Life Flight by Lynette Eason is an absolutely marvellous contemporary Christian crime thriller and the first book in the Extreme Measures series. I cannot wait for the subsequent books.
The action is fast paced and more than a little creepy as we witness the hunt for an escaped death row inmate. There are many twists and turns. Twisted lives are strangely magnetised and drawn towards a serial killer as copycat crimes begin to appear.
The characters are all well drawn and realistic. The leading lady was brave and gutsy. There were creepy characters who made your blood run cold.
The Orphan Sisters by Shirley Dickson is a marvellous historical novel beginning in the late 1920’s but mainly set during World War II. It is a fabulous debut novel and I cannot wait to read more by Shirley Dickson.
The novel concerns the beautiful, unbreakable bond between two sisters abandoned in an orphanage by their mother. In their own way, each looks out for the other. They both seek to protect in their own unique ways.
Set in Northumberland the reader sees the area is not immune to Luftwaffe bombing raids. Due to comprehensive descriptions, we are able to ‘see’ the devastation and ‘feel’ the fear.
There is an eclectic mix of characters as we are treated to the camaraderie of friends – the philandering of some and the steadfastness of others. Brushes with near death cause some to take their eyes off the ball.
A Midlife Holiday by Cary J Hansson is a fun filled contemporary novel that entertained me from the start.
Three friends since uni thirty years earlier take a holiday to sun-filled shores. Life has been passing them by with their responsibilities back in Britain. Now is the time for the three to have a week and to re-discover themselves.
A character is easy to empathise with, as she has her fifty first birthday, she seems largely ignored as a person, and taken for granted as a wife and mother. Her birthday presents are sensible household gifts. She needs to ‘discover’ her true self that has been submerged for so long.
The setting is glorious – sea, sand and sunshine. Comprehensive descriptions enable the reader to easily picture the landscape.
Beach House Summer by Sarah Morgan is the most delightful contemporary novel that will warm your heart and make you smile.
The whole novel has a beautiful aroma of love. It is a book about loving well – loving those who love us and loving ourselves.
Sometimes in life we are hurt by words spoken over us and we believe we are unlovable. “She… stabbed you with words. And that wound stayed with you.” Words can pierce us and destroy us. We need to know that we are worth so much more than cruel words spoken over us.
We see the effect on a character that others have had by continually telling her she is worthless. We all need to surround ourselves with those who believe in us. “She believed in me, at a time when I didn’t believe in myself.” We all need positive role models.
The novel is about parenting. Some people are too selfish to parent well. Others are cruel. And some just exude love. You do not necessarily need to have given birth in order to parent well. Some people just have a default setting of love.