Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Alison reviews Round and Round by TerryTyler

Today we have a review from Book Review Team Member Alison, she blogs at


Alison chose to read and review Round and Round by Terry Tyler.

Round and Round by Terry Tyler

Round and Round by Terry Tyler

Here is her review.

Round and Round

Sophie is feeling less than satisfied with her life and with her boyfriend who has developed an interesting new ‘hobby’ – one that she wants no part of. As her fortieth birthday approaches, Sophie thinks back to 1998, the year she received four Valentine’s cards and the year she had to make a choice – but did she make the right one? Feeling alone, now that her beloved Aunt Flick has died, her best friend is miles away and her mother is as being as judgemental and unhelpful as ever, Sophie questions her decisions and wonders what might have been. But Aunt Flick isn’t about to let a little thing like death prevent her from helping Sophie find the right path.

I’m a complete sceptic about things like life after death and guardian angels, but I found myself thoroughly enjoying this lovely book. Sophie is a great central character – I really cared about her and felt her frustration as she struggled to come to terms with the regrets she had about what might have been. Supporting characters are well drawn and believable – they develop along with Sophie. The romance isn’t sugary sweet and there are plenty of laughs too.

I recommend ‘Round and Round’ – having only read Terry Tyler’s short stories before in ‘Nine Lives’ (recommended too) I was impressed by this book and will definitely be reading more of the author’s novels.

5 stars

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Good Deeds Week January 26th – February 1st

Welcome to my weekly roundup of my year long challenge to do one Good deed a day for a year. This challenge began back in April 2013 and is still going strong. My inspiration came from reading “A Year of Doing Good” by Judith O’Reilly. Here is what I’ve been up to this week.

Good deeds

January 26th – A Good Deed completed and a Good Deed received all in one today. I was invited to write a post for a new feature on Words Unlimited called High Five, where guests talk about their top 5 in any subject. I’ve just sent off a draft all about books I’ve recently read, and of course they get a mention here on the blog. Good Deeds all around.

January 27th – My morning helping out at school today, Good Deed ticked off.

January 28th – Whilst at work this morning a friendly young man came in to the office. He represented an animal feed merchant. He explained he’d been to agricultural college, graduated,this was his first job and he was driving around his patch looking for new business. I gave him the contact details of the relevant farm partners rather that brushing him off because he was one of the lucky ones and had a job, so I wanted to give him a chance.

January 29th – Met a friend for coffee and treated us both. Stopped off at the charity shops on the way home and bought some books.

January 30th – Here in the UK some supermarkets use a system for the trolleys (carts) where you need a £1 coin or similar sized token to release the trolley for use. As I was returning my trolley to the trolley bay I was able to help an elderly gentlemen release his £1 coin which was stuck in the lock, a quick tweak and the coin was released.

Good Deeds received had an amazing write up from John Howell on his blog as a thank you for hosting his new book promotion “My GLR“. Here is a link to his post

January 31st – The February Issue of Fleet Life is online today with my page of book reviews. This months books and authors are; “The Omega Paradox” by Richard Kellier, “Nine Lives” by Terry Tyler, “The Hitman’s Guide to Housecleaning” by Hallgrimur Helgason, “The New Granny’s Survival Guide” by Gransnet and “Twelve Days” by Jade Reyner. Go to, click on the online directory and find my reviews on page 26.

February 1st – I can’t believe it’s February already. I have 14 confirmed letters booked in my A to Z Challenge and 2 more that may get booked by the end of the weekend. Many of the harder letters are left to fill. If you know someone who may have a book I could use please get them to contact me. Today I’ve accepted 3 more books to read and review. I shall start on them once I’ve finished my little self indulgent re-read of Twilight.

Today I met up with a lady that I last saw 6 months ago. At that time she had just had a grand-daughter born, who was very ill in hospital undergoing major surgery after just a few days of being born. I didn’t know if the baby had survived, and it was a difficult question to ask, but I’m glad I did. The baby survived.

Bless you all.

February Issue of Fleet LIfe – Rosie’s Good Reads

The February edition of Fleet Life is now available and this month you can find my reviews on page 26. My paper edition hasn’t arrived yet, so here is a shot from the online version. Go to, then click on the online directory and click to page 26 where you can read the magazine in a larger format.

Feb 14 Fleet Life

Featured books for February are below with links to my review posts from the blog where you will find further links for purchasing options;

Nine Lives by Terry Tyler

The Omega Paradox by Richard Kellier

The Hitman’s Guide to House Cleaning by Hallgrimur Helgason

The New Granny’s Survival Guide by Gransnet

Twelve Days by Jade Reyner

Good Deeds Week 17th – 23rd November

This is all about my journey to achieve one Good Deed a day for a year. I was inspired to set myself this challenge when I began reading “A Year of Doing Good” by Judith O’Reilly. Judith undertook some amazing deeds in her year, my own challenge has opened my eyes to opportunities which would previously have passed me by, where I can make a difference to the world, not matter how small.

Good deedsNovember 17th – It’s my brother-in-law’s birthday tomorrow, so we are celebrating early and inviting him and my Mother-in-law over for a birthday tea. Have invited them to spend Christmas lunch with us. Good deeds received; Much appreciation for the tea from my husband and the in-laws.

November 18th – My morning helping at school for my Good deed, I also took a bag of books for a book sale the children will be holding in aid of the Philippines disaster. Good deeds received; I was thanked for my donation to last week’s Children in Need appeal. A friend invited me out to dinner in a couple of week, Yay!

November 19th – Walked into town after my lunch and picked up more litter on the way home, I’m really noticing how much rubbish there is around.

November 20th – Phoned my Mum to check on her computer problems, then wrote a book review to help a fellow author promoter her new book. Nine lives by Terry Tyler is a set on 9 short stories, free on kindle, offer ends today, so hurry and download now!

November 21st – Sorted by brother-in-law out with some complicated e-mailing and offered to send the e-mails for him. Sent a very dear friend a couple of ideas for practical Christmas presents.

November 22nd – A couple of book reviews today and some tweeting of other peoples posts and articles from across the globe.

November 23rd – Off to visit my Mum this morning who finally has her computer up and running again after several set backs. She’s not feeling well and my Dad is away for a few days, so I’m going to spend some time with her. Mum was feeling better today and was out visiting a neighbour when I got there, so I set about doing some housework for her. Baked a banana cake this afternoon, the taste could have been better, I think I need Harula’s recipe. Good deeds received: Had lots of thanks from a friend I’d e-mail earlier in the week.

Nine Lives by Terry Tyler

Nine LivesNine Lives by Terry Tyler

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another great book from Author Terry Tyler. This one different, in that it is a series of 9 short stories. Modern and contemporary, I liked them all and particularly liked “Mia” and “Mama Kin”, Terry has a great way of engaging the reader and uses wonderful descriptions in her writing which capture images and situations. This review is based on a free copy given to me by the author.

Get a copy of this book from or It is currently free at the time of going to post, until Nov 24th, so hurry and get a copy.

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