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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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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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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Fancy That: A heart-warming Christmas ‘tail’ by Cara Ward #RBRT #BookReview

Cover: Fancy That: A heart-warming Christmas ‘tail’
by Cara Ward

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)

Was there life outside my little box?

Tom and Pat have known each for over fifty years but only been friends for three when someone (or something) comes into their life and changes everything.

A charming short story for Christmas and beyond about friendship, hope… and a dog called Zelda.

From the author of Cara Ward’s “Weighting to Live” series.

 

Genre(s): Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction
> Genre Fiction > Holidays
> Contemporary Fiction
Books > Literature & Fiction
> Genre Fiction > Holidays
Series: n.a.
File size: 64 KB
Release date: 2018-11-21

 

Teaser


Confused, I looked inside the cage to find the biggest Alsatian I had ever seen in my life. ‘Yes. And?’

As if it were the most obvious thing in the world, he told me, ‘Well I want him Tom.’

I burst out laughing, thinking it was a joke – well, hoping it was at least… ‘But Pat, it’s an Alsatian.’

He repeated my words. ‘Yes. And?’


My Opinion

This book offers you a heart-warming story of two widowed retirees, hope, and a dog named Zelda.

With “Fancy That”, Cara Ward has created a beautiful and unforgettable short story. Tom narrates the story, drawing you right in. I read this story in one go, certain that it would not be the last time. Cara Ward created this well-elaborated story that is entertaining and offers food for thought at the same time. It is a highly enjoyable read with authentic characters, interesting turns, and a great flow. A memorable book to read again, written by an excellent story-teller.

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

Highly recommended!

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Mood Calm (in a very good way)
Pace Steady
POV First person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (decent)
Violence :mrgreen:  (no violence)
Sexual content :mrgreen:  (decent)

 

About the author

Originally from London, Cara started writing in 2013.

In 2014, as part of NaNoWriMo, she wrote the first draft of “Weighting to Live”. The following February she published it under the pen name Lily Divine. She then went on to write two sequels: “Changes”, a book of short stories and “Sixteen Months”, a novelette. In 2017, Cara decided to republish them under her own name, adding to the series in 2018 with the short story “Plus Uno”. In 2017 she published her first non-fiction book “Curing my Incurable Eczema”, the story of her battle with eczema and red skin syndrome and “Every Trich in the Book” in 2018 with Trigger, documenting her recovery from trichotillomania. In November 2018 she published the short story “Fancy That”.

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

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

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The Christmas Ghosts (Volume 1) by G. Lawrence #RBRT #BookReview @TudorTweep

Cover: The Christmas Ghosts, Volume 1
by G. Lawrence

 

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 Amazon)

Have a Very Merry, Ghostly Christmas!

G. Lawrence presents a collection of five short ghost stories, all based in Cornwall and Devon for Christmas. Spooky, amusing, and touching by turns, these ghost stories are a great seasonal buy!

 

Genre(s): Books > Literature & Fiction
> Genre Fiction > Horror > Ghosts
> Humor & Satire > Humorous
Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction
> Humor & Satire > General Humor
Series: The Christmas Ghosts, Volume 1
File size: 140 pages
Release date: 2016-10-11

 

Teaser


Hardly daring to breathe, Mary reached the bottom of the stairs and listened again for any sign that she had disrupted the sleep of her sons or their families, but she could hear nothing. She made her way into the kitchen and took up a little pan, pouring water into it from a jug she had prepared earlier, so that the household would not hear her running water from the tap in the night. She checked her watch; she still had a few minutes before the appointment. As the water boiled on the electric stove, she poured a measure of good single-malt whisky into a cup, and mixed in a spoonful of thick, golden honey. Then she took cloves from her herb rack, and added two to the cup of whisky and honey. The water boiled, and she took it off the heat as she poured a dash of lemon juice into the cup and added a thin slice of lemon as well, so thinly sliced that its flesh was almost transparent in the moonlight.


My Opinion

This book offers you five remarkable short stories.

With “The Christmas Ghosts, Volume 1″, G. Lawrence has created a wonderful collection of short stories with a title that keeps its promises. Each story kept me glued to my eReader, drawing me very close to the protagonists, except the Rodger Reed character; in this story, I was an interested bystander. G. Lawrence created well-elaborated stories which are entertaining and offer food for thought at the same time. The protagonists are believable, complemented by the aptly written stories. There are some insights in the human behaviour that will make you wonder. It is a highly enjoyable read with authentic characters, interesting turns, and a great flow. A memorable book to read again, written by an author to watch out for!

Short Story Rating
Guardian 5 stars
Hot Toddy 5 stars
Rodger Reed and the Road Kill Rabbit 4 stars
Old Man Symmonds 5 stars
The Christmas Ghosts 5 stars

“Guardian” is my favourite story of the year.

This is a book for you if you like intriguing contemporary fiction with interlaced paranormalcy, believable characters, and if you appreciate expertly elaborated stories.

Highly recommended!

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (some mild swearwords spread sparsely)
Violence :mrgreen:  (no violence, except an accident)
Sexual content :mrgreen:  (decent)

 

About the author

I am an independently published author, and proud to be so. Living in a little cottage in Cornwall in the UK, I love where I live as much as I love to write.

The age of the Tudors has been an obsession for me since I was a child, and many of my upcoming books will center on that time, but I also pen the odd dystopian fiction or historical fiction from other time periods. I will be releasing all my titles on amazon, for kindle and then hopefully for print later.

I studied Literature (with a capital L) at University and usually have twenty or more books I’m currently reading. Reading and writing are about mood for me, and I haven’t found a genre I didn’t enjoy something about so far…

You can often find me on Wattpad or Twitter when I’m not writing…

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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 “The Christmas Ghosts, Volume 1”?  Or – if you did not yet read The Christmas Ghosts, Volume 1″ – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

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No One Can Hear You by Nikki Crutchley #RBRT #BookReview @NikkiCAuthor

Cover: No One Can Hear You
by Nikki Crutchley

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:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

‘He said that they’d let me go on purpose. That they could easily find me if they wanted to. He said that they didn’t want me. That I was too much trouble. He said if I went to the cops, he’d know. If I told Sonya, he’d know. If I talked to friends or teachers, he’d know. He told me to pretend it didn’t happen. He told me to consider it a compliment, that I was too strong. His last words to me were, ‘Just forget’.

Troubled teen Faith Marsden was one of several girls abducted from Crawton, a country town known for its picturesque lake and fertile farmland. Unlike the others, she escaped, though sixteen years on she still bears the emotional and physical scars.

Zoe Haywood returns to Crawton to bury her estranged mother Lillian, who has taken her own life. As she and Faith rekindle their high-school friendship, they discover notes left by Lillian that point to two more young women who recently disappeared from Crawton. But Lillian’s confused ramblings leave them with more questions than answers.

As Faith and Zoe delve deeper into the mystery, they become intent on saving the missing women, but in doing so are drawn into Auckland’s hidden world of drugs, abduction and murder. And then Faith decides to confront the mastermind – on her own.

 

Genre(s): > Crime Thrillers
> Women Sleuths
> Murder Thrillers
Series: n.a.
File size: 282 pages
Release date: 2018-09-24

 

Teaser


‘This has something to do with the same people who took Tania.’ She remembered everything she’d overheard over the last two months. Conversations between Tai and Garth, including how she was going to be next. She wanted him to know that she knew they had taken Tania. From the recesses ofher brain she said, ‘The secret garden.’ And watched for Tai’s reaction.

The look of shock on his face was gone in an instant, but she saw it. He rearranged his features and shrugged. ‘No idea what you’re talking about.’


My Opinion

This book’s prologue introduces you to Faith Marsden and what happened to her in February 2001; then – moving on to October 2017 in the first chapter – you get to know Zoe Haywood, a science teacher who has to return to Crawton where her mother has passed away.

With “No One Can Hear You”, Nikki Crutchley has created another gripping as well as chilling thriller with a plot that keeps its promises. It is a plot that kept me glued to my eReader, drawing me very close to Zoe. Nikki Crutchley created a well elaborated thriller with a complex and likeable heroine – as well as a colourful variety of further important characters. Zoe and the others are believable, complemented by the aptly written plot. There is a lot more to the story than simply good versus bad; there are some insights in the human behaviour that will make you wonder. It is a highly enjoyable read with authentic characters, interesting turns, and a great flow. A memorable book to read again, written by an author to watch out for! After completing this book I realised that Nikki Crutchley has made it into my top 15 list of thriller authors.

This is a book for you if you like intriguing suspense, feisty heroines, believable characters, and if you appreciate expertly elaborated stories.

Highly recommended!

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Fast
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen: – 😳 (average swearwords spread sparsely)
Violence 😳  (some violence)
Sexual content 😳  (some mentions, scenes without too much detail)

 

About the author

After seven years of working as a librarian in New Zealand and overseas, Nikki now works as a freelance proofreader and copy editor. She lives in the small Waikato town of Cambridge in New Zealand with her husband and two girls.

Nikki has been writing on and off her whole life and recently has had success in flash fiction. She has been published in Flash Frontier, Flash Fiction Magazine and Mayhem Literary Journal. Crime/thriller/mystery novels are her passion. “Nothing Bad Happens Here” was her fist novel, set on the Coromanadel Coast of New Zealand.

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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 “No One Can Hear You”?  Or – if you did not yet read No One Can Hear You” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

Karen_RBRT

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