Lady Catherine s Lover (Longbourn, #11) by Margaret Lynette Sharp #BookReview @MargaretLynett1

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

What twists will be revealed that colour the past of the lover of Lady Catherine de Bourgh? Will Darcy’s revelations to Her Ladyship thwart the path of love?

This is a quirky addition to Australian author Margaret Lynette Sharp’s series of JAFF short stories.

Genre(s): Fan Fiction
Kindle Short Reads
> 30 minutes (12-21 pages) > Romance
Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction
> Classics > Short Stories
> Classics > Romance
Series: Longbourn, #11
Length: 17 pages
Release date: 2018-01-06

 

Teaser


“Perhaps she thinks there is still ample time.”

“Perhaps she does, but nature does not always goe according to plan, as Lady Catherine is doubtless fully aware. Her own daughter delivered early. Nay – my mind is fixed on this subject. I will be remaining here at Pemberley.”

Elizabeth smiled, gratefully acknowledging the depth of Darcy’s devotion. “How well doe you know Hubert? For I have not heard mention of him…”


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 Lady Catherine’s Lover, 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. It is a short read, taking you back to Longbourn to further extend your Pride and Prejudice and/or Longbourn experiences. In this special addition to the Longbourn series, Lady Catherine de Bourgh is not completely her usual self, as we know her from our previous encounters be it in the book or in the already mentioned mini series – love seems to be in the air. 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 – including this neat little addition on Lady Catherine de Bourgh.

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 ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Hopeful, nostalgic
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:
Violence :mrgreen:
Sexual content :mrgreen:

 

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’. To date, I have twenty-five 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 Lady Catherine’s Lover? Or – if you did not yet read Lady Catherine’s Lover – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

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The Weight of Shadows (Shadow Series, #1) by Karl Holton #RBRT #BookReview @KarlHolton

 

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:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

When you have spent your life in the shadows, what would you do at the dying of the light?

Three years ago the best murder detective in London is blamed for the death of his colleague and kicked out of the Met.
A man with secrets buried in the past and present returns to London, the city that started the mysterious career which made him a billionaire.
The two need each other.
But they have no idea how much.

A gripping crime thriller mystery with twists from the beginning to end.

Genre(s): Kindle eBooks > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
> Thrillers > Financial
Books > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
> Thrillers & Suspense > Financial
> Thrillers & Suspense > Crime > Heist
Series: Shadow Series, #1
Length: 376 pages
Release date: 2017-07-13

Teaser


Tom stood up and made his way to the door. He turned around and Benedict could see he was considering carefully what he was about to say. “I am sure we are on to something with this, boss.”

“I believe you, Tom. Just make sure you let me see what you are thinking before you do anything.”

They smiled at each other and Tom turned and left the office.


My Opinion

This book introduces you to former DCI Danny Benedict, now with the NCA. Some current cases lead to unanticipated alliances

With The Weight of Shadows, Karl Holton has created a well elaborated story focussed on Danny Benedict, some of his allies, and of some really bad guys. The introductory part is on the slowish side, to get the readers acquainted with the main characters of the different plot lines. It was easy to get into the story as it took up pace; I started trying to solve the case with Benedict and his allies. The characters are of sufficient depth, believable with their flaws, some of them too realistic for comfort. Karl Holton created a thrilling story that kept me glued to my reader. As soon as the story leaves its introductory phase, each plot line proceeds at a fast pace, leading the reader on a chilling journey; it comprises some unexpected turns, and has a good flow. I am looking forward to reading book #2.

This is a book for you if you like thrilling and well-combined plot lines, do not insist of in-depth procedurals, and appreciate firsts in a series with interesting surprises.

Recommended – enjoy the thrill.

In brief:

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

 

About the author

Karl Holton’s first book, ‘The Weight of Shadows’ came out in July 2017. It is the first in a new crime thriller mystery known as the ‘Shadow Series. The second in the series ‘The Wait for Shadows’ came out in December 2017. Both are available on Amazon.

Karl previously worked in financial markets for over thirty years, before deciding that he had to write. He couldn’t leave this dream any longer.

He lives in the United Kingdom with his wife and two children. 

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 Weight of Shadows?  Or – if you did not yet read The Weight of Shadows – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

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Manipulated Lives by H. A. Leuschel #BookReview @HALeuschel

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Five stories – Five Lives.
Have you ever felt confused or at a loss for words in front of a spouse, colleague or parent, to the extent that you have felt inadequate or, worse, a failure? Do you ever wonder why someone close to you seems to endure humiliation without resistance?

Manipulators are everywhere. At first these devious and calculating people can be hard to spot, because that is their way. They are often masters of disguise: witty, disarming, even charming in public – tricks to snare their prey – but then they revert to their true self of being controlling and angry in private. Their main aim: to dominate and use others to satisfy their needs, with a complete lack of compassion and empathy for their victim.

In this collection of short novellas, you meet people like you and me, intent on living happy lives, yet each of them, in one way or another, is caught up and damaged by a manipulative individual. First you meet Tess, whose past is haunted by a wrong decision, then young, successful and well balanced Sophie, who is drawn into the life of a little boy and his troubled father. Next, there is teenage Holly, who is intent on making a better life for herself, followed by a manipulator himself, trying to make sense of his irreversible incarceration. Lastly, there is Lisa, who has to face a parent’s biggest regret. All stories highlight to what extent abusive manipulation can distort lives and threaten our very feeling of self-worth.

Genre(s): Books
> Parenting & Relationships > Family Relationships > Abuse > Partner Abuse
Kindle eBooks
> Parenting & Relationships > Family Relationships > Dysfunctional Relationships
> Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Suspense > Psychological
Series: n.a.
Length: 273 pages
Release date: 2016-06-08

 

Teaser


They arrived at the train station and he was all over her when they walked into the main hall.

‘Babe, I’m skint, I’ve got to get some cash out of the machine first, so I can treat you.’

‘Yes, don’t forget the train tickets and the seventy pounds. I can’t afford to pay for all of this, you know.’

‘Now, now are you pleading poverty? You told me that you worked!’ He looked at her expectantly.

‘Still, I … you said you’d treat me and the money was to help you buy shoes.’


My Opinion

This book introduces you to five cases of manipulation – i.e. five fates that could easily have been ours.

With Manipulated Lives, H. A. Leuschel has created five remarkable stories about how one human being manipulated – and therefore interfered with one other’s well-being. Helene Leuschel delicately introduces her characters, revealing each story with utmost care. The main characters are of sufficient depth – as well as believable. The stories all have a good flow. These stories and the persons therein certainly will not leave you unaffected.

5 stars:  Tess and Tattoos, Runaway Girl
4 stars:  The Spell, The Narcissist, My Perfect Child

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

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

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 Manipulated Lives?  Or – if you did not yet read Manipulated Lives – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

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10 Statements – Ju Ephraime

Ju Ephraime writes steamy high heat romances, packed with emotions and strong alpha characters and always a wonderful, happy ever after. She has won several awards for her writing, and had even seconded in Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest, with her White Magic Woman. When not writing romance novels, Ju could be found writing children’s books, which includes her, Too-Clever series, a collection of ten children stories. Ju writes her children’s stories under, Dr. Julia E. Antoine. These days she stays busy helping in the community and donating her services to a not-for-profit organization, which she helped establish. Presently, she resides in CT where she has lived with her family for the past thirty years. She still misses her time on the sunny Caribbean islands, but takes pleasure in using them as backdrops to some of her stories.

Find me…

http://www.juliaeantoine.com/

https://juephraime.blogspot.de/

https://www.bookbub.com/profile/ju-ephraime

https://twitter.com/JuEphraime

https://www.facebook.com/juephraimeauthor

 

My personal motto:

I don’t have a motto.

 

10 statements
  1. A typical (work) day begins with… me having a cup of coffee, checking my email accounts, I have several. I will then promote my books for a couple hours before I settle down to write for a bit.
  2. I lose track of time… when I’m reading an interesting book.
  3. I have always… been an avid reader.
  4. I have never… written a YA fantasy story.
  5. Home means to me… being with my family and familiar things.
  6. I am inspired by… the opportunities available for independent publishers and authors.
  7. I would like to meet…
  8. My worst character trait… is stubbornness.
  9. My best character trait… is staying the course. I believe if I commit to doing something, I want to see it to the end.
  10. The best advice I was given… is to do the best I can  with the cards I was dealt.

A Love Relentless

Elizabeth Johansen lives her life by a specific code of values. She has worked hard to obtain everything she owns, and she wants nothing from anyone. But now, she faces a dilemma when an unexpected inheritance from her Great-aunt Edna forces her to reexamine her values and embrace the culture she has long since forsaken.

Rohan is the son of an Athabaskan chief. At twenty-six, he is more focused on amassing his fortune and preserving the land of his ancestors. So, when he learns the large parcel of acreage adjourning his property has been left to a woman who has no interest in preserving their customs, he sets out to convince her to sell.

But Rohan finds the independent beauty irresistible and sets out to win her. Elizabeth, proud and self-sufficient, soon discovers that the man of her dreams is part of the culture she abandoned. Can they each find a way to meet the other halfway between his life and hers?

Print length:  392 pages

Published:  2017-12-19

Buy links (E-books):  books2read.com/u/ml59pq

 

 

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Typo Squad by Stephen Lomer #BookReview @stephenlomer

 

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Typos are lethal to 98% of the population. Be thankful Typo Squad is on patrol …

Richard Shonnary was a Typo Squad legend. He had a gift for seeking out and destroying errorist cells, and was almost singlehandedly responsible for bringing about the end of errorism. But one night, a single errant bullet fired by his brother prematurely ended his career.

Convinced to come out of self-imposed retirement after five years, Richard unknowingly gives rise to his greatest enemy — Anton Nym. Will he and his new partner be able to stop this latest threat before deadly typos are unleashed upon an unwitting world?

Genre(s): Kindle eBooks
> Literature & Fiction > Literary Fiction > Action & Adventure
> Literature & Fiction > Action & Adventure
Books
> Literature & Fiction > Action & Adventure
Series: n.a.
Length: 284 pages
Release date: 2017-06-09

 

Teaser


“My name’s Thea,” she said brightly. “Thea Saurus.”

Dick said nothing.

“And a pleasure to meet you too,” she said. “Anyway, I’m here to bring you back.”

Dick looked over at her. “Bring me back? Back where?”

“To Typo Squad.”

Dick laughed out loud, and the sound echoed over the stream. “That’s a good one, sweetheart. I needed that. Haven’t had a good laugh in ages.”

“Tanka sent me,” Thea said simply.


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Richard “Dick” Shonnary, a former Typo Squad agent. After five years of absence, he is convinced to return to Typo Squad.

With Typo Squad, Stephen Lomer has created a well elaborated story focussed on Dick Shonnary and the Typo Squad team’s fight against errorism. It was easy to get into the story while trying to solve the case with Dick and his team. The characters are of sufficient depth, believable with their flaws. Typos are not lethal for Typo Squad members, nearly all of them have their own tics when seeing one, though. The author made me discover my tic when it comes to typos; he did so by (on purpose!) naming the town Los Palabras instead of Las Palabras (in Spanish, ‘las palabras’ (f) means ‘the words’). Stephen Lomer created a thrilling and fun story that kept me glued to my reader, the reading intensified my newly discovered tic. The story proceeds at a steady pace, leading the reader on a mysterious journey; it comprises some unexpected turns, and has a good flow.

This is a book for you if you like thrilling adventures with hilarious moments, words, puns, grammar, the absence of typos, as well as nicely elaborated and unusual plots, characters, and events.

Recommended.

In brief:

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

 

About the author

 

A grammar nerd, Star Trek fan, and other things that chicks dig, Stephen Lomer is the author of the hugely popular novel Typo Squad, the short story collections Stargazer Lilies or Nothing at All and B.B. and Red, and the novellas Hell’s Nerds and Belle’s Christmas Carol. He’s also been a finalist in the NYC Midnight Short Story Challenge numerous times, and has featured stories in the upcoming anthologies Once Upon a Time in Gravity City and My Peculiar Family II.

Stephen is the creator, owner, and a regular contributor to the website Television Woodshed. He’s a hardcore fan of the Houston Texans, despite living in the Hub of the Universe his whole life, and believes Mark Twain was correct about pretty much everything.

Stephen lives on Boston’s North Shore with his wife, Teresa.

Connect with the author:

Website:  http://www.stephenlomer.com/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/stephenlomer
Amazon:  Stephen Lomer

Buy links (Ebook):  books2read.com/u/mvjPr2


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 Typo Squad?  Or – if you did not yet read Typo Squad – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


10 Statements – Stephen Lomer

 

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