Running Haunted by Effrosyni Moschoudi #BookReview @FrostieMoss

Cover: Running Haunted
by Effrosyni Moschoudi

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Kelly ran a marathon… and wound up running a house. With a ghost in it.

Kelly Mellios is a stunning, athletic woman, who has learned—the hard way—to value herself. Having just finished her first marathon in the alluring Greek town of Nafplio, she bumps into Alex, a gorgeous widower with three underage children, who is desperately looking for a housekeeper.

The timing seems perfect, seeing that Kelly aches to start a new life, and Nafplio seems like the ideal place to settle down. She accepts the position on the spot, but little does she know that Alex’s house has an extra inhabitant that not even the family knows about…

The house is haunted by Alex’s late wife, who has unfinished business to tend to. By using the family pet, a quirky pug named Charlie, the ghost is able to communicate with Kelly and asks her for help. She claims she wants to ensure her loved ones are happy before she departs, but offers very little information about her plans.

Kelly freaks out at first but gradually finds herself itching to help. It is evident there’s room for improvement in this family… Plus, her growing attraction towards Alex is overpowering…

Will Kelly do the ghost’s bidding? How will it affect her? And just how strange is this pug?

Genre(s): > Paranormal Ghost Romance
> Women’s Humorous Fiction
> Greek & Roman Literature
Series: n.a.
Length: 373 pages
Release date: 2020-05-18

 

Teaser


She opened her door halfway, about to leave the room, when she noticed a scarf on the foot of her bed. What’s that doing here? Her mind went numb when she recalled Charlie’s short visit in the middle of the night. He jumped on the bed… Did he leave this here?

A split second later, she heard a door creak open down the hall. She guessed the noise had come from Tommy’s room because the pug materialized at her door a few moments later. In his mouth, he carried a string of pearls.

‘Oh no! No, you don’t -‘ she burst out as soon as the pug rushed past her to leave the necklace on the floor before her bed. He turned around, raising his head slowly, and looked deeply into her eyes. It was such an intelligent look as if he were human and about to speak.


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Kelly who dreams of living in a quiet town like Nafplio and – quite coincidentally gets a job there as a housekeeper.

With Running Haunted”, Effrosyni Moschoudi has created a highly enjoyable story of a woman who is warm-hearted and caring and currently facing some challenges. It is a very captivating read, keeping you glued to Kelly’s story. Kelly is believable and complex; the other characters are of sufficient depth for their respective impact. Effrosyni Moschoudi’s story develops at a steady pace, drawing you closer to Kelly, Alex, his sons, Charlie the dog, and everything that happens. This heart-warming and fun story is thought-provoking and has a great flow. I had a great time reading this memorable book, thoroughly enjoying it from beginning to end.

This is a book for you if you like excellent story-telling i.e. well-told and thoughtful stories with more than a little paranormal touch.

Highly recommended!

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Mood Thoughtful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (decent enough)
Violence :mrgreen:  (n.a.)
Sexual content :mrgreen:  (some kissing)

 

About the author

Effrosyni Moschoudi was born and raised in Athens, Greece. As a child, she loved to sit alone in her garden scribbling rhymes about flowers, butterflies and ants. Today, she writes stories for the romantic at heart.

Her debut novel, The Necklace of Goddess Athena, has won a silver medal in the 2017 book awards of Readers’ Favorite. Her historical romance, The Ebb, is an ABNA Q-Finalist.
Effrosyni’s novels are Amazon bestsellers, having hit #1 several times.

She lives in a quaint seaside town near Athens with her husband Andy and a ridiculous amount of books and DVDs.

Connect with the author:

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

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

 

 

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Dead Man Dreaming by Uday Mukerji #BookReview @udaymukerji

Cover: Dead Man Dreaming
by Uday Mukerji

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Set in Calgary, Canada, the US, and in Central Europe, Dead Man Dreaming is a literary fiction about one man’s fight against hereditary genetic diseases—from losing his girlfriend to finding love again—and how he overcomes his fear and frustrations and comes to terms with his own Huntington’s disease.

David, a senior resident physician, suddenly finds his coveted heart surgeon’s job in jeopardy as he could be a victim of Huntington’s chorea. After much deliberation, as he takes the pre-symptomatic test, his life turns upside down. He tests HD positive. And the result takes a toll on his love life too as his girlfriend leaves him for he decides not to have kids in that condition.

Although he secures the job at the hospital, he declines the offer. Emotionally charged, David dedicates his life to finding a solution to prevent all hereditary genetic diseases. He believes if medical science could prevent fatal diseases like cholera, malaria, and tuberculosis, it must have a solution to genetic diseases as well. Months go by, but David finds nothing new to help his research. The confirmation of HD also disrupts his private life, and he hallucinates at night. He becomes frustrated and accepts a job in the R&D division of the same hospital.

One day, he accidentally meets his old classmate, Jessie. She is recovering from a bad marriage and her son is suffering from a genetic disease called hemophilia. Although he had never liked her before and they had nothing in common, he couldn’t help admiring her after hearing what she had gone through in life. Jessie points out that the solution to David’s research is already half-way there. A simple carrier screening test can easily identify parents with genetic disorders. The affected ones can then look for viable alternatives like sperm or egg donation, surrogacy, gene editing, or adoptions. But the research shows only one in six OBs and gynecologists are offering carrier screening tests in the preconception period. So, all they need is to fill the void with an awareness campaign.

David likes the idea, and together, they start a website to get others’ feedback on introducing a parental fitness test before having a child. If other jobs can ask for a fitness test, why the toughest job in the world can’t have one? They get an overwhelming response from all over the world, people rallying for a Carrier Screening Test, but not without condemnations. The number of signatories reaches millions.

Meanwhile, their common miseries and hardships in life also bring them closer. David falls in love with Jessie. However, his impending sickness prevents him from expressing his love and he suffers silently. But his interactions with million other victims open his eyes. He realizes while he may not have any control over how long he lives, but he can always choose how he lives the remaining days. And he decides to propose to Jessie.

Dead Man Dreaming is a story of a desperate and dying young man spiraling downward with anger and frustrations and how he bounces back with new love as he comes to terms with his life-threatening disease.

Genre(s): Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Literary Fiction
Series: n.a.
Length: 252 pages
Release date: 2019-09-25 (expected publication)

 

Teaser


But what surprised me the most was how almost every paper was talking about early detection and a possible cure in the near futures – or about managing the disease well – but none said why the parents weren’t getting tested before having kids. A simple genetic test before pregnancy could easily check their odds of having a baby with a genetic disorder, yet only less than twenty percent of family physicians or OB/GYN providers offered a carrier screening test in the preconception period. I wondered why the maternity and parentood websites weren’t advising any genetic tests, either. Wouldn’t that awareness help reduce the number of children born with fatal genetic diseases?


My Opinion

This book introduces you to David who turns down his dreamjob – heart surgeon – in his hometown when it is confirmed that he has Huntington’s. After a phase of utter desperation, he meets further ‘victims’ of genetic diseases and tries to get his grip on life back.

With Dead Man Dreaming”, Uday Mukerji has created a remarkable story of a man who needs to find a new purpose in life. It is a very captivating read, keeping you glued to David’s story. David is believable and complex; his perception of his looming fate, as well as his research for possible cures make him a highly interesting character – someone you would like to meet and discuss with in reality. Uday Mukerji’s story develops at a steady pace, drawing you closer to David and his mindset, as well as to Jessie – mother of a son with hemophilia – who joins his cause. David and Jessie are authentic, their story is thought-provoking and has a great flow.

This is a book for you if you like well-told and thoughtful stories. If you like ruminating on important or even controversial matters, you will find food for thought.

Highly recommended!

In brief:

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

 

About the author

Uday Mukerji left his creative director’s job in advertising to pursue a writing career in 2009. After writing, re-writing, and deleting a few versions, and secretly burying two laptops, six years later, he is now ready to share his first literary fiction with you.

He was born in India, and had worked in Singapore for nearly twenty years. He loves to travel, and interact with people, not so much on FB or Twitter, though, but face to face, maybe with a cup of coffee. He is a nature lover and his concern for environmental protection also made him the editor of Singapore Environmental Technology Yearbook for ten consecutive years.

Connect with the author:

LinkedIn:  Uday Mukerji
Goodreads:  Uday Mukerji

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 Dead Man Dreaming”?  Or – if you did not yet read Dead Man Dreaming” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

 

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Wo der Elch begraben liegt (Frida Fors, #1) by Carin Hjulstrom #BookReview @CarinHjulstrom

German cover:
Wo der Elch begraben liegt
(Frida Fors, #1)
by Carin Hjulström

I bought this book second-hand (German, in paperback format) from a student who donated her day’s earnings to Doctors Without Borders. My review is in English; I wrote the English plot description.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4.5 stars)

Plot (English)
(by Karen O.)

A journalism student, a town in the middle of nowhere, and a lot of complexities.

Young journalist to be, Frida Fors, is assigned a traineeship at the editorial office of a local newspaper in Småland. Due to the lack of intriguing topics, she uses a little note from a newsticker as a headline: »Bruseryd to be removed from the map!« This starts a turbulent chain of events; her interviews reveal unanticipated tidbits not only of rural life.

Plot (German)
(by Goodreads)

Eine Journalistin, ein Provinznest und jede Menge turbulenter Verwicklungen

Die junge Journalistin Frida Fors verschlägt es in die Lokalredaktion eines müden Provinzblatts in Småland. Mangels spannender Themen macht sie aus einer kleinen Randnotiz aus dem Newsticker eine Meldung: »Bruseryd von der Landkarte gestrichen!« Doch das lassen sich die starrsinnigen Bewohner des Kaffs nicht bieten. Sie versuchen, neue Einwohner für ihr verschlafenes Nest anzuwerben – mit ungewöhnlichen Mitteln. Und Frida macht die Schlagzeilen ihres Lebens …

Swedish cover:
Finns inte på kartan
(Frida Fors, #1)
by Carin Hjulström

Plot (Swedish)
(by Goodreads)

Frida Fors besvikelse är stor när hon får praktikplats på Smålandsbladets lokalredaktion i Bruseryd, istället för på någon av de större tidningarna i storstan. Men mot sin vilja blir hon indragen både i sina medarbetares och bybornas personliga öden och växer som människa genom att hjälpa andra.

“Finns inte på kartan” är en charmig och engagerande roman om kärlek, vänskap och hur det är att leva på en liten ort som hotas av avfolkning.

 

 

Genre(s): > Romantic Comedy
> Literature & Fiction
Series: Frida Fors, #1
Length: Swedish:  311 pages
German:  417 pages
Release date: Swedish:  2009-09-02
German:  2011-06-21

 

Teaser (in German)


Mats blickte Frida mit einem müden Ausdruck an. “Was Annika wohl zu sagen versucht, ist, dass wir hier mehr nach der Kajsa-Warg-Methode arbeiten; man nimmt, was man hat, und versucht, etwas daraus zu machen. Grabe dort, wo du dich befindest, und sei froh, wenn du etwas findest, worüber du schreiben kannst.”

“Think global, act local”, ergänzte Kalle.


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Frida Fors, a young journalism student, who is assigned – against her will – to a newspaper in the middle of nowhere.

With “Wo der Elch begraben liegt” / “Finns inte på kartan”, Carin Hjulström presents us with the first book in the “Frida Fors” series, a fun story of a young woman who misses life in the big city and needs to come to terms with her assignment. The story is nicely elaborated, comprises interesting turns and characters, and has a good flow. Carin Hjulström introduces each character with care, providing them with sufficient depth for their respective relevance. I was drawn into the story right away – very close to Frida and her quest. As I am very fond of Sweden and the Swedes, I recognised the character traits and customs, enjoying the humorous background. I could easily envision the characters and locations. I had a great time reading “Wo der Elch begraben liegt”. It is a very enjoyable read; I would love to read the original version and to continue reading the series.

This is for you if you like contemporary fiction with a touch of romance and a subtle humour, very likeable and authentic characters, and good storytelling.

Recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (German cover: four stars)
⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (Swedish cover: three stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (decent enough)
Violence :mrgreen:  (none)
Sexual content 😳  (some kisses and mentions; not too detailed activities)

 

About the author

Karin Astrid Maria Hjulström, better known as Carin Hjulström, is a Swedish television presenter, journalist and author. She is one of Sweden’s most known television presenters and has presented shows such as “Melodifestivalen”, “Carin 21:30” and “Mun över bord”.

Hjulström was born in Örgryte, Gothenburg to a school teacher and an actor & director. At the age of twelve, she landed a main role in the radio Christmas show “Frida och farfar” (English: “Frida and grandfather”). During high school, she studied natural science.

Connect with the Author:

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4473545.Carin_Hjulstr_m
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/CarinHjulstrom
Amazon:  Carin Hjulström


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 “Finns inte på kartan”/ “Wo der Elch begraben liegt”? Or – if you did not yet read “Finns inte på kartan” / “Wo der Elch begraben liegt” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

Love, Life, and Logic by Uday Mukerji

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Love, Life, and Logic captures the individual struggle of a young man against the seemingly unnamed, unknown, anonymous power of the universe. In a shocking revelation of his innermost thoughts, the book depicts a painful account of his emotional turmoil arising out of his own confusions and dilemmas, and his personal developments through all that.

Rohan grows up in a middle class family in a small town in Goa, India. He asks himself many life questions like we all do every day. Is our life and death an end in itself, or do they have a much deeper implication in a gigantic universal process? Is each human life also someway connected to the chain of events unfolding every day in front of our eyes? We all have different thumbprints; but why? Are we all a part of big numbers game, or does each one of us really matter?

Chased by these and many such questions, Rohan leaves his lucrative job and his family in search of the truth. The journey gets complicated when he meets Adeline, a 23-year old vivacious girl in Vienna. Love, again? That brings him back to question his failed marriage. Is marriage an end of the road for love? Do all marriages come with an expiration date?

It’s the search and the road leading to his final realization that makes this book insightful and thought-provoking.

Genre(s): Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Literary Fiction
Series: n.a.
Length: 158 pages
Release date: 2016-11-29

 

Teaser


Possibly initially as revenge, Mimi started coming home late, and sometimes, very late. The qualities we used to admire in each other soon became unbearable. Mimi had always loved my carefree attitude toward life; but after a couple of years together, she began equating that with irresponsibility. I used to love Mimi’s style of fashion, but years later I looked at that as an obsession. I guess we were deliberately trying to hurt each other.


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Rohan, 36, freshly divorced. To get a grip on what was and could have been, he goes on a journey in search of the truth.

With Love, Life, and Logic, Uday Mukerji has created a remarkable story of a man who needs to understand who he has become. It is a very captivating read, keeping you glued to Rohan’s story. Rohan is believable and complex; his perception of his past and present, as well as his search for answers make him a highly interesting character – someone you would like to meet and discuss with in reality. Uday Mukerji’s story comes on little cat feet, drawing you closer to Rohan and his mindset while the story evolves. I was drawn close to Rohan and his search for truth. Rohan is authentic, his story is thought-provoking and has a wonderful flow.

This is a book for you if you like well-told, and thoughtful stories. If you like ruminating on important matters, you will find food for thought. Love, Life, and Logic is among my favourite five of 2016.

Highly recommended!

In brief:

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

 

About the author

Uday Mukerji left his creative director’s job in advertising to pursue a writing career in 2009. After writing, re-writing, and deleting a few versions, and secretly burying two laptops, six years later, he is now ready to share his first literary fiction with you.

He was born in India, and had worked in Singapore for nearly twenty years. He loves to travel, and interact with people, not so much on FB or Twitter, though, but face to face, maybe with a cup of coffee. He is a nature lover and his concern for environmental protection also made him the editor of Singapore Environmental Technology Yearbook for ten consecutive years.

Connect with the author:

Goodreads:  Uday Mukerji
Pre-order links:  books2read.com/u/47kOQa

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 Love, Life, and Logic?  Or – if you did not yet read Love, Life, and Logic – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

 

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Meeting of the Mustangs by Cathy Kennedy

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

A black colt is born into a band of wild mustangs and soon learns that life can often be difficult. Follow his story as he goes from a free spirit to being captured for profit, and find out how one man gains the trust and extreme loyalty of a very special horse.

(by Amazon)

For hundreds of years, generations of wild mustangs have roamed large parts of the western United States. Many of these magnificent animals can live their entire lives without ever seeing a single human being. Being completely self-sufficient, they inhabit the wilderness in groups, living together peacefully and posing no threat to any of the other animals with which they share the land.

Through knowledge that has been passed down to them from their ancestors, these horses are masters of survival and know what things to fear and how to protect themselves from those dangers.

This is the story of a special horse. His life begins much the same as the other young horses in his group, but will turn out to be much different. Through no fault of his own, he is separated from everything he has come to know and thrown into an entirely different way of life. Although his world changes drastically, his adventures continue until he finds himself in the unexpected position to repay a kindness that was once shown to him.

Friendship can sometimes be found in the least likely forms, in the most difficult times.

Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction, Children, Animals
Series: n.a.
Length: 78 pages
Release date: 2015-06-14

 

Teaser


Late one night as the horses were grazing, the leader came upon some fresh bear tracks. She sensed danger as did the other horses. The little black colt was sleeping when the cry of danger came from the leader. He awoke instantly and was beside his mother in seconds.


My Opinion

This book introduces you to a black colt and his journey.

With Meeting of the Mustangs, Cathy Kennedy has created a remarkable story of a mustang with authentic equine characters and realistic events. It is a very appealing read, keeping you interested in the black colt’s fate – as he sees it. The black colt is believable and complex; his perception of the world – shown in human language – is pretty real. Cathy Kennedy draws you close to the protagonist and his mindset while the story evolves. I was drawn close to the black colt – keeping my fingers crossed for him, and cheering him on. The main character is complex, believable until and including the end (years of practised natural horsemanship revealed remarkable interactions).

This is a book for you if you like animal stories, horses, and love and respect nature.

Recommended!

In brief:

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

 

About the author

Cathy Kennedy spent the first years of her life growing up in Pennsylvania before moving to South Florida at age 17. Her book, Meeting of the Mustangs, was started during her teenage years in Pennsylvania and would not be completed until many years later.

The story of the wild mustangs is somewhat reflective of her life living in the country, where her family owned horses. She wanted to complete the book for younger readers who have a love for animals, and finally convinced herself that she should continue the story where she’d stopped writing many years before.

She currently lives in Ohio with her husband and three rescued tuxedo cats.

Connect with the author:

Amazon:  Cathy Kennedy

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 Meeting of the Mustangs?  Or – if you did not yet read Meeting of the Mustangs – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

 

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