon, Aphrodite, etc. The twelve Greek gods who sat atop thrones on Mount Olympus have permeated popular imagination. But what do you know about the Greek underworld, minor gods, and mythical beasts? Do you know how these stories were passed on from generation to generation, or what significance they held for the people who believed in them? This fascinating e-book introduces readers to the canon of Greek mythology and its influence on the world today in language, storytelling, and even science.

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Published March 2nd 2018 by in60Learning

My Thoughts:

This book does what it says it will and gives an intense view of the topic in the said reading time. To read about all the Greek Gods, their ideas, history and relations to each other and present day thoughts was a lot to take in. If I was to read this book in the given 60 minutes, I wouldn’t remember very much of it. There is a lot of information.

For those who want to read for educational purposes and have a great interest in the topic, this series would be fantastic.

For me, it was a bit too much of a hard read. For me reading is escapism and excitement. So I personally won’t be reading any more of these books. However for the right type of reader these books will be great. They give a balanced and real exploration of Greek Mythology, which includes a wide array of knowledge all compacted into a quick read.

I was surprised to learn how much of this mythology has affected present day, for example the books, movies and comics we read and watch are so often based on super heroes which many originate from Greek Gods. There are many interesting facts in this book, and the learn in 60 minutes is a great idea for those who like to explore and learn about topics in a short amount of time. 

 


If you want to look at or buy any of the books on various topics, the links are below. 

Links:

Goodreads.

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

www.in60learning.com

 
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Posted by on May 13, 2018 in Books

 

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