A Strange Companion by Lisa Manterfield #BookReview @LisaManterfield

 

The author sent me an ARC of this book (epub format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Kat Richardson isn’t running away from grief; she’s just hiding out in a gloomy Welsh university town until she’s sure it’s gone. Now, one year, nine months, and 27 days after the climbing death of her first love, Gabe, she thinks she’s ready to venture out into the relationship world again. And Owen—a cake-baking, Super Ball-making chemistry student—appears to be a kind, funny, and very attractive option.

But the arrival of Kat’s newly adopted niece, Mai, forces her home to northern England, where she runs headfirst into all the memories of Gabe she’s tried to leave behind—and discovers that Mai stirs up an unnerving feeling of déjà vu. Before long, Kat’s logical, scientific beliefs about life after death are in battle with what she feels to be true—that reincarnation is real and Gabe has come back to her through Mai. The question now, is why?

Taking on the topics of love, loss, and how we deal with grief, A Strange Companion is a twisted love triangle among the living, the dead, and the reincarnated.

Genre(s): Kindle eBooks
> Teen & Young Adult > Literature & Fiction > Social & Family Issues > Death
> Teen & Young Adult > Literature & Fiction > Social & Family Issues > Emotions & Feelings
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> Teens > Literature & Fiction > Social & Family Issues > Death & Dying
Series: n.a.
Length: 297 pages
Release date: 2017-04-04

 

Teaser


…I spotted a picture that made my heart do a tap dance in my chest. There, staring out at me from the wall was the picture of Gabe and me, a copy of the one I kept hidden in my wardrobe. It felt out of place on my brother’s wall, as if the image belonged only to me and my memories.

In my arms, Mai leaned towards the picture. Her eyebrows twitched and in an almost imperceptible move, her lips pursed into a decisive bow. Her wispy black eyebrows bunched together as she turned to consider me. She reached out and rested her hand on my cheek. I was about to smile and rest my hand over hers when she moved it across my face and drew her thumb along my jaw line, just the way Gabe had done.

She looked me dead in the eye. And then she said, “Sun.”


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Kat Richardson, still grieving for Gabe. She only returns to her hometown when her brother’s adopted daughter from China arrives.

With A Strange Companion, Lisa Manterfield has created a well elaborated story focussed on Kat and her dealing with grief. It was easy to get into the story; especially if you have lost a dear one, you understand at least some of Kat’s take on things. Kat is of sufficient depth, likeable; I had the urge to support her, help her cope. Lisa Manterfield created a remarkable story that offers food for thought on a serious topic. The story proceeds at a steady pace, carefully portraying Kat and her feelings; it comprises some interesting turns, and has a really good flow.

This is a book for you if you like thoughtful stories covering a person’s coping with loss and grief, as well as carefully elaborated plots with likeable characters.

Recommended.

A quote by the author: “I’m Lisa Manterfield and I love telling stories.” – Having read this book, I can whole-heartedly confirm this – it shows.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV First person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:
Violence :mrgreen:
Sexual content :mrgreen:  (some hints)

 

About the author

Lisa Manterfield is the award-winning author of A Strange Companion and I’m Taking My Eggs and Going Home: How One Woman Dared to Say No to Motherhood. Her work has appeared in The Saturday Evening Post, Los Angeles Times, and Psychology Today. Originally from northern England, she now lives in Southern California with her husband and over-indulged cat. Learn more at http://lisamanterfield.com/.

Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about A Strange Companion?  Or – if you did not yet read A Strange Companion – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


10 Statements – Lisa Manterfield

 

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Mission: ARMOR (A Division Eight Thriller, #2) by A.D. Starrling

The author sent me an ARC of this book (epub format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

A man tortured by his past. A woman determined to save him. A deadly assignment that threatens to rip them apart.

Eight months after falling in love with Alex Slade, the Army Ranger she rescued from an infamous drug cartel, U.S. Marine Lieutenant Vivian Thorpe is approached to be his second in command of ARMOR, the first team in a new shadowy black ops section called Division Eight. She agrees but has one condition: she will only give ARMOR six months.

With the deadline fast approaching, the pair find themselves heading to Africa with their team. Their mission: to assist an undercover CIA operative who may have unearthed the hottest lead on African arms trafficking in decades. When they fail to make contact with the agent, ARMOR discovers a chain of bloody evidence that leads them across the dark continent on the trail of a notorious arms dealer who may prove to be their toughest adversary yet.

With their enemy always one step ahead of them, Alex and Vivian must ignore the growing storm inside their hearts and call on all their strength and wit to lead ARMOR on one of the most dangerous assignments they have ever undertaken.

Will they survive long enough for Vivian to convince Alex that she is the perfect woman for him?

Mission: ARMOR is the second novella in the romantic military thriller series Division Eight from award-winning author AD Starrling. If you like action-packed, sexy stories with strong-willed heroes and heroines, then you’ll love this gripping new black ops series.

Genre(s): Kindle eBooks
> Literature & Fiction > Action & Adventure > Men’s Adventure
> Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers > Military
> Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers > Terrorism
Series: A Division Eight Thriller, #2
Length: 145 pages
Release date: 2017-07-14

 

Teaser


‘What’s the role?’ said Vivian.

It was Alex who replied this time. ‘XO. You’ll be my second in command and one of the team shooters.’

Surprise flared in Vivian’s eyes for the second time. She drummed the fingers of her right hand on the armrest of her chair, faint lines furrowing her brow.

‘Six months,’ she said brusquely, stilling her fingers. ‘I’ll give you six months.’


My Opinion

This book introduces you to U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant Vivian Thorpe; months after rescuing Army Ranger Alex Slade, she is offered to be his second in command in Division Eight’s new ARMOR team.

With Mission: ARMOR, A.D. Starrling has created an action-packed thriller centred on Rachel Carter – the promising first novella in the ‘A Division Eight Thriller’ series. It is a compelling read, drawing you into Alex and Vivian’s team. A.D. Starrling paints a clear picture of Vivian’s mind while the story evolves. There are many facets: depending on the situations, she is vulnerable, strong, hot-headed, or clear-minded, she is of sufficient depth. The other characters are described as required; you learn enough about them as well.  The story comprises combat scenes, interesting turns, and has a good flow.

This is a book for you if you like fast-paced thrillers, combat, covert operations, two characters falling for each other in secret, and if you like believable characters with a mission.

Recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Fast
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen: – 😳
Violence 😡
Sexual content 😳

 

About the author

AD Starrling’s multi-award winning thriller series Seventeen combines action, adventure, science, and a dose of the supernatural to make each book an explosive, adrenaline-fueled read.

When she’s not busy writing and reading, AD can be found looking up exciting international locations and cool science and technology to put in her books, eating Thai food, being tortured by her back therapists, drooling over gadgets, working part-time as a doctor on a Neonatal Intensive Care unit somewhere in the UK, reading manga, and watching action and sci-fi flicks. She has occasionally been accused of committing art with a charcoal stick and some drawing paper.

Find out more about AD on her website www.adstarrling.com where you can also sign up for her awesome newsletter and never miss her latest release. You’ll also get a chance to read advance copies of her forthcoming novels, have access to sneak previews of her work, participate in exclusive giveaways, and get special promotional offers.

Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Mission: ARMOR?  Or – if you did not yet read Mission: ARMOR – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

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Now available on Amazon: The Enhanced League by C. S. Boyack

Dear friends and readers,

The Enhanced League by C. S. Boyack is available on Amazon!
Enjoy his great writing.  🙂

Entertaining Stories

It feels like it’s been a long time coming, but The Enhanced League is a genuine book now. I played the usual games with my Mac before uploading it. It generally works like this:

“You’ve been logged out. Please enter your iCloud password.”

I loaded my password.

“You have upgrades.”

I start downloading the newest and greatest to the operating system.

“Your upgrades have just been upgraded.”

I start over. Looks like it will take about thirty minutes. I check back in half an hour. Twenty seven minutes remaining.

Play with he dogs and talk to my daughter before checking back.

“You’ve successfully upgraded your operating system. Please enter your iCloud password.”

When I clicked the keys, nothing happened. Replace the batteries in everything.

“Something went wrong. You have upgrades.”

Start all over again. Repeat the waiting times, and password entry.

“Do you want to activate Siri on this machine?”

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3 Quotes – Elisabeth Kuebler-Ross

Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, Swiss-American psychologist

born:
July 8, 1926 in Zurich, Switzerland

died:
August 24, 2004 in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

known for (among other non-fiction books):
On Death and Dying, To Live Until We Say Goodbye,
The Tunnel and the Light

Amazon:  Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

 

I believe that we are solely responsible for our choices, and we have to accept the consequences of every deed, word, and thought throughout our lifetime.
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It’s only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth – and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up, we will then begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.
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Learning lessons is a little like reaching maturity. You’re not suddenly more happy, wealthy, or powerful, but you understand the world around you better, and you’re at peace with yourself. Learning life’s lessons is not about making your life perfect, but about seeing life as it was meant to be.

 

Which is your favourite quote by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross?

 

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