The beauty of Ms Simons writing, the colour she brings out in her characters, the harrowing adventures, the passionate and inextinguishable love betweThe beauty of Ms Simons writing, the colour she brings out in her characters, the harrowing adventures, the passionate and inextinguishable love between two unfortunate people caught in the most horrible of times ... all of it blew me away. I knew nothing of this history and feel enriched and grateful to her for writing this gorgeous work. Not for the faint of heart, but truly a wonderful book for those interested in true history....more
This is my kind of book. “Redemption on the River” by Loren DeShon is rich with multidimensional characters, an exciting journey, and amazingly accuraThis is my kind of book. “Redemption on the River” by Loren DeShon is rich with multidimensional characters, an exciting journey, and amazingly accurate, well-researched history. The historical facts aren’t blatant, aren’t set out in a list, aren’t the least bit dry. They are woven into the story with taste and finesse—more of a challenge for an author than you’d think! He writes beautifully, with an easy flow and natural dialogue. And the romance in “Redemption on the River”? Well, it’s exactly right for this reviewer. I’m not the kind of reader who wants to know who will be with whom within the first chapter. Not even within the second. And I don’t care to read the bedroom nitty-gritty. I’d prefer to leave that to my imagination. In my humble opinion, sex is a by-product of romance, and not necessary in a book of this quality—in fact, it might even take away from the story—so I was glad DeShon let any sexual mentions “fade to black.” Romance itself has to simmer, build a foundation, have a reason, even. This book has all that and more.
Silas Jacobson starts out dealing with his own demons and the inability to help either himself or his loved ones because of his lack of maturity. He sets out on a journey which he believes will provide escape from guilt, grief, hopelessness, and instead is thrust into situations he never could have imagined, situations which help him understand and develop both integrity and strength within. I admit that in the beginning I found the story a little slow, but it picked up all of a sudden, and I was on the edge of my seat from that point on. I love the way DeShon takes Silas and the reader into worlds which seem completely separate from one another, but which come together beautifully in the end. His secondary characters are intriguing and help build the story instead of simply fading into the background.
At the end of the book, following a thorough section of Historical Notes, Mr DeShon attaches a note to readers, urging them to support authors and books they enjoy through word of mouth, and by leaving reviews on various sites like Amazon, etc. I will definitely be doing that, as well as posting his book on the “Books I Love” page on my website....more
This is my debut novel, so I hope it's not wrong of me to post on here about it, but I wanted to let potential readers know a bit about the book.
I begThis is my debut novel, so I hope it's not wrong of me to post on here about it, but I wanted to let potential readers know a bit about the book.
I began writing "Under the Same Sky" while I waited for Diana Gabaldon's next instalment, needing to fill those lonely places that opened up when I didn't have one of her books in front of me! So while "Under the Same Sky" is an adventure, and a historical romance, don't be fooled by the cover photo. There is nothing "Regency" or glamorous about my book. It is gritty, real, heartbreaking and thrilling.
The story is set in the 1740's and focuses on Maggie Johnson, a girl with "the Sight" who lives in the Carolinas with her very poor family. It also focuses on Scottish Highlander, Andrew MacDonnell. The two known each other as well as they know themselves, having dreamed of each other since childhood. They see each other's thoughts, channel their energies to one another, sometimes can even rescue each other from danger and death. When Andrew leaves Scotland after his country is devastated in the Battle of Culloden, he must journey across the Highlands, the Atlantic, and the vast colonies to find the woman he has always loved. Maggie survives a horrific trauma and is rescued from white slavers by the Cherokee, who take her in and encourage her Gift. But the 18th century was an unkind time, especially for women, and Maggie is forced to defend herself once again, this time with dire consequences. Will Andrew reach her in time? Will they ever touch beyond dreams?
I hope you enjoy "Under the Same Sky". It is being published in January 2012 by Berkley/Penguin US....more
As usual, I adore Joanna Bourne's work. She has the most wonderful gift of injecting humour and multi-dimensional characters into a very dark period oAs usual, I adore Joanna Bourne's work. She has the most wonderful gift of injecting humour and multi-dimensional characters into a very dark period of time. And some yummy steam....more