Welcome to the Friday edition of the Cafe and Bookstore where I share recent reviews for the authors on the shelves.
The first author today with a recent review is Jean Lee for her YA/Dark Fantasy Fallen Princeborn: Stolen
About Book 1 of the omnibus, Fallen Princeborn: Stolen
Over the Wall, they came to hunt humans. But now, a human’s going to hunt them. This girl’s nobody’s prey.
In rural Wisconsin, an old stone wall is all that separates the world of magic from the world of man—a wall that keeps the shapeshifters inside. When something gets out, people disappear. Completely.
Escaping from an abusive uncle, eighteen-year-old Charlotte is running away with her younger sister Anna. Together they board a bus. Little do they know that they’re bound for River Vine—a shrouded hinterland where dark magic devours and ancient shapeshifters feed, and where the seed of love sets root among the ashes of the dying.
One of the recent reviews for the book
I’ve been around a while and read my fair share of Fantasies, but it’s rare to find an artist who so capably commands her medium as does Jean Lee.
Her evil characters transcend malevolence, while her good characters are flawed enough to be their worthy opponents. I’ve never witnessed such a clash of forces and such mayhem as battled in the climax. I was literally exhausted when I finished it.
It’s good to know there are many books remaining in Jean Lee’s arsenal. We’ll be enjoying her brilliance for years to come.
Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1949428001
And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1949428001
Here is a selection of the six short story collections from Tales of the River Vine
Read the reviews and buy all the books: https://www.amazon.com/Jean-Lee/e/B07DPP2RV6
And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.com/Jean-Lee/e/B07DPP2RV6/
You can find more reviews and follow Jean Lee on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18139027.Jean_Lee
Connect to Jean via her website: https://jeanleesworld.com/
The next book to receive a recent review is A Different Kind of Angel by Paulette Mahurin.
About A Different Kind of Angel
Inspired by real events chronicled by a journalist for The World News, Elizabeth Cochrane (pen name, Nellie Bly), in 1887.
Klara Gelfman’s life in Kiev was serene until she turned nineteen. That’s when Russia’s Tsar Alexander II was assassinated, and a vicious propaganda campaign spread that blamed the Jews for his death. Klara and her family became victims of the many pogroms breaking out throughout Russia. None were so violent as what hit Kiev in 1881. It was there that Klara’s family was torn asunder and her world changed forever.
This is the story of what happens to this traumatized, orphaned, young Jewish woman when she escapes Russia and crosses an ocean to arrive on the rough streets of New York City able to speak only a few words of English. There, in the land of the free, Klara’s life is thrown into turmoil when she is mistaken for a drunken prostitute. Mistreated by those entrusted to protect her—the police, a judge, doctors, and nurses—she is condemned to an unrelenting hellscape when she is incorrectly and involuntarily committed to a lunatic asylum.
At a time when women had no political, economic or professional rights, comes a story where corruption by the powerful was as overt and commonplace as was garbage on the New York City streets. From the award-winning, international best-selling author of The Seven Year Dress comes an unforgettable story of the devastating effects of persecution, hatred, and arrogance. A Different Kind of Angel is also a story of love, family, friendship, and loyalty. It is a journey into the nature and heart of the resilience of the human spirit that will leave readers thinking about the story long after they finish the book.
One of the recent reviews for the book
A Different Kind of Angel by Paulette Mahurin is the incredible story of Klara Gelfman, a Russian Jew fleeing to America after her family life is destroyed in 1881 by soldiers massacring Jews. Klara flees to America with her father for safety. Her father dies on the way over. Alone and speaking no English, she gets mugged and everything she had was stolen. From here, her story takes a drastic turn for the worse. Well written and well researched, at times this story is very hard to read. It speaks to the courage and spirit of an individual to survive horrific conditions.
Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GZYXNR4
And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07GZYXNR4
Also by Paulette Mahurin
Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Paulette-Mahurin/e/B008MMDUGO/
And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Paulette-Mahurin/e/B008MMDUGO/
Profits from Paulette’s books go to help rescue dogs from kill shelters.
Read more reviews and follow Paulette on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5895757.Paulette_Mahurin
The next author to receive a recent review is Pamela S. Wight for her romantic suspense Twin Desires…
About the book
Twin Desires, a romantic suspense set in San Francisco and the quiet CA town of Stinson Beach, follows Sandra Eastman and the two men who almost destroy her world.
Blake Sinclair, Sandra’s boss and president of a prestigious investment firm, is successful and charismatic. But his twin brother, Alex, is his opposite – a twisted, tormented soul. Sandra becomes a pawn in a deadly game between these powerful opposing forces.
In this fast-paced thriller, Sandra is scooped up into a whirlwind of suspense from the mansions of the S.F. elite to a remote beach house 30 miles north. As each page turns, she becomes more entangled with the skeletons in the Sinclair closets while desperately confronting her own skeletons and discovering strength she never knew she possessed.
A recent review for the book
Robbie Cheadle A fast paced romantic thriller March 28, 2019
This book was not at all what I expected. It is labelled a romantic suspense and, as I did not really know much about this particular genre, I was expecting a lot more romance and less suspense. I was entirely wrong. This book by Pamela Wight is fast paced and exciting from beginning to end. The romance does play a large role but it is woven into the thriller in a way that does not detract from the excitement and story at all.
Sandra Eastman has spent years overcoming her traumatic past. She has built up a safe and predictable life for herself which contains no surprises. She has a good job in a top investment firm where she is achieving and is set to climb the corporate ladder and she has a lovely place to live with a good and friendly neighbour.
Then life starts of happen and Sandra, who dislikes change and the unexpected, is drawn into a frightening situation involving her attractive but reclusive boss, Blake Sinclair, and his vicious and mentally unstable identical twin brother, Alex. Sandra unwittingly becomes a target of Alex and she must learn to trust Blake in order to survive. She will also have to face her worse fears in order to save the man she has grown to love.
I enjoyed the character of Blake Sinclair. Despite growing up dealing with the endless problems posed by his brother’s mental illness and his resultant sense of responsibility and guilt, combined with his family’s enormous wealth, Blake is a decent man. A bit arrogant and used to commanding other people, but he has a good heart and wants the best for his employees and his company. He does come across as being a bit demanding and impatient and these characteristics do result in the explosive situation with his brother following a different path than what it might have if Blake had a different nature.
I did like Sandra although from time to time she did irritate me a bit with her spinelessness. She grew nicely as a character and was able to deal with greater and greater challenges to her mental stability and physical health as the story unfolded. I enjoyed her a lot more at the end than in the beginning.
All in an excellent read that will keep you entertained throughout.
Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00D36RR6S
And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Twin-Desires-Pamela-Wight-ebook/dp/B00D36RR6S
Also by Pamela S. Wight
Read the reviews and buy all the books: https://www.amazon.com/Pamela-S.-Wight/e/B00AYXT6R6
And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Pamela-S.-Wight/e/B00AYXT6R6
Read more reviews and follow Pamela on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7042822.Pamela_Wight
Connect to Pamela via her website: https://roughwighting.net/
Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you are leaving with a couple of books tucked under your arm…. Thanks Sally.