Book reviews

I love reading and I love reviewing. Here are my opinions of books I’ve read recently. I always aim to be positive, and being such a literary enthusiast, I generally enjoy what I read. However, I aim to be honest too.

A Ranger’s Tale by Mysti Parker    Fantasy, romance ****

A Song for Europe by Simon Lipson    Fiction – Romcom   *****

A Summer in Gascony by Martin Calder   Non-fiction: memoir set in France   *****

Animus by Joseph Eastburn   Fiction – Jungian, thriller ****

Armando’s Daughter by R J Blute   Fiction: tongue-in-cheek gangster ****

Better Off Without Him by Dee Ernst   Rom-com, chick-lit ****

Big Backpack – Little World by Donna Morang   Non-fiction: travel memoir   *****

Busy Woman Guide to Safety by Carla Thompson    Non-fiction: women’s safety guide ***

C’est La Folie by Michael Wright   Non-fiction: memoir set in France   *****

Dark Pilgrim Rising by R Peter Ubrent   Science-Fiction *****

Detour de France by Michael Simkins   Non-fiction: memoir set in France   ****

Embacing the Lemonade Life by Sandra Sookoo   Fiction – Romcom   *****

Every Soldier Needs A Soul by David McDonald   Poetry ****

Expat Women: Confessions by Andrea Martin

Extremely Pale Rosé by Jamie Ivey   Non-fiction: memoir set in France   **

French Fried by Chris Dolley   Non-fiction: memoir set in France   ***

Grief and the Gardener by Pat Welsh Non-fiction: autobiography **

Lost Treasure of the Fourth Reich by Barrett J Clisby    Fiction: action adventure ***

Reclaiming Aphrodite by Anita Grace   Non-fiction: self-help ***

Signs and Wonders by Alex Adena   Fiction: spiritual *****

Stay Tuned by Lauren Clark Fiction: Romcom ****

Sunshine Soup: Nourishing the Global Soup by Jo Parfitt    Fiction: expat women ****

The Santa Shop by Tim Greaton    Fiction: Christmas ****

The Study Train by Kurt Freiner YA Fiction: magical fantasy ***

The Sweet Life in Paris by David Lebovitz   Non-fiction: cookery and memoir *****

The Wake-Up Call by Jonas Eriksson    Fiction: gritty Rom-Com *****

33 Days by Bill See   Non-fiction: rock autobiography **

Toulouse 4 Death by Gregory Randall   Crime ***

Tube and Worm Trolling by Ryan Collins   Fishing non-fiction ***

Two Lipsticks and a Lover by Helen Frith-Powell   Non-fiction: French women ****


  1. Hello,

    Recently I have placed my first novel on Amazon Kindle …

    It is about a truant 13-year old, multi-racial son of a Silicon Valley executive, turning his life around with the aid of the values and guidenance of a modern Samurai and a legendary Samurai Warriors; how finding his passion early in life sets him on a path of success and promise of a fulfilling life; for himself and his support network of parents and friends.

    Your contact information was found on Book Tweeting Service and I am looking for your review of this novel if you have both the time and feel that it would be a subject of interest to you.

    I have a digital copy in a .pdf format that I can send to you.

    Thank you for your consideration and review.



  2. Hi,

    I saw your book review info on BookTweetingService. I would love to send you a PDF of my zany tween novel called: THE ADVENTURES OF AUSTIN GIRL AND THE LEGEND OF DIABLO – It’s been professionally edited by several industry folks and is now available on B& – Thank you! Twitter: @CarrieCrain

  3. Hello Stephanie,

    Your site and life are interesting. Would you be interested in reviewing a historical novel set in 1789 written from British and French viewpoints? Check my website for more details. I can send a PDF file if you are interested. Next April, my husband and I will be visiting England and France. Looking forward to it!

    Barbara Peacock

  4. Hello – I am interested in having you do a book review. Please let me know how you would like to be contacted. Thanks so much!


  5. Afternoon Stephanie,

    I’m a recently self published author (between working days and nights as a serving solder), and I thought I’d just drop in to ask whether you’d be interested in reviewing my ebook? ‘From Man to Man’ is a fantasy short story, available on amazon and smashwords. Here’s a quick blurb:

    ‘I’ve traded my old enemies for just this one…’ The axe thundered home. ‘I miss the old ones.’

    Every man has a past, none more so than Draven Reinhardt. Abandoning his old life to settle down as a villager, he struggles to fit in, let alone hold down a job. When opportunity offers the much needed coin, Draven is torn between a promise and a purpose.

    But, what’s one last job if you’ve already got blood on your hands?

    ‘From Man to Man’ is the story of how one man can change – or not – for the best. Prequel to the upcoming novel ‘It Began With Ashes’, the short (6400 words) introduces the reader to a world of suspense, intrigue, and action.

    If you’re interested I’d be happy to send you a copy via email. You can contact me on [email protected]

    Thanks for reading,

  6. Hello Stephanie,

    Based on your reviews, I think you might enjoy my new novel. Would you be interested in reviewing my fantasy adventure, Gift of the Phoenix? My site has more details, including the book trailer and sample chapters. I would be happy to send you the digital version of your choice.



  7. hi,
    was wondering if you would have time in the future to read my novel “Scammer”
    I can provide a free download code that works on kindle, ipad, nook and more.
    thank you for your consideration.

  8. Hi Stephanie,

    First, thanks for reviewing books. I just checked out Armando’s Daughter because of your review.

    I was wondering – if you had time – if you’d be interested in reviewing my novel, Boys for Sale. This is a brief summary of it.

    When his parents agree to send Tavi off to a special school in the city that promises wealth and success, they have no idea that they are handing their son over to real life human traffickers.

    Tavi’s excitement soon turns into horror as he learns what kind of life he has been forced into and the things that are expected of him. As his world comes crashing down around him, he struggles to stay true to himself in the midst of the darkness.

    But when one of his friends dies a horrific death, Tavi knows that he must escape if he is to survive and ever have a chance at a normal life again.



  9. I also found you on BookTweetingService, and thought you had a fun intro. I hope my book, Silver Princess, will be a pleasant surprise for you. I often refer to it as a “coming of age story, with wings.” It’s up for free at on Tuesday, November 13th, if you’d be willing to download and review it.
    I realize it’s irregular to ask reviewers to download it themselves, but I’d appreciate it if you would. I could certainly use the numbers boost! Thanks, Lea

  10. Hi Stephanie,

    I’d welcome your review of my new suspense novel The Trail of Money, a story about money laundering & murder in Hong Kong. The back-cover synopsis of the book follows:

    Devastated by the death of his daughter, numbed by the dissolution of his marriage, and facing collapse of his management consulting firm, Harry West embarks on his personal journey out of emptiness and loss when he takes on a project in Hong Kong, to evaluate a business deal promoted by the son of one of the richest men in Asia. But the assignment is not what he expects. Instead, he is asked to uncover evidence of money laundering and corruption, evidence that will expose people who will stop at nothing to protect themselves. To discover the truth, Harry must draw on resources that he never knew he had. Along the way, Harry’s journey is shaped by two women in Hong Kong, an American journalist who is investigating the same business deal, and a long-lost love who comes back into his life. Both a gripping and evocative suspense novel about secrecy and corruption in Hong Kong and Shanghai, and a moving story about the bonds of love and memory, THE TRAIL OF MONEY keeps the reader guessing until the end.
    More info can be found at my website about The Trail of Money and about my debut novel, Ghosts on the Red Line, which tells what happens when commuters see their Departed on the Boston subway.

    The Amazon link for The Trail of Money, including a look-inside option, is

    Please let me know if you’re interested in reviewing The Trail of Money and I’ll send you Kindle copy at your request.

    Many thanks!


  11. Hi there I am a publicist and I have one of my clients book that’d I’d like for you to review. Please let me know how to proceed. Thanks so much.

  12. Hello, Stephanie,

    I actually have two works I would like you to consider reviewing, a book and a short story, both Literary Fiction.

    Book title: A Deconstructed Heart

    Genre: Literary Fiction, multicultural

    Synopsis: A Deconstructed Heart is the story of Mirza, a middle-aged Indian college professor whose wife has left him. He moves out of his house into a tent in his back garden, where he sets up an outdoor classroom and serves tea to his kind but bewildered neighbors. He is visited by the irritable spirit of his long-dead teacher, Khan Sahib, who is befuddled by the dysfunctions of modern life.

    In the north of England, Mirza’s niece, Amal, is finishing up her last year of college before she is expected to join her parents in their new home in India. Asked by her father to talk her uncle back into his senses, she moves into Mirza’s house, and they soon are connected by their shared loneliness. She meets Rehan, Mirza’s student, and is intrigued by the path of certainty he has built over his own loss and loneliness–a certainty that is threatened by his growing feelings for her.

    When Rehan disappears, Amal’s suffering forces Mirza is to face the world once more. Together, Mirza and Amal must come to a new understanding of what it means to be an immigrant family when the old traditions have unraveled.

    A Deconstructed Heart is a novella that explores the breakdown and rebuilding in one immigrant family trying to adapt: how lines in families and cultures are forcibly redrawn, how empty space can be reframed by a tent into a new definition of home… but how, no matter how hard we may try to forget, the past refuses to be contained.

    Link to book cover:

    Short story title: A Change in the Weather

    Genre: Literary Fiction, multicultural

    Synopsis: When Imran was a young doctor in England, he faced a decision that would change lives forever. Now, as an old man entering the last days of his life with his loving family in India, the decision he made fifty years ago has the power to upend everything he stands for and destroy the devotion of his family and friends. One person knows his secret and must decide what is revealed or remain hidden. Reminiscent of the style of “An Atlas of Impossible Longing”, “A Change in the Weather” is a poignant tale about honor and loss, and how these two forces have unforeseen consequences that spill from one generation into the next.

    Link to book cover:

    About me:

    Shaheen Ashraf-Ahmed is the author of two works for the Kindle, A Deconstructed Heart and a short story, A Change in the Weather. Her book, A Deconstructed Heart, ranked #35 on the Amazon top 100 bestselling free ebooks for Literary Fiction. She won the a national essay competition about life in India held by the Indian High Commission in England and has had her poetry published in the Cadbury’s Book of Children’s Poetry and Tomorrow magazine. Shaheen Ashraf-Ahmed grew up in India and England before moving to America. She lives in Chicago with her family.

    Thanks so much,

    Shaheen Ashraf-Ahmed

  13. Hi Stephanie,

    I’ve just recently had my debut novel “Dawn Island” published by an indie company called Clarence Publishing and am looking for reviewers.

    In my search, I found you and felt I had to contact you as I’ve read some books based on your reviews.

    Dawn Island is a fantasy/romance with elements of sci-fi, aimed at 17-25 year olds. Below is the blurb:

    ‘My brain was saying one thing and my heart was saying another. One thing they both agreed on: war would either be the making or breaking of me.’

    Darla Stone is an ordinary seventeen year old who finds that her life is not so nuclear after all when she discovers that she has the power to control the elements. Not only that, but she must become a powerful force in a long-raging war between the Night Worshippers and the Soldiers of the Light. In order to protect her family, she emigrates to Dawn Island where battle, danger and romance awaits. But her ruthless training to save the human race could end her life.

    Does this sound like something you’d be interested in reviewing? If so, you can find Dawn Island here:

    and here:

    Please don’t hesitate to contact me via [email protected] if you require any more information.

    I look forward to hearing from you!



  14. Hi Stephanie,
    I read your review on Book Promotion, and would love for you to review my newest book, The Pampered Prince: Moms Create a GREAT Relationship with Your Son.

    Let me know if you are interested, and thank you in advance for your support.

  15. Hi Stephanie, can you review my nonfiction Christian book. Title is: Unleashing God’s Power: Maximize This Great Benefit of Christianity in Your Life

    eBook is available on amazon, smashwords and barnes and noble

    Please, email me: [email protected]

    I can send you a free copy of ebook. Thank you…

  16. Hi, Stephanie: I found your name on and I’ve been to your website. Love that you live in France…something my husband and I are very interested in doing as well…at least for an extended visit, rather than permanent relocation!

    I’d like to submit my book for a review. Here is the information:
    (Note: I use a pen name for fiction.)

    Author: Elyse Grant
    Publisher: Visual Impressions Publishing
    Word Count: 98,000
    Pub Date: November 2012
    Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
    Format of Review copy: ebook
    Web link: (US) (FR)
    Brief Summary:
    THE PRINCE CHARMING HOAX is the steamy hot and often funny story of best friends Leah Gold and Roxanne Stein, who team up to break free of the “happily ever after” fairy
    tale myth. How they save themselves, each other, and perhaps womankind, is a surprise to everyone, especially themselves.

    A longer summary and excerpt is available on Amazon, if you’re interested.

    If you would like to have a copy of the book for review, I can send a pdf or mobi file. Hope to hear back from you soon.

    My best, Shelley

  17. My name is Jaden I live in Victoria Australia and just released my book
    in February. It is a fiction/fantasy and already on sale on Amazon but I
    would love for you to review it if you will donate your time.
    Please let e know if your interested and I will send you a copy to read.
    Thank you for your time take care.
    Oh by the way if you wish to find my book on Amazon just look up under my
    name Jaden Sean Stewart

  18. My name is Robin Webster and I’m a self-published e-book author. My first e book ‘The Blues Man’ made the semi-finals of the Kindle Book Review competition for best thriller. My second book, an all action apocalyptic action thriller called ‘The Dream Prophecy’ is now out on kindle. If you do have the time I would love you to read ‘The Dream Prophecy’ and add a review.

    If you wish, I will send you a copy of my book in kindle format plus the cover. Please find a copy of the forward below.

    If you are interested in reviewing the book I look forward to hearing you views.

    Alan Callaway lived a life that revolved around petty crime and drug dealing. He cared nothing for anyone except for his younger brother Lenny. After suffering a serious accident Alan began to have disturbing dreams that predict a sickness that wipes out much of the world’s population. He tried to push the dreams to the back of his mind. By chance he met an elderly physic called Ena who also has similar dreams and saw them as a prophecy and introduced Alan to others who shared her belief. The prophecy proved to be true and Alan Callaway found himself involved with a community of survivors who believed that reason and a sense of morality are all that was needed to bring order back to the world. They were not prepared to listen to Alan’s warnings that they needed to learn to defend themselves and that the world outside their small community no longer has any rules, laws or moral code. In the meantime, Alan found a small section of the community who shared his views and looked to him as their leader. When he is proved right and a violent gang started to take over London and enslave all those they came across, Alan had to choose sides and found he could not just stand back and watch as the world tumbled into chaos.

    Regards Robin

  19. Hi Stephanie,

    I see that you are interested in reviewing books, and I’d love the opportunity to have my suspenseful Victorian era short story Midway Between Heaven & Hell reviewed. Let me know if you are interested.


    An elegant dinner party is thrown, the guests blackmailed, the host absent.

    The mysterious host has gathered together all those whom have wronged him in his life with the intent of seeking his revenge. But the suspicious young man in the worn tweed jacket anxiously fingers a gun in his pocket, waiting for the host to arrive.

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