2016 Reviews completed!


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I’m finally caught up to 2017 reviews… and it’s only July!

In 2016, I read 50 books.

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Of those 50, I only rated two books 5 stars. Happily they were both Australian women writers! Kings Rising by C.S. Pacat and The Orchid Nursery by Louise Katz.

The rest of the break down went like this:

  • I rated 16 of the books 4/5.
  • 23 of them 3/5.
  • 7 books got 2/5 stars.
  • I rated one book 1/5.
  • I couldn’t finish one book.

How did you go in 2016? Are you trying to challenge yourself with a reading challenge this year?

Stay tuned for my 2017 reviews coming soon.

Review: Time Out


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Synopsis: A September 11th firefighter takes a break to tell a stranger about his day…

Bookish Things: 7 pages. The cover doesn’t lend itself to the story that much, but it works.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $0.77.

My Review: 

Bookshelves: awesome-authors, 4-star-review, historical-fictionindie-author, made-me-think, too-short

Recommended for: Adults – everyone
This was a fantastic short story, full of amazingly well written scenes and just enough information to make the story gut-wrenching.

A little paranormal twist thrown in for good measure and you have yourself a pretty awesome little story.

I would certainly recommend this one.

Review: The Black-Eyed Susan


The Black-Eyed Susan by J.A. Clement

3 stars

Synopsis: A short story from the world of the “On Dark Shores” fantasy series.

Ten years before the action in that novel, a ship’s captain goes to Scarlock to see the moneylender Copeland, pleading for more time to pay off his debt.

Bookish Things: 8 pages. The cover is apt and rather delightful. A marked improvement on the original cover.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $0.78

My Review: 

This is a very short tale about the owner of a cargo ship ‘The Black-Eyed Susan’ who runs into trouble with money lenders.

There’s not a great deal of characterisation to go on, but I feel like a solid story could be made about The Black-Eyed Susan and its crew. Which I’m happy to say is just what J.A. Clement has done. This is book #0.3 of the On Dark Shores series. I have already read On Dark Shores: The Lady (My review).

The emotional impact was missing from this, but I suppose it can be very difficult to pack a punch in a few pages.

If you like your sailor stories, this might be the first taste of something you’ll enjoy devouring.

AWW 2016 Review: Claiming the Rebel’s Heart/Her Rebel Heart


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Read from May 01 to 03, 2016

Note: CLAIMING THE REBEL’S HEART has been republished as HER REBEL HEART and is available in Kindle and print editions from Amazon. The copy I had was of Claiming the Rebel’s Heart.

Synopsis: War divides families…love unites hearts…

Herefordshire, England 1643

As the English Civil War divides England and tears families apart, Kinton Lacey castle is one of the brave few loyal to the roundhead cause.

With her father away, Deliverance Felton will do whatever it takes to defend her family home against the royalist forces ranged against it. She can shoot and wield a sword as well as any man and anything she needs to know about siege warfare she has learned from a book…but no book can prepare her for what is to come.

Captain Luke Collyer, soldier of fortune and a man with his own reasons for loyalty to the parliamentary cause, is sent to relieve the castle. Everything he knows about siege warfare in general and women in particular he has learned from experience, but when it comes to Deliverance Felton has he met his match?

Deliverance will not give up her command lightly and Luke will have to face a challenge to his authority as fierce as the cavalier foe outside the walls. He will do whatever it takes to win Deliverance’s trust but will he run the risk of losing his own, well guarded, heart? Continue reading

AWW 2016 Review: Lord Somerton’s Heir by Alison Stuart


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Read from January 01 to 04, 2016

Synopsis: Can the love of an honourable man save her from the memory of a desolate marriage?

From the battlefield of Waterloo to the drawing rooms of Brantstone Hall, Sebastian Alder’s elevation from penniless army captain to Viscount Somerton is the stuff of dreams. But the cold reality of an inherited estate in wretched condition, and the suspicious circumstances surrounding his cousin’s death, provide Sebastian with no time for dreams — only a mystery to solve and a murderer to bring to justice.

Isabel, widow of the late Lord Somerton, is desperate to bury the memory of her unhappy marriage by founding the charity school she has always dreamed of. Except, her dreams are soon shattered from beyond the grave when she is not only left penniless, but once more bound to the whims of a Somerton.

But this Somerton is unlike any man she has met. Can the love of an honourable man heal her broken heart or will suspicion tear them apart? Continue reading