Sorry for not doing a week in books post last week but to be honest its been one of those couple of weeks where life and work has just got busy and unfortunately I haven't read as much as what I wanted. Out of the two books that I read in the past couple of weeks The Happy Ever Afterlife of Rosie Potter won out over An Ember in the Ashes.
Raised by her mother,
eighteen-year-old Dani Lancaster only had six weeks to get to know her
father, Sam, before he lost his battle with cancer. It was long enough
to love him, but not long enough to get to know him especially since Sam
didn't even know himself.
Left on the doorstep of an elderly
couple when he was just days old, and raised in a series of foster
homes, Sam had no idea who his parents were or why they had abandoned
him. Dani is determined to find out. With nothing more than an address
book, an old letter, and a half-heart pendant to guide her, she heads
into B.C.'s Interior to Kamloops, Barriere, Merritt, and finally to a
small, forgotten town teeming with secrets and hopefully answers."
Falling in love is never simple. Especially when you're dead.
Rosie Potter wakes up one morning with what she assumes is the world's
worst hangover, the last thing she expects is to discover that she's
actually dead. With a frustrating case of amnesia, suspicious
circumstances surrounding her untimely demise, and stuck wearing her
ugliest flannel PJs, Rosie must figure out not only what happened last
night, but why on earth she's still here.
Slowly the mystery
unravels, but there are many other secrets buried in the quiet Irish
village of Ballycarragh, and nobody is as innocent as they first appear.
Aided by the unlikeliest of allies in her investigation, Rosie
discovers that life after death isn't all it's cracked up to be,
particularly when you might just be falling in love . . .
hilarious, life-affirming and romantic journey through Rosie Potter's
afterlife, she shares the ghostly tale of how she lived, she died, and
she loved (in that order).
Published: 21st May 2015 Publisher: Sphere Goodreads : Click here Series or Stand-Alone: Stand-Alone Source: Review Copy from Publisher
What I loved about this book... This was a really fun book to read. I felt that this story was more centred on Rosie and what she does and who she follows and tries to speak to after she died rather than what actually happened to her when she died. I have to admit that I read this book in one sitting. It was really well written and easy to read I could just sit back, relax and enjoy the story. My favourite character has to be Charles, which is a character that is a fairly main character in this book and does play a bigger part than what you realise when you first meet him.
What I did not like about this book... I wasn't sure what age range this book was aimed at when I picked this book up to read. After finishing, I would say that this book would be great for any age but if you were looking for a specific age bracket I would say young adult but on the middle grade/young adult age bracket. The story was very simple (in a good way), nothing too complicated. When reading the description I had hoped that there would be a few more twists and turns but the story was definitely very fun to read. When reading the story I did wish that there would have been more about the investigation into how she died rather than concentrating on the characters but it does become clear why it is written that way when you get to the end.
About the Author
(from LBA Website)
Kate Winter is a journalist, novelist and storyteller from the North
West of Ireland who was lucky enough to grow up with no TV (though she
didn’t consider it a lucky break at the time) and lots of books. After
graduating from University of UIster with first class honours and the
Ulster Television Award for her BA in Media Studies, Kate promptly
forged a glittering career for herself in waitressing.
Her first novel, The Happy Ever Afterlife of Rosie Potter (RIP), will be published by Little, Brown Publishers in August 2014.
A young woman's journey of discovery takes her to a world of forbidden passion, savage beauty, and revenge.
1950. Alexandra de Falla, a half-English, half-Spanish young writer
abandons her privileged but suffocating life in London and travels to
Spain to be reunited with her long-estranged family.
providing the sense of belonging she yearns for, the de Fallas are
driven by seething emotions, and in the grip of the wild customs and
traditions of Andalucia, all of which are alien to Alexandra.
the strange characters and sultry heat of this country, she meets the
man who awakens emotions she hardly knew existed. But their path is
strewn with obstacles: dangerous rivals, unpredictable events, and
inevitable indiscretions. What does Alexandra's destiny hold for her in
this flamboyant land of drama and all-consuming passions, where blood is
ritually poured on to the sands of sun-drenched bullfighting arenas,
mysterious gypsies are embroiled in magic and revenge, and beautiful
dark-eyed dancers hide their secrets behind elegant lacy fans?
a story of love and identity, and the clash of idealsin the pursuit of
happiness. But can love survive in a world where scandal and danger are
never far away?
Hannah Fielding is an
incurable romantic. The seeds for her writing career were sown in
early childhood, spent in Egypt, when she came to an agreement with
her governess Zula: for each fairy story Zula told, Hannah would
invent and relate one of her own. Years later – following a degree
in French literature, several years of travelling in Europe, falling
in love with an Englishman, the arrival of two beautiful children and
a career in property development – Hannah decided after so many
years of yearning to write that the time was now. Today, she lives
the dream: writing full time at her homes in Kent, England, and the
South of France, where she dreams up romances overlooking
breath-taking views of the Mediterranean.
To date, Hannah has
published three novels: Burning Embers, ‘romance like
Hollywood used to make’, set in Kenya, 1970; the award-winning
Echoes of Love, ‘an epic love story that is beautifully
told’ set in turn-of-the-millennium Italy; and Indiscretion,
her fieriest novel yet, set in 1950s Spain.
could work with any other author, who would it be and why?
I am not sure how easy
I would find it to co-write, but I would love to brainstorm ideas and
learn from literary greats like Charlotte Bronte and Daphne du
Maurier. My favourite writer of all time is MM Kaye, author of The
Far Pavilions, so it would be wonderful to work with her. I can
imagine us talking for hours in a scenic spot over cups of tea,
sharing our experiences of travelling – she lived in Egypt, for
example, where I grew up, and Kenya, a country I so fell in love with
that I set my debut novel, Burning Embers, there.
the hardest part of the writing for you?
The most challenging
parts for me are writing the opening paragraph and the closing
paragraph. The first must encourage the reader to continue his or her
journey into the novel, to want to get to know the characters and
their story; and the second must leave the reader with a feeling of
contentment and maybe a tinge of melancholy because the voyage has
come to an end and it is as if he or she is saying farewell to a
would be a typical working day for you? When and where do you write?
I write everyday.
Writing is my life and also a job – a very enjoyable job.
I wake up very early,
and do my chores first thing. After a cup of passion-fruit tea, in
the morning I start off by looking at my online marketing on Twitter
and Facebook for an hour or so. Then most days I sit at my desk and
work through the day, with an hour for lunch and errands. I take some
time in the afternoon for a long walk when I’m dreaming up a plot.
In my home in Kent, I
write in a wood-panelled room, surrounded by books – we call it the
library. In France, I write overlooking the most fabulous
view of the Mediterranean from a large picture window in my bedroom,
or if it is not too hot, outside in our gazebo. I really can’t
and why did you first start writing?
Stories and writing
have always been part of my life. My father was a great raconteur and
my governess used to tell the most fabulous fairy stories – I could
listen to them for hours. When I was seven she and I came to an
agreement: for every story she’d tell me, I would invent one in
return. That is how my passion for storytelling began.
At school I
consistently received first prize for my essays and my teachers often
read them aloud in class. As a teenager I used to write short
romantic stories during lessons and circulate them in class, which
made me very popular with my peers (but less so with the nuns!). In
addition, since a young age I have kept some sort of a diary where I
note my feelings, ideas and things that take my fancy (or not).
My grandmother was a
published author of poetry and my father published a book about the
history of our family, so writing runs in my veins. I guess I always
knew that one day I would follow in those footsteps and forge my own
path in that field – a subconscious dream which finally came true.
did you come up with the idea for your book?
with Spain began when I was in my early teens after I saw a
film called Pleasure Seekers. The wonderful setting and
atmospheric music made me dream and triggered my imagination. Then
once I had visited that beautiful country, the seeds
for Indiscretion were sown.
a big reader? If so, what are you reading now?
Apart from the longs
hours of reading I do for my research, I read almost anything; but I
love to read romantic novels most of all (the thicker, the better). I
also enjoy reading mystery books, psychological thrillers, books
about customs and traditions in various countries, books of
quotations and dictionaries. I read every night before going to sleep
at the rate of one chapter a night.
The last book I read
was The Amber Keeper by Freda Lightfoot – I love family
sagas. I am now reading The Dressmaker’s Daughter by Nancy
have any advice for other aspiring writers?
If the desire, the
discipline and the time required for the project are all there, then:
First and foremost,
write from the heart. Be true to yourself and don’t
compromise to please the market. Markets change, fads come and
go; your work will remain.
Research your facts
thoroughly. A writer today has no excuse for not getting
his/her facts right. Use all the tools available to you. Travel,
internet, books, films, documentaries: they’re all there to enrich
your experience and make your writing journey easier.
Plan your novel down
to the smallest detail. This will make your writing so much
easier and therefore so much more enjoyable. A plan is your
map. Would you set out on a long journey by car without a map?
Read, reread and
reread. Edit, edit, edit. Go through your manuscript
again and again and edit it. I know that it will break your heart to
delete a phrase or even one word you have spent time agonising over,
but sometimes less is better than more. Not easy advice to follow,
but in the long run it does work. If you can leave the
manuscript alone for a few weeks and revisit it at a later date,
reading it as if it were someone else’s, than that’s even better.
Do not get
discouraged. Continue to write whether you think your work
is good or bad. There is no bad writing. There are good days and bad
days. The more you write, the better you get.
In an exhilarating new
series, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine rewrites history,
creating a dangerous world where the Great Library of Alexandria has
survived the test of time.…
Ruthless and supremely powerful, the
Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow
of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the
content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal
ownership of books is expressly forbidden.
believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge
comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the
thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but
his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter
the Library’s service.
When he inadvertently commits heresy by
creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those
who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable
than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn.…
AN EMBER IN THE ASHES is
a thought-provoking, heart-wrenching and pulse-pounding read. Set in a
rich, high-fantasy world with echoes of ancient Rome, it tells the story
of a slave fighting for her family and a young soldier fighting for his
Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.
Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not
vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their
loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.
It is in
this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her
grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the
Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire.
They’ve seen what happens to those who do.
But when Laia’s
brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In
exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she
will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest
There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest
soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free
of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon
realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will
change the fate of the Empire itself.
Published: 28th April 2015 Publisher: Harper Collins Author Website: Click here Goodreads : Click here Series or Stand-Alone: Stand-Alone Source: Review Copy from Publisher
My Review What I loved about this story... I did enjoy reading this book but it was an OK read for me. What I liked was the world and the divide between the people in the masks, the slaves, the Scolars etc. I would have to say that my favourite character is Laia although if was being completely honest I did find her slightly annoying at the beginning of the story where we see her reaction to her brother being arrested where she was a bit of a coward rather than standing up and helping her brother. I got to like her more later on in the story where she gets to investigate more her new surroundings (won't say where as that would be a spoiler). What I did not like with this story... I usually have a golden rule where I do not read a book that is the 'most hyped book' of the time. This book is definitely being hyped up a lot at the moment and because I had received an Arc very kindly from a publisher for review I decided to pick it up. As I should have predicted, I 'bigged' this story up to probably a place higher than what it is so I was a little disappointed at this story because of that. I think that with this book I am going to keep it to one side and maybe re-read it again at some point in the future (maybe next year when the hype has died down) and see how I feel then.
About the Author (From Goodreads)
Sabaa Tahir grew up in
California’s Mojave Desert at her family’s 18-room motel.
spent her time devouring fantasy novels, raiding her brother’s comic
book stash and playing guitar badly. She began writing An Ember in the
Ashes while working nights as a newspaper editor.
She likes thunderous
indie rock, garish socks and all things nerd. Sabaa currently lives in
the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.
It’s 1861 and the Civil
War has just started. Molly is an eighteen-year-old girl living on her
family’s farm in Virginia when two deserters from the Southern Cause
enter her life. One of them—a twenty-four-year-old Huck Finn—ends up
saving her virtue, if not her life.
Molly is so enamored with
Huck, she wants to run away with him. But Huck has other plans and is
gone the next morning before she awakens. Thus starts a sequence of
events that leads Molly into adventure after adventure; most of them not
We follow the travails of Molly Lee, starting when she
is eighteen and ending when she is fifty-six. Even then Life has one
more surprise in store for her.
Molly Lee is the sequel to the
best-selling novel REDEMPTION: The Further Adventures of Huck Finn and
Tom Sawyer. It is the story of a woman who knows what she wants and
starts out to get it. Molly is about to set off on the quest of a
lifetime . . . of two lifetimes.
you could work with any other author, who would it be and why?
John Steinbeck hands down because
I believe him to be the greatest writer of all time.
"The afternoon came down
as imperceptibly as age comes to a happy man. A little gold entered
into the sunlight. The bay became bluer and dimpled with shore-wind
ripples. Those lonely fishermen who believe that the fish bite at
high tide left their rocks and their places were taken by others, who
were convinced that the fish bite at low tide." — John
Steinbeck, Tortilla Flat
In Grapes of Wrath, he has
one long paragraph that is just one sentence. It is beautiful
writing. For those of you who are interested, it is the first
paragraph of chapter three.
What would be a typical working day for you? When and where do you
wake up around 2:00 a.m., then sit down at the computer and go to
town. About the time the sun is coming up, I take my dog for his
morning walk and shake the cobwebs outta my head. Then I go back to
work for another few hours. I live on a boat and that is where I do
3. What is the
hardest part of the writing for you?
is easy; it’s the marketing that’s hard.
When and why did you first start writing?
years ago, on a bright sunny morning, I threw my TV out the window.
Then I sat down at the computer and wrote my first short story—140
short stories and three novels later, here I am. I started writing
because I had to.
5. How did
you come up with the idea for the book, your book?
last book was REDEMPTION:
The Further Adventures of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer.
I had just finished reading Huckleberry Finn and was thinking about
whatever happened to those two boys. Then I imagined them being
twenty-four and took them on up to the age of sixty. My current book,
is about a character we briefly met in REDEMPTION.
It’s not a sequel. It’s more of a parallel story, but the two
stories do cross paths now and then.
Are you a big reader? If so, what are you reading now?
have read all my life. But I found that I couldn’t read a book
during the writing, editing or marketing process. When I did so, I
neglected my work to finish the book; especially if it was a Lee
Child or Baldacci novel. However, between writing books, that is all
I do, read.
Do you have any advice for other aspiring writers?
READ, READ, READ, and then READ
some more and you can’t help but become a
better writer. Oh yea . . . and throw your TV out the window.
Its been a bit of a blah week this week but I am glad that I had still managed to read my usual two books a week, which seems to be my normal at the moment. I don't like to put a lot of pressure on my reading. If I read more that's great. If I read less, that's ok too. Absolutely loved The Chateau on the Lake, that's my favourite of the week definately!
1792. As a teacher at
her parents' Academy for Young Ladies in the heart of London, Madeleine
Moreau has lived her life sheltered from the outside world. But on the
night of a dazzling Masquerade, tragedy strikes and she is left alone in
the world. Desperate to find the family she never knew, Madeleine
impulsively travels to France in search of them. But with war around the
corner, and fearing for Madeleine's safety, the enigmatic Comte Etienne
d'Aubery offers her shelter at his home, Chateau Mirabelle.
Mirabelle enchants Madeleine with its startling beauty, but it is a
place of dark and haunting secrets. As the Revolution gathers momentum
and the passions of the populace are enflamed, Madeleine must take
control of her own destiny and unravel events of the past in order to
secure a chance at future happiness.
The Chateau on the Lake is a
breath-taking historical novel set during the time of the French
Revolution; rich, evocative and immersive. If you love Philippa Gregory
and Joanne Harris, you will adore Charlotte Betts.
Published: 1st August 2015 Publisher: Piatkus Books Author Website: Click here Goodreads : Click here Series or Stand-Alone: Stand-Alone Source: Review Copy from Publisher
What I loved about this book... Historical fiction is a genre that I dont' pick up very often and I should. Nearly every historical fiction book that I have picked up I have loved and this one is one of those. Absolutely loved this book. What I loved the most was the depth of the characters. My favourite character has to be the Compte Etienne d'Aubery who is a very mysterious character but seems very genuine in his motives. The ending of this book was particularly shocking, I had a suspicion of what would happen but the level of the action at the end I was not expecting.
What I did not like about this book... There were parts in this story that I could not 'feel' the history but that's probably the way I was feeling at the time of reading this rather than a reflection on the writing but I didn't let that affect wanting to read this book. It was amazing!
About the Author (from Goodreads)
Charlotte Betts discovered a
passion for writing after her five children had grown up and left her in
peace. Demanding careers in hotel design and property force her to be
inventive in finding time to write but she has achieved seven novels in
eight years. One of her short stories was published in Scribble and
others short-listed by Writers’ News and Real Writers’. She has won
first prize in five short story competitions and wrote a regular column
on interior design for The Maidenhead Advertiser for two years. She is a
member of WordWatchers http://www.wordwatchers.net/ and the Romantic Novelists’ Association.
We Were Liars meets Heist Society in a riveting debut!
Seventeen-year-old Violet’s entire life has revolved around one thing:
becoming Erica Silverman, an heiress kidnapped at age five and never
seen again. Violet’s father, the best con man in Las Vegas, has a plan,
chilling in its very specific precision. Violet shares a blood type with
Erica; soon, thanks to surgery and blackmail, she has the same face,
body, and DNA. She knows every detail of the Silvermans’ lives, as well
as the PTSD she will have to fake around them. And then, when the time
is right, she “reappears”—Erica Silverman, brought home by some kind of
miracle. But she is also Violet, and she has a job: Stay long enough to
steal the Silverman Painting, an Old Master legendary in the Vegas crime
world. Walking a razor’s edge, calculating every decision, not sure
sometimes who she is or what she is doing it for, Violet is an
unforgettable heroine, and Pretending to be Erica is a killer debut.
Twenty-two years old
with a journalism degree from UCLA and a promising entry level position
at a television station, Madeline Patterson is ready to take on the
Universe. Raised by two loving parents, adored by her grandmother,
protected by her dog, Pepper, and supported by her best friend—Madeline
has it all. There’s only one thing missing—literally missing—her
identical twin, Melissa.
When Madeline and Melissa were
three-years-old, their mother was carjacked in broad daylight while
taking them to a doctor’s appointment. She was able to get away with
Madeline in tow, but the assailants left the scene before she could
rescue Melissa. A long and massive search ensued, but Melissa was never
found and is believed to be dead. However, a dream Madeline has on her
twenty-second birthday, wherein Melissa appears to her as a grown woman
pleading for help, convinces her Melissa is still alive. Against her
parents’ wishes, Madeline vows to find her twin. However, in doing so,
she unknowingly stumbles upon a series of startling clues that point to
her parents’ possible involvement in Melissa’s disappearance. Paralyzed
by fear, Madeline doesn’t want to face what could possibly be the ugly
and grim truth about her parents. However, her desire to find Melissa
propels her forward—but nothing could prepare her for what she
If you could work with any
other author, who would it be and why?
I’d love to work with
Stephen King. I find him to be very fascinating. Needless to say,
he’s wildly successful and talented and has a body of work that’s
iconic. Since I’ve made my foray into the mystery genre with
Missing Melissa, it’s made me even more appreciative of King.
Albeit, he writes horror, supernatural fiction, and suspense, there
are elements of mystery in his writings. I think it would be
interesting to get into his head, to experience his process. It just
dawned on me that I reference one of King’s novels in Missing
Melissa—Misery. Wow. Who knew? Lol.
would be a typical working day for you? When and where do you write?
My dream is to one day
be free to write fulltime, but at the present time, I don’t have
that luxury. My day starts at 4:50 a.m. I drive thirty-five miles to
the west side of Los Angeles where my job is located. Prior to
starting work, I spend an hour on the elliptical machine. I spend
this hour reading and editing the novel I’m working on at the time.
Thank goodness for smartphones. They are a writer’s best friend.
When I find errors or sections of a manuscript I need to work on, I
can make notes on my phone and then resume reading. When I’m not
working on a project, I’ll spend the hour reading someone else’s
work. I’m known at the gym as the lady who’s always reading!
After my workout, I spend eight hours on my day job. During breaks
and lunch, I catch-up on social media, responding to requests and
fans. A little after 5:00 p.m., I’m in the car on my way home. It’s
a two-hour drive. I travel 350 miles a week. I’ve been doing this
for sixteen years! Once home, I cook dinner or pick up something for
my husband to eat. I’m able to put in a couple of hours of writing
before bedtime. I love weekends, because I can really go crazy with
my writing. I can spend eight plus hours a day writing without even
thinking about it. Writing comes easily to me.
is the hardest part of the writing for you?
Getting it just right!
As mentioned earlier, I have no idea what writer’s block is, but
once I get that first draft done, I spend month’s fine tuning and
polishing my work. It’s like a mirror. The cleaner it gets, the
more dirt, i.e., plot holes, typos, etc. you see. It amazes me how
our brains fill in missing pieces. The editing process is endless.
Every time I think I have it right, I find something wrong! Missing
Melissa is just short of eighty thousand words, that’s a lot of
words to make right. LOL!
and why did you first start writing?
I wrote my first story
in the fifth grade. My teacher gave the class a short story
assignment. I got an idea to write a story about a bag bog in a
supermarket who falls in love with a young customer. I guess you
could say that was my first romance story. The following day our
teacher congratulated the entire class on our work. However, she said
there was one story that stood out. And that story was mine. I nearly
fell out of my chair. I couldn’t believe it. She read it aloud and
the class was riveted. While I was watching the expressions on the
faces of my peers, I knew in that moment I wanted to be a writer for
did you come up with the idea for your book?
I have always been
intrigued by twins— the idea of having a duplicate is fascinating
to me. The idea for Missing Melissa just came to me from within. All
of my story ideas are conceived deep within. It’s like they’re
given to me from above. Oftentimes people will approach me with a
story idea. However, I’m hard-pressed to embark upon their story
because it didn’t come from within me. I have to feel a story
inside out. When Missing Melissa was conceived, it grew quickly and
took over my every waking moment, from the time I came up with the
characters, through the outline, and the writing process. I truly
feel as though I know the entire Patterson family and that what
transpires in the story really happened, perhaps in another lifetime
or in an alternate dimension.
you a big reader? If so, what are you reading now?
I’m an avid reader. I
have been since childhood. I’m currently reading Gayle Forman’s
“If I Stay.”
you have any advice for other aspiring writers?
Write from your heart
and not your head. In other words, don’t write something that’s
trendy, be true to yourself and the story that you’ve been chosen
to give birth to.
Alison is as close to
anonymous as she can get: with no ties and a backroom job, hers is a
life lived under the radar. But once Alison was someone else: once she
was Esme, a teenager whose bedroom sat at the top of a remote house on a
bleak estuary. A girl whose family, if not happy, exactly, was no
unhappier than anyone else's - or so she thought.
Then one night
violence was unleashed in the crooked house, in a nightmare that only
Alison survived and from which she's been running ever since. Only when
she falls for the charismatic Paul does Alison realise that to have any
chance of happiness, she must return to her old life and face a closed
community full of dark secrets.
As she seeks to uncover the truth
of what happened that terrible night, Alison begins to question
everything she thought she knew. Is there anyone she can trust?
Published: 23rd April 2014 Publisher: Sphere Goodreads : Click here Series or Stand-Alone: Stand-Alone Source: Review Copy from Publisher
What I loved about this book... This was a really great read for me. What I loved the most was the thriller aspect of it. Wanting to find out the truth was the aspect of this story that kept me glued to each page and keeping reading until the very end. There were definitely a lot of twists and turns in this story and I Love that in a story. l
What I was not fond of with this book... There is a lot of information to take in with this story there were some parts where I just had to backtrack a little to make sure I absorbed everything, so I actually ended up reading this book for longer than I probably needed to because of that but that did not spill the fact that I really enjoyed this book and I am definitely going to be checking out this author and what else she has written. .
About the Author (From Goodreads)
Christobel Kent was born in
London in 1962 and now lives in Cambridge with her husband and four
children; in between she lived in Florence. #
She worked in publishing for
several years, most recently as Publicity Director at Andre Deutsch.
Her debut novel A Party in San Niccolo, was published in 2003.
This week has been a bit of an ok week for me. It started out ok with reading As Good as it Gets which was an ok read but not really my cup of tea and I have to be honest and say that it did slow down my enthusiasm to read a little bit. The second read of the week, however, was Bite that really got me back inspired to read a lot more. I have started by first book of next week, An Ember in the Ashes, and really enjoying it so far...
Tomorrow should be the
greatest day of Erica Stroud-Jones's life. The brilliant young British
scientist has found a revolutionary way to beat a deadly tropical
disease. Millions of lives could be saved, a Nobel Prize beckons. She
is in Amsterdam. Tomorrow she presents her secret research to a
scientific conference. Watching her will be sceptics and rivals,
admirers and enemies. Erica's own eyes will be on sculptor Max Carver,
her new American love, to whom she wants to dedicate her achievement. Tomorrow never comes. Erica
vanishes during the night. Max, a tough former coast guard, is
determined to find her. As he digs for clues he finds jealousy, malice
and cunning. But even he is shocked by the dark terror he finds at the
heart of the woman he loves. Not only a page-turner, Bite gets to the core of the debate about pharmaceutical ethics.
Publisher: Sphere Author Website: Click here Goodreads : Click here Series or Stand-Alone: Stand-Alone Source: Review Copy from Publisher
What I loved the most... For me this was a very interesting read. It has been a very long time since I have read something like this with some kind of medical spin to it. I really enjoyed this. The writing was very easy to follow; it was one of styles of writing that you can just easily read and let the story in. What I loved the most about this story is the suspense and build up. When starting this book I had the feeling that there is a lot more to this story than meets the eye... I also particularly enjoyed the 'flash back' diary entries written by Erica which helped me understand more about the story from Erica's point of view. What I was not fond of with this story... Even though I enjoyed this book I did feel in places it was slow and I did have to put a bit of an extra effort into sticking with it but I am glad that I did.
About the Author (From Goodreads)
Nick Louth is a freelance journalist and author, based in Lincolnshire UK.
beginning writing fiction, he was a foreign correspondent for Reuters
news agency, and a regular contributor to the Financial Times, MSN, and
many financial magazines.
A warm, funny read for fans of Outnumbered and the novels of Fern Britton, Fiona writes about life as it really is.
“Midlife crisis? WHAT midlife crisis?!”
Bristow is worried about her husband Will. With her 16-year-old
daughter Rosie newly signed to a top modelling agency, and Will recently
out of a job, things are changing in their household.
Will dusts down his old leather trousers and starts partying with their
new, fun neighbours, Charlotte begins to wonder what on earth is going
So when Fraser, Charlotte’s ex – and father of Rosie –
suddenly arrives back on the scene, she starts to imagine what might
Published: 26th February 2015 Publisher: Avon Books Author Website: Click here Goodreads : Click here Series or Stand-Alone: Stand-Alone Source: Review Copy from Publisher
OK, so I gave this book two stars. I didn't completely hate it. The writing was really good and I really liked the characters but the problem I had reading this particular book was the fact that when I read the description of the book it read as though the main character Charlotte's life is not quite what she seemed and then her ex comes back into her life and things change but when reading the book the character of Fraser does not actually feature in the story until at least halfway through the book. The first half I felt was a good introduction to the characters and the situations that were happening at that time but felt that it went on to long. To be honest, it was the characters and the style of writing that kept me going until the end together with the fact that I was curious about how the story was going to end. I am sad that I probably won't pick up this book again but I will definitely check out this author more to see if I get on better with one of her other books as it may just be this particular type of story that didn't suit me well.
About the Author (From Goodreads)
Fiona is an author and
journalist who has written for many UK publications including The
Observer, The Guardian, Marie Claire, Red, New Woman, Top Sante and
Elle. She writes a monthly column for Sainsbury’s magazine and is a
Contributing Editor at Red magazine.
Fiona lives in Scotland with
her husband, their twin sons and daughter. She likes to draw, run 10k
races, play her saxophone and lie in the bath with a big glass of wine,
although not all at once.
22 minutes separate Julia Vann’s before and after.
Before: Julia had a twin brother, a boyfriend, and a best friend.
She has a new identity, a new hometown, and memories of those
twenty-two minutes that refuse to come into focus. At least, that’s what
she tells the police.
Now that she’s Lucy Black, she's able to
begin again. She's even getting used to the empty bedroom where her
brother should be. And her fresh start has attracted the attention of
one of the hottest guys in school, a boy who will do anything to protect
her. But when someone much more dangerous also takes notice, Lucy's
forced to confront the dark secrets she thought were safely left behind.
One thing is clear: The damage done can never be erased. It’s only just beginning. . . .
It has been quite a slow week for me reading wise. I had my birthday on the 28th so there was quite a lot of birthday celebrations with friends and family. I also has the added distraction of getting completely addicated to the TV show Mad Men. Watched the whole of season 1 in about a week (which is good for me as I work a 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday job). I haven't actually completed any books this week but did make a start on As Good as it Gets by Fiona Gibson so will be finishing that off next week, hopefully.