Dreaming of Rome by
Romance , Women's Fiction
Pub Date 06 May 2019
Rome is where the heart is… The heartwarming read of the summer
Jo has had enough of handsome men. After a painful break-up, she’s decided she doesn’t believe in love.
Then, while on a professional trip to the magical city of Rome, she meets Corrado, a scientist and her brother-in-law to be, who doesn’t believe in love either. To him, it’s just a biochemical reaction. So what’s the problem?
Well, he’s gorgeous for a start, as well as charming, generous, intelligent and attentive, and she feels herself immediately falling for him, despite her new outlook.
The majesty of the Eternal City brings them ever closer together. But is their relationship doomed, or will love conquer all?
Heartbreaking and hilarious in equal measure, Dreaming of Rome is a joyous and uplifting read from T.A. Williams, perfect for fans of Holly Martin, Tilly Tennant and Jenny Oliver
Oh how I remember Rome in July/August
– hotter than you can imagine – not the place to be – hotter than this novel
This novel was in many ways
predictable – pleasantly so – with many nice diversions. I liked the sailing
around the islands and their descriptions; the butterflies; and the science
about the environment (such as there was) a very current and important theme.
I also thought that the story was a
good length – often romance novels are too short, barely more than a novella –
always ending with the ‘and Jack was free’ like TV crime stories – with none of
the real explanation.
me, this would be a good holiday read and with some envy thrown in if you are
in Cornwall and it is raining!
The Rake's Enticing Proposal
Romance , Women's Fiction
Mills and Boon
Pub Date 27 Jun 2019
The rake has a proposition…Will she accept? Part of The Sinful Sinclairs. When globe-trotting Charles Sinclair arrives at Huxley Manor to sort out his late cousin’s affairs, he meets practical Eleanor Walsh. He can’t shake the feeling that behind her responsibility to clear her family’s debt, Eleanor longs to escape her staid life. Chase can offer her an exciting adventure in Egypt… But that all depends on her response to his shocking proposal!
really nice long read with lots of interesting titbits about how the British
Museum acquired its collections – especially the Egyptian items…
were good character portrayals with their thoughts and emotions well documented
from both male and female perspectives and characters.
The Wolf, the Wizard and the Woad
(Highland Healer Book 4)
Florence Love Karsner
Sci Fi & Fantasy , Women's Fiction
BooksGoSocial SeaDog Press, LLC
(12 Sept. 2018)
This prequel to the Highland Healer Series takes readers back in time, to the beginning of the line of healers from whom Caitlin—the fiery, determined protagonist at the heart of the series—has come. Who were these people? Where did they come from? And most importantly, who was this grandmother, Ci-Cero, that is spoken of in the series? What was so special about her? Does Caitlin possess some of her traits, her character, or her abilities? How is it that Caitlin finds herself in Scotland?The Wolf, The Wizard, and The Woad is a magical tale, unique in its presentation, and delves into even greater questions that have been with humanity since the beginning of time. This exciting story will engage you on page one. The time period is the 1600s and the story opens on a desperate note. Caitlin’s father, a Viking, and her mother, a Woad, have traveled from their home in the isles of Scotland—land of ancients and druids—to a new land seeking a better life.Their journey to this far away land has been an arduous one. Many have died, and death is anxiously waiting to wrap its arms around their young daughter as well. In order to save her, a desperate father and mother leave their small daughter on the shores of North America–a dangerous and primitive land—with only a wolf to protect her. This beginning, though heart wrenching, is necessary and sets your thoughts afire wondering what comes next. This coming of age tale, the story of a Chosen Child whose destiny was written eons ago, moves quickly and takes many unexpected detours and follows unmapped territory. This special girl must survive, though her chances are slim as she is alone in her quest to find her place and reason for being. Fascination abounds when we meet her mentor—an old wizard, a shaman— who resides in a cave. Who is this warlock? His spirit has been with her since her birth. Is he psychic? Telepathic? Or is he simply a figment of her imagination? How does he fit into the overall picture? Why is he of such importance for our healer, Caitlin, later on?The favorite character in the Highland Healer Series is the wolf. He is an integral character in this prequel as well. His sole purpose is to protect this child, a task he was assigned the moment she was born. Like Caitlin’s grandmother, Ci-Cero, this wolf is the first in his line and his offspring are present in each novel in the series. Follow them all—the wolf, the wizard, and the woad—and you’ll engage on a most interesting and exciting adventure that will stay with you for an eon or more!
An interesting preview to a series I am not familiar with.
However, whilst I liked the Native American Lore and the mix with some Viking theology, the actual ‘magic’ element seemed rather thin.
Yes, there was a wizard – one must suppose that as he turned out to be white skinned with blue eyes, tat he was in fact a Druid. Which didn’t fit with all the other theologies.
I did wonder if it was aimed at a YA audience, but it seems not, which surprised me, as the level of knowledge seemed at this level.
In the end, I found it a little disappointing. Too many pantheons and theologies mixed up together.
Mrs. Nicole Brooks
General Fiction (Adult) , Women's Fiction
Erid Press Inc.
(7 April 2019)
Would you give to someone who desperately needed it, that which you could live without?Keely is the epitome of a self-made woman, her ability to make the right choices her superpower. She doesn’t believe in looking back and has the drive, ambition, and financial means to create the exact life she wants to live—regardless of what her kids and her husband, Andrew, want or need. Michelle lives in stark contrast to Keely’s life. She believes she was doomed from the start with a heartbreaking, poverty-stricken childhood. A string of bad choices in adulthood only intensifies her lack of faith in herself. With her daughter safely away at college, she is left alone with her abusive husband, Ray. As the days drag on, she struggles to find a reason to continue. Until she meets Andrew. The two women’s worlds eventually collide, courtesy of their daughters, and both are forced to contemplate a time-worn question: is the comfort of a familiar self-constructed prison safer than the risk of trying to live a life of true freedom and potentially failing? Cake asks how much the world has really changed for women—and for which women—by evaluating the progress of modern feminism. This novel examines privilege, the haves and have-nots, the ideals we choose to embrace, and the facts we forcefully decide to not see. This story entices the reader to contemplate whether our material and emotional conditions arise from childhood environments, personal choice, systemic inequality, or a combination of them all.
I found the first half of the book
rather slow but the second half improved as things began to come together in
Keely is clearly a rather nasty self-obsessed
character, but other than Michelle, for me, the rest of the cast of characters
were too slight. I felt that Andrew was not complex enough for his role in the
I also got bored at the 80% mark and
kipped to the last chapter as I wanted to end the book.
Where the Truth Lies
DI Redpath #1
M J Lee
General Fiction (Adult) , Mystery & Thrillers, Detective
Pub Date 22 Oct 2018
The case was closed. Until people started dying… The unputdownable first DI Ridpath crime thriller from bestseller MJ Lee
A killer in total control. A detective on the edge. A mystery that HAS to be solved.
DI Thomas Ridpath was on the up in the Manchester CID: a promising young detective whose first case involved capturing a notorious serial killer. But ten years later he’s recovering from a serious illness and on the brink of being forced out of the police. Then people start dying: tortured, murdered, in an uncanny echo of Ridpath’s first case.
As the investigation intensifies, old bodies go missing, records can’t be found and the murder count grows. Caught in a turf war between the police and the coroner’s office, digging up skeletons some would rather forget, Ridpath is caught in a race against time: a race to save his career, his marriage… And lives.
When a detective goes missing everything is on the line. Can Ridpath close the case and save his colleague?
WHERE THE TRUTH LIES is a nail-biting crime thriller, full of breathtaking twists and turns in this fast-paced and extraordinarily original novel. Perfect for fans of Mark Billingham, Peter James and Faith Martin
new detective for us to consider – set in Manchester this story is full of the grey,
wet, dull, and dreary feel that Manchester novels often have. Which to be fair,
is what Manchester often resembles – a very wet city every time I visit, when
is an interesting take as here we see what the role of a Coroner is and their
investigative powers as against the police.
A Coroner [also called a Medical Examiner] has a number of specific
tasks/roles to determine the
manners and causes of death – they w also visit death scenes, identify
human remains, supervise the transportation of corpses, operate crime scene
equipment, complete death certificates and notify the next of kin.
Coroners have Investigators or Officers
attached to them who inquiry into the circumstances of deaths that are:
sudden and of unknown cause; are due to unnatural causes;
or deaths that occur in custody.
officers are often the main point of contact for the coroner’s office and will
liaise or speak to:
bereaved relatives and family representatives;
doctors and other health professionals;
police, and other emergency services;
registrars of births and deaths;
pathologists and mortuary staff and others as relevant depending
on the case.
the Officer undertakes the bulk of the work and takes on a role that mimics
what we assume the police might do, or may in fact be the prime investigative
officer for a sudden death deciding whether or not the case requires a Coroner
to call it a homicide and thus require a formal police investigation.
reading this novel I had notrealised just how much work this Office undertakes
and can see how it would be an excellent role for an ex-police or officer
needing lighter duties.
we find Ridpath allocated to this role as he recovers from his cancer.
is not quite as angst ridden as we now expect our police to be and thus makes
for a different storyline which is refreshing. He is not an addict or alcoholic
nor suffering from a traumatic divorce, though his wife is none too pleased with
him and his attitude to work and looking after his health.
think his has the makings of a nice series as the characters develop and
Ridpath becomes more familiar with his role.