Unhesitatingly five stars. A truly wonderful, thought-provoking and heart-warming read. It's a love story, but not a conventional one, about the uncompromising love of a single mother for her beautiful but learning-challenged daughter.
Isabel has sacrified all her own opportunities for romance, always putting Jaya's welfare first. Now that naive and wilful Jaya is 19, she just wants to get married and have babies. She's beginning to get out of control, her heart set on marriage and motherhood, unaware of the consequences of her actions.
The beautifully drawn and totally convincing characters take it in turns to tell their side of the story.
Moving to France has been the dream of tens of thousands of Francophiles for decades. Pots of geraniums, fields of lavender and sunflowers, crusty baguettes, cheeses galore, accordion music, inexpensive wines, the climate, peaceful rivers, golden beaches, France has it all. How easy it is to fall in love with the dream of starting a new life here. With property prices currently at a 5-year low, it's a buyer's market.
There are people who are happy to take the plunge into the unknown, prepared to live with the consequences, but the dream can quickly turn into a nightmare if they haven't done their homework.
For Eamon and his wife, it was not a decision made on the spur… Read more
I've read and enjoyed two of Andrew Ives' previous books featuring Karen, the tenacious and ingenious sleuth. Here she is again, and again the author doesn't disappoint.
With the end of the earth possibly being nigh, animal rights activists attacking a research laboratory and vicious indestructible ants overtaking the country, there's plenty of action. Karen needs all her resourcefulness to deal with the dangers encountered during her investigations, while her vile slob of a boyfriend Nathan is enjoying himself in a virtual world of virtually willing nubile girls.
The action moves between London, rural England, Ireland and Italy, and the intricate plot will keep… Read more