Thursday, 18 September 2014

Thursday Morning Breakfast (and murder) Club by Liz Stauffer

When Murder and a series of crimes start happening in the small sleepy village of Mount Penn.  The Thursday Morning Breakfast club leader Lillie May is asked to investigate. Soon Lillie May and her chums become amateur sleuths. Can they catch the killer before they strike again? And restore the village back into the quiet, peaceful village that it was.

The story opens with a fantastic first line that you think wow! This is going to be something amazing. But sadly for me after that it become a bit of a let-down. There is far too much small talk that simply does not seem to go anywhere, or could hold my interest. The part in the story where the detective investigating the murder asks the group to investigate the murder is just so unrealistic. In real life this would be seen as interfering with a police investigation, but the part that really made me not warm to this story at all, was when the group are told that they are to help investigate the murder the woman seem to show delight, and cheer like they have won a competition, now considering this is a small community were everyone knows each other’s business, and each other than surely it would make more sense for a more serious and caring response? I also found there were too many characters in the book, and hard to keep up with everything.

Usually for a murder mystery book I can’t wait to find out who done it, and to see if I had guessed the right suspect, but this was so dull that I was not bothered. It was like there was something missing.  I think the idea for the story could have been a really good one, with some sequel stories, but the story just was not strong enough to maintain a good murder mystery for me.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

The Right Mr Wrong by Natalie Anderson

When Victoria’s boyfriend Oliver proposes to her Victoria says yes even though she is attracted to his best friend Liam. It is at that moment when in life you can make a life changing decision, and be left wondering what if? What if she had said no and giving into temptation and had a relationship with Liam?

This pocket size Mills & Boon is a wonderful romantic story of what happens if Victoria had said yes, and what happens if she said no to the marriage proposal. There are some saucy scenes; two lovers’ two stories to show the different impact it can have when a life changing decision is made in a split second, and what the outcome is in both situations.

How many times in life do we wish we could go back and change things?  Would things have been better if we had decided the opposite on a life-changing decision? Would things have work out differently and changed for the better? 

This is a book well worth reading to find out.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

If You Can’t Stand the Heat… by Joss Wood

Jack Chapman is a war correspondent, his work is dangerous and he has to travel to war zones all over the world. When he meets shy and self-doubting Ellie Evans, the daughter of a colleague, he finds the feelings of attraction he feels for Ellie to be far scarier than being an action man reporter.  Jack likes to think himself of more of an observer than someone who would get emotionally involved or attached to someone. Can Ellie Evans change that?

Ellie Evans is attracted to Jack, but she cannot believe that someone as handsome as Jack would be attracted to her. She is afraid Jack may break her heart, but is it Jack’s heart that needs healing?

A heart-warming love story, all the romance you can expect from a Mills & Boon novel that has been wonderfully written into a pocket book, which can easily be read in one sitting.  A sexy and sensual read not to be missed.

The Lightbearers by Nora M. Garcia

Dr Adam Natas opens a school were the children’s teachers are robots that he has designed and built.  Jean Crystal is against the opening of the school she feels it would neglect and hold back the children’s emotional, and social growth, and development.  Adam says his school will enhance the children’s IQ.

When Jean visits the school she is further concerned when all the children are far too quiet and are all exceptionally well behaved. Jean calls upon husband George for help, the two have special powers, they are lightbearers, and they reincarnate to help make a difference to the human race.   They must now find the evidence to find out what Adam is doing to make the children’s behaviour robotic.

But are they too late? Is this just the beginning of an evil plan by Adam to take over the world?

Set in the future, a good versus evil storyline. There is a Borg from Star Trek meets Stargate meets Dr Who, kind of feel to the book. It is very entertaining and there is a potential for a sequel to the book and if there was I would read it. The villain of the story Adam feels to be a much stronger character than the two heroes at times, and I felt that some characters killed off in the story I really liked, and I would have liked to see them survive to the end of the book. Having said that I did enjoy the book and I liked the storyline.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

The Empress of Australia by Harry Leslie Smith

It is now 1948 and Harry is beginning a new life out of the RAF and with new wife Friede, they move back to Halifax, and begin their married life back living with Harry’s mother.  Britain is left broken after the war; the future is looking dull and dark for the couple, with not many prospects on the horizon in Yorkshire, poverty and hardship is all that await them. Can Harry and Friede who survived a war, now survive the harsh and coldness of a life with nothing on the horizon?

This is the third in the series of the author Harry Leslie Smith’s memoirs, and having read the other two books in the series; I could not wait to read what would happen next in Harry’s life. There is something very special about reading a memoir, something that is so personal, and I would like to say a BIG thank you to Harry for taking the time on letting us all in and sharing his life with us, because for social history these books leave a legacy of learning for not only ourselves but for future generations too. We can learn what life was like and how it was lived. For me personally this is so much more interesting than reading a cold text book about events in general. I personally prefer real life accounts that I can connect with.

We should treasure accounts of history that are recorded down by people like Harry and written and recorded so well, the good and the bad that you can imagine being there and experience what it was like at the time, and leaves you wanting to find out what happens next, and I cannot wait to read more of Harry’s books.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Sweet Occasions by Linn B. Halton

Katie meets Adam when she kindly lets him dry off  from the rain in her bakery shop called Sweet Occasions, what follows is a touching story of two people who each have complications in their lives, and who occasionally meet in Katie’s shop and find friendship which over time turns to love. But with the timing never right these ‘Sweet Occasions’ may be all they are destined to have, unless fate and a Grandma’s love can give a helping hand before it is too late.

I have read nearly all of Linn B. Halton’s books so I was really looking forward to reading this book, I have found all her books to be remarkable reads and really interesting. This is a story that will not only touch your heart, but will melt your heart too. A warm and wonderful told story. The story line is original and fresh and will keep you guessing until the very end. sions by Linn B. Halton