Anna by Amanda Prowse #BookReview

A little while before Christmas, I received an email from an author, Amanda Prowse, requesting me to read one or possibly two new books of hers, with a view to receiving quotes about the book, to go on the paperback covers, and/or the author website.

I wasn’t sure initially, as I never know what time I have available, but then I thought, “Why not?”, and the thought that she had chosen me, among so many fantastic book reviewers meant I felt, I really wanted to do this!

And I did a little of my own research – to say I was honoured to have been asked by an author of Amanda’s calibre to read her books, would be a total understatement!

I mean she has books in real-life bookshops!!!! Check out the whole lot on the Waterstones website here!

(Not taking anything away from all us Indie Authors at all, but I was so flattered!)

So, a couple of weeks ago, a parcel arrived, with my special edition copy of Anna enclosed.

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Anna is the first of a two-part love story.

The tag-line is “There are two sides to every love story.”

The blurb reads:

Anna Cole grew up in care, and wants to start a family of her own. Theo Montgomery had a loveless childhood and wants to find his soulmate.
Then, one day. Theo meets Anna, and Anna meets Theo,
Each shows the other how to love. And each somws the other what heartbreak feels like…
This is Anna’s story.

What can I say? I had to get to it as soon as I could, and I was not disappointed!

I loved it!

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I don’t want to give too much away, but here is a small taster and my review!

Anna is a young child, living with her single mother, and Joe, her older brother. She is surrounded by love, despite not having her father around, and can’t wait to get married and have children herself. She even names them, Fifi and Fox, and writes letters to them periodically.

Tragedy steals her mother away from her, and after a short while, her brother is taken from her too.

Anna spends time with an aunt who doesn’t really want her there, and ultimately ends up in care, after trying to find her estranged father. The only information she has is a name, a profession and the knowledge that she was conceived in love.

Life isn’t easy for Anna, but she pulls herself along, grasping opportunities and building a small but steady life for herself.

After one failed relationship, she meets Theo, a man from a totally different background. A man who loves her passionately, but who has his own past demons to conquer, and they ultimately colour the path of their love.

I was pulled into the life of a woman who had encountered so much tragedy, watched, and felt, her emotional turmoil as she battled from one disappointment after another.
I cheered when she found her Prince, I cried when that happy ending didn’t come…
The letters to Fifi and Fox were a genius addition, the build-up of hope from a small child, all the way to an adult who wants nothing more than to be a mother.
This is not a classic story of love, showing that not all endings are necessarily fairytale based, and happily ever after, but rather filled with a hope of something better to come.

And my rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Anna is available from March 8th, and you can preorder by clicking here right now! (I highly recommend you do, ASAP!)

I am really looking forward to reading the second book, Theo, which is out in April!

I was provided with a copy of the book in exchange for honest comments regarding the story.

About Amanda:

Amanda has always obsessively crafted short stories and scribbled notes for potential books, but it wasn’t until she was forty that she began writing full time. The result was Poppy Day, the story of an army wife, whose incredible love for her husband gives her the courage to rescue him from hostages in Afghanistan. This was followed by the number 1 bestseller What Have I Done? Amanda now has ten novels and four novellas published.
All of Amanda’s books in the No Greater Love series share common themes in that they are contemporary love stories, the main characters are women, just like you and I, who find themselves in extraordinary situations for love.
Her new series is the No Greater Courage series, tales of women facing the trials that life throws at them and having to dig deep to find the will and strength to succeed. This series includes the A Mother’s Story and Perfect Daughter, which continue to receive brilliant reader and press reviews.
Amanda’s ambition has always been to create stories that keep people from turning the bedside lamp off at night, great characters that ensure you take every step with them and tales that fill your head so you can’t possibly read another book until the memory fades…
Currently, Amanda lives in the West Country with her husband and their 18 & 19 year old boys Josh and Ben.

Follow Amanda on Twitter @MrsAmandaProwse, or join Amanda on Facebook.

Check out her website: http://amandaprowse.org/

Colleen’s 2018 #Book #Reviews – “Poetic RITUals,” by Ritu Bhathal – colleenchesebro.com

Please head on over to Colleen’s blog, where she has left a most wonderful review of my Poetry collection Poetic RITUals.

Thank you Colleen! ❤

via Colleen’s 2018 #Book #Reviews – “Poetic RITUals,” by Ritu Bhathal – colleenchesebro.com

#BookReview – Oath Breaker by Shelley Wilson @ShelleyWilson72

I am indebted to Shelley Wilson.

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Last year I was encouraged to read her Guardians trilogy, Young Adult Fantasy fiction. This is a genre I have never been pulled towards in the past. But, as a fan of Shelley’s blogs, I thought I’d give them a go.

I wasn’t disappointed at all!

 

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Thrilled to meet Shelley at the Annual Blogger’s Bash in 2016 and 2017 (captured above)! She’s the tall one!!!

 

In fact, since then, I have read a few others from the YA Genre, including Sacha Black’s Keepers, and I haven’t been disappointed.

I was thrilled to hear that Shelley had written a new story, which would develop into another series of books, Oath Breaker.

Now YA fantasy fiction is one thing. Werewolves are another. I have to confess (sorry Shelley) but Twilight and the suchlike have never been on my radar, and I wasn’t sure how I would enjoy this…

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Shelley, why did I even doubt you?

The blurb…

Will she follow the pack…
Or will she destroy them?
A dead mother.
A violent father.
A missing brother.
When Mia’s father is murdered, it’s her estranged uncle that comes to the rescue, but what he offers her in return for his help could be worse than the life she is leaving behind.
Taken to Hood Academy, a unique school deep in the forest, she discovers friendships, love, and the courage to stand on her own.
As she trains hard, Mia takes the oath that seals her future as a werewolf hunter, but not everyone wants Mia to succeed.
Screams in the night. Secret rooms. Hidden letters. Mia becomes an important piece in a game she doesn’t want to play.
Will the truth set her free, or will it destroy her?
**Medallist Winner in the 2017 New Apple Summer E-Book Awards**

Oath Breaker by [Wilson, Shelley]

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Imagine living a life of fear, and then watching the object of your fear, gruesomely murdered in front of your eyes?
Then being whisked away to an unfamiliar world, filled with mythical creatures, secrets and betrayals?
That was Mia’s life.
I have to say I loved this book and was pulled into the story of Mia’s life from the off.
There’s love, hate, friendship, hardship, and mystery… All great ingredients for a novel of this genre.
I was rooting for Mia from the off, and my support for her never waned. Not wanting to give any spoilers away, I was thrilled with the ending, and it’s left me thirsty for more.

Goodreads Review – Here

Amazon Review – Here

Check out Shelley’s Amazon page here.

And her bookshop here. Shelley is not only a fantastic YA author but a wonderful motivational writer too.

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Come on Shelley Wilson! We need the sequel!

If you want to know more about Shelley Wilson, click here for her full bio and media kit!

#BookReview – Sue Vincent – Laughter Lines: Life From The Tail End #Poetry

Another book I have had on my Kindle, waiting patiently to be read, is Laughter Lines: Life From The Tail End by Sue Vincent. And I was finally able to get to it over this festive break!

Laughter Lines by Sue Vincent

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

A wonderful set of poems, showcasing the talent of Sue Vincent, and her four-legged pooch Ani!
Sue Vincent has a way with words, she can tell a tale in rhyme that hooks you and leaves you wanting more.
Thoroughly enjoyed!

Goodreads review: here

Amazon review: here

Sue is a hugely talented author and poet, and co-director of The Silent Eye – A Modern Mystery School… intrigued? Click here to read more!

I have followed Sue for a good while now, and not only is she a fantastic writer, but a most supportive blogger, sharing the words of many fellow bloggers too. If you ever fancy a writing prompt, her #WritePhoto challenge every Thursday is brilliant! The variety of responses to her given photo shows just how inspired we all become! Several of us have even started serial-like weekly stories based on her prompts! Mine have been focussing on the love life of Barbie and Ken the last few weeks!

#BookReview Judith Barrow – Mary’s Shadows Series- 4 Books

I haven’t been totally vegetized over the holiday… Plenty of reading went on and I made a teeny dent in my TBR pile!

One set of books I read were by the extremely talented Judith Barrow. Visit her blog here!

I have always loved stories that were based during the war years. It comes from the fact that my mother loves these kinds of family sagas too, and so when I ventured into more grown-up fiction, these kinds of stories were on my mother’s bookshelves, rather than the chick lit, which I am also a bit partial to!

Well, Judith’s books are exactly the kind of stories my mum would love!!!!

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Pattern Of Shadows

My rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Judith Barrow has spun a fantastic tale about a northern family in the grips of the war, with some extremely sensitive, yet relevant to today issues.
My heart went out to the protagonist, Mary, and all she had to endure, from an awful boyfriend to loving one of the ‘enemy’, rape and coping with the pregnancy of her unwed sister. All this and dealing with her troubled parents, and a brother who was not only an objector to the war, but struggling to come to terms with homosexuality.
A meaty read and I was very glad to see there was a sequel!

Goodreads review – here

Amazon review – here

Changing Patterns

Changing Patterns by [Barrow, Judith]

 My rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I was happy to be able to read the continuation of the Howarth family’s situations.
Mary and Peter appeared to be happily settled, but with the death of her brother Tom, a whole host of secrets are brought to the surface. Certain truths are uncovered which create situations where they all feel that things will never be the same again.
I really enjoyed how Judith Barrow took the different threads from the original story, and continued to weave another gripping chapter in the story of Mary and her family.

Goodreads review – here

Amazon review – here

Living In The Shadows

Living in the Shadows by [Barrow, Judith]

My rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Taking a step further into the later years of Mary, and the Howarth family, we meet the various children, and nephews and nieces.
The events of the past have a knock-on effect on the children of the family, and old secrets are unearthed again.
I really enjoyed the whole series of books, and look forward to more from Judith Barrow!

Goodreads review – here

Amazon review – here

Secrets

My rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐

A short spin-off book with some stories about the minor characters from the Howarth family saga – It was a wonderful way to add some context to the characters we learned a little about in the three book series.

Goodreads review – here

Amazon review – here

And I am excited to read the prequel, A Hundred Tiny Threads, which charts the story of Mary Howarth’s parents.

It has also been chosen as The Welsh Books Council’s  BOOK OF THE MONTH in January 2018!

100 Tiny Threads by [Barrow, Judith]

Visit Judith’s Amazon page here to get all her books!

I’m sorry if my reviews are rather simplistic, but I read for enjoyment, not to find technical issues with books, and if a story reaches my heart, and makes me want to keep on reading, it is a good book!

 

 

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