Cupboard Love by Laura Lockington

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Another autobiography, unusual for me, but this I loved. A girl of my era, I just so enjoyed the short anecdotes and tales from Laura’s childhood. Of the same era, I identified with her, and her pain – I took my rebellion in a slightly different way though(!) She is my favourite author at the moment and this  makes her books so much more enjoyable and as a writer/analyst, I see how she informs her work – often unconsciously. Her books have such charm and originality.

Therefore its such a shame that at present I’m struggling through Before and After. Totally original, great plot, but I just can’t get on with Flora, I reckon the problem is that she just doesn’t have the Lockington charm – see how I feel when I finish!!!

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Anna’s eBook Review AWARDS 2013

Stargazy Pie

There has been a change in the free lists this year, and it’s not all good. Since the occurrence of Sheds of Gray, there has been steadily more and more porn, making me switch from to .com!  There are more mystery murders,’Krimis‘ in German which I feel says it all. Romance is about the same. But the main trend is for samplers from well known authors and multi book editions. One good thing is that more information is being put in the title, you can see straight way when you’re going to hit another novella series. There are now specific eBook publishers, but sometimes the quality from the private writer seems higher!  Enough.  Not such an outstanding year this year, but here goes! When you read the reviews you will see the grounds for my awards!

Best Christian Book: Altar Ego by Craig Groeschel.

Sexiest Hero: Alex in Stargazy Pie,…ura-lockington/

Best Heroine,  Erin in the Santa Society,…ristine-mccord/

Best New Writer;  Amanda Petyt for  Bosomed Deep in Vines,…y-amanda-petyt/ ‎

Science Fiction is a tie!  For the deepest, most literary (!)  A chair between the Rails by G.T Anders,…-by-g-t-anders

For the most amusing, thought provoking, Siren by Larry Jeram Croft

The Best Country book, Town and Country  by Wendy Lewis,…by-wendy-lewis/

The Laddiest book, The Diaries of an Expectant and Hapless Father by Pete Sortwell,…-pete-sortwell/

Best Horsey books , Bev Petersen,…y-bev-peterson/

Best Spin off, Charlotte, Pride and Prejudice continues by Karen Aminadra,

Funniest Book; The Seven Steps to Closure by Donna Joy Usher,…onna-joy-usher/

Book of the Year: Stargazy Pie by Laura Lockington,…ura-lockington/

Guess who’s coming to Christmas dinner? by Laura Lockington

Guess Who's Coming to Christmas Dinner

I was SO looking forward to this book. Laura Lockington has been one of favourite author finds of this year, with her quirky, original, magical books. But this, oh dear!  Yet ANOTHER single mother, with a best friend struggling with Christmas, yawn, yawn, yawn. Maybe this sort of story sells to single Mums who form a large readership, I don’t know. Only occasonally do we see a hint of the best of Laura with the motif of the fox passing through and the Vampire at the door.

Has Laura been the victim of a publisher, heading her to main stream, squashing her gift. I’m not a great fan of Endeavour press either. Fight it Laura, get back to your original genius, don’t listen to anyone but yourself!

I see I missed the publication of her new book, Before and After…..Guess what I’ll be reading this Christmas!…ura-lockington/…ura-lockington/

Stargazy Pie by Laura Lockington


Stargazy Pie

I’m so sad that I’ve now read all Laura Lockington’s books, and I’ll have to wait for her next opus.

Stargazy Pie, although her second book, I liked more than The Cornish Affair! Poppy worked so well as the quiet girl, thrown into this mad family, but proves she has the same seeds of eccentricity as she tries to look after Jicky the monkey, and has an encounter with a random, mysterious man on the train  The completely barking family of the Stantons had me entranced, I want a family like that, but then again, perhaps there were seeds of this in mine –that’s enough!  There’s the hints of Cornish magic all around the corners of the story, and it’s set at Christmas, one of my favourite times of year to read about. And as for Alex………this is just the most feel good, special, really funny read I’ve had this year!