Till Death We do Part

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2 Pablo Pinkerton is a middle-aged police officer, married 29 years to Delilah, with a lovely family consisting of 4 grown children and a gorgeous home in the British countryside that is an ongoing source of focus for his considerable DIY skills. Pablo is an outgoing man, large in…

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Breathe

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Based on a true story. Carl Lundmark, our narrator, is living the dream - a high-powered finance career, earning the money and freedom to live an independent life in London far away from the little Swedish town where he was raised and where he always felt like an outsider…

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28 Days

⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2 Book one in a new series, “The Reluctant DoorKeeper Trilogy”, “28 Days” is a speculative fiction dystopian tale set in Australia in the year 2100, where “saffron dust clouds are blown from the dry interior” of a world forever devastated by altered weather patterns and total climate breakdown.…

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Crazy Foolish Robots

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2 A nifty and chuckle-inducing sci-fi fable, sure to delight fans of Douglas Adams, and the Martha Wells “Murderbot” series. Nineteen year old Ruby is smart, ambitious, and has a thing about robots. That is to say, she hates them, actually, despises them with every cell of her being,…

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Peacocks in Paradise

⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2 Anna and her husband Alan, expats from London and Scotland, respectively, escape to the beautiful isle of Mallorca, where Anna writes for a local newspaper and provides this fictionalized travelogue (#7 in the series), a narrative of her ongoing encounters with the local populace, wild life, arts and…

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Rising Star

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Prepare to meet Dani Truehart, a fifteen year old “Rising Star” who just wants to sing and dance and feel the music carry her to a higher place. It’s what she was meant to do. If it all just wasn’t so complicated. Dani is a well-crafted, authentic and likable…

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Love in a Time of Hate

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Chillingly prescient, insightfully nuanced and disturbingly evocative, this historical epic, based in New Orleans, follows the turbulence that rocked the state of Louisiana in the years following the Confederate loss of the Civil War. The second in a historical series from this author featuring Emmett Collins, I had not…

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The Mersey Angels

⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2 Set in the early days of WW1 in Merseyside, Lancashire, this story follows the journey of Anna and Ellie, two young female nurses, who long to do their part to help in the war effort. It’s a grim and difficult period for those left behind - the docksides…

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Always Never, Rarely Sometimes

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2 With a story-telling style (and hints of magic) reminiscent of Ray Bradbury, and populated by darkly flat-affect characters straight out of Patricia Highsmith, this set of short stories is interesting, unusual and intriguingly compelling. Each of the stories features a story spun around a main protagonist (and in…

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