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The Immigrant Wife: Her Spiritual Journey
The Immigrant Wife: Her Spiritual Journey
Price: £3.60

5.0 out of 5 stars This book has absolutely taken my breath away, 22 April 2016
This book has absolutely taken my breath away at how much I willingly became attached to the story and characters, it is an exceptional read. This to me is what reading is all about, it opened up the 'want' inside of me to learn about a different country, culture, traditions and living. With the tremendous writing skills of Madhu Wangu, you can vividly see, almost touch and smell what is being described.

The story follows the loveable character Shanti, born in The Valley of Kashmir, India, from childhood to womanhood, from a student to wife then mother, each step of her life is so colourfully detailed by the author it is an absolute pleasure to follow her journey. To know Shanti is to know her passion for art, which her dreams and life's goals stem from, every breath of her body breathes her love for art as well as the strong love of family and values.

Shanti comes from a very loving traditional Indian family, her mom Maji was another favorite character of mine, reading the wonderful vibrant descriptions about the fictionally delicious meals she selflessly worked on day in and day out was another form of art to enjoy. Yet Shanti's strong character disregards the traditional ways of an arranged marriage and the full time domestic life expected of her to fulfill her dreams of art college and beyond. The descriptions of Shanti's passionate drawings and paintings is another wonderful addition to the story.

Love will happen whether your looking for it or not regardless of your goals in life and for Shanti and Stayavan this is exactly what happens and they happily become man and wife. The story continues, of which, I will not spoil, I will only say that it is a realistic journey that stirred emotion in my heart.

A truly enjoyable, refreshing and almost spiritual read to sit back and escape into and ponder about how our lives rush past us without even a thought to the beauty around us or the true self inside of us.

Unforgettable powerful characters that will long stay with you.


Where Petals Fall
Where Petals Fall
Price: £3.29

5.0 out of 5 stars captured my attention from page one and held onto it right until the very end, 18 April 2016
This review is from: Where Petals Fall (Kindle Edition)
The characters in this emotional story captured my attention from page one and held onto it right until the very end. I became totally engrossed, turning every page waiting to see what was going to be discovered, I ended up reading this in only three days, which for me is quite a feat!

The story follows Junie, a mother to Sarah and wife to Brian. Junie's childhood best friend, neighbour and also Brian's younger sister, Ellen, disappeared without a trace when they were very young, now 24 years ago, and still have no trace to where she is or what happened to her. Such a trauma has weighed heavily on Junie and she has buried so much of it within herself to stop herself feeling the pain. Junie and Brian became man and wife and had their daughter Sarah.

Suddenly, completely out the blue, Sarah withdraws from everyone, she stops talking, starts wetting the bed during the night and her character changes without reason. A wedge between Junie and Brian starts to build with so many unanswered questions and worry for their daughter. Not only that but Junie's dad dies suddenly and they have to return where they both dread to go, back home where Ellen disappeared.

Now back home Ellen becomes the forefront in Junie's mind, thoughts and images come back to her shocking her very being. She is left with more questions than answers. Her marriage to Brian worsens and Sarah's withdrawal intensifies. You share her fears, confusion, emptiness, her want for answers. What did really happen to Ellen? What has happened to Sarah to make her so unresponsive? What is it that Junie fears, that she is keeping buried deep inside?

My heart was pounding at times as there were different avenues of truth the story could take, it could have gone any way and I felt like I was holding my breath to find out what was going to be discovered.

An emotive and enthralling read that will have you turning pages as you cannot help become connected to the characters. In fact as I am writing this it is making me want to read it all over again!


Before the Belle
Before the Belle
Price: £6.61

5.0 out of 5 stars The emotive writing gave me the sense of what it was like to be part of the crew and the immense ..., 14 April 2016
This review is from: Before the Belle (Kindle Edition)
The author has produced a novel based around historical facts and memoirs of the crew which will pull at the heart strings of any reader. Reading this narrative brought home just what these airmen did to protect and defeat the enemy in order for us to be free today. The emotive writing gave me the sense of what it was like to be part of the crew and the immense importance of being able to trust and relay on each member of the team to do their role in order to survive. The research and time it had taken to produce this piece of work has to be commended not only for the story but bringing to light the fact that the Hot Stuff crew were the first to achieve over 25 combat missions and actually achieved 31.

A must read for any military history buff. Full of descriptive explanations of the plane and their full workings, how relationships were made and grew and what true friendship and loyalty meant.


The Road to Elephants
The Road to Elephants
by Maram Taibah
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.83

4.0 out of 5 stars The writer protrays a realistic view point of a young girls emotions and thoughts, 11 April 2016
This review is from: The Road to Elephants (Paperback)
The writer protrays a realistic view point of a young girls emotions and thoughts living under strict and harsh regime ran by the nanny while her parents are away on a pilgramage. When she hears a circus is in town it fuels her dreams and she plans to escape. She encounters danger on several different levels. There is one harrowing scene in the book which some readers might find disturbing. The moral of the story is that the grass is not always greener on the other side. For a short story this was full of emotion and feeling.


Mistaken Enemy: A Zach Miller Thriller (Book 1) (The Zach Miller Thrillers)
Mistaken Enemy: A Zach Miller Thriller (Book 1) (The Zach Miller Thrillers)
by Dennis A Nehamen
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent thriller with twists and turns in every chapter, 31 Mar. 2016
Based round of the worlds most troublesome and intriguing places the Middle East the author has created a very interesting storyline as we are introduced to free lance writer Zach Miller. As Zach lands in Israel little does he know what is in store for him, not only will his beliefs be challenged but his own existence, as the people and situations he encounters take him on a trip through his own personnel history.

The authors research and knowledge of the Middle East shines through as he understands both sides of the religious coins and the traditions of the people who live there. In places it was difficult for me but with the descriptions and explanations I understand the storyline.

An excellent thriller with twists and turns in every chapter based in a volatile area were extreme rules and the ultimate game is to survive. The storyline is current and fresh and relays just how fragile human behaviour is and the devastating effect one mans thought can have on the whole world. A very physiological read with deep meaning to peoples actions as a result of their beliefs and culture. This will appeal to history, cultural and thrillers readers and everyone will learn from this book.


After the Kill (A Jake Roberts Novel Book 4)
After the Kill (A Jake Roberts Novel Book 4)
Price: £0.99

5.0 out of 5 stars e has an unique writing style and portrayal of his characters traits as well as their physiological traits is amazing, 30 Mar. 2016
Welcome to the chaotic world of Jake Roberts who attracts trouble like a lamp does a moth. After deciding to try and take a slower lifestyle than he is used to, he is quickly caught up in a terrorist attack on an airport and recruited to help. Whilst he is helping with the enquiries, his own life and his loved one is under threat from an unknown source.

Cary Allen Stone is one to watch out for. He has an unique writing style and portrayal of his characters traits as well as their physiological traits is amazing, along with descriptive scenes you can envisage them in your minds eye.

Hard hitting and fast paced thriller with emotive human touches enthralls the reader and takes them on a journey through the troubled mind of a serial killer. Praise for this author and his work, which any reader would not be disappointed in. Looking forward to the authors next work.


The Girl in Red Pajamas (Pajama Trilogy Book 3)
The Girl in Red Pajamas (Pajama Trilogy Book 3)
Price: £1.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read which is page turning and keeps the reader enrapt., 29 Jan. 2016
Welcome to the third instalment of Chris Birdy's excellent series. The storyline revolves around a murder and the adverse effect it has on each of the characters and how they cope . Within each chapter, a story is told and then the author expertly brings them together to make an excellent conclusion.

Everyone will be able to touch base with the emotions and feelings in the book when you face a difficult situation and find out who you can really rely for support. The characters grow throughout and their traits come to the fore.

The star of the show, of course, is Isabella, a highly intelligent young girl who needs to be constantly given a new challenge or mayhem ensues and when both her parents are involved in solving the murder the story really takes off.

An excellent read which is page turning and keeps the reader enrapt.


Discovering Delilah (Harborside Nights, Book 2) Contemporary Romance
Discovering Delilah (Harborside Nights, Book 2) Contemporary Romance
Price: £3.32

5.0 out of 5 stars Discovering Delilah is a wonderful, and at times thought provoking, read that leaves you with a warm longing to read more from t, 20 Jan. 2016
Opening up a Harborside Nights book is just like meeting up with your old friends, the excitement, the welcoming, the fun, the issues and more importantly the love they all give to one another, There is a warm softness to Melissa's writing that is addictive, after reading Catching Cassidy and feeling the whole friendly vibe of Harborside, I couldn't wait to dive straight back in with Delilah, although each can be totally read on their own as it briefly refreshes you on the main topics.

There is more to this story than romance, it carries depth with realistic scenarios that can effect everybody regardless of what your sexuality is, to be hesitant on reading this book simply because of the female/female romance would be such a shame.

Ashley and Delilah have the hots for each other, yet neither of them know. Delilah hesitates as she has never been with a girl and has the enormous pressure on her shoulders of the hostility people will treat her with. She carries the guilt of letting her parents down just before they died suddenly in a car crash, as she announced to them her sexuality and what she thought was the huge disappointment in their eyes. On the other side, Ashley has been hurt from a previous relationship and has sworn to herself never to fall into a similar trap. What they both don't realize is that love has it's own way of mending things.

The whole story takes the reader through many emotions, the joys life can bring, the amazing gift of true friendships and love, the constant worry of acceptance from others, the pains and sadness of self doubt and peer pressure, with all the stages of grief wrapped tightly around it all. One thing I hadn't expected was to shed a tear while reading, if only people were more open toward one another.

I also found myself thinking throughout the story of my own beliefs and as the author brings to light how as parents we might easily imprint our belief's in our child's mind without giving it another thought, not knowing what damage this really might cause them years down the line. It certainly made me think.

Discovering Delilah is a wonderful, and at times thought provoking, read that leaves you with a warm longing to read more from the Harborside friends.


Embracing the Wild in Your Dog: An understanding of the authors of your dog's behavior - nature and the wolf
Embracing the Wild in Your Dog: An understanding of the authors of your dog's behavior - nature and the wolf
by Bryan Bailey
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.20

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars it has taken our relationship to a new and better level, 23 Dec. 2015
Having rescue dogs with behavioral problems, that came with little or no history, I watched several dog trainer television programs, trying to impose their practices without success, I found the reasons why dogs behave the way they do in this book.

The author uses his expertise from his upbringing and experiences in racing dog mushing events to pass on invaluable advice. He does not tell you how to correct the behavior but why the behavior happens in the first place and if you know the root to the problem you can solve it.

The strong message is "nature demands obedience"and your dog, which has evolved from the wolf, needs to follow the rules of being in a pack. Every pack has a leader and all others must follow, therefore you have to be that leader. The author uses excellent examples of pack life, for example; when his pack leading dog was eating a bone, one of the pups tried to take it, the pack leader pinned the pup down to teach him his place. Now if this happened in another home or park a human would have interfered thus upsetting the order of the pack. He also goes on to explain that if the pack leading dog wanted the pup to have the bone he would have given him it, displaying submissive behavior, again the law of nature.

This book has taught me so much more about both dogs and I can now correct their behavior. I am proud to say, so far, it has worked. Big thanks to the author for using his expertise to help me understand my dogs more and it has taken our relationship to a new and better level.


Swindled in Paradise (Florida Keys Mystery Series Book 8)
Swindled in Paradise (Florida Keys Mystery Series Book 8)
Price: £2.59

4.0 out of 5 stars Deborah Brown has created a wonderful array of characters, 22 Dec. 2015
Chick lit lovers eat your heart out and get ready for another rip roaring ride with our two favourite heorines in Tarpon Cove. Full of sexual tension, fraught with danger along with basic human instinct of survival and to prove their loved one innonence in a murder case Fab and Madison take us on a very interesting journey.

Deborah Brown has created a wonderful array of characters who work on both sides of the law and when needed all bond together to protect each other. The author writing is easy to follow and even though this is the eighth book in the series the creative imagination and excellent story line keeps up the other 7 excellent encounters. This book like all the others can be read on its own as the writer explains each character and their role from previous novels so the reader can follow the plot very easily.

A very easy and enthralling read and if anyone likes to collect authors this must be on your list.


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