Really enjoyed this outing from Carol Lynne, Remy & Cory were childhood sweethearts, but when their best friend Andton convinced her that Remy was...moreReally enjoyed this outing from Carol Lynne, Remy & Cory were childhood sweethearts, but when their best friend Andton convinced her that Remy wasn't coming back for her and her unborn child, she married him instead. Six months later she lost the baby and entered a life of abuse by her husband which only ended when he was killed in a boat explosion. Two years later, Remy has returned from being a Navy SEAL and is helping Cory run the bar - but as tensions rise and Cory is convinced Anton isn't dead, they head off to the Triple Spur, a ranch owned by their friends, Jake, Cree & Jenny Sommers and their new born twins. Can they find a place with their friends and help Cory out of her dilemma?
Most of the guys and gals from the previous books are here as they fight to save Cory and Remy. (less)
The book opens on a hot sunny day in 1961, it is teenager Laurel's baby brother Gerry's birthday and the rest of her family, parents and three younger...moreThe book opens on a hot sunny day in 1961, it is teenager Laurel's baby brother Gerry's birthday and the rest of her family, parents and three younger sisters along with the baby are down by the stream ready for the picnic to celebrate Gerry's birthday. Laurel though is lounging up in the tree house day dreaming about a boy called Billy. She watches her mother return to the house with the baby in search of the cake knife, the special knife with a red ribbon that is used on all birthday occaisions to cut the cake; the cake knife Laurel was just about to go down and take to the family. Instead she makes a decision to stay where she is, and events take a surprising turn of events.
50 years later Laurel is a well regarded, respected, famous actress, visiting her 90 year old mother in hospital, trying after all the years to work out what had happened on that fateful summer's day in 1961. With the aid of her brother, the only other one of her siblings present, she starts to unravel her mother Dorothy's secrets, her friendship with Vivien Jenkins, her fiance Jimmy and what actually happened to the three of them in Mar 1941, that was to have such repercussions in 1961.
I really enjoyed this novel, I felt caught up in the characters stories, Laurel's needing to know what had happened, Jimmy with his war photography, Dorothy with her make belief, and Vivien, whose husband Henry Jenkins a well known author, loves her so much that years after her death in an air raid, his belief that she couldn't die and leave him, could she?
I really enjoyed this book about the lives and loves of the family at Creake Hall in Norfolk. When Gwen visits her boyfriend Alfie's family for Christ...moreI really enjoyed this book about the lives and loves of the family at Creake Hall in Norfolk. When Gwen visits her boyfriend Alfie's family for Christmas she sees a change in him, he doesn't appear to be the person she thought he was; and as she gets to know the family better she begins to realise that they are all keeping a secret, including Rae the family matriarch who is so delighted that Alfie is coming home for Christmas. There are some splendid characters here, especially Harriet and Marek and the description of Norfolk in winter is beautiful.
This is one of those books that you can't put down, yet you don't want it to finish. When Eva Ward's sister, Katrina dies, Eva returns with Katrina's...moreThis is one of those books that you can't put down, yet you don't want it to finish. When Eva Ward's sister, Katrina dies, Eva returns with Katrina's ashes to lay her to rest at Trelowarth, the manor house at Polpelly in Cornwall, that her family had visited every year to stay with George and Claire Hallett, friends of her parents. It was here that she and Katrina enjoyed long summer days in the company of Mark and Susan his younger sister, and it is here that Eva begins to deal with the grief and sadness caused by her sister's death. Kearlsey brings Cornwall to life in her prose and you can almost feel yourself there with Eva and the Hallets.
As Eva throws herself into helping Susan set up the new Tea Room, she and friend Felicity, are aiming to run at Trelowarth, she begins to find herself in an other Trelowarth. Convinced at first that she is having hallucinations, it takes an encounter with Daniel Butler and his friend Feargal O'Cleary to convince herself that she really is visiting Trelowarth in 1715. Daniel and his brother Jack are free traders, making their living trading contraband goods with France, but that isn't what makes the Constable, a nasty piece of work called Creed, want to arrest them, but the fact that they are for the young pretender James instead of King George who has just come to the English Throne.
As Eva finds herself torn between the Trelowarth of her friends and that of 1715, she finds herself falling in love with Daniel Butler and must face a decision whether to leave Trelowarth and her visits to Daniel, or to stay and try and make a life with him.
An absolutely brilliant time slip novel that brings alive both versions of Trelowarth and confirms Kearlsey once again as a magnificent author.(less)
Though Quick has a formula for these historical novels, it is one which I think works and which can be quite comforting in some ways. I enjoyed this e...moreThough Quick has a formula for these historical novels, it is one which I think works and which can be quite comforting in some ways. I enjoyed this early outing in the Quick ouevre.(less)
Though I have read and enjoyed Amanda Quick for quite a while now and one or two Jayne Ann Krentz, this is the first novel of JAK under her Jayne Cast...moreThough I have read and enjoyed Amanda Quick for quite a while now and one or two Jayne Ann Krentz, this is the first novel of JAK under her Jayne Castle pseudonym that I have read - I can see that I might have to read more. This book is the last in the Burning Lamp triology, each book being written under a different pseufonym in present day, Victorian London and on the planet Harmony in the future.
I think this worked really well, and I thoroughly enjoyed the trilogy and the different characters and solutions to the problems associated with working with the Burning Lamp.
Can't wait for the next Arcane novel to come out :-)(less)
My ultimate favourite of all the Madeleine Brent books I have read to date. I have read this one several times over the years, and I still savour it w...moreMy ultimate favourite of all the Madeleine Brent books I have read to date. I have read this one several times over the years, and I still savour it with relish. In this novel, the heroine is Jani, half Indian and half English, as a young girl whe lives with Sembur in the land of Bod, or Tibet as we know it, high in the Himalyas - it is the late 1890s, and Jani's life is about to change as a young arrogant army captain arrests Sembur for a horrible double murder committed 10 years earler. Sembur dies of heart problems in a high pass, and Jani falls ill with diptheria, nursed by the army captain, a man she knows only as Mister, Jani is placed in a hospital in Gorakphur and from here she is sent by the Army widows and orphans society to England, as Sembur's orpahned daugher she is known as Jane Burr.
Leap forward five years, and Jani is now a young lady, the protege of Eleanor Lambert of Merlin's Keep; Jani had helped Eleanor's father and been taken into the family to become Eleanor's companion and secretary. When her friend goes abroad, Jani remains at Merlin's Keep and finds a letter from Sembur placed in the end paper of her Holy Bible, which she had brought with her from Tibet. The letter tells the true story of Jani's parentage, the daughter of a Mahrani and English Colonel, she is the true ruler of Jahanapur an Indian state, it also tells the truth about the night Jani's parents were murdered. Setting out to clear Sembur's name (really RSM Burr), she and Eleanor unwittingly get involved with a man the holy monks of a monastary in Tibet had called the Eater of Souls.
How Jani comes to find Mister, clear Sembur's name and help Eleanor escape from the clutches of her sorceror husband is the remaining part of the story. As usual with Brent, the setting is exotic or unusual, high drama, danger and love are all part of the story. I love this book and will probably contineu to read it on and off over the years.(less)
I really enjoyed the atmosphere in this book. Lake Garda in Italy is the setting for the action which centres around the production of a play written...moreI really enjoyed the atmosphere in this book. Lake Garda in Italy is the setting for the action which centres around the production of a play written in the 1930s for the actress Celia Sands. Seventy years later, another Celia Sands (not related) is to take on the role that the original never got to play, having disappeared the night before it opened. But what really happened to the first Celia, will this version of the play be dogged by difficulties as others have been?
I thought this one of Kearlsey's to be the nearest in 'feel' to Mary Stewart's novels and I enjoyed it a lot.(less)
I enjoyed this one, the current book in the Arcane Soceity series, always intrigued by the idea of paranormal powers and secret societies for good and...moreI enjoyed this one, the current book in the Arcane Soceity series, always intrigued by the idea of paranormal powers and secret societies for good and evil - a bit cliched, but done well is enjoyable.
Chloe is a dreamlight reader, and a Private Investigator. Jack Winters is a direct descendent of Nicholas Winters an alchemist from the 17th century who somehow managed to alter his DNA using the Burning Lamp (really have to suspend disbelief for this one!), and some of his direct male descendents will inherit this gene and go mad unless they can find a woman who can manipulate the Burning Lamp - Chloe is that woman.
The next book takes place in the late 19th century under Krentz's pseudonym Amanda Quick - the two main characters from that book are mentioned in this one, we already know Adelaide Pyne will help Griffin Winters with the Burning Lamp and suceed as Chloe does, but I guess what we don't know is the back story and how else it fits into the Arcane series.
It was interesting to see a possible pointer towards Fallon Jones's future romance with a new resident of Scargill Cove where he has his offices - now that's one story I hope Krentz hurries up and writes!(less)
Though I've given this book only two stars, there were some times when the book was very gripping to read, and I can understand why it's being getting...moreThough I've given this book only two stars, there were some times when the book was very gripping to read, and I can understand why it's being getting some many diverse reviews.
One of the major things is it could really have done with being tightened up a lot, there's whole sections that could be deleted, and the other really annoying thing is that it could have done with a serious proof reading, there were times where sentences didn't make any kind of sense as a word that should have been edited out had been left in.
It was an okay read, but I won't be keeping it.(less)
My fourth Kearsley novel and though it didn't live up to Marianna or The Winter Sea, it was nevertheless an excellent thriller to the end. I certainly...moreMy fourth Kearsley novel and though it didn't live up to Marianna or The Winter Sea, it was nevertheless an excellent thriller to the end. I certainly didn't see the ending coming, which is always nice, so often it's easy to guess where a book is going, this one kept me thinking right to the end.
Lynette Ravenshaw accepts an invitation from Bridget Cooper, one of the author's she represents at the literary agency she works for, to spend Christmas holidays with her and her boyfriend James Swift in Angle, Pembrokeshire. Lyn accepts, and is happy to meet James an author she really appreciates, especially as she is given the opportunity to sign James for her literary agency from the one he is currently with.
One of the things I really like about Kearsley's novels is her ability to set the scene, to describe the countryside in which her tales are told; she makes an area come alive. I have never visited this part of Wales, yet she makes it real, especially her description of Pembroke Caslte and the surrounding area (but then, I like Castles!).
As the story unfolds, we learn that Lyn was unsuccesfully married and was more relieved than grief stricken when she learned her husband had died in a car crash - her grief is more for the loss of her son Justin as a newborn baby, and Kearsley's description of this loss is heartbreaking. Every night, Lyn suffers the same dream about the loss of her baby, until that is the first night at the farm in Angle, when her dream changes, and a lady in a blue dress asks her to take care of her small son.
A neighbour at the farm is Elen, also a young widow, with a baby son Stevie - Elen is convinced that Stevie is in some kind of danger from the dragon, and that her friend Margaret has told her that Lyn will become Stevie's protector. Is Margaret the same lady as the lady in a blue dress that Lyn sees in her dreams (the Lady Margaret Beaufort mother of Henry Tudor), who is threatening Elen and young Stevie, and what have the prophecies of Merlin to do with the story?
As Lyn and Bridget settle in to their holiday, they meet the playwright Gareth Morgan, a write Lyn really rates, but he is rude and arrogant towards her, believing she is at first a journalist - he is fiercly protective of his privacy - and later that she has been sent by her literary agency to try and sign him to their books. But, he is also one of Elen and Stevie's biggest defenders, and he can help Lyn with unravelling local history, the prophecies of Merlin and the story of Henry Tudor.
I found the history intriguing as I usually do in a Kearsley novel, and the hints at Stevie being a reincarnation of Arthur fascinating. I was pleased to see Kearsley use the tale of Merlin as a young boy and his meeting with Vortigern in this book, the same tale told in her novel The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart, who I believe is an influence on Kearsley's novels.
A thoroughly enjoyable novel, which I will certainly read again at some point:-)(less)