Theo By Amanda Prowse – One Love, Two Stories #BookReview @MrsAmandaProwse

A couple of months ago I reviewed a book called Anna by best selling author, Amanda Prowse. You can read that here.

I was so honoured to have been approached by such an amazing author in the first place, and gobsmacked that my opinion had been sought about this first of a two-part series!

Now, I was totally fangirling!

Amanda is an inspirational author and it was such fun to pop into various shops, and see her books on the shelves! I found myself pointing them out to my daughter, saying “Look! That’s my author friend’s book!”

She was even on The Wright Stuff, and I was grinning away at the recorded episode I saw her on!

Back to the book!

Anna was the first book in a twosome with the tagline One Love, Two Stories.

The idea was that you read the same story, but from the perspective of both halves of the couple.

And I was so touched to receive the second book in the twosome last week, just in time for my weekend away! I have to say, I enjoyed it so much I finished it pretty quickly, grabbing every moment I could to sneak reading time! Then when I was pages away from finishing, I didn’t want it to end, so I put it down, late at night, in order to continue the pleasure through to the next day!

What is the book about?

The official blurb reads:

There are two sides to every love story. This is Theo’s.
Theo Montgomery grew up in a rich family where he had all the toys and trinkets money could buy. But his childhood was full of neglect and he was bullied at school. Now he is an adult, he longs to find a soulmate. Someone who understands him. Someone who will love him unconditionally.
Then, one day, Theo meets Anna Cole in a lift. Anna grew up in a care home, and has always wanted to create the noisy family life she never had. She brings love and laughter into Theo’s life. But she wants a baby, and Theo can’t imagine bringing a child into this cruel world…
Theo and Anna are two damaged souls, from two different worlds. Is their love for each other enough to let go of the pain of their pasts? Or will Anna and Theo break each others’ hearts?

My take?

Anna came from a tough background, having experienced the loss of both parents, and her brother, being in care, and then finding out her real father, who she had been looking for, had also died. She spent her life writing letters to her two future children, Fifi and Fox, and her dearest wish was to be able to have a family, and create the family life she had wished for.

She met the man she wanted to fulfil her dreams with, Theo.

A guy from a very affluent background, all posh boarding school, and holidays abroad. Working in his family business when he and Anna meet, they couldn’t be from more opposite backgrounds.

But the similarities in their situations are evident. While we learn of Anna’s background in the first book, the second gives you the lowdown on Theo and his childhood.

Theo is just as troubled, having been forced to follow in his father’s, and grandfather’s footsteps, to a school where he never fit in. He then finds himself in college, where he had a brief respite from thinking of his family honour and was able to be himself for the first time. Things take a downward twist and he is again on the road following his father, this time in the family business.

He’s dealt with the fact that his father is an adulterous flirt, who has actually fathered another child, that his mother would actually prefer to stay with her cheating husband, and that Theo himself is almost an inconvenience in their life, especially as he doesn’t appear to be cut from the same cloth as his father… a square peg being forced into a round hole, as he sees it.

School was bearable, purely because of the advice and companionship of an older gentleman, a groundsman named Mr Porter, who ends up being made to leave his job, leaving Theo floundering again

His only friend at university is Spud, a lad from Wigan, who, despite not being from Theo’s background, is a grounding influence on him, and an unwavering source of support through many revelations that Theo has to deal with.

Meeting Anna changes Theo’s life.

A woman who had been through so much, in her short life, but still understands him, and gets that, though he has led what many would consider a ‘privileged’ life, he’s just as damaged as her.

Their own personal ups and downs, seen through the eyes of Theo, help to complete the whole picture of these two stories that show one love.

And my review, available to see on Amazon here and Goodreads here:

I absolutely loved Anna, and was impatient to read Theo.
Was I disappointed?
Not at all!
It’s an interesting concept, to write the same story from both parties eyes.
I really felt for Anna, learning her story in the first book, and reading Theo’s story cemented my feelings that it is circumstance that creates the person you become.
Theo was never a bad guy. He may have made mistakes, but hey, don’t we all?
He tries to overcome so much to create a life, and a future for him and the woman he loves, despite all sorts coming back to bite him all the time.
Yes, I kinda knew what was going to happen next in the latter half of the story, but that didn’t detract from my enjoyment at all. In fact, it heightened it, as I learned the why’s behind some questions I had at the end of Anna.
Would I recommend it? Yes, 100%! Do yourself a favour, if you haven’t already… get both the books and look forward to a great ride!

And my rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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/

 

#BookReview – Time To Lie by Phil Taylor

Hey Peeps!

It’s me, back with another review for a book by one of my blog buddies!

Phil Taylor

This time it’s Phil Taylor who gets the Ritu Review Treatment!

Time to Lie (Landon Bridges' Story Book 1) by [Taylor, Phil]

I treated myself to this book on my birthday last year… the 3rd September, and it has been patiently waiting for its place to come as I work my way through my To Be Read pile… Which happened to be the Easter weekend!

First, the blurb…

Remember that time you dated that complete nutcase and said to yourself, I wish Future Me would have come back and warned me about this. Remember when you and your drunk friends said, If it’s such a bad idea, someone would come back from the future and stop us, right before it blew up in your face and got you in trouble? It would be great to have someone from the future to guide your life, wouldn’t it?

Landon Bridges’ life hasn’t always been perfect, but now he’s in college and determined to make a fresh start and transform himself from high school geek to college chic…well less geeky guy. He’s finally attained his life-long goal of studying physics in college under a renowned professor. He’s met the girl of his dreams and made friends with some of the cool frat guys. Things are going great, until He shows up.

A mysterious stranger intervenes to help Landon out of a terrible, possibly life changing situation, but what does he want? Why does he keep showing up? Who is he? Landon’s esteemed professor suddenly seems like a flake. Landon’s briefly idyllic college world seems to be spinning out of control. Landon needs to control his world and in the process of regaining his sanity and his grip on reality, he discovers that he has talents and allies that he never imagined. But is what they’re telling him the truth?

The truth is just the lie we’ve chosen to believe, and yours may be different than mine.

So, a book all about time travel – not usually my thing but I have to be honest with you, since I started blogging, I have discovered that there are a huge amount of genres out there that I haven’t explored, so I can’t say I don’t like, if I haven’t tried! I am already a YA Fiction convert, why not try a little science fiction, peppered with some comedic interludes and romance too?

What did I think?

Well, read the review for yourself!

 

I’ve just finished Phil Taylor’s Time To Lie, and I’m not gonna lie… I really enjoyed it!
Took me a little while to totally get into it, but that was just because I was trying to get my head around the whole Time Travel thing… But once things clicked in my head, I was there!
Landon Bridges is a nerdy kid who’s had a tough childhood after losing his dad… But he’s off to college to better his life… until his meeting with an esteemed, but kooky, physics professor, and the prospect of time travel. Seriously, if you knew how to go back in time, what would you change, and how would it change you?
There’s love, there’s drama, there’s humour. And there are sequels to come too, which I am eagerly waiting for!

Amazon review: here

GoodReads review: here

And my rating?  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

C’mon Phil… when’s the next one out? (Not putting pressure on you or anything…!)

Anna by Amanda Prowse #BookReview @MrsAmandaProwse

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!

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