Book Review

The Secret – Katharine Johnson

I am kicking off my 2019 reviews with the moving book, The Secret, by Katharine Johnson.

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Love, Lies, and Betrayal in Wartime Italy.

Two girls growing up in Mussolini’s Italy share a secret that has devastating consequences.

Against a backdrop of fear, poverty and confusion during the Second World War, friendship is tested, and loyalties are divided until a chance encounter changes everything. 

Their lives diverge when beautiful, daring Martina marries and moves into Villa Leonida, the most prestigious house in their Tuscan mountain village, while plain, studious Irena trains to be a teacher.

But neither marriage nor life at Villa Leonida are as Martina imagined. And as other people’s lives take on a new purpose, Irena finds herself left behind.

Decades later, a tragedy at the villa coincides with the discovery of an abandoned baby, whose identity threatens to re-open old wounds among the next generation.

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REVIEW:

Despite the sometimes distressing subject matter, The Secret is a gentle book, with characters who welcome you into their world with open arms. It is a warm, inviting read, and the traumas and tragedies faced by some of the characters are handled gently.

Although the story is told from multiple viewpoints and moves backwards and forwards through time between the Second World War and present day, this does not feel at all jarring as it does in other books I have read. Instead it feels completely natural and fluid as the story unfolds. I particularly loved the way in which Carlo drew out his mother, Irena’s, story through the use of a dictaphone.

Although the title refers to a singular secret, it soon became apparent that there was more than one resident of Santa Zita has something they want to keep hidden for one reason or another. I loved how each of these unfurled slowly through the book, with each secret seemingly having an effect on the next. Without giving too much away, there is one secret that left me wondering a little and which I would like to know more about, but at the same time, it felt natural that this would remain a bit of a mystery to the reader, as it was a mystery to the rest of Santa Zita.

I was lucky enough to spend a long weekend in Florence some years ago, and instantly fell in love with the city. This book made me yearn to return and explore more of Tuscany, and maybe discover some of the Tuscan villages that are off the usual tourist track.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Katharine Johnson likes writing about ordinary people who through a character flaw or bad decision find themselves in extraordinary situations. She’s a journalist living in Berkshire, England with her family and springy spaniel. When she’s not writing you’ll find her exploring cities, visiting old houses, playing netball, eating cake or restoring her house in Italy which is nothing like Villa Leonida.

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Book Review

Christmas Miracles At The Little Log Cabin – Helen J Rolfe

I have another festive treat for you today with Christmas Miracles At The Little Log Cabin by Helen J Rolfe.

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Do you believe in Christmas Miracles?

Holly is looking for a change and even though not everyone agrees with her career choices, she’s determined there’s more to this life than the long hours she works as an editor in New York City. What she doesn’t expect is to meet Mitch, a recluse who’s hiding more than she realises.

Mitch does all he can to avoid human contact, spending his days in the little log cabin out in the woods behind Inglenook Falls where he owns a Christmas tree farm, so when Holly falls into his life, he’s not sure how to react. All he knows is that something needs to change if he ever wants to get his life back on track.

Along with friends Cleo and Darcy, Holly is determined to bring joy back to Mitch’s life, but will he appreciate their interference? And when a business proposition throws everything up in the air, will it do more harm than good and ruin lives forever?

Both Holly and Mitch must learn that on the surface people aren’t always what they seem…but if you dig a little deeper, they can take you by surprise.

Curl up this Christmas for plenty of snowflakes, roaring log fires, a marriage proposal, unlikely friendships and second chances as we return to the much-loved characters in the New York Ever After series.

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REVIEW:

Christmas Miracles at the Little Log Cabin has the feel of one of those made for TV movies that pop up at Christmas every year – you know, the ones where you figure out how it is all going to end from about five minutes in, but you don’t care because they give you that warm Christmas glow, and you just can’t resist settling down for the duration and enjoying the ride. It is full of snow, festive cheer and goodwill, and redemption stories – everything you need in a heart-warming Christmas story.

This book is the fourth in the New York Ever After series, but it honestly doesn’t matter if you haven’t read the others. I haven’t, and it certainly didn’t spoil my enjoyment of the story. There is enough background information for you to form an attachment to the characters, without it turning into a total rehashing of the first three books and an information overload. There was just enough that everything made sense, but that I was also left wanting to read the first three books to uncover the full stories of the characters.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Helen J Rolfe writes contemporary women’s fiction and enjoys weaving stories about family, friendship, secrets, and community. Characters often face challenges and must fight to overcome them, but above all, Helen’s stories always have a happy ending.

Location is a big part of the adventure in Helen’s books and she enjoys setting stories in different cities and countries around the world. So far, locations have included Melbourne, Sydney, New York, Connecticut, Bath and the Cotswolds.

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Book Review

The Christmas Spirit – Susan Buchanan

It’s time for another festive book today, with Susan Buchanan’s delightful The Christmas Spirit.

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Christmas is coming, but not everyone is looking forward to it.

Rebecca has just been dumped and the prospect of spending the holiday period with her parents is less than appealing.

Eighty- two year old Stanley lost his beloved wife, Edie, to cancer. How will he cope with his first Christmas without her?

Jacob’s university degree hasn’t helped him get a job, and it looks like he’ll still be signing on come New Year.

Workaholic Meredith would rather spend December 25th at home alone with a ready meal and a DVD box set. Can anything make her embrace the spirit of the season?

The enigmatic Natalie Hope takes over the reins at the Sugar and Spice bakery and café in an attempt to spread some festive cheer and restore Christmas spirit, but will she succeed?

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REVIEW:

The Christmas Spirit is a wonderful book, full of sugar and spice, snow, kindness, and everything else that makes for a magical Christmas.

I devoured this book in one sitting, much as I would have done with one of the divine sounding cakes that Natalie baked over the course of the book. As I read, I could almost taste the baking and smell the Christmas spices. I loved reading about all the Christmas cakes from around the world, and not being a fan of the traditional Christmas fruit cake, I will certainly be investigating some of the recipes.

I loved how Natalie was able to sense exactly what it was that was missing from the lives of each of the people she interacted with, and felt that the whole book served as a timely reminder that life is not just about the material things. Just through tiny kindnesses, and being present and aware of what is going on around you, you can make a huge impact on someone else’s life.

Reading this book was like being wrapped up in a giant, squishy hug, and was just what I needed as the stresses of the festive season begin to kick in.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Susan Buchanan lives in Scotland with her husband and their two children. She is the author of four novels: Return of the Christmas Spirit, The Christmas Spirit, The Dating Game, and Sign of the Times. She is currently working on books five and six: The Proposal and Just One Day.

Susan is also a proofreader, editor and translator, and when not working, writing, or caring for her two delightful cherubs, loves reading, the theatre, quiz shows and eating out – not necessarily in that order!

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Book Review

Destroyed – Madeline Dyer

I am feeling a little bit sad today because I am here to tell you about Madeline Dyer’s latest book, Destroyed. “Why does that make you sad?” I hear you ask. Well, Destroyed is the fourth and final book in the amazing Untamed series, and now I have finished it, and have to leave the much loved characters behind, I am feeling just a little lost.

For those of you who are not familiar with the series, let me tell you a bit about it before we jump into all the juicy bits about Destroyed. The Untamed series consists of four books (Untamed, Fragemented, Divided, Destroyed) and it follows Seven Sarr and her friends and loved ones as she battles to remain Untamed, while the Enhanced, or Chosen Ones, do everything they can to hunt them down and convert them.  I will pop a separate post up shortly with all the blurbs for all the books, so that I don’t blind you with all the info here.

Alongside the series, there is also a standalone novel, set ever so slightly before the start of the series, called A Dangerous Game. I reviewed this book earlier in the year, and you can read my review here.

Right, so now you know a bit more about the series, let’s get back to why we are really here – Destroyed!

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Seven Sarr, the most powerful human in the world, is alive–and she’s on the run from her enemy. With the Dream Land gone, the Gods and Goddesses dead, and the Untamed’s number of Seers at a record low, Seven knows she must attempt to control the Lost Souls–including the most volatile and dangerous spirits–if her people are to have a chance at beating the Enhanced Ones once and for all.

But when the Enhanced impose a new threat and Corin’s life is at stake, Seven must make her hardest choice: save the man she loves and let her people perish, or allow Corin’s death so the Untamed can survive.

Locked into a tight countdown to her own demise and solitary entrapment within a torturous realm, Seven must make her decision quickly. Her Seer powers are the strongest, and her death will end the War of Humanity once and for all. When the new morning dawns, the world as she knew it will be gone. What–and who–will be left behind is up to Seven.

Will her love shape the future of the world?

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REVIEW:

Destroyed is a fitting finale to an amazing series. The Untamed series has been a rollercoaster ride from start to finish, and there is no let up through the adrenalin filled events of Destroyed. Where sometimes the final book in a series is just used to tie up the loose ends, this is in no way the case with Destroyed. The twists and turns just keep coming, and every time you think that the battle must surely be over, you find yourself thrown in a completely different direction.

It is hard to say too much with giving away spoilers, but suffice to say in this book, we really see Seven grow into the powerful woman that the Untamed need, as she unlocks her abilities and comes to terms with what she needs to do. We also see the lengths that Raleigh is prepared to go to in order to claim total control over Seven and swing the war in favour of the Enhanced.

The vivid imagery that has been present throughout Madeline’s writing continues here, as we are taken on an exploration of new lands and cultures. The worldbuilding involved in creating something so fantastical, but at the same time deeply believable is a real skill, and one that Madeline has in spades.

As sad as I am to be saying a final farewell to Seven, Corin and their friends, and even to Raleigh, I thoroughly enjoyed the way in which the series came to a head, and I loved seeing some familiar faces from the past, which really added to the sense of closure given by this book.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

30591626_2044993659121645_3880142398021435392_n (1)Madeline Dyer lives on a farm in the southwest of England, where she hangs out with her Shetland ponies and writes young adult books—sometimes, at the same time. She holds a BA Honors degree in English from the University of Exeter, and several presses have published her fiction. Madeline has a strong love for anything dystopian, ghostly, or paranormal, and she can frequently be found exploring wild places. At least one notebook is known to follow her wherever she goes.

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Keep your eyes peeled for my interview with Madeline which will be coming to a blog near you (i.e. this one) very soon – in just five days time to be precise. In the meantime, please check out all the amazing stuff on the other blogs that are joining me on this tour.

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Book Review

The Lights of Time – Paul Ian Cross

Come with me today on a wonderful journey across space and time with The Lights of Time by Paul Ian Cross. Make sure you read right the way to the bottom for an amazing giveaway (UK only I’m afraid folks).

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Engella Rhys is alone, adrift and on the run. Pursued by a secret agency, known only as the Hunters, she must stay ahead to stay alive.

As she travels through space-time using dangerously experimental technology, she only has one wish: to be reunited with her lost parents. After a close shave with a Hunter on the streets of New Shanghai, Engella escapes to find herself on a deserted beach. When she meets a kind stranger, who offers her food and shelter, Engella feels safe and protected for the first time in years.

But who is this woman? And why did their paths cross at the most convenient of times?

Engella soon discovers their lives are intertwined in more ways than she could ever imagine.

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REVIEW:

Paul Ian Cross certainly doesn’t mess about with the start of this book, as you are thrown straight into the action as Engella struggles to escape her would be captors. The Lights of Time is an adrenalin-filled race through time and space, with Engella’s travels spanning over 100 years (and beyond), and taking her to places as far apart as Skye and New Zealand.

Time travel books and films frequently baffle me, but in The Lights of Time, Paul Ian Cross explains the quirks (or indeed in this case quarks) simply and effectively, without blinding my extremely non-scientific brain with overly complicated facts and figures.

Throughout the book, I loved the descriptions of all the places that Engella visited. I particularly enjoyed reading about New Shanghai, and found that I could really picture what it looked like. The Yixing Forest sounded so beautiful, and it really felt like I was there with Engella. The little cottage on Skye felt so real and welcoming, that reading about it was like coming home. I have always wanted to visit Skye, and now that urge is stronger than ever.

Each of the characters is endearing in their own way, and the way their lives all intermingled was fascinating – this book must have taken some serious plotting to keep straight who had been where and when! I was intrigued by the Hunters, Tala and Lera, and wonder what made them into the people that they are. I do hope we get to find out more about them next time around.

It feels as though there is a lot still to discover about Engella’s life and the effects that her multiple shifts have on her. I look forward to seeing where her adventures take her next.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Paul Ian Cross

Paul Ian Cross is a multi-award-winning children’s author and scientist from London, UK.

Paul works in clinical research (developing new medicines) and he’s also involved in science communication; presenting science to non-scientists. He enjoys his science career but he also has a real passion for writing stories! He likes introducing children to the wonders of science, especially reluctant readers. By introducing science creatively, he aims to spark their interest; allowing them to gain confidence with their reading. As a previous reluctant reader himself, he understands how hard it can be. But it’s all about making reading fun and interesting!

Paul’s nephew Hayden influenced his decision to become a writer. He loved seeing Hayden’s reaction when his sister Michelle first read one of Paul’s stories to him!

In his spare time, Paul likes to visit new and exciting places. One of his favourite places is Scotland, especially the Isle of Skye.

Paul’s debut picture book, Praxx and the Ringing Robot, won second prize in the ‘Picture Books 5 and Younger’ category at the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards 2017. The book trailer also won first place in the ‘book trailer’ category at the Royal Dragonfly Book Awards later that year.

Paul’s second book, Planet Scrabbage and the Vegerons, won an honourable mention in both the ‘Picture Books 6 and Over’ and ‘Health’ categories at the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards 2018.

And that brings us to now… Paul is currently working on several new books. Paul’s debut upper middle grade novel will be published in 2018. The Lights of Time is the first novel in a brand-new series: The Chronicles of Engella Rhys.

Paul hopes you enjoy reading his stories as much as he enjoyed writing them!

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Book Review

The Raven Tower – Emma Miles

Boy, do I have a treat for you all today with the latest offering from the wonderful Emma Miles.

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What price will Kesta and the fire-walkers have to pay to keep their people from enslavement? The raids were more ferocious, more desperate and much earlier in the year. When Kesta sees in the flame who is really behind the attacks the Independent islands of the Fulmers seem doomed to fall. Their only hope is to cross the sea to seek the help of the King of Elden and his sorcerer, the Dark Man.

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REVIEW:

One of the downsides about being lucky enough to get your hands on books to review before they are released is that occasionally a book comes along that you are desperate to discuss with a friend who has also read it, but of course, you can’t, because none of your friends have read it yet. The Raven Tower is one such book. Once I started reading, I just devoured it! Fortunately, I happened to open it up when I had the house to myself, because to be perfectly frank, I don’t think people would have got a lot of sense out of me while I was reading it – plenty of dirty looks if they dared to interrupt me, but not an awful lot else.

Having previously read another of Emma’s books, Hall of Pillars, I was reasonably confident that I would enjoy The Raven Tower, but it went so much further than that. It just had everything I want from a fantasy novel – foreign lands, ancient magic, and of course a mysterious but irresistible man to swoon over.

As I read, I found that parts of the book put me in mind of C.S. Lewis’s Prince Caspian and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (to my mind, the two best books from Narnia), although I must confess, I can’t quite put my finger on what it was. Maybe the oppression of magic in some, and the ability to communicate with animals in others, or maybe just the wonderful descriptions of the different landscapes encountered by the various characters. Whatever it was, this book gave me the warm feeling of returning to my reading roots.

There are so many things from The Raven Tower that I could tell you I loved, but honestly we would be here all day! There are just a couple though that I have to mention. Firstly, I was thrilled to see that for Kesta’s people, at least, women are equally as strong as the men, and in some cases even more powerful and important. As much as they might like to have a man around, they certainly don’t need one to save the day for them. Secondly, although I loved every character that we met and got to know, I wanted to tell you the names of my favourites – Merkis Tantony and Azra. That’s all I am saying on the matter, but pick up a copy of the book and I am sure you will see why.

A part of me feels that I should counter some of this gushing praise with some of the areas of the book that I liked less, but honestly, I can’t think of any. The only negative I can come up with is that there isn’t already a sequel for me to read! Hurry up Emma! Please write me a sequel because I have to know what happens next!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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I presently live in the stunning county of Dorset where I’m a cat slave to Wolfe and Piglitt I spend as much time as I can outside in nature and love exploring and learning about new cultures and languages. I’ve visited Greece, Serbia, Transylvania, Sicily and Norway as well as making several road trips around our beautiful United Kingdom. I paint, sculpt, dabble in photography and do a little archery but most of all – whenever I get a chance – I write.
My writing started from a very young age when I often found myself being the one taking charge of and entertaining all my younger cousins. They loved to hear my stories and although they mostly called for ghost stories it was fantasy I fell in love with when I read The Lord of the Rings when I was ten. I went on to write stories and short ‘books’ for my friends through school and college; then one evening whilst I was waiting for my aunt and uncle to visit an image came to my mind of a boy sitting beneath a bridge. I didn’t know who he was or why he was there, but from exploring those questions ‘The Wind’s Children’ trilogy blossomed and grew with roots going back into his far history as well as stretching out to his future. The boy’s name was Tobias.

I have since left Tobias’s world of ‘Naris’ to explore the Valley with Feather in the ‘Hall of Pillars’ which is now available through Amazon. I am now presently finding my way through Elden, the beautiful Fulmer islands, the ravaged Borrows and haunted Chem with Kesta Silene; a shamaness of sorts with a big journey ahead of her. I hope you come along to share her story and join her adventure; she needs you and you won’t regret it.

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Book Review

The Merest Loss -Steven Neil

Travel back in time with me today, as we take a look at Steven Neil’s The Merest Loss.

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A story of love and political intrigue, set against the backdrop of the English
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When Harriet Howard becomes Louis Napoleon’s mistress and financial backer and appears at his side in Paris in 1848, it is as if she has emerged from nowhere. How did the English daughter of a Norfolk boot-maker meet the future Emperor? Who is the mysterious Nicholas Sly and what is his hold over Harriet?

Can Harriet meet her obligations and return to her former life and the man she left behind? What is her involvement with British Government secret services? Can Harriet’s friend, jockey Tom Olliver, help her son Martin solve his own mystery: the identity of his father?

The central character is Harriet Howard and the action takes place between 1836 and 1873. The plot centres on Harriet’s relationships with Louis Napoleon and famous Grand National winning jockey, Jem Mason. The backdrop to the action includes significant characters from the age, including Lord Palmerston, Queen Victoria and the Duke of Grafton, as well as Emperor Napoleon III. The worlds of horse racing, hunting and government provide the scope for rural settings to contrast with the city scenes of London and Paris and for racing skulduggery to vie with political chicanery.

The Merest Loss is historical fiction with a twist. It’s pacy and exciting with captivating characters and a distinctive narrative voice.

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The Merest Loss is a book to be enjoyed by fans of historic fiction and historians alike, finding, as it does, a delicate balance between the facts of a tempestuous period of European history and a fictionalised account of the life of one of the women caught up in the political negotiations of the time.

Reading at times a little more like a history book than a novel (albeit a far more interesting history book than any I read at school), the facts behind The Merest Loss are interspersed with splashes of colour as we get to know Harriet and the largely male characters with which she was surrounded.

Harriet is a character that I couldn’t help but be drawn to. I loved her wild nature and determination to be heard at a time when this was not encouraged in well brought up young ladies. I also found myself growing rather fond of the steeplechasing double act of Tom Olliver and Jem Mason, and I really enjoyed the chapters told from Tom’s point of view looking back over the years in which he knew Harriet. For me these chapters added a depth of humanity to the whole book.

Whilst everyone is familiar with Napoleon Bonaparte, I must confess that I knew little about his nephew Napoleon III, and so found this a fascinating lesson in European history.

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Steven Neil has a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics, a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from the Open University and an MA in Creative Writing from Oxford Brookes University. In his working life he has been a bookmaker’s clerk, management tutor, management consultant, bloodstock agent and racehorse breeder. He is married and lives in rural Northamptonshire.

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