Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Dream on by @TerryTyler4

Today’s review is from Cathy, she blogs at

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Cathy chose to read and review Dream On by Terry Tyler


I’ve read several of Terry Tyler’s books and enjoyed them all. This was no exception. Filled with believable, true to life, substantial characters and a convincing storyline, Dream On follows the fortunes of Dave Bentley, an aspiring rock star and creator of the band, Thor. The band members, the banter between them and their desire for success is represented extremely convincingly. Dave is talented and basically a nice guy but the pull has always been the band and his music, and although his young son means a lot to him, Dave has to follow his dream….and Ariel.

‘He was back on track now, having meandered from his chosen path for several years; somewhere along the line, life had got in the way of his rock ’n’ roll dreams.

Life, Janice, and Harley.’

When Dave’s ex girlfriend, Ariel Swan comes back to town it spells the beginning of the end for Dave and his girlfriend, Janice. Ariel is also on the fame trail as a singer/songwriter. Her friend, Melodie, who wants to make a career out of being a celebrity, hears of Raw Talent, a TV contest to find the hottest new musical act, and persuades them all to enter. The behind the scenes look at the talent show is a revelation; despite the name talent isn’t always the deciding factor. The outcome is surprising and impacts upon them all, changing their lives in ways they never would have imagined.

The complicated relationships and characterisations are dealt with extremely well and sensitively, as is the moving story of Janice’s grandmother, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s. I enjoyed the way Janice’s story unfolds and Max is a loveable character. Dave and the band, Ariel and Melodie could be people living in any town, struggling to succeed, and living everyday lives while working and hoping for that big break. The obstacles they face and the way they’re dealt with are completely representative and authentic.

Understanding and insight, the ability to really get inside the characters’ heads and their emotions lends total realism as the story develops. Written with warmth, wit and humour and perfectly portraying modern life. From the pros and cons of social media, and how it can get out of hand, to the obsession with ‘celebrity’ and the search for stardom, it’s a story of choices, new loves, friendships, hopes and disappointments; the complications and substance of real life.

A great storyline, dialogue and perfect character development plus an unpredictable ending. Off I go to download the sequel.

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Hostile Witness by Rebecca Forster

Hostile Witness (Witness Series, #1)Hostile Witness by Rebecca Forster

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This a Californian Court Room drama. When Supreme Court Justice Fritz Rayburn is murdered people are shocked. When 16 year old Hannah Sheraton his Step-Grandaughter is arrested for his murder, no one knows what to believe.

Hannah’s mother Linda is desperate for help as her world starts to crumble apart. She locates an old school friend and begs her to come back from small, everyday, work as a lawyer to defend her daughter in this high profile case.

Josie Baylor-Bates had her fingers burnt a few years ago on a case and found sanctuary away from the big court cases, but Linda is an old friend and this case is about defending a child. Josie’s small town partner is not pleased about the upcoming publicity that the case will bring and the pair argue more than once.

The case is complicated, there are twists and turns as people go to extreme lengths to protect themselves. Hannah’s Step-father, Kip, gives evidence against her to protect his own career. Fingers point continually at Hannah. Motive, evidence and confession. But Josie won’t let it go even if it threatens to spin out of control. There is just something which makes Josie believe that Hannah is innocent.

This book is the first in a series and was a gripping read.

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“V” Vanguard of Hope by Kathy Steinemann

I read and reviewed this book for Kathy a while ago, you can read about the book and catch up with Kathy as she was also a guest author on the blog

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 Letter of the alphabet: V

Vanguard of Hope

By Kathy Steinemann

LISETVILLE, 1890 — Murders are committed; homes are burned; family secrets are buried; an unexpected romance complicates lives. Amid the mystery and violence, a vigilante brigade emerges to administer justice.

Flowing through the intrigue and drama is a dark undercurrent that will touch your heart as you empathize with the victims.

What Readers are Saying:

“I am hooked. I do hope that I will be able to get all your novels.” – Lorene Charlton

“It’s not chick lit.” – A Male Reader

“This book keeps you in suspense right to the end. The dark underlying theme is tackled in a sensitive manner.” – S.L. Banks

“I started reading this novel to help quiet my mind at a late hour, but found myself still awake in the morning. Its intense read was much more than I expected. It has ‘all’ the elements from love, betrayal, suspense, and romance, to murder. ‘Vanguard  of Hope’ will touch everyone who reads it. If you’re a young adult or older, this excellent novel will awaken you
deep within your soul.” – Toni Gee

“The book was excellent! I really enjoyed reading it. I could not stop. Every chance I got, I was trying to sneak in just a couple more diary entries! I look forward to reading the next
book in the series. And I will most certainly be recommending this to others to read!” – Brandy Mayan-Rooks

Kathy tells us;

This novel addresses a few social issues that existed during the 19th century. Some of those issues have improved over time; one has not. The challenge in writing the book was to engage the reader in a plot with unexpected twists, while discussing a sensitive theme.                Vanguard of Hope: (Sapphire Brigade Book 1)

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Theodore Boon by John Grisham

Have spent the best part of today ignoring the kids and being blind to housework because I picked up the following book to read at breakfast and have nearly read it all in 1 day. Theodore Boon by John Grisham (Hodder & Stoughton); Only 13-year-old Theodore knows the truth about a killer who is about to be set free in a large court room drama in a small American town. A delightful read, I’m not sure if there will be a shocking twist at the end, but I’m sure I’ll finish it before I fall asleep! (Who needs an early night when you have a good book to escape into?)