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The Mercury Travel Club, Helen Bridgett

The Mercury Travel Club, Helen Bridgett

The Mercury Travel Club: Getting your life back on track has never been more funny! by [Bridgett, Helen]

Genre:  General Fiction (adult), Women’s Fiction.

Usual moan…Woman’s Fiction. Again….* sigh* Why do we have a category aimed at excluding those who might want to read this. Men read – and write- romance and I can think of many that would love this. Don’t do it authors and publishers.

Its a wonderful read, I wasn’t sure when I requested it and it languished on my kindle for a week or so while I read other novels, but once I did pick it up it was perfect. I’m a little older than Angie, not much, a few years, and reading it I empathised with her, shared her reminiscing and laughed so much. I could see me doing all the things she and Patty did!

I tagged a few parts that really made me smile – the Spanx…I always imagine The Great Seduction falling apart when the Spanx come off.
Picture it, soft music, sweet nothings being murmured, clothing being slipped off…all’s going well until it comes to the Spanx. Ping, heave, tug, roll them down, acres of confined flesh spill out, red and sweaty, full of compression lines and itching. Cos when you take tight clothes of skin always itches doesn’t it? Not really the scene you had in mind. And going to the loo? Yep, men have no idea.
Mothering Sunday, yep, I’ve had the toast that is bizarrely soggy white in places, black in others, and the egg box daffodils.
The red wine dilemma, how come TV characters never have those gruesome teeth when they smile and never, never get drunk?
Poor Angie’s sponge cake, which knocks over the bird table, falls like lead. My cakes are like that, she mentions putting jam and custard on them a serving for dessert, and when my kids were little it was one they loved, the failed cake dessert. “Mum, mum, make a microwave cake today.”
Getting mistaken for a hooker, well, that’s one which has missed me but made me snigger.

Its a great read, uplifting for those of us a bit older, reminding us we Have Value, we have lots to give, and Angie and Pattie had a wonderful year.
There so much to smile at and yet its not just humour but some fabulous ideas encouraging us to continue having fun, its not a prerogative of the young. When she was going off for a bike ride with Ed and his Chapter I was so envious, never been on a bike and it sounded wonderful. Hmnn, wonder if someone has a bike and would take me for a spin…. 😉

I wanted Alan and Amanda to get theirs, so unfair cheating – its one thing I really, really hate, so cruel, so devastating. Sort your marriage/relationship out before straying. I wanted them to see Angie was doing so well, and they did but not quite as I hoped. I guess I’m the vengeful sort, I want the cheater to see what they’ve lost and regret it, for the third person to get the elbow and the cheatee to move on, to better and braver life, leaving the others regretful. There’s something of that in this book, but much more subtle!

Stars: Five, The characters were fabulous, from Angie and Patty, Angie’s mum and dad, her daughter, Charlie and Josie from the travel shop, Caroline, Peter, Ed, the Granny-Oks….so many fantastic people who all played a solid part in the novel

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Living in the Past, Jane Lovering

Living in the Past,  Jane Lovering

Living in the Past (Choc Lit) by [Lovering, Jane]

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Well, I’ll start with that genre category, women’s fiction. Why? I so hate that we alienate men from stories that they could well enjoy, splitting books into Women’s and Men’s is so dated, harks back to the fifties or so and has no place in literacy today. Well, that’s my take.

Anyway, to the book. I love Jane Lovering’s stories, find ChocLit delivers books I almost always love, and this one was another perfect read. A story that’s got that bit extra, not a cut and paste romance but one where there’s a fascinating story line running through.
I’m kind of open minded about time travel, just because we don’t understand it, if its possible, doesn’t mean it isn’t. After all years back what’s common place now was thought impossible, but science and technology brings leaping progress in what was thought impossible. I think of it as sort of parallel worlds, existing at the same time and maybe parts are thinner, maybe its some bloodlines, maybe time of year etc that allow people to pass through.

I love Grace, she’s been a widow for two years, and talks still to Jamie. I talk daily to my late husband to, so her feelings resonated with me. She has some great friends and they have been a solid support and as part of that Grace gets dragged off on an archaeology dig.
Duncan, the dig leader is a terrific character. He appears abrupt, abrasive and grumpy, yet his colleagues and students follow him avidly, knowing he’s very skilled at his career. This dig is personal for him though, and through it Grace discovers some of why he appears so unapproachable. I so felt for him, what an awful thing to happen, and the repercussions have shadowed his whole life.

Its kind of not hard to see where the story goes, but that didn’t matter, its delivered in such a fascinating way. I really felt there with Grace, out in the mud of the 21st century with the dig, and then back with Lady Hen. I love the way the two stories worked seamlessly, how they fitted together, and how we gained insights of the characters, saw how events can shape us. Life happens and we react to it, and what happens to us affects us as people.

Stars:Five, another great read from Jane, one I was really absorbed in and enjoyed thoroughly.

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From the Top, Dani Collins

From the Top,  Dani Collins

From the Top (Blue Spruce Lodge Book 2) by [Collins, Dani ]

Genre: Romance, General Fiction( Adult)

I read the sample of book one and felt I enjoyed the authors writing style, so requested this. Really enjoyed it, might buy book one too when my TBR pile goes down.

It started well, and I thought I knew what was going to happen but…I was wrong. It took a different direction, and I really enjoyed being surprised. I loved Nate, such a great father to Aiden, but his reactions to Ilke’s news wasn’t great. Then again it was a shock, and Ilke’s ideas about what to do were a bit different! I wasn’t so sure I liked Ilke at first, she seemed very closed, very cold, but when I knew more about her upbringing my heart ached for her. What an awful thing for a child to have to deal with, and no-one to help her. Its not surprising she has the view that getting close to people hurts,m that you can’t rely on anyone else.
Her and Nate are so opposite in so many ways and yet the chemistry between them sizzled, and slowly they were drawn together on a level about just the physical. Once more though the story held lots of surprises, plots took unexpected directions, things cropped up that I just didn’t foresee. I love a story that does that, keeps me guessing what is coming next, keeps me reading to see if I’m right.
It wasn’t quite a five star read, I’m not sure why, but it wasn’t a can’t-put-down read, more one that was interesting but still easy to pick up and put aside for later. Still an excellent story though, and the next one – if its Trigg’s story – looks fantastic.

Stars: Four and a half, excellent read but not quite the magic five. Trigg next I hope 😉 as that looks to be really fun!
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Rosie Colored Glasses, Brianna Wolfson

Rosie Colored Glasses,  Brianna Wolfson

Rosie Coloured Glasses by [Wolfson, Brianna]

Genre: General Fiction

I found this book hard going in that so much of it is like reading a long monologue of thoughts, mostly willows. I so felt for that poor girl, she’s going to need lots of help to cope with the trauma her parents have put her and Asher through. He’s a cute boy but Rosie shields him from much of the hurt, nurturing and protecting him from his own parents.
The parenting they received from Rex was safe but needed more affection, but Rosie’s parenting, full of on-the-surface affection was irresponsible at best, incredibly dangerous at worst. That they survived it was more a testament to Willow’s resourcefulness that their parents.

I didn’t like Rosie, as a single lady she wasn’t carefree, more careless. She was single-minded, only what she wanted to happen was allowed to happen, and she shaped her world that way. It did make me wonder why she was like that, how she survived financially when she walked out of jobs at whim…I guess my practical minded self always figures on things like that. In the real world we just can’t do that and still have a roof over our heads, warmth, food etc.
I didn’t much like Rex either, so rigid and set in his ways. There are people like him though, and once more there’s usually something in their upbringing that has made them have this irrational need for total control.
You couldn’t have found two more opposite people. I could see they had an attraction for each other, someone so different from themselves but I reckon a few dates where Rosie doesn’t turn up, or is late, or dressed unsuitably, and where Rex annoys her as he’s too pompous, too overbearing and that would be the end of them.
I just can’t see how they’d last more than a few weeks. But they do, and have two precious kids and that’s where the story gets so sad. The kids have to bear the results.

Rosie’s parenting means No Rules, just Fun all the Way, and Rex, well, he seems to feel he needs to make up for it by having Rules, Lists, and No Fun. Rosie’s is all kisses, kisses, kisses and Rex doesn’t seem to know how to show affection. I could see he cared for the kids, loved them in his way, and I just can’t imagine in that case that he wouldn’t give them a hug and kiss, even if only sporadically.

Of course the spiral of two such different parenting styles cause issues for the kids, and it was heartbreaking seeing it happen. I disliked Rosie when she was single, but she wasn’t hurting anyone ( except the poor saps who employed her), but as a parent she was a disgrace. It looks like all fun, but really its just Rosie doing what she wants, to be a parent that’s loved, to be a friend to her kids, and she’s not doing them any favours, and her behaviour becomes dangerous at times. Anyone who’s stood out at school for being different will know how cruel kids can be, I was a skinny kids, glasses, dark skin tone and that set me up for bullies. Nothing to be done about that, but Willow and Asher, Rosie turned them into victims by her careless parenting.
Things get harder for Rosie to deal with, she’s struggling with life before she has the kids and after, and then the divorce, well, its hard. I felt for her, she was clearly depressed, but dealing with it by getting more and more OTT, more manic, more outrageous in what she does with the kids.
I was furious at her way of coping, who does that when they love their kids? To me it felt Rosie was a show parent, wanted them and others to see her as fun, but didn’t really care enough about them to deal with her issues, once more it was Rosie’s needs that superceded everyone else. You just know its leading to disaster….and it does, big time.

Stars: Two and a half, a story I struggled to believe in, just couldn’t see Rex and Rosie getting past a few early dates. It had some harrowing events, some heartbreaking moments. I wouldn’t call it whimsical, that suggests light-hearted and this is anything but. Its well written but not want I want to relax with.
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The Night Child, A Novel, Anna Quinn

The Night Child, A Novel, Anna Quinn

The Night Child: A Novel by [Quinn, Anna]

Genre: Literary Fiction, Women’s Fiction.

What an extraordinary read this proved to be. I really wasn’t sure what to expect but just went along with the story as it unfolded.

I felt so sorry for Nora, she thinks she’s like most of us, home and family, job she enjoys and life is good. Until it isn’t. It turns out her past is connected to her present, and to her future.

Everything is normal until she she’s the face of a child, one who seems to know here. Nora doesn’t know what to think, probably passes it off as stress, tiredness, all the usual excuses we make when something out of the ordinary happens. We’re geared up to Normal, conditioned to think that way and its incredible how contorted our minds can get to keep that, what lies we tell ourselves.

As the story moves on Nora has consulted specialists, to check her health, physically at first and then she meets with David, psychiatrist, who in his quiet way lets her inner thoughts have free rein.

Its heartbreaking the way the story unfolds, and for that little child I could have cried. sadly its something that happens too often and as individuals we all have ways of dealing, some work permanently, some just for a time.

Sadly for Nora the more that gets revealed the deeper her issues are seen to be. I loved the support she got from John, her teacher friend but she ought to have got that from husband Paul, but sadly he was already making his own way and this doesn’t help her. I hated him, hated him. He could have put his own feelings aside, just for a while, supported the woman he married for love, tried to at least keep things together for their daughter Fiona. she’s only 6 and it must have been traumatising for her having mummy away and daddy…well, lets say daddy wasn’t the responsible parent he could have been, involving her in his other life. a rsehole!

I’ve no patience with people like him, sort out your marriage, end it if need be, before moving on.

Nora has such a struggle, she can’t believe herself, so how can she expect others to believe her, and the more we learn the stronger that little child seems, to have overcome such trauma and yet let Nora grow up into a person that fits in with the rest of society, has a family, a job she is well respected in, looked up to. I was so glad she found David.

Then the cracks start, the crumples and rifts deepen and I was wondering – how could/would it all end?

And on that note, the ending…well, its one of those arty, popular, ambiguous endings, where we’re led to really put our own inferences on what happens next, and that’s what kept this off five star for me.

It works well for others, but for me I want my endings written, I need to know what the author thought would happen, not put my own ideas there. I’m a reader not a writer so though I could mentally imagine what *might* happen next, I really want it laid out there in front of me.

Excellently written and paced story, that kept me reading til the end. I just wish that end had been more concrete, more solid.

Stars: four, a great debut read

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Wildwood, Elinor Florence

Wildwood, Elinor Florence

Wildwood by [Florence, Elinor]

Genre:  General fiction (adult), women’s fiction.

Well this was one of those reads which was a real treasure. It merges past and present beautifully with present day Molly, reading the diaries of her great aunt, first owner of wildwood, and the story of their struggles to live in such an inhospitable environment.

Molly and Bridget are wonderful, Molly, having had a hard life and been disappointed one too many times in love, is determined its just her and Bridget now. Bridget has elective mutism, and was having treatment, as she can speak but will only talk to Molly.
Then things change, Molly loses her job, they can’t afford Bridget’s therapy, can’t afford the apartment and are facing homelessness when she gets contacted by a solicitor about her great aunts will.

Its the first Molly knows about her family, and comes as a shock. She will inherit Wildwood and can do with it as she pleases but first she has to live there for a year. Or she can take a lump sum which would give them a few months reprieve. $50,000 or $1.5 million…There’s a $400 a month rental from land contracted out if she chooses to stay there which will provide the basics.
Of course she opts to stay but the house has been closed up for many years and is filthy, and Molly and Bridget seem to have a bit of a germ mania….frantic cleaning restores it to its glory, a beautiful home but with no plumbing, no electricity. They’re going to be living much as the ancestors did. Molly finds the diary of her great aunts first year, when she was just 18, along with other books, and they help her so much. She a city girl, can’t cook, knows nothing of country life, how to live in a place where the answer to everything is Google.

I loved seeing the story from the present, Bridget and Molly having great days, having bad days, having scary days. I loved Winona, young girl from the local reservation who came to be such a friend and help to the family.
She had a tough life and the diary talks about Annie Bearspaw, who was her great grandmother ( I think) and a famous healer.
I loved how they changed over the course of the year, grew in confidence, how Bridget became a different child from the scared, timid one she was, Molly learned practical skills, and Winona opened out from the quiet ,slightly sullen girl we first met. .
There’s a hint of romance and that made the book perfect for me, Colin was a great guy, it was clear how he felt about Molly, Bridget and Winona, and how they felt for him. The gentle way the romance played out, taking a very back role in the story was perfect.
Of course its not all sweet and light, there are reminders of how harsh the land is, how unforgiving of mistakes, how people have to take care at all times not to get lost to the vagaries of nature.
Lisette, reader of bodice ripper romance, with her vivid clothes and tortured hairstyles, secretary to Mr Jones ( Franklin) the solicitor who handles everything. I adored her, and felt so sad for her when she realised just how things were going, that she was another victim of the “wife doesn’t understand me” justification. I looked forward to seeing what she was wearing, what she was reading each month. She had a perfect end too – and I hope she went on to go far, she was such a kind, sunny person.

I made a couple of notes while reading..the rhubarb pie Molly so proudly makes but doesn’t add enough sugar, reminded me of a time when I made two perfect rhubarb crumbles for my husband and my friend. I don’t like rhubarb but they did, and the crumbles looked perfect. Only issue was I forgot the sugar, not added too little but forgot it altogether! Yeach…really sour.
The second note, not humorous at all was the reference to Winona’s ancestors, victims of the Residential School system. The whites of the time were so obnoxious we decided Native Indians needed education in our ways, and removed whole families of their children, taking them far away to residential schools. No chance to object, no thought for the kids or the families who lost them, it was just done. Of course they weren’t going to be accepted by the whites even if well educated, and taken away from their support system they lost their place, their role in the Native Indian group too, turned into people with no real place in the world.
How arrogant we can be at times. I’d read about this a couple of years back and had no knowledge of it before, but it was quite widespread, no doubt all the “do-good” types patting themselves on the back for a job well done, when in reality they ruined lives of the kids taken away and the families left behind.
Ah well, that’s today’s rant over 😉 read this book if you love history brought to life, to see the past through the eyes of people living it.

Stars: Five, great read, real situation, past and present both felt very real, its not a one plot story but one with some real substance to it. One I will reread.

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Resolve, Carla Susan Smith (Corsets and Carriages 2)

Resolve, Carla Susan Smith (Corsets and Carriages 2)

Resolve (Corsets and Carriages) by [Smith, Carla Susan]

Genre:  Romance, Historical.

I love Susan’s Vampire’s Promise series, and when I saw the first one in this historical series I thought I’d like to read these books. A historical trilogy its a very big departure from the supernatural world!
I loved book one, have just finished book two (read the day I got it!!) and am keen to see how things wrap up. Luckily there’s not too long to wait, book one is Jan 9th, book two Jan 31st and book three is scheduled for Feb 18, so not one of those where by the time the end part is released you’ve forgotten how it started.

Rian is the archetypical, dark, swoon-making hero, and a true gentleman. Someone who had vowed never to remarry after the death of his wife, but who was known for his affairs, though each lady knew that they would never mean more to him.
Then he found – literally – Catherine and his thinking has undergone a huge change even if he’s not quite ready to admit it to himself.

Lady Isabel though is determined to be the next Mrs Connor, regardless of what Rian wants or feels, and she isn’t going to let him having feelings for someone else stand in her way. She’s a rich widow and has the money to “persuade” others to do what she wants, and removing Catherine is her current desire. She really is a wonderful character, one of those who are totally selfish, manipulative and have no care for others.
As I was reading part of me was thinking “c’mon, surely they can see through this” while hoping Carla let things run to the full extent and drag out the drama and theatrics. Its characters like hers, so deliciously avid and amoral that can make a book. Romance without drama or controversy, without some nasty, grasping selfish types can be very bland. Lady Isobel is one of the finest anti-heroines 😉
Of course there’s Catherine, recovering well, developing strong feelings for Rian, becoming part of the Connor family and loved by them and the staff, but who still has no memories other than her name. Slowly things happen that are bringing back little parts, and her confidence is growing. Isobel doesn’t like that she’s still there and there’s a fabulous private confrontation between the two fairly early in the book, that shows Isobel she’s not the pushover she hoped. Ultimately I think Catherine will be in real danger from her, though Isobel has everyone else ( apart from the staff of course) hoodwinked about her motives and machinations.
Its another wonderful read and though its part two of a trilogy Carla avoids the awful, hated cliffhanger employed by so many authors – I hate them with a vengeance, and TBH they spoil a book for me. Carla finishes this on a natural break point, setting up book three and delivering a tantalising description of what’s to come.

I’m not a great historical reader but I do love to occasionally dip into the genre, and this trilogy is proving a perfect read for me.

Stars: Five, some fabulous characters, what looks like an awful betrayal, and the promise of lots more drama to come. I adore books with lots of jealousy and dramatics.

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Marry in Haste,  Jane Aiken Hodge

Marry in Haste,  Jane Aiken Hodge

Marry in Haste by [Aiken Hodge, Jane]

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Historical Romance

Quick moan as usual about Woman’s fiction – why? Just why do we exclude a whole segment of readers? Men can and do enjoy writing and reading romances….

Republished from a 1969 story, but doesn’t feel dated, the advantages of a historical novel I guess.

Its a fun read, I don’t review many historical works, but like to take a dip back in time for a change from whatever else I’ve been reading, especially if its been a heavy suspense or intense fantasy work. Kind of recharges/refreshes my brain.
Camilla was a lovely girl, lucky too, but a book where she ended up on the streets and died wouldn’t be much fun would it 😉 Or long…I liked her willingness to try and make her way, her determination to make the best of every situation, and of course her loyalty.

Lord Leominster seems quite a cold guy when we first meet him, but he has his reasons, and he’s kind to Camilla, and to his wayward younger sister.
Much of the story takes place in Europe at the height of the French/English/Spanish wars and Leominster is heavily involved uncover in some dangerous work. Camilla once again needs to pull together all her resources and do her best to keep them all safe.

There’s some drama here, quite intense at times, and of course some romance, but which is very muted, more a slow kindling of love coming from mutual respect. Its how things often were back then though, with so many arranged marriages, so where it would have irked me in a contemporary romance it felt perfect here. I did like the way things got bad before they became better, I do love that lost love potential dramatics in a romance and here it worked well for me.

Stars: Five, a fun and interesting read, felt very period appropriate and with some terrific characters.

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Once Broken, D.M. Hamblin. His Best Mistake, Lucy King

Once Broken, D.M. Hamblin

Once Broken by [Hamblin, D.M.]

Genre: Romance,

So, there were things I enjoyed about this story and…parts I hated.

I loved the way that the past felt so real, the little touches like the music and settings that really brought me back to the 70’s, my teen years. I so admired Jackie in the way she raised Gina, didn’t whinge about Tony, just got on with being mother and father to her, providing a happy and stable home.

What I found so hard though was the way she was so infatuated with tony, made excuses, returned to him again and again it seems, and I just couldn’t see why? The guy is a jerk, a selfish, spoiled only child who thinks everything should go the way he wants, and anyone blocking it is wrong.

I need to like my leads, and to be honest I hated Tony. Really really didn’t like him, and thought Gina deserved a better father, and Jackie a better man. Usually I love characters like Carmela but in this instance although she was wonderfully unpleasant I couldn’t see why on earth Tony was attracted to her.

The way the story was told too didn’t quite suit me, I like dialogue based books where the plots are shown, not ones where the story is largely told, by way of narrative or a characters inner musings. That’s a very personal issue though, not a criticism of the story. We all like different things.

I did like the drama in it, if only Carmela had some redeeming features that made me see why Tony wanted her, and if he’d had a shred of pleasantness about him I could have really enjoyed this story. I didn’t really feel it was a romance as I understand it, most of the book was romance gone wrong, and for me that wasn’t really satisfying. As it was its one that was an OK read for me, however it might just be this story, not the author’s style, that didn’t suit and I’m intrigued by her next book which is on KU, so I’ve downloaded that to try.

Stars: Three. Will be great for some readers, a five star read but which didn’t make that for me.

His Best Mistake by Lucy King

His Best Mistake (The Maclean Family Legacy Book 1) by [King, Lucy]

Genre: General Fiction (Adult) , Romance

Sometimes I just want to read a simple easy romance, and this was perfect yesterday when that was my mood. I’d just finished an intense fantasy read and wanted something to relax with.

Stella is lovely, and I felt so sad that she hadn’t any decent family, and her childhood left her so reserved she didn’t even have any real friends. No wonder she was taken in by the jerk Brad, who neglected to tell her, outright lied when asked, that he was engaged. That’s not how his ex-fiancee sees it though, to her Stella is what Brad tells her, someone who came on to him, seduced him, knowing he was engaged, and wouldn’t stop harassing him.
Her brother hates to see her so upset, so he determines to find Stella, get answers for his sister, and find the missing heirloom they believe she has stolen. When he sees Stella though he’s hid by an immediate bout of lust, an attraction he feels hard to ignore. At first he’s all in her face, but when he calms he thinks on what she says and realises it makes sense, it fits the person she is and who Brad is, who he always had doubts over. And that attraction – it just won’t go away.

Trouble is what happens in Scotland doesn’t stay there, and some weeks later they reconnect.
It isn’t easy though, they don’t know each other, his sister hates her, both Stella and Jack have reasons for not being in a relationship. Is there any hope for them? Well, it was a great story seeing all the issues and how they affected the story, how both Stella and Ben reacted to them.
I really enjoyed it. Its not a story I’d re-read, a little light for that but one I loved as a one off read.

Stars: Five, a fun, easy read, that pulled at my emotions.

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A River of Silence, Susan Clayton-Goldner

Sorry for the lack of reviews this week, a vicious D&V bug hit me, unable to eat, to keep even water down at one point I haven’t turned on pc since Monday morning….


A River of Silence,  Susan Clayton-Goldner

A River of Silence: A Winston Radhauser Mystery: #3 by [Clayton-Goldner, Susan]

Genre: Romance, Suspense,

My third story from Susan, and for me each gets better and better, and this one is definitely my favourite. It reminds me a bit of Jodi Picolt’s writing, in the way that reading the synopsis makes me feel one thing, and as the book continues my opinions get changed. I look at incidences from different viewpoints and feel sympathy for people that I may have disliked to begin with.

I love Bryce, such a kind man, but with his own past tragedies. He’s trying to rebuild his live and adores Dana’s two boys.

Radhauser too is a man with a tragic past, and I really enjoyed seeing so much of him and his family here. I love the way Susan links up Bryce past, Radhauser past to the present incidences, and shows how what happens to us does affect how we think, behave, perceive things and other people.

Radhauser sees Bryce and like many immediately think he’s been drinking, but when he finds out Bryce is hearing impaired, sees just how deep his love is for the children he feels he can’t be guilty.

The media as ever though is baying for blood and Radhauser’s boss demands a suspect to keep them quiet. Sadly I think that happens far too often, that media publicity means the police are looking for someone to blame, not necessarily that actual guilty person. Gah, that’s my soapbox for today!

Kendra, girl of famous legal father, rich family but wants to blaze her own trail, and Bryce is her first public defender job. Radhauser has had to arrest him, though he made his views clear that Bryce is innocent and someone else to blame, but as far as the police are concerned its case closed. Radhauser continues to dig in his own time though, and to help Kendra where he can.

Its a tragic story, full of suspense, and one of those where we feel out the story, look for who’s to blame from the clues we’re given. I was convinced it was XXXXX but was wrong, 😉 and loved that. Once the full story comes out it’s so logical, so easy to see how it happened.

I love that its not a one plot story, but multi layered, there’s Bryce and the death of Skylar, and the tragedy from Bryce past, Skylar’s and Scott’s mum Dana, she’s just 20 and struggles with being a parent, her relationship with Reggie, her ex now her present once more. Then we have Bryce’s neighbour, the wonderful Miss Tilly, Bear from the diner and his son Henry and the issues they have, Kendra and her battle to become someone other than her father’s daughter, and of course Radhauser, his past loss and his current family and the problems they have. It makes for a really satisfying read, one well written and researched, one that I loved and will reread.

Stars: Five, a really satisfying read, plots that wrapped up well, that were seen from all sides and which let me make my own decisions. My favourite so far from Susan Clayton-Goldner

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Jeannie's honest thoughts on products bought or received for review purpose.

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Book Reviews, News, and Other Stuff

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Book Junkiez

The place where book addicts go for their book fix!

Hit or Miss Books

Honest reviews for children's, middle grade, teen and adult books.

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Book Gossips

We are four cousins hailing from Australia. Love of books runs in our family and we have decided to share our exhilirating gossip sessions with you. Here you can find book reviews from multiple genres, bringing you the best of buzz worthy popular fiction.