Still Loved…Still Missed! by Mridula #BookReview

Cover: Still Loved…Still Missed!
by Mridula

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)

Plot
(by Amazon)

“Still loved…Still missed! The myriad hues of souls” is a collection of 14 short stories and a poem. These stories span characters and emotional states with canny details that touch the depths of your soul. Picturing the complexities of love, misery and mystery, the stories try to gnaw your heart like never before.

• What does a flower teach us we often fail to see?

• “The belly is an ungrateful wretch.” Is it true?

• Ever wondered about the sparseness and illusions in life?

• Does death put an end to true love?

• Have all the ascetics won over their emotions?

With the power of simple language, this book transports the readers to a world scarcely thought of in our bustling lives. The allegories maintain an intense rhythm of life prompting the readers to perceive things from a unique angle.

“A whole bookful to make you think, cry, think again and move on.”

 

Genre(s): Books
> Literature & Fiction > Short Stories
Series: n.a.
File size: 78 pages
Release date: 2019-03-07

 

Teaser


“The passing is technically brief. But, once you enter, it appears lengthy, sometimes unduly long that you may think there is no going back. You may feel crippled to move forward, and you may opt to become a part of the passing. You may start accomodating everything into your ‘self’, and in that process, you may forget your very objective…”


My Opinion

This book offers you fourteen short stories and a poem.

With “Still Loved…Still Missed! : The Myriad Hues of Souls”, Mridula has created a collection of short stories and a poem on love and loss. Each story is told from a distance, from an angle that triggers emotions, pain, and that can even be healing. Mridula presents memorable stories which are intriguing and offer food for thought at the same time. The stories may be sad, and even make you cry – but they give you the opportunity to reconsider your usual take on things.

This is a book for you if you like another take on loss, on life, and if you appreciate food for thought.

In brief:

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

 

About the author

Mridula enjoys reading and writing short stories on subtle feelings. She was bestowed with the Most Popular Writer Award by the short story publisher Your Story Club in 2012. She is a nemophilist (A haunter of the woods) and possesses a doctorate in agricultural sciences. She works as a government official and lives with her family in Kerala. She can be reached at the email – trailblazer11.22.44@gmail.com

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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 “Still Loved…Still Missed!”?  Or – if you did not yet read Still Loved…Still Missed!” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

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News Comes to Pemberley (Longbourn, #10) by Margaret Lynette Sharp #BookReview @MargaretLynett1

Cover: News Comes to Pemberley
(Longbourn, #10)
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)

How do the Darcys and Lady Catherine de Bourgh react to the steady stream of shocking allegations concerning Her Ladyship’s fiancé, Hubert, as revealed by the letters arriving almost daily at Pemberley House? Will the heavily pregnant Elizabeth give birth to a healthy baby? Is happiness in store for our favourite couple?

Genre(s): Fan Fiction
Kindle eBooks
> 30-Minute Romance Short Reads
> Classic Short Stories
> Classic Romance Fiction
Series: Longbourn, #10
Length: 15 pages
Release date: 2018-02-21

 

Teaser


Elizabeth shook her head, smiling a little as she said in the gentlest of accents, “I can only conclude that, somehow, Hubert de Bourgh has managed to win the heart of Lady Catherine. It would seem to me that this is a feat that must have taken more than mere good manners and flattering words.”


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 “News Comes to 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, 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 to further extend your Pride and Prejudice and/or Longbourn/Pemberley experiences. Lady Catherine de Bourgh is not quite her usual traditional self, as we know her from our previous encounters be it in the book or in the already mentioned mini series. True to the title, there are some nice turns. 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. If you loved Pride and Prejudice, you will appreciate the additional stories this courageous author has to offer.

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

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (3 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…

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Buy links:  books2read.com/u/49Wk7W

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 “News Comes to Pemberley”? Or – if you did not yet read “News Comes to Pemberley” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

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Treading the Uneven Road by L. M. Brown #RBRT #BookReview @lornakvaternikb

Cover: Treading the Uneven Road
by L. M. Brown

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:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)

Plot
(by Amazon)

The stories in this linked collection are set in a small village in the Northwest of Ireland in the early 1980’s and 90’s. A by-pass around the village has rid them of their once busy traffic. The residents feel forgotten by the world. The need to reach out and be heard is explored in every story, from the young woman who starts to have phone conversations with her husband’s gay lover, to the dyslexic man who confronts his cruel teacher years later.

The collection is not only about the characters need for salvation but it is about a society that is unraveling. In Amends, we hear about the Bishop who has fathered a child. A priest is beckoned by a dying man to be mocked. The world inside and outside the village is changing. In every story the characters need to make a choice on how they might carry on.

 

Genre(s): Books
> Short Stories
> Literary Fiction
Series: n.a.
File size: 208 pages
Release date: >>> 2019-03-15 <<<

 

Teaser


“You must know,” she said. The words were more like an exhale. She hadn’t made a conscious decision to speak them. He seemed to understand. He was looking kindly at her when he shook his head. She thought it was a stupid thing for her to say. Of all people she knew that it was impossible to know everything about a person.

“If you need other references I can give you the number of a woman rom the area. Faith Wheeler, she runs the café in the village. She’s known me for years. You could call her but I’d prefer if no one knew where I was.”

The bag was on his knees and he seemed to hug it close to him.


My Opinion

This book offers you nine interwoven short stories.

With “Treading the Uneven Road”, L. M. Brown has created a collection of interwoven short stories with incredibly authentic characters. Each story kept me very close to the protagonists, taking me back to that time and region. L. M. Brown presents nine well-elaborated stories which are intriguing and offer food for thought at the same time; even if you do not know the Northwest of Ireland at that time you will get a good idea about it. The protagonists are believable, complemented by the aptly written stories. There are some insights into the human behaviour that will make you wonder. It is a pretty absorbing read with authentic characters, interesting turns, and a good flow.

This is a book for you if you like intriguing contemporary fiction, believable characters, and food for thought.

Recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (some mild swearwords spread sparsely)
Violence :mrgreen:  (harmless enough)
Sexual content :mrgreen: – 😳  (several mentions)

 

About the author

L.M Brown grew up in Ireland but now resides in Massachusetts with her husband and three daughters. She has a master’s in Creative Writing from Emerson College and is the author of the novel Debris. Her stories have been published in over a dozen literary magazines.

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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 “Treading the Uneven Road”?  Or – if you did not yet read Treading the Uneven Road” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

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Under Stone (The Ambeth Chronicles, #4) by Helen Jones #BookReview @AuthorHelenJ

Cover: Under Stone
(The Ambeth Chronicles, #4)
by Helen Jones

 

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

‘Help will come to you, Alma, you will not be alone.’

Accepting her new powers hasn’t been easy for Alma. Nor has finding out the truth about her father. And she’s still not sure about the prophecy, or about going back to Ambeth. But the Dark are gathering, Denoris on her trail. Deryck hasn’t forgotten about her either…

Events past and present converge on a small Welsh town as Alma, and the Dark, choose their path. Who will reach the Cup first?

Genre(s): Kindle eBooks
> Paranormal & Urban Fantasy
> Teen & Young Adult
Books
> Paranormal & Urban Fantasy
Series: The Ambeth Chronicles, #4
Length: 260 pages
Release date: 2017-12-21

Teaser


…She almost had it, could feel the shape of the Castle mound, almost like a dome, mirroring the curving blue sky above. And inside it, deep under stone, there was something. A glimmering, a cool energy that shone steady like a star, surrounded by a tangle of Dark and Light, just like she’d seen the night before…


My Opinion

This book finds Alma in Wales with new powers and still no desire of returning to Ambeth.

With “Under Stone”, Helen Jones continues the wonderful Ambeth Chronicles. It is an enjoyable and compelling read, focussing not only on finding the Cup – in Ambeth as well as in Alma’s world; there is a lot going on among the Dark. Helen Jones paints a clear picture of Alma’s and the other characters’ mind sets while the story evolves. I was drawn very close to Alma and her story – an invisible friend and ally. The characters are complex, believable with their flaws and virtues; more characters are introduced with more detail, nicely enhancing the plot. The story is nicely woven and has a wonderful flow; it was easy to get hooked. I love how some secrets are solved and new mysteries come up, it is a fine balance. I am looking forward to reading the next book.

This is a book for you if you like young adult fantasy, urban fantasy, believable and often very likeable characters.

The fourth book in The Ambeth Chronicles series; the last chapters let me expect a promising fifth book. A book I definitely need to read.

Highly recommended!

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Fast, steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen: (decent)
Violence 😳 (some violence and mention thereof)
Sexual content :mrgreen: – 😳 (some mentions)

About the author

Helen Jones loves to write. That’s all there is to it. Born in the UK, she lived in Canada and Australia before returning to England several years ago. The thought of finding magic in ordinary places is one that inspires her; when she was a child she did find a strange valley and hear a scream – the incident stayed with her and was the starting point of the Ambeth Chronicles.

Helen has worked as a freelance writer for the past ten years, runs her own blog at http://www.journeytoambeth.com and has contributed guest posts to others, including the Bloomsbury Writers & Artists site. Ambeth is not the only world she plans to visit in her books, but it’s where she is now.

When she’s not writing, she likes to walk, paint and study karate (when housework and family life permit!) She’s now working on several other novels unrelated to Ambeth, enjoying the chance to explore other fantasy worlds.

Connect with the author:

Amazon:  Helen Jones
Buy links:  books2read.com/u/bQxV0D

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

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

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Voyage of the Lanternfish by C.S. Boyack #RBRT #BookReview @Virgilante

Cover: Voyage of the Lanternfish
by C. S. Boyack

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:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

An honorable man is mistaken for his disreputable father. Now he’s pushed into a political scheme to start a war that will spread across multiple kingdoms. James Cuttler’s fiancé is being held captive to ensure he goes through with the plan.

He soon decides his skills are at sea and procures a ship to wage war upon those who disrupted his simple life. He can’t do it alone, so he recruits a band of cutthroats to help him. But first, they need guns and munitions to outfit the ship properly. Deception and trickery will only get them so far. Eventually, they’re going to have to engage the enemy.

James’ goals aren’t necessarily the same as his crew. It’s a delicate balancing act to collect enough loot to keep his crew happy, while guiding them back to rescue the girl.

Voyage of the Lanternfish is filled with adventure, magic, and monsters. Lots of monsters. Hoist the colors and come along for the ride.

Genre(s): Kindle eBooks
> Sea Stories
> Historical Fantasy
Books
> Historical Fantasy
Series: n.a.
Length: 394 pages
Release date: 2018-12-31

 

Teaser


James continued. “My mission is to bring Hollish to its knees. We do that with her shipping first. Cut them off from food and other imports. We’ll take them going both directions. As soon as our guns are ready, we’ll go hunting.”

“You’ve met your officers, but there are more you haven’t met. I brought a crew of monsters aboard with me. You may have heard them last night. They’re small and can do things you cannot. Right now, they’re getting rid of rats. They will man the crow’s nest so you don’t have to. They’re also damned handy in a fight. I expect each of you to treat them with respect.” He turned to the deck behind him. “Boss, step forward.”


My Opinion

This book introduces you to a man with a mission – to rescue his fiancée.

With “Voyage of the Lanternfish”, C. S. Boyack presents us with an entertaining and sometimes pretty funny historical fantasy story. The story is skillfully elaborated and has a great flow. Ernest Hemingway once stated “When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.” C. S. Boyack shows this masterly with this story – he created living people (and some amazing creatures) instead of mere characters; even if the monsters are not human – they all have a personality. I was drawn into the story right away, very close to James, Dan, and their mission. The protagonists’ personalities are complex, the others of sufficient depth according to their relevance. Protagonists who grow with their tasks during their mission will take you on an unforgettable journey. I could easily envision the characters and locations. Indeed, C. S. Boyack has done it again: I had a wonderful time reading “Voyage of the Lanternfish”; it is a highly entertaining read.

This is for you if you like great story-telling, ‘historical’ fantasy stories, interesting personalities to cheer on, as well as thought-provoking, and fun moments.

This is a book to read again. Highly recommended!

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen: – 😳  (decent enough)
Violence 😳 – 😡  (occasional strong violence and gore)
Sexual content :mrgreen: – 😳  (decent enough)

 

About the author

I was born in a town called Elko, Nevada. I like to tell everyone I was born in a small town in the 1940s. I’m not quite that old, but Elko has always been a little behind the times. This gives me a unique perspective of earlier times, and other ways of getting by. Some of this bleeds through into my fiction.

I moved to Idaho right after the turn of the century, and never looked back. My writing career was born here, with access to other writers and critique groups I jumped in with both feet.

I like to write about things that have something unusual. My works are in the realm of science fiction, paranormal, and fantasy. The goal is to entertain you for a few hours. I hope you enjoy the ride.

Craig

Connect with the author:

Website:  https://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/Virgilante
Amazon:  C. S. Boyack
Buy link:  books2read.com/u/bxYeOq


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 “Voyage of the Lanternfish”?  Or – if you did not yet read “Voyage of the Lanternfish” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

Karen_RBRT

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