The French Twist series by Sandra Bird

Bon Appetit: A Novel (French Twist Book 2)   Piece de Resistance: A Novel (French Twist Book 3)  Let Them Eat Cake: A Novel (French Twist Book 1)

The first book in the trilogy had me intrigued to follow French Twist series, to follow Lexi’s  training, lifestyle and way to the happy ending. I was looking on it as a complete contrast to my own journey on this, as someone from a broken and dysfunctional family, with no faith and few morals (!). It was a somehow quieter and less painfull road that Lexie took, and even so was thoroughly enjoyable. Yet, compared to some of my capers, it was a little bland- but maybe that’s jealousy talking! Enjoyed all three as really good Christian novels.

 

Yet maybe it’s a reflection of American culture (as the UK’s highest aspiration used to be to marry a Doctor), Lexi ends up with the Lawyer dull Dan. Never was there such a lacklustre, uninteresting man with no depth. Can’t understand why she fell for Mr Wishywashy. Each to her own I suppose!!!!!!

Ring of Fire:An Alaskan Adventure by Tanyo Ravicz

The premise of this story was appealing. It had the Alaskan landscape as a back drop to the macho character of Hank and the intrigue of the foreign guests. And I read quite a lot. Then I gave up.

This book was printed through a publisher. So he must have had some editing input. He’s won awards. I’ve read literary books before. But never one that has an entire paragraph in one sentence. And not just one time, frequently. Ok there were occasional , ‘s and –s. It was like reading a book while suffocating. It would take so little work to write it breathably. Shame.

 

Broken Heart Syndrome by Susie Tate

If you’re looking for a real Valentine’s read, take this!

It’s so rare to find something that’s well written, a bit different and with good characterization on the free lists, that this one I guzzled over a weekend!  The hospital setting felt real, no doubt as Susie is a  Doctor. The thing that struck me the most was how Frankie had real genuine problems to overcome-so often in a novel it’s just a little man blindness or stubbornness, but this made her really believable. Tom came over as the stereotype scruffy Doctor but Oh, so human, not one of these imagined men!   A really good love story, where all have to grow up, be healed and move on, sometimes our prejudices and scars take one heck of a struggle to overcome, but we can. Great plot, great array of characters, misunderstandings, bad peeps, real peeps. Loved it. In fact I’ve just downloaded the sequel

Alex Cotton, Writer Review

 


I felt bound to do an author review as I haven’t enjoyed someone’s work so much for a long time!

I picked up the first of Alex’s books on the freebies and I was so hooked, that I had to read them all. Born the same year, we share many of the same experiences from childhood through to teenage and marriage – but  I’m not saying exactly which apart from the country dancing!  However, what struck me through reading these parallel experiences, is as you’re growing, you feel that you are unique and have no conception that others are going through the same experiences and same culture shock – and although we don’t share this one, I never realized just how many other kids went off and got the make-up out after David Bowie’s Starman performance on TOTP until I heard it on a tv programme!

The now completed Quadrology (my word) takes us through Alex’s marriage, birth and  childhood of her daughter until today, and her family doesn’t get any less wacky. The four could easily make one volume, hilarious and well rounded.

Alex has a unique and funny style. The books could have been written as deeply dark and traumatic, but no, they’re treated with humour, tolerance with a straightforward voice that keeps you gripped and want to read on. I hope she never has an editor tell her to change her style, do this and that to the editing of the works, she is unique, but I imagine form reading her work, she would probably just tell the aforesaid editor to get stuffed! I’d love to see her try some fiction!

So any ladies born in the early sixties, who were teenagers in the 70s, read and just enjoy, and see a another perceptive on your own growing years!

I felt bound to do an author review as I haven’t enjoyed someone’s work so much for a long time!

I picked up the first of Alex’s books on the freebies and I was so hooked, that I had to read them all. Born the same year, we share many of the same experiences from childhood through to teenage and marriage – but  I’m not saying exactly which apart from the country dancing!  However, what struck me through reading these parallel experiences, is as you’re growing, you feel that you are unique and have no conception that others are going through the same experiences and same culture shock – and although we don’t share this one, I never realized just how many other kids went off and got the make-up out after David Bowie’s Starman performance on TOTP until I heard it on a tv programme!

The now completed Quadrology (my word) takes us through Alex’s marriage, birth and  childhood of her daughter until today, and her family doesn’t get any less wacky. The four could easily make one volume, hilarious and well rounded.

Alex has a unique and funny style. The books could have been written as deeply dark and traumatic, but no, they’re treated with humour, tolerance with a straightforward voice that keeps you gripped and want to read on. I hope she never has an editor tell her to change her style, do this and that to the editing of the works, she is unique, but I imagine form reading her work, she would probably just tell the aforesaid editor to get stuffed! I’d love to see her try some fiction!

So any ladies born in the early sixties, who were teenagers in the 70s, read and just enjoy, and see a another perceptive on your own growing years!

I felt bound to do an author review as I haven’t enjoyed someone’s work so much for a long time!

I picked up the first of Alex’s books on the freebies and I was so hooked, that I had to read them all. Born the same year, we share many of the same experiences from childhood through to teenage and marriage – but  I’m not saying exactly which apart from the country dancing!  However, what struck me through reading these parallel experiences, is as you’re growing, you feel that you are unique and have no conception that others are going through the same experiences and same culture shock – and although we don’t share this one, I never realized just how many other kids went off and got the make-up out after David Bowie’s Starman performance on TOTP until I heard it on a tv programme!

The now completed Quadrology (my word) takes us through Alex’s marriage, birth and  childhood of her daughter until today, and her family doesn’t get any less wacky. The four could easily make one volume, hilarious and well rounded.

Alex has a unique and funny style. The books could have been written as deeply dark and traumatic, but no, they’re treated with humour, tolerance with a straightforward voice that keeps you gripped and want to read on. I hope she never has an editor tell her to change her style, do this and that to the editing of the works, she is unique, but I imagine form reading her work, she would probably just tell the aforesaid editor to get stuffed! I’d love to see her try some fiction!

So any ladies born in the early sixties, who were teenagers in the 70s, read and just enjoy, and see a another perceptive on your own growing years!