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 opportunit...moreI 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 (less)
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 aut...moreRampant 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). (less)
Standing the test of time is what I’m thinking as I close this book – my fourth Barbara Taylor Bradford read. Breaking the Rules is a book that I woul...moreStanding the test of time is what I’m thinking as I close this book – my fourth Barbara Taylor Bradford read. Breaking the Rules is a book that I wouldn’t have bought for myself. However, when my son saw that it was on offer (along with a book his fiancee bought), he thought of me. He remembered my disappointment when I couldn’t make it to a BTB event with the best-selling author herself.
I remember reading A Woman of Substance back in the ‘90s, closely followed by owning the dramatisation featuring Jenny Seagrove and Liam Neeson. I devoured the intial trilogy written about the Harte family before I returned to my own writing dreams. I haven’t read any further BTB’s until now.
Initially, I was disappointed because Breaking the Rules didn’t live up to my memory/expectations of a Barbara Taylor Bradford read. However, I stayed with the book and read it as a reader (as opposed to an aspiring writer) and began to like the story and the protagonist ‘M’. I’m so glad that I never gave up on the story because I was in for a surprise.
*Warning* I’m not going to review the plot BUT I’m about to give a spoiler about who Breaking the Rules is about, so you may want to stop reading this review now.
Halfway through the book I realised that ‘M’ is in fact a member of the original Harte dynasty. From this moment I was wowed by BTB. I loved the way she kept this crucial connection as a surprise to the reader. The author could have so easily traded on her former success of the Hartes but she chose not to. Instead Barbara Taylor Bradford allowed the reader to get to know ‘M’ independently, without any prior judgements being made. For this reason it also works as a stand alone novel.
Breaking the Rules is a story filled with love, mystery and excitement. I didn’t find the story predictable or contrived. For this reader, Barbara Taylor Bradford has excelled herself (I LOVE surprises!), and to repeat myself, this author has truly stood the test of time. (less)
Allie Spencer’s debut novel beggars the belief that it’s her first book. Tug of Love is fast-paced with many twists and turns that as a reader I never...moreAllie Spencer’s debut novel beggars the belief that it’s her first book. Tug of Love is fast-paced with many twists and turns that as a reader I never pre-empted. Every one of the characters, whether secondary or primary, came alive because they are well-rounded and vividly three-dimensional.
I loved the subject matter and the insight that Allie Spencer gives the readers into the world of law is brilliant. This is a definite example of how ‘writing what you know’ can pay dividends. I enjoyed how the profession of barrister contrasted with Lucy’s character. She’s sassy, intelligent, and remains very human throughout this story. I loved her!
Allie Spencer is a fresh new voice in the world of romantic comedy and I can’t wait to read her future books. (less)
Back in the early 90s I couldn't get enough of Danielle Steel. It was also the time when I submitted my first manuscripts dreaming of publication. I r...moreBack in the early 90s I couldn't get enough of Danielle Steel. It was also the time when I submitted my first manuscripts dreaming of publication. I remember vividly having a plot for a new manuscript featuring Vietnam...I researched, I began making notes, and then Danielle Steel released her new novel...based in/around Vietnam. I felt deflated and couldn't bring myself to read another of her books.
I now look back on that time with amusement. I've come a very long way since the 90s and as I'm currently going through my latest relapse (in the journey that is multiple sclerosis), I felt a yearning to pick up a Danielle Steel book and remind myself how much I once loved her books.
I enjoyed Mirror Image although not quite as much as I remember enjoying a few of her other titles. Danielle Steel is a FAB storyteller. Her characters are three dimensional, and the plots are never predictable. What I admire most about Danielle Steel is the way she ups the conflicts that little bit more which keeps the reader turning the pages.
I'm thrilled to have rediscovered Danielle Steel's books and I'm excited about learning how to keep my future plots bubbling too.
Believe it or not, this was only my 2nd Karen Templeton read (I know, where have I been?!). I LOVED it. Karen Templeton's words have a way of speaking...moreBelieve it or not, this was only my 2nd Karen Templeton read (I know, where have I been?!). I LOVED it. Karen Templeton's words have a way of speaking direct to the heart, which makes her stories an emotional read. She gets right to the crux of human thoughts and feelings, and once the first pages have gripped you they don't let you go.
I have an appalling memory (I really should learn to write up a review as soon as I've finished reading) yet although I might not be able to recall specifics i.e. names, etc. the characters and tone of the story remain with me.
This was my first full novel ebook read, and the words weren't diminished by reading them on the screen (laptop as I didn't have an ereader at this time), as I had expected them to be. I love holding a book in my hands but I think I am on my way to becoming an ebook addict too (and how easy do Harlequin Mills and Boon make this, when they offer BOTH the ebook and paperback?!!) I've promised hubby I won't duplicate everything I read as an ebook BUT I have to say that I'll always look for Karen Templeton's books in both formats because they are sure to be keepers.(less)
This was my first e-read in the Historical Undone series and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Time dictates that I can't write a more specific review at this...moreThis was my first e-read in the Historical Undone series and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Time dictates that I can't write a more specific review at this time, but suffice to say, I loved this story and I will be reading more from the author, Bronwyn Scott. (less)
The Playboy Doctor's Marriage Proposal is set in Warragurra and has left me wishing I'd read A Wedding in Warragurra which is the first story set in t...moreThe Playboy Doctor's Marriage Proposal is set in Warragurra and has left me wishing I'd read A Wedding in Warragurra which is the first story set in this lovely Australian Outback town.
Linton Gregory is the flirty, sexy, city doctor doing a stint in Warragurra's A & E department. Emily Tippett is the warm, friendly nurse usually stationed at the town's flying doctors' base.
I love everything about this story and Fiona Lowe successfully gives the reader a real taste of life in this community. It's one of those stories you never want to end, I could happily spend more time with Linton and Emily. It's wonderful to watch them both confront their internal conflicts and rescue each other. It's a true meeting of souls.
I hope Fiona Lowe returns to Warragurra in the future because I'm already missing it!(less)
This is one of the (many) books I have inherited. It belonged to my Grandmother who died recently. I shared her love for Mills and Boon and in my earl...moreThis is one of the (many) books I have inherited. It belonged to my Grandmother who died recently. I shared her love for Mills and Boon and in my early teens I used to love delving into her huge collection.
The bulk of my grandmother's books are still in boxes - yet this morning I came across Mistletoe Miracles sitting on the side table next to my sofa. Last night I finished the M&B I'd been reading and I'd planned to read the next M&B on my TBR pile (one that I'd purchased a couple of months ago).
Sitting here, looking at this Christmas book with the spine showing how well-read and loved it has been by my grandmother, I know I have to read it next. I know that I'm in for one emotional but enjoyable read and during this Christmas period I'm going to feel close to my nan...
Dearest Eulalia by BETTY NEELS
This was a sweet story and took me back to the past when I used to read Betty Neels. Betty Neels has a delightful 'voice' which while being a tad old-fashioned in today's times, brings back memories of an innocent age gone by...
The Extra-Special Gift by CATHERINE GEORGE
Catherine George is a new-to-me author and I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I'm cursing my poor memory and wishing that I'd written notes while I was reading so I could share specifics of why I enjoyed this story so much. One thing I do remember is feeling it was an honour to share Christmas with Jess and Lorenzo. It's a story that I will want to revisit at future Christmases to come and I also intend to keep an eye out for other stories by Catherine George.
The Doorstep Baby by MARION LENNOX
This story reminded me that it's been far too long since I read a Marion Lennox. I LOVED this gorgeous story and will definitely read it again. I will scour my bookshelves for other Marion Lennox books because I'd forgotten just how much I enjoy her books. Rest assured that The Doorstep Baby is well worth reading.
My overall opinion of Mistletoe Miracles is that it contained everything a good collection of stories should. This book gave me fond memories of days gone by with Betty Neels; it introduced me to a new-to-me author in Catherine George, whose books I will now look out for; and it reminded me how much I LOVE Marion Lennox. A perfect read for Christmas and beyond!(less)
This was my first Katie Fforde and I loved it. It was one I read during one of my relapses in 2007 but unfortunately my memory is letting me down so I...moreThis was my first Katie Fforde and I loved it. It was one I read during one of my relapses in 2007 but unfortunately my memory is letting me down so I'm unable to review it fully. She's definitely an author whose future books and back-list I plan to check out.(less)
Fiona Harper has successfully created a perfect blind-date story in this, her stunning debut novel for Mills & Boon. I loved both Jake and Serena...moreFiona Harper has successfully created a perfect blind-date story in this, her stunning debut novel for Mills & Boon. I loved both Jake and Serena from the very first pages, and they carried me with them on their rollercoaster ride.
This author has captured all the elements that make this book a must-read. It has romance in bucket-loads, intrigue, and a happy-ever-after that leaves the reader letting out an audible sigh of contentment as the book draws to a close.(less)
This is another delicious read from Trish Wylie! From the very first page I was hooked. Cara is a feisty heroine and Rory a strong, gorgeous hero.
As t...moreThis is another delicious read from Trish Wylie! From the very first page I was hooked. Cara is a feisty heroine and Rory a strong, gorgeous hero.
As the story progresses and the reader becomes aware of Cara's internal conflicts, the emotions run high. I felt Cara's pain and it's heartbreaking. Rory's anger when faced with Cara's past experiences is real and adds to his heroic qualities.
Aside from the emotional aspect, this is Trish Wylie at her hottest. It is wonderful to see Rory and Cara's relationship develop on an intimate level. Rory gives Cara new belief in herself, and he treats her with the respect she deserves.
By the end of this book you will have shared a journey that changes Rory and Cara forever. They are both believable characters, and it's sad when it's time to say goodbye to them. A truly emotional, sensual and fun read!