A New York Love Story by Cassie Rocca is a delightful festive romance that is perfect to read at any time of year. I loved it. It’s a real Cinderella love story that warmed my heart.
The novel explores the theme of identity. It is important to be who we were created to be. No pretence. Just being ‘real’ and enjoying the simple things in life. “She had never lost her childish excitement.” Christmas can bring out the child in us all. It is a magical time for hopes and dreams.
Christmas has romantic connotations – the lights, the snow, the ethereal quality where it feels like anything could happen. Cassie Rocca has perfectly captured the mood and the romance with her comprehensive descriptions. The reader can ‘see’ and ‘feel’ the festive atmosphere.
The Greatest Love
Diving For Pearls by Melissa Storm is a fantasy novel about the great love a mother has for her child. A love that can reach across time and space. A love that holds on and does not let go.
Melissa Storm has used her imagination to create this beautiful story. It was different to my usual genre but I enjoyed it.
There are extras when the main story has ended. My favourite was Emily’s story. I thought it was beautifully written and could empathise with the main character who radiated love.
A beautiful offering.
Righting Wrongs And Healing Wounds
Summer In Tintagel by Amanda James is a wonderful contemporary romantic mystery which I loved.
Set mainly in Tintagel, the scenery comes alive with Amanda James vivid descriptions. The reader ‘walks’ through the action, fully involved rather than a passive participant.
Cornwall is a place ‘of mystery and magic.” The reader ‘experiences’ this air of mystery as they become immersed in the novel.
Skipton is another setting. As I am familiar with ‘the gateway to the dales,’ it was wonderful to ‘see’ the town.
A Sense Of Community
A Plain Widow by Diane Craver is an Amish romantic mystery and perfect for an afternoon’s read.
There are many themes including that of healing. Healing is not just physical but spiritual and links in with the theme of forgiveness. “I couldn’t heal completely until I forgave.” We forgive because God tells us to. When we forgive we feel better and not bitter.
Secrets have a power to destroy memories as one wonders exactly who was that person who was so secretive? Death may separate us from the truth.
The Amish are a close knit community. The novel shows how they rally around in times of trouble.