The House Of York by @TerryTyler4 #Bookreview #TuesdayBookBlog

The House Of YorkThe House Of York by Terry Tyler
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The House Of York is a modern day family drama loosely based on events from the English Wars of The Roses, pre Tudor times of the marriage between Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville. The delight is that you can read it in a number of ways. A complex family drama, or a reminder of the twists and turns of another era in history, or a book about how generations often seem to repeat similar paths over and over. History buffs can remind themselves of the era with the link the author provides and the list at the back of the book of the characters and who they loosely mirror.

The book begins with the meeting of Lisa Grey, a widowed single Mum, and Elias York, of York wine bars and cafes, it is a meeting of souls and there follows a whirlwind romance. Elias has two brothers; Gabriel and Richard and a half sister, Megan, while Lisa has just one sister. The storyline follows the complex family relations of loves, lies and loss and is written from different character points of view. These characters come alive with their honesty as they tell us, the reader about themselves, it is as though they are talking to you the reader as if you are their best friend, sharing a coffee or a glass of wine.

Don’t be fooled by their honesty, these characters can be mean and ruthless and the book does dip into the darker side of humanity; jealousy, cruelty, power struggles and a sinister side which at times is an uncomfortable read. There is plenty of drama, tears and lies which puts this book into an addictive slot like the way we watch soap drama on TV. It catches, you, pulls you in and you just have to read the next page to see what happens, and then the next until there is no more, except a real question, “Just how far will a devious character go?”

I won’t say this book’s conclusion left me all warm a glowing, it’s not that type of book, but when a book leaves you thinking about it for hours afterwards, isn’t that the sign of a very good read? This book will appeal to many types of reader; historian fiction readers, contemporary drama enthusiasts, romance readers who like a bit more of a storyline with their romance and those who like a darker mysterious side to their reads.

This review is based on a free copy of the book given to me by the author.

Find a copy here
UK
http://tinyurl.com/houseofyork

US

http://tinyurl.com/tyleryork

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Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Silver Rain by @JanRuthAuthor @AccentPress #bookreview

Today’s team review comes from Liz, she blogs at http://lizannelloyd.wordpress.com/

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Liz chose to read Silver Rain by Jan Ruth

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Silver Rain by Jan Ruth

 

I knew on opening Silver Rain that I would be engaged by a complex family drama set in the beautiful countryside of North Wales but I hadn’t expected to have so much empathy with the two main characters Al and Kate.

 

Kate is a warm-hearted, mature woman with flame red hair, trying to release herself from guilt, a year after the death of her husband Greg. She is encumbered by a dysfunctional sister, Annemarie, and a frail elderly mother. Her relationship with daughter Tia is in crisis so she is looking forward to a peaceful break, staying with her sister-in-law Fran at Chathill, a ramshackle farmhouse.

 

Unbeknown to Kate, Fran’s brother-in-law, Al, is also coming to stay, with his young girlfriend Jo, even though he has been estranged from his brother George, Fran’s husband, for 15 years. After the break-up of his marriage, the sale of his house has made Al homeless. There will be no peace for Kate while Fran and daughter Becca care for a menagerie of rescue animals and George fumes at the effrontery of Al coming to stay at Chathill after their disagreement many years earlier.

 

But what did happen between the two brothers? The underlying theme is secrets. As Kate is drawn closer to Al by his charisma and humanity she needs to know how his close relationship with his brother was destroyed, but increasingly she also finds herself keeping secrets which could destroy their developing relationship.

 

Interwoven with the main storyline are humour, mystery and passionate romance. Yet the characters, of every age, deal with the problems and joys encountered by us all today. As a reader, you long for a happy ending for Al and Kate but there are also so many other sub-plots that could lead to other interesting tales, especially the back story of Al’s mother.

 

To meet Al’s dogs Butter and Marge, Becca’s horses Pumpkin Pie and Candy Floss and see Al in wig, baggy trousers and clown make-up I recommend you begin reading Silver Rain as soon as possible.

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com