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Oyster: a boy with potential: A choirboy's sinister discovery (Crime shorts Book 1)
Oyster: a boy with potential: A choirboy's sinister discovery (Crime shorts Book 1)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A BRILLIANT SHORT STORY, 20 Dec 2014
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An incredibly insightful look at the machinations of a boy so intellectually damaged that he cannot fit into normal society. Only a writer with a deep knowledge of the human psyche could carry off something as profoundly moving as this story is. The voice is amazingly real and I found myself following his twisted thoughts and seeing exactly where he was coming from, and at the same time feeling dreadfully sorry for him.
On top of all that, the story is beautifully written, so that nowhere does it not flow as though from the pen of a superb writer.
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Together They Overcame by Juliet C.B. Aharoni
Together They Overcame by Juliet C.B. Aharoni
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5.0 out of 5 stars A LOVE STORY LIKE NO OTHER, 20 Oct 2014
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Review of ‘Together they overcame’ by Juliet C.B. Aharoni
A LOVE STORY LIKE NO OTHER
An unputdownable romantic novel by an author who is not afraid to expose the truth about married life.
I found it fresh, unique, unusual, and totally mesmerising.
Because I suspect that the novel is partly autobiographical, the author does now and then slip away from the main thrust of the story, but these few diversions are so fascinating and informative that I was at no time tempted to skip a single word.
Telling a story from an omniscient point of view can sometimes confuse a reader when in one paragraph several characters explain their thoughts. But Juliet Aharoni never allows her multi viewpoints to muddle a scene; on the contrary, with a deft hand she weaves in the causes and effects of every action, making each character come alive, and makes you feel as though you are right there, walking behind them and witnessing every nuance of their passion and their seemingly unsolvable dilemmas.
The young eighteen-year-old South African and her handsome Israeli lover’s passionate relationship is central to the plot, but even more dynamic – and dovetailing seamlessly into this sometimes turbulent liaison – is the conflict of emotions Rosalind and Eyal are confronted with when Eyal’s mother refuses to accept her adored son’s love for his beautiful foreign wife – a situation that Aharoni handles with great insight, and which many readers will recognise and empathise with.
The sex scenes, although physically explicit, are totally natural, although I felt there could have been a little more emotion between the lovers.
I finished the book desperately wanting to know more, sad that I was saying goodbye to these fascinating characters and hoping that there may soon be a sequel.
Highly recommended.


Copper's Ridge: Temptation is the ultimate risk
Copper's Ridge: Temptation is the ultimate risk
by Nigel Lampard
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN AND DRAMATIC, 29 Sep 2014
I unashamedly admit that I am a devotee of Nigel Lampard's novels. Having already given us three stories that surmount most people's horizon of experience and expectation, Lampard ventures into taboo territory with a new novel that is at once provocative and yet so honest and natural that you feel you are sitting in a pub in the Cotswolds listening to the protagonists telling you the story of the on-the-face-of-it absolutely ordinary inhabitants of the village of Upper Slaughter, but who all harbor a secret they would never voluntarily divulge.

Without giving away the unique thrust of this novel, I would venture to say that this is Hollywood material. Characterization is Lampard's main strength. His understanding of the human psyche enables him to portray the inner depths of these flawed, yet on the surface perfectly normal, attractive and intelligent men and women, whose lives inadvertently become entwined in a nail-biting sequence of events that will ensure that you will look very carefully the next time you venture into a pub in a quiet Cotswold village.


Sweet Cheeks (Heartbreaker series Book 2)
Sweet Cheeks (Heartbreaker series Book 2)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A GEM OF A BOOK, 19 Sep 2014
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What I loved most about this novel is the sense of involvement for the reader that the author gives to the story. Right from the start, with a wonderful first person present tense punchy style, she makes you feel that Jen (Sweet Cheeks, JJ, Jennifer), is talking to you, confiding in you, telling you all her secrets – it’s wonderful to find a book where you feel the author has targeted you as the only person she’s talking to. Very clever indeed.
The writing is excellent and flows without a hitch. The characterization of the main character is well-rounded and in no time I felt I knew Sweet Cheeks intimately. The other characters are also very well drawn, and they all have a major role to play in this page-turning plot, with far more than just romance at its core.
Jacoba Dorothy is an author to watch.
Without ever needing to make sex explicit in order to titivate the reader, she nevertheless injects into the narrative the most amazingly subtle yet emotional, passionate responses by the brave single mother Jen which leave the reader in no doubt of the heat and fire of the sexual verve and gusto that is fuelled by a deep and lasting love of the charismatic Tanning, one of the most desirable male heroes I have encountered for a long time.


Johnny McClintock's War: One man's struggle against the hammer blows of life
Johnny McClintock's War: One man's struggle against the hammer blows of life
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE THIS BOOK, 22 Aug 2014
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When a book stops you from sleeping till way past 2 a.m., when it keeps you in bed the next morning until 9 a.m. when you are used to getting up at 6 a.m., and when you keep picking it up during the day when you are busy with the chores you can’t dodge, you know you have discovered a book that will hold you spellbound until the very last sentence.

And that is exactly what happened to me.

I admit to having been a fan of best-seller Irish novelist Gerry McCullough for many years now, so I would never have hesitated to read anything new she wrote.

But nothing Gerry has written in the past is anything like this new dynamic historical novel, interlaced with beautiful descriptive prose seen through the eyes of the protagonists. Surprisingly transported to another world I knew little about before I read this beautiful novel, I found myself in a world that Gerry brings so vividly to life that I breathed every heart-beat with the characters. With her first-hand knowledge of the history of The Troubles, her innate literary imagination and knowledge of the human psyche, and her amazing ability to visually engage the reader in the personal thoughts of her characters, she paints a picture not only of Johnny McClintlock’s horrific First World War experiences, and then at the end of the war the similar senseless antagonistic clashes between the Catholics and the Protestants in Ireland, but of the totally unwarranted and inexcusable outrageous treatment of Rosie, the woman he has always loved.

It is an important observation that Gerry makes: that regardless of artificial boundaries created by the two different churches to which Johnny and Rosie have been born into, their love and their faith transcend these so-called differences. Would that this could happen in other parts of the world where religion is tearing people apart. Gerry McCullough illustrates in this will-they/won’t they story, that it is indeed possible.

I love this book.


Final Vow
Final Vow
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spellbound, 9 Aug 2014
This review is from: Final Vow (Kindle Edition)
From the first page to the last this novel held me spellbound. From the fluent pen of an amazing woman who finds herself a victim of a man who first sweeps her off her feet, and then gradually and sinisterly leads her through a never ending series of plausible con tricks until she can take no more, this is a book every woman - and man - should read. The suspense leading up to the surprise ending had me on the edge of my chair. It is beautifully written, and I am eagerly awaiting the next book from this talented author.


An American Girl
An American Girl
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE AND LOSS AND LOVE FOUND, 18 July 2014
This review is from: An American Girl (Kindle Edition)
This is an unputdownable, emotional and erotic roller-coaster of a book seen through the eyes of an Australian girl’s turbulent and painful discovery of herself. Beautifully written, and studded with quotes from lyrics that epitomise each dramatic chapter, I found myself totally absorbed.

Justine’s jaded relationship with Alex has ended and he has left her sad and lonely and needing something, someone to fill the torn space in her life.

She loves Adelaide, she loves her guitar, her lyric writing and her passion for music she has inherited from her tragic mother and her unknown father, but something vital is missing in her life that she is unable to identify.

Until, through an online music community, she meets the like-minded, beautiful, passionate, music-loving Molly, and is lured to find solace in New York.

But Justine finds far more than solace. Her move to New York is life-changing.


The Kammersee Affair
The Kammersee Affair
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An unputdownable thriller, 25 May 2014
I loved this book. John Holt is clearly a born story-teller. He has the knack of dangling together just the right mix of interesting characters and impossible situations and then takes you on a journey full of twists and turns and surprises and amazing endings. The Kammersee Affair is a perfect example of this clever list of ingredients.
High recommended.


Copper's Ridge - Temptation is the ultimate risk
Copper's Ridge - Temptation is the ultimate risk

5.0 out of 5 stars You will not want to put this one down, 3 Mar 2014
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I unashamedly admit that I am a devotee of Nigel Lampard's novels. Having already given us three stories that surmount most people's horizon of experience and expectation, Lampard ventures into taboo territory with a new novel that is at once provocative and yet so honest and natural that you feel you are sitting in a pub in the Cotswolds listening to the protagonists telling you the story of the on-the-face-of-it absolutely ordinary inhabitants of the village of Upper Slaughter, but who all harbour a secret they would never voluntarily divulge.

Without giving away the unique thrust of this novel, I would venture to say that this is Hollywood material. Characterisation is Lampard's main strength. His understanding of the human psyche enables him to portray the inner depths of these flawed, yet on the surface perfectly normal, attractive and intelligent men and women, whose lives inadvertently become entwined in a nail-biting sequence of events that will ensure that you will look very carefully the next time you venture into a pub in a quiet Cotswold village.

While reading it I became besotted with Michael, and would love to see a sequel to Copper's Ridge. I can't wait for his next novel.


Elements of Style
Elements of Style
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Writer's Jewel, 24 Feb 2014
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This review is from: Elements of Style (Kindle Edition)
This book is a must for every writer, young, old, published or unpublished. In a few succinct words you will learn the secrets of grammar and syntax in a way that you have never heard before. It is a book I dip into frequently and am always thrilled to find that each time I read it my writing gains something new.


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