Monthly Archives: September 2013

Review of Coco Pinchard’s Big Fat Typsy Wedding by Robert Bryndza

Coco Pinchard's Big Fat Tipsy Wedding (Coco Pinchard, #2)Coco Pinchard’s Big Fat Tipsy Wedding by Robert Bryndza
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I did like the story, but I didn’t feel it came up to the standard of the first book – The Not So Secret Emails of Coco Pinchard. Perhaps it was because it was written in the same style, i.e. telling the story in a succession of emails. First time round I found it entertaining, and different, but this time I was bored in places. I do love Ethel, the ex mother-in-law though, what an entertaining character.

The book could also have benefited from a final edit; there were words missing, which sometimes meant reading the same sentence twice!

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The Friday Quote

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I have been slipping recently in finding time to discover a suitable quote, but think I have a good Friday Quote for today. It is taken from Dr. Wayne W Dyer’s perpetual calendar which has a quotation for every day of the year.

‘All guilt and regret simply serve as ways to avoid being here in the only moment you have, which is now.

If you liked this quote, then please look out for more in the following weeks and let me know if you agree with Wayne Dyer.

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Review of Blue Coyote Motel by Dianne Harman

Blue Coyote MotelBlue Coyote Motel by Dianne Harman
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I have read the first two chapters and was hooked from the start. Can’t wait to read the rest of the book. Congratulations on Book of the Month.

Several month’s later, I have read the full version and these are now my comments:

I first came across this novel via Goodreads. It had been chosen as a quarter finalist in Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award and the first two chapters were on offer. I was hooked from the start; I couldn’t wait for the full version to be published. The storyline had great potential, but being totally honest, I was so disappointed when I read it. It was repetitive, and drawn out. I found myself glossing over complete paragraphs. With editing, it could have been a much shorter story with a much bigger impact.

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Review of One Step Too Far by Tina Seskis

One Step Too FarOne Step Too Far by Tina Seskis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Emily is running away from home to start a new life with a new identity. We don’t know why. All we know is her desperation to get away from her family and twin sister. It is a cleverly written story, one that keeps you guessing the outcome right to the very end. The story jumps backwards and forwards with the different characters, which I found slightly frustrating, but it made an ideal holiday read as once I started reading I didn’t want to put it down.

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Can’t you just tell what I spent my holiday doing!

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Review of The Half Life of Hannah by Nick Alexander

The Half-life of HannahThe Half-life of Hannah by Nick Alexander
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Hannah, her husband Cliff and son Luke are invited on a holiday to France with Hannah’s sister Jill, her daughter Aisha and gay friend Tristan. The sisters have a love-hate relationship so tension builds between them from the word go. Hannah had met Cliff’s brother James before her wedding 15 years ago and they were immediately attracted to one another, but James leaves before Hannah could change her mind about marrying Cliff. Cliff had always been aware of his wife’s feelings towards James and told her that he had been killed in an accident, but James turns up at the holiday cottage and rekindles Hannah’s feelings and Cliff’s anger. What follows is an interesting insight into relationships, with an unexpected (for me anyway) ending.

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Review of Disappear by Iain Edward Henn

DisappearDisappear by Iain Edward Henn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jennifer’s husband goes to the corner shop one evening in the rain and never comes home. She creates a new life for herself, then one day, 18 years later, her husband turns up not far from their home, a hit and run victim, but he still looks the same age as when she last saw him and still wearing the same clothes. The police are baffled. Then another body is discovered, again missing for 18 years, but this time the victim has been garrotted. An incredible set of circumstances begin.

It becomes obvious why the bodies have not aged, but as to the motive and who is behind it keeps the reader guessing to the end.

An intriguing story, well written, with believable characters.

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