The (Mis)Adventures of Queen Abby

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The Goddess Chronicles
SE Babin
paranormal, mythology, romance
Kindle

A new day. A new boss. A new job that may not be all it's cracked up to be.

Hades has given Abby what appears to be an easy task. Wrangle his errant wife Persephone back to the Underworld. No problem, right?

When Abby finally finds her, things don't go well. Persephone isn't happy to see her, nor is she willing to even entertain the possibility of going back to the Underworld. She's found a mortal and is determined to get him down the aisle. Considering Persephone is already married to Hades, there's something not quite right upstairs with her.

As wedding bells grow closer for Persephone and her unsuspecting mortal groom, Abby begins to wonder what Hades sees in this wretch of a girl and why she's even bothering to try to bring her back home.

But as with most things involving Olympus, things are not always as they seem. Much to Abby's chagrin, it's not just Olympus getting involved this time. Join Abby and her friends for the wedding of the century, complete with bad bridesmaid dresses, paranormal drama, and cake testing. By the end of it, someone is either going to be married...or dead.

Book 1 in this series – new to me – didn’t quite convince me, but it was light and breezy and all about gods and Olympus and I wasn’t going to quibble. The interesting thing I’ve found with series is that either improve as the author gets to know her trade and her characters better, or disintegrate as the author had one brilliant idea bt didn’t know how to follow it up.

This was the former. The books got better. And ended up a 4.5….

Book 2 improved in style and tension and left you with a cliff-hanger and unresolved situation, so you needed to sort it in book 3. As I read book 3 I journeyed through jealousy, magic, prophecies and epic quarrels and unrequited love. Nothing too small happens in these books. They are always epic happenings with un expected results! No real plan but Abby bumbles through and comes out ahead – just.

I do suspect that the author has been watching the TV programme Lucifer as her description fit him to a tee – apart from the singing and piano playing. Although one should suspect the good voice from the actor as he comes from Wales – a total Black Welsh.

And then we have the mystery of the daemon and is there a Heaven and a Christian God and if so, what about all the other mythic deities and their heavens. Can of Worms.. and a serious case of Google to find out just who these creatures are.

Well done SE Babin. You totally hooked me and you have done lots of research too on myths.

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Irish Women are ….

Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling Book Cover Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling
Emer McLysaght; Sarah Bree
General Fiction (Adult) , Women's Fiction
Penguin UK - Michael Joseph
03 May 2018

Twenty-something Aisling - that's pronounced Ashling - is the sensible sort.

She wears kitten heels for the sake of her arches.

And a great night out is knowing the immersion heater at home is securely switched off.

In other words, country girl Aisling likes to play it safe in the big city.

But that hasn't helped get her man John to hurry up and pop the question.

Throwing caution to the wind an impatient Aisling tries to encourage him, only for her whole life to come crashing down.

Now no umbrella, electric blanket, nor sensibly sized heel can save her.

What's a complete Aisling to do?

I actually liked this book, even though I am not in general a fan of Irish fiction that is full of a. words that mean nothing to me; and b: humour that is not quite as I understand it.

But I managed to understand, after a few chapters, what an ‘Aisling’ was. No, not just an Irish name – which is very popular, but an Irish girl’s name for a girl from the hicks – the backwoods – who doesn’t understand city ways and doesn’t dress in a smart city manner and generally is a country hick.

But if you like your female characters to be funny and strong and full of life then this is the book for you. If you are not Irish you might struggle over some of the phrases and behaviours and references, but don’t let that put you off. There is a lot here to entertain and learn from.

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Let’s go and garden!

Digging in
Loretta Nyhan
Fiction, humour, literary fiction
Lake Union Publishing
2018-04
252

In author Loretta Nyhan's warm, witty, and wonderful novel, a widow discovers an unexpected chance to start over--right in her own backyard. Paige Moresco found her true love in eighth grade--and lost him two years ago. Since his death, she's been sleepwalking through life, barely holding on for the sake of her teenage son. Her house is a wreck, the grass is overrun with weeds, and she's at risk of losing her job. As Paige stares at her neglected lawn, she knows she's hit rock bottom. So she does something entirely unexpected: she begins to dig. As the hole gets bigger, Paige decides to turn her entire yard into a vegetable garden. The neighbors in her tidy gated community are more than a little alarmed. Paige knows nothing about gardening, and she's boldly flouting neighborhood-association bylaws. But with the help of new friends, a charming local cop, and the transformative power of the soil, Paige starts to see potential in the chaos of her life. Something big is beginning to take root--both in her garden and in herself.

I actually think that Petra Polly might have a good book in there…  so a book within a book. Petra certainly makes some good and valid points from my own experience of organisations, especially about sharing knowledge. But I don’t like the idea of competing for your job! The loser gets sacked.

So an interesting story about the older women at work and how their knowledge and experience works with creativity and enthusiasm as displayed by the ‘youngsters’.

And how digging in a garden is good for your health and growing your own food expands your emotions.

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Bad Boys Rock…

Deadly Match Book Cover Deadly Match
Bad Boy Incorporated #3
Eve Langlais
Fiction
Eve Langlais
February 28, 2018
198

The third new title in the popular Bad Boy Inc. series. When a retired assassin decides to go looking for love, he decides to trust the pros at a dating service and ends up finding a Deadly Match.

Oh these sexy assassins and fancy being called ‘Charming Reaper’ by your parents even if they are family names.

Bad Boy Inc rocks as do its employees – they are trained to be assassins and spies but not by a Govt and therefore they are not bound by any code of ethics – unless it is their own. But they don’t kill children.

Fun and flirty book.

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Let’s go on holiday!

Summer at the Comfort Food Cafe Book Cover Summer at the Comfort Food Cafe
Comfort Food Cafe
Debbie Johnson
love, sex, marriage, humour,
HarperImpulse
June 16, 2016
400

The brand new book from best-selling author Debbie Johnson will make you laugh, make you cry, and make you raid the pantry in the middle of the night-time The Comfort Food Cafe is perched on a windswept clifftop at what feels like the edge of the world, serving up the most delicious cream teas; beautifully baked breads, and carefully crafted cupcakes. For tourists and locals alike, the ramshackle cafe overlooking the beach is a beacon of laughter, companionship, and security - a place like no other; a place that offers friendship as a daily special, and where a hearty welcome is always on the menu. For widowed mum-of-two Laura Walker, the decision to uproot her teen-aged children and make the trek from Manchester to Dorset for the summer isn't one she takes lightly, and is certainly not winning her any awards from her kids, Nate and Lizzie. Even her own parents think she's gone mad. Her new job at the cafe, and the hilarious people she meets there, give Laura the chance she needs to make new friends; to learn to be herself again, and, just possibly, to learn to love again as well. For her, the Comfort Food Cafe doesn't just serve food, it serves a second chance to live her life to the full.

This is just the book to be reading on a cold, miserable, wet winter’s day. As long as you are indoors and warm!

It reminds you that England can have warm days with a shining sun, and that there is no coastline to match the Jurassic Coast. And having been there many times myself, and just back from the (supposedly) prettiest part of Ireland, I am more than ever convinced. Cornwall is over-rated for the distance you need to travel and the traffic you need to battle to get there. And the weather is wetter too!

These books about the Sunshine (Comfort) Cafe are a like a warm hug with hot chocolate, cream and marshmallows. Which they seem to drink a lot of in the Cafe. They somehow just stop short of being too sweet, even though you know that there will be a happy ending (for the romance at least).

I even liked the dogs in them. Though the author doesn’t mention just how much hair a Labrador sheds – boatloads as I have had recent experience of!

 

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