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The Ladies’ Room by Carolyn Brown – Another Review – I’m on a roll!

The Ladies RoomThe Ladies Room by Carolyn Brown
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Halfway through the funeral of her Aunt Gert, Trudy just has to go to the ladies’ room. About to leave the cubicle, she hears voices and two women enter – her cousins Marty and Betsy. They are talking about her! What she overhears changes her life forever. Luckily, for Trudy, her aunt has left her the house in her will. It is in a poor state of disrepair, but the neighbour, an old school friend, by the name of Billy Lee is ready and waiting for Trudy to move in so that he can help with the repairs. Aunt Gert certainly had her reasons for leaving the property to Trudy – she knew Trudy’s marriage was a mistake and she knew how Billy Lee felt about Trudy. This was a predictable love story, but I loved all the characters. If you want an easy-to-read book, then look no further. I also think that every woman deserves a Billy Lee in their life at some point!

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Wreckage by Emily Bleeker – A great book to review!

WreckageWreckage by Emily Bleeker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I don’t usually enjoy books which jump from one character’s story to another and stories which jump backwards and forwards in time, but this time I did, it gave the whole book extra depth. The two main characters, Lillian and David tell in real time what life on a deserted island is like after a plane crash in which they are presumed dead, and then, after they are rescued, tell the story they have fabricated to an unpleasant, pushy TV presenter, who keeps digging to discover what she thinks is the truth. I did guess who the mysterious Paul was, but I didn’t guess the ending. It’s well worth reading.

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Latest Review – Survival of the Fittest; Do you have the will to survive? by C L Clark

Survival of the Fittest: Do you have the will to survive?Survival of the Fittest: Do you have the will to survive? by C.L. Clark
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Gillian, as a child, loses her sight in a tragic accident, in which she also loses her father. In time she manages to escape from the clutches of her over-protective mother and now leads a successful and independent life, watched over by her seeing-eye dog, Garrett, who accompanies her everywhere.

Alex, a child traumatised and bullied, brought up by an abusive father, grows into a man who hates ‘defects’ as he calls anyone with a disability. He wants to rid the world of them. Gillian becomes his latest target and the story follows his stalking of Gillian and his attacks on her.

Detective Ryesam (Rye)Bryant is already investigating several similar cases and is attached to Gillian’s case. Gillian manages to escape the clutches of Alex who becomes increasingly agitated as he hears his father’s voice. He thinks his father is there, but the voice is in his head, goading him. He washes his hands compulsively and smashes up his apartment.

The book is a psychological thriller with romance thrown in, as Gillian and Rye fall in love. The impetus of the thriller becomes a bit lost in places due to all the kissing and cuddling by the loved up pair. I understand what the author was trying to convey, but for me, it wasn’t as thrilling as it could have been.

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Review of ‘Sweet Tea and Secrets’ by Nancy Naigle

Sweet Tea and Secrets (An Adams Grove Novel, #1)Sweet Tea and Secrets by Nancy Naigle
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is the first in the series of Adams Grove Novels.
A very easy to read book. Jill has returned to Adams Grove for a surprise party for her grandmother, Pearl, who had brought Jill up. She is not looking forward to meeting Garrett, her boyfriend from schooldays, who broke her heart, forcing her to move away to the city and taking a job working for Bradley. Things don’t work out as Jill expected. She has to face up to the sudden loss of someone she thought would always be there for her. Then Pearl’s secrets come to the surface and things suddenly become dangerous for Jill. It is quite a predictable read; a bit far-fetched in places. I think we all know how the story will end, but as I said it is easy to read, ideal for holidays when you don’t want to read anything too taxing.

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Review of Vengeance is Mine by Harry James Krebs

Vengeance is Mine (Benjamin Tucker, #1)Vengeance is Mine by Harry James Krebs
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book came to me via a review request and I am so pleased I accepted, I couldn’t put it down. It is an excellent story of Ben Tucker, a crime writer cum journalist, who when he hears of a gruesome murder in his home town, it brings back painful memories of the murder of his first girlfriend years ago, and he feels compelled to offer his services to the police. Then there is a second murder, a serial killer is at large.
Ben has only recently married, and his description: ‘She was high-society money, but I was a mutt,’ sums it up, but he never married Maggie for her money. It was a real love match. His family plead with him not to become involved, it is too dangerous, but the more they become dragged into the serial killer’s clutches, the more determined Ben is to solve the crimes.
The whole family are a lovely believable group of people and the author’s description of Oscar, the family dog, whose two left legs are shorter than his two right ones create welcome lighter moments. As does Ben’s relationship with Lieutenant Netter.
And the ending! Well, I didn’t see that coming. A very clever, well-written story. I understand this is the first in the series. The author has created a great character in Ben Tucker and I look forward to reading more thrillers involving him and his family.

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Review of Chasing Prophecy by James Moser

Chasing ProphecyChasing Prophecy by James Moser
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It took me a little while to get into the story. At first, it didn’t appear to be going anywhere and I thought I had made a mistake reading a YA book. It was just a story about a boy called Mo, who has two ‘Mums’, and who gets bullied at school because of the relationship between the two women. His best friend Max, always seems to be protecting him, and a girl called Kazzy, who Mo idolises, is always around to stand up for him. Then Kazzy and her mother join a commune in the mountains, called the Bethlehem Ranch, where everyone’s names are changed. Kazzy becomes Prophecy. The locals call it a cult not a commune and are suspicious of it. The story picks up when Love Bethlehem, the leader of the commune, dies and his sons take over. The commune owes a lot of back taxes, and the kids get drawn into illegal dealings and threatened if they ever go to the police. The pace certainly hots up from then on. An accident happens, or is it a murder? One of the young kids goes missing and help comes from something else living in the mountains, who or what is it? I think teenagers/young adults would thoroughly enjoy this book and certainly relate to the characters in it. Very well written.

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Review of Catherine Howard by D. Lawrence-Young

Catherine Howard: Henry's Fifth FailureCatherine Howard: Henry’s Fifth Failure by D. Lawrence-Young
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I wasn’t sure whether to give this a 2* or 3* so I think it is somewhere inbetween.

This book is written from the perspective of Catherine Howard, who becomes the 5th wife of Henry VIII, and Robert Butcher, a butcher’s son who dreams of making a better life for himself and enlists as a soldier at the Tower of London.

Catherine is a pretty girl, who, even at her young age, knows how to use her charms to attract the men. She has several suitors, who she manages to have secret assignations with, and who all manage to clamber through the window of the Maidens’ Chamber at night and climb into her bed. She eventually catches the eye of the King, who marries her and for eighteen months all is well until she rekindles a friendship with Thomas Culpepper, which is her downfall.

A soldier’s life at the Tower is not what Robert Butcher envisaged. He witnesses the beheading of Anne Boleyn and the cruel treatment of many others at the hands of Henry VIII. He eventually leaves.

The book is interesting in as much as it gives the reader an insight into what life would have been like in those days, but I didn’t like the way the book was written. The use of conversation as a way of explaining life at court and life at the Tower seems to be an easy way out for the author to tell his story.

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Review of Changing Lanes by Kathleen Long

Changing Lanes: A NovelChanging Lanes: A Novel by Kathleen Long
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really loved this story even though it was so predictable. Abby, the main character loses her job; and her husband-to-be ups and goes to Paris, France, a few weeks before their wedding, to spend some time alone to ‘find’ himself, without telling her. The house they have bought together back in Abby’s home town is infested with termites. She is unable to move in. Her only option is to return to her parents’ home and try and make sense of all the awful things happening to her.

The first person she sees as she arrives at her parents’ home is Mick, her boyfriend from years ago when they were both in their teens. It is a life changing moment for both of them.

There are some good messages in this book, which definitely resonated with me, about living in the now and living your dream, which the author has been able to express with the help of Abby’s lovely but slightly dysfunctional family.

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Review of The Property of a Gentleman by Catherine Gaskin

The Property of a GentlemanThe Property of a Gentleman by Catherine Gaskin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Catherine Gaskin first published this book in hardback in 1974 and now it is available for the first time as an ebook.

With a magnificent but gloomy ancestral home in need of repair; an elderly retainer by the name of Tolson, set in wild moor land on the edge of a national park in Cumbria; mix them together with a bit of mystery, intrigue and romance, and what do you get? The makings of a brilliant story.

The story centres around Thirlbeck, home of the Earls of Askew. The 18th Earl, Robert Birkett, has reluctantly returned, needing money and has asked his old school friend, Gerald, to visit with the purpose of valuing and selling off the art and antiquities. Gerald has worked for Hardy’s, a large auction house in London for many years and mentors a young woman called Joanne. She accompanies him to Thirlbeck, acting as his assistant and driver. Her life is more interwoven with Thirlbeck than she ever imagined. The house and farmland now need vast amounts of investment to restore the estate to its former glory.

The characters are wonderful, especially Tolson, a strange man, just the sort of character you would expect to find in an old house such as this. Tolson has cared for the house for many years in the absence of the Earl and in many ways looks upon it as his home, with his own relatives employed on the estate.

This book, although of its time, is so well written. The descriptions of the characters, the house and the surrounding countryside are quite evocative. Gaskin describes everything in great detail, but that doesn’t prevent the reader from using their imagination. I particularly like the pack of family pet dogs, interwoven in the story, who became almost mystical in their behavour. The story builds slowly and inexorably, with many twists and turns.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading other Catherine Gaskin ebooks.

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Review of Maggie’s Fall by Ricki Wilson

Maggie's FallMaggie’s Fall by Ricki Wilson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I found this to be a very easy read. It would be ideal for holidays. The story was good, if a bit predictable. Maggie, the main character was always going to end up with Witt. It was well written and the characters were strong and believable. An interesting insight into how someone in a coma is aware of surroundings and struggling to regain consciousness.

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