Rosie’s BookReview Team #RBRT WATERCOLOURS IN THE RAIN by @Jolambertwriter #Romance #wwwblogs

Today’s team review is from Judith, she blogs at http://judithbarrowblog.com/

#RBRT Review Team

Judith has been reading Watercolours In the Rain by Jo Lambert

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My Review:

Although I hadn’t read  Summer Moved On (The South Devon Duo Book 1) Jo Lambert’s first book in the series, I had no trouble following the story and discovering the personalities of the characters involved. (It wasn’t until I began this review that I read the blurb and realised how much Watercolours in the Rain  can indeed be a stand-alone novel.) Any past action from the previous book was subtly and cleverly inserted; either into the dialogue, brought out through memories, or the descriptions of the settings, or how the characters have evolved..

I don’t give spoilers away in my reviews so I’d just like to say why I so liked this novel.

First of all  Watercolours in the Rain   is written in a style that I love; different points of view presented by each of the characters. In this case,  Jess, Lily  and Talún, all with their own voice There is no doubt whose dialogue it is and as the  story progresses the characters are given greater depth; leaving it to the reader who to have empathy with… and who to detest. And, believe me, there are one or two really detestable characters that I became angry with. (being so involved that I still feel some emotion, whatever it is, when I’ve put the book down,  is always a good sign that I’m reading a brilliant story) .

Both the internal and the spoken dialogue is realistic and, as I say above, distinctive to each character.

The characters are rounded and believable without unnecessary detail of how each looks; this is drip -fed throughout the book..

The descriptions give a great sense of place.

I thought the plot line both clever and, sometimes, surprising.I liked the author’s style of writing; so easy to read and yet constantly throwing up tantalising twists and turns.

And, best of all, it’s a good story. I hope to read more from Jo Lambert.

So, as you may gather, I would thoroughly recommend   Watercolours in the Rain

Book Description

WATERCOLOURS IN THE RAIN 
What happens to the future when past and present collide? 

JESS: Six years ago Jess’s relationship with Talún Hansen was torn apart by one night of deception. He disappeared from Lynbrook village and she headed for university vowing never to let anyone break her heart again. Currently teaching in Oxford, Jess returns from holiday to an unexpected phone call and life changing news which eventually sees her returning home. 

TALÚN: Six years on Talún Hawkeswood, as he is now known, is heir to his grandfather’s Norfolk farming empire. When he hears of trouble in the village due to Lynbrook Hall being put up for sale, going back is the last thing on his mind. But staying away is not an option either, not when someone he owes so much to is about to lose their home and their livelihood. 

LILY: Splitting with her husband after her son Josh’s birth, Lily now works as part of an estate agency sales team.  She has always held onto her dream of finding a wealthy husband and a life of self-indulgence. When the sale of an important property brings her face to face with Talún, she realises despite the risks involved, the night they spent together six years ago could be the key to making those dreams come true. 
As Jess, Talún and Lily return to Lynbrook and the truth about what happened that summer is gradually revealed, Talún finds himself in an impossible situation. Still in love with Jess he is tied into a trade off with Lily: his name and the lifestyle she craves in exchange for his son. And when a child is involved there is only one choice he can make… 

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AN ARRANGEMENT by Lindsay Marie Miller #NA #Romance @Lindsay_MMiller #BookReview

An ArrangementAn Arrangement by Lindsay Marie Miller
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

An Arrangement is a NA romance set in New York. Claire Andrews’ younger sister Amy has a rare heart defect. Dr Abrams wants to try some expensive experimental treatments which won’t be covered by insurance, so the family must foot the bill.

Since her Dad’s death, twenty year old Claire has been holding the family together. She is shocked to find that the family wealth has either been used up by her mother or is locked in trust funds for Claire and her sister. Claire can access her money in a week’s time when she turns twenty-one, but their is a will stipulation that she must be married to someone of equal or more financial standing.

She turns to childhood family friend Benjamin Lewis and basically asks him to marry her for the sake of Amy. He surprisingly agrees straight away, but his consent starts off a roller coaster ride of will they? Won’t they, as Claire bounces from uncertainty about the wedding sham to loyalty to her sister.

Claire’s character actions have been written in such a way that they drive many readers to frustration, her almost childlike petulance and stubborn anger create constant rebounding moments. Yet through it all Ben perseveres with his insistence that he wants to marry Claire and do the right thing. A different man may well have thrown the towel in and walked away with the treatment he received.

Claire’s mother is an enigma, one moment a crushed mess unable to cope with her daughter’s illness and the loss of her husband, the next a cold a callous matron following the money trail.

There’s a lot of emotional anger in the book from many sides. Did it work for me? I don’t know. I did want to see more depth and maturity to Claire. I also felt there was room to tighten the writing in places where small scenes and actions were over written with tendencies towards tautology.

Who might enjoy this book? I think it might appeal to readers new to the NA romantic genre.

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Book Description

When Claire Andrews returns home from college for the summer, her little sister is rushed to the hospital due to a life-threatening heart condition. On her twenty-first birthday, Claire will receive a trust fund set aside by her late father with enough money to cover all medical expenses. 
The catch? 
Claire must marry a rich man or her access to the trust will be denied.
Her childhood crush, Benjamin Lewis, is a twenty-eight-year-old billionaire business mogul and New York City’s most eligible bachelor. When Ben agrees to marry Claire, her financial problems are solved. 
But will the price Claire must pay in return be too much for her heart to bear?
**Stand Alone New Adult Contemporary Romance**

About the author

Lindsay Marie Miller

LINDSAY MARIE MILLER graduated from Florida State University Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. An author of Contemporary Romance and Romantic Suspense, she enjoys writing about strong heroines and the honorable gentlemen who claim their hearts. The author resides in her hometown of Tallahassee, FL, where she is currently working on her next novel.

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THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT by @bellaandre #hot #romance #bookreview

The Way You Look Tonight (Seattle Sullivans, #2; The Sullivans, #10)The Way You Look Tonight by Bella Andre
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Way You Look Tonight is a hot contemporary romance and book #2 of the Seattle Sullivans. Easily a stand alone book.

Rafe Sullivan is a PI. The big dollar cases are all marriage related, but the emotional strain of finding so many marriages that fail makes Rafe skeptical of trusting that true love is real. When his real estate sister produces details of the lake house that their family once owned and spent many happy summers at, Rafe is cornered by Mia. She already has plans for their old family home and just needs his signature.

Mia sends Rafe out to his new house and away from the stress of his work and a past experience with an angry husband of one of his clients. When he arrives he finds the place trashed and uninhabitable.

Brooke Jansen spent her childhood summers at her grandparents Washington state lake house and spent many hours with the Sullivans who lived next door. When her Grandparents died they left her the lake house and now Brooke uses it as a base for her chocolate business.

She can’t believe that the new owner of the house next door is her childhood crush, Rafe. She’d heard the Sullivans had sold up years ago. Brooke offers Rafe a place to crash while he does his lake house up, but it soon becomes apparent that Brooke’s crush isn’t over and Rafe certainly likes the women Brooke has grown up to be. Can Rafe let down his guard enough to let Brooke in? Or will be chase her away with his controlling urges?

Good feel-good reading.

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Scotch On The Rocks by @lizzie_lamb #Contemporary #Romance #Scotland #Bookreview

Scotch on the Rocks: A contemporary romance set in the highlands of ScotlandScotch on the Rocks: A contemporary romance set in the highlands of Scotland by Lizzie Lamb
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Scotch on the Rocks is a wonderful romance set on a small Scottish island. Pull up a chair by a cosy fire and dive into this tale of love lost and found.

It opens with a daring dash across a tidal causeway by Ishabel Stuart to the island of Eilean na Sgairbh or Cormorant Isand. With her father strapped safely in the back seat she has just minutes to make it before the sea engulfs the only access to the island for another few hours.

Gunning the engine and with the water lapping at the wheels Issy is desperate to make it to the safety of the island and the waiting arms of her Aunt Esme, where she can lick her wounds and hide from the world. But much to her dismay Esme has a full house and is herself just off to one of her activist protests. Issy is left still full of her woes and on top of that there is a paying guest to accommodate.

For Issy the island has been a family safe haven, here the family once owned Stuart’s Twa Burns whisky distillery and Issy wants to give back something to the island and its inhabitants. She’s given up her job, and intends setting up artist workshops.

Stuck with Brodie, the American guest, she finds him annoying and intriguing, what is it he’s not telling her? And why does he have a tattoo of the McIntosh clan?

Lizzie writes with great passion and her characters feel like your best friends, from Lindy, Issy’s best friend who tries to win Brodie’s heart, to Pershing the talking parrot whose choice of words add so much to the tale. I also had a real soft spot for Aunt Esme, who, although “off set” for much of the storyline was there in so many other ways.

Feel good romance in a wonderful Scottish setting with Gaelic charm and a dram or two of whisky.

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Scotch On The Rocks has been shortlisted for the Exeter Novel prize.

Please Release Me by @RhodaBaxter @ChocLituk #Bookreview #wwwblogs

Please Release Me (Choc Lit)Please Release Me by Rhoda Baxter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Please Release Me is a contemporary romance with a paranormal element from ChocLit author Rhoda Baxter. The book opens at the wedding scene of Peter and Sally which turns to a tragedy in the blink of an eye.

Ten months later and Peter visits Sally everyday, she’s in a coma. Another daily visitor to the hospice is Grace. She’s lost both her parents and now visits a close friend of her mother. Grace is lonely and alone and fears making a new start.

Peter is consumed with guilt, existing day to day, fearing a life without Sally and fearing a life with Sally should she recover. Peter and Grace find comfort in each other.

In her hospital bed, Sally can hear the voices, but she can’t communicate until one stormy night an electrical fault grants her wish. She latches onto Grace, who seems to be the only one who can help her. They form a friendship which has highs and lows and go on a journey of discovery for more than one person.

This book has a slow start and I didn’t connect to the characters until the night of the storm, when for me the book took off in an entertaining angle. The relationship between Grace and Sally worked well and was a delight to read.

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

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Stronger Within by @CoralMcCallum #Contemporary #RockRomance #Bookreview

Stronger Within (The Silver Lake Series Book 1)Stronger Within by Coral McCallum

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Stronger within is a rock romance set mainly in a town in Delaware. It opens with us being introduced to Lori as she makes her painful way down the beach on crutches. Lori is slowly recovering from a serious leg injury and is struggling with the mental condition of a long recovery.

That is until Jake Power walks into her life to help her when she takes a fall. 35 year old Jake works in a pizza parlour but his big dream is to become a rock star. He’s in a band called Silver Lake. Jake sees something in Lori he likes and wants to pursue and Lori’s whole life seems brighter with Jake around.

With Lori’s past as designer Mz Hyde and the help of best friend Maddison Addison, Jake and the band are given a wonderful opportunity to fulfil their dreams. The book takes you along as the band grows from playing in the local pub to supporting a top act on tour.

This is a good debut novel and great for lovers of a rock romance.

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

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The Faerie Tree by Jane Cable

The Faerie TreeThe Faerie Tree by Jane Cable

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Faerie Tree is a contemporary family relationships drama. It is primarily set in the county of Hampshire. We meet Izzie and her daughter Claire just before Christmas, this will be their first Christmas without Conner, husband and father, who died a few months ago. Everything is still very raw, both are trying to be strong for each other.

By chance Izzie bumps into a tramp in Winchester and realises it’s Robin, a man she hasn’t seen for twenty years. Back in 1986 Robin was an office manager and Izzie sold stationary, they were just beginning a romance when Robin disappeared from Izzie’s life and left her desperate and alone.

Curious to know what happened in the intervening years Izzie searches for Robin, finding him in the hospital. When it’s time for him to leave she offers him a place to stay.

Central to the plot is The Faerie tree, a tree in the woods where all sorts of people go in search of wishes being granted, they leave ribbons, messages, money and other gifts for the fairy folk. Robin took Izzie to the tree the day before disaster struck for their relationship.

After the great storm of 1987 which swept Britain, Robin returned to the Faerie tree to make sure it was undamaged and in doing so he found a friend and began a new chapter of his life. Jennifer understood that Robin was suffering from depression and she became like a Mum to him helping him build back his life.

When Izzie finds Robin’s again, he’s recently suffered another huge blow and has dealt with it in the only way he knows how. They try to re-build their relationship but it struggles because of the grief that they both still hold.

This is a very emotional book, with several twists and turns, at one time I thought there were gaps in the storyline which didn’t add up but this all comes full circle as the story continues and you get a greater understanding of the characters. A very good read.

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HOW CAN A MEMORY SO VIVID BE WRONG?

Faerie Tree

In the summer of 1986 Robin and Izzie hold hands under The Faerie Tree and wish for a future together. Within hours tragedy rips their dreams apart.

In the winter of 2006 they stumble back into each other’s lives and try to create a second chance. But why are their memories of 1986 so different? And which one of them is right?

JANE CABLE’S THE FAERIE TREE IS LAUNCHED ON 21ST MARCH AND TO CELEBRATE THERE WILL BE A FAB BLOG TOUR:

22nd March: Random Things Through My Letterbox – author Q&A http://randomthingsthroughmyletterbox.blogspot.co.uk/

23rd March: Rosie Amber – review https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/

24th March: Liz Loves Books – the settings & scenery of The Faerie Tree http://lizlovesbooks.com/

25th March: My Reading Corner – the faerie tree itself and book giveaway http://myreading-corner.blogspot.co.uk/

26th March: Crooks on Books – author interview http://crooksonbooks.blogspot.co.uk/

28th March: Jaffa Reads Too – the inspiration for The Faerie Tree and book giveaway http://jaffareadstoo.blogspot.co.uk/

29th March: Being Anne – second chances http://beingannereading.blogspot.co.uk/

31st March: Beadyjan’s Books – writing with women in mind http://beadyjansbooks.blogspot.co.uk/

Rosie’s Book review Team #RBRT Alison reviews Dark Water by Jan Ruth

Today we have a review from team member Alison, she blogs at http://alisonwilliamswriting.wordpress.com/

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Alison read Dark water by Jan Ruth, the sequel to Wild Water

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Dark Water – Jan Ruth

I loved Jan Ruth’s ‘Wild Water’, the first book in this series, and was really looking forward to re-joining Jack Redman and following more of his trials and tribulations. I had high hopes, and I wasn’t disappointed.

The story begins with Jack once again trying to please everybody, to do the right thing, and failing. Torn between being with Anna, whose independent nature prevents her from committing, and trying to do the right thing for his children, Jack unwillingly creates a situation that jeopardises his happiness and his future. And to make things worse, daughter Chelsey’s real father arrives on the scene. Unstable and disturbed, Simon Banks poses a real threat and this storyline gives a much darker thread to the story that prevents this (as does the skilful writing) from being chick lit or light romance. There are dark, threatening twists and turns that add another layer and that, in my opinion, make this novel far more accomplished and more interesting than ‘Wild Water’, as good as that is. That said, there is still plenty of humour and lots of lovely lighter moments that make this a thoroughly enjoyable read.

Once again, the characters are believable, empathetic and well-drawn and the settings and events bring a realism to the narrative that anchor the story in both time and place. This is a great read, a lovely way to escape on a miserable post-Christmas chilly evening and is definitely recommended.

Five out of five stars.

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Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Cathy reviews White Horizon by Jan Ruth

Today’s team book review is from Cathy, she blogs at http://betweenthelinesbookblog.wordpress.com

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Cathy chose to read and review White Horizon by Jan Ruth

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Daniel and Tina decide to cement their on-off relationship of twenty-five years with a marriage ceremony in the town they grew up in, near Snowdonia in North Wales. They start their married life living in the hotel Daniel is renovating. Things between the newly weds begin to crumble after just a few months. Tina is keeping an overwhelming secret and doing her best to deal with it in the only way she feels she can. Their old school friends, who haven’t seen each other for years, Victoria and Linda and their respective husbands, Max and Mike, are drawn into the resulting fall out which will affect not only those involved but their families as well.

Linda and Victoria are experiencing their own marital problems and all three couples find themselves in difficult circumstances and with friendships at breaking point. Their lives can never again be the same and each of them will face a future they couldn’t have imagined. The terrible culmination of Victoria and Max’s relationship breakdown is horrifying and dramatic, resulting in destruction and death which devastates everyone in the community.

The dynamics between the couples and their interwoven stories are written so well it’s impossible not to have a vivid picture of them, and be drawn in as they are ever more deeply involved in the developing story. Jan Ruth just seems to be able to get right inside the characters and make them totally real and believable, with well-developed and credible personalities. Their problems and emotions are handled sensitively and with honesty during the major life changes that affect them all. Serious issues, including spousal abuse and debilitating illness, are dealt with tactfully.

A really good mix of characters, Daniel stood out for me and Victoria, who was the most damaged by her awful experiences. Great writing and precise attention to details – such an enjoyable read. The scenic descriptions are beautiful and bring the area to life adding an extra element to the story. Mainly, though, this is about how the strength of love and forgiveness, having friends and family win out in the end.

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Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Vanessa reviews Midnight Sky by Jan Ruth

Today we have a review from book review team member Vanessa, she blogs at http://vanessawesterwriter.blogspot.co.uk/

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Vanessa chose to read and review Midnight Sky by Jan Ruth

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“The first book I selected to review via Rosie’s Book list was MIDNIGHT SKY. I don’t know if it was the cover or the blurb, or both, but something drew me to this one. I can tell you I was not disappointed! Five stars for my first read! I did not expect that.

It’s difficult to explain a story like this in a review, because it was so real! There were a lot of characters who I loved and a lot of issues discussed, which I consider really important. Also, the fact that I know so little about horses added an extra depth to the plot.
So, let’s start with the characters. Laura is a pretty, talented home designer who lives and works with a married man, who is now juggling the kids and his ex (but has yet to get a divorce). Simon is the married man and a rogue – he represents the male stereotype I dislike. But, he does seem to care about his kids so he is not a complete waste of space. Maggie, Laura’s older sister, has been in a stable relationship from a young age and is stereotypical of the stay-at-home wife, frustrated by her husbands lack of motivation to help at home. Finally, I have to mention Jess, Maggie’s daughter. A seventeen, going on eighteen, flirtatious and outrageous girl, who made me laugh many times!
There are other characters, but the one I have to talk about is the brooding (let’s think of Darcy or perhaps Mr Rochester) male hunk, James! James is heartbroken after losing his wife in a riding accident and I felt his pain on many levels. However, his patience and ability with broken horses and children won me over. When he also managed to be there for Laura when she goes through a traumatic experience he became my favourite!
However, without giving away any spoilers, this story is about how Laura, James, Maggie, and Jess confront and overcome their issues. It has a feel-good ending, which, in my opinion, opens the door for a sequel. I would love to know what happens next.”
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