Nostalgia At It’s Finest
The Christmas Diary by Elyse Douglas is a charming
contemporary novel that will warm your heart and leave you smiling.
The novel is about truelove and real success. True love is deeper than romantic love. It
goes straight into your heart and produces a strong urge to gather and protect.
True love sacrifices. True love includes family. It is a love that lasts a
lifetime and is not confined by time.
Success is measured in various ways. If your
yardstick is fame and fortune, you will be indeed poor. True success is found
in relationships with others. It is the love of others for us and us for others
that reveals true success and riches.
The Christmas Diary has a wonderful atmosphere – love,
warmth and snow all evoke feelings of nostalgia. The action is set in a small
town that pulls together at all times. A warm welcome extends to strangers and
reaches beyond the pages to the reader.
United Down The Years
The Painted Castle by Kristy Cambron is a delightful
Christian novel and the third book in the Lost Castles series but can be read
as a stand-alone.
Once more Kristy Cambron has taken historical
detail and facts and woven a marvellous tale. The novel is a triple timeline
story being set in 1843, 1944 and present day. The focus is Framlingham in
Suffolk and a private painting of Queen Victoria. Similar themes and a mystery
unite the tales down the years.
There are a wonderful mix of characters. I
certainly had a favourite. See if you do too.
War touches every aspect of society in 1944 as
lives are both protected and torn apart. Huge hearts open homes to those in
need. The desire to nurture and protect is strong.
True Love Never Dies
The Christmas Eve
Secret by Elyse
Douglas is a most charming timeslip read and the third book in A Time Travel
Novel series. I recommend reading books one and two first for maximum
The reader once again catches up with Eve and
Patrick – and what happened next, I could not have predicted. Theirs is a love
outside the confines of time. It is a love that will not die. It is a love that
takes risks and it is a love that is prepared to sacrifice.
This is a thrilling read set in 1884. Through
comprehensive descriptions the reader glimpses a bygone age. It is an age where
chivalry is not dead but doesn’t always happen. Women are seen as second class
citizens to be used by men.
Disease is rife. Life is precious. Without
modern medicine, lives hang in the balance.
Passion And Power
The Widow Of Pale
Harbour by Hester
Fox is a gripping historical murder suspense that had me glued and guessing
from the start. I congratulated myself on working out who the guilty party was
far too soon – I got it wrong again!
The novel is about love and jealousy, the
passion and power to manipulate and control. A warped sense of entitlement
provokes a horrific course of action.
In contrast there is a love that protects, a
love that goes the extra mile and is prepared to sacrifice.
Fear and guilt imprison characters. We need to
deal with our fear and guilt or we will imprison ourselves. The walls we build
around us to keep us safe need demolishing before we become our own prison