Pemberley: They Gathered At Rosings (Longbourn, #15) by Margaret Lynette Sharp #BookReview @MargaretLynett1

Pemberley:
They Gathered at Rosings
(Longbourn, #15)
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.

There’s excitement afoot when the Darcys gather with their peers for the grand ball organised by Lady Catherine de Bourgh and her husband Hubert. Will Her Ladyship’s grandson John meet the girl of his dreams, or has unrequited love stifled his ardour? Does Fitzwilliam Darcy, Jr win the hand of his true love, Emily? Has Lady Catherine had a change of heart about her feelings towards her grandchildren and their futures?

Here is yet another addition to the ‘Longbourn’ series of Jane Austen fan fiction pieces by prolific Australian author Margaret Lynette Sharp.

Genre(s): Fan Fiction
Kindle eBooks
> 30-Minute Romance Short Reads
> Single Authors Short Stories
> Regency Historical Romance
Series: Longbourn, #15
Length: 15 pages
Release date: 2018-05-05

 

Teaser


“Ah – then he needs to be encouraged. Ambition is a fine attribute, and most certainly desirable for one in his situation,” observed Her Ladyship.

“I see your point, Grand-mama, but upon my honour, I would prefer to see him happy in his employment, rather than compelled to seek a higher position – especially if that position were not to his liking.” Amelia’s eyes moved from person to person.

“Upon my word, Amelia, you speak your opinion very decidedly for a young person,” observed Her Ladyship.


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 “Pemberley: They Gathered at Rosings”, 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, develops nicely – a tendency the readers could assume at the end of Pride and Prejudice”. It is a short read, taking you back to Pemberley – or in this case, Rosings – to further extend your Pride and Prejudice and/or Longbourn/Pemberley experiences. Lady Catherine de Bourgh and her husband Hubert organise a ball at Rosings; what about her grandchildren and matters of the heart in general? 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.

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

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

 

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My New Superjob (Maze City, #1) by Anton Eine #BookReview #RBRT @AntonEine

Cover: My New Superjob
(Maze City, #1)
by Anton Eine

 

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Have you ever wanted to be a superhero? The city’s defender against crime, violence, and all sorts of sicko nastiness?

When one day she stumbled upon a strange help wanted ad claiming that the city was looking for a superhero, Samantha Washington, a former Ranger commander, was sure it was a joke. She sent in a resume anyway.

Will the ad turn out to be somebody’s dumb idea of a prank, a practical stunt, a cunning maniac’s clever trap, or… a real opportunity leading to a difficult and dangerous future occupation?

Now that she has allowed herself be drawn inextricably into a whole chain of strange events, Samantha will have to figure it all out on her own. And she’ll have to do it face to face with her own deepest fears.

Genre(s): > Superhero Science Fiction
> War & Military Action Fiction (Kindle Store)
> Women’s Adventure Fiction (Books)
Series: Maze City, #1
Length: 45 pages
Release date: 2019-04-26
Translator: John William Narrins

 

Teaser


“Honestly? Yes. On average, male candidates have greater physical strength, which is a significant parameter for the current position. But we don’t live in the on-average world, we live in the real world, where I’m happy to consider each candidacy for what it is, irrespective of sex and biological species.”

“I’m almost afraid to ask whether that’s sarcasm or if you’re serious.”

“Let’s call ist… serious sarcasm,” said Mark, with a shrug. 


My Opinion

This book focuses on an interview between “Mark” and Samantha, the latter being in dire need of a paying job.

With “My New Superjob”, Anton Eine has created a very funny short story with more than a superhero touch. The story was initially planned to be just one short story – this would have been our (the readers’) loss. This short story comprises two believable characters with sufficient depth and hilarious dialogue. I had a great time reading “My New Superjob” – it is a very fun read. I was drawn into the story right away, getting closer to Samantha, page by page. I am looking forward to reading more!

This is for you if you like female protagonists, great – and fun – dialogue, as well as the superhero topic.

A fun and somehow suspenseful short story to read again; it is the very promising first in a new series.

Recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Mood Mysterious and weird (for the protagonist)
Mysterious and hilarious (for the reader)
Pace Steady
POV First person – past tense
Language 😳  (medium swearwords)
Violence :mrgreen: – 😳  (mentions of measures, weapons and war)
Sexual content :mrgreen:  (none)

 

About the author

Anton Eine is sci-fi and techno-fantasy author from Kyiv, Ukraine.

After building his successful carrier in marketing, he decided to let his creativity writing fantastic fiction books to actualize numerous ideas he had in his mind for years.

Anton is passionate about food (and some drinks of course!), photography, animals (especially wild cats) and rock music. He likes embedding his hobbies into the fantastic canvas of his writings and to share that passion with readers.

Anton Eine officially can’t stand any limits and boundaries, so his books usually step out of the box of traditional genres, crossing the edges of conventional storytelling and blurring the borders of common thinking.

Author of superhero series “Maze City” and technomancy series “Programagic,” also known for short sci-fi stories “The Cleansing”, “Sincerely Yours, Lucifer”, “Plus Ten”, “Post-molecular Comfort Food”, “The Pyramids of an Alien World” and others.

Connect with the author:

Website:  https://www.antoneine.com/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/AntonEine
Amazon:  Anton Eine
Buy links:  https://books2read.com/u/bWBoA1


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 “My New Superjob”?  Or – if you did not yet read “My New Superjob” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

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Not Knowing by Donna Dechen Birdwell #BookReview #RBRT @donnadechen

Cover: Not Knowing
by Donna Dechen Birdwell

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

When Meg was a little girl, Abuela María predicted she would travel to the moon.

Now she’s an archaeologist digging up Mayan ruins in Belize while trying to keep her own past buried beneath hard work and professional responsibility. It isn’t working. The summer of 2022 seems destined to push all of Meg’s buttons—her deep-seated aversion to marijuana and guns and the unwanted presence of a boy who reminds her of a certain horrific summer in Mexico. Digging deeper only unearths more questions. And then her husband buys a lottery ticket for the first tourist flight to the moon. What Meg doesn’t want to know may yet be her redemption.

Genre(s): > Contemporary Women’s Fiction
> Contemporary Women Fiction
> Contemporary Literature & Fiction
Series: n.a.
Length: 327 pages
Release date: 2019-07-20

Teaser


I drifted easily to sleep. It was good sleep but somewhere near morning, I began to dream. At first it was just one of those dreams of childhood, being in the old home place, catching the aromas from the kitchen – bread baking, chicken frying – and then playing hide-and-seek with my big brother among the bins and bushes of our neighborhood without fences. But then it shifted.


My Opinion

This book focuses on archaeologist Meg Fitzellen, spending her summer at ‘her’ Mayan ruin site in Belize; for her, digging in ancient history is more pleasant than reminders of her own past. Insights and Belizean events still have an influence on her after returning home to Texas.

With “Not Knowing”, Donna Dechen Birdwell has created a nicely developing and intense story about Meg Fitzellen. The story comprises a variety of characters with sufficient depth, interesting turns, archaelogical knowledge, and has a good flow. I was drawn into the story right away, close to Meg and Seth; captivated by what their story had to offer. I had a good time reading “Not Knowing” – also a great source of food for thought.

“Not Knowing” may be categorised ‘Contemporary Women’s Fiction’ – it offers a lot more. I enjoyed the human touch, the dreams, as well as the little mysteries; a story not easily forgotten.

This is for you if you like female protagonists, stories that let you follow along and inspire your own train of thoughts, as well as books you would like to read again.

Recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV Mainly: First person – past tense
In dreams: first person – present tense
Ending – present tense
Language :mrgreen:  (few mild swearwords)
Violence :mrgreen: – 😳  (some violence in retrospective)
Sexual content :mrgreen:  (some mentions without details)

 

About the author

Donna Dechen Birdwell is creator of a haunting dystopian 22nd-century world in her RECALL CHRONICLES, which began with Way of the Serpent in 2015. Her writing is informed by a lifetime as a student of humanity and her travels to many countries, several of which (Belize, Ireland, Nepal) have become her “homes away from home”.  Donna is convinced that storytelling is one of our most powerful social mechanisms, imagination our most precious human trait.

Before anthropology, Donna was a journalist, and beyond anthropology she became an artist and photographer. As an artist, she is largely self-taught and her work has been primarily in acrylics on handmade Nepali lokta paper. She maintained an art studio in East Austin for a number of years, participating in EAST Austin Studio Tours from 2011 through 2014. Her primary photographic interest is in Miksang comtemplative photography.

Donna’s paintings and photographs have been displayed at ASmith photographic gallery in Johnson City, Austin Bergstrom International Airport (February 15 – May 20, 2014), Glovinsky Gallery in Denver, CO, Dragonfly Gallery (Austin), Gallery Black Lagoon (Austin), The Art Studio Inc. (Beaumont), and Frederick Gallery (Fredericksburg, VA). Her work was included in St. Louis Women’s Caucus for Art catalog of “Contemporary Women Artists XVI: Longevity.”

Donna holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from Southern Methodist University and previously taught at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas.

Connect with the author:

Website:  https://donnadechenbirdwell.com/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/donnadechen
Amazon:  Donna Dechen Birdwell
Buy links:  https://books2read.com/u/bM9E0k


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 “Not Knowing”?  Or – if you did not yet read “Not Knowing” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


 

 

 

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Fool’s Gold (Sam Harris Adventure, #1) by PJ Skinner #BookReview #RBRT @PJSkinnerAuthor

Cover: Fool’s Gold
(Sam Harris Adventure, #1)
by PJ Skinner

 

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Indiana Jones wannabe finds adventure a little tougher than she expected.

It’s 1987. Geologist Sam Harris is a woman in a man’s world – naive and underpaid, but resilient and passionate. Desperate for her first job, she accepts a contract with a dodgy entrepreneur exploring for gold in the remote rainforests of Sierramar.

When she uncovers a clue to a treasure buried deep within the jungle, she is sent on an expedition to find it, but one of her colleagues is plotting to seize the hoard and will kill to get his hands on it.

Will Sam find the treasure or will her first adventure be her last?

If you like gutsy heroines, exotic locations, and complex characters, then you’ll love PJ Skinner’s thrilling novel.

Download Fool’s Gold for free and have an adventure today.

Genre(s): > Women’s Adventure Fiction (Kindle Store)
> Travel Adventure Fiction
> Mystery Action Fiction (Kindle Store)
Series: Sam Harris Adventure, #1
Length: 303 pages
Release date: 2017-12-12

Teaser


…There was no front door. A lopsided doorframe with interesting fungi springing from the holes in the wood was all that remained. It had only one habitable room, the floors in the other room having caved in. Two log stools made up the lavish furnishings of this palace.

There would be no escape from living with Wilson in close proximity. Sam wondered if this was the best accommodation available in the village. Wilson had not treated Don Moises with much respect and she suspected the two things were linked. Worse still, something was missing.

“Where’s the toilet?”

“There is no toilet. Go to the forest or the river. You can wash in the river which runs parallel to the main street over there.”


My Opinion

This book focuses on geologist Sam; in need of a job she accepts an offer that takes her to the rainforests of Sierramar, to an adventure that gets her in some unanticipated situations.

With “Fool’s Gold”, PJ Skinner has created a slowly yet steadily developing adventure around Sam Harris. The story comprises a variety of characters with sufficient depth, drama, surprising turns which are solved as the story continues, and interesting geological/archaeological passages. I had a good time reading “Fool’s Gold” – it is the beginning of a promising series. I was drawn into the story having finished the first chapter, already getting closer to Sam.

This is for you if you like female protagonists, characters with an agenda, and slower-paced (yet not too slow) adventures.

A promising first book in a new series.

Recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (3 stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Starting slowly, then steadying at a good pace
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen: – 😳  (some medium swearwords)
Violence 😳  (some violence)
Sexual content 😳  (a lot of mentions)

 

About the author

PJ Skinner is the author of the Sam Harris Series of adventure mystery/thriller novels. A geologist who has spent thirty years roaming the planet and collecting tall tales and real-life experiences, she now writes fact-based novels from the relative safety of London. She still travels worldwide collecting material for the series and having her own adventures.

The author is working on the fifth book in the Sam Harris Series, The Bonita Protocol, which will be published in the summer of 2019. She is also researching two other new books, one of which, Rebel Green, is being written with the help of a childhood spent in Ireland.

The Sam Harris Series will appeal to lovers of adventure, mystery and travel. It has a unique viewpoint provided by Sam, a female interloper in a male world, as she struggles with alien cultures and failed relationships..

Connect with the author:

Website:  https://pjskinner.com/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/PJSkinnerAuthor
Amazon:  PJ Skinner
Buy links:  https://books2read.com/u/mdGYrl


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 “Fool’s Gold”?  Or – if you did not yet read “Fool’s Gold” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


 

 

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Exercise is Murder (McKinley Mysteries, #12) by Carolyn Arnold #BookReview @Carolyn_Arnold

Cover: Exercise is Murder
(McKinley Mysteries, #12)
by Carolyn Arnold

 

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Getting in shape isn’t an easy walk in the park…

Running junkie Katie Carpenter takes a tumble down a ravine and ends up facedown in the Hudson River. The police conclude her death was an accident, but those who were close to Katie aren’t buying that she just tripped and fell—including her pro-athlete boyfriend. But it’s Katie’s fitness trainer and friend who hires the McKinleys to investigate.

Anything but an easy case to solve, Sean and Sara will break a sweat trying to figure out who had the most to gain from the young woman’s death. Sadly for Sean most of the evidence seems stacked against Katie’s boyfriend—a man Sean idolizes. Can he put aside being starstruck long enough to view things objectively? If Katie’s killer is going to be caught, he and Sara will need to remain flexible and it might require bending the rules a bit.

Genre(s): > Cozy Mystery
> Private Investigator Mysteries (Books)
> Private Investigator Mysteries (Kindle Store)
Series: McKinley Mysteries, #12
Length: 202 pages
Release date: 2019-09-24

 

Teaser


Sara wrote, Bitter she doesn’t pay attention to him? Ha feelings for her that weren’t returned? Jealous perhaps of Katie’s successes – or Levi?

Sara lifted her pen from the page, and tapped the end against her chin, focused on the word jealous. It was apparent from online that Mitch and David were drawn to Katie, and surely there’d be other men, too.


My Opinion

The twelfth book of the McKinley Mysteries series starts with – working out; Sara and Sean McKinley are keen on keeping in shape. Then Sara’s trainer asks them to investigate the death of a friend.

With “Exercise is Murder”, Carolyn Arnold has created the twelfth instalment of the McKinley Mysteries series. Like its predecessors, this is a very enjoyable read. Sara, Sean, and their team do their best to solve Katie’s death, previous categorised accidental by the police. Exercise is Murder” is entertaining with a thrill, a steady read with charming main characters, secondary characters of sufficient depth. I love how Sara craves for her coffee – no matter what the case throws at her and Sean.

This book is for you if you like cosy mysteries, series, charming, and quirky characters, and sleuths who will not give up.

Recommended.

In brief:

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

 

About the author

CAROLYN ARNOLD is an international bestselling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has four continuing fiction series—Detective Madison Knight, Brandon Fisher FBI, McKinley Mysteries, and Matthew Connor Adventures—and has written nearly thirty books. Her genre diversity offers her readers everything from cozy to hard-boiled mysteries, and thrillers to action adventures.

Both her female detective and FBI profiler series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining, leading her to adopt the trademark: POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.

Carolyn was born in a small town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower.

She currently lives just west of Toronto with her husband and beagle and is a member of Crime Writers of Canada and Sisters in Crime.

 

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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 Exercise is Murder?  Or – if you did not yet read Exercise is Murder – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

 

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