Thanks to Sally Cronin for the shout-out, and to Robbie Cheadle for the great review of ‘A House Without Windows’.
Thanks to Robbie Cheadle for such a great review of my book ‘A House Without Windows’.
What Amazon says
Newly-pregnant Dr. Beth Nichols is happily engaged to Liam Darrah, a fellow doctor. She has no idea she is being stalked by ex-patient Edwin Evans as she makes her way home one evening after a late shift at the hospital. After being anaesthetized, she wakes up in Edwin’s basement, held against her will, and eventually gives birth there without medical help. However, Beth tries to stay positive, and somehow knows that Liam will still be out there searching for her. Every night, she looks up at the light bulb that is never switched off, and prays that one day they will be together again.
This romance/suspense story is written from different perspectives; from Beth’s nine-year-old daughter Amy, born in captivity, from Beth herself, unwillingly pregnant again years later with Edwin’ s baby; from Liam and Edwin; and 16 years later from Joss, Beth and Edwin’s son.
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Everyone by now must know Freddie Mercury’s story, so there’s no worries of giving away any spoilers. This film is a ‘must see’ for any Queen fans. It takes us back to the band’s beginning – how they formed from the band ‘Smile’, where Roger and Brian were playing pub/university gigs, and how Freddie took over when the singer decamped to join another group.
The four lookalike Queen members are very convincing as their original counterparts, although I did think Rami Malek’s (Freddie) teeth were a little over the top. Apparently Freddie was born with 4 incisors which I learned gave him a bigger mouth and a wider vocal range. Of course he was lip-synching, but not many people can sing like Freddie!
As their fame grew, Freddie left his erstwhile fiancée Mary Austin, announcing he was ‘bisexual’. However, he still wanted her near him, and so she agreed to move in next door. However, Freddie was devastated when she finally met somebody else and started a family. As everybody knows he became promiscuous, began visiting gay bars and clubs, and eventually was diagnosed with AIDS. He gave the sad news to his tearful band members just before they were due to play the Band Aid gig in 1985, where they stole the show.
There is a fictional character, Ray Foster, loosely based on one of the EMI executives, who true to the real-life story had doubts about releasing the 6 minute song ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. As I remember, DJ Kenny Everett loved the song and played it many times, causing Capital Radio to be flooded with calls and for EMI to eventually relent. Some footage is also given to Freddie’s solo career, which was surprisingly unsuccessful.
The music is poundingly good, and it’s one of those feel-good films which you don’t want to end. The only thing I hated about the whole experience was the half hour of whooshes before the film started. Each trailer consisted of at least 20 whooshes, each one getting louder and louder. Instead of leaving me in awe, they just caused me to want to run out!
The ‘Zon in its wisdom has stopped me from leaving any Amazon reviews, but hey, I can still write reviews on my WordPress blog and Goodreads (currently trying to sort out why they think I’ve been a naughty girl):
Anyway – on with the show. I’ve just finished reading an awesome book. It’s a traditionally published book called ‘Our House’, and the author is Louise Candlish.
They say you have to grab the reader on the first page, and Candlish does this rather well. Her character Fiona Lawson returns home after a few days away, walks along the road towards her house, but then wonders whether her eyes are playing tricks when she sees somebody moving into her house. However, it’s no trick; new people are unpacking, and all her furniture and also her husband Bram have disappeared.
We learn how this has come about during the rest of the story, which flits back and forth between Bram’s point of view and Fiona’s. The suspense builds, with clever twists and turns of the plot, which to me is not quite realistic but it makes for a good story.
I didn’t like the silly podcast comments that kept cropping up (Fiona narrates her side of the story through a podcast), but apart from that it’s an intelligently thought-out story and well-written. Because of the podcast comments I’m giving it 4.5 instead of 5 stars, but it’s nevertheless a compelling page-turner and all the way through the 400 pages I was eager to read more.
I would call this a suspense/thriller story, and I would definitely recommend this book.
A great review by AEM for Anita Dawes’ novel ‘Simple’. If you would like to join my Verified Purchase Review Group and gain reviews for your book too, please click here:
Look what I found this morning….
A wonderful poster, created by Amy Elisabeth Miller (AEM) @magicalworldweb to celebrate the arrival of her incredible review for Anita’s second book, Simple…
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Thanks to Sally Cronin at Smorgasbord for featuring some great motivational words from Seumas Gallacher, and also my review of Robbie Cheadle’s book ‘While the Bombs Fell’. Robbie’s mother Elsie Hancy Eaton also collaborated with Robbie in writing the book.
Today I’m featuring Robbie Cheadle’s ‘While the Bombs Fell’:
Purchase Link: http://bookShow.me/B07GZ2NZFK
Robbie Cheadle’s Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Robbie-Cheadle/e/B01N9J62GQ/
Description from Amazon:
What was it like for children growing up in rural Suffolk during World War 2?
Elsie and her family live in a small double-storey cottage in Bungay, Suffolk. Every night she lies awake listening anxiously for the sound of the German bomber planes. Often they come and the air raid siren sounds signalling that the family must leave their beds and venture out to the air raid shelter in the garden.
Despite the war raging across the English channel, daily life continues with its highlights, such as Christmas and the traditional Boxing Day fox hunt, and its wary moments when Elsie learns the stories of Jack Frost and the ghostly and terrifying Black Shuck that haunts the coastline and countryside of East Anglia.
Includes some authentic World War 2 recipes.
I was immediately interested in reading this book, as I’ve lived in Suffolk for nearly 30 years, and not too far from Bungay. I heard lots of wartime stories from my mother who lived in London during the war, but this book was different in that the main character, a child called Elsie, lives in the countryside. Ms Cheadle has written anecdotes gleaned from family and friends over the years, and has written quite a charming faction book.
Elsie tells of what it was like to live not only through the war itself, but also about food rationing and how her mother made the pennies stretch to feed her family. There are highlights in Elsie’s life of Christmas Day, and the rich fruit pudding complete with a lucky sixpence that she and her siblings looked forward to, and also at other times of the odd rabbit that her farmer father managed to catch and the rabbit stew it became after her mother had skinned and gutted it. There is also the alarming sound of the air raid siren, and how she had to flee to the garden shelter with her family, sometimes in the middle of the night.
As Elsie is a child, the book is written in quite a young style that is suitable for older children as well as adults. She thinks nothing of walking two miles with her siblings to play at a favourite spot, something I think today’s children would not even consider (indeed if they are allowed outside in the first place). She took as normal today’s privations such as icy bedrooms and having to share a bed with her 2 sisters, but she was glad of them for warmth.
With a diet augmented by rabbits and whatever else her father managed to catch, Elsie possibly fared rather better than children in London who were not evacuated. I’m sure she grew up healthier than today’s children, brought up on a diet of fast food and lack of exercise. Hopefully she would have been too young at the time to let the war’s horrors blight her later life.
I would have preferred the style of writing to be more aimed at adults, but I give this book 4 stars for an entertaining read.
The book begins with the mysterious murder of DI David Snow’s colleague, mild-mannered Detective Jim Harris, killed by a strange injury to the head. Snow is determined to find his friend’s killer, and grudgingly accepts the help of Jim’s replacement, the enigmatic Ruth Winton, who has her own reasons for wanting to work with Snow. Ruth seems efficient at problem-solving, but Snow dislikes ‘Ruthless Winton’ for reasons he cannot seem to put a finger on.
Meanwhile, other deaths are occurring that Snow realises might be connected to his friend’s murder. Snow must work fast to catch the killer (or killers) before they strike again.
This book kept me turning the pages to the end, and I was interested enough to find out who had killed Jim Harris. All the characters were nicely fleshed out too, and the tension built as I read on. There were some minor editing errors however, and so I cannot give it a full 5 stars, but am happy to give the book 4.5 stars for an entertaining read.
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Sharing this review by Janet Gogerty of Jaye Marie’s novel ‘Out of Time’; another review from my Verified Purchase Review Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/verifiedreviews/
Please help me welcome this afternoon’s guest, Jaye Marie, witha review of her book, Out of Time. I know you’ll enjoy this one, and will help Jaye get the word out by sharing everywhere on your social media. Thanks!
I hadn’t read the previous novel about Kate, so knew nothing about her, but Kate knows nothing about herself either when she wakes up. This is a thriller with no heroes, the Snowman is desperate to help her and it seems at last he can, but it is not to be. If this was a television thriller the Snowman would save the day, but the story becomes more complex. We follow the killer’s thoughts as well as the other main characters, an advantage of books over screens. The reader will never sympathise, but…
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I always enjoy Mark Edwards’ thrillers. Great review!
This is the story of two sisters, Isabel (Izzy) and Jessica. One dead, and one very much alive.
Jessica is still mourning the loss of Isabel who died when she fell from a balcony in her home five years ago. Since she was drinking and had drugs in her system, the death was ruled an accident. Isabel was always the prettiest one, the smartest one, the one with so much going for her… Jessica had always felt to be in the shadow of her older, more beautiful sister.
Now Jessica is married to Will, and the mother of ten-year-old Felix and four-year-old Olivia. The family live in the London suburb of Beckenham with their aging golden retriever, Caspar.
Since Izzy died just weeks after Jessica told her of her pregnancy with Olivia, her young daughter had never had the opportunity to meet her aunt Isabel. Yet lately, Olivia has seemed…
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