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Duke of Darkness
Duke of Darkness
Price: 3.79

5.0 out of 5 stars I think this handsome Duke was better than the first book's Duke if that is at ..., 29 Jun 2014
This review is from: Duke of Darkness (Kindle Edition)
The characters all became friends by the end of the first chapter. I adored the staff especially Reeston the butler and valet. The Duke and his ward proved to be an interesting match and as with Anabelle's first book I was transported back in time as if I was a part of the story. Well written and thoroughly enjoyable. I think this handsome Duke was better than the first book's Duke if that is at all possible.


Three Graces
Three Graces
Price: 2.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Three Graces, 18 April 2014
This review is from: Three Graces (Kindle Edition)
I wish I had a friend even though a ghost, like Georgiana....such a delight to have around especially in the huge and sometimes dull rooms of the big historical home. Loved the story and could imagine myself walking the dogs through the miles and miles of the gardens. The main character Carys had more patience than I would have had with the new husband though...his head would have been reeling had I been his bride! Old Aunt Violet was a pleasant surprise in the story....all in all a thoroughly enjoyable light story to read.


To Love a Wicked Scoundrel
To Love a Wicked Scoundrel
Price: 2.99

5.0 out of 5 stars To Love a Wicked Scoundrel, 17 April 2014
Brilliantly written in the old English language and style making this story the most enjoyable book of its kind I have read. A sweet tale of romance set in the time when it must have been so stressful and worrying for young girls who were not as pretty, rich, or as well bred as their counterparts.The moral of this story seems to me to be that there is always hope for the future and for a happy ending.. I loved every page.
Because of the way it was told, I felt myself transported back to that era where I was enveloped by all the beauty and mystery of those times. A truly superb book and I look forward to Anabelle's next.


The Secrets of the Lighthouse
The Secrets of the Lighthouse
by Santa Montefiore
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 12.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Secrets of the Lighthouse, 19 Aug 2013
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I have long been a fan of Santa's books, loving every word on every page. I eagerly await her next book to be released knowing very well that it will be a good story, one that I can get my teeth into and thoroughly enjoy while being transported to that land/family/life the story is based upon.
With 'The Secrets of the Lighthouse' Santa does not disappoint me! The story has depth, meaning and is every bit as good as any Irish books I have read written by true Irish authors! There was no danger of it reading like a book written by an English author trying to put an Irish slant on the story.
Madeleine Byrne escaped her poor Irish heritage by marrying an English Lord and promptly puts all things Irish behind her. Many years later, when the impending marriage of her eldest daughter Ellen to William a young wealthy gentleman, looms, Ellen's feelings of missing something in her life rise to the surface so strongly she decides to run away to her aunt in Connemara, from whom her mother has received but ignored letters every year.
It takes only a short time for Ellen to be welcomed into the bosom of the huge, protective family she never knew existed and life takes a dramatic turn for her. The local legends are told in the Pot of Gold, the local pub, and she learns of the story of Caitlin Macausland who died in the fire at the lighthouse 5 years before and of how brutal and uncaring her husband Conor was and still is. Ellen meets Conor after visiting the castle he and his family used to live in, now looked after by her uncle and cousin, and is fascinated by him.
Santa is excellent at weaving mysterious webs into her stories, and does again with this book. The story is compelling - it whisks the reader away to the windy hills and beaches of west Ireland and into the cosy, noisy pubs to enjoy a hearty meal and drink where Dylan plays his sad songs.
The story is not just about Ellen's quest for freedom, true love and happiness, it also embraces the lives of her mother, aunt, uncles, cousin and the lonely songwriter Dylan. These stories are all interlaced with the story of Caitlin who is now a confused spirit and how her young life was ended so sadly and abruptly at the lighthouse.
This book is yet another great story by Santa Montefiore that you won't want to put down and you will be sad when it ends, leaving you wanting more and more of the Byrne/Macausland families.


Little White Lies and Butterflies
Little White Lies and Butterflies
by Suzie Tullett
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Little White Lies and Butterflies, 8 Aug 2013
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Lydia is a single woman approaching 'middle age' if you believed her family's opinion, but she is finding it hard to locate Mr Right for Her. The solution that springs to mind is a holiday in the Greek Islands where she can forget her inability to snag her guy, or maybe get lucky - whichever comes first.

The idyllic island holiday she has booked doesn't seem to be what she had been sold, but with the stiff upper lip she decides to make the most of it. The scenery and weather are both beautiful and more than make up for the lack of 5 star Hotel accommodation.

When she meets a hunky guy on the beach who is into climbing mountains, surfing, and lives in a huge mansion for good measure, Lydia realises he is not ticking the boxes on her list of 'musts' for the perfect man for her - and yet he is annoyingly nice and hard to ignore. Sam seems to be keen to get to know her and in her efforts to push him off, Lydia tells a little white lie which grows into a huge problem for her over the next few days of her stay. Much to the amusement of Sam.

It's her birthday and the family who own the hotel where she is staying put on a party for her with Sam's help. One thing leads to another, surprise after surprise, little lies evolving into big fibs, and eventually her family who she had been 'escaping', comes to the rescue. A wedding is involved but not for Lydia - yet.
The giggles are numerous - Lydia is rather comical and the story reminds me a little of the style of Marian Keyes in her early laugh-a-line books.

I could feel the sunshine on my face, hear the waves lazily lapping the sand as the tide slides in, and smell the wonderful aromas of the coffee houses and restaurants mingled with the fresh air, as I read this delightfully easy read.


The Other Daddy - A World Away
The Other Daddy - A World Away
by Claire Louise Voet
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the other daddy; a world away, 21 July 2013
The Other Daddy: A World Away
I have read both of Claire Voet's previous books and enjoyed them immensely. Although Claire warned me that this book was very different to her other books, I was not totally prepared for this amazing book. I'm not usually keen on mysteries or anything to do with the paranormal, but after the first chapter I was hooked.
The story is well interwoven over the period of time when two young girls went missing on a secluded island, to today's world where a little boy experiences paranormal behaviours and sightings. His parents are perplexed and not sure what to do to help their little boy. An advertisement in a local newspaper leads his father Jack to seek out Dr Andrew McGregor, Parapsychologist for help.
Slowly, sensitively and carefully, Andrew draws information from the young Callum about his experiences. Surprisingly a nice touch to the story, Andrew's young daughter Amy is an immense help with getting to the bottom of the mystery.
Claire has cleverly woven the story of the two missing girls, the father of one of them, (the other daddy), and the lives of a young boy and his parents, the stormy marriage breakup of the parapsychologist and the effect on their daughter, into one interesting page turning story that I found difficult to put down. The end is exciting and left me feeling happy and satisfied with the outcome.
A very different style of writing for Claire Voet but a very good style too.
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The Secret Nanny Club
The Secret Nanny Club
by Marisa Mackle
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.61

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the secret nanny club by marisa mackle, 1 July 2013
This review is from: The Secret Nanny Club (Paperback)
Secret Nanny Club
I feel the synopsis does not do this book justice. It is far from being a frothy story about a single mum looking for a nanny for her little son. Marisa Mackle has etched out a description of not only the hardships of being a single mother trying to find trustworthy and reliable home help, but also of the career requirements to be a fashion-stylist for a top magazine, and struggling to make ends meet, especially during the recession of Ireland.

Her first few choices turn out to be complete duds and it looks frustratingly as if Kaylah is never going to find that Miss Right. Self doubt hits hard and she changes her mind about returning to work, countless times whenever she looks at her cute little boy's smiling face, but the need for an income as the sole provider, spurs her on to the internet website to advertise for yet another nanny. The baby-daddy has refused to acknowledge the baby as his and thinks maintenance payments are not his responsibility, so Kaylah is on her own totally.
While at a book club meeting, Kaylah is introduced to the hostess' stunning nanny who seems to be an angel. A few weeks later that nanny, Tanya, asks Kaylah for a position as her nanny to baby John.

Life is idyllic for months and Kaylah is confident enough to leave the baby and return to work. Tanya is a modern-day Mary Poppins, and seems to be too good to be true. Kaylah's mother has a favourite saying: 'if it seem to be too good to be true, it probably is'.

The answers to the riddle of the stunning Tanya who is always dressed to kill, all fall into place eventually. The Secret Nanny Club has all the answers it seems.

A good read. Having been a single mum myself, I could relate to the main character's problems and stepping stones which most of the time appear to be huge rocks in the way to a peaceful life.


Mr Right for the Night (Irish Romantic Comedy)
Mr Right for the Night (Irish Romantic Comedy)
Price: 0.77

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mr Right For the Night by Marisa Mackle, 29 Jun 2013
Mr Right for the Night (Irish Romantic Comedy)
Written in 2004, Mr Right For the Night is a well written and funny story of a single girl no longer in her twenties but moving up the retail career ladder, unlike her married best friend who has an adorable child with her good looking husband.

Anna, the main character has a problem. She and all her former classmates have been summoned rather than invited to attend a 'reunion' at the home of Victoria - the class bully. Anna has dark memories of being taunted and put down by the bossy Victoria, and as far as she can recall, none of the other girls had suffered the same humiliation that Victoria seemed to inflict upon her so joyfully.

Now married to a wealthy man, living in a big home, Victoria seems to have it all. Anna lives in a one roomed flat, has no steady boyfriend, rather just one night stands or at the most the guys might hang about for a week or two. Claire, her best friend is set for the reunion with her handsome husband and the dress to make her feel a million dollars. Anna has to find a guy to take along to show the bully once and for all that she is set up very nicely in this grown up world too, thank you very much.

I have read most of Marisa's books and find myself laughing out loud all through the book. Marisa has a delightful sense of humour which is that little bit sharper than most having the Irish tinge to it for good measure. The story is fast moving and fun, covering the main character's love life, friendships, family, career woes and self doubts skilfully, with large dobs of comedy while keeping the storyline real and credible. The unexpected twist towards the end when the classmates discover the real truth of the bully's marriage and life, is most enjoyable and leads to Anna's finding who her Mr Right For the Night is and was all along.

Although written in 2004, this book is equal to any written more recently and a delight to read


The Mile High Guy
The Mile High Guy
by Marisa Mackle
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.19

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Mile High Guy by Marisa Mackle, 16 May 2013
This review is from: The Mile High Guy (Paperback)
Mile High Guy (Irish Romantic Comedy)

This novel was a lot of fun...light hearted and a good laugh. Katie the main character is a rather ditzy and giddy flight attendant in search of her knight in shining armour. She is a hopeless romantic in a very sweet way - some of the comments made by the main character as this story rolls on, are so typical and funny I found myself agreeing and nodding my head, while laughing out loud (much to the strange looks from the rest of the household!).
The Irish humour shines through in the book and is delightful. A feel good story laced with lots of fun.
Katie falls for one of her first class passengers, but is he really the one for her?
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone who likes a light read that gives a lot of laughs and giggles as well.
Delightful. I have always enjoyed Marisa's books as they are true to life and down to earth. Most of us can relate to them in some way.


The Honey Queen
The Honey Queen
by Cathy Kelly
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 10.84

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Honey Queen by Cathy Kelly, 16 May 2013
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This book very nicely brought a little piece of Australia to Ireland, and it blended very well. There seemed to me to be many main characters in this book...each character proved to be valuable to the complete story, although I do think Cathy intended Lillie to be the central figure. The strength of the others such as Freya (adorable and who wouldn't want such a teen in their home?), Opal the loving motherly soul who didn't have a bad word to say about anyone, including her son's rude mother-in-law to be. Along with these strong characters were Peggy - from a troubled home ruled by an arrogant, mind-game playing father - Frankie, the career woman and her husband (Lillie's newly found brother) Seth and of course Bobbie and Fifi and the poor mixed up Meredith.
Totally lovable characters who left me with the longing to live in such an area with so many caring friends.
I feel Cathy is on her way back to writing stories like her first much loved books, and it's wonderful to see.
A lovely feel-good book and very enjoyable.


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