This is a really charming book which kids will love and adults will love to read to them. The illustrations are cute and capture the doggie personalitThis is a really charming book which kids will love and adults will love to read to them. The illustrations are cute and capture the doggie personality which fills the story. You finish it with the feeling that life is warm and good even when things don't go quite the way you expected. And that's not a bad message for all of us. After I'd put down the book I was still smiling and seeing those pictures. I can see them now....more
Sometimes you arrive at a book where you glance up from the page and look around to check out what your actual reality is. This is such a book. Yes -Sometimes you arrive at a book where you glance up from the page and look around to check out what your actual reality is. This is such a book. Yes - it is a story of greed, selfishness, love, sex, ambition, goodness et al. It is all the things that we are. What is different is that it is just a little closer to the horizon of future than us right now. But - not so far that we are disconnected. I felt that I was in the back carriage of a speeding train. If I chose I could just walk along the corridor and be there. Why bother, we're all going to the same place? The premise is of a world divided into a fabulously rich elite class of ever beautiful people and the rest - the merely mortal poor majority. Does this sound familiar guys? Yes - this is our train. We are on it. Our world is choking itself with its industrial pollution. Well - what else makes the wealth? The narrative follows a number of characters as the elite seek ways to use their wealth to cheat the reaper's scythe. This story makes a thumping good read as if it were a detective tale or a romance. Beyond this framework of human foible lurks the cold interrogator of reason. What is the morality of wealth? What is the nature of time, individualized consciousness and the universe? The clever thing in this book is that the author offers no didactic guide. She shrugs because this is how it is. You decide. In the story the elite are remarkably shallow. Those beneath them are of little account. In their blisstopian bubble their own desires and ambitions are paramount. They represent a class of man one can only think of as an hereditary meritocracy. Who needs Kant when you have golf? This is a stimulating book that can be addressed on many levels. Once you have read it the digestion begins with the next News bulletin, celebrity sports interview, medical breakthrough, IMF pronouncement and on and on. This is a book from an old style intellectual writer, a painter and poet. She's on the same train and looking up the tracks where we're all headed....more
A beautifully written historical yarn told through the eyes of a cat.
A young tom cat leaves dreary Elizabethan England behind as a stowaway on board aA beautifully written historical yarn told through the eyes of a cat.
A young tom cat leaves dreary Elizabethan England behind as a stowaway on board a vessel headed for the New World. Salt's nautical adventure is peppered with facts and information that bring to life the conditions aboard for those early settlers travelling to the America. Danger and misfortune await A fun read - particularly the cat politics above and below decks. A book for all ages. A nice length for younger readers to manage but equally enjoyable for adults to read aloud to children not yet at this level.
Lots of supporting facts in the glossary to explain the real-life historical characters and places in the story. A great read and hopefully the first of many books in Ms Gill's American Felines Series....more
I particularly enjoyed this book – as a trombone player and band member myself! I’m the biggest fan of stories that encourage children to explore theI particularly enjoyed this book – as a trombone player and band member myself! I’m the biggest fan of stories that encourage children to explore the world of music. Learning an instrument is so rewarding - a hobby that can bring pleasure throughout one’s life. It’s never to early to start thinking about which instrument to choose.
An ideal introduction to the wind instruments in a band woven into a marching rhythm with bright colourful pictures, it makes you feel as though the band itself has paraded through the room. Pam’s rhyming poetry combined with the crisp, vibrant illustrations make this book compelling and memorable for children and adults alike....more
This is a sexy book. Putting sex in a story is easy. Making it sexy is talent. When a buttoned up ambitious girl who's already made it in her own worlThis is a sexy book. Putting sex in a story is easy. Making it sexy is talent. When a buttoned up ambitious girl who's already made it in her own world tumbles into the wild world of rock, her buttons quickly unravel. Without giving away the story, Emily manages to fall for two men and get away with it. In the meantime she indulges in the ultimate fantasy of stepping out of her old stable privileged life. It's not supposed to be for ever but everything is for ever when the beasts of lust and love break free. There are prices to be paid and choices to be made. She has the most fantastic sex of her life and loses all her previous status. Some would say this was a fair exchange but she doesn't take it lying down and fights back. This is hard core rock star romance but also an uplifting story of a woman finding her true self through whatever life throws at her. Another top read from Nicky Wells....more
I'm the author of this book - so here's the blurb as I can't really write a review for it....
A sexy aristocrat. A wild child inner city cop. A crime wI'm the author of this book - so here's the blurb as I can't really write a review for it....
A sexy aristocrat. A wild child inner city cop. A crime wave of passion.
The second book in the "Passion Patrol" series featuring hot cops, hot crime and hot romance. Following the success of "Knockout!", "Shannon's Law", features another sassy, passionate female cop - Shannon Aguerri.
Could she really mix with the British royal family? Can she risk her heart and career on yet another maverick mission? Can she get justice for an innocent boy? Dare a kid from the gutter dream of being a countess?
Shannon's Law – The action romance novel of 2014.
Wild child inner city cop Shannon Aguerri walks a dangerous line between her methods and justice. When the bosses lose their nerve, after yet another maverick mission, she is transferred to green pastures to play out the role of a routine village cop. In Fleetworth-Green she encounters signs of people and drug trafficking and homes in on serious millionaire criminals.
As a loner she has attracted men but nothing has stuck. When she meets Spencer, the hunky and widowed Earl of Bloxington, there is an immediate rapport between them. Their social differences mean nothing to their passion and need. Already in the mix is an upper class female rival – who has long plotted her way into the Earl's bed. The jealousy is an evil shade of green and the anger is a violent scarlet.
Often inhibited by a sense of duty and honour, Spencer is slow to reveal his feelings. When Shannon confronts him with the need to choose between her word and that of her rival, he does not immediately support her.
All the same, when they are forced together to carry out a desperate rescue mission, their love is stronger than everything ranged against them.
NB. Story has Adult content: strong language in high stress police situations and explicit bedroom scenes. ...more
Historical period romantic romp with a noble quest to rescue a young orphaned girl from an evil surgeon. Cheeky loveable 'cockney sparrow' Jem gives hHistorical period romantic romp with a noble quest to rescue a young orphaned girl from an evil surgeon. Cheeky loveable 'cockney sparrow' Jem gives his aristocratic master Captain/Sir Alan Watleigh new reason to live. Some hot m/m action interspersed with really romantic and tender love scenes as the relationship between the two characters develops. Lots of period detail and lots of sex. Great read....more
You know early on, from the color of the inappropriate bra in the opening scenes, that this is going to be a black comedy. In a world where focus andYou know early on, from the color of the inappropriate bra in the opening scenes, that this is going to be a black comedy. In a world where focus and individuality are the agents of success, the line between obsession and personal expression may be blurred. In one of the whackiest stories that I have ever read, I found my own my own moral judgement challenged as I laughed out loud at the evermore unfortunate 'hero'. Most people could sympathize with those obsessed by sex and Zombie movies, but who could live with an obsession for culinary herbs? If you find this strangely conflicting then you are on the right wavelength to get the maximum value from this book.
Frederick Brooke serves up another literary treat with this bizarre and comical tale of love and betrayal. Candace Roach enlists her best friend Annie Ogden (our favorite sleuth from Doing Max Vinyl) to find out what her husband is up to - but their home-cooked aversion therapy gets out of hand and hurtles along an astonishing highway of the Undead.
This book has all the ingredients of a perfect noir comedy - well formed characters, international locations, a fast moving plot with no brakes, and of course Zombies. Revenge is a dish best served cold - and as a betrayed wife, master chef and cookery instructor, Candace cooks up the perfect recipe for the ultimate gazpacho. ...more