Friday, 25 May 2018

Girl Without A Voice by Chris Bridge

After a traumatic event in her childhood, Leah is so distraught she becomes mute and twenty years after the event, Leah is still suffering from selective mutism and when a stranger is welcomed into the family and misuses and abuses his position, things soon take a dangerous and dramatic turn.

I was intrigued by this story by page one and just could not put this novel down. It is so wonderfully written and I found the storyline to be very suspenseful at times keeping me fully engrossed in the story. 

Friday, 27 April 2018

Books by the Beach by Nikki Bywater

Well, I found a old dusty box of books in my attic a few weeks ago. Books bought and then put away and forgotton about. When you are a reviewer and have an hectic working life you find you have no time to read books of your own choice. So for the past few weeks I have just taken time out to do just that. Yes by now the books are a few years old and I had to blow the dust from the covers, but to just sit back and read and not take notes or write notes on a manuscript was like re-charging my reading batteries. So I decided to give myself a whole month off  from reviewing and just to chill out with a book.

I discoverd new authors and fabulous books. Some I do not even remember how they have ended up in this lost collection. In your forties you end up with a heck of a lot of stuff, so I have decided any of my personal books to pass on to the local charity shop, I mean think of the dust saving!

So what do I look for in my own personal choice of book? I have to say a good cover gets me every time. A catchy title and I like a read less than four hundred pages. Time saving and not too heavy. I love a light read, a little chic-lit, a touch of romance, a historical novel, so I am not too fussy, which comes in useful to be a reviewer.

I do like a happy ending. Characters that you can reach out and emotionally touch you. I have a Kindle, but love the feel of a book.

I think I may open a book shop by the sea.  Serve great coffee and oh yes there will be cake. In the evenings we will go to wine and host great events. All will be welcome and days will be good, nights will be exciting. Oh to live in flip-flops and be surrounded by books.

Books at the Beach. Books by the Beach. Once we have the title then away we go. 

Monday, 26 March 2018

That Summer at The Seahorse Hotel By Adrienne Vaughan

Mia cannot escape the thoughts of her past. Growing up not knowing who her father has left Mia with a lot of unanswered questions, questions her mother, a successful and well-known actress is not prepared to answer. So when Archie a close friend of her mother and also a member of the Hollywood acting elite makes Mia a generous offer and a grand gesture in his will leaving her with something extraordinary, will this lead to Mia finally getting all the answers that are necessary in the search of just who is her father?

Once I get an Adrienne Vaughan book in my hands, I know from page one that the book will take me away to far off places without me leaving my sofa. This is an emotionally charged story with a heart and soul feel from deep within the passion of the pages, add great adventure, secrets, lies and betrayal, that leads you so close into the characters lives you cannot help but become involved and read on for the outcome to a breathtaking and at times suspenseful story.

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

The French Adventure by Lucy Coleman

Lost in a relationship with something that she feels is missing and not quite right, our leading lady Anna waves an impulsive au revior and escapes to a beautiful little village in France, to find herself by reviewing and rethinking her life and relationship.

A nice easy read that I read in one sitting on a cold snowy day snuggled indoors. I found myself transported to France and utterly lost in Anna's life. I like that there is a sub-plot of a mystery thrown into the storyline that adds a little something extra to the romance of the story.

The Betrayal (The Guernsey Novels #6) – Anne Allen

An interesting story set in both the past and almost present day. Covering the Nazi occupation of Guernsey in World War II and the unresolved issues of a mystery of a stolen Renoir painting. When a suspected suicide occurs in present times connecting both incidents our characters work hard to uncover the truth and the facts of what happened in the past to find closure in the future.

I really enjoyed the storyline of the book and I thought the cross over of going back and forth between past and present throughout the book was very neatly done. The author thoroughly did her research. If you like history, romance, crime and a touch of the paranormal then this is the book for you.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017


Don't you all just love a blank page, a blank screen. Just waiting to be filled with words ideas and a lot of love? The start of a new project. Do you develop plotline first or do you just flow and go where the ideas take you? Do you escape and become lost in the drama and find you need time to ajust back to the 'real world' after a long writing session? We write and our words become polished by our fabulous editors, but doesnt predictive text drive you bonkers? We write with a passion and passion and predictive text really do not mix.

When you are writing one idea and another comes zooming into your head to the point of distraction that you excuse yourself from a writers meeting and escape to the loos and only emerge after next novel is complete. Got to act fast haven't you? Before that idea bursts, never to be thought of again. When you are in a situation or you people watch and know that would be great to write about, so you napkin grab and write it down, only for it to be added to the hundred napkins on the passenger seat of your car.

When you think as a writer its a good idea to write a blog and free write without the safety net of an editor, laying yourself bare and raw for all to see. Like seeing into your soul.

When in real life you are an honest person and people tell you that you lie for a living.

When you see an actor saying your words and the acting is so good you don't believe you ever have written them.

When you have written a fecking amazing review and you see it in a book, only to see someone else put their name to it.

When you have a story you have to keep deep inside as there would be so much trouble if you let it out. So you do anyway but change all names, places and juggle events.

When your favourite pen runs out.

When you use that old type writer. Just for fun.

When you procrastinate and write silly lists.

Writing                      THE END

Saturday, 28 October 2017

A Clean Sweep by Audrey Davis

Relationships are at the heart of this story and each of the characters are at a crossroads of change in their lives. Each chapter we learn a little more of each character individually and slowly we learn how they are all connected.

The story is very fast paced with lively words from page one that are so full of spark and energy they explode off the page with enthusiasm, sweeping the reader along in their energetic almost hyperactive way, that is thoroughly entertaining.