Saturday, 26 May 2012
East End Jubilee by Carol Rivers
My rating: 0 of 5 stars
A very timely read. This book begins in June 1953 with the Queen's coronation and all the excitement of an East End family watching the ceremony on their new TV. (TV's had just come out and were a rare luxury). The residents of the street are squashed into one small room, grown-ups and kids alike. I wasn't ready for what came next and I won't say here. But it was enough to cause me to read the book in a couple of days. An easy and uplifting novel. Can recommend.
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Sunday, 12 February 2012
Carry On Quack has been likened to Marmite. You either love it or hate it. As sales have reached over six thousand worldwide on Amazon Kindle, all by word of mouth. I'm glad to say more people love it.
A big thank you to all the Doctor Quack fans out there.
Wednesday, 9 November 2011
Blue Fire Burning eBook: Hobb Whittons: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store: "For anybody who reads fantasy novels and enjoys them, I recommend the award winning epic 'Tales of the Pahleen: Blue Fire Burning'. I loved it. It's a credit to the author, Hobb Whittons. He really is an accomplished writer.
All in all, I can't recommend this book too highly for anyone who wants to explore the world of fantasy (and who doesn't?). Newbie or veteran, if you're looking for a great adventure to steer your ship to far off lands, where Goblins dwell and Dark Mistresses plot, let Hobb Whittons take charge and be your navigator.
Enjoy this roller coaster of a fantasy story, which is so well written you will be unable to tear yourself away before the stinging climax. It flows with the consistency of honey; rich and seductive with the feel of magic. Only a few novelists have the ability to capture a reader from start to finish. Whittons is one of them.
I have been reading fantasy for many years now, so I didn't write this review lightly. I am very hard to please. If you are only going to buy one book this year, make it 'Blue Fire Burning'. You won't be disappointed. I certainly wasn't. "
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Sunday, 16 October 2011
A Time For Change by Mel Comley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I really enjoyed this novel, the characters came alive on the page for me and I was soon siding with Danielle, and had the overpowering urge to kick Dean where it hurts...what a creep.
I read A Time For Change in one evening, as I was eager to find out what happened with the other man in Danielle's life, handsome Scott Jordache.
He is quite a mysterious person, and what is he doing on the cruise liner?
No, I can't tell you. You are going to have read this entertaining and sometimes very funny book, yourself. Thank you Mel Comely for another super read. From another satisfied reader.
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Wednesday, 5 October 2011
Today was a special day, as I received my first review for Carry On Quack.
Carol Rivers's review
Oct 05, 11
Read in October, 2011
What can I say about Chris Wilt's debut novel? Since joining Goodreads I've gone beyond my comfort (reading) zone into realms that before, I would never have dreamed of venturing. Why? Because as a writer, I'm constantly researching my chosen eras, studying books linked to the fierce focus I maintain for publication with Simon&Schuster. And so, carving out time with my Kindle, I have discovered that I can zip quite nicely along with a fantasy, sci-fi or young adult, and in this case, enjoy a mental rampage with the zany, eccentric, totally loveable Dr Edward Quack with debilitating IBS, the central figure in Chris's comic novel. This loopy doctor has a real heart - hidden somewhere under the corseted confines of his National Health training and subsequent haphazard career in medical practice. I soon found myself captivated by Quack's attractive veggie wife, Elizabeth, and appalled by their selfish and manipulating teenagers, Neville and Jessica. A functional family the Quacks are not! But somehow, a bizarre kinship binds them together throughout the book. There is an unexpected poignancy here, as the fracturing family struggles to survive. To cap it all, a furtive, opportunistic detective by the name of Dolly Hunt is called in by the hapless Quack to trail Elizabeth when she leaves him for another man. Dolly is gorgeously grotesque. I was mesmerized as the plot cantered along in unexpected ways! So, what can I say? - Other than, I am still thinking about the good doctor and his family. In fact, they are stubbornly stuck in my head and I should love to know what happens next. Should there be a sequel, I should happily buy it and treat myself to some more cleverly-written giggles that I have thoroughly enjoyed whilst reading Wilt’s, Carry On Quack.
Friday, 30 September 2011
In the Bleak Midwinter by Carol Rivers
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I have read all of Carol Rivers books and loved every one. I cannot recommend them highly enough and "In The Bleak Mid Winter" is no exception. As usual I couldn't wait for the paperback so bought the hardback. I think I am a Carol Rivers junkie, as I can never get enough of her novels. After a lot of searching I found out Rivers has been published since 1986 and eleven years ago Simon & Schuster snapped her up, and that is something they don't do very often.
Rivers books are all about the Isle of Dogs in the East End, and she spins a great story of family loyalties, the underworld and romance. Put these together and you can't put the book down. Carol Rivers is the only lady to keep me up until four o'clock in the morning!
If you only read one book this year read "In The Bleak Midwinter" and lose yourself to a roller-coaster of a read.
Winter 1919. Two months after the Armistice that ended the Great War, and life in London's East End is slowly returning to normal. But for 25-year-old Birdie Connor the battle is only just beginning. Frank, Birdie's older brother, has been sent to prison for deserting his army post whilst fighting in Belgium, and the shame heaped on the Connor family by their neighbours is unrelenting. Wilfred, Birdie's widowed father, has disowned Frank and vows that he will never set eyes on his son again, but Birdie cannot believe that her brother is guilty So when Frank escapes from prison and comes to find Birdie in secret, she promises to help him and is determined to prove his innocence. But little does she realise that she is exposing herself to danger as Frank gets himself deeper and deeper into trouble with the so-called friends he met in prison. Helped by the Connors' lodger, the handsome Harry Chambers, will Birdie be able to find the proof that Frank needs in time to reconcile him to their frail father before it is too late? And can she build a future to keep herself and her younger brother, Patrick, safe?
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Wednesday, 28 September 2011
The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The Canterville Ghost is an unusual ghost story. It begins in an old English country house, Canterville Chase, which is said to be haunted. When Mr Otis a wealthy American moves into the house with his wife and children, Lord Canterville warns them about Sir Simon, the house's resident ghost. But they ignore him, as the Otis family aren't afraid of phantoms or things that go bump in the night, no matter how hard the ghost tries.
I would describe this novel by Oscar Wilde as a humorous, Gothic ghost story, set in a typical English haunted manor. Which works very well with the practical American family who have an unusual way of behaving every time Sir Simon makes an appearance.
I liked the way some of the story is told from Sir Simons perspective, so that we bond with him rather than the Otis family. I enjoyed this book! It made me laugh, and what more can you ask from a novel. It was an easy read, so suitable for younger readers as well as adults, or as I like to say. The young at heart.
This classic ghost story tells of a malevolent ghost, who discovers there is no peace for the wicked when a rumbustious American family moves into his ancestral home. This is one of the "Walker Treasures" series - a collection of classic works of literature for children.
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