Swan by Katherine Hole

Swan

For just a pure bit of escapism and fantasy, this book it great!  I wallowed in every bit of this, yes, of course, you know how it will end and you’re just waiting for her to twig the identity of her neighbour, but it’s written in such a great way that you’re sucked in.  The contrast between Maddy’s fantasy world and her really dull, depressing job creates a great tension.  I also loved that when Chet reveals himself, he doesn’t come over as the perfect Prince, he still has the petulance and selfishness of the screen star, and it’s crafted well enough to wonder if they are really made for each other.

Cup of coffee and enjoy!

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Charlotte, Pride and Prejudice continues by Karen Aminadra

Charlotte ~ Pride and Prejudice Continues (The Pride & Prejudice Continues Series)

There was a huge glut of Pride &Prejudice spinoffs last year and I picked up a load of them, only to get reading now.  I did always feel sorry for Charlotte stuck with that dreadful cleric, but here, everything turns to a happy ending.  He was always a bit OTT, but as in any fiction, he comes good. The book echoes Austin’s style but is firmly written in this century, I’m sure that Jane never giggled so much in her time, but it works.  I’m now off to look for other spin offs, are there any characters you wondered what had happened to them??????

Counterpointe by Ann Warner

Counterpointe

I didn’t like ballet books as a kid, it was one of those things that was an enemy of horse riders, you can’t train to dance and ride.  So I felt a bit rebellious reading this, even at my age!

I enjoyed this love story, although the end was long suspected.  I felt that Clare dealt with her problems with almost the same ruthlessness that she used in beating people in conversations, but that maybe her transition back to ballet was a bit too easy.

It makes such a change to have the bloke as just a nice bloke, none of the fit bodied horny heroes of a lot of books and so Rob read far more real than many.

A pleasant read, great for a holiday wallow or a rainy afternoon.

Free Country by George Mahood

Free Country: A Penniless Adventure the Length of Britain

A penniless adventure the length of Britain……

This could have been the most awful laddish romp, but it turned out to be what they aimed for; an affirmation that people in the UK are still basically nice, that we’re still ok.  The opening with the two in their boxers was great, and it was refreshing not to have any great amount of navel gazing as to why and how etc. I would liked to hear a bit more of what happened when they were turned down, did anyone else have a gun beside the Gamekeeper?

What I hope more is that people don’t piggy back on this, even on the same route, exploiting the charity and help, so that our unhelpful side re-asserts itself.  This book was well written and readable which is where a lot of these books let themselves down, enjoy!

Horses and Heroin by Bev Pettersen

HORSES AND HEROIN (Romantic Mystery)

When I was in hospital recently I had a real rummage on the kindle and ditched many more books than I read, usually on basis of the first few pages and this nearly lost me with the spoken ‘Americanish’, but I read on and soon was engrossed.

Of course, the horses are always a real pull for me and there are very few books that have them these days that aren’t just purely horse books.  Then was added to this the missing brother, love interest and so on.  Not a hugely original plot, the ending was easily guessed but the good writing held me to go through and finish it. Scott was a tad macho for me, I wouldn@t find anyone who killed in the remotest interesting, but that’s me and the sex stuff was a bit OTT for me too.

Yet, there’s a major plot/narractive difference here.  Megan doesn’t go through any process of finding she loves Scott at the last minute, which in the Anna school of literature seems to be the  major plot device for heroines.  Shes pretty full on and open  about Scott from the start which is refreshing. What she does goes through is the major climax of the plot which opens the way for them to be together, a purely dramatic function.  Nice!