This is wryly humorous and very entertaining story.

Mr Finchley has led a hard-working, quiet and respectable life. Up to now, that is. He sets off on his first ever holiday. He’s booked a hotel in Margate, because he’s heard that’s the sort of thing you do for a holiday, but he never gets there. He falls in with an assortment of crooks, who take merciless advantage of him, but this exposure to the wilder side of life has Mr Finchley hooked. Bother Margate, he’s going to go where the wind takes him – on his ‘borrowed’ bicycle. Things never go smoothly for him, but this new Mr Finchley take it all on the chin, and loves every minute of it!

Set in the 1930s this wonderful story whisks us back to a simpler, more innocent time. It’s heartening and fascinating to be immersed in that period – the clothes, prices, food and manners of the time. The writing is superb and the reader is quickly engrossed, chuckling, occasionally tutting (from our modern and far more street-cred and cynical point of view) but always willing Mr Finchley on in his delightful adventures.

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A Walking Shadow: synopsis

In 1871, Lillian Nolan accepts a small role in Macbeth, and finally fulfils her dream of becoming an actress. That is until the renowned, but venomous, female star of the production is murdered onstage opening night. When her enraged spirit haunts the theatre, Lillian is shocked to discover she can communicate with her. Offered a Faustian bargain in which she will be given talent and expertise way beyond her ability in exchange for uncovering the killer, Lillian can’t resist.

Her quest for the truth causes her to descend into the Underworld, the den of inequity below the streets of Chicago. What Lillian finds soon embroils her in a battle between her passion for performing and control over her own body as it all plays out in a supernatural game of good and evil.

My review

I was engrossed from the very start by this exciting and original novel.  It cleverly entwines fiction, the paranormal and actual historic events (namely the Great Chicago Fire of 1871). It’s thus very rich and incredibly atmospheric.

The book opens with us meeting Irene Davenport, a famous, demanding but very hardworking actress, who meets her untimely end during the first night of MacBeth, a play that is traditionally accompanied by unfortunate and unintended bad happenings. This is certainly the case here.

New actress Lillian, who is in the same play in a minor role, discovers supernatural powers she never knew existed, and makes a pact if not quite with the devil then with a decidedly vengeful ghost. The reader waits anxiously to see if this was a wise move or not.

Lillian is young but resilient. She’s already shown that characteristic by choosing to become an actress at a time when such people were considered to be not much better than harlots. She proves her mettle again when, alongside the deal she takes on with Irene, she’s also taking on powerful forces that might well prove to be beyond her control.

This is a fast, breathless read that brings a period of history to wonderful life through the imaginative story that unfolds. The author’s own love of the theatre (although ghostless, I hope!) shines through and adds an extra element to the book.

This is the first book in the Backstage Mysteries series. I’m really looking forward to reading the books that follow.

 

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Walking-Shadow-Backstage-Mystery-Book-ebook/dp/B07NQM27YG/

US – https://www.amazon.com/walking-shadow-backstage-mystery-book-ebook/dp/B07NQM27YG/

THE BACKSTAGE MYSTERY SERIES

Tagline: Life upon the wicked stage can be deadly.

Set against the backdrop of the Gilded Age, the Backstage Mystery Series stars Lillian Nolan, an unconventional member of Chicago’s upper class who dreams of a career of fortune and fame in the theater. Talented and ambitious, she possesses a hidden skill which she is extremely reluctant to use—the ability to communicate with those who have died and now live in the world of “The Beyond.”

The series chronicles her adventures in which she continually becomes enmeshed in solving mysteries which often require her accessing the realm of the paranormal. Filled with an incredible cast of characters—factual, fictional, and sometimes non-physical—who either help or hinder her quest for the truth, the stories take place during a a period considered to be the golden age of both acting and spiritualism in America.

About the author

Elizabeth Ireland discovered her passion for theatre early. After receiving undergraduate and graduate degrees in Theatre, she accepted a teaching position in a vibrant performing arts department at a college in northern Illinois. For ten years, she taught, directed and ran front-of-house operations. American Theater History—particularly that of the 19th century—has always been of particular interest to her.

She has been a quarter-finalist and a semi-finalist for the Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowship in screenwriting sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Two of her screenplays have been optioned, but remain unproduced. Her nonfiction work, Women of Vision: Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Lives, was published in 2008. Her work has also been published in a collection of paranormal short stories, Paramourtal: Tales of Undying Love and Loving the Undead. She lives in metro Atlanta with her ever-patient husband, and two quirky dachshunds.

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Green Gold by Gabriel Hemery

  • Publisher:Unbound Digital (18 April 2019)
  • Language:English
  • ISBN-10:1789650232
  • ISBN-13:978-1789650235

 

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Green-Gold-Victorian-Hunter-Jeffrey/dp/1789650232/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_3?keywords=green+gold+by+gabriel+hemery&qid=1554145936&s=gateway&sr=8-3-fkmrnull

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In 1850, young Scottish plant hunter John Jeffrey was despatched by an elite group of Victorian subscribers to seek highly prized exotic trees in North America. An early letter home told of a 1,200-mile transcontinental journey by small boat and on foot.  Later, tantalising collections of seeds and plants arrived from British Columbia, Oregon and California, yet early promise soon withered. Four years after setting out, John Jeffrey, and his journals, disappeared without a trace.  Was he lost to love, violence or the Gold Rush? Green Gold combines meticulous research with the fictional narrative of Jeffrey’s lost journals, revealing an extraordinary adventure. 

 

MY REVIW

There are two timelines in this fascination novel: the modern-day, when an intern researcher at the Arnold Arboretum, Helen, is given the job of sorting through a large chest of papers and journals, and the 1850s when we either travel with John Jeffrey through the pages of his journal or read correspondence to or from him, or concerning him. This novel thus encompasses three literary styles – first person narrative, third person narrative and epistolary – all of which the author handles very skilfully and convincingly.

Essentially, author Gabriel Hemery has provided us with his version of the missing journals of the young Botanist John Jeffrey. He has used extant factual historical documents on which to base his creation. He has totally succeeded in conjuring up for us a convincing human being, with flaws as well as many strengths. We see John’s emotional and personal side as well as his crisp, efficient, academic one.

The author excellently captures both time periods that he portrays. Small details and sharp observations make the settings very real, as does the language used. The novel is thus very atmospheric.

If you have any interest at all in botany or the Victorian era – but quite frankly even if you don’t, since it’s such an enjoyable read! – you will thoroughly this intriguing and elucidating novel.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Gabriel Hemery is an author, tree photographer and forest scientist.
Books by Gabriel Hemery:

GREEN GOLD: THE EPIC TRUE STORY OF VICTORIAN PLANT HUNTER JOHN JEFFREY,
is a fictional biography, combining meticulous research with the fictional narrative of Jeffrey’s lost journals. Publishing with Unbound in spring 2019.

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THE NEW SYLVA: A DISCOURSE OF FOREST & ORCHARD TREES FOR THE TWENTY FIRST CENTURY, was published to wide acclaim by Bloomsbury in 2014. Its 400 pages feature more than 100 tree species, accompanied by 200 specially commissioned pen and ink drawings made by Sarah Simblet. Its publication coincided with the 350th anniversary of John Evelyn’s Sylva (1664).

Excellently Produced Masterpiece – Beautiful book and very well produced. A worthy successor to the original work that inspired this volume. *****

Five Stars – Beautiful! I brought this as a gift for someone who works in the tree industry and they absolutely love it! *****

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DON’T LOOK BACK featured as a short story in the woodland anthology, ARBOREAL, published by Little Toller Books in 2016.

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Gabriel Hemery co-founded Sylva Foundation, an environmental charity, and writes a popular tree and forestry blog. He lives near Oxford in England.

http://www.gabrielhemery.com/

Twitter : @GabrielHemery

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis

Home is where the heart is…

Holly doesn’t have time for a holiday this year. But when her job threatens to send her over the brink, her boss insists she take a sabbatical. So she packs her bags and escapes to her beloved grandmother Gigi’s house on Wishington Bay, which has sat empty since Gigi passed away.

But Holly’s dreams of a coastal escape take an unexpected turn. Holly didn’t expect to spend time with any man this summer – let alone an Aussie Adonis…but when she meets her next door neighbour Gabe and his little dog Bryan, it’s clear her quiet summer of strolling along the sand and wandering through the seaside village’s tiny streets on her own will come with a hefty dose of distraction.

With a summer to fill and Gigi’s wonderful and surprising house to sort through, Holly knew it would be a summer packed with old memories. She just didn’t expect to make so many new ones…

Coming Home to Wishington Bay is the new gorgeous uplifting rom-com from Maxine Morrey.

 

My review

This book has everything you want from a romantic comedy – gorgeous but slightly flawed male and female leads, misunderstandings, beautiful settings and a unique take on the perennially enjoyable ‘boy meets girl’ storyline.

Maxine Morrey creates wonderful characters and interactions. Holly and Gabe are both strong, solid characters on the outside but with hidden loneliness and vulnerabilities. Thank goodness that grandmother Gigi has given them the opportunity to discover themselves and each other. Although she never appears in person in the book, since it’s her death that has given Holly the chance to come to Wishington Bay, she’s a crucial element of the book.

There’s lots of humour but also heart-in-the-mouth ‘will they, won’t they’ moments. The plot is clever and interesting, and very well thought out.

This is a super and memorable romcom that will make you smile and sigh.

 

Purchase Links:

UKhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Coming-Home-Wishington-Maxine-Morrey-ebook/dp/B07JH9MW41

US – https://www.amazon.com/Coming-Home-Wishington-Maxine-Morrey-ebook/dp/B07JH9MW41

 

About the author

Maxine has wanted to be a writer for as long as she can remember and wrote her first (very short) book for school when she was ten.

As time went by, she continued to write, but ‘normal’ work often got in the way. She has written articles on a variety of subjects, as well as a local history book on Brighton. However, novels are her first love.

In August 2015, she won Harper Collins/Carina UK’s ‘Write Christmas’ competition with her first romantic comedy, ‘Winter’s Fairytale’.

Maxine lives on the south coast of England, and when not wrangling with words loves to read, sew and listen to podcasts. Being a fan of tea and cake, she can (should!) also be found doing something vaguely physical at the gym.

 

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Website           www.scribblermaxi.co.uk

Twitter                 @Scribbler_Maxi

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Synopsis

Crime always leaves a stain…

Lena Szarka, a Hungarian cleaner, dusts off her detective skills when a masterpiece is stolen from a gallery she cleans with her cousin Sarika.  When Sarika goes missing too, accusations start to fly.

 

Convinced her cousin is innocent, Lena sweeps her way through the secrets of the London art scene. But with the evidence against Sarika mounting and the police on her trail, Lena needs to track down the missing painting if she is to clear her cousin.

 

Embroiling herself in the sketchy world of thwarted talents, unpaid debts and elegant fraudsters, Lena finds that there’s more to this gallery than meets the eye.

 

My review

From the witty title on the cover to the unexpected ending, this is a delightfully energetic, crisp book that keeps you thoroughly entertained.

Cleaner Lena is a very likeable, go-ahead kind of heroine. As a settled immigrant, still something of an outsider, she thus casts a sharper, more critical and occasionally merciless eye on her surroundings. She also comes across hints of discrimination, which adds authenticity. She deals tactfully and resourcefully with all and any obstacles she faces.

Lena’s cousin, the person whom Lena delegated to lock up the art gallery, becomes the prime suspect for a valuable painting’s disappearance. The gallery manager, who should have been the one to take responsibility for its security, seems only too relieved to have a scapegoat, especially a ‘foreign’ one. Everyone is quite happy to jump on board with him so Lena has her work cut out to find out the truth.

Despite the seriousness of a few issues touched up by having an expat heroine, there is plenty of humour, wit and quirky cleverness in this novel. The plot is swift-moving and well thought out, and our cast of characters is irresistibly fascinating. The book serves up everything you want from a cosy mystery, and a little more in terms of its fresh approach with this particular heroine.

Really excellent and enjoyable.

 

Purchase Link – amzn.to/2VWJ3ZD 

About the author

Elizabeth Mundy’s grandmother was a Hungarian immigrant to America who raised five children on a chicken farm in Indiana. An English Literature graduate from Edinburgh University, Elizabeth is a marketing director for an investment firm and lives in London with her messy husband and two young children. A Clean Canvas is the second book in the Lena Szarka mystery series about a Hungarian cleaner who turns detective.

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Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @ElizabethEMundy

www.elizabethmundy.com

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Happy publication day to Laura Briggs and her lovely, uplifting novel ‘A Little Hotel in Cornwall’.

A Little Hotel in Cornwall

Struggling American waitress and aspiring novelist Maisie Clark dreams of becoming a full-time writer — even though in real life she’s just lost her chance at an exclusive writer’s mentorship program that would give her novel its big break. Desperate, she decides to take a chance and ask her favourite writer, a celebrated but reclusive English novelist, to help her find a second chance.

When she receives the author’s reply in an envelope with a Cornish postmark, Maisie decides not to take the writer’s half-hearted ‘no’ for an answer. With nothing to lose, she takes off for the author’s last known location, a beautiful hotel on Cornwall’s western coast. But when the hotel mistakes her for the latest applicant for a maid’s position, Maisie finds herself given an opportunity too good to lose … and a chance for a summer adventure far bigger than she ever imagined.

Surrounded by breathtaking Cornwall and working in an elegant hotel, Maisie’s world becomes one of secret identities, quirky friends, and unintentional mishaps — and despite reminders of past relationship disasters, a certain handsome, charming local resident Sidney Daniels has her conflicted about her heart’s desires, too.

Will Maisie find the chance she’s been waiting for — and a possible new romance — in her perfect Cornish summer?

 

My review

This is a delightful book. Our heroine, Maisie, is desperate to become a novel and needs someone to mentor her. The most suitable person she can think of now resides in a hotel in Cornwall. So what does her determined young American lady do? Take a plane and track him down, of course! Throw in some mistaken identities, love interest and other distractions, and the result is a sparkling, interesting and distinctive novel that’s thoroughly entertaining and a real pleasure to read.

Maisie is a wonderful character, so genuine and committed. You could nearly say pushy, but because her heart is in the right place and she’s driven by enthusiasm rather than conceit or entitlement then you cheer her on in her endeavours to get what she wants.

The setting for most of the story in Cornwall is superb with so much detail and atmosphere. The story is intriguing and original and beautifully told. It’s a brilliant book!

Purchase Link: http://smarturl.it/alittlehotelbook1

 

About the author

Laura Briggs is the author of several chick lit and romance stories, including the Top 100 Amazon UK seller ‘A Wedding in Cornwall’. She has a fondness for vintage style dresses (especially ones with polka dots), and reads everything from Jane Austen to modern day mysteries. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with family, caring for her pets, going to movies and plays, and trying new restaurants.

 

Social Media Links –

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PaperDollWrites

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/authorlaurabriggs/

 

 

 

Synopsis

A beaten homeless vet. Three cops gunned down. A multistate manhunt. The trial of the decade.

A new kind of legal thriller

When a homeless war veteran is beaten to death by the police, stormy protests ensue, engulfing a small New Jersey town. Soon after, three cops are gunned down.

A multi-state manhunt is underway for a cop killer on the loose. And Dr Tessa Thorpe, a veteran’s counselor, is caught up in the chase.

Donald Darfield, an African-American Iraqi war vet, war-time buddy of the beaten man, and one of Tessa’s patients, is holed up in a mountain cabin. Tessa, acting on instinct, sets off to find him, but the swarm of law enforcement officers gets there first, leading to Darfield’s dramatic capture.

Now, the only people separating him from the lethal needle of state justice are Tessa and ageing blind lawyer, Nathaniel Bodine. Can they untangle the web tightening around Darfield in time, when the press and the justice system are baying for revenge?

 

My review

There is so much to admire in this book, everything from its clever format of essentially being three exciting stories in one, to the difficult issues it tackles, to the excellent and atmospheric writing.

N Lombardi Jr doesn’t hesitate to shock us in his writing, although never gratuitously so. He gives us a good shaking just  by presenting us with contemporary injustices and discriminations that are going on around us and that we’d normally prefer to ignore. The callous neglect of war veterans suffering from PTSD is the main subject under scrutiny, but police brutality, social intolerance and summary justice all get a big look in.

The two pertinent crimes in this novel – the beating to death of war vet Jay and then the shooting of three cops – occur early on, and the majority of the book deals with the aftermath of these awful events. We follow the flight of the chief suspect, Donald Darfield, and then his capture and trial. The latter might appear to be less than exciting, but trust me it isn’t. There’s a lot of tension and excitement during it, and throughout your blood pressure just keeps going up in response to the bigotry and deceit that crops up!

We meet some fascinating characters in the book, from Jay himself, whom we get to know from flashbacks to the past, to his comrade Donald, to the strong doctor, Tessa Thorpe, who counsels the troubled veterans, to the eccentric, controversial defence lawyer, Nathaniel. They’re all so unique, so human, so convincing.

This powerful, compelling book has a startling ending. That’s all I’ll say!

It’s the first in a series, and I can’t wait to read more by this excellent author. His imagery, characterisation and creation of scenes and settings are all amazing, and despite an overall impression of understatement, as in there’s no unnecessary sensationalism and everything is so carefully, methodically constructed,  this novel is one of the most impactful I’ve come across in a long time.

 

Purchase Links

Amazon UK

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Justice-Gone-N-Lombardi-Jr/dp/1785358766

Amazon US

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Waterstones

https://www.waterstones.com/book/justice-gone/n-lombardi-jr/9781785358760

Kobo

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About the author

N. Lombardi Jr, the N for Nicholas, has spent over half his life in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, working as a groundwater geologist. Nick can speak five languages: Swahili, Thai, Lao, Chinese, and Khmer (Cambodian).

In 1997, while visiting Lao People’s Democratic Republic, he witnessed the remnants of a secret war that had been waged for nine years, among which were children wounded from leftover cluster bombs. Driven by what he saw, he worked on The Plain of Jars for the next eight years.

Nick maintains a website with content that spans most aspects of the novel: The Secret War, Laotian culture, Buddhism etc. http://plainofjars.net

His second novel, Journey Towards a Falling Sun, is set in the wild frontier of northern Kenya.

His latest novel, Justice Gone was inspired by the fatal beating of a homeless man by police.

Nick now lives in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Social Media Links –

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Edna and Genevieve Escape From Curmudgeon Avenue by Samantha Henthorn
• Paperback: 236 pages
• Publisher: Independently published (7 Feb. 2019)
• Language: English
• ISBN-10: 1790417325
• ISBN-13: 978-1790417322

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Edna-Genevieve-Escape-Curmudgeon-Avenue/dp/1790417325/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1553018869&sr=8-4&keywords=samantha+henthorn

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When Genevieve Dubois returned to Curmudgeon Avenue, this opened up the opportunity for Edna to realise her long held dream of escaping to France. But as Edna embraces all things European, Genevieve appears to shy away from her French roots.
Meanwhile, we return to Curmudgeon Avenue for the third time where the wind has blown in the truth about the tall, handsome stranger. Although Harold and Edith were relieved to discover that he is neither an elephant detective, nor a fraud investigator, Toonan had proved to be a bit of a disappointment. Matteo Dubois has been looking for his mother, Genevieve Dubois, and although he did not find her on Curmudgeon Avenue, you have probably guessed that he is about to cause a disturbance. Finally there is hope that the set of nincompoops that live here currently will move out, and leave me in peace!
This delightful comedy romance is the third book in the Curmudgeon Avenue will make you smile.

REVIEW
I haven’t read the preceding novels in the series, so it did take a little bit of working out as to who was who and the relationships between them, but it’s still an enjoyable read. More background info would just help get into the swing of things quicker.
Our lead characters, Edna and Genevieve, are a lively pair. Like all the people we meet in this madcap tumble they’re somewhat off-the-wall and quirky. They’re in France, and Genevieve immerses herself totally. Edna is less enthusiastic about the whole thing. Why they’re here becomes clearer as the story progresses. There are a few skeletons dancing in closets behind them.
Action is split between our duo in France, and England, where Harold, Edith, Wantha and Ricky are amongst the main dramatis personae. There’s comedy in their antics and machinations.
I found the novel a little rough round the edges in terms of presentation but the quirkiness suits the off-beat story and cast of characters. This cast includes the house in Curmudgeon Avenue itself, which doesn’t have much to say early on but takes on more importance as we read on.

All in all a lively, breathless and definitely unique story.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Samantha Henthorn was born in 1970something in Bury, England. She has had short stories and poetry published in magazines. Her books include the Curmudgeon Avenue series (The Terraced House Diaries and The Harold and Edith adventures). ‘1962’, ‘Quirky Tales to Make Your Day’ and ‘Piccalilly’

She has two cats, one dog, one gorgeous grown up daughter and one husband. When not reading or writing, she is listening to heavy metal and would be thrilled to bits if someone read her books.

Blog : samanthahenthornfindstherightwords.WordPress.com

Twitter: @SamanthaHfinds

Trust Me

Sex. Power. Murder.

Dr. Gabriel Blackwell and his wife Sandra Blake have it all. He’s a brilliant thoracic surgeon. She’s a high-powered attorney with family money. Their lives are as loving as they are glamorous.

Or are they?

When a nurse Dr. Blackwell works with is brutally murdered, the questions fly. Who would want to kill this woman and why? When an autopsy reveals the woman was pregnant, all signs point to Dr. Blackwell. Just what was her relationship with him?

Whispers about a scandalous sex club surface. How many other lovers are there? Are any of them safe? How far would he go to protect his reputation?

Tragedy strikes again as Sandra Blake is found dead floating in their pool. Dr. Blackwell now finds himself on trial for two murders. Facing life in prison, Dr. Blackwell will grasp at any straw to preserve his freedom.

Any straw.

Is anyone innocent? Is anyone safe?

 

My review

I always really enjoy this author’s books. Every time she presents us with a new and fascinating background to the intriguing action. This time there’s a medical setting which is extremely interesting, and that’s not the only insider’s view we get. There are glimpses into the legal world, and also those of art and antiquarian books. I love how this talented author uses her experiences to add such richness to her writing.

 

As you’d guess from the title, the main theme is all about trust – about knowing who to trust and when, assuming you can at all. That applies to both the reader and the characters: who can either we or they depend on. Who is actually reliable? Furthermore, the various characters all face assorted trials which really test them as the ingenious plot unfolds. You simply can’t guess what’s going to happen, which keeps you completely riveted.

 

The pace is brisk with a lot going on, but the author still finds time to develop characters, give us detailed settings and throw in some beautiful imagery.

 

An extremely polished and enthralling novel, which is impossible to put down once you start reading.

 

Purchase Links:

 

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/TRUST-ME-Lies-Misdirection-Book-ebook/dp/B07NYT2RQ4/

US  https://www.amazon.com/TRUST-ME-Lies-Misdirection-Book-ebook/dp/B07NYT2RQ4/

 

Author Bio –

K. J. McGillick was born in New York and once she started to walk she never stopped running. But that’s what New Yorker’s do. Right? A Registered Nurse, a lawyer now author.

As she evolved so did her career choices. After completing her graduate degree in nursing, she spent many years in the university setting sharing the dreams of the enthusiastic nursing students she taught. After twenty rewarding years in the medical field she attended law school and has spent the last twenty-four years as an attorney helping people navigate the turbulent waters of the legal system. Not an easy feat. And now? Now she is sharing the characters she loves with readers hoping they are intrigued by her twisting and turning plots and entertained by her writing

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The Worth of a Penny

Sweetheart Penelope Davies is what her daddy calls gullible, right after he told her she was stupid and worthless. With her cheek red from being slapped by him, and her heart trampled by a worthless boyfriend, she packs up and follows her half-brother to Fox River, North Carolina, in need of a fresh start.

Dominic MacKenna is the youngest of five brothers, the friendly one with a killer smile and easy laugh. His brothers are all grown up, and one by one they’re flying the nest, leaving him out of sorts and unsure of his place. Who is he if not the youngest MacKenna?

Penny falls in with the MacKenna brothers, welcomed in as family, and offered the kind of love and support she never knew existed. With a new job and a lot of determination, she is finding out what she’s capable of. The last thing she needs now is to fall in love with the most notorious flirt in town.

Dominic falls for the sweet strong girl with a penchant for random facts and quirky homemade dresses. All he wants is to show Penny how wonderful she is, how smart and funny, and how desired and loved—even if he has to do it as her friend.

 

My review

I didn’t want this book to end! It’s a beautiful, enchanting story, with a lovely heroine. And just like Penny, the book is sweet but there’s a lot of strength beneath the surface in the form of determined characters and some tough issues.

The title is clever: a penny isn’t apparently worth much, and our Penny felt like that with her unforgiving family and first boyfriend. However, without pennies we’d never have pounds, and in the same way Penny gradually learns, thanks to the kind Dominic, that she is valuable, deserves to be cherished and has a lot to contribute.

The setting of Fox River is beautifully described and it quickly feels like home. We soon get to know all the characters, nice and not-so-nice. This is the third book in a series but we’re given all the information we need to enjoy this story to its fullest.

This is a novel of second chances handled in a unique and thoroughly enjoyable way. Be prepared to fun the full gamut of emotions from sadness and frustration to joy and satisfaction whilst in this author’s company. A lovely book absolutely to be recommended.

 

Purchase Link – mybook.to/theworthofapenny

 

Author biography

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Jess B Moore is a writer of love stories. When she’s not writing, she’s busy mothering her talented and stubborn children, reading obscene numbers of books, and knitting scarves she’ll likely never finish.

Jess lives in small town North Carolina with her bluegrass obsessed family. She takes too many pictures of her cats, thinking the Internet loves them as much as she does. She is a firm believer of swapping stories over coffee or wine, and that there should always be dark chocolate involved.

Her novels combine her interests in family, music, and small towns into thoughtful tales of growing up and falling in love.

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