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Chapters of Life

Chapters of Life [Kindle Edition]

Tina K. Burton
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Following a premonition before reading Clare’s tarot cards, Jo takes a risk and decides to go into business with her. Eventually, they open the doors to Clare’s dream: Merrilies, a bookshop situated in a small English Cotswold town. Soon, Merrilies becomes the home from home for some of the locals.

Seven-year old Annie visits each day after school, and worms her way into the hearts of everyone she meets, including the five members of the reading group.

Graham takes a shine to Mollie, and wonders if he’ll find romance after years of being alone; single mum Tessa struggles with her teenage daughter; and Michael confronts a bully at work. Will Felicity – who’s dropped out of law school – ever grow up and stop scrounging off her parents?

This diverse group of people, brought together by their love of reading, forge lasting friendships and make some unexpected discoveries about themselves and each other.

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About the Author

Tina K Burton is a freelance writer of anything and everything - she believes in being versatile! She's sold work to various publications in the UK and overseas. Chapters of Life, her debut novel, has been released by Crooked Cat Publishing, and she's working on another three books - the sequel to Chapters of Life, a dark thriller with a twist, and a light-hearted romcom. She has stories on several websites including Alfie Dog Fiction and Ether Books, and is also in a couple of anthologies. Tina runs a Facebook writing group, has a blog and is on Twitter, and when she's not writing, she spends her time crafting, relaxing with friends, and going for walks across the beautiful moorland in Devon where she lives with her family.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 477 KB
  • Print Length: 237 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Crooked Cat Publishing (24 Aug 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ES140IA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #115,351 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Tina K Burton writes short stories, articles, novels and even the occasional haiku.

Chapters of Life, her début novel, is signed with Crooked Cat Publishing, and she's currently working on a light-hearted romcom set in a dating agency.

When she's not writing, she spends her time crafting, relaxing with friends, and going for walks across the beautiful moorland in Devon where she lives with her family.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes you want to turn the page! 18 Sep 2013
By Kezza
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I really enjoyed this, it has everything i am looking for in a novel. Great characters, plot, suspense, happiness and sadness.
Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The English Maeve Binchy 30 Aug 2013
By Maria
Tina K Burton's CHAPTERS OF LIFE is an unusual read and somewhat differnt from my usual reading fare of late. I started reading this some time back and to my amazement, I was unable to just zip through it. It's jusst not that kind of read, not the speedread friendly fiction of doday. This is a book to take time over, to linger over and savour.

There's quite a wide canvas here and not less than half a dozen main characters. The story begins with Jo and Clare, two young women who haven't yet 'settled down' as the saying goes. Jo reads the tarot cards and has the knack of making uncannily accurate predictions, sometimes because of premonitions which arrive without warning. When she meets Clare, her instincts go into overdrive. The two young women hit it off, strike up a friendship and pursue their dream of opening a bookshop. Their shop quickly becomes the type of retail outlet which is customer friendly and provides a social focus too. In no time, it becomes the heart of the local community. The story really takes off when a reading group starts meeting there twice a week. Jo and Clare, the reading group and a few special customers turn the bookshop into a positive force in the local community. The two friends' initiative to start the bookshop of their dreams changes many lives for the better, not just their own.

Tina K Burton is not in any particular hurry to get somewhere - her prose is leisurely and thoughtful, yet simple and beautifully clear. Her dialogue is uncannily realistic and faithful. This is a gentle read, yet it doesn't shy away from difficult issues.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, well crafted story. 25 Sep 2013
By Ismay1012 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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When Jo and Clare first meet they click instantly, so much so that Jo is offered the position of the Manager of Clare's dream shop, a bookshop, soon to be opened. As the business steadily grows they work together well, setting up a book group, organising events and even introducing a Tarot card reading service. Jo has always had a `gift' and premonitions and they have never misled her and always come true.

As the business flourishes Clare meets Dan when he helps her gather up some books that she has dropped. Jo instantly feels that Dan is `not right' and she has an image of Clare in hospital. Clare shrugs this off blaming Jo's own health worries for her feelings of discomfort. Clare is falling in love and doesn't want to heed Jo's warnings.

The bookshop, Merrilies, soon becomes a popular meeting place for the townsfolk. A small café serves light refreshments, the members of the book group bond and help each other through both happy and trying times, and a fund raising campaign is organised to send a sick seven year old, Annie, a frequent and well-loved visitor to Merrilies, to swim with dolphins, as this therapy has proved to positively help her condition.

With the good news abundant, truly shocking events interrupt celebrations within the book group and Jo is left reeling. When a stalker starts leaving suggestive messages first on the phone of one of the book group's members, then underneath her windscreen wipers and finally at her home it looks as though the help of the police might be the best and safest solution.

This is a really engaging novel with characters that are both well drawn and endearing. The story gathers momentum with many interesting twists and turns, some joyous, some sad and with some worrying scenarios.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A feel-good story 14 Sep 2013
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A wonderful feel-good book that I could not put down cannot wait for the sequel! Lovely characters. Brought tears to my eyes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Holiday Read 18 Sep 2013
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Picture the scene a beach,hot sun,water lapping and the shade of an umbrella.I pick up a sand speckled book(ok it was a Kindle but still sand speckled)and then I'm lost in the wonderful world of Merrilies book shop and the diverse characters of the Reading Group.I couldn't put it down ,it made me smile,laugh and cry(not a good look,runny nose and red eyes)It was the perfect holiday read and I felt I'd lost touch with good friends when it finished.Please hurry with a sequel Tina!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some wonderful characters 3 Dec 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
If you are after something with a light-hearted, easy-going pace with strong likeable characters then this is definitely a recommended read.

The interactions and changing relationships between the characters really make this an engrossing story.

Despite, apparently taking several chapters before a number of the major characters are introduced, this slower paced beginning really helps establish a solid background when the main events begin to occur.

With the background of Tarot card readings, abrupt and unexpected insights into future events through a character's innate abilities.

For those looking for an easy read, I would thoroughly recomend this.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming and fun...Absolutely loved it! 8 Feb 2012
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Set in the heart of a country village, this story is based, not only on the opening of a new bookshop - Merrilies - and the lives of it's owners, Jo and Claire, but also the lives of the shops new monthly reading group members. But these aren't your average reading group members, oh no. They are a mixed bunch; from a single mother who struggles to make ends meet as well as keep her teenage daughter on the straight and narrow, a young man who is dealing with his sexuality as well as a bully at work, two widowers who find themselves drawn to each other and then of course, Felicity - a young woman, highly-spirited, who thinks life is for partying and a career and work can just wait. And then of course, there is little Annie, a young girl who, despite her illness, has touched everyones heart.

This is a wonderful story which intertwines different characters and their complicated lives. It will make you laugh, make you cry and by the last page will leave you feeling uplifted.
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5.0 out of 5 stars all because of their love of books
I have read a few things by this Author, short stories and magazine articles, so I was pleasently suprised when I saw she had written a novel. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Hazel Haynes
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Enjoyable Read - left me wanting more!
I really enjoyed this book. It pulled me in from the beginning and I related to all the different characters, who were very true to life. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Cazazz
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking read
This is a great read! A lovely story that brings several different people at different stages in their life together in a fascinating and very readable tale. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lynda
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
Having read all great reviews about this book I was excited to start reading it.

Although I read it in a day it wasn't exactly what I would call a 'page turner'. Read more
Published 1 month ago by angelribbon24
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I read this book from start to finish, hoping I would connect in some way to the characters. There were definitely opportunities when I thought this would be the case but these... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Bdh777
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read
this is such an easy book to read even though there are a few characters to follow the way its written is very easy to follow and its a real page turner u wont want to put it down... Read more
Published 4 months ago by claire allford
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Read
This is a book I took great pleasure from. It is not my usual reading genre but having enjoyed Tina's book of short stories I thought I would give it a whirl. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ken Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Female friendships
A lovely story of two very different women who complemented each other and formed a close, deep friendship very quickly. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Yvonne
5.0 out of 5 stars Pages of characters
I really enjoyed this book. It had everything. Laughter, sorrow,drama and a happy ending. A good read for a winter's night.
Published 9 months ago by Rozietoez
5.0 out of 5 stars A Charming Read
Chapters of Life is a well written book. Tina has taken a small village in England and invited her readers to be part of the lives of several charcter's. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Patricia Salamone
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