Boot Camp Bride – a review by Malika Gandhi

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Boot Camp Bride by Lizzie Lamb

This action-packed, hilarious, heart-wrenching, frustrating, amusing and amazing story begins with Charlee Montague, an intern at a magazine called What’cha!
Charlee is funny and can be challenging too, especially when she meets Raphael Ffinch, an award winning photographer, a successful novelist and a survivor of a kidnap attempt in Columbia! But the book’s not really about that.

It is actually about two ego-tistic, loveable but arrogant individuals, Charlee and Rafa – who fight their lust and love for one another and are in denial of their true emotions, as they go on a mission together, for the love of journalism and a big news scoop! A fake engagement leads them to much more than they bargained for when Charlee heads off to begin her journalistic investigations at a bride’s boot camp.

Packed with steamy scenes, lust – in a heart stopping way – hilarious but intriguing banter, Boot Camp Bride is a novel you must read!

 

THE TWISTED VINE BY Alex Martin

THE TWISTED VINE – A REVIEW

Twisted  VineI love Twisted Vine for its great opening and I was thrown into the setting straight away. I reveled in the scenes of beautiful, suave France, of her vineyards, little cafes, picturesque views and delicate French accents.

Twisted Vine is about Roxanne who goes to France to get away from her undesirable life in London, leaving a father whom she never really connected with, to be looked after in a home. But this story is not about the father, not really.

We learn of Roxanne’s life as she travels up and down the country in search of vineyards for work, and as she does, she meets some good friends: Peter, Harry and Yvanne and she also meets a man who tries to take advantage of her.

For those who don’t know about the work of grape picking, this is a great book that takes you right to the centre of it. Alex Martin gives us a close insight of the harrows and the complaints. Then she takes away all that pain and brings us to glorious food and chatter among the grape pickers.

As there is a light side to the story, there is also a dark and sinister side. The story slowly unfolds and the reader comes upon a death, which saddened me. The mix of emotions play well with the mix of characters who are linked in one way or another.

The characterisation was blissfully uncomplicated and easy to follow. We don’t get to discover their backgrounds as much as I would have liked to, but perhaps that is a good thing – letting the focus stay on Roxanne and Armand, who bring the story full circle.

One scene that I loved was when Roxanne found peace and solitude at a convent. I felt the sheer happy but silent environment, and followed Roxanne’s thoughts throughout her stay there.

The pace of the story is just right and the reader glides into each chapters beautifully. Twisted Vine is the perfect name for such a story. There is romance and danger, a prefect recipe!

BLUFF by Lenore Skomal

bluffI am writing this review, moments after finishing reading it. I didn’t want to lose the thoughts that ran through my mind or lose the feeling of sadness, happiness and shock which is what Lenore’s BLUFF is all about.

This novel was given to me for review purposes and I am delighted that I had the great opportunity to read and review it. It is a simple. yet thought-provoking novel from start to finish.

Jude is in a coma and pregnant. We know she fell from a cliff; a mystery in itself. Was it attempted murder? The answer is not evident until just over half way; I was left guessing throughout. What is remarkable about the overall plot are the many turns and twists that are entwined with Jude’s life. We see Jude’s life in the first person when she talks about the people she loves and dislikes, sometimes bordering on hate. Sometimes she speaks from outside of the body and sometimes from inside as she lies on her hospital bed, unable to function without medical intervention.

There is only one person in Jude’s life who really matters to her and that is her best friend Frances.  We also meet her sister April, her mother who was hardly there and a few other people who are not directly related to Jude but somehow become so.

BLUFF is a rollercoaster of emotions and internal conflicts. Some religious questions are dealt with here that will make the reader question and appreciate the nature of Jude’s characterisation; how moral are the actions of the Church against her?

From all the characters, my favourite was of course the main star – Jude, for her quirky self but also for her insightful reasoning during her long stay in the hospital. We learn a lot about her and her life from that one room. My least favourite is Paul.

It is evident that a lot of research has gone into the novel; the quality and thoughtful sentences are written brilliantly bringing a joy to the reading. The pace was just right and there wasn’t a page where I got bored, every page was a page turner.

I would recommend this book for its great style and unique story.

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Lenore Skomal wants you to eat her books. Her passionate desire is to touch your heart, inspire you, and luxuriate in the world of the written word. She is an award-Lenorewinning author with the single goal of resonating with others.

Winner of multiple awards for blogging, literature, biography and humor, her catalogue spans many genres. With 30 years of writing experience, 18 books published, a daily blog and weekly newspaper column, the consistent themes in her work are the big issues of the human experience and adding depth and voice to the intricacies involved in living a multi-dimensional existence.

She has won many Society of Professional Journalist awards, the Whidbey Island Writer’s Conference honorable mention for best fiction, Writer’s Digest 73rd Annual Fiction Contest, New York Public Library’s Best Books for Teens 2003, and most recently, the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Award for humor for “Burnt Toast.,” her first anthology of her award-winning humor columns. From journalism, to literary fiction, to humor and biography, her writing is consistent, if not in genre, then in message.

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Destiny of Angels by Wendy Steele

 Destiny of Angels is a book which wasn’t what I expected. From the title, I imagined the genre to be fantasy when in fact, it is fiction. The story revolves around three main characters, Angel, Aiden and Jenny. Angel and Aiden are witches who take part in pagan rituals and speak to the high powers of the Qabalah.

Angel practices high magic through the Qabalah which allows spiritual persuasion to enter the soul as it links with numerology, astrology and tarot amongst other things.

Their purpose in life is to bring contentment, peace and self belief to those they meet. One of them was Jenny who went through an ordeal with her husband which changed her life. Along the way, we meet many other characters. Some I understood why they were there and what the author was portraying about them but one or two puzzled me.

I have to admit it took me some time to get into the book and understand the storyline, which at times I found to be confusing but I wanted to know more about Jenny and Angel and as the story developed, I understood their position.

My favourite character is Jenny for her love for her children and her brave and powerful stance to make her life better, with the help of Angel.

Angel and Aiden’s story is also reviting and they sensual love for another is beautiful, yet powerful. They have a deep conncection between them that makes you want their lifestyle and the love they experience between them.

Wendy Steel writes without flaw. She describes scenes such as the pagan rituals and the sensuality between lovers beautifully and we get swept up in her dialogues.

For me, this book was very different and one I would not normally read but I am glad I did. Destiny of Angels is unique.