REVIEW: LIFESONG

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Lifesong by Julia Blake

Lifesong is a mixture of fantasy and science fiction, carrying with it an ecological message and a gentle love story.

It’s a beautiful story about a young woman who has an amazing ability to seek out the lifesong of others. This leads her to a wonderfully happy time in her life but it isn’t long before she finds that, after crossing the universe, she is trapped on our world. But what kind of a world is it that has no lifesong, and that seems determined on its own destruction?

Julia Blake’s thought-provoking and heart-warming story is perfect as a novella. The story is concise and fast flowing. It has a lyrical quality to it and is beautifully written.

I highly recommended Lifesong.

It’s a story you will want to read more than once.

Review: The Wedding Shroud by Elisabeth Storrs

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Elisabeth Storrs resurrects the lost world of the Etruscans in her well-researched and captivating novel, The Wedding Shroud.

I love Historical Fiction and, while many stories have been written about Ancient Rome, I was delighted to read a book about the earlier Etruscan culture, which is revealed through the eyes of the novel’s heroine, a young Roman woman named Caecilia.

I definitely recommend this book.
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In 406 BC, to seal a tenuous truce, the young Roman Caecilia is wedded to Vel Mastarna, an Etruscan nobleman from Veii. Leaving her militaristic homeland, Caecilia is determined to remain true to Roman virtues while living among the sinful Etruscans. But, despite her best intentions, she is seduced by a culture that offers women education, independence, sexual freedom, and an empowering religion.

Enchanted by Veii but terrified of losing ties to Rome, Caecilia performs rites to delay becoming a mother, thereby postponing true entanglement. Yet as she develops an unexpected love for Mastarna, she’s torn between her birthplace and the city in which she now lives. As war looms, Caecilia discovers Fate is not so easy to control, and she must choose where her allegiance lies.

The Wedding Shroud is the first book in the series A Tale of Ancient Rome. Subsequent books in the series include The Golden Dice and Call to Juno.

Review: A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald by Natasha Lester

A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald by Natasha Lester

A Kiss From Mr Fitzgerald

I loved this book and don’t hesitate to give it 5 stars.

It’s the 1920s in Manhattan. A new era where women enjoy more freedom but not without a struggle to achieve it.

Evie Lockhart is one of these women. Evie wants to follow her dream of being an obstetrician but even in New York with its gin, jazz, glitter and modernity, a woman wanting to become a doctor is all but ostracized.

After leaving her comfortable home, her conservative family, and Charlie – the boy next door who she is expected to marry, Evie is alone and has to pay her own way in medical school. To do this she joins the Ziegfeld Follies.

The alluring Thomas Whitman, an Upper East Side banker, a man she could easily love, is also the boy next door. But a Ziegfeld girl, who also wants to be a doctor, has no chance of marrying such a man. Her scandalous life would drag him down.

Evie must decide. Should she let Thomas go or give up everything she has worked for?

Natasha Lester has written a lively story, with compelling, lovable characters. It is well researched and brings the era alive.

I enjoyed Natasha Lester’s writing style, with her humour and quick quips.

This story will carry you along with hope, laughter, love, and sadness.

I would certainly recommend it to everyone who wants a good read, and who enjoys the jazz age with its vibrancy, fashions and music.

ISLE OF WINDS by James Fahy

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Isle of Winds by English author James Fahy

(Book One of The Changeling Series.)

The girl raced through the forest, tumbling through deep drifts of autumn leaves. Moonlight washed down from the starry sky, illuminating her darting figure.

In appearance she was eleven years old. A hunted creature. To judge from her odd clothing of ragged pants, a dirty t-shirt, and a large overcoat patched together from various animal skins, she seemed a homeless orphan. A helpless, young waif.

This, she was not.

From these opening lines, I was hooked.

James Fahy creates a very believable but mysterious world and I enjoyed my journey into Netherworlde with Karya, Robin and the endearing Woad. Each character is so well-formed and I adored them all, from Henry to Mr Strife.

I loved that in this ancient land of Netherworlde, James Fahy has given a nod to archetypal symbolism, such as the Oracle, and a literary nod to Midsummer Night’s Dream with King Oberon and Queen Tatiana.

The story is so well-written, with a tight page-turning plot. I would recommend this book to everyone. At times, I had to stop and remember that the characters are young. It made no difference. This read is for all ages.

A 5 Star read!

BOOK REVIEW: Stella’s Awakening BY RK Ryde

Stella's Awakening

I have just finished Stella’s Awakening . It is a well-written erotic love story. I enjoyed it. I’m not a fan of erotic romances but I am a fan of RKRyde’s writing and story. Stella and Conrad are both compelling characters. Both beautiful people. Stella has led a sheltered existence and RKRyde has explored a topic here that I’ve never encountered in a novel before. It was interesting and I felt for Stella and the turmoil she felt as she discovered more and more how much she loved Conrad and how this love was forbidden to her. He is a worldly man from a wealthy family, and has a playboy image. As we all know, images can be misleading. Stella knows there is something in his past but Conrad is not only an experienced lover but is loving, gentle, caring and kind. I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the next Stella novel. If it had been merely one erotic experience after another, it wouldn’t have kept my interest but this is a good story.

BOOK REVIEW: THE BEAST’S GARDEN by Kaye Forsyth

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BLURB:

It’s August 1939 in Germany, and Ava’s world is in turmoil. To save her father, she must marry a young Nazi officer, Leo von Lowenstein, who works for Hilter’s spy chief in Berlin. However, she hates and fears the brutal Nazi regime, and finds herself compelled to stand against it.

Ava joins an underground resistance movement that seeks to help victims survive the horror of the German war machine. But she must live a double life, hiding her true feelings from her husband, even as she falls in love with him.

Gradually she comes to realise that Leo is part of a dangerous conspiracy to assassinate Hitler. As Berlin is bombed into ruins, the Gestapo ruthlessly hunt down all resistance, and Ava finds herself living hand-to-mouth in the rubble of the shell-shocked city. Both her life and Leo’s hang in the balance.

WHAT I THINK OF THE STORY:

The Beast’s Garden by Kate Forsyth is filled with danger, intrigue and romance and set in Germany during World War II. This story is in Berlin in the heart of the Nazi stronghold. Ava is a singer and her beautiful voice brings her to the attention of top SS officers. Her best friends are Jews and she has to watch helplessly as their lives are torn asunder. To save her father, Ava marries a young Nazi officer. To save her friends and many others, she joins an underground resistance movement. We often hear of the French resistance but not so much about the German resistance which helped victims of the horrors happening around them. There were also several conspiracies to assassinate Hitler by the resistance movements and by German officers, Valkyrie perhaps being the one more people know. Ava learns that her husband is one of these officers. The story is a retelling of the Grimm Brothers’ Beauty and the Beast. It is well researched and beautifully written. I absolutely loved it.