Heartbreak at Pemberley (Longbourn, #17) by Margaret Lynette Sharp #BookReview @MargaretLynett1

Cover: Heartbreak at Pemberley
(Longbourn, #17)
by Margaret Lynette Sharp

 

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Short story.

As her wedding day approaches, Miss Juliette Darcy’s days are filled with delight as she sees her dreams evolving into reality. What devastating news, though, will soon arrive, threatening to shatter her future? Will her father be able to salvage the situation? Will Elizabeth and Darcy at length see smiles of true felicity return to their daughter’s face?

This is a compelling chapter in the life of our favourite couple and their extended family, written by prolific Australian author Margaret Lynette Sharp.

Genre(s): Fan Fiction
Kindle eBooks
> British Short Stories
> 30-Minute Romance Short Reads
> Single Authors Short Stories
Series: Longbourn, #17
Length: 15 pages
Release date: 2018-06-02

 

Teaser


One morning, as Elizabeth was taking a stroll in the sunshine outside Pemberley House, Juliette rushed to her in great agitation.

“Mama, Mama,” she cried, almost in tears, “I have news from Stephen. It is bad – so bad that he believes we must cancel our wedding.”


My Opinion

As this book is a work of fan fiction, it takes you back to the places and characters of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice”.

With “Heartbreak at Pemberley”, Margaret Lynette Sharp has created another nice piece of fan fiction. If you have read Pride and Prejudice” or even watched the remarkable TV mini-series (1980), you recognize the world of Elizabeth Darcy, née Bennet. The Longbourn series is centred on Elizabeth, whose warmth and intelligence also made Pride and Prejudice” special. Her husband, Fitzwilliam Darcy, has become a man who is gentle and caring – a tendency the readers could assume at the end of Pride and Prejudice”. It is a short read, taking you back to Pemberley and Elizabeth and Darcy’s daughter Juliette – whose wedding to her beloved Stephen is approaching fast – to further extend your Pride and Prejudice and/or Longbourn/Pemberley experiences. Margaret Lynette Sharp again took up the hard challenge of writing fan fiction on a classic by Jane Austen, aptly enhancing the story without changing the characters’ ways; the added next generation brings even more complexity. If you loved Pride and Prejudice, you will appreciate the additional stories this courageous author has to offer.

“Heartbreak at Pemberley” is a heart-warming story of hope, a lovely – and worthy – continuation of Elizabeth, Darcy, their children, and their story.

This is a book for you if you like Pride and Prejudice”, fan fiction, classic reads, classic reads’ aptly written fan fiction, and short instalments.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Mood Hopeful, nostalgic
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (decent, no swearwords)
Violence :mrgreen:  (none)
Sexual content :mrgreen:  (none)

 

About the author

My name is Margaret Lynette Sharp, and I’m the wife of the creator of the Grand Organ in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House, Ronald Sharp B.E.M. I’m proud to say that I’ve won two literary awards – one each at the 2014 and 2015 Short Story Writing Competition held as part of the Hurstville (in suburban Sydney, Australia) Discovery Festival of Community Arts.
These stories have been published in prizewinners’ anthologies, ‘Write Out Loud’ and ‘The Art of Writing’.

My first venture into Jane Austen fan fiction resulted in the best-selling ‘Longbourn Revisited’.
Next came the well-reviewed title, ‘An Encounter at Longbourn’, followed by ‘A Party at Longbourn’, ‘And from Longbourn, A Wedding Comes,’ and ‘Much Ado at Longbourn’. Recently, these five stories were combined, forming the novel-length ‘From Longbourn, With Love’. To date, I have forty published eBooks, and some of these are also available as paperbacks.

I grew up in an inner city suburb of Sydney, moving to a pleasant, tree-filled outer suburb at the age of ten. Ron and I currently live in this same house, a small Federation brick and tile home.

I’m thankful that we live near a river that has a large, netted swimming baths. I love to swim, and I’ve been a member of the local swimming club for well over thirty years. Our little white rescue dog, Chicki, comes with me and waits patiently while I enjoy the water. Afterwards comes her reward – a walk beside the river, and a chance to play on a little, sandy beach. Who knows what doggy friends she’ll find there…

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 “Heartbreak at Pemberley? Or – if you did not yet read “Heartbreak at Pemberley” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

 

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Heir of Fury (The Roxanne Fosch Files, #3) by Jina S. Bazzar #BookReview @Jina_Bazzar

Cover: Heir of Fury
(The Roxanne Fosch Files, #3)
by Jina Bazzar

 

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Three years have passed since Roxanne left. She’s obeyed and fulfilled Remo’s every wish.

His latest command, however, will send her back to Earth. Aware her presence Earth-side is furthering Remo’s plans, Roxanne delves into an impossible chase against time, the preternatural community, and herself.

But she might already be too late, and Roxanne experiences firsthand that when desperate people are pressed against a rock, they’re willing to commit just about anything.

 

Genre(s): > Paranormal & Urban Fantasy (Kindle Store)
> Science Fiction Adventure
> Science Fiction Adventures
Series: The Roxanne Fosch Files, #3
Length: 465 pages
Release date: 2020-04-29

 

Teaser


Something cold closed around my wrists and jerked my arms high above my head. Before I registered the pain, a wet, gooey substance smelling of earth and hay covered my lips.

My eyes flew open, and I cursed my stupidity for being so trusting. A Seelie stood above me – the one with the pointy ears and canine teeth.

Fool, stupid. The lack of a door meant I couldn’t go out, not that people couldn’t waltz in. And being under the hospitality code didn’t mean I was safe, only that whoever broke it would deal with Titania’s wrath.


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Roxanne Fosch’s new task for Remo – back on Earth. New even more dangerous challenges arise and the question of ‘who is friend or foe’ is not answered easily – yet vital.

With “Heir of Fury”, Jina S. Bazzar presents us with the third instalment of “The Roxanne Fosch Files” series. This is the third – and unfortunately, the last book in the series, with a complex protagonist on a quest for answers, tasks from Remo as well as from the Hunters, while having to face unexpected challenges and enemies. The story is cleverly elaborated, comprises interesting turns, and has a  great flow. Jina S. Bazzar introduces each character with care, providing them with sufficient depth for their respective relevance. I was drawn into the story right away – as Roxanne’s invisible friend. I could easily envision the characters and locations – with amazing colour intensity. I had a great time reading “Heir of Fury”. I have to admit that there were tears when I reached the end of the book, experiencing a sadness similar to losing a friend. I fully comprehend the author’s statement at the beginning of the acknowledgements: “I never thought saying goodbye to fictional characters would be as hard as saying goodbye to a loved one. But it is, and by the time I finished typing “The End”, I was both sad and excited.”

This is for you if you like urban fantasy, likeable characters, surprises, and excellent storytelling.

Highly recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV First-person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (decent enough)
Violence 😳 – 😡   (there is violence, fight scenes, some details)
Sexual content :mrgreen: – 😳  (some mentions of passion)

 

About the author

Jina was born and raised in Brazil, where she had a joyful and fulfilling childhood. Soon after she graduated from high school, she was diagnosed with a chronic disease that caused gradual vision loss. She became blind at the age of twenty-three. She has since lived in the United States and Brazil, though currently resides in the Middle East.

Like most authors, Jina had always been an avid reader, a fan of the fantastic, but was denied the joy of books when she became blind. Once she discovered screen readers, she picked up the habit of reading again, but discovered that reading was no longer enough, so she started writing her own book.

When she’s not writing in the Roxanne Fosch series or her blog, she’s writing articles for Conscious talk Magazine, where she works as a columnist.

Connect with the Author:

Website:  https://authorsinspirations.wordpress.com/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/Jina_Bazzar
Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17738345.Jina_S_Bazzar
Amazon:  Jina S. Bazzar
Buy links:  https://books2read.com/u/b55LWk


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 “Heir of Fury”?  Or – if you did not yet read “Heir of Fury” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


Link:  10 Statements – Jina S. Bazzar

Review:  The Curse

Review:  Heir of Ashes

Review:  Heir of Doom

 

The Memories We Bury by H. A. Leuschel #BookReview @HALeuschel

Cover: The Memories We Bury
by H.A. Leuschel

 

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

An emotionally charged and captivating novel about the complexities of female friendship and motherhood.

Lizzie Thomson has landed her first job as a music teacher, and after a whirlwind romance with Markus, the newlywed couple move into a beautiful new home in the outskirts of Edinburgh. Lizzie quickly befriends their neighbour Morag, an elderly, resourceful yet lonely widow, whose own children rarely visit her. Everything seems perfect in Lizzie’s life until she finds out she is pregnant and her relationships with both Morag and Markus change beyond her control.

Can Lizzie really trust Morag and why is Markus keeping secrets from her?

In ‘The Memories We Bury’ the author explores the dangerous bonds we can create with strangers and how past memories can cast long shadows over the present.

Genre(s): > Mothers & Children Fiction
> Women’s Psychological Fiction
> Psychological Fiction (Kindle Store)
Series: n.a.
Length: 314 pages
Release date: 2020-04-17

 

Teaser


‘It was so hard to live up to her expectations, Morag. I just wanted her to love me…’ I said, pausing to consider my train of thought.

‘Yes, my dear, yes …’ I’d looked at Morag, astonished that for once she’d not offered more than a perfunctory answer. ‘You’ll find out soon enough how difficult it can be to bring up a child.’ That last sentence came out as even more of a surprise.


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Lizzie, freshly married, moving in next door to Morag, a retired nurse.

With The Memories We Bury”, H. A. Leuschel has created an intense and thought-provoking story that kept me glued to my Kindle. Helene Leuschel introduces her characters as the story proceeds; I suddenly realised that I knew them quite well – or at least I thought I knew them. The main characters are complex – as well as believable. The story has a good flow; it certainly will not leave you unaffected. Not everyone will have the ‘Been there, done that.’ feeling, and they still will have goosebumps on their arms.

This is a book for you if you like compelling stories, psychology, and food for thought.

Highly recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV First person – past tense (Lizzie and Morag in their chapters)
Language :mrgreen:  (appropriate)
Violence :mrgreen:  (none to speak of)
Sexual content :mrgreen:  (decent)

 

About the author

Helene grew up in Belgium where she gained a Licentiate in Journalism & Communication, which led to a career in radio and television in Brussels, London and Edinburgh.

She now lives with her husband and two children in Portugal and recently acquired a Master of Philosophy with the OU, deepening her passion for the study of the mind. When she is not writing, Helene works as a freelance journalist and teaches Yoga.

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 “The Memories We Bury”?  Or – if you did not yet read “The Memories We Bury – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

 

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3 Quotes – Compassion

“Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.”

Albert Einstein,
born:  March 14, 1879
died:  April 18, 1955

 

“And as I’ve gotten older, I’ve had more of a tendency to look for people who live by kindness, tolerance, compassion, a gentler way of looking at things.”

Martin Scorsese, American director
born:  November 17, 1942
died:  —

 

“I can do no other than be reverent before everything that is called life. I can do no other than to have compassion for all that is called life. That is the beginning and the foundation of all ethics.”

Albert Schweitzer, German theologian
born:  January 14, 1875
died:  September 4, 1965

 

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Which are your favourite quotes on ‘compassion’?  🙂

 

Highland Cove by Dylan J. Morgan

Cover: Highland Cove
by Dylan J. Morgan

 

The author sent me an ARC (epub format) in exchange for an honest review (a member of Rosie’s Book Review Team).

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4  stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Highland Cove Sanatorium sits abandoned on a desolate island one mile off the Scottish mainland. It’s a dark, foreboding place, filled with nightmares. Even darker are the asylum’s secrets: a history of disease and mental illness, macabre experiments and murder.

The tales of ghostly appearances are said to be more fact than fiction, but no one has ever documented the phenomenon. Codie Jackson aims to change all that. Arriving from London with his small independent film crew, they plan to make a documentary that will forever change their lives.

But when one of the crew disappears, things begin to spiral out of control. A storm closes in to ravage the island, and in the darkness Highland Cove’s true horrors are revealed. Now lost within the institution’s labyrinthine corridors, Codie and his team realize that their nightmare is only just beginning.

 

Genre(s): > Ghost Fiction
> British Horror Fiction
Series: n.a.
File size: 3663 kb
Release date: 2020-03-30

Teaser


Liam looked up, caught a glimpse of shadow fluttering over the grime-coated wall. The wheelchair turned a gentle arc outside the open door. Pressing the record button on his EVP recorder, he held it out at arm’s length and stared at the wheelchair as it settled against the wall.

“Hello,” he addressed the hallway. “Can you hear me? What’s your name?”

A murmur, indistinct and barely audible, drifted from the shadows at the end of the passage…


My Opinion

The story starts sixty years earlier when Polish psychiatrist professor Bukoski was head of the Highland Cove asylum. The stories about Highland Cove intrigue Codie and his team to document the ghostly appearances. I will not tell you more about the story than shown in the Goodreads plot description. This would spoil the fun of reading this book yourself.

With Highland Cove”, Dylan J. Morgan has created an expertly woven plot, a thrilling horror novel. “Highland Cove” comprises authentic characters; Codie is a very likeable guy, I liked him from the start. You learn more about the team as the story processes; the more you learn about them, the more you are inclined to take sides. Dylan J. Morgan easily provides that fine chill that soon lets shivers run down your spine. There are turns that I did not see coming; most of my question marks were answered towards the end. I had a great time reading – this is a very compelling read. I was drawn into the story right away, close to Codie and Kristen and relieved to be invisible.

The ending was what I least anticipated; I could imagine two quite different possibilities for a second book or just say ‘Well, I really did not see that coming – but I accept it.’

I could imagine this a perfect plot for the “Fantasy Film Festivals” (they are known for gory horror films); I would admittedly opt to see a milder version, though.

The cover is great – perfect for this story.

This is for you if you like some shivers running down your spine, a creepy atmosphere and a gruelling mystery that needs to be solved.

A remarkable story to read again.

Recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ (four stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ (four stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ (four stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ (four stars)
Mood Suspenseful, creepy
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen: (some mild swearwords spread sparsely)
Violence 😡  (not for the faint of heart)
Sexual content :mrgreen:  (mentions)

About the author

Now living and working in Norway, Dylan J. Morgan was born in New Zealand and raised in the United Kingdom. He writes during those rare quiet moments amid a hectic family life: after dark, with limited sustenance, and when his creative essence is plagued the most by tormented visions.

If you’re searching for that light at the end of the tunnel then stop looking—you won’t find it here.

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 Highland Cove”?  Or – if you did not yet read Highland Cove”  – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

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