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Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Book Musings - The Pelican by M. Naidoo





The Pelican
"Because life is about living..."

Julia has never been one to surrender without a fight, but when she receives a devastating diagnosis, she has a decision to make.

Even after thirty years, she can still see her mother slowly fading away with every dose of chemo, every round of radiation, and every lost shred of hope. No, she won't do it... not to her family... and not to herself!

Without warning, she packs up her belongings and disappears, leaving behind a life that, by all accounts, had been as perfect as they come, and a distraught family full of questions.

Finding peace in a beach house in Northern California turns out to have its complications though. While only a handful of other residents share the tiny beach community, each one has brought their own baggage and developed their own way of dealing with it. All Julia wants is to be left alone, but that simply does not seem to be an option, especially when there's a persistent bird that declares her to be his new best friend.

Haunted by the shadows of the past, Julia is struggling to cope with the present. Will she have the strength to do this alone and eventually follow through with her plan? Will her family, divided by mixed reactions to being abandoned, come together to try and track her down? And what is the deal with that pelican of hers?

Only time will tell - and time is the one thing Julia does not have...
Purchase Links
For duration of tour – The Pelican will be £1.99 on Amazon UK (and US)
My Musings :
When I first saw the cover, I will be honest, I wasn't impressed but after reading the book, I believe it is of the sort which implies so much with a simple image.
The story starts when Julia is given a life altering diagnosis. I try not to read very heavy and serious stories because I generally tend to cry at the smallest things even in a romance. So I am sure that this type of story will have me teary eyes from the beginning till the end. 
But surprisingly, that wasn't the case inspite of the subject of the tale. Julia's fight for herself and her family, to stay away from pain and the way she deals with her illness, all made me feel so much and her pain was easily made communicable to me,the reader. The author has a writing style which is easy to approach and goes well with the plot line. 
I wasn't crying openly but I read it with a heavy heart which slowly eased as the story went on. It was not just a story of pain but also goodness which kind of made sense to me. I would have preferred Julia doing something else to ease her family's pain. But her selflessness and her stay at the tiny community had me slowly see the beauty in life at the side of pain and problems. 
A story of good sentimentality and a view at life from a different angle which made for a poignant read. 
I received a review copy which doesn't reflect in my review in any way. 
My rating : 4.5/5
Author Bio –

Born and raised in Germany, M.Naidoo lives in Northern California with her husband, two daughters, and three dogs. One of them, Dusty, a spunky terrier mix, found its way into her debut novel.
When she is not in front of her computer, pounding out story lines and characters, she enjoys reading, movies, spending time with her family, and long walks on the beach - her proverbial 'happy place'. M's love for the beach and ocean shine through in the vivid descriptions of the coast in The Pelican.

"Juggling my life as a writer and a full-time 'real' job has its challenges. I don't get to spend half as much time as I'd like doing what I love, and there are never enough hours in the day. Still, I feel extremely lucky to be following my passion, and I am enjoying every minute of it. Getting here has been one heck of a ride!"
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Monday, 15 April 2019

Book Musings - Legends of Persia by Jennifer Macaire




Legends of Persia
When Ashley Riveraine jumped at the chance to travel back in time to meet her hero Alexander the Great, she never thought she would end up staying there…
Following Alexander the Great’s army on its journey across Persia, Ashley is walking the knife edge of history. As a presumed goddess, Ashley is expected to bless crops, make sure battles are won and somehow keep herself out of the history books.
Can Ashley avoid the wrath of the Time Institute while keeping the man she loves alive?
Purchase Link - mybook.to/LegendsofPersia
My Musings :

I like history but I have to be in a really good mood to read a heavy historical book. When I first read the blurb of this book, I was intrigued. The reason was the mention of  time travel. I love time travel stories and I was eager to find out what happens in this tale.

I got more than I thought I would,with this book. I was riveted with the story. I absolutely loved Ashley's adventure of going back in time. One thing I regret is that I didn't read the first book. Apparently this is the second one. I didn't realise that while picking it up. And I paid a bit for that oversight. I read this as  a standalone and I am looking to read the first one so I can compare my experience.

This riveting tale has good language which kept it easy and real for me. It was fascinating getting to know the time of Alexander and the daily lives in that time period. And add the passionate side plots and you have spent some hours immersed in a book of adventure and romance. The romance aspect was  a surprise for me. 

The writing was intriguing and descriptive enough to get my mind soaring with vivid images especially associated with their love scenes. They might be graphic but it went well with the plot.

Overall,I enjoyed the book and I can't wait to see how I would like the first book now!
I received a review copy which doesn't affect my review in any way

Rating : 4.5/5

Author Bio –


Jennifer Macaire lives with her husband, three children, & various dogs & horses. She loves cooking, eating chocolate, growing herbs and flowering plants on her balcony, and playing golf. She grew up in upstate New York, Samoa, and the Virgin Islands. She graduated from St. Peter and Paul high school in St. Thomas and moved to NYC where she modeled for five years for Elite. She met her husband at the polo club. All that is true. But she mostly likes to make up stories.
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Monday, 1 April 2019

Book Musings - The Disgraceful Lord Gray by Virginia Heath




A spy on a mission…Until he meets this heiress!

Miss Theodora Cranford’s learned to keep her impetuous nature locked away. She won’t be deceived by another man who can’t see past her fortune. She wants an honourable, sensible sort – not a self-assured scoundrel like her new neighbour, Lord Gray. Although she’s sure there’s more to him than meets the eye… But after that first captivating kiss, she's certainly left wanting more!


Purchase Links
UK - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Disgraceful-Mills-Historical-Kings-Elite-ebook/dp/B07JKL8BD1/

US - https://www.amazon.com/Disgraceful-Mills-Historical-Kings-Elite-ebook/dp/B07JKL8BD1/

My Musings :

Source : Review copy from Rachel's Random Resources
Date read : 29 March 2019
Rating : 5/5
Reread factor : 3.5/5

A dashing spy and a wilful and fiery neighbour make for a few delightful hours of mystery and romance. Oh wait, I forgot the hero of the story, Trefor! I love romances with dogs. They add so much fun to them. And that the story is set in my favourite time period is just the icing on the cake.

The characters are interesting with their pasts and quirks. Gray tries to come across as a disgraceful person but he is one of the best heroes ever created. He is so good in nature and the way he tried to not hurt Thea made him better in my eyes. Thea is such a fire cracker and her 2 characters - sensible and impulsive parts had me cracking up at times.

The romance kept me glued to my seat while the mystery of the Boss kept me reading at a faster rate. It was a page turner in all the good aspects and it can be read as a standalone even if it is part of a series. I for one enjoyed my blissful day of fun and romance and can't wait to continue the series.

I recommend this book and the author to all regency romance lovers out there.

Author Bio – 


When Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down. Fortunately, the lovely people at Harlequin Mills & Boon took pity on her and decided to publish her romances, but it still takes her forever to fall asleep.

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Thursday, 28 March 2019

Book Musings -Your Secret's Safe With Me by Rosie Travers





Your Secret’s Safe With Me
Career girl Becca Gates’ organised life is thrown into chaos when her mother, romantic novelist Pearl, announces her surprise engagement to Jack, a man she has only just met.

Worse news follows when Pearl tells Becca she intends to leave London, quit writing, and retire to her new fiancĂ©’s idyllic waterside home on the south coast. Becca is determined to prevent Pearl from making a disastrous mistake, but when she at arrives at Rivermede, more shocks await when she stumbles upon a familiar yet unwelcome face from her past.

As Pearl embraces her new life amongst the local sailing fraternity, Becca receives a grim warning that all is not as calm as it seems at picturesque Rivermede, and if she wants to keep her family safe, she should keep them away.

But why should Becca trust the man who has betrayed her before, the man who broke her heart, the man who thinks he knows all her secrets?

Purchase Link
Mybook.to/yoursecretssafewithme 

My Musings :

Source : Review copy from Rachel's Random Resources
Date read : 20 March, 2019
Rating : 4/5
Reread factor : 3/5

I don't know why but I thought it was a very serious-y ( is that even a word? ) suspense story. I was totally mistaken. The cover is not dark and that should have been my first clue. But no! I go in and read a story,which I can't seem to put into a specific category, with a few twists and turns. 

This is a light mystery book which has lots of elements like the mother-daughter relationship, a cozy community feel and look and a few mysterious comments and events leading to a good read. It was time well spent for the amount of fun I had with it.

It has romance and family and slight suspense with bits of humorous banter among the characters. 
The characters were well etched, such that with very human tendencies and faults. The writing was very entertaining and easy to enjoy. The tale was well paced and had me not racing to the end but on a comfortable stroll through the pages. 

I give this a 4 star because I enjoyed it and it kept me well entertained though it didn't get me hooked onto each page with much anticipation. It was a meandering kind of a book. 

I received a copy for reviewing purposes which doesn't impact my review in any way.


Author Bio – 



Rosie Travers grew up in Southampton on the south coast of England and loved escaping into a good book at a very early age. After many years juggling motherhood and a variety of jobs in local government she moved to Southern California in 2009. With time on her hands she started a blog about the perils of ex-pat life which rekindled a teenage desire to become a writer. Now permanently settled back in the UK, Rosie takes inspiration from the towns and landscape of her native south coast and enjoys writing heart-warming stories sprinkled with mystery, tragedy, comedy and romance. Rosie’s debut novel, The Theatre of Dreams, was published by Crooked Cats Books in August 2018. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association.

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Website: https://www.rosietravers.com

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