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When a Mountain can Shelter you: Book Review

OK – so this is actually Virgin River and this book is where the TV series starts. A mother and her son arrive in the small town, on a wet and windy night and take up an isolated residence. They try to keep to themselves and this is a town where strangers are obvious, but also their need not to socialise is respected. Thus our young mother keeps to herself – as much as she can remembering she has a small son.

As is often the case, when single mothers appear in a small isolated and ‘hidden’ small town, they turn out to be running away from something (trope) – frequently an abusive relationship or a crime they witnessed. And Jack Preacher (ex-military) knows that a split lip and bruises equals abuse. So he finds himself caring for this woman and her child and enables them to hide away – for a while at least.

This is really the start of the series and as such we get introduced to the main characters and their role/s in the township.

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Can’t run very far: Book Review

So Amnesia means memory loss - only the loss of a marriage that is in tatters due to his business obsession was perhaps a good thing. After all, our hero can now romance his wife again - and also, of course, learn new behaviours.
So that is the trope that this story is based on and as such it does a good job of following it, with the inevitable happy ending.  
The one thing you know for sure, is that with a M&B novel it will be well researched, well written stylistically, and not full of the proofing errors that dog self-published books. A good editor will have checked it through and made sure the storyline follows correctly.
As such, this book delivers. And those who want a nice summer read should enjoy it.

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Marry whom? Book Review

A Regency Family is Reunited.

Another story in the ‘wrong man’ trope. He wants her, but she is close to marrying his brother – but if he has her, she has to go out of the country with him due to his previous commitments. Thus taking her away from all she knows and her family. And how can he steal his brother’s intended wife? Even it was an arranged marriage?

Follows the trope in nice style. When you read a Mills and boon novel you know that there won’t be many, if any, proofreading errors and it will be historically accurate.

 And, depending on the imprint, can be cosy or racy. This was cosy. With little unexpected twists and turns.

Laura Martin: Author Bio

Laura Martin writes historical romances with an adventurous undercurrent. When not writing she spends her time working as a doctor in Cambridgeshire where she lives with her husband and young son. In her spare moments Laura loves to lose herself in a book and has been known to read cover to cover in a single day when the story is particularly gripping. She also enjoys travelling, visiting historical sites and far-flung shores.

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Let’s go surfing?

This is part of a series about girl friends who had an accident in Cornwall when they were teenagers.

Each girl has issues as a result of this car accident including one who is paralysed.

But this is Malie’s story.

Malie comes from a family who ran a surf shop in Cornwall and thus spent all her life surfing until  her family shut up shop and she was forbidden to undertake a dangerous sport.

It appears that at least one of Malie’s parents is from Hawaii, but the story doesn’t tell us how they ended up in Cornwall.

I found that some of the story line was confusing. There didn’t seem to have been enough time elapsed for Malie’s surfing competition wins in Hawaii to have occurred considering she didn’t move there until after she left school.

There was a lot of mental angst  on Malie’s behalf but I didn’t find it convincing.

Overall not as good the previous stories in this series.

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Who reads books?

This is a nice historical romance with the proverbial wallflower bluestocking. She has spent all her life with her father translating obscure texts and really quite enjoying it and not wishing to be a debutante or have a social whirl.
Her father is sponsored by an aristocrat to make these translation as so few people, at that time, could read and understand ancient Greek etc and thus translations of the well known works by the ancients sold well. And anyway, it was very prestigious to be able to sponsor a scholar and have your very own translation made.
But there was a secret. Her translations were better. More emotional and emotive and just less stilted. But of course, she was a female and no aristocrat would sponsor her. So they all pretended it was her father doing the work.
But her good friend the Estate Manager suspects something. But his suspicions are irrelevant until he needs to take over the sponsorship of the scholar.
Nicely written and in keeping with the genre.

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