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True Colours: Can you ever forget your first love?
True Colours: Can you ever forget your first love?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully engaging and enjoyable, 2 July 2014
I enjoy reading Contemporary Romance, but what I particularly love about 'True Colours' is the intricate mix of romance and intrigue. The intensity of love and passion between Alexandra Ryan and Sebastian Wingfield is evident from the first few chapters and it builds up as the story progresses. Their deep-rooted, undeniable love is at times almost tangible from the the painting hanging above Sebastian's bed to the little things, like the fact that he can still remember after sixteen years how 'the rain still made her hair go nuts'. Alex is a strong, intelligent, professional woman and a stark contrast to Caroline, Sebastian's fiancee, who is superficial, selfish and arrogant. Initially, I wondered why an earth Sebastian had proposed to such an unlikeable woman, but this adds to the authenticity and fallibility of the characters: it is reflective of life – people make mistakes and learn from their mistakes. And as for intrigue – there are so many threads woven into the story that kept me hooked: Why did Alex leave sixteen years ago? How did her father get injured and end up in hospital? Why does Peter hate Sebastian so much and want to bring him down? Who is Peter really and what will be the outcome of his plotting and planning? There were many twists and turns in the story that kept me guessing right until the end.

Dying Phoenix
Dying Phoenix
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing and captivating read, 2 Jun 2014
This review is from: Dying Phoenix (Kindle Edition)
Dying Phoenix is the first book I've read by Loretta Proctor and is the sequel to The Long Shadow, but the book stands alone in its own right; I have found Loretta Proctor's writing so gripping that I have now bought The Long Shadow too.
The story is initially set in Greece, but it moves to England too and it is this contrast between the English and Greek cultures that lends the story a unique perspective, reflecting the author's Anglo-Greek heritage. Dying Phoenix is set in 1966/67, a time of political and constitutional unrest in Greece, culminating in the Military Coup in April 1967; a time in Greece's history that I have little knowledge of but was keen to learn more about.
The story follows Max Hammett, an Englishman and his estranged wife, Nina Cassimitis. Max attends The Trade Fair in Thessaloniki and I particularly like the contrast between Max's observation of Greece and the Greeks, and the colourful friends he visits, such as Dimitri and Basil. Dimitri proves to be a loyal friend to Max and one I warm to as the story progresses. Loretta Proctor is extremely skilled in developing not only the story-line with its intriguing twists and turns, but its characters too. There are few authors I have come across who can develop so many characters with such strong characterisation; the characters are key in giving the reader an insight into the myriad of views of Greeks at the time. Max's friend Basil holds very different opinions about the riots to Dimitri and then there is George Praxiteles, Nina's friend.
Nina is a journalist and an admirable, spirited, brave character who drives the story to greater heights. She goes to Athens to be in the thick of things and the reader is drawn to the heart of events in the early hours of 21st April 1967 amongst the tanks and armed soldiers. The darker side of human nature is also explored, such as crimes of murder, rape and torture. Max and Nina face many challenges as their love, loyalty and commitments are tested.
Dying Phoenix has so many different layers for the reader to explore and it has left me eager to read more books by Loretta Proctor.

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