January 2015 Issues of Fleet Life & EHD book reviews

Here are the books which made it to the January Issues of the magazines that I write reviews for.

Between them they have around 8000 paper copies and unlimited on-line access.

Fleet Life http://www.fleetlife.org.uk, go to the on-line directory, load the document and turn to page 12 for this months reviews of;

Jan FL

Moscow Bound by Adrian Churchward

Inkker Hauser Part 1 Rum Hijack by Phil Conquest

Touched To The Heart by Elsa Winckler

Degrees Of Losing by Shan Purcell

and Cinema Lumiere by Hattie Holden Edmonds.

Jan Book reviews

Elvetham Heath Directory. http://www.ehd.org.uk. Click on the online directory, load and find my reviews on page 8 this month.


A Place In The World by Cinda Mackinnon

Flirting With Love by Melissa Foster

Ryan’s Legend by L.F. Young

We That Are Left by Juliet Greenwood

Desprite Measures by Deborah Jay

Jan EHD book reviews

Degrees of Losing Shan Purcell

Degrees of LosingDegrees of Losing by Shan Purcell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Casey Mitchell lives in Manchester, she is in such a place in her life that she just wants to exist. She uses alcohol and sex as a way of blotting out the constant images that plague her every day.

Casey has Hyperthymesia, perfect recall or a memory which plays back her past life like a movie in her head. Ask her what happened on any day in her life since she was twelve and she can tell you what she wore, what she ate and what was said. You might think this is a brilliant gift, just imagine how it would help you get through exams. But for Casey it’s horrific, she hates the constant movies, reliving the pain and hurt of relationships and her family life.

She’s attending the hospital where she undergoes tests into her condition when she meets Joe. He’s a larger than life character, fun and intriguing, but a man also in need of help. He’s got amnesia and is desperate to find out who he is. Quite the opposite to Casey, one can remember all their past, but wants to forget and the other would love to remember all his past. What can they teach each other?

This story drags you in from the first and appealed to my own instincts to help others. Joe can help Casey which pleased me, but Joe is a strange character, one that is supposed to leave you unsure. There’s lots of emotion in this book and it left me with many more questions about life.

This review is on conjunction with Brook Cottage Books and based on a free copy given to me for the review.

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Shan Purcell

Degrees of Losing by Shan Purcell book description

What would life be like if you could recall every detail of your entire life?  Casey has hyperthymesia, a rare condition which means that she has perfect recollection of her past, a burden which imprisons her in her memories. There is no joy in the present, no thought of the future; only the inescapable past playing constantly in her mind.  Then one day she meets Joe, a man without a past. Or is he?  Together they find a present, which has the potential to save them both but also forces them to confront a future that challenges their love of life and each other.  Degrees of Losing is a story about love and loss, memory and time, and what it means to be somebody.

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