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Book Review: The Siren by Ulla Beattie

24 Sep

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Young Norma marries a rich older man but the union is shattered by his premature death. A recurring theme of disaster comes through her second husband’s jealous younger brother who will stop at nothing to protect his own inheritance.
Further difficulties come through her third marriage where her husband leaves her to enter into another, bigamous marriage. After his death, his bigamously married wife is left penniless. Her brother wants to find the woman who deprived his sister of her pension. In the process, he becomes fascinated by the Siren who has outlived all her husbands.

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My Review

I received a free copy of this book and was not compensated for my review.

The Siren is the story of the life of Norma who is a cobbler’s daughter. She and her widowed mother are barely able to make ends meet by running a haberdashery. Because of this, Norma’s mother can’t wait for her to marry a man who can take care of them. The problem is that Norma wants to marry a man she loves, not for money or status. 

Norma does find love with a man who is much older than her. They are very happy and this would be her happily ever after, but he unexpectedly dies. Norma’s next two marriages are mistakes, but Norma eventually learns from her mistakes. 

Norma’s character is complex. She is independent from the beginning but, as she gets older, she continues to learn and grow. Her interactions with men are intriguing and, as smart as she is, it takes her a long time to figure out that a marriage must have both love and passion to work. 

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical romance or historical fiction.

 

About the Author

71cs3y0koxl-_ux250_Ulla Marita Beattie was born in Helsinki, Finland in 1945, which explains why many of her stories have a Nordic flavour.

She has travelled widely and has lived in Austria, Russia, Cyprus, Belgium and Switzerland.Since 1997 she has been based in London, with frequent visits to France.

She is married and has two daughters, now grown up. She has had a lifelong interest in children’s stories, particularly those read to her own and other people’s children.

You can read more about Ulla and her books at http://www.ullabeattie.co.uk.

 

 

Book Review: Mummy’s Little Angel by J.W. Lawson

23 Sep

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Mummy’s Little Angel is the first place winner of World’s Best Story!

Joanne didn’t believe that her life could become worse than it already was. She had lost everybody and everything she had loved. She was alone. Surely she had suffered enough? The press had called her identical twins psychopaths. Her Maggie. Her Annie. But she still loved them, even though one of them had killed her husband, Jeff. Joanne believed that his murder had been an accident. How could one of her girls be a murderer? She knew them better than anybody else. They were good girls really.

She just had to prove it.

The brutal murder of her god-daughter Laura had never been solved. Items were missing when Laura’s remains had been discovered: clues that could lead to the capture of her killer. One of them was Laura’s doll … the doll that Joanne later discovered in her home. Joanne is facing the most horrific dilemma of her life. Has the wrong woman been imprisoned? Could her child have used such brutality against her best friend? Or could both women be innocent after all?

She needs to find somebody for her daughter to confide in; somebody she will trust. She needs a miracle. There is only one person who can help. He is compassionate and caring, with an amazing ability to gain the trust of the most difficult patients. He is Joanne’s only hope. He is Jonathan Davies.

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My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book from iRead Book Tours for an honest review.

What a crazy family! Mummy’s Little Angel is written in diary form from three perspectives: Joanne, Maggie, and Annie. It is obvious that all three women are broken. Joanne, the mom, has had so much loss in her life and now she is dealing with the fact that one of her twins is a murderer. But is the wrong one in prison? Maggie obviously has some mental issues but how much of that is real and how much is an act? Annie claims that she is innocent and that Maggie is the psychopath. 

Poor Joanne has so much to deal with. She still loves her daughters and can’t believe that either of them killed anyone on purpose. When she receives a letter from her mother who disappeared 20 years ago, it just adds to her already out of control life. 

Mummy’s Little Angel has many twists and I was unable to put it down. I had to find out what the true story was. J.W. Lawson keeps you on the edge of your seat, giving out one clue at a time, until all of the pieces of the puzzle fit. Or do they? There were times that I was so confused but I know that was the author’s intention.

I definitely recommend Mummy’s Little Angel. Warning: contains sexual content and violence.

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Author’s Bio

2016-09-23_7-01-09Award Winning Author, JW Lawson is already gaining recognition for her writing talents in the US and world-wide. The second of a trilogy of sensational thrillers,Mummy’s Little Angel is the winner of the highly acclaimed Worlds Best Story competition and has also received some outstanding reviews from the professional team of judges in the competition. She is currently writing her third thriller, Crossroads which will be available in 2017 and the final book of the current series, Hush Little Baby will be available in 2018.

 

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Book Review & Giveaway: Hutchins Creek Cache by Deborah Garner

22 Sep

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Paige MacKenzie heads to the town of Hutchins Creek, Colorado, to research Old West railroad history for The Manhattan Post, with plans to meet up with her favorite cowboy, Jake Norris.

When a mysterious coin from the 1920’s is discovered behind the Hutchins Creek Railroad Museum, Paige starts digging into four generations of Hutchins family history.

As legends of steam engines and coin mintage mingle, will Paige discover the true origin of the coin or will she find herself dangerously close to more than one long-hidden town secret?

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My Review

This is the first Paige MacKenzie novel I’ve read but I did read A Flair for Chardonnay by Deborah Garner so I knew that I like her writing and her sense of humor, so I was happy to read Hutchins Creek Cache

Paige MacKenzie is a reporter who tends to get into scrapes when she’s working on an article. Her boyfriend, Jake, meets up with her while she is on her newest assignment in Hutchins Creek so that they can have some time together. I love that Jake accepts how Paige is when it comes to her curiosity. He doesn’t try to change her but he does tease her about it, which is funny.

Hutchins Creek Cache is a quick and fun read. It’s obvious that the author did a lot of research on coins and railroad lines in the west and she made it interesting to read about by including it in this mystery.

I definitely recommend Hutchins Creek Cache and look forward to reading more of Deborah Garner’s books.

I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.

 

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“This book held my interest from start to finish. It was beautifully written with such great descriptions that I could picture the town and landscapes.” – review of Above the Bridge

“Delightful . Loved the explorations into the old mines and the side love stories. Mist was a special person with exceptional insight.” – review of The Moonglow Cafe

 “The author does a great job in vividly describing the resort, town and surrounding landscape, she makes you feel like you are actually there. She also has a gift for making her characters come to life.” – review of Three Silver Doves

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About the author

Deborah Garner is an accomplished travel writer with a passion for back roads and secret hideaways. Born and raised in California, she studied in France before returning to the U.S. to attend UCLA. After stints in graduate school and teaching, she attempted to clone herself for decades by founding and running a dance and performing arts center, designing and manufacturing clothing and accessories, and tackling both spreadsheets and display racks for corporate retail management. Her passions include photography, hiking and animal rescue. She speaks five languages, some substantially better than others. She now divides her time between California and Wyoming, dragging one human and two canines along whenever possible.

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