Rosie’s #Bookreview Team #RBRT The Women Of Heachley Hall by @RachelJWalkley #wwwblogs

Today’s team review is from Jenny.

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Jenny has been reading The Women Of Heachley Hall by Rachel Walkley

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5 Stars

Her Great Aunt Felicity has left Miriam Heachely Hall. But she has to live in the house for one year and one day before she can sell it and collect her money, that are the terms. There are some brilliant spooky moments in the story, you feel as though you are there with Miriam, you feel her fear! Miriam lives in the run down hall day and night where she hears odd noises and things happen that she is unable to explain….there is the weird dust that appears, where is it coming from and what exactly is the dust?   With exception to her visits to the local pub and a short visit to her best friend Ruth, Miriam is determined not to be scared away from this strange house.

Then there is the arrival of Charles. A strange man, yet there is something quite captivating about him. There are questions that need to be answered about Great Aunt Felicity, about the history of Heachely Hall and its previous residents and also about Charles. Something does not add up, and Miriam is going to find out the truth!

I utterly loved this book from start to finish.  A haunting romance full of intrigue.  I was enthralled and had to keep reading, I needed to know what happens next, the end of every chapter left me wanting more.

This is a wonderful book, one I recommend highly, it has to be one of the best books that I have ever read…. and I have read quite a few over the years.

Thank you Rachel for drawing me into the mystery of Heachley Hall and its residents.

Book description

Miriam has one year to uncover Heachley Hall’s unimaginable past and a secret that only women can discover.

The life of a freelance illustrator will never rake in the millions so when twenty-eight year old Miriam discovers she’s the sole surviving heir to her great-aunt’s fortune, she can’t believe her luck. She dreams of selling her poky city flat and buying a studio.
But great fortune comes with an unbreakable contract. To earn her inheritance, Miriam must live a year and a day in the decaying Heachley Hall.
The fond memories of visiting the once grand Victorian mansion are all she has left of her parents and the million pound inheritance is enough of a temptation to encourage her to live there alone.
After all, a year’s not that long. So with the help of a local handyman, she begins to transform the house.
But the mystery remains. Why would loving Aunt Felicity do this to her?
Alone in the hall with her old life miles away, Miriam is desperate to discover the truth behind Felicity’s terms. Miriam believes the answer is hiding in her aunt’s last possession: a lost box. But delving into Felicity and Heachley’s long past is going to turn Miriam’s view of the world upside down.

Does she dare keep searching, and if she does, what if she finds something she wasn’t seeking?

Has something tragic happened at Heachley Hall?

About the author

Born in the Midlands, I grew up in East Anglia and am now firmly lodged in the North West of England. My first writing achievement was my Brownie badge and after that I’ve never let go of the dream of becoming of an author. Once a librarian and caretaker of books, I’m now a teller of tales and want to share with you the secrets that hide in the pages of my books.

Rachel Walkley

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Rosie’s #Bookreview Team #RBRT #mystery A Clerical Error by @newwrites #SundayBlogShare

Today’s team review is from Jenny R,

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Jenny has been reading A Clerical Error by J. New

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5 Stars

I enjoyed this book so very much.  The story unfolds at a nice pace and is very easy to keep up with. There is nothing confusing or complex in the way that the author has built up and unraveled the plot.  The story is well written, so much so that I could feel myself visualizing the scenes, the people and the unfolding of the plot.

The description and feel of the little village is warm and welcoming, the characters are well placed, and I especially love the way that Jocaster manipulates Ella into helping out at the village fete. I myself have come across this in my village.  I think that village life is actually like that, so to use this in the story is a lovely touch.

Ella Bridges, what a fine sleuth she is along with her aunt and sidekick ‘Phantom’ This is a cosy read, you can snuggle up on a winters evening with this book and you will not want to put it down.

The substance in this book is simply perfect.

Book description

When the crime scene is pure coincidence and there’s no evidence, how do you prove it was murder?

Ella Bridges faces her most challenging investigation so far when the vicar dies suddenly at the May Day Fete. But with evidence scarce and her personal life unravelling in ways she could never have imagined, she misses vital clues in the investigation.
Working alongside Sergeant Baxter of Scotland Yard, will Ella manage to unearth the clues needed to catch the killer before another life is lost? Or will personal shock cloud her mind and result in another tragedy?

‘A Clerical Error’ is set in 1930’s England, and is the third of The Yellow Cottage Vintage Mystery series.
‘Miss Marple meets The Ghost Whisperer’ – Perfect For Fans of Golden Age Murder Mysteries, Cozy Mysteries, Clean Reads and British Amateur Sleuths

About the author

J. New is the British author of The Yellow Cottage Vintage Mystery series. Set on the fictitious island of Linhay in the south of England during the 1930’s, they are an homage to the Golden Age mysteries but with a contemporary twist.

J. New

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Rosie’s #Bookreview Team #RBRT #TrueLife Living In Italy by Stef Smulders @italie_verhalen

Today’s team review is from Jenny R

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Jenny has been reading Living In Italy: The Real Deal by Stef Smulders

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 3 Stars

I have often had fancy thoughts of buying a nice little B&B in Italy. I have travelled there before on a road trip and found it such a beautiful, stunning and friendly place. So when I saw the title of this book, it grabbed my attention straight away.

It is a good read and one that I would recommend if you were thinking of taking up a project such as this one. I like the way that the author takes us through the stresses and frustrations of the bureaucratic red tape and the fun that he and his partner Nico experienced.

We often hear or read about dodgy, lazy builders that like to slack off and never seem to get renovations finished either on time or within budget. This certainly proves those points. The builder, Torti and his workers are an absolute nightmare and how on earth the owners managed to put up with them till the end of the project is beyond me. You can see how Italian builders get such a bad reputation.

The description of the Oltrepo region has been written with feeling. I almost felt as though I was driving through the Italian countryside.

At first I was not sure about the way Stef (the author) included Italian words into the dialog, but after a while it began to make more sense and I could see what he was trying to achieve. By the end of the book I found my self thinking that these Italian words would be helpful to those readers that are thinking of going to Italy.

This is an easy and relaxing read. It made me curious to see the final result, so I took a sneaky peak at the B&B website. Maybe I will take another Italian trip and book my stay with Stef and Nico.

Book description

Would you dare to follow your dream and move or retire to Italy? Stef & Nico did, although their dog Sara had her doubts. Now from your comfortable armchair you can share in the hilarious & horrendous adventures they experienced when they moved to Italy to start a bed and breakfast.

For lovers of amusing travelogue memoirs who like a good laugh. And for those interested in practical advice on how to buy a house in Italy there is useful information along the way, pleasantly presented within the short stories.

Glossary of Italian words included! Learn the true meaning of Italian phrases and expressions like “non ci sono problemi”, “di fiducia”, “persone serie”, “tutto a norma” and many more. Learn a bit of the foreign language before going to Italy.

Stef Smulders

Dutchman who moved to Italy in 2008 to live the good life wih husband and dog, welcoming guests in their Villa I Due Padroni B&B in the beautiful wine region Oltrepò Pavese, south of Milan.

Author of the Award winning book “Living in Italy: the Real Deal” with hilarious expat adventures.

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Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT Jenny R reviews GHOSTS OF MANOR HOUSE by @GhostsOfMH

Today’s team review is from Jenny.

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Jenny has been reading Ghosts Of Manor House by Matt Powers

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Book review by Jenny Reeve

The Ghosts of Manor House by Matt Powers

Horror, Drama, History, Thriller

This book deserves 5 stars

I enjoyed this book so much.  Every ‘short’ chapter was a thrill. I could not wait to get to the next chilling part of the tale.   The storyline was unusual and the author certainly has a vivid imagination to have come up with this wonderful tale.

I must admit, once I was halfway through the book I had an inkling of where the characters would end up, but how they reached their destinations was simply wonderful to read. I took in every description that was written down, from the décor of the rooms to the description of Edmunds journal.  Mr. Travels is a brilliant and necessary part of this tale, sends shivers up my spine just thinking about that intimidating tree.

The final part of the story, which describes how Mr and Mrs Krane first fell in love with each other, is beautifully written,

Matt Powers writes with enthusiasm and he allows his imagination to take hold and take him on a journey, which has made this book a pleasure to read.

I would recommend this book to anyone that is thinking of reading it. Thrilling.

Book description

Edmund and Mary Wilder are very much in love. But the death of their young son, Tommy, has shattered their family. Edmund is determined to bring them back together, drawing on the only bit of strength he has left—his love for Mary and their daughter, Stephanie. But Mary sinks deeper into depression while little Stephanie’s anger grows. Edmund flounders in his attempts to rescue his family from the brink of collapse and doesn’t know where to turn.

Then Mary receives an invitation for the family to become guests at Manor House, a seemingly quaint Bed and Breakfast. This, she assures her husband, is the answer to all their troubles.

Edmund arrives ahead of his family to spend a couple days working on his long-delayed novel. But his growing curiosity about the old house leads Edmund to an encounter that will change him forever.

What will you sacrifice for love?

An old fashioned psychological thriller with a nod to Stephen King, Manor House will keep you guessing and compel you to turn the page to the very end.

A mother will sacrifice anything for her children. A husband will risk everything to save his wife. Manor House will take them all.

About the author

Matt is the author and creator of Ghosts of Manor House and Senior Producer at Zynga. Computers and video games have been a part of his life since he was young. As a child, he always played video games and when he was ten, his Dad told him that he should try making his own. And so he taught himself to program and create games on the computer. He majored in Computer Science and enjoys working with a team of creative people. Matt has a passion for books and finds writing to be a great way to release his inner creativity.

Matt lives and works in the busy and vibrant metropolis of San Francisco where he is surrounded by extraordinary views of the ocean. He loves how the city is filled with a variety of people and activities – there is always something to do and new to see. In addition to San Francisco, Matt spends a lot of time in Grass Valley with friends and family where he can escape the concrete jungle for the relative calm of this gold mining sierra town. This is where the characters and story of Ghosts came to life.

He loves to write because he can use his wacky and twisted imagination to create interesting characters that he brings to life on paper. Matt’s writing process with Ghosts started with a concept, “write a creepy haunted house story.” Ideas became scenes, which became characters that created a story. Matt made a deal with Manor House to tell its tale and so he did, but at what price?

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Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT #Christmas #Shortstories Silent Night by @WendyClarke99 #fridayreads

Today’s team review is from Jenny R

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Jenny has been reading Silent Night by Wendy Clarke

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Short Stories

4 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Full of short stories which are easy to read, each and every one of them well written.  The theme is Christmas and includes the stress, fun, excitement and endearing moments that all come with the festive period. I am sure that we are all able to relate to the situations in every composition that Wendy Clarke writes about in this book.

It made a delightful change to be able to pick up a book and read a whole story in 10-20 minutes. This is a book that you are able to fit in with household chores, coffee breaks at work, on the daily commute or simply when you have a little free time.

Every festive tale in the book is different. They range from endearing, sad, funny and inspiring.  It is such a marvellous idea to write a book with a variety of short stories.

I recommend this book completely

Book description

‘Silent Night’ is a collection of thirteen Christmas stories by Wendy Clarke, a regular writer of fiction for national magazines.

All of these stories have previously been published in either ‘The People’s Friend’ or ‘Take a Break Fiction Feast’. If you like stories with emotional depth and a satisfying ending, then this collection is for you.

About the author

Wendy Clarke is a full time writer of women’s fiction. She started writing when the primary school she taught in closed down and after completing two creative writing courses, began writing short fiction for magazines. Since then, she has sold over a hundred short stories and her work regularly appears in national women’s magazines such as The People’s Friend, Take a Break Fiction Feast and Woman’s Weekly. She has also written serials and a number of non-fiction magazine articles.

Wendy lives with her husband, cat and step-dog in Sussex and when not writing is usually dancing, singing or watching any programme that involves food!

Wendy Clarke

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Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT Modern day ‘Emma’ I Could Write A Book by @KarenMCox1932

Today’s team review is from Jenny R

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Jenny has been reading I Could Write A Book by Karen M Cox

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Chic Lit, Drama

4 stars

This book has been written well and truly in the style of Jane Austen’s ‘’Emma. A modern take on the classic tale, which works well.  There are plenty of characters that are all distinctive and they all add something to the flow of the story.

Once a character has been introduced into the drama, it does not take long to get to know each one and it is easy to visualize how they appear in your minds eye, from what they are wearing to their facial expressions.

If you have read Jane Austen’s ‘Emma’, then you may find that this story is far too similar, therefore you can anticipate what is going to happen and may well get bored with it. However, there is a good momentum to each chapter and this did help engage me and capture my imagination.  I have no doubt at all that Karen has accomplished what she set out to do with this story in making it work in a modern world.

Book description

“Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever and rich…”
Thus began Jane Austen’s classic, a light and lively tale set in an English village two hundred years ago. Yet every era has its share of Emmas: young women trying to find themselves in their own corners of the world.
I Could Write a Book is the story of a self-proclaimed modern woman: Emma Katherine Woodhouse, a 1970s co-ed whose life is pleasant, ordered, and predictable, if a bit confining.
Her friend George Knightley is a man of the world who has come home to fulfill his destiny: run his father’s thriving law practice and oversee the sprawling Donwell Farms, his family legacy in Central Kentucky horse country.
Since childhood, George’s and Emma’s lives have meshed and separated time and again. But now they’re adults with grown-up challenges and obligations. As Emma orchestrates life in quaint Highbury, George becomes less amused with her antics and struggles with a growing attraction to the young woman she’s become.
Rich with humor, poignancy, and the camaraderie of life in a small, Southern town, I Could Write a Book is a coming of age romance with side helpings of self-discovery, friendship, and finding true love in the most unlikely places.

About the author

Karen M Cox is an award-winning author of novels accented with romance and history: 1932, Find Wonder in All Things, Undeceived, and I Could Write a Book. Other published works include an ebook novella, The Journey Home, “Northanger Revisited 2015”, which appeared in Sun-Kissed: Effusions of Summer, “I, Darcy,” a short story in The Darcy Monologues, and “An Honest Man”, which will appear in the upcoming anthology, Dangerous to Know: Jane Austen’s Rakes and Gentleman Rogues.
Originally from Everett, WA, Karen now lives in Central Kentucky with her husband, where she works as a pediatric speech pathologist, encourages her children, and spoils her granddaughter. Like Austen’s Emma, Karen has many hobbies and projects she doesn’t quite finish, but like Elizabeth Bennet, she aspires to be a great reader and an excellent walker.

Karen M. Cox

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Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT #HistFic Everybody’s Somebody by @berylkingston @EndeavourPress

Today’s team review is from Jenny R,

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Jenny has been reading Everybody’s Somebody by Beryl Kingston

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Book review by Jenny Reeve

Everybody’s Somebody by Beryl Kingston

Chic Lit, Drama, History

This book deserves 5 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  There are so many historical accounts incorporated into the story, some of which I was unsure if they were true facts or fiction, so I literally Googled the accounts only to find they actually happened! I had a few excellent history lessons while having the pleasure of enjoying a good book. This made the story even more interesting and exciting.

I felt exhilarated moving from one chapter onto the next, desperately wanting to read more of Rosie’s life. There are many up’s and downs folded and blended into the tale and the way in which Beryl Kingston writes is very sympathetic to each situation. She writes with affection, thoughtfulness and care using words to create such heartfelt feelings, bringing the book to life completely.

The relationship between Rosie, her husband Jim and Gerry the artist is captivating. I thought I knew where the story was going but then there would be another unexpected turn and I was taken on a different route.

Wonderfully written, beautifully perceptive.  I loved this book.

Book description

“Life’s for real an’ you got to get on with it.”

Rosie Goodison is not one to shy away from life’s problems. Whether it’s finding work or challenging injustice, Rosie squares her shoulders, sets her chin high and faces it full on.

Born at the end of the nineteenth century, in the rural south of England and sent into service aged just twelve, Rosie quickly discovers that many good people spend their lives toiling for very little reward, whilst others ‘have it all’.

She decides it won’t be like that for her. Why can’t she ride in a car? Why can’t she work when she’s pregnant? Why can’t she live in a nice flat? Why can’t she be an artist’s model?

Whilst working as a housekeeper for two upper-class boys, Rosie starts to learn more and more about the world, gleaned from overheard conversations and newspapers left lying around. This triggers an ongoing thirst for knowledge, which shapes her views, informs her decisions and influences her future.

Rosie aspires to have a better life than that of her parents: better living conditions, better working conditions and pay, better education for her children, to be able to vote, to be able to control how many children she has…

Without realising it, this young woman is blazing a trail for all those who are to come after.

Whilst working in London, Rosie meets her sweetheart Jim, but the The Great War puts paid to their plans for the future, and matters worsen afterwards, as she, along with the rest of society, tries to deal with the horrors and losses.

This heart-warming story follows the events of the early twentieth century – the impact and horrors of WW1, the financial crisis and the rapid social and political changes that took place.

All that remains of Rosie now is a quartet of paintings in an art gallery. The artist, now famous but the model, unnamed and forgotten; nobody of consequence.

But everybody has a life story. Everybody leaves some kind of mark on this world.

Everybody’s somebody.

About the author

 

I was born in 1931 in Tooting, and when I was four was enrolled at a local dancing school run by a lady called Madam Hadley, which I attended until I was eight when the war began. Because of the war my school career was – shall we say – varied. I was evacuated twice, the first time to Felpham which is near Bognor Regis and the second to Harpenden in Hertfordshire, and consequently went to ten different schools. I ended up at Streatham Secondary School, an LCC grammar run on the Dalton system, which offered a few lessons as sparking points and then required pupils to be responsible for their own learning, either in study rooms with their teachers on hand to help and advise, or on their own in the library or the school hall. It suited me to a T. Then to King’s College London, where I read English and enjoyed myself a lot, but wasn’t particularly distinguished, having other things on my mind by then.

I am proud of the fact that I was in Tooting for the first four months of the blitz, and only left it to be evacuated again when our road was bombed and our house was uninhabitable. I spent the middle part of the war in Harpenden and returned to live in London again at the end of the war at the time of the V2’s, this time without my family.

When I was just sixteen I met the love of my life, who arrived on my doorstep in Air Force blue one February evening in the coldest winter on record. Despite heavy opposition from my parents, we married three years later during my first year at King’s and spent the next 53 years 11 months and 6 days living more and more happily together. We had three much loved children and five much loved grandchildren and once I’d embarked on my career as a novelist, researched all the books together, which was great fun. We finished work on ‘Gates of Paradise’ six weeks before he died. So this publication is special to me.

I have enjoyed two careers in my life – as a teacher from 1952 to 1985 (with ten years off to bring up my family, which some might consider a third career) and as a published writer from 1980 to date. I am also, although it sounds immodest to say it, an easy and charismatic public speaker, usually unfazed by any audience no matter how big or how small or what questions they might throw at me.

In the two schools where I was head of the English department, I deliberately covered the full range of age and ability, believing that as I was paid the largest salary I should carry the heaviest responsibility. My work was filmed by KCL Education Department for use in their PGCE course and I have given talks at various colleges and schools on a variety of educational subjects, from teaching poetry to ‘tackling’ sex education. I have never subscribed to the Gradgrind theory of education which is current now, but always believed that the job of a teacher is to enable her students to learn.

I have always been a political animal, taking part in street demonstrations, walking from Aldermaston to London, involved in the 1945 election despite the fact that I was only fourteen, taking to the streets again, along with a million others, to protest against the Iraq war when I was 72.

And as a last and rather lighter touch, I was a beauty queen in 1947. It wasn’t all protests!

Beryl Kingston

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Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT #RomCom Jennifer Brown’s Journey by @angielangley0 #wwwblogs

Today’s team review is from Jenny R

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Jenny has been reading Jennifer Brown’s Journey by Angie Langley

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Book review by Jenny Reeve

Chic Lit

I liked the sound of this book when I read the introduction.  I had visions of the story being filled with humour, a book that would easily make me giggle and smile throughout.  Well, I was very wrong on that score.  But that is not a bad thing; so don’t go jumping to the wrong conclusion here, on the contrary.

The beginning of the book did have me giggling, there are some very funny moments and Jennifer Brown made me think of myself quite often, her reaction to certain circumstances is how I would have reacted. Jennifer’s description of certain work colleagues in the office had me curled up!   The character is so good and the author gently took me by the hand and led me into the world of Jennifer Brown, a world that I could easily understand and grab a hold of.  We see the character change as the story unfolds. We witness her grow from a young lady with a carefree life into grown woman with responsibility and substance.  As Jennifer’s world moves from one-step to the next, each step becomes bigger than the last.  I found myself wondering if she had chosen the correct path to take. I felt each and ever thought and emotion that Jennifer felt.  This is the response that any good author needs and hopes to achieve.

The final sentence in the book had me gripped. Now I NEED to find out which number Jennifer dialed. Which step she chose to take.  I do hope it is the one I would have taken……..

I recommend wholeheartedly.

Book Description

Five feet one and full of fizz, Jennifer Brown lights up the room. She has a gorgeous partner, a wicked best friend, and a boss who doesn’t mind that she’s the worst typist on the planet. She’s loyal, generous and irredeemably ditzy. Everyone loves Jennifer Brown.But can she learn to love herself? When her world caves in, she needs every ounce of her steely core to step back from the abyss and take charge of her life, reinventing herself first as cook and housekeeper to a saucy sexagenarian, then as manager of a tumbledown country estate with sensitive secrets.Peopled by a battalion of hilarious characters from the caustic, cross-dressing confidant to the besotted ex-boyfriend with a barmy ex-wife, Jennifer Brown’s Journey is a heartwarming, thoughtful, often poignant portrait of the trials of life as a thirty-something woman.Jennifer Brown champions the importance of self-belief, and the value of a bucket-sized glass of wine in a tight spot.And, always in the background, there’s the quiet man with the warm eyes and the velvet vowels.What on earth is Jennifer Brown going to do about him?

The first in a series of three, Jennifer Brown’s Journey is a story of female self-empowerment and the triumph of the human spirit in the face of challenges that many women will recognise. Lighthearted and poignant, the story gives readers a very real sense of a woman, initially rather ditzy, maturing into a redoubtable, self-possessed individual who faces her many challenges with developing aplomb.

About the author

Angie Langley has a background in entertainment and venue management and she’s worked with artists in the US, the UK and Europe. She’s also a lyricist who collaborates and manages the talented Scottish Composer & Musician, Tish Tindall.

Angie also works as a TV producer with Avant-garde Films where she brings her extensive portfolio of creative expertise to bear behind the camera, creating projects across a range of programming that includes factual, reality, feature drama and drama serial. Jennifer Brown’s Journey is her first book, inspired by the highs and lows of a distant past that has given her the strength to tackle each day with a smile.

Angie is fortunate enough to live in a delightful 17th-century thatched cottage on the banks of the river Avon in Wiltshire, which not only provides her with inspiration to write, but also enables her to pursue her other passion, photography.

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Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT @Jennykreeve reviews #Thriller Shadows by @ThorneMoore

Today’s team review is from Jenny R.

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Jenny has been reading Shadows by Thorne Moore

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Shadows, by Thorne Moore

Thriller

4 stars – review by Jenny Reeve

The ‘shadows’ haunt Kate; constantly they are nagging at her and taunting her. Kate feels death and the pain and suffering which those who die feel when their life is taken from them.  This is something that Kate needs so desperately to escape from.  Can the move to Llys y Garn resolve her tormented mind? Would renovating this old place with Sylvia and Michael help to take her mind away from the disturbing shadows?

The plot unravels very slowly and Thorne Moore has a skilful way of writing, which engulfs the reader. You are taken through every character piece by piece. I felt as though I were dissecting each and every inch of them, the way their minds work, the way they feel, think and the way that they grow, moulding themselves to your thoughts.

There are a couple of twists in the tale too. Unexpected and brilliantly constructed which make this story what it is; a good thriller.

The only criticism I have is that Thorne Moore could have enhanced the use of the ‘shadows’ more. This would have given rise to additional dark goings on in the house whilst the renovations were taking place.

I found the book a very good read and would recommend it to all that like a good thriller.

Book Description

A compelling blend of mystery and family drama with a gothic twist, by the Top Ten bestselling author of A Time for Silence

Kate Lawrence can sense the shadow of violent death, past and present.

In her struggle to cope with her unwelcome gift, she has frozen people out of her life.

Her marriage is on the rocks, her career is in chaos and she urgently needs to get a grip.

So she decides to start again, by joining her effervescent cousin Sylvia and partner Michael in their mission to restore and revitalise Llys y Garn, an old mansion in the wilds of North Pembrokeshire.

It is certainly a new start, as she takes on Sylvia’s grandiose schemes, but it brings Kate to a place that is thick with the shadows of past deaths.

The house and grounds are full of mysteries that only she can sense, but she is determined to face them down – so determined that she fails to notice that ancient energies are not the only shadows threatening the seemingly idyllic world of Llys y Garn.

The happy equilibrium is disrupted by the arrival of Sylvia’s sadistic and manipulative son, Christian – but just how dangerous is he?

Then, once more, Kate senses that a violent death has occurred…

Set in the majestic and magical Welsh countryside, Shadows is a haunting exploration of the dark side of people and landscape.

About the author

Thorne Moore

Thorne was born in Luton and graduated from Aberystwyth University (history) and from the Open University (Law). She set up a restaurant with her sister but now spends her time writing and making miniature furniture for collectors. She lives in Pembrokeshire, which forms a background for much of her writing, as does Luton. She writes psychological mysteries, or “domestic noir,” and her first novel, A Time For Silence, was published by Honno in 2012. Motherlove and The Unravelling followed, also published by Honno. She has also brought out a book of short stories, Moments of Consequence. Her last novel, Shadows, was published by Endeavour in 2017. She’s a member of the Crime Writers Association.

 

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Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT The Internet Never Lies by @JenAmmoscato #TuesdayBookBlog

Today’s second team review is from Jenny R

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Jenny has been reading The Internet Never Lies by Jennifer Ammoscato

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The Internet Never Lies by Jennifer Ammoscato

Chic Lit, humour

Brilliant 5 Stars again.

This is the third of three books by Jennifer Ammascato, and all three have been a joy to read.

I feel I know our beloved Avery Fowler very well now.  This novel takes us through the heartache of longing for a baby as well as going through the hormonal challenges throughout pregnancy, before birth and after birth.  Oh, how poor Ryan suffers. But, he is Superman isn’t he? He knows just what to do to handle a hormonally challenged wife!  Avery finally launches her very first erotic novel, how does she cope with writing the book and the book promotions whilst trying to handle her pregnancy too.

I feel honoured to be let into Avery’s life, to join her for the duration of all three novels.  The reader is an onlooker to Avery’s highs and lows, they are drawn into her character and witness her grow as her life progresses.  Once again the story is filled with wit, laugh out loud moments, charm and occasionally sadness.

Jennifer Ammascato has put so much into this trilogy, and it has paid off. What a talented writer. Thank you Jennifer for such a wonderful set of novels. If you are wondering whether to write a forth…….well, it would be WONDERFUL!

I loved every second of the novel and recommend it heartily.

Book Description

“I’m turning forty tomorrow.

And, don’t tell me that “forty is the new twenty” because, if you do, I’m going to reach out from whatever device you’re reading my blog on, tear your beating heart from your chest, and pummel you unconscious with it.

Um. I just re-read that.

Okay. I might be having a bit of difficulty coming to grips with this “milestone.”

Which sounds quite close to “millstone,” doesn’t it? Which, I suppose, is what another entire decade vanishing in the dust feels like around your neck. And on your slightly sagging ass.)”

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Avery Fowler is facing 40 with all the grace you’d expect of someone who once convinced herself that Cheetos were good for her because they’re the same colour as carrots. She simply hates admitting defeat.

Now a blogger and aspiring author, she hears the clock ticking on the deadline for her erotica novel, “Venetia: The Story of a Sized-16 Sex Goddess”, (erotica for the rest of us) as well as on the possibility of having a child.

As her world grows more complicated, some days, she simply doesn’t know where to turn. Should she chance renewing her relationship with Clementine, her Howto.com web advisor—available 24/7 for the low, low price of just $14.95 a month?

Or, should Avery trust her own instincts while searching for the answers to life’s latest challenges?

If you enjoy the Shopaholic series, or the charm and sass of Bridget Jones, Avery is right up your alley!

About the author

Jennifer Ammoscato

By day, Jennifer Ammoscato is an intrepid writer/editor. By night, she fights crime (not so much), the urge to organize closets and to stuff herself with salted chocolate caramels.

Despite her exhaustive to-do list, she’s written the Avery Fowler 2.0 Trilogy:

Dear Internet: It’s Me, Avery (Book 1)
The Internet Made Me Do It (Book 2)
The Internet Never Lies (Book 3)

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