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  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Crooked Cat Publishing Ltd (14 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1909841110
  • ISBN-13: 978-1909841116
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.9 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,158,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 her light-hearted romcom, The Love Shack, will be released by them later in 2015.

She's working on her third novel, a story about a girl who dies suddenly, and finds herself back in the thirties.

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

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About the Author


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 her light-hearted romcom, The Love Shack, is currently with her publishers. She's working on her third novel, a fun story about a girl who finds herself back in the thirties.

When she's not writing, she spends her time crafting, relaxing with friends, and taking her recently rescued greyhound 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 By Kezza on 18 Sept. 2013
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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 By Maria on 30 Aug. 2013
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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 By Ismay1012 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 Sept. 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Nicholson-morton on 1 Oct. 2013
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The book fulfils its promise on the back cover: `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.'

Jo and Clare open a bookshop, Merrilies, and start a reading group to promote interest in the shop. The group comprises elderly characters Mollie and Graham, single mum Tessa, 28-year-old loner Michael, and Felicity who has dropped out of law school. As time passes we get to know and like these characters. The book is written almost entirely through dialogue; Tina Burton manages to capture the voices and characters of each person very well.

It would be unfair to divulge the dramatic highpoints that develop; each group member - and even Jo and Clare - experience emotional turmoil. This, to me, is where the book falls short for gaining additional stars. I felt that while the emotions were there, they were lacking in depth, mainly due to a reluctance to settle on any one point of view. Switching POV is always difficult for an ensemble piece like this, but it is only through the reader experiencing that POV that deep empathy can occur.

Overall, a worthwhile read, with some mystery, suspense and tragedy to affect the group's equilibrium. Bound to be a popular read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on 2 Aug. 2014
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I bought this book the day it became available in paperback - I am a reader that likes to hold a book, turn pages and use a bookmark! However, it took for me to go on holiday for a few days before I could read it, I like to submerge myself in a good book, being at home with children to look after doesn't give me the time I need to get to know the characters.
I could identify with almost all of the characters, so well described.. I found myself wanting to know more about them, and where they were heading in the future.
I was taken by surprise with a "twist" in the middle of the story, something I feel was incredibly daring to do, its rare to come across the sadness of a character (I'm trying desperately not to give anything away), and the events that unfurled.
I have learnt that there is a sequel in the making and I cannot wait to find out what happens next to them all.
A book that had me hooked from the first paragraph...
I would give this book to friends and family as presents, I really think its that good :)
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