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One Pink Line

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One Pink Line, Dina Silver, book reviewOne Pink Line by Dina Silver opens in the early 1990s, when Sydney is about to take her final exams at college and discovers she is pregnant. The novel then goes backwards to when she finished high school, the start of her long term relationship with Ethan, her years at college, and then moves into her pregnancy and beyond. In addition to Sydney’s story, the novel skips ahead to her daughter Grace, from the age of ten onwards.

One Pink Line is not an action packed novel. The shocks and upsets, the highs and lows of Sydney’s life are the action, and there is something very real about it all.


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No Such Thing as Immortality

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No Such Thing as Immortality, Sarah Tranter, book reviewNo Such Thing as Immortality is the debut novel by Sarah Tranter. Her publisher, Choc Lit, chose to actively promote it as their Twilight; given the inevitable comparisons between it and any vampire romance novel, perhaps it makes sense for them to embrace the similarities instead of trying to deny them.

No Such Thing is told from the point of view of the vampire. Nathanial Gray, Nate, is around two hundred years old, almost indestructible, with perfect senses and coordination. Until the night when he crashes his car into Rowan Locke’s car. Suddenly he finds himself experiencing emotion for the first time in two centuries, and can’t stop thinking about Rowan.


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Palace Circle

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Palace Circle, Rebecca Dean, book reviewHaving read and loved Rebecca Dean’s Enemies of the Heart, I was keen to read more of her novels – and chose Palace Circle as the next one I would read. It opens in Virginia, where eighteen year old Delia has just married Viscount Ivor Conisborough, over twenty years her senior and a member of the British aristocracy. At first she loves her new life in London, where she meets people such as Winston Churchill and Wallis Simpson, but she soon discovers there are secrets in her and Ivor’s life.

Palace Circle covers both world wars, and later includes Delia’s daughters, Petra and Davina, as narrators. The family moves to Cairo where Ivor is appointed as an advisor to King Fuad, and this is where much of the action is focussed during the Second World War.


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The Foster Husband

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The Foster Husband, Pippa Wright, book reviewThe Foster Husband is Pippa Wright’s third novel and the first one that I had read from her. It promised to be a light, easy read just perfect for long summer evenings. I did really enjoy it although the title is a bit misleading as the ‘foster husband’ in question does not feature as much as I was expecting.

The Foster Husband tells the story of Kate who, after leaving her home time of Lyme Regis, gained a glamorous show biz career and a gorgeous husband. However, years later, she has returned to her home town with no husband and no job. She ends up living in her recently deceased grandmother’s bungalow trying to make some sense of what her life has become.


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Enemies of the Heart

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Enemies of the Heart, Rebecca Dean, book reviewAs a long-time fan of Penny Vincenzi, when I was looking for an indulgent and absorbing read during the recent bank holiday weekend, I searched for authors like her – and one suggestion which came up was Enemies of the Heart by Rebecca Dean. Liking the description of it, I immediately downloaded the novel to my Kindle and got stuck in.

Enemies of the Heart opens in 1909, when cousins Zelda and Vicky are visiting Berlin. American Zelda has her eye on Josef Remer, heir to the immense House of Remer steelworks and fortune, while quieter Vicky falls for the shyer Berthold Remer. When war breaks out in 1914 though, the family is pulled apart and loyalties are tested.


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Sophie Says

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Sophie Says, Judy Balan, book reviewSophie Tilgum, the famous Breakup Coach is in a dilemma. There’s a cousin’s wedding coming up and she has no boyfriend to flaunt in front of the family. Despite her status as a popular blogging counsellor of sorts, she is terrified of her mother and aunts and desperate not to give them more grist for their marriage mill. She runs into a male friend and desperately asks him to provide her with a fake boyfriend for twelve weeks.

Into her life comes the perfect Ryan who charms every relative in sight and actually wins over Sophie’s rebellious heart in two weeks. He also showers her with seeds and guppies to develop her nurturing side.


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Letters from the Fire

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 Letters from the Fire, Alma Alexander,  Deck Deckert, book reviewDuring the NATO bombing of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, also known as “Operation Allied Force,” two people “meet” on an internet newsgroup – one is a woman in Yugoslavia, watching her homeland being bombed by NATO forces. The other is a man living in the USA – watching from afar. As they argue the different sides of what they see and believe is right, they discover a connection that is stronger than their disagreements, and surpasses the physical distance between them. This is the story of Letters from the Fire written by R. A. Deckert (aka Deck) and Alma Hromic.

First of all, this novel is told almost entirely through the fictionalized postings to an internet newsgroup and email correspondence, making it probably the first electronic epistolary novel ever written.

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Ferney

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Ferney by James Long, book reviewAs someone with a strong interest in history, I have always enjoyed stories that satisfy my interest in the past at some level. So, I read a lot of historical fiction, but I also like a good time travel/time slip story line, books like The Time Traveler’s Wife, Shadow of Night and 11.22.63. My curiosity was therefore most definitely piqued when I heard that Quercus were planning on rereleasing the best-selling time slip novel Ferney by James Long this month in advance of the long-awaited sequel being released in October. Ferney is a book that has built up something of a cult following after its original release in 1998; when it went out of print, there were tales of copies changing hands on the internet for as much as £85 as so many people still wanted to read it.


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Rumour Has It

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Rumour Has It by Jill Mansell, book reviewRumour Has It by Jill Mansell is a chick-lit novel about Tilly, who, after her boyfriend moved out without warning, moves to a small village in the English countryside to become a “Girl Friday” to Max and his daughter Lou. There she meets Jack, who has a reputation as a womanizer – but can Tilly resist his charms?

Jill Mansell is an author I’ve heard of, but Rumour Has It is the first of her novels that I have read. Chick-lit is a real hit and miss genre – its good authors write wonderful stories, but there is a huge amount of rubbish as well. So given that I was trying an author new to me, I went into Rumour Has It knowing it could be terrible – but as it was a purchase from the Kindle sale, I wasn’t losing too much.


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The Immortal Rules

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The Immortal Rules,  Julie Kagawa, book reviewThe Immortal Rules is the first novel in a new series by Julie Kagawa. Her Iron Fey series seems to be quite popular, however I wasn’t that blown away by the first novel and have never got round to continuing with the series. The Immortal Rules was available in the recent Kindle sale, and I decided that I may as well give it a go.

Set in the not-too-distant future, the world is now ruled by vampires. Following a plague which wiped out a lot of the human population, the vampires took control in order to safeguard their food supply from extinction. Outside their heavily guarded cities are rabids, zombie-like creatures who feed on humans.


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Wicked Business

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Wicked Business by Janet Evanovich, book reviewFor centuries, adventurers and power seekers have sought to possess the seven SALIGIA stones, mystical objects created by an unknown source and said to each represent one of the seven deadly sins (SALIGIA being a mnemonic for the sins as written in Latin). Having now found their way to Massachusetts, they have attracted the attention of two strange cousins – Gerwulf Grimoire and the man known simply as Diesel. Each has abilities way beyond the ordinary, but lack the skill to be able to recognise one of these stones when they see it. Only two people in the world can do this: the singularly odd Hatchet, who teams up with the dark and dangerous Gerwulf, and cupcake baker Lizzie (newly moved to New England from New York), who finds herself assisting the impossibly handsome but off-limits Diesel and his mischievous monkey Carl.


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Wild Rose

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Wild Rose by Pauline Donaldson, book reviewWild Rose by Pauline Donaldson is the author’s first novel for an adult audience. Set in Yorkshire during the Wars of the Roses, its main character is Alice, a woman who lives alone having escaped from the unwanted attentions of the local squire. When she finds a young child, Cissy, sitting crying and alone beside the body of her mother, her life is completely changed. Alice has no idea where Cissy came from, and takes on the responsibility of raising her, but several years later she makes contact with Cissy’s father, a baron.

When I read the summary of Wild Rose, I was attracted by the historical setting – the Wars of the Roses are a time period I am interested in, and I enjoy reading novels set in this period.


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