Love Denied by Margaret Lynette Sharp

Love_Denied

 

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

My rating:  4.2  of  5  stars

Plot
(by Goodreads)

At thirty-one, Elizabeth, a music teacher fulfilled by her craft and dedicated to her students, is still single and living at home. Unexpectedly, the father of one of her students seems to want to court her. Edward, a well-heeled solicitor still recovering from the tragic death of his young wife, invites Elizabeth to dinner at his home – a home complete with a magnificent piano that he invites her to play.

Out of the blue, Elizabeth receives a letter from her former admirer, Tom – a sheep-farmer, living in Scotland. Will the contents of this letter change Elizabeth’s destiny? What startling secrets will it reveal that may upend Elizabeth’s entire view of her life?

This latest work by award-winning Australian author Margaret Lynette Sharp promises to be an engaging read for lovers of well-crafted, sweet romance.

 

Genre:  Romance, New Adult

Series:  n.a.

Length:  98 pages

Release date:  June 11, 2016

 

Teaser


“And what do you mean by that, Mother?” I returned without ease.

“Well, you know what men are like… You’re an attractive girl, Elizabeth,” she continued.

“Not so much a girl any more, Mother,” I replied. “I’m thirty-one.”


 

My Opinion

This book introduces you to Elizabeth, 31, piano teacher, still living with her parents as she cannot afford moving out.

With Love Denied, Margaret Lynette Sharp provides us with a romantic novella about a young woman, her job, and her non-existent love life. The latter is mainly due to her mother’s negativity on that matter. Once again, the readers find themselves in Australia of the 1950s, including the mindsets of that era. Romance is not my typical genre, therefore I really like that this novella is not a hard-core romance. This book has a story to tell and gives a good insight in Elizabeth’s feelings. The story is touching, makes the readers remember and/or wonder about Elizabeth’s situation. I automatically hoped the best for Elizabeth; she is a very likeable character. The characters are real enough to be family members, friends or acquaintances. I had a good time reading Love Denied; it would be nice to see it on television, one day.

This is for you if you like romance with a background story and some surprises, and shorter reads.

In brief:

Writing Good
Plot Predictable with some twists
Mood Light-hearted
Pace Steady
Characters Developed
Violence No violence
Sexual content No sexual content
POV First person

 

About the author

Margaret Lynette Sharp spent her early years in an inner city suburb of Sydney, moving with her family to a leafy, outer suburb at the age of ten.

A self-motivated student who loved to seek out information, she matriculated just before her eighteenth birthday. Her enthusiasm for literature led to further studies, with a particular focus on Short Story Writing.

Shortly after the death of her elderly mother whom she cared for, Margaret met and later married Ronald Sharp B.E.M., the creator of the Sydney Opera House Grand Organ. She believes that, without doubt, he is her greatest fan and motivator.

Excelling in English himself, Ron has edited her work.

To date, Margaret has 18 titles available.

Connect with the Author:

Website:  http://margaretlynettesharp.wordpress.com/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/MargaretLynett1
Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5753963.Margaret_Lynette_Sharp

Buy Link:

Amazon.com

 


 

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

My question for you cinephiles:
If Love Denied was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

Uncertain Love by Margaret Lynette Sharp

Uncertain_Love

 

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

My rating:  4  of  5  stars

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Twenty-one-year-old Amanda thinks that she and Kevin, a guy from the right side of town, are falling in love. Doubts creep in, though – doubts that threaten to undermine her self-esteem, her contentment, and their fledgling love. Will their relationship survive her meeting with members of Kevin’s well-to-do, snobbish family? Or will fate contrive to offer her a different, wholly unforeseeable pathway?

Set in Sydney, Australia, during the 1950’s, this story by award-winning author Margaret Lynette Sharp offers an engaging read for lovers of sweet romance.

 

Genre:  Romance, New Adult

Series:  n.a.

Length:  111 pages

Release date:  February 8, 2016

 

Teaser


What had seemed to me to be ample time disappeared as my thoughts returned time and time again to Kevin and the girl…Who was she? No-one of my acquaintance…

As I alighted from the bus in Phillip Street, I forced myself to smile. Why spoil the time with Sally, who was, above all else, a loyal friend…


 

My Opinion

This book introduces you to Amanda, in love with Kevin until her confidence shatters when seeing him with another girl.

With Uncertain Love, Margaret Lynette Sharp provides us with a romantic novella about a young woman and her insecurity. Once again, the readers find themselves in Australia of the 1950s, including the mindsets of that era. Romance is not my typical genre, therefore I really like that this novella is not a hard-core romance. The story ‘has soul’ and gives a good insight in Amanda’s feelings. The story is touching, makes the readers remember their feelings they had at that age. I automatically tried to cheer Amanda on; she is a very likeable character. The characters are real enough to be family members, friends or acquaintances. I had a good time reading Uncertain Love.

In brief:

Writing Good
Plot Predictable with some twists
Mood Light-hearted
Pace Steady
Characters Developed
Violence No violence
Sexual content No sexual content
POV First person

 

About the author

Margaret Lynette Sharp spent her early years in an inner city suburb of Sydney, moving with her family to a leafy, outer suburb at the age of ten.

A self-motivated student who loved to seek out information, she matriculated just before her eighteenth birthday. Her enthusiasm for literature led to further studies, with a particular focus on Short Story Writing.

Shortly after the death of her elderly mother whom she cared for, Margaret met and later married Ronald Sharp B.E.M., the creator of the Sydney Opera House Grand Organ. She believes that, without doubt, he is her greatest fan and motivator.

Excelling in English himself, Ron has edited her work.

To date, Margaret has eleven titles available.

Connect with the Author:

Website:  http://margaretlynettesharp.wordpress.com/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/MargaretLynett1
Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5753963.Margaret_Lynette_Sharp

Buy Link:

Amazon.com

 


 

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

My question for you cinephiles:
If Uncertain Love was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

Love, Desire and Betrayal by Margaret Lynette Sharp

Love_Desire_Betrayal

 

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

 

My rating:  4  of  5  stars

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Four young women: Michaela, Sally, Amelia and Lauren. All Australian. All destined to find that the course of real love is not smooth sailing.

Four separate tales touching on a universal goal.

Will career ambitions jeopardize their futures?

Michaela, a gifted student of music, is offered a long-hoped-for scholarship to study in London. Can the budding love between herself and Thomas be sustained over the miles?

Sally, a senior high-school student, finds that love is tested when her fiancé begins his medical studies. Will their love survive?

Amelia, whose career ambitions have become a dominant force in her life, finds that married life with Steven is fraught with difficulties.

Lauren, young and vulnerable, finds her life undergoes a steep learning curve as she realises that there is life after a broken romance.

This is a series of compelling, highly readable novellas of Sydney author Margaret Lynette Sharp, whose skill as a short story writer has been recognised by respected writing critics. This series of longer works is no less engaging.

 

 

Genre:  Romance, novellas

Length:  176 pages

 

Teaser


Airports always fill me with a sense of change: and not just of scenery. Perhaps that is because I have seen so many people, friends and family, go away, and come back perceptibly different.

At any rate, when my day to leave arrived, my stomach was in knots.

I could readily see that, despite their pride in my achievements, Mum and Dad were slightly on edge.


 

My Opinion

This book comprises four romantic novellas:

Michaela Betrayed – Michaela is a gifted music student who has to face a serious dilemma: Study abroad or – enjoy my first love?

The Sting of Life – Sally and Nathan – do they really want the same?

Amelia’s Call – Amelia needs to find out what is more important – her love or her career.

Lauren Played – Sweet sixteen, first love and acting.

I cannot tell you more about the story as it would spoil the fun of reading it yourself.

With Love, Desire and Betrayal, Margaret Lynette Sharp presents us with four romantic novellas in one book. Romance is not my typical genre, therefore I really liked that these novellas are not hard-core romance. The stories ‘have soul’ and give a good insight in the characters’ feelings; they love, they suffer, they enjoy life and love. They are touching, make the readers remember their feelings they had at that age. The stories had me shaking my head, nodding in agreement, and remember a teenager’s folly. The characters are real enough to be family members or friends. I had a good time reading Love, Desire and Betrayal.

 

 

About the author

Margaret Lynette Sharp spent her early years in an inner city suburb of Sydney, moving with her family to a leafy, outer suburb at the age of ten.
A self-motivated student who loved to seek out information, she matriculated just before her eighteenth birthday. Her enthusiasm for literature led to further studies, with a particular focus on Short Story Writing
Shortly after the death of her elderly mother whom she cared for, Margaret met and later married Ronald Sharp B.E.M., the creator of the Sydney Opera House Grand Organ. She believes that, without doubt, he is her greatest fan and motivator.
Excelling in English himself, Ron has edited her work.
To date, Margaret has eleven titles available.

Connect with the Author:

Website:  http://margaretlynettesharp.wordpress.com/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/MargaretLynett1
Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5753963.Margaret_Lynette_Sharp

Buy Link:

Amazon.com

 


 

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

My question for you cinephiles:
If Love, Desire and Betrayal was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂