This trilogy book started well but although it tackled the very serious issues of PTSD, and loss of limbs and how to resettle into 'normal' life after serving, two things began to irritate as I read on. 1. The sheer amount of sex and in depth description. We get it. Men are horny after service but to finish just about every, short, chapter with it was overkill. 2. Religion. I wasn't expecting this, and didn't appreciate being preached at. Religions cause wars. Read the Bible. So I was torn about how to grade this book. But have come down to 3 because of irritation.
Whilst written by a psychotherapist she failed to completely proofread the book for terms spelt incorrectly. Which is a shame as this will confuse those readers who are not of her community. Multiple personalities do exist in the DID world but it is rarer than most fiction writers would have us believe. Nevertheless, as this book is written by a psychotherapist, what we get here, is an amalgam of her true experiences with such patients. For someone like me, who is not an expert, this is fascinating. And yes, ECT is still used occasionally it seems. But childhood trauma is so often a cause of dissociating as Miss Marple says- it is a normal response, to any trauma in fact. And our narrator says she belongs to a Tribe, not all of whom are female. And only 1 got married. This is not light reading, but it is thought provoking, especially in relation to our own internal worlds. We all have them. And, in the right circumstances, we can hold two contradictions as equally true and valid. Do we have more than one personality? It often seems so. There is the way we interact with strangers, which is different from our interactions within family, and which may be different from how we interact with rich or poor or famous people. So 5 stars for tackling a difficult issue- and think on- there are a very high percentage of prisoners with trauma related mental health problems which cause them to have difficulty operating in 'normal' society.
This was my first novel by Catherine Kullman and although it is set in the same world as Darcy Burke’s and Erica Ridley’s books, ie the Regency period, this writer is very different in style and content.
This is a much more serious Regency romance.
Set just after the battle of Waterloo with the regiments back in the UK on furlough as no longer on active duty. As a result the younger sons and gentlemen of the Ton were welcomed back in their best regimental finery - which of course was very dashing. Much more so than standard society dress.
However, it was not this that was to be the attraction between our two - Thomas and Bella. It was more the things that her father said were important for marriage. Friendship, companionship, similar interests and so on, and of course having compatible temperaments. Bella’s father said love would come if the other elements were satisfactory and he should know as he was on wife 2. And again we had a number of women dying as they gave birth.
He was also someone who believed that women could look after money and that they were sensible enough to own property.
This romance, typical of the genre has its ups and downs, with some excitement and rejected lovers etc etc and unexpected events that turn their expectations of their lives together upside down.
This novel was of a good length and thus Catherine could explore quite a number of elements of the story and make it richer and more diverse. It was also enhanced by the author’s research into the era and the incorporation into the story of true elements of history. Not just the boots described in the fashion magazine but also the way men thought about what happened when they were away in the army. According to them the Bible accepted concubines - or mistresses - and it was acceptable to find one as a companion - such as a widow to ‘provide a refuge from military life’. See also what happens when Muslims go on pilgrimage and are ‘rented’ a wife for their stay. Hey ho - the bible was written by men!
I thought the novel was written and thoughtful and enjoyed her take on a Regency Romance.
A very strange tale indeed – dust in your mind? And alien powers? And I did wonder how she kept a dog of that size in a small place, glad she had a dog walker, but still.
I really found this tale compelling but odd, I did want the whale to go free as I am very much against all zoos and keeping animals for performances. I understand treating them until they are well, but free them afterwards, so I was urging her on all the time.
Would I read a follow-up story? I don’t think so. I am not really sure where you can go with this other than using the Lavender to discover emotions and possibly PI work. But it would be interesting if she does go up to the Arctic and work with whale rescue but that is a whole different story.
A female computer engineer – block chains are one of the latest concepts in supply chain management to ensure the validity and trustworthiness of the chain – has a husband in the Foreign Office who travels for work – abroad – a lot. And he has a secret that she doesn’t know – even after 10 years.
And there is a plot. And Sleeping Assassins. And quantum bombs and other elements of a good spy thriller with lots of suspense.
Unfortunately this book ends with a cliff-hanger and thus you need to start book 2 to begin to resolve it. You are given chapter 1 of book 2 and hints from the author in order to gear you to reading it.
I didn’t. The plot line and contents were too much normal genre for a spy thriller and there was not enough originality for me to continue. I am going to give this 3 stars because although the style was good it didn’t grab me enough