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The Vampire’s Warden

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The Vampire’s Warden by S.J. Wright, book reviewWhile browsing the recent selection of free Kindle books on Amazon, I was quite pleased to come across The Vampire’s Warden by S.J. Wright. I have quite a weak spot for supernatural fiction, particularly vampire fiction, and although there is plenty of it cheap on Amazon, it’s not often I spot a free book.

The full title as given on Amazon is The Vampire’s Warden, A Paranormal Romance (Undead in Brown County #1), indicating it was the start of a series. The main character is Sarah, who in her early twenties has lost both her parents and is now responsible for running the family’s rural Inn. Things take a bit of an odd turn however when a stranger named Alex turns up and claims that her mother has sent him – her mother who was supposed to have died in a car crash when Sarah was just a little girl.


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Monday to Friday Man

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Monday to Friday Man,  Alice Peterson, book reviewMonday to Friday Man‘ is Alice Peterson’s latest novel and is thoroughly enjoyable. Although in many ways it is a light and easy read, it does also make you think as she tackles a couple of difficult issues. It is an immensely readable book that you should be able to read in just a few days – in fact it’s perfect lazy summer reading!

The main character in ‘Monday to Friday Man‘ is thirty four year old Gilly who has recently been jilted by Ed just days before the wedding. With her thirty-fifth birthday approaching, Gilly feels that her life is in a rut and it is time for a change.


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The Little Women Letters

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The Little Women Letters, Gabrielle Donnelly - book reviewHaving read and loved Louisa May Alcott’s classic, ‘Little Women’ as a child, I was intrigued by the title of Gabrielle Donnelly’s first novel, ‘The Little Women Letters‘. This is a modern day tale following the lives of Jo March’s (one of the original characters) ancestors. These are the Atwater sisters – Emma, Lulu and Sophie – who in many ways are very much like the March sisters albeit living in an entirely different age with different expectations and far fewer restrictions.

The three sisters each have very different personalities and each one is very much like one of the March sisters. Emma, the eldest is sensible and practical, very much like Meg in the original story; Sophie, aspiring actress and also the youngest is more flighty and excitable, just like Amy; and then there’s Lulu, the one in the middle who is just a bit quirky and different and does not always conform to her family’s expectations – just like Jo March herself.


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Something from Tiffany’s

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Something from Tiffany's,  Melissa Hill, book reviewMelissa Hill is one of my favourite Irish authors and I know that I am always going to enjoy reading her books. She tends to write about everyday women facing everyday issues. However, in her latest book ‘Something from Tiffany’s‘, she introduces a little bit of modern fairytale magic. This is especially so as the story opens in New York on Christmas Eve, with two very different men heading towards Tiffany’s in order to make purchases for quite different reasons.

Ethan, and his eight year old daughter Daisy, are heading to that famous jewellery store in order to buy an engagement ring. After the death of Ethan’s beloved wife, Jane, he never thought that he would find anyone to love so much again.


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Alphabet Weekends

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Alphabet Weekends: Love on the Road from A to Z by Elizabeth Noble, book reviewA while ago I read ‘Things I want my Daughters to Know‘ by Elizabeth Noble which I found to be one of the most emotional and heart wrenching books that I had read in a long time. As a consequence, I was keen to read more by this author and have just finished her book ‘Alphabet Weekends‘. It is another very good book but nowhere as near as emotional as the other one and is actually written in quite a different style. Nonetheless it was a very enjoyable read.


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Wuthering Heights

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Wuthering Heights (Hardback) By Emily Bronte, book reviewWuthering Heights by Emily Brontë was published in 1847, originally under the pen name of Ellis Bell, and is the author’s only novel. A dark and stormy novel set on the Yorkshire moors, Wuthering Heights tells the story of Cathy and Heathcliff and their respective families.

The action is related through narrators; the principal narrator is Mr Lockwood, a tenant of Heathcliff who is told the story of Heathcliff’s past by the housekeeper Ellen (Nelly) Dean, who was involved in all the events. Much of the novel, therefore, is set in the past. In the present day, many of the characters are dead, and Heathcliff has possession of Wuthering Heights and the nearby Thrushcross Grange, where Mr Lockwood is staying.


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Pride and Prejudice

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Pride and Prejudice By Jane Austen, book reviewJane Austen is an author who many people love or hate. Her detractors will say she is dull and formulaic, her fans will say she wrote beautifully. Personally, I’m somewhere in the middle.

Pride and Prejudice is perhaps her best known novel. Set in Hertfordshire, it is about the Bennet family, Mr & Mrs Bennet and their five daughters, Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Catherine (Kitty) and Lydia. Mrs Bennet’s main goal in life is securing advantageous marriages for her daughters, and so chases after every eligible man who enters the county. The main character is Elizabeth, from whose point of view we see much of the story.


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The Luxe

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The Luxe  By Anna Godbersen, book reviewThe Luxe by Anna Godbersen is a novel set in New York in 1899, at the height of the super-rich society families for whom appearance was everything. It is about a group of young people, all of whom want to break the constraints of their lives in different ways and for different reasons.

The very first page of the novel is the funeral announcement for Elizabeth Holland. After a glimpse of the funeral, we are taken back in time to a few weeks before to find out what happens. This is a bit of a strange start, opening with the funeral of one of the main characters, but it does have a page-turning effect, as you always want to keep going to find out what happened to Elizabeth during what should have been a special time of her life.


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Part heroic, part self-absorption

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Random Acts of Heroic Love By Danny ScheinmannLeo Deakin, who has been travelling in South America, wakes up in hospital to find out that his beloved girlfriend, Eleni, died in the same coach crash in which he was injured. Devastated, he arranges for her body to be flown home to her native Greece, but her loss forces him to fall into a deep depression and he pushes his family and friends away. 75 years earlier, Moritz Daniecki is in Siberia, after surviving the Great War, and is desperately trying to make his way to his home in Poland to find the love of his life, Lotte. Yet the conditions suggest that he will never finish his journey. Will Leo eventually get over the grief of Eleni’s death? Will Moritz ever be reunited with his love? And do Leo and Moritz have more in common that being separated from the loves of their life?

Romance is not a genre that I enjoy, but in this case, the historical aspect of Moritz’s story appealed to me.


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The First Cut is the Deepest

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 Love for Lydia  by H.E. Bates In the 1920s, Lydia Aspen moves to Evensford after the death of her father to live with two elderly aunts. She leads a solitary existence until a local lad, Richardson, introduces her into Evensford society. She loves her new life, especially when Richardson  falls in love with her. However, the path to true love doesn’t run smoothly – Lydia flirts with two of Richardson’s closest friends, Alex and Tom right in front of him, and others outside the group of friends. Then it appears that Alex is going to ask Lydia to marry him. Richardson is devastated by this news and the way he responds is completely out of character. Life for the friends will never be the same again.


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