I can’t even remember where or when I first heard about Emily March, another new-to-me author. Eternity Springs is the first oMy rating is 4.5 stars.
I can’t even remember where or when I first heard about Emily March, another new-to-me author. Eternity Springs is the first of a series I was introduced to after downloading a sample chapter onto my Kindle.
I was immediately drawn into the story by the dog who unwittingly takes a shine to the emotionally wounded hero, Gabriel Callaghan. Gabe’s back-story is heartbreaking and his rude introduction to this exuberant dog is the beginning of his long road to recovery.
The dog, a boxer who becomes known as Tiger, introduces Gabe to the newly returned veterinary heroine, Nicole Sullivan. Nic has returned to Eternity Springs following her own painful past experiences. She too needs to be healed.
I enjoyed following the twists and turns of the journey that brings these two wounded souls back to living with renewed hope for their lives. Emily March keeps both Gabe and Nic human, yet has the readers rooting for both of them to renew their hope in life by finding each other.
This is a story where the location is paramount. I loved learning about the community of Eternal Springs and I fell in love with this small town almost as much as I did with Gabe and Nic. For me, they were all integral to the plot.
I’m happy in the knowledge that there’s another two stories in this setting waiting for me to download. ...more
Will review this wonderful book fully when time/health allows...suffice to say this is an amazing story and a definite keeper!
This review for No DarknWill review this wonderful book fully when time/health allows...suffice to say this is an amazing story and a definite keeper!
This review for No Darkness So Great, is long overdue, for which I send my sincerest apologies to the author, @susanmcgeown. This downloaded Kindle copy was a very generous gift from Susan Mcgeown, for which I’m very grateful.
Anybody who knows me may be aware of the dark places I’ve travelled to emotionally these past months and I empathised with the title of this story before even meeting the characters Liliana, Jossue and Maravilla. I also relate to the loss of what the world recognises as our ‘birthright’.
However, this book is in no way a painful read. It’s the opposite. No Darkness So Great is full of life, joy, happiness and love. Especially love. I’ve been blessed for sharing in this experience.
I feel that I should also point out that nothing in this book comes across preachy. However, for me, this story reminds me of why I love to write about human love in its relationship form. Life isn’t simple and it hasn’t been easy for any generation – no matter where or when that is.
Susan McGeown is a new-to-me-Author and I'm looking forward to reading her future books and catching up with her back list....more
I've never read a comic version of a Harlequin before but as it's a free read on Kindle I thought I'd give it a try.
This format takes some getting useI've never read a comic version of a Harlequin before but as it's a free read on Kindle I thought I'd give it a try.
This format takes some getting used to and would be better to finish in one reading - which on this occasion I didn't do.
I found the story quite dark, primarily because there isn't the space to develop the emotional/romance journey travelled by the hero and heroine.
I haven't read Princess of Convenience in paperback, and truthfully, this particular version of the story doesn't entice me to want to.
It's no small feat to summarise the whole book into a comic version, and I have respect for those who work on doing this. I will check out more titles via Kindle to see how they compare - watch this space! ; )...more
This was my first Kate Mosse novel. Mosse brings beautiful landscapes to life and this is a novel loaded with an undercurrent of powerful and evocativThis was my first Kate Mosse novel. Mosse brings beautiful landscapes to life and this is a novel loaded with an undercurrent of powerful and evocative emotions. I finished The Winter Ghosts thinking that, for me, it was a story that resonated with a gentler touch a la Barbara Erskine....more
For me, Sovereign is the best in the Shardlake series yet. The pacing of this story is excellent and I was shocked at the unexpected twists EVERY timeFor me, Sovereign is the best in the Shardlake series yet. The pacing of this story is excellent and I was shocked at the unexpected twists EVERY time - I second guessed NONE of them - AMAZING!
C. J. Sansom has now established himself as another of my firm favourite historical authors. I can't wait to read the next two in the Matthew Shardlake series, and this is one reader for whom Sansom can't write his future novels quickly enough!...more
Initially, I rated this book 4/5. However, since then I've read another two in the Shardlake series which get better with each story. With retrospectInitially, I rated this book 4/5. However, since then I've read another two in the Shardlake series which get better with each story. With retrospect I'm now changing my rating to 3.5......more
My review will follow when hubby's finished reading. Suffice to say it's going to be a hard book to return to the library because I want it on my KEEPMy review will follow when hubby's finished reading. Suffice to say it's going to be a hard book to return to the library because I want it on my KEEPER shelf! For the time being I'll re-read it over hubby's shoulder...
Review begins here:
I’ve enjoyed Barbara Erskine’s books for years and when I pick one up I know I’m in for a great read. The Warrior’s Princess went far beyond my expectations and carried on going long after I turned the last page.
Where to start without giving away spoilers? I loved Jess, the protaganist of the contemporary story in the novel. As for Eigon, the protagonist of the historical story, W-O-W!
The Warrior’s Princess is an epic read and one where you can’t help savouring every second of the journey. Erskine has an amazing gift of words that takes the reader from one century to another in a natural way. Each setting is evocative and real to the degree that the reader forgets they are witnessing a scene from the distant past. The quality of the writing is fluent and never jerks the reader from one setting to the other.
This story has, for me, an extra special ingredient that unfolds later in the story. It’s one that reaffirms my own personal beliefs and it’s a luxury and pleasure to witness them first-hand in the skilled hands of this talented author.
The Warrior’s Princess is an exciting, and at times, dark read. Both the past and the present stories are grounded in reality. Be ready for a mixture of emotions, and a box of tissues close to hand. It’s a read that’s worth the investment. ...more
I couldn’t resist putting on hold my other read for this story. This is a library loan that Graham snapped up and I didn’t want to lose the opportunitI couldn’t resist putting on hold my other read for this story. This is a library loan that Graham snapped up and I didn’t want to lose the opportunity…
The Wild Hunt was Chadwick’s debut novel and won a Betty Trask Award (as well as a literary agent and publisher!). I’d like to share part of Chadwick’s Author’s Note because it’s great inspiration for all aspiring writers…
"…The year I won, the award was presented by H.R.H The Prince of Wales at Whitehall. This was a somewhat surreal moment for me as six months previously I had been stacking shelves at the local supermarket…”
The Wild Hunt was first published in 1990 and the copy that I’m reviewing was revised and published in 2008.
This is another great Chadwick read with the main thread of the story focusing on the romance between Judith of Ravenstow and Guyon, lord of Ledworth. The historical backdrop is in the tumultuous and often dangerous times of William Rufus and Prince Henry. I’ve always loved learning about history in the post-Conquest period and Chadwick brings it to life like no other.
Elizabeth Chadwick’s writing is, as always, superb. This is an author who manages to make every character and setting live and breathe off the page. I'm looking forward to catching up with the next story in this trilogy ...more
Rampant is Saskia Walker’s first novel for Harlequin Spice and my first Spice read.
Phewww! There’s nothing like jumping in at the deep end and the autRampant is Saskia Walker’s first novel for Harlequin Spice and my first Spice read.
Phewww! There’s nothing like jumping in at the deep end and the author does this with the very first words of Rampant’s prologue. This leaves you in no doubt that you’re reading erotic fiction. Yet, as with all the stories Saskia Walker writes, there’s much more to them than their erotic nature.
Every character in Rampant, whether evil or good, comes alive and the entire story is living and breathing in a sizzling atmosphere. It’s very difficult to put this book down and even when life dictates that you *have* to put your reading aside, the book’s vivid setting and imagery are never far away from your senses awaiting your return to its pages.
Saskia Walker’s writing is, as always, beautiful. Rampant is melded together with paranormal and historical context; everything is woven intricately to make this a contemporary read with many layers.
What more can I say without revealing plot spoilers? This is another of my keepers and I recommend it wholeheartedly (with a warning that Rampant isn’t for the faint-hearted or those who find sexually explicit language offfensive). ...more