Welcome to the second of the updates for the week where I share recent reviews for the authors on the shelves of the Cafe and Bookstore.
The first author is Sally Harris who continues to receive great reviews for her debut novel Haverscroft.
About the Book
Kate Keeling leaves all she knows and moves to Haverscroft House in an attempt to salvage her marriage. Little does she realise, Haverscroft’s dark secrets will drive her to question her sanity, her husband and fatally engulf her family unless she can stop the past repeating itself. Can Kate keep her children safe and escape Haverscroft in time, even if it will end her marriage?
Haverscroft is a gripping and chilling dark tale, a modern ghost story that will keep you turning its pages late into the night.
One of the recent reviews for the book
Make sure you’re sitting comfortably before you pick up this chilling little ghost story from debut author S.A. Harris, because you won’t be moving again for a really long time! ‘Haverscroft’ is that rarest of things: a genuinely gripping page-turner that’s so beautifully written you’ll be simultaneously torn between poring over a particularly gorgeous paragraph and racing ever faster towards the story’s frantic end. Well-drawn characters and a fine eye for sensory detail make this a novel you’ll want to return to the moment you’ve finished it. Bound to become a classic of the genre, ‘Haverscroft’ would sit comfortably alongside Susan Hill’s ‘The Woman in Black‘ and Sarah Waters’ ‘The Little Stranger’. Highly, highly recommended.
Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/S.-A.-Harris/e/B07MYMTNWN
and on Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/S.-A.-Harris/e/B07MYMTNWN
Follow S.A. Harris on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1375010.S_A_Harris
Connect to Sally Harris via her website:https://www.saharrisauthor.com
The next author with with a recent review is Angie Dokos for her first novel MacKenzie’s Distraction.
About the book
Mackenzie’s Distraction is a New Adult Romance about a young lady with a rough past and a promising future. Just when he career is within reach, tragedy strikes. A terrible accident and a family secret turn Mackenzie’s world upside down. She’s sure her life can’t become any more complicated, then she meets Trevor. Will he be just what she needs or the distraction that pushes her over the edge?
This book is not erotica, but does have sexual content. It includes some curse words, but not many. It doesn’t have any major violence.
One of the recent reviews for the book.
The story starts with a phone call that Mackenzie receives about her mother’s tragic accident. Her mother struggles to survive. Mackenzie discovers some family secrets and learns things about herself.
Mackenzie had bad relationships in the past. That’s when the man of her dreams appears but she is not ready for him. She struggles in her search for love while feeling she is not good enough.
It is interesting to follow Mackenzie in her need to be loved and understood. Will she be able to let go of her past and move on to a brighter future? If you like New Adult Romance you will enjoy this book.
Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Mackenzies-Distraction-Angie-Dokos-ebook/dp/B01BL4H20E
Also by Angie Dokos
Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Angie-Dokos/e/B01BLPOZEY
And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Angie-Dokos/e/B01BLPOZEY
Read more reviews and follow Angie Dokos on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14905574.Angie_Dokos
Connect to Angie Dokos via her website: https://angiedokos.wordpress.com
And finally today the latest release from Andrew Joyce – Mahoney which is gathering great review… already on my TBR….
In this compelling, richly researched novel, author Andrew Joyce tells a story of determination and grit as the Mahoney clan fights to gain a foothold in America. From the first page to the last, fans of Edward Rutherford and W. Michael Gear will enjoy this riveting, historically accurate tale of adventure, endurance, and hope.
In the second year of An Gorta Mhór—the Great Famine—nineteen-year-old Devin Mahoney lies on the dirt floor of his small, dark cabin. He has not eaten in five days. His only hope of survival is to get to America, the land of milk and honey. After surviving disease and storms at sea that decimate crew and passengers alike, Devin’s ship limps into New York Harbor three days before Christmas, 1849. Thus starts an epic journey that will take him and his descendants through one hundred and fourteen years of American history, including the Civil War, the Wild West, and the Great Depression.
One of the recent reviews for the book
I am a big fan of Andrew Joyce’s books, and I think this may be the best one yet. Perhaps it’s because the book is so entertaining, perhaps it’s because I’m part Irish through the migration during an Gorta Mór (the Irish potato famine or great hunger), or perhaps because I am a sucker for history and family sagas – but probably all three.
Mahoney is the story of the family by that name and was written as a trilogy tied together by common ancestry. The reader is first introduced to Devin, who is the last of the Mahoneys, famine and sickness having taken everyone else in his family. He lies on the dirt floor of the single room in his small, dark home in Ireland, waiting to die. When given the opportunity to take a ship to America, which looms large in his mind as a place where he can grow rich, he takes it.
The author has done some incredible research for his book, as he has for all the previous ones. Devin’s voyage to Quebec in the crowded and disease-ridden hold of a ship is richly drawn in its sordid and dangerous details. The story of how Devin makes his way and his living in cities prejudiced against the Irish is intense and his letters as a soldier in the Civil War are heart-breaking.
The next Mahoney we meet is Dillon, son of Devin. His life is a tapestry of adventures, from working on the transcontinental railroad, to becoming a cowboy on a vast cattle ranch, to earning a reputation as a gunslinger in the Wild West, to earning a fortune as an oil wildcatter in California.
Finally there is David, the dissipated and spoiled son of Devin. The disappointment I initially felt with this character is gradually lifted with his foray into the South during the time of the Depression and the Klu Kux Klan.
All in all, an adventurous ride I could not put down. The writer’s strengths are in his ability to paint the history in succinct brush strokes, in the development of his characters, and most of all, in the dialogue. The story of Devin is perhaps the strongest of the three, as this characters has the most to overcome and does it mainly on his own. I wanted to stay with his story, but events of the time interfered. Dillon and David have somewhat miraculous help at critical times (who’s not to say they wouldn’t?) to move their story forward.
Nevertheless, Andrew Joyce gives us a rich and colorful picture of America, with all its faults, from the Irish migration to the Deep South of the 1930s, covering a lot of history with an engrossing story.
I highly recommend Mahoney if you want a great read.
Read the reviews and buy the book : https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07RZPMVP5
And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mahoney-Andrew-Joyce-ebook/dp/B07RZPMVP5
Also by Andrew Joyce
Read the reviews and buy all the books: https://www.amazon.com/Andrew-Joyce/e/B00EUCFDTM
And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Andrew-Joyce/e/B00EUCFDTM
Find more reviews and follow Andrew on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7242284.Andrew_Joyce
Connect to Andrew via his blog: https://andrewjoyce.wordpress.com/
Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you are leaving with some books under your arm… Sally.