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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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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Expecting the Unexpected in Derbyshire (Longbourn, #8) by Margaret Lynette Sharp #BookReview @MargaretLynett1

Cover: Expecting the Unexpected in Derbyshire
(JAFF; Longbourn, #8)
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)

When expectant mother Anne King (née de Bourgh) and her husband David came to stay at the home of fellow newly-weds Georgiana Hodges (née Darcy) and her husband Edward, events take an unexpected turn. Will the ensuing crisis be enough to precipitate an about-face on the part of Lady Catherine de Bourgh?

Genre(s): Fan Fiction
Kindle eBooks
> Kindle Short Reads > 30 minutes (12-21 pages) > Romance
> Romance > Historical Romance > Regency
> Literature & Fiction > Short Stories > Single Authors
Series: Longbourn, #8
Length: 21 pages
Release date: 2017-10-03

 

Teaser


“I see nothing foolish in having Georgiana’s image painted in oils, shortly after her marriage,” Darcy replied.

Elizabeth gave a genuine smile.

“I did not expect you to sport with me, Darcy. No doubt, you must be aware of the substance of my 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 “Expecting the Unexpected in Derbyshire”, 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 From Longbourn to Pemberley 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 Longbourn and Pemberley to further extend your Pride and Prejudice and/or Longbourn/Pemberley experiences. Lady Catherine de Bourgh is 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…

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 “Expecting the Unexpected in Derbyshire”? Or – if you did not yet read “Expecting the Unexpected in Derbyshire” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

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An Auspicious Day in Derbyshire (From Longbourn to Pemberley, #7) by Margaret Lynette Sharp #BookReview @MargaretLynett1

Cover:
An Auspicious Day in Derbyshire
(From Longbourn to Pemberley, #7)
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)

When news of the approach of Georgiana’s wedding reaches the ears of the all-condemning Lady Catherine de Bourgh, the latter instantly resolves to set off to Pemberley on a mission with two objectives. First, to dissuade her niece from entering into a marriage with someone of inadmissibly inferior social status. Second, should her best efforts at shock and awe (and the release of her flying monkeys) somehow fail to terrify her naive and feckless niece, to issue a stark ultimatum to the Darcys: they must either refuse to issue an invitation to Anne (and, most particularly, one to her husband,) or they must face the wrath of Lady Catherine, herself, in the form of a merciless boycott. What will Georgiana decide? Will she bow to intimidation? Will the would-be dowager despot, Catherine, find reason to change her attitude?

Genre(s): Fan Fiction
Kindle eBooks
> Kindle Short Reads > 45 minutes (22-32 pages) > Romance
> Literature & Fiction > Short Stories > Single Authors
> Romance > Historical Romance > Regency
Series: From Longbourn to Pemberley, #7
Length: 25 pages
Release date: 2017-09-25

 

Teaser


“My feeling is that Georgiana should make herself unavailable to speak with my aunt,” said Darcy. “I am unsure of how this is best achieved.”

“Has Lady Catherine announced her intention of staying overnight at Pemberley?”


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 An Auspicious Day in Derbyshire, 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 From Longbourn to Pemberley 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 Longbourn and Pemberley to further extend your Pride and Prejudice and/or Longbourn/Pemberley experiences. Lady Catherine de Bourgh is her usual traditional self, as we know her from our previous encounters be it in the book or in the already mentioned mini series. 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…

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 An Auspicious Day in Derbyshire? Or – if you did not yet read An Auspicious Day in Derbyshire – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

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After the Pemberley Ball (Longbourn, #6) by Margaret Lynette Sharp #BookReview @MargaretLynett1

Cover: After the Pemberley Ball
(Longbourn series, #6)
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)

At the suggestion of Lady Catherine de Bourgh, the Darcys arrange for a lavish ball to be held at Pemberley, to mark the birthday of Georgiana. Unexpected events at this function threaten to upturn the lives of several of those in attendance. Will Lady Catherine take command, enforcing her own desires for both her daughter, Anne, and Miss Darcy?

Genre(s): Fan Fiction
Kindle eBooks
> Kindle Short Reads > 45 minutes (22-32 pages) > Romance
> Literature & Fiction > Short Stories > Single Authors
Books
> Literature & Fiction > Short Stories & Anthologies > Short Stories
Series: Longbourn, #6
Length: 23 pages
Release date: 2017-08-26

 

Teaser


“Please continue,” he said gravely.

“It is the wish of both Doctor Hodges and your sister to be married,” she began. “He will, of course, be attending the ball. I believe it likely that, subject to your approval, the announcement will be made then and there.”

“I see.”


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 After the Pemberley Ball, 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 and Pemberley to further extend your Pride and Prejudice and/or Longbourn/Pemberley experiences. Lady Catherine de Bourgh is her usual self, as we know her from our previous encounters be it in the book or in the already mentioned mini series. 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…

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 After the Pemberley Ball? Or – if you did not yet read After the Pemberley Ball – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

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