Category Archives: Book reviews

Porcelain: Flesh of Innocents by Lee Cockburn

I have received a free e-copy of the book Porcelain: Flesh of Innocents by Lee Cockburn to review.

Porcelain Flesh of Innocents by Lee Cockburn

Here is the book blurb.

Detective Sergeant Taylor Nick is back and in charge of tracking down a sadistic vigilante, with a penchant for torturing paedophiles, in this unsettling crime thriller by a real-life police sergeant.

High-powered businessmen are turning up tortured, and traumatised, around the city of Edinburgh with one specific thing in common -a sinister double life involving pedophilia. Leaving his ‘victims’ in a disturbing state, the individual responsible calls the police and lays bare the evidence of their targets twisted misdemeanours to discover, along with a special memento of their own troubled past —a chilling calling card.

Once again heading the investigation team is Detective Sergeant Taylor Nicks, along with her partner Detective Constable Marcus Black, who are tasked not only with tracking the perpetrator down, but dealing with the unusual scenario of having to arrest the victims for their own barbarous crimes. But with the wounded piling up the predator’s thirst for revenge intensifies and Nicks soon discovers that she is no longer chasing down a sinister attacker but a deadly serial killer.

Inspired by her vast professional experience as a police officer both on the beat and in specialist riot squads in Edinburgh, Porcelain is the second in Lee Cockburn’s DS Taylor Nick’s series.

This book Is very dark. It starts 22 years ago with very young twins Amy and Nathan being abused by their mother and her boyfriend. We then fast forward to the current day to see the police investigating a series of crimes where paedophiles are tortured. And we also follow the investigating officers’ personal lives, which includes explicit lesbian sex scenes. We meet both Amy and Nathan again, who are still troubled by their past.

By chance Amy and Nathan find each other after being separated when they were taken into care. Then a paedophile is murdered rather than tortured. Next a young boy is abducted – it is the son of DC Marcus Black. Can he be found in time? And who is targeting the paedophiles?

Each time a porcelain doll is left at the crime scene. I found this really spooky as I was always scared as a child by the two china dolls that had belonged to my mum and now lived on the bottom shelf of my toy cupboard. I deliberately wouldn’t put any of my toys in there to avoid looking at them.

I won’t say any more about the storyline. but I did sometimes get confused as to whether I was reading about Nathan or Amy.

Porcelain: Flesh of Innocents is available on Amazon, currently priced at £9.99 in paperback and is also available in Kindle format. A dark story which is definitely worth a read if you can handle the subject matter.

This book is recommended for adult readers only, due to its graphic content.


About Lee Cockburn

Lee Cockburn has worked for Police Scotland for sixteen years including as a police sergeant in Edinburgh for seven years and also as a public order officer. Before joining the force, she played for Scotland Women’s rugby team for fifteen years, earning over eighty caps for the Scottish ladies and British Lionesses teams. She also swam competitively for twelve years, successfully representing Edinburgh at the age of fifteen in the youth Olympics in Denmark in 1984. Lee lives in Edinburgh with her civil partner Emily and their two young sons Jamie and Harry. Her first book Devil’s Demise was published by Clink Street Publishing November 2014.

Follow Lee Cockburn on Twitter: https://twitter.com/lee_leecockburn


Porcelain Flesh of Innocents by Lee Cockburn

I’m participating in the blogtour. Do take time to browse round some of the other posts.

And look out this afternoon for a guest post on my blog by Lee.

Visit Yet Another Blogging Mummy on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram

MamaMummyMum

Disclosure.  This post is a review of an e-book I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

The Ways of the World by Robert Goddard

My other half was clearing out some of his books and several of them including this one by Robert Goddard took my eye.

The Ways of the World by Robert Goddard

This is what it says on the back cover.

Paris 1919. The aftermath of the Great War.

With the fate of the world’s nations hanging in the balance, a secret affair ends with the death of a senior British diplomat.

As the authorities try to pass it off as a bizarre accident, ex-RFC flying ace, James ‘Max’ Maxted is convinced otherwise and throws himself headfirst into the dark heart of a seemingly impenetrable mystery – hellbent on uncovering the truth.

With the stakes impossibly high and friends indistinguishable from foes, the only way is to keep pushing … until you can see who’s pushing back!

The book starts with a phone call from Max’s mother announcing that his father has been killed. Henry had fallen from a roof-top in Paris and the police have declared it accidental. Lady Maxted requests Max and his brother Ashley go to Paris to bring Sir Henry’s body back home.

Max starts to get suspicious when identifying Sir Henry’s body and visiting the scene of his death and collecting his personal effects from the police. Things don’t quite add up for him. Then he meets Madame Dombreux who lived at the address where Sir Henry died. She was Sir Henry’s lover and also believes him to have been murdered. She shows Max a mysterious list that Sir Henry had written.

Whilst Ashley takes his father’s body home, Max remains in Paris, determined to discover the truth. Plenty of exciting twists to unfold. A real page turner.

The Ways of the World is available on Amazon, currently priced at £6.49 in paperback and is also available in hardback or Kindle format. A great book which I highly recommend. It is book 1 in a trilogy and I shall certainly be adding the other two stories to my wishlist. Wondering why my other half never got round to purchasing the other two.

Visit Yet Another Blogging Mummy on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram

MamaMummyMum

The Fortress by Faye Carlisle

I have received a free e-copy of the book The Fortress by Faye Carlisle to review. To find out more about the author you may visit her website.

The Fortress by Faye Carlisle

Here is the book blurb.

Nargassus is in trouble from the evil Sinisters. A prophecy says that a boy who is able to control the four elements of earth, fire, air and water will be able to restore peace to the land and defeat evil.

Cameron has these extra-special abilities and is sent on a mission to find the Sinisters with his two friends Anna and Sam. Anna is able to see visions of the future, and Sam has navigating powers.

The children’s search for the Sinisters leads them to a fortress where they meet Electro. Can they win against his lightning powers?

Here is son1’s video review.

The Fortress is available on Amazon, currently priced at £4.99 in paperback and is also available in Kindle format. It is the first book in the Kodo children’s fantasy series and is aimed at age 7 to 10. Son1 enjoyed this book.

The Fortress by Faye Carlisle

I’ve mentioned previously that fantasy is not one of my favourite genres, but I read it too. Three keys have been stolen from the king and hidden by the Sinisters and young Cameron has been picked to retrieve them where experienced soldiers have previously failed. Two of his school friends, Sam and Anna accompany him on the dangerous mission. Later another child, Jenny who is untrained also joins them.

As the reader, I initially assumed that the book would encompass finding all the keys, but no, it ends shortly after finding the first key, leaving you all fired up to read the next book in the series,

The book is illustrated by Sunil Kalbandi. I always feel it is great for a child’s book to be illustrated but in this instance, I didn’t really care for the style of illustrations.

Visit Yet Another Blogging Mummy on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram

MamaMummyMum

Disclosure.  This post is a review of an e-book I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

The Frog Theory by Fiona Mordaunt

I have received a free e-copy of the book The Frog Theory by Fiona Mordaunt to review.

The Frog Theory by Fiona Mordaunt

Here is the book blurb.

Tragedy and comedy in perfect proportion.

Kim and Flow are the best of friends, living on a council estate, making money selling drugs.

Just around the corner in a smarter part of Fulham is Clea, a well-heeled young woman coping with a violent home life at the hands of her twisted step-father.
The Principal runs a famous college for problem teens. Fostering guilty secrets which distance her from her own children, she resists the advances of a man she sees on the train every day.

When Kim and Clea meet by chance, Kim is smitten but worried about her. Using the anecdote of the frog theory – that it will jump straight out of boiling water and live, but stay in and die if heated slowly from cold – he wakes her up to the dangerous situation she’s in at home.

Serendipity and a cake-fuelled food fight that goes viral will bring Kim, Clea, Flow and The Principal together in weird and wonderful ways in this frenetic, laugh-out-loud story about love, conscience and lion-hearted nerve.

The book starts by introducing the four main characters – Kim, Clate, the principal and Flow. Kim and Flow who live on a council estate in Fulham are best friends, but none of the others have crossed paths yet. Middle-class 18yr old Clate has a violent step-father Hugo and is still at school. We never get to know the name of the principal, but she is a single mother, who is principal at one of the roughest colleges in London.

Clate is grounded but is allowed to go to cleaner Maureen’s 70th birthday. There she meets Kim and Maureen’s grandson Flow. Shortly afterwards when Clate with a split lip, coutesy of Hugo, bumps into Flow, he invites her to go out with them next Friday. However Flow had “forgotten” that it was his and Jackie’s engagement dinner, so asks Kim to go round and let Clate know.

Clate opens up about her home life to Kim and questions herself as to why she doesn’t leave. Kim tells her it is “The Frog Theory” – when you put a frog in boiling water, it jumps out and lives, but if you put it in cold water, then gently heat up, it stays in and dies. They talk for hours and then Clate asks Kim to kiss her, but he is too loyal to Flow.

Shortly afterwards Clate inherits a large sum of money from her biological father. She reverts from her nickname Clate back to her real name Clea and plucks up courage to leave home. Meanwhile Kim has realised that Flow is staying with girlfriend Jackie, so as he doesn’t have Clate’s number, he leaves a note in a beer bottle, hidden in the ivy outside Clate’s bedroom window, not realising she has already left.

Kim’s probation officer suggests he apply for college, and this is how we are introduced to the principal, when he signs up for a business planning course. He and Flow set up their own business.

There is lots more to come in the story, such as how does the principal feature and Flow bumping into Clea when she returns to England and asking her to join him and Kim for dinner. But I shall say no more.

The Frog Theory will be published on 14th February and is available for pre-order on Amazon, currently priced at £6.99 in paperback and is also available in Kindle format. A great story which I highly recommend.


Here is an extract from the book for you to read.
Excerpt from The PartyThe moment Kim sees Clea for the first time, known for the moment by her nickname, Clate.

Kim looked Clate up and down. She was medium height and dying of embarrassment. She had long, blondish hair, which was covering most of her face, and she was wearing a shapeless dress, which didn’t give any clue as to what her future might be like.
‘You look like Cousin Itt off The Munsters under all that hair,’ said Kim, as an ill-chosen icebreaker.
‘I think you’ll find that Cousin Itt featured in The Addams Family, actually,’ she replied tartly.
La di da! Thought Kim, Jackie and Flow simultaneously.
‘He was only kidding,’ said Flow, trying to save the day ‘Can I get you a drink?’
‘Sauvignon blanc, please,’ said Clate, without thinking much. It was the only white wine she had heard of.
‘Errrrr…’ said Flow, exchanging glances with Kim. ‘I’m not sure they’ll feature any of that at this bar! It’s a white wine, isn’t it?’
‘Actually, I’ll have whatever you’re drinking,’ she said, eager to get the attention away from herself as soon as possible.
‘A pint of lager?’
‘No… not that…’ She looked at Jackie’s drink. ‘What are you drinking?’ she asked shyly, in a glazed millisecond taking in Jackie’s dark good looks and beautifully fitted top and skirt combo, complementing her curly, compact figure. Her bra strap was showing and it was red. Clate had never owned red underwear.
‘Vodka and lemonade,’ said Jackie, still looking her up and down.
‘I’ll have one of those, then,’ she said, going red again as Flow beckoned for the barman.
They stood in embarrassed silence and Clate stared downwards at Jackie’s shapely legs, black strappy high sandals wrapped around neat feet sporting immaculately polished red toenails, Flow’s well-worn trainers that looked loved and comfortable below some sort of dark trousers.
‘So… What brings you here?’ said Jackie at last. Clate look up, flicking her hair out of her face.
Kim couldn’t work out whether she was beautiful or ugly; she had the kind of looks that needed a second opinion.


About the author

After attending school for model-making, Mordaunt started Image Casting in 1998, specialising in customised body castings. Over the course of 13 years, she worked on such films as Atonement and The Wildest Dream, as well as for personal clients like Lionel Richie. In 2012, she relocated to Botswana with her husband and daughter where she currently resides.

http://www.fionamordaunt.com/


I’m participating in the blogtour. Do take time to browse round some of the other posts.

The Frog Theory by Fiona Mordaunt

Visit Yet Another Blogging Mummy on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram

MamaMummyMum

Disclosure.  This post is a review of an e-book I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

STEAM AHEAD! DIY FOR KIDS by Sumita Mukherjee

I have received a free e-copy of the book STEAM AHEAD! DIY FOR KIDS by Sumita Mukherjee to review. To find out more about the author you may visit her website.

Steam Ahead DIY for kids by Sumita Mukherjee

Here is the book blurb.

STEAM AHEAD! DIY FOR KIDS is an easy-to-follow, step-by-step instruction book for parents and children. It introduces kids between the ages of four and twelve to the magic of electronics, game and toy designing, printing, understanding basic scientific principles and most importantly, they’ll have a blast making them. Inside this book you will find projects on LED cards, dance pads, handmade soaps, bubble blowers, Play-Doh circuits, cloud lanterns, scribbling bots and more!

Created by NASA STEM certified leader, Sumita Mukherjee, this book is jam packed with projects that will engage any bored child. The hands-on projects are broken into areas of practical implementation: Party, Build, Toys and Art. They have also been sorted according to levels of difficultly and STEAM relevance. Adding one or two experiments per week can get your child excited about science, inventions, science fair projects and overall classroom performance.

This book is full of fun science activity projects. Son1 chose to make a lava pen. We had most of the things needed for it apart from the tubing, so I bought some on eBay. The book didn’t indicate what internal and external dimensions so I guessed at 5x8mm. Also I don’t have a hot glue gun, so we used fabric glue.

lava pen

We did find it rather tricky as initially it leaked when we filled it, so we had to start again. This time we used more glue and pushed the pen further into the tube, before leaving it to dry overnight. But our perseverance was rewarded and son1 was able to carefully fill it. He did end up overshooting how much coloured water to use, but we were able to shake a few drops out to allow space for the glitter and oil. He is very proud of his creation.

Here is son1’s video review.

STEAM AHEAD! DIY FOR KIDS is available on Amazon, currently priced at £7.87 in paperback or £3.27 in Kindle format. I do recommend this book for all its fun scientific projects that you can do at home with your children.

Visit Yet Another Blogging Mummy on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram

MamaMummyMum

Disclosure.  This post is a review of an e-book I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

Taste of the French Caribbean by Chef Denis

I have received a free copy of the recipe book Taste of the French Caribbean by Chef Denis Rosembert to review.

Taste of the French Caribbean by Chef Denis

This is what it says on the back cover.

Stir up an authentic taste of the Caribbean at home with Chef Denis Rosembert’s first ever cookbook. The St Lucia born restauranteur lovingly curates his favourite dishes — from delicious jerk chicken to spicy mutton curry and sweet golden apple cake — for you to recreate, bringing the unique flavours and exotic aromas of the island — renowned for its seafood and exquisite chocolates — vividly to life in your own kitchen.

At his much-loved restaurant Chez Denis in Norwich, England, Denis Rosembert blends the eclectic cuisines of Africa, Europe and Eastern India that combine to make St Lucian food so rich and so special. His colourful, infectious, easy-to-follow recipes are the ultimate celebration of island life, food and drink and entertaining and will soon have you inviting friends and family round to experience your own taste of the Caribbean.

Regular readers of my blog will know that I enjoy cooking, so I was very much looking forward to reading the recipes in this book and trying some out. I’ve never been to St Lucia, so I was very interested to find out the cooking style. I was certainly expecting to find seafood recipes and jerk chicken, but surprised at the lack of curried goat. Obviously it must be from a different part of the Caribbean. Interestingly there was a big section of soups which I shall definitely be dipping into. I had assumed that soups wouldn’t feature heavily in a hot climate.

Most of the ingredients can be sourced from your local supermarket, but you will need to find a specialised supplier for the more exotic like golden apples. I had wrongly assumed this just referred to the golden delicious variety of apple, but no it is a totally different fruit to the apple we know here.

I really enjoyed reading the introduction and finding out that Chef Denis started cooking at age 6, when his grandmother taught him to grill fish with green bananas on a coal pot. He still enjoys making and eating this dish today.

The book has a detailed section on sauces that are used in other recipes, but unfortunately doesn’t have an index. Also I would prefer it if every recipe had a picture.

Taste of the French Caribbean has just been published and is available on Amazon, currently priced at £25 in hardback and is also available in Kindle format. A lovely recipe book, which has certainly whet my appetite.


Mango and Coconut Flan

I have tried out the Mango and Coconut Flan recipe. This requires either golden apple or lemon curd, so I opted to use lemon, since I don’t know anywhere local to purchase golden apples. You may see how I made the lemon curd here. I found the recipe reasonably straight-forward to follow, although I would say it serves 10, rather than 4 as stated. A quarter of the flan would be an absolutely enormous portion. And I had to skip the step of placing on a cooling rack, as I barely managed to move it from baking tray to serving plate.

Mango and Coconut Flan

Click on the image below and then zoom to see a fullsize copy of this recipe as it appears in the book.

Mango and Coconut Flan

It was really delicious. A very tasty dessert.

Mango and Coconut Flan


About Chef Denis

Denis Rosembert was born on the island of St.Lucia where he started training to be a chef in 1973. After a couple of years he was invited to England to continue his training. Since then Denis has worked in various hotels and restaurants across Britain and America in the role of Commis, Sous and finally Head Chef. In 1989 he moved to Norwich, where after a brief stint working for the Sports Village, he finally realised his dream and opened his own restaurant Chez Denis.

Website – http://www.chezdenis.co.uk/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/Chezdenis1


I’m participating in the blogtour. Do take time to browse round some of the other posts to see what tasty recipes they have tried.

Taste of the French Caribbean by Chef Denis

I’d love to hear what dishes you love from the Caribbean?

Visit Yet Another Blogging Mummy on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram

MamaMummyMum

Disclosure.  This post is a review of a book I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

The Day My Fart Followed Me To Hockey by Sam Lawrence & Ben Jackson

I have received a free e-copy of the book The Day My Fart Followed Me To Hockey by Sam Lawrence & Ben Jackson for son2 to review. He was very keen to receive this book, purely from it mentioning “fart” in the title.

The Day My Fart Followed Me To Hockey by Sam Lawrence & Ben Jackson

Here is the book blurb.

Timmy and his best friend the Fart are back again!

If you and your child love to read together, then you are going to love reading along with Timmy and his Fart as they play hockey together!

The Day My Fart Followed Me To Hockey is a beautifully illustrated journey of Timmy and his best friend the Little Fart as they attend Timmy’s first hockey tryouts. Chaos and laughter ensue as the Fart attempts to help out his best friend the only way he knows how.

Here is son2’s video review.

The Day My Fart Followed Me To Hockey is written by married couple Sam Lawrence & Ben Jackson and beautifully illustrated by Danko Herrera. At 42 pages it is a great early reader or you can read it out loud to your child.

Timmy is worried about trying out for the ice hockey team and he definitely doesn’t want his imaginary best friend Little Fart coming along, making a stink. However Little Fart turns up anyhow and sees that Timmy is still nervous. Little Fart has a great idea and dresses up in some of the spare hockey clothes and skates off towards the other children. They soon start to smell the fart and start skating away from each other, blaming someone else for the bad smell. Soon all the children were laughing and Timmy started to relax and pass his hockey skill tests.

The Day My Fart Followed Me To Hockey by Sam Lawrence & Ben Jackson

The Day My Fart Followed Me To Hockey is available on Amazon, currently priced at £2.39 on kindle and is also available in paperback. Highly recommended by both son2 and me. Plus there are a couple of other titles in this fun series.

Visit Yet Another Blogging Mummy on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram

MamaMummyMum

Disclosure.  This post is a review of an e-book I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

Max Hamby and the Blood Diamond by Kathy Cyr

I have received a free e-copy of the book Max Hamby and the Blood Diamond by Kathy Cyr for son1 to review. To find out more about the author you may visit her website.

Max Hamby and the Blood Diamond by Kathy Cyr

Here is the book blurb.

It’s the last week of school. With sunny days ahead and no more tests or bullies, life for Max Hamby is about to get a lot better…..until he crashes into an odd exhibit at the local museum.

Strange things begin to happen.

When Max’s mother disappears, he’s left in the care of his eccentric neighbour where lawn gnomes come to life and a bird meows. Mrs. Pitt shows him that magic is real and not all like the fairytales
he once knew.

The discovery leads him to Merrihaven, where even stranger things await, including a dwarf, a troll and a couple of pixies.

He quickly finds himself at the center of a battle between good and evil.

Someone has resurrected the Shadowstone to free the evil imprisoned inside. Max must summon the courage to find seven magical stones to save his mother and stop the evil, before it’s too late.

Here is son1’s video review.

Max Hamby and the Blood Diamond is available on Amazon, currently priced at £6.02 in paperback and is also available in Kindle format. It is the first book in the Max Hamby children’s fantasy series. Son1 gave this book a resounding thumbs up.

Max Hamby and the blood diamond

I took the opportunity to read this book too. Fantasy is not one of my preferred genres, but I do like to keep abreast of what the boys are reading. There are a lot of characters to meet, some of whom I assume will be developed further in subsequent stories in the series. We have humans, dwarves, gnomes, a friendly troll, pixies to name but a few of the heroes versus a very nasty witch and her entourage. I would say it is aimed at age 9+ as some parts are quite scary. There is lots of magic including seeing Max learn the extent of his magical powers that he was totally unaware of at the start, when he was the victim of the school bullies. It definitely ends leaving you wanting to read book 2 to find out what happens next.

Visit Yet Another Blogging Mummy on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram

MamaMummyMum

Disclosure.  This post is a review of an e-book I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

Gilding the Lily by Justine John

I have received a free e-copy of the book Gilding the Lily by Justine John to review.

Gilding The Lily by Justine John

Here is the book blurb.

An invitation to her estranged, wealthy father’s surprise 75th birthday party in New York sees Amelia and her husband, Jack, set off across the pond to meet a whole new world of family politics.

Amelia, now a successful businesswoman, feels guilty about never liking her father’s women, so does her upmost to give his new socialite partner, Evelyn, the benefit of the doubt. Wouldn’t it be nice if they could just all get along? But there’s something very dark, determined and dangerous about her…

When Amelia’s father, Roger, becomes ill, Jack grows suspicious that there is more to it. Amelia understands why, but no one else will believe them. They travel back to America to piece together the puzzle, but when Roger goes missing, the couple are driven to their wits’ end. It takes a DEA officer and a secret assassin to bring them answers, but the ruthless truth is something no one expected…

Amelia and husband Jack travel from London to New York to attend a surprise 75th birthday party for her father Roger, organised by his new partner Evelyn. There they meet Evelyn’s step-granddaughter Laura for the first time. Amelia finds it very difficult to get on with Evelyn, but makes friends with Laura, who visits them in London, the next year when over in the UK.

They return to the US for Thanksgiving, but at the airport waiting to go home, they receive a phone call from Miriam, Roger’s housekeeper saying that Roger had been taken into hospital the previous day. They postpone their flight, but Evelyn is not pleased to see them return.

Roger recovers but when he next visits the UK, they are shocked to see how unwell he looks. Ex-cop Jack starts to get suspicious as to why and begins to develop a theory, although there are some red herrings.  I’ll stop at this point to avoid spoilers.

The book switches chapters between narrative by Amelia, Jack and Evelyn, which I enjoyed the different perspective. And the chapters for Evelyn let the reader build up a picture of her history.

Gilding the Lily is available on Amazon, currently priced at £7.99 in paperback and is also available in Kindle format. A great story which I highly recommend.


Here is an extract from chapter 18 of the book for you to read.

I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. But a strange dread ran through my veins, as I lay there in the dark. Jack was finally sleeping soundly – the odd snore and mumble emanated from his side of the bed. We’d talked for hours. And now, each thought linked to another in a never-ending chain. “She has enough money of her own so I know she’s not after mine” was what my father told me when they first met. Ironically, it comforted us both. Staring into the blackness, I began to get carried away with Jack’s theory. If it were true then we had to stop it. It would be murder. No, that couldn’t happen, surely, not to us. I tried to mentally rein in my thoughts, as they began to hurry away with me, like a runaway train. Who were we to interfere so belligerently when we could be so wrong? And then again, if we did nothing, and then something terrible happened… that was simply unthinkable.

I turned over to put my arms around my husband. He was warm and his breathing was soft and slow. I tried to relax into his body, and allowed his raising ribs to rock me.

I woke at 6a.m. with a feverish energy. A strange vitality or stamina had suddenly appeared in me – a drive to endure, a surge of power, like a battery charger. I wouldn’t let anyone hurt my dad. Something had to be done. Today.


About Justine John

After over thirty years of working in the corporate sector in London Justine John left the rat race for the stunning countryside of the Surrey Hills where she lives with her husband, horses and two dalmatians.

Website  – http://www.justinejohn.co.uk/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/JustineCJohn
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/justinejohnauthor/
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15985439.Justine_John


I’m participating in the blog tour. Do take time to browse round some of the other posts.

Gilding The Lily by Justine John

Visit Yet Another Blogging Mummy on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram

MamaMummyMum

Disclosure.  This post is a review of an e-book I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

The House of the Soul by Annie Dawson

I have received a free e-copy of the book The House of the Soul by Annie Dawson to review. To find out more about the author you may visit her website.

The House of the Soul by Annie Dawson

Here is the book blurb.

Homemaker Ella Casey is circling the middle-age drain. Her once adventurous life is now measured in loads of laundry, her grand dreams of changing the world diluted with each rinse cycle. When she flies to the enchanting California estate of her best friend Teri for a Peace Corps reunion, the accomplishments of her peers threaten to soak up the last drops of Ella’s floundering self-esteem.

Teri Flores is everything Ella is not: glamorous, wealthy, and fearless. Her sprawling mansion, La Casa Del Alma, serves as both artists’ retreat and modern day salon to Teri’s eclectic entourage. Teri entertains her guests with lavish meals, outrageous activities, and impassioned debates, but the weekend sours when old grievances mix with new ambitions.

As past and present collide, Ella struggles to redefine herself, but will her growing need to validate her life end up destroying it?

The House of the Soul is a journey of love, loss, and friendship, and a treasure map for anyone brave enough to embark on the precarious voyage of self-discovery.

Ella leaves her family back home in New Zealand whilst she flies to California for a reunion with her associates from her time spent in the Peace Corps in Ghana 13 years ago. This is hosted by her very rich best friend Teri. Charlie collects her from the airport in a limo and a packed itinerary follows, including awards dinner for which she has nothing to wear. Inbetween there is pampering from Sachi, one of Teri’s resident artists, who does massage and yoga workshops too.

The book is interspersed with plenty of flashbacks to their time in Ghana.

Ella is full of self-doubt when she unpacks the suitcase that her husband David had packed for her. Sweatpants, t-shirts etc. Nothing elegant at all. Is this how David sees her now? Teri to the rescue with a huge choice of designer dresses in Ella’s size. And then to meet up with all the others before another limo ride to the awards, where actor Ben, Master of Ceremonies for the evening takes a shine to Ella. How does she react?

Meanwhile how do the old gang all mix together now? Pleasantly or will sparks fly? I’m not going to say any more. You’ll have to read it to see how the story develops.

The House of the Soul is available on Amazon, currently priced at £11.99 in paperback or £3.96 in Kindle format. I loved this book and highly recommend it. A great read.

However I’m not convinced that the cover does justice to the book. Although a lovely picture, it is irrelevant to the story-line.

Visit Yet Another Blogging Mummy on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram

MamaMummyMum

Disclosure.  This post is a review of an e-book I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.