Saturday, 22 September 2018

On my to be read pile - The Clockmakers Daughter by Kate Morton




On my To Be Read Pile .... The Clockmakers Daughter by Kate Morton ... Synopsis below
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A rich, spellbinding new novel from the author of The Lake House—the story of a love affair and a mysterious murder that cast their shadow across generations, set in England from the 1860's until the present day.

My real name, no one remembers.
The truth about that summer, no one else knows.

In the summer of 1862, a group of young artists led by the passionate and talented Edward Radcliffe descends upon Birchwood Manor on the banks of the Upper Thames. Their plan: to spend a secluded summer month in a haze of inspiration and creativity. But by the time their stay is over, one woman has been shot dead while another has disappeared; a priceless heirloom is missing; and Edward Radcliffe’s life is in ruins.

Over one hundred and fifty years later, Elodie Winslow, a young archivist in London, uncovers a leather satchel containing two seemingly unrelated items: a sepia photograph of an arresting-looking woman in Victorian clothing, and an artist’s sketchbook containing the drawing of a twin-gabled house on the bend of a river.

Why does Birchwood Manor feel so familiar to Elodie? And who is the beautiful woman in the photograph? Will she ever give up her secrets?

Told by multiple voices across time, The Clockmaker’s Daughter is a story of murder, mystery, and thievery, of art, love and loss. And flowing through its pages like a river, is the voice of a woman who stands outside time, whose name has been forgotten by history, but who has watched it all unfold: Birdie Bell, the clockmaker’s daughter.
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Friday, 21 September 2018

Time Crawlers by Varun Sayal




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Time Crawlers
Varun Sayal
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The author contacted me on Instagram and gifted me this book in exchange for a honest book review.
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The book can be purchased through Amazon.com.
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This book is set out as 6 short stories. Some are set out in an interview/interviewee style. It is a science fiction, dystopian book.
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My thoughts on this book is, upon reading, it was set out in a clear manner, very precise, but for me, the closing end of some of the stories were a but loose, I would have liked to have seen a more creative flare in the closing, not an abrupt end. I also noticed that some were an interview/interviewee style and I would have favoured more if the short stories were more of a story. I enjoyed the concept and imagination captured by the Author, very creative. The book had, to me, an X- Files feel to it.
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I recommend this book to anyone who loves science fiction books, who loves dystopian books, who loves short stories with a difference and who loves books with alien invasions, dark artificial intelligence, time travel and a pinch of Hindu Mythology.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Eclairs For Tea, by Julia Blake



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Eclairs For Tea
Julia Blake
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A collection of short stories/poems
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This book is a personal pick of mine and I purchased it from Amazon.com.
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Each individual  story has its own style, it's own quirkiness, it's own manner, it's own individual  right to stand out and let itself be known.  Taproot comes to mind (who doesn't have scabs on their knees when they were kids) .... I nodded and agreed.
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Eclairs For Tea not only has short stories, but poems, too, which was placed after each end of a story.  Which I thought was a pleasant  break.  What comes to mind, is a poem with Julia's Nan in it, I was transported to a time where "Nan wore a flowery cotton pinny"  and I could smell the "Oil of Olay and Pears Soap".
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Eclairs For Tea comes highly recommended  by me.  5 stars, in fact.
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If you love poetry that is thought provoking, short stories of a difference and you like to dip and dive in and out of a book, then this book is for you.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Moonlight Plains by Barbara Hannay




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Moonlight Plains
Barbara Hannay

Genre - Historical Fiction/Romance


Moonlight Plains was a personal pick from me and borrowed by the library.

Setting - Queensland, Australia. (Townsville area, mainly)

I would like to mention three of the main characters in Moonlight Plains.

There is Sally Piper (lovely girl), who has been griefing for a while, but, throughout the book discovers that she needs to shed her skin and start a fresh. Bumping into Luke Fairburn was the start of a smouldering love.

There is Kitty Mathieson (lovely lady), who now lives in a nursing home.

There is Luke Fairburn, THE Luke Fairburn, a handsome devil of a man.

Kitty is Lukes grandmother. Kitty, who has an old homestead in much of repair has Luke, who is a qualified builder, to renovate it, which is situated on Moonlight Plains. Sally, who is a freelance journalist documents the procedure for a magazine. The cliff hanger falls when at last the renovations are finished and a mystery person shows up to disturb the whole scene.

This book goes from Sally and Josh (deceased husband) and the background of their lives, to, Sallys life now. Kitty Mathieson, her life before she lived in the nursing home, her life during the war and her life now.

Barbara Hannay has a beautiful way of pacing the Moonlight Plains, it's subtle and caring, leading up to a climax that's wonderfully placed and perfectly delivered. Moonlight Plains, is a loveable read.

Moonlight Plains comes highly recommended by me.... if you like historical fiction (particularly Australia) romance (which is beautifully tantalising) and love a gradual paced book, then this one is for you. Be aware though, you may want to get your tissues ready as it could be a tear jerker for some.... but does have a happy ending

Sunday, 2 September 2018

Sense And Sensibility by Jane Austen

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen




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Starting with the back of the book, in the after word, it mentioned that Sense and Sensibility was the first of Jane Austin's novels to be published, yet, it is the most under rated of all of Jane Austens works.  Readers normally read Pride and Prejudice, or, Emma, first.
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In the biography, I was astonished to discover, that Jane Austen never married, yet, she had a good handle on people's relationships.
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I've put part of the synopsis here, just to remind me what the book was about, plus then I will go on to explain my findings and thoughts on this book.
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Marianne Dashwood wears her heart on her sleeve, and when she falls in love with the dashing but unsuitable John Willoughby she ignores her sister Elinor's warning that her impulsive behaviour leaves her open to gossip and innuendo. Meanwhile Elinor, always sensitive to social convention, is struggling to conceal her own romantic disappointment, even from those closest to her. Through their parallel experience of love—and its threatened loss—the sisters learn that sense must mix with sensibility if they are to find personal happiness in a society where status and money govern the rules of love.
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Right, well, as for the characters themselves, Marianne, I found, too wishy washy for my liking, I felt like saying "come on, get a grip on it".  I was far more relaxed with Elinor, she made sense and was to the point, practical and a very strong woman (a great friend to have I thought).  Now I just watched the movie and although Margaret wasn't a star in the book, I loved how the movie portrayed the feisty child.  I loved her high almighty attitude.  
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The book cover itself, as you know, is quite important, as it's the first thing you see.......you see, and this beautiful book cover was very well designed and very well thought about.  I'm turning the book around, as I speak and it has the most richest, gold edged paper leaves, that, is so ridiculously put together, that you would think that it would disappear into thin air if you touched it too often.  I'm turning the pages now and they are so thin, thin as tissue paper, that I'm afraid to sneeze and wet them.  Being a hard back, what's the first thing you do?  ..... Yes .... of course you do, you take off the dust jacket!!! .... and OH MY!!!!!   Did I get a shock when, I ran my fingers across the embossed cover, the raised bumpiness of its material was such a delight to touch, that, pop, went the goose bumps, it made me want to put my own jersey on.
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 I didn't want the book to sit on my shelf, gathering dust and looking at me with sad eyes, so I picked it up before it got snowed under with dust.  I wanted to enrich myself by enjoying the whole experience.  Unfortunately, Goodreads has a different version, they didnt have the one I have, its a shame that they don't allow you to download your own photos.
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So, I recommend Sense and Sensibility  to anyone who has read other Jane Austen books, because, if you love her style, you will like this one too, to anyone who loves classic literature,  who loves the older style of England, Ye old English, such as .... 'twas, &t.c., civility, piano forte ...and once you have read the book don't forget to watch the movie, ... (Sense and Sensibility 1995 with Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet.) ... to get a double dose of english scenery, era, horse carriages, picnics, dances and the music.

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Look at the georgous endpapers of Sense and Sensibility 😍, very much reminds me of Autumn.  Also if you aren't sure what this book is all about, you can zoom in and read the synopsis.
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Tagging the lovely @ellenreadauthor - endpapers


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I was pleasantly surprised when I peeled off the dust jacket to reveal an embossed cover.  I'm three quarters of the way through reading Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen and I'm savouring every piece of it, it's a great book I definately recommend it.
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Tagging the lovely @ellenreadauthor - tuesdayteaser - embossed .


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Oòooo, yummy, yummy..... some quotes just make you feel so hungry, don't they?  A very appetizing one here, to entice your inner Masterchef self and get cracking on putting that scrumptious looking chicken in the oven. .
Both Ellen @ellenreadauthor and I, are Jane Austen Fans, so when I was tapped on the shoulder with this tag last night from
@po.z.here - quotd - what is your favourite book/reading related quote?...... Well......just let's say I was compelled to take something out of Jane Austens book (and there are plenty to choose from).
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I am currently reading, Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen.  Just started and I am really enjoying it.
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Tagged by @pageafterpagebookblog - currentlyreading .
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Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Dark Visions by James Byron Huggins

Title of book - Dark Visions
Author - James Byron Huggins
Genre - thriller/murder/mystery/crime


First of all before I really get into such a depth conversation about this book, I want to say thank you, so much, to the publishing company,  WildBlue Press, for giving me the opportunity to read this book, free, in an exchange for an honest review.
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Joe Mac was a legendary homicide detective until his vision was lost in the line of duty and he was forced into retirement. Now he lives a life of darkness, his only friend being a huge Raven that Joe Mac names "Poe."
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But when Joe Mac's grandson is murdered by an unknown killer, Joe emerges from his self-imposed solitude to resurrect the skills of the detective he once was. And, although he is blind, Joe Mac begins to hunt down his tiny grandson's murderer.
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........ and what a murder!!!!! I am really lost for words ( and that's saying something, for those that know me well) on how well entertained and well written Dark Visions, is!!!
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We have Joe Mac, who is the most experienced homicide detective, who is blind and his side kick to help him see all things he can't, Jodi. Jodi, an inspiring new comer, who really pulls her weight from being a rookie detective, to, in my eyes, getting some badge of recognition. Together, these two try to crack down on massive murders from a cult of ancient times/beliefs, with a little help of Poe, the raven, who follows and befriends Joe Mac and Jodi.
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Where. To. Begin.... WOW. This is some book, James Byron Huggins has pulled it out of a hat and I call this a masterpiece of all time. His style was different to what I've read before, it centres mainly on lots of talking dialogue of two characters, with a throw back of questions and answers being slung at each other. I felt like a fly on a wall just listening in on their conversation. Cleverly written, because, by using this method, I found out a whole lot information of how the story was taking me from the couch to the actual crime scenes. I particularly loved the way James Byron Huggins used Poe, the Raven.   I was intrigued on what kind of bird it was, which actually, was cleverly woven into the story as facts on Ravens, which I knew nothing about and now have a new respect for.
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This book comes highly recommended by me. If you like detective stories, or TV programmes of same, then this is a must read, plus, if you are an author/writer, you could use this as inspiration or a learning tool, as it's quite remarkable. Only warning I will give, is, there are quite a few shooting scenes and the ending is sad.

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Unexplained - Higher Elevation Series, Book One. By Renee Regent

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Unexplained - Higher Elevation Series, Book One.  

By Renee Regent.
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This book was my personal choice, I was not influenced by any book recommendation and I picked this book due to the synopsis, of which the first part is included here.
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A skeptical reporter who witnesses the unbelievable…
It’s the late 1970’s, and tenacious journalism student Sarah McKenn doesn’t believe the rumors of strange happenings in her small college town of Fort Winston, Colorado. But a supernatural event she experiences while chasing down a story for her school's newspaper leaves her questioning everything. In her quest for understanding, she meets and falls for Chris, the only man she believes can help her unravel the truth.
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On the back of part of this synopsis I was intrigued further to buy the book from Amazon.com. This book is part of a series, total of 3.
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The story mainly consisted around the dynamics between Chris and Sarah, but Renee Regent has a beautiful gentle style of leading us up to certain twists and turns in the book that really suits this type of storyline. Renee Regent is a romance writer and boy, does she know how to deliver!!!!! Teasing and titillating, she has quite a style that will make any mature lady weak at the knees, believe me, forget about the, been there, done that, got the T-shirt!!! If you are an author stuck for how to do sex scenes I would definately recommend communicating with this author!!. Although this was part of the story, the mystery of the supernatural event that took place didn't go unnoticed and I felt this was very well executed, I didn't feel it was too slow, I felt it had a balance of pace that leads up to each event, easily and naturally.
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This book comes highly recommended by me and I certainly will be reading more of Renee Regents books, I will take this opportunity now to thank Renee Regent for such a delightful book, a very entertaining one, at that.