I find myself in a quandary as I can't relate to the main character in this book. She is somehow vague. Just as I think I know her, she floats away. I get the divorce and the running away. But for a person who keeps saying she is broke, she buys a lot of Stuff. And Cillian- well - the hot handyman is just too cliched and his temper is problematic. He is so reminiscent of the Gamekeeper that I can't see him any other way. Even his relationships with April and Madge slips away in my reader's mind. And then 'Hotel'. This is a Chalet Park. No hotel in sight. And just what hotel job did April do? Again hints but nothing clear. And then adding... into the mix as an excuse for an inability to conceive, when most medical texts say that properly treated it isn't. Or if hers was so bad that it was, why not a hysterectomy and get rid of the symptoms? So the storyline slips away from me too.
A sweet and sappy romance that lifts the spirit with its daft dowager who has servants who adore her.
And a naive beyond belief heroine, and the cynical hero – who recognised the truth of most of society’s marriages – that they are purely for gain – wealth or land ,and that after the production of the heir and spare, the two ‘combatants’ need rarely see each other and can continue with their own amusements.
As often happens this book was published out of order – as further/later books in this series have already come out. But it was worth waiting for as it I found it better than some of the others in this series – right up to last 20% where it began to ‘fail’.
Nevertheless, I enjoyed Zinnia as a character – her confusion about the outside world, her general character trained as it was by her captors, and her interaction with the band. Her sister was less interesting and seemed to be a very clumsy treasure hunter considering how long she had been undertaking it.
Bauer is an author who is inconsistent in her writing quality – some is excellent and some lacks that pazzazz that makes you want to read more – which was how I started with AngelBound – the Offspring have often been a little lacklustre. This one less so, so 4 stars.
Rules for living and dying too. This was an unusual book about life after death and being Grim Reapers I did have one issue with the storyline though. Death says he has been around for millennia. But, he also remembers our Middle Ages as when he was a child. And the question then arises, who was death before Death? I liked the Rules but Daisy should never have gone back even as her part ghost. As she came to realise, it is just too hard for those left behind. Overall, a well written book but please address the plot issues.
A gentle cosy but lots of fun murder – attempted and accidental and bungled – mystery set amongst tyhe gentility of the Southern gentry. Country Club members all.
The calm surface of life in 1974 hiding a seething roiling boil of jealousy, infidelity, kinks, blackmail and much more with hidden emotions and sniping and snarking. Especially amongst the women. Who had little else to do as with housekeepers, cooks, nannies and cleaners, their time was spent on nails, hair and being bitchy at the club. Sly writing style shows this set off to their worst….