Bookshelf Reviews – April News and LLm Reviews

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Neurotically Yours

by Bonnie Trachtenberg

Genre: Romantic Comedy


Smart, attractive, and ambitious, thirty-seven-year-old Dara Harrison is, nonetheless, still single—and on sabbatical from dating. Ironically Los Angeles’ most renowned relationship advice columnist, Dara has become a Southland sensation with her “tell-it-like-it-is” approach to the mating game. When Dara launches a revolutionary dating service geared for the perennially single and romantically challenged, its no-holds-barred theme soon makes the company a roaring success, even catapulting Dara onto the national talk show scene—until, of course, it all backfires!

Kate at MeMyBooksandI says: “The writing style was captivating and kept pulling me back for more, making this a quick read for me.  I became totally caught up in the day-to-day running of the dating service and also in each of the character’s lives – the drama that seemed to follow them all was an added bonus! This was a thoroughly enjoyable, easy read with some touching moments thrown in too.  I look forward to reading more from this author.”

Neomie at Best Chick Lit also enthused: “I really recommend this book to anyone, because it does have wide appeal and would sit comfortably in more than one genre. It is a rounded and fun read giving me the giggles one minute and leaving me exasperated with the main character making me want to shout in pantomime style “he’s right here for goodness sake!!” the next. This book is a definite keeper.”


The Promise of Provence

by Patricia Sands

Genre: Contemporary Fiction



June in Provence is full of promise when Katherine arrives from Canada, eager to feel renewed by her surroundings. Endless rows of lavender prepare to burst into pink and purple blooms. Fields of sunflowers flow in golden waves among vineyards and olive groves. Ancient hilltop villages beckon. It’s the postcard setting she envisioned, but is that all she needs?

Heidi at Cosmochicklitian says: “I really loved the idea that The Promise of Provence explores the life of an “older” person and not someone in their twenties or thirties that you encounter in most books. Although Katherine is young at heart, I had to keep reminding myself that she faces completely different obstacles than a younger person would. The Promise of Provence evoked a feeling of wanderlust in me. I always wanted to visit France, but even more so now after reading about this breath-taking and beautiful region in this book.”

Kate at MeMyBooksandI commented: “Katherine’s emotions jumped out at me.  She was a character who I easily connected with and enjoyed following her as she faced lots of difficult decisions.  The main feeling I got from the storyline was all about learning to move on with life when massive changes are thrown at you, there was a strong sense of hope radiating from the pages. This was a book that left me with a smile on my face and the strong desire to visit France!”


The Wind Weeps

By Anneli Purchase

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

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Andrea leaves big-city boredom in Ontario to search for love and adventure on B.C.’s rugged coast. The love of two men and a woman leads her into the world of commercial fishing. She is drawn into a rough life alternating between savage beauty and serenity. But when adventure turns to terror, and Andrea’s survival is threatened, will her newly acquired wilderness skills be enough to save her life? The Wind Weeps is a pure Canadian tale of love, betrayal, and triumph, told with gusto, humour, and bold insight.

Susan at Fascinating Books says: “This is a well-written story of how our decisions affect our lives and the people we come in contact with.  Anneli Purchase has woven the captivating tale of Andrea’s life into a masterful cloth.  The reader is drawn in and becomes part of the story.  A superb, unputdownable read!”

Shannon’s Law

By Emma Calin

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

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Wild child inner city cop Shannon Aguerri walks a dangerous line between her methods and justice. When the bosses lose their nerve, she is transferred to green pastures to play out the role of a routine village cop. In Fleetworth-Green she encounters signs of people and drug trafficking and homes in on serious millionaire criminals. Please note: This book contains joyful explicit sex between adults in a consenting relationship. There is also strong language in high-stress police confrontations with criminals.

JB at Brook Cottage Books says: “Shannon’s law is fast paced from start to finish. Shannon is a strong willed female character and takes no nonsense from anyone. She is tough but fair and I liked that side of her. We get to see her vulnerable side where the Earl is concerned and she is unsure of her place in his world. At the heart of the book is a love story between two very different people who society would not expect to be together. There are some very very racy sex scenes in the book which are quite explicit and had me heading for a cold shower! An enjoyable read.”

Nikki at Books4U agrees: “The story is fast paced and it had me gripped from the very beginning. I liked Shannon as a character. There are strong scenes of an adult nature in this book and they seem to jump out of you just when you are getting into the storyline. If you are into erotica you will like these kinds of scenes and find them sensational.”

Kate at MeMyBooksandI included these comments in her review: “Shannon was a brilliant character, she was very strong and feisty, some of her comments had me laughing out loud! The criminal side of things was really interesting for me. I felt like a detective as I tried to solve the case alongside Shannon. A heart-pounding rescue mission was one of my favourite parts of the book. Once again there were times when I found the author’s writing style to be almost poetic, especially the romantic/steamy/sexual scenes.  Shannon’s sexual encounters were described in detail so please bear this in mind when you choose to read this book – it may not suit everyone’s tastes. Another enjoyable read from Emma Calin, romantic and sexy with a twist of police action!”


 Learning to Love

By Sheryl Browne

Genre: Romantic Comedy

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Widower, Dr David Adams, has recently moved to the village where no one knows him, to start afresh with his ten-year-old son. Angry and withdrawn, Jake blames his dad for the death of his mother and David doesn’t know how to reach him. Andrea Kelly has too many balls in the air. With three children and a “nuts” mother to care for, her fiancé can’t fathom why she wants to throw something else into the mix and change her career. Surely she already has too much on her plate? When Andrea’s house burns mysteriously to the ground and Andrea and her entourage are forced to move in with the enigmatic Dr Adams, the village drums soon start beating, fuel aplenty when it turns out someone does know him – the woman carrying his baby.

Jo at CometBabesBooks says: “The book flows along nicely as you get to know both Andrea and David, with added bits of their children along the way.  There is a colourful array of other characters; Sally and Eve are the main ones that stand out. The author tells you the story from both Andrea’s and David’s point of view and also hints that things may not be as they seem with Jonathan but leaves you hanging with questions. I enjoyed the book and the back story. It is nice read. The main characters are easily likable. Jonathan had made mistakes and I certainly didn’t feel sorry for him. There was little bit of a twist to the story. It was well set up.”

Fran at ReviewedByFran said of Learning to Love: “Sheryl has done a fantastic job with this book. The main character Andrea is very well written, making the reader understand Andrea’s life struggles. At the start of the book I had an instant dislike to Jonathan, but I didn’t know why. I loved this. It made me want to read on to see what he had been up to. The book examines relationship, family, and friends in such a realistic way. Friendships of neighbours are examined and the reactions of a community rallying around to support the family was lovely to read, something you may not see in the large communities these days. It’s a great easy read that I would definitely recommend!”

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