MAKTUB: IT IS WRITTEN by Rosemary Gallagher @rosemarysangels #womensfiction #Romance

Maktub: It Is WrittenMaktub: It Is Written by Rosemary Louise Gallagher
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Maktub: It Is Written is the sequel to I Listened To My Heart, the story of Rose O’Connell. Rose set out to follow her heart and find her soulmate, she talks to her Angels, watches the universe for their advice and reads the Tarot. She is a strong believer in psychic mediums and has many friends who follow spirituality.

In the first book Rose went to London, found and lost her twin-soulmate, wrote a song about it, wrote her book and made a good life for herself, finally finding another soul to love.

In this book, Rose begins with her interview on the Ellen DeGeneres TV show, then we go back in time for her to share with us, what’s gone on in her life since the end of book one. Psychic Leanne Rees had predicted that at the age of 50 Rose would write a book and have to make a choice between her twin-soulmate and a soulmate. Rose knows who these two men are and has a tough time making her choice. In the end one makes it for her and she sets out with the other to a new life in Boston with its own set of challenges and successes.

These books are fun and uplifting written in a chatty style. If you enjoy books about Angels, fate and the universe mixed with a good dose of women’s fiction, then this series might be for you.

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Book Description

Maktub: it is written: is the long awaited sequel to I Listened To My Heart. Rose O’Carroll is fifty something, funny and fabulous; with an infectious zest for life. She talks to angels, reads tarot cards and has an unwavering faith in love…it conquers all. We reconnect with Rose as she returns home from Chicago, happy and excited about her book publishing contract for her debut novel. She’s finally at peace with herself and the love she held for the infamous Joe DeMarco. Rose is now ready to move her life forward with the dishy Dr. St Claire. But what she found waiting for her when she returned home was more than she expected! “What is meant for you won’t pass you by.” A favourite Irish proverb and words Rose O’Carroll lives by.

I Listened To My Heart Book #1 of the series

Rose O’Carroll has been single for most of her 40 years. In her search for love she packs up her life in Melbourne and moves to London. Guided by her special friends – her angels, she soon lands a great job, makes great friends and begins her spiritual journey. 

It doesn’t take long for Joe DeMarco, the handsome American, to turn Rose’s world upside down and change it forever. Rose intuitively knows she has met her twin soulmate. But how does she cope when he tells her “it’s just the wrong time.”

Everything happens for a reason and soon Rose discovers why she had to meet Joe DeMarco when the timing was wrong. She had someone else to meet first… and it wasn’t only the dishy Dr St. Claire!

About the author

Rosemary Louise Gallagher

I was born in Melbourne, Australia and aside from my many wonderful travels, I spent most of my life there, until moving to London in 2000. I was at a turning point and felt like I needed a change of lifestyle. I took advantage of my Irish passport and bravely packed up my happy life down under to see what the other side of the world was offering.  That was nearly 14  years ago and I haven’t looked back!

For most of my professional career I have work as a Receptionist which was a role I enjoyed immensely, although I’ve now left the corporate world to concentrate on my creative and spiritual endeavours. Another decision I haven’t regretted. I’ve always held a strong interest in the metaphysical, especially the tarot cards and the angelic realm.  After settling into my new life in London I began formal tarot studies at the Psychic College of London. I have been reading the tarot professionally ever since. 

My creative development started late in my life – but better late than never. I now enjoy spending my days at home writing and doing readings. In addition, I also started writing song lyrics. I’ve written over 40 songs so far and I’ve had many of them recorded to music. I’d be happy to have you listen to them at my songs page. I am very excited that a few of my songs have already received high acknowledgement in various song writing competitions world-wide and also a few of them are under consideration for selection by top country music artist.  I am  hoping one day to write a #1 hit and maybe even win a Grammy!  Oh yes, I’m a dreamer all right… but a girl has got to have dreams. I mean, if you don’t….how can they come true!

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Rosie’s #Bookreview team #RBRT TO SWIM BENEATH THE EARTH by Ginger Bensman #Inca #fridayreads

Today’s team review is from E.L. Lindley, she blogs at http://lindleyreviews.blogspot.co.uk/

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E.L has been reading To Swim Beneath The Earth by Ginger Bensman

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To Swim Beneath the Earth by Ginger Bensman is both an original and compelling novel that cleverly combines 1970’s US culture with that of South America in the 1500s. Not only is the story impeccably written, it also displays an impressive historical knowledge.

 

The book begins in Colorado in 1973 when the protagonist Megan Kimsey has just lost her father. Megan has always been regarded by her family as highly strung due to her random spates of clairvoyance and an inexplicable knowledge of the Inca Empire and its people. Only Megan’s father understands her and before his death purchased a ticket for her to travel to South America in a quest for answers about her troubling mental state.

 

Megan is a great character and I loved Bensman’s depiction of her family life. Her mother is a cold, unloving woman and her relationship with Megan is toxic and damaging. Bensman presents us with the dynamics of the dysfunctional Kimsey family in a way that is both heart rending and darkly funny.

 

The structure of the novel is complex and extremely effective which is indicative of Bensman’s strong writing skills. Once Megan travels to South America, she increasingly becomes connected to the past. We are given flashbacks to the time of the Incas where Megan takes on the identity of a man called Illapa. As Megan becomes consumed by the past and starts to resent the intrusion of the present, Bensman cleverly recreates that sense of tension for her readers. At crucial points in the narrative, she drags us back to 1973 as Megan’s consciousness returns to her, piquing our curiosity and leaving us desperate to find out what is going to happen.

 

Bensman’s particular strength, in my opinion, is her characterisation. Megan is a wonderfully prickly character who disappears at the first sign of conflict. She describes herself as a “social coward”. Bensman also creates excellent potential villains such as the obnoxious therapist, Dr Vickers, who Megan’s mother engages to work with Megan. He is constantly looming in the wings ready to perform an intervention which provides both humour and horror in equal measure.

 

There is also a really strong sense of place particularly once Megan travels to South America. Even in the 1974 sections, Bensman conveys a society that is steeped in ancient ways and wisdoms as personified by Megan’s friend Koyam, a medicine woman. Bensman’s knowledge of the Inca civilisation is such that it brings the period alive for the reader and makes us feel as though we are actually there.

There are so many heart breaking events in the story which are genuinely moving. As a child, Megan babysits for a little girl who suffers a misfortune that almost brought me to tears. Likewise Megan’s relationship with her young son when she is in the role of Illapa is emotionally charged and poignant.

 

I really loved this novel and found it entertaining, intelligent and thought provoking. It raises questions of reincarnation and a spirit world which I enjoyed exploring. Ultimately Megan is unable to find her place in the world until she has lain the past to rest.

 

This is not a novel that fits easily into any one genre but I believe there is something to captivate everyone. If you’re looking for a new read and fancy something a little bit different then I wholeheartedly recommend To Swim Beneath the Earth.

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

Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Under The Stars by @LinnBHalton #bookreview

Today’s team book review is from Amanda, she blogs at https://ajbookreviewclub.wordpress.com/

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Amanda chose to read and review Under The Stars by Linn B Halton in conjunction with Brook Cottage Books

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WHAT I SAY

I really did enjoy this book it was a great fun read

Katherine is the main character i like her she made me smile she work very hard in her job .She could be a bit hard sometimes i felt she   strike fear in her work place but things do not seem to work out how she planed she now finds herself unemployed What she going to do now ?

She’s going to write a book. she goes to her houses in the Cotswolds with her cat, he called No. 4 which i like .she gets to work on her book she does it all on her computer she in to her stars signs  Mark the man that does the stars for the paper she feels so connected to him he never wrong he seem to be all way right he can really read her so well but now things are going wrong she no happy she inbox him or was it him?  I like how she join the local community I enjoyed reading about the writing group she join her life was now going well now soon things were going well she was becoming a local star she was enjoying it all but was she really you have to read to see what happens

I like James character he was so likeable  he was having a hard time his wife left him his dad had die he had not met his dad expectations they seem to be hanging over him but he got the chance to put things right He was ready for a change, so he takes a job writing the daily horoscope for Mark It’s was  going great, he loving it until Katherine starts sending complaints to his inbox she not happy with what he been writing i enjoy how they build up a relationship it was great to see just how we all read things so differently we get different view points on the horoscopes and life it makes a very enjoyable read will sparks fly can they be fall for each other what going to happen ?

You all got to read to see what happens it a great fun read packed with action a lovely story i like the writing style of this book it was so easy to read the story will just hook you it a fun read i love to check out my horoscope each day do you ?   Do you believe in them?

I read this book for Brook cottage tour as part of Rosie Amber book review team member i would to thank you for letting me read and review.

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The Celestial Sea by @MarinaDeNadous #mystical #fiction from #NewZealand

The Celestial Sea - A Sacred Romance and Moral QuestThe Celestial Sea – A Sacred Romance and Moral Quest by Marina De Nadous

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Celestial Sea is a mystical spiritual book set in modern day New Zealand. An English family decide to emigrate and make a fresh start in this Antipodean land. We are lead to believe that their destiny is woven by a mystical craftsman. He creates the beautiful chalk boat seen on the book cover and sets it sailing to join the spirits of two chosen characters.

Our English family consist of The Laird – father and husband, My Lady/ Mouse – mother and narrator, Scowler – 14 year old Cedric, The Go-Getter – 9 year old son and Rinky the Minx – 6 year old daughter.

The Laird is a teacher and takes a job as head of Religious Studies, he’s a keen sportsman, alpha male. The younger children will join an alternative school which offers an education through natural, spiritual traditions and Mouse gets very involved with helping in class, making new friends and crating her own nature based workshops.

The family buy a house up a mountain and Mouses’ free spirit expands and frolic’s with ideas. She finds a kindred spirit in one of the school teacher’s. Adrian is a native Kiwi and a woodsmen and they build a beautiful relationship guided by the mystical craftsman. But one that break boundaries and will be tested.

The story is told through several writing styles including poems, songs and texts between Mouse and Adrian. It is a long slow read which mirrors the pace of life, the freedom and free thinking of the book. However it is also uplifting, lightening the load of everyday as you get lost in the moment up the mountain with the characters. A different style of book and a step away from the fast pace of modern day living.

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