Legacy by Hannah Fielding

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The Synopsis:

A troubled young journalist finds her loyalties tested when love and desire unearth dark secrets from the past.

Spring, 2010. When Luna Ward, a science journalist from New York, travels halfway across the world to work undercover at an alternative health clinic in Cadiz, her ordered life is thrown into turmoil.

The doctor she is to investigate, the controversial Rodrigo Rueda de Calderon, is not what she expected. With his wild gypsy looks and devilish sense of humour, he is intent upon drawing her to him. But how can she surrender to a passion that threatens all reason; and how could he ever learn to trust her when he discovers her true identity? Then Luna finds that Ruy is carrying a corrosive secret of his own…

Luna’s native Spanish blood begins to fire in this land of exotic legends, flamboyant gypsies and seductive flamenco guitars, as dazzling Cadiz weaves its own magic on her heart. Can Luna and Ruy’s love survive their families’ legacy of feuding and tragedy, and rise like the phoenix from the ashes of the past?

Legacy is a story of truth, dreams and desire. But in a world of secrets you need to be careful what you wish for…

Review:

Flawless writing and impeccable character building. Legacy takes the readers on a journey through the passions and desires that are aroused from the romantic Spanish culture.

Everything about this book is exquisite; stunningly captured in a way that brings not only the story to life, but also the characters and their feelings with them. It has been a very long time since I have read a book that was written this beautifully, so I am going to be giving it 5 out of 5 stars and simply giving a warning to my followers.

The romance and selective language is extremely high, with intense romance scenes and vivid comments/thoughts from characters, however, this is not an erotica novel by title, just a passionate romance (that does include a sex scene).

Absolutely stunning.

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A Bramble House Christmas by CJ Carmichael

The Synopsis:

Finn Knightly a.k.a. Finn Conrad wants to know why his recently deceased father left his nurse fifty thousand dollars after knowing her a mere six weeks. So he travels to Bramble House B&B in Marietta, Montana to find answers.

But Willa Knightly is not the conniving woman he expects to find. Before he knows it, Willa-and her six-year-old son Scout-are stealing his heart. And that’s before he finds out Scout’s secret and the real reason this Christmas is so important.

Review:

Nothing is better at getting us into the holiday spirit than all of the mushy-gushy, Christmas Hallmark movies and romance books, and, if you are a reader wanting to get into the holiday cheer, then A Bramble House Christmas is certainly going to get the job done!

Just like any holiday book, this one gives off many warm and fuzzies as we spend Christmas with Willa, Scout, Finn and all of the Bramble family, working to uncover family mysteries, attending Christmas parades, and falling in love with the spirit of Christmas all over again.

The romance is clean, and though there is some language, it is very entertaining and well-worth the read. The mystery is enticing and keeps the book progressing at a decent pace that’s not too slow nor too fast. The characters are easy to get attached to and the readers will find themselves rooting for them to achieve their goals!

All in all, I give A Bramble House Christmas 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it as an excellent way to spread the Christmas cheer!

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Chronicle of a Last Summer by Yasmine El Rashidi

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The Synopsis:

A young Egyptian woman chronicles her personal and political coming of age in this debut novel. 

We meet her across three decades, from youth to adulthood: As a six-year old absorbing the world around her, filled with questions she can’t ask; as a college student and aspiring filmmaker pre-occupied with love, language, and the repression that surrounds her; and then later, in the turbulent aftermath of Mubarak’s overthrow, as a writer exploring her own past. Reunited with her father, she wonders about the silences that have marked and shaped her life.

Review:

Chronicle of a Last Summer is very unique to read, possibly because it is Egyptian fiction (and the author herself is Egyptian). It’s writing is very interesting, different, but I actually liked it, and the story is fascinating.

It’s written in first person through the eyes of a young woman, and because its first person, she never addresses her own name, not even when other people are talking to her, making it a lot like a mysterious diary. The dialogue is captured in italics rather than quotation marks and it is written in such a way that the author never needs to put in the phrase “he said”. There are absolutely no indications of who is saying what, yet we know without a doubt who is saying what and in what tone they are using. Like I said earlier, it is very different than anything I have ever read, but it was a good kind of different.

As for the storyline, I eventually lost interest in it and just put it down because it was so repetitive and I couldn’t get into it, I made it about halfway. The content up to that point however was relatively clean only saying the word “bu**er” (which has the same meaning as our “f” word in European countries) twice and a brief one sentence mention of a lesbian couple who are relatives of the main character.

So even though I was relatively pleased with the writing style, I, personally, wasn’t impressed with the storyline and therefore can only give it 3 out of 5 stars, because there are others who will find this title more fitting to their preferences.

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I Wish I Could Remember You by L. J. Epps

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The Synopsis:

A story of enduring love as romance goes all wrong and Emily Montgomery struggles to rebuild her life after a terrible accident changes everything.

Emily wants romance in her life—the kind of romance that leads to a perfect marriage. She dreams of having a husband who loves her and treats her with respect, someone she can spend the rest of her life with. She meets—and marries—Steven Montgomery, hoping he will make all of those things come true.
Everything is wonderful, at first; until things start to slowly change. Steven begins to mentally, verbally, and physically abuse Emily.

She files a divorce with Steven and claims her new found freedom. A new man, Robert, has proposed to her while Steven is out of the picture, and she realizes that she loves him and he could be her dream come true. But the accident has taken her memory and she can’t remember him, or even the abuse from Steven, leaving her to make the toughest decision of her life; forgive Steven and pick back up where she remembers him, or move on with her originally plans and marry Robert. Whatever her choice is will leave someone heartbroken, so the real choice is who’s heart is she going to break?

Review:

I Wish I Could Remember You is a gripping romance that loves to play off of the reader’s emotions. It’s writing is elegant and an absolute pleasure to read.

The characters are realistic in how they deal with their problems and the dialogues between them keep them separate, and also does a lot to reveal the story. They are unique and stay consistent in their characteristics throughout the storyline, which seems as if it would have been difficult to accomplish (on the author’s part) given the battle between lack of memory and consistency of character.

The plot unfolds at the perfect pace and keeps the readers interested and was also surprisingly very clean. There is not a single cuss word and the sexual references were extremely low considering that this is a “romance” by title. Where the sexual scenes were, they only involved a few semi-detailed kisses, a few mentions of “being intimate” or “making love” in conversation, and one semi-detailed making out scene that the author switched scenes before anything else was “shown” but it was clear in how it ended for the said couple.

When it comes to morals, I have mixed emotions. On one hand some readers may say that this book encourages a cheating wife and then on the other hand some readers will say that because her and her husband are (and have been) separated and are simply waiting on  the legalistic aspects, that she is a free woman. It really depends on the reader’s views of this matter so I can’t necessarily judge it as a neutral reviewer, but for me personally, I think that some of the things that happened between both couples should have had a better respect for “marriage” than what was given.

Overall, I did enjoy reading I Wish I Could Remember You and I give it 4 out of 5 stars for being a clean romance, and a well written one at that.

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The House on Seventh Street by Karen Vorbeck Williams

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The Synopsis:

Winna returns to her Colorado hometown to settle her father’s estate and sell his last residence, the grand Edwardian house built by her grandfather. She shares childhood memories with her married daughter as they clean and sort through both trash and treasure. Winna hopes to reconcile with her disinherited sister Chloe, and resumes relationships with her best friend and her high school boyfriend.

As the house gives up its secrets—a handwritten will, old love letters, an unfinished story in a notebook, and a diamond ring hidden among her childhood marbles—Winna calls into question everything she ever knew about her beloved grandmother. Then in the dark of night come footsteps on the stairs and numerous break-ins. Valuable art and jewelry go missing, her car’s brakes fail on a mountain road. Winna has an 80-year-old mystery to solve and needs to stay alive long enough to do it.

Review:

The House on Seventh Street is a special read that reveals two separate stories intwined with one another. Its mystery is subtle and creative, and the characters are very well made.

Though the synopsis is enticing and sure to grab the interest of any suspense and thriller fans, the actual story is considerably slow in actually getting to the mystery. Most of the whole first half of the book is just feel-good memories without any action and too many descriptive scenes about what something looked like. I know this sounds a bit harsh, but in all honesty I became extremely bored with the storyline to the point that I didn’t even finish it.

In addition to the book not living up to it’s synopsis; there were several mild cuss words and a few scenes were a young couple were making out in which it got decently detailed. Overall, I really wasn’t as impressed with The House on Seventh Street as I thought I’d be, and can only give it 2 out of 5 stars for not holding my attention and having content that I really didn’t care to read.

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