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The Homecoming by Rosie Howard @RosieHowardBook #BookReview #MondayBlogs #amreading

This was a most enjoyable read. The Homecoming is a first-class example of intelligent, contemporary and credible romantic fiction. From the Back Cover: Maddy fled the idyllic market town of Havenbury Magna three years ago, the scene of a traumatic incident she revisits most clearly in her dreams. Even so, when she is called back… Continue reading The Homecoming by Rosie Howard @RosieHowardBook #BookReview #MondayBlogs #amreading

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Smash All the Windows by Jane Davis @janedavisauthor #bookreview #MondayBlogs #amreading

This novel is contemporary literary fiction at its best. It has humanity, emotion and a great story at its heart. From the back cover:   It has taken conviction to right the wrongs. It will take courage to learn how to live again. For the families of the victims of the St Botolph and Old… Continue reading Smash All the Windows by Jane Davis @janedavisauthor #bookreview #MondayBlogs #amreading

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The Genre Conundrum Part 3: Age and other issues in Romantic Fiction #amwriting

When I was looking for a literary agent and publisher for my first novel, Change of Life, nearly ten years ago, one of the rejection reasons I was given was the age of my main characters. I was told nobody wanted to read a romance where the prospective couple were in their late forties and… Continue reading The Genre Conundrum Part 3: Age and other issues in Romantic Fiction #amwriting

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An Englishwoman’s Guide to the Cowboy by June Kearns @june_kearns #bookreview #MondayBlogs #amreading

What a great story! This is one of my favourite reads of the year so far. It was one of those books where you want to get to the end to see how it all plays out, but you also don’t want it to end because you know you’re going to miss it. From the… Continue reading An Englishwoman’s Guide to the Cowboy by June Kearns @june_kearns #bookreview #MondayBlogs #amreading

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Miss Blaine’s Prefect and the Golden Samovar by Olga Wojtas @OlgaWojtas #bookreview #MondayBlogs #amreading

Entertaining, eventful, erudite This debut novel by Olga Wojtas is impossible to confine within one genre as it both kicks against and embraces quite a few of them. It is part crime, part comedy, but there are also elements of thriller, fantasy and sci-fi along with historical and romantic. All I can suggest is a… Continue reading Miss Blaine’s Prefect and the Golden Samovar by Olga Wojtas @OlgaWojtas #bookreview #MondayBlogs #amreading

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Memory and Straw by Angus Peter Campbell @ aonghasphadraig #bookreview #MondayBlogs #amreading

Insightful, magical, truthful writing Memory and Straw is yet another wonderful book from Angus Peter Campbell. It’s magical and it’s beguiling and it’s a book to be savoured as you read.   Back Cover Description: A face is nothing without its history. Gavin and Emma live in Manhattan. She’s a musician. He works in Artificial… Continue reading Memory and Straw by Angus Peter Campbell @ aonghasphadraig #bookreview #MondayBlogs #amreading

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Bad Apples by JJ Marsh @JJMarsh1 #bookreview #MondayBlogs #amreading

A satisfying, delightful, engaging read Regular readers of my book reviews will know I’m a big fan of crime writer JJ Marsh. So my expectations were high when I came to read Bad Apples, the sixth and final book in the DI Beatrice Stubbs series. My high expectations were more than met but I was… Continue reading Bad Apples by JJ Marsh @JJMarsh1 #bookreview #MondayBlogs #amreading

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A Biography of Story, A Brief History of Humanity by Trish Nicholson @TrishaNicholson #bookreview #MondayBlogs #amreading

This is a beautiful book, both in its words and in its presentation. The cover is gorgeous in look and feel and the text more than lives up to the promise of the cover. Back Cover Summary:  An entertaining cultural history and a highly original take on the power of stories in societies past and… Continue reading A Biography of Story, A Brief History of Humanity by Trish Nicholson @TrishaNicholson #bookreview #MondayBlogs #amreading

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It’s Who We Are by Christine Webber @1chriswebber #bookreview #MondayBlogs #amreading

An entertaining, interesting and satisfying read As promised in my previous post where I interviewed author, Christine Webber, here is my review of her new novel It’s Who We Are. From the back cover: Five friends in their fifties find themselves dealing with unforeseen upheaval as they uncover long-hidden and devastating family secrets. Meanwhile, the… Continue reading It’s Who We Are by Christine Webber @1chriswebber #bookreview #MondayBlogs #amreading