Rosie’s #Bookreview Team #RBRT SANDLANDS by @rosy_thornton 16 linked #shortstories

Today’s team review is from Karen, she blogs at http://mytrainofthoughtson.wordpress.com

#RBRT Review Team

Karen has been reading Sandlands by Rosy Thornton

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My Opinion

This book introduces you to the Sandlands – the landscape of the Suffolk coast. 16 charming – and linked – short stories invite you to Blaxhall and its surrounding area.

With Sandlands, Rosy Thornton has created a charming collection of short stories with a good measure of folklore. It is a very enjoyable and varied read, drawing you in as you learn more about coastal Suffolk and its inhabitants. Rosy Thornton paints a clear picture of the characters and landscape while the story evolves. The characters are of sufficient depth, believable with their flaws and virtues; the author’s care for each of them shows. As for the locations, I had a clear vision of the landscape – without having been there myself. The stories are very nicely woven and have a wonderful flow. This calm way of story telling exquisitely matches the stories.

This is a book for you if you like folklore, linked short stories, believable characters, and enjoy excellent writing.

Recommended!

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

Heart of the Sea by Nora Roberts

Heart of the Sea (Gallaghers of Ardmore / Irish Trilogy, #3)Heart of the Sea by Nora Roberts

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am a fan or Nora Roberts books, and tend to gobble them up when I get the chance. This was no different, the third in The Irish Trilogy series. I have not had the pleasure of reading the first two, this book can be read alone or as part of the series.

Trevor Magee is building a theatre at the back of the Gallagher pub in a tiny Irish Village. He’s come to find his roots and unknowingly the answers to his dreams. He finds he’s come to build more than a stone structure.

Darcy Gallagher runs the pub with her two brothers and its a place of Celtic traditions of music and hospitality. Darcy has expense and luxury on her wish list for life.

The area is steeped in Irish Legend and Trevor is told the tale of Lady Gwen and Prince Carrick’s tragic love. The place is full of Irish magic and I was drawn away from a cold wet January afternoon, to a place of lush greens, sea mists and enchantment. The pull of Ireland was strong because of the descriptions and details of the people and places.

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

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