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The Perfect Spinster by Annabelle Anders

I have received a free e-copy of the book The Perfect Spinster by Annabelle Anders to review. You may find out more about the author on her website.

The Perfect Spinster by Annabelle Anders

Here is the book blurb.

FIRMLY UPON THE SHELF…
Miss Olivia Redfield labors under no misapprehension that anything other than spinsterhood lies in her future. Not for lack of dowry, or breeding, or education, but because of one tiny flaw…. one might even call it… a curse. Removed from society for this ill-fated defect, she’s resigned herself to caring for others in a somewhat dreary existence. Until, that is, she falls for the charming but unattainable, Lord Kingsley.

TOO MUCH TIME ON HIS HANDS…
Gabriel Fellowes, Earl of Kingsley is doing a favor for a friend by overseeing the dangerous–– but promising––mine on the border of Viscount Hallowell’s property. With time to spare, he finds himself irresistibly intrigued by the viscount’s daughter, Miss Olivia Redfield, and delights himself in their mutual provocation. In no position to promise more than a dalliance, but unable to stay away, Gabriel takes the unprecedented step of befriending a woman.

IS FRIENDSHIP EVEN POSSIBLE…?
Their flirtatious attachment threatens to erupt in passion, but duty and honor forbid anything more. Will love be defeated when tragedy strikes, or can Olivia and Gabriel overcome Society’s dictates and put the notion of Olivia’s curse to rest once and for all?

The Perfect Spinster is book 2 in The Not So Saintly Sisters series, but works fine as a stand-alone read too.

I was drawn into this book from the bizarre scene described in the first chapter. Olivia and Gabriel, Lord Kingsley meet again in the most unusual of circumstances on the eve of Olivia’s sister Louella’s wedding to Lord Stanton, having not seen each other for about 10 years. Gabriel initially seems to have forgotten Olivia, who he used to taunt with the derogatory nickname “Lazy-eyed Livvy”.

Olivia has been banished with her maid Mary to the Dower house by her parents, just because they believe her lazy eye to be a devil’s eye curse, even though they made the condition worse, by making her wear a patch on her bad eye instead of the good eye. She has resigned herself to spinsterhood and has been occupying herself by being a good neighbour, currently helping out with the 4 motherless children of local miner, Luke Smith. But should the daughter of a viscount accept lowly Luke’s marriage proposal?

Gabriel and Olivia become friends, but is that all they want to be?

The Perfect Spinster is available on Amazon, currently priced at £4.13 in Kindle format and is also available in paperback. A delightful romantic read, which has been sensitively written. I’m certainly adding book 1, which is about Olivia’s sister Louella to my wishlist.

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Taming a Defiant Duke by Tammy Andresen

I have received a free e-copy of the book Taming a Defiant Duke by Tammy Andresen to review.

Taming a Defiant Duke by Tammy Andresen

Here is the book blurb.

A surly duke and a desperate lady….

Can one difficult duke ruin all her future plans? The answer is most decidedly yes.

Emily Mayweather is desperate to provide a future for herself after her father’s death. But she hasn’t lost her pride and she won’t be ordered around by a surly arrogant duke no matter how much he blusters. Nor will she feel sorry for disrupting his perfect orderly life. Soon enough he can go back to being his grumpy self and besides, he’s the one who inserted himself into her affairs. Then there’s the issue of his handsomeness. It’s a problem. He goes around looking all dark and alluring until she can barely remember her own name, let alone properly set him in his place. But she has to remember because she’s already learned her lesson once. He doesn’t want her and he never will.

Future Duke of Manchfield, Lord Barret Maddox, is up to his eye sockets in reports, plans, and papers. Bar was determined to be the perfect duke in his father’s absence or bury himself trying. He’s already chosen the lady who would stand by his side, so that was a start. His bride to be would make the perfect duchess, not only that but she saw his worth, which was more than he could say for Miss Emily Mayweather. One unpleasant run-in years ago and she seems to think he’s solely responsible for all her troubles. That’s how she acts, anyhow. So why is it that every time Emily steps near him, all he can see is her? The answer was simple enough. She’s always had been too beautiful for his liking…and now she’s in trouble. Even though she doesn’t want his help, he can’t leave her to fend for herself. He’ll just have to keep his hands in check. And his heart? Well, that might be another matter…

This is book 8 of 9 in the Taming a Duke’s Heart series. These books are all suitable to be read as stand-alone reads. This is the second time that I have dipped into this series, having previously read and enjoyed book 5, Taming a Savage Gentleman.

Bar, Lord Barrett Maddox is trying to manage the family’s dukedom whilst his parents are in America, but the stack of paperwork is just growing and growing. In the meantime, he has put his plan to propose to Lady Elizabeth Anders on hold. He opens a letter dated 3 months ago from Miss Emily Mayweather to discover his father’s distant cousin, Vicar Mayweather had died leaving debts. He hasn’t spoken to Emily who he had a crush on, for about 5 years. A vicar’s daughter did not fit his vision of the future, but he can’t leave her to lose her cottage, so he sets off to Dover.

Meanwhile, 3 months having passed, Emily has made a plan to sell the cottage at auction the very next day and then seek herself a position. However there is a problem, her hateful cousin Reginald Crotchet has purchased several of her father’s debts and she now owes him £1000 or he will consider it a dowry to become his wife. She can’t let Bar know, in case he insists upon her marrying Reginald.

What will happen at the auction? Reginald has also turned up there. And should Emily consider Bar’s employment offer.

Taming a Defiant Duke is available on Amazon, currently priced at £2.28 in Kindle format. This is a nice light romantic story.


About the author

USA Today Bestselling Author, Tammy Andresen lives with her husband and three children just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. She grew up on the Seacoast of Maine, where she spent countless days dreaming up stories in blueberry fields and among the scrub pines that line the coast. Her mother loved to spin a yarn and Tammy filled many hours listening to her mother retell the classics. It was inevitable that at the age of 18, she headed off to Simmons College, where she studied English literature and education. She never left Massachusetts but some of her heart still resides in Maine and her family visits often.

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Lady in the Lake by Laura Lippman

I have received a free e-copy of the book Lady in the Lake by best-selling author Laura Lippman to review. To find out more about the author, you may see her website here.

Lady in the Lake by Laura Lippman

Here is the book blurb.

Cleo Sherwood disappeared eight months ago. Aside from her parents and the two sons she left behind, no one seems to have noticed. It isn’t hard to understand why: it’s 1964 and neither the police, the public nor the papers care much when Negro women go missing.

Maddie Schwartz – recently separated from her husband, working her first job as an assistant at the Baltimore Sun- wants one thing: a byline. When she hears about an unidentified body that’s been pulled out of the fountain in Druid Hill Park, Maddie thinks she is about to uncover a story that will finally get her name in print. What she can’t imagine is how much trouble she will cause by chasing a story that no-one wants her to tell.

The story, set in Baltimore in 1964-66 alternates between being narrated by Maddie Schwartz and missing Cleo Sherwood, also known as the Lady in the Lake, plus chapters by other minor characters.

Maddie leaves her husband Milton after nearly 20 years but teenage son Seth refuses to come with her. To make ends meet, she fakes a robbery of her diamond engagement ring, at which point she meets black patrolman Ferdie Platt. She starts to move in different circles with new friend Judith Weinstein, who is cultivating Maddie as a means to an end. And she also starts an affair with Ferdie.

Meanwhile  Cleo had disappeared on New Year’s Eve. The story then flits to 11 year old Tessie Fine disappearing. Maggie and Judith discover Tessie’s body. And subsequently Maggie bizarrely writes to the person suspected of Tessie’s murder, who writes back to her. She used this correspondence to try to get a job at The Star newspaper.

And so it goes on. I have to say this book did nothing for me. It wasn’t interesting and I found the narration by minor characters disjointed. And I didn’t feel any empathy with the characters. It did get a bit better later, but by then I had already switched off.

Lady in the Lake, published by Faber & Faber is available on Amazon, currently priced at £9.99 in paperback and is also available in kindle format. Sadly I didn’t enjoy this book.


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Lady in the Lake by Laura Lippman

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Lost Guardian by Gail Wilson

I have received a free e-copy of the book Lost Guardian by Gail Wilson. To find out more about the author you may visit her facebook page.

Lost Guardian by Gail Wilson

Here is the book blurb.

In a previous incarnation, Kate Grahame fell in love with a Victorian Egyptologist. She left her Edinburgh home and accompanied her soulmate to Amarna in Egypt to search for the tomb of the heretic pharaoh, Akhenaten. Sadly, tragedy befell the couple.

More than a century later, Kate follows in their footsteps and travels to Amarna to work with archaeologist David Young. Despite their turbulent relationship, Kate is determined to prove her worth as David’s assistant, but her attempts to adapt to this new role are continually thwarted by those around her. Kate’s character is tested further when she is forced to combat the prejudices of field director Ethan Forbes.

Kate is befriended by Anai, the local wise woman. At first, Anai appears to be a source of comfort and wisdom, but the Egyptian matriarch is not as benevolent as she seems.

Struggling to contend with the challenges of a hostile environment, Kate falls under the sinister influence of Egyptian magic. As she helps David to uncover the secrets of a lost civilisation, Kate’s past life returns to haunt her…

Regular followers of my blog may remember that I read the final book in a trilogy – The Soul Behind the Mask, but got quite confused in places, having not read the previous two titles. I then went back to read book 1 – A Second Path. Well now I am completing my random order reading of the series with book 2 – Lost Guardian.

Book 1 had ended with Kate and David arriving in Cairo for the archaeology trip to Amarna. Kate had just met David’s archeology friend Ethan Forbes for the first time and been shocked to discover he was the spitting image of Edwin Ford, who was her husband in a past life. Why had David, who had seen the photograph of Edwin, kept this fact from her?

So this story starts with a very confused Kate, particularly as Ethan seems very anti towards her. And once we arrive at Amarna, where do the locals fit into the picture, as elderly Anai seems to be aware of the history of Kate’s ancestors. And her grand-daughter Mina appears to have taken a shine towards David. Is Kate jealous? And why is Kate’s friend Steven now rebuffing her? Is Ethan really as obnoxious as he seems? Was Edwin correct that Kate will find her soulmate here in Egypt?

So lots of questions to answer, as the story proceeds. Once again, I would say definitely read book 1 first before reading this and don’t try to attempt it as a stand-alone read. As with the other books, great from the point of view of encompassing Egyptology and genealogy.

Lost Guardian is available on Amazon, currently priced at £4.99 in Kindle format. A great follow-up romantic story with lots of coincidences.

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A Second Path by Gail Wilson

I have received a free e-copy of the book A Second Path by Gail Wilson. To find out more about the author you may visit her facebook page.

A Second Path by Gail Wilson

Here is the book blurb.

Kate Grahame’s new job at the National Museum of Scotland sparks a series of dreams featuring a man she believes she has never met. Regression therapy exposes his identity and reveals a strong past life connection to the Edinburgh museum. As Kate struggles to come to terms with this startling discovery, her marriage collapses. Kate is forced to forge a new life for herself, while still learning about her mysterious past. She soon finds herself torn between two lives, two eras and two men.

Egyptologist David Young assists Kate on her journey of self-discovery by giving her a place on his team. Handsome and enigmatic, David soon harbours deeper feelings for Kate. But both are haunted by the past. Then David makes a startling discovery which threatens to tear them apart forever…

Regular followers of my blog may remember that earlier this year I read The Soul Behind the Mask, which was book 3 in a trilogy without having read the previous two books but I did get rather confused in places. Well the author kindly sent me both the other books to read.

So first up, book 1 – A Second Path. The story begins with Kate having a very vivid dream, (one of many similar dreams) which we later discover via regression is of a past life, as her namesake Katherine Grahame in the late 1800s, who married Egyptologist Edwin Ford. The story continues to switch back and forth seamlessly between the two periods. The dreams are mainly about Edwin, who then actually manifests himself to Kate in modern day.

Kate works at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh which is another link, since James Grahame, her 3x great grandfather was director there. And that was also where Katherine first met Edwin, whilst taking lunch to her father.

At work Kate volunteers to help Professor David Young with his Amarna lecture, when his assistant is absent. And she looks through the family memorabilia in the attic to piece everything together. She puts together a talk to deliver to visiting school children based on her past life.

Meanwhile her marriage fails when she finds an earring belonging to former friend Gemma in her bedroom. Husband Mark and Gemma are having an affair. David invites Kate to go horse riding and they gradually spend more time together. Kate is torn between modern day and past day.

How will things progress?

A Second Path is available on Amazon, currently priced at £4.99 in Kindle format. An excellent romantic story which has been well researched by the author.

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Lost in Vegas by Ian Jones

I have received a free e-copy of the book Lost in Vegas by Ian Jones to review. To find out more about the author, you may see his facebook page.

Lost in Vegas by Ian Jones

Here is the book blurb.

John Smith is a man who solves problems, just don’t try to stop him. He is in Las Vegas trying to track down a missing woman, which should be a simple job. But he soon discovers he is not welcome, and there are those who want to make sure he leaves the city fast, in one way or another.

This book was written a while ago, but has recently been republished to coincide with the release of the second title in The Desert Thriller Series, North of the Rock.

John Smith has been hired in the UK by diamond multi-millionaire businessman Richard Cromwell and sons to go to Las Vegas to find his missing daughter Abby and hopefully also recover a million pounds from his ex-managing director Thomas who has also gone to ground in Vegas. No help has been forthcoming from Pablo Escola, son of Richard’s Vegas business associate Francesco, who retired without warning a couple of years ago. Why has 26 year old Abby run away with Thomas, who is 30 years older than her? Why is Pablo making threats? What has happened to Francesco?

John puts plans into place to book into about 10 different hotels in Vegas, including the Acropolis which is run by Pablo, before flying. Arriving at Vegas airport, he spots two thugs waiting for him on the concourse. He manages to put them both out of action by breaking their arms, but who knew he was coming?

John keeps moving two steps ahead of those searching for him, but keeps drawing a blank in his search for either Abby or Thomas. Where is she? Is she still alive? Who can he approach?

This is a real page-turner with loads of twists and turns in a great plot line.

Lost in Vegas is available on Amazon currently priced at £7.99 in paperback and is also available in Kindle format. A gripping read. Highly recommended. I’m certainly adding follow-up book North of the Rock to my list of books to read.

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Make a Viscount Beg by Tammy Andresen

I have received a free e-copy of the book Make a Viscount Beg by Tammy Andresen to review.

Make a Viscount Beg by Tammy Andresen

Here is the book blurb.

An unrepentant rogue and a desperate lady…

The Viscount of Averstone had made a bet that he would collect a kiss from Lady Adelaide Ducat. Chase didn’t have much honor, but when it came to chasing skirts, he kept his word. Besides, he’d learned long ago that had little else to offer a woman except for a few stolen kisses. But the longer he pursues the little minx, the more he can see that her brave façade hides real danger. Can he leave her to face it alone?

Lady Adelaide Ducat hated the Viscount of Averstone with a passion that sang in her blood. The man was a wretch, a rake, a rogue, and so annoying that she’d like to… well, she desperately wanted to… she ought to….kiss him until he begged for mercy. Wait. That wasn’t right. She’s got bigger problems to worry about, like what her scheming mother was planning or how she’s going to care for her dying father. She needs a husband to help her not a rogue who would only distract. So why can’t she stop thinking about how good his lips would taste?

Can a single kiss change their minds forever?

Make a Viscount Beg is the final book in the How to Reform a Rake series featuring the Ducat sisters, but also works well as a stand-alone read too.

However I do recommend that you read the introductory “How to Reform a Rake” novella first, especially as it is available for free. It helps put later stories into context.

The story begins with Lady Adelaide Ducat telling Lord Charles Averstone (Chase) that she has no intention of ever kissing him. But he is still intent on collecting the kiss that he had bet on. Who will outmanoeuvre whom? And is there yet more danger pending?

Make a Viscount Beg is available on Amazon, currently priced at £2.29 in Kindle format. Another nice short romantic read, which although part of a series, works fine as a stand-alone read too. And it brings the series to a satisfactory conclusion with an unexpected ending.

Here are the links to my reviews of the earlier books in this series.
How to Reform a Rake
Don’t Tell a Duke You Love Him
Meddle in a Marquess’s Affairs
Never Trust an Errant Earl
Never Kiss an Earl at Midnight


About the author

USA Today Bestselling Author, Tammy Andresen lives with her husband and three children just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. She grew up on the Seacoast of Maine, where she spent countless days dreaming up stories in blueberry fields and among the scrub pines that line the coast. Her mother loved to spin a yarn and Tammy filled many hours listening to her mother retell the classics. It was inevitable that at the age of 18, she headed off to Simmons College, where she studied English literature and education. She never left Massachusetts but some of her heart still resides in Maine and her family visits often.

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Gorgeous George and the Zigzag Zit-faced Zombies by Stuart Reid plus giveaway

Time to tell you about another of the Gorgeous George books by Stuart Reid. This time it is Gorgeous George and the Zigzag Zit-faced Zombies, a book that my usually reluctant reader, son1 chose to buy himself.

To find out more about the author you may visit his website.

Gorgeous George and the Zigzag Zit-faced Zombies by Stuart Reid

Here is the book blurb.

Sneezing, sniffing, snoring and snots! Zombies, zebras and zits!

A chemical experiment by the military has gone wrong and the toxins are now airborne. The pupils of Little Pumpington primary school are breathing in the gas and their behaviour is becoming bonkers.

Do you still pick your nose? Do you sit next to someone in school who still picks their nose? Do they eat it, even in secret, underneath their hand when they think no one else is watching? The Little Pumpington nose-pickers are taking over the school and their own bogies are not enough any more; they need to eat everybody else’s too.

These psychotic snot-zombies are on the rampage, feasting on the nostril contents of the entire town and the army will do nothing to prevent them.

Can Gorgeous George, Allison and Crayon Kenny find a cure before the military decide to blow up the school? With the help of Grandpa Jock, Ben and Barbara and a box full of the tissues, they must stop the snot-zombies biting their booger-crusted fingernails to the bone.

Parents will not be able to read this book. This book is for strong-stomached children only so no wimps need apply. This is the last taboo known to mankind and way beyond the comprehension of adults. The older you are, the yuckier this book will be. You have been warned!

Must…..have….bogiieeeeeeeeeeeeeees!

Gorgeous George and the ZigZag Zit-face Zombies is another brilliant book in the Gorgeous George series

This is what son1 had to say about the book.
I liked this book. It was about a few kids who became bogie zombies and infected a whole school.

Short and to the point, but son1 told me that the book erases your memory of reading it. I gave him the benefit of the doubt, since it was last year when he read this book. And I decided to risk the warning on the back cover that parents will not be able to read this book. The author is correct, it does make disgusting reading for us adults, but just the sort of thing of thing that kids love and find really funny. It goes into the details of kids with green snot streaming down their faces, which they wipe with their sleeves or even worse, lick up. You get the picture. Definitely one to let the children enjoy on their own, rather than reading it out loud as a bedtime story, unless you’re into that sort of humour yourself.

A really silly storyline where almost everyone at the school including teachers becomes infected and turns into a bogie-eating zombie. The army puts an exclusion zone up around the school, but who is going to come up with a cure and save the day? Can anyone avoid infection?

Another disgustingly funny book from Stuart Reid. Great even for reluctant readers like my son. Each story always features something like poo, bottom burps or snot, which most children delight in reading about.

And Stuart is passionate about kids reading as we saw at his entertaining Boogers, Books and Big Bottom Burps show at the Edinburgh Fringe last summer. In between writing his books, he spends lots of his time visiting schools not just in the UK, but worldwide promoting his books and reading. He will be back at the Fringe next month, so if you are in Edinburgh, do pop along. His shows are fab.

Gorgeous George and the Zigzag Zit-faced Zombies is available on Amazon, currently priced at £6.99 in paperback.  There are now 7 Gorgeous George books in the series, targeted at children age 8+, with another title “Grandpa Jock and the Incredible Iron-Bru-Man Incident” due to be published in a few days time on July 8th. A big thumbs up from son1 for this book from best-selling children’s author Stuart Reid.

Gorgeous George and the Timewarp Trousers Trumpets by Stuart Reid

You may see son1’s reviews of two of the other Gorgeous George titles here.
Gorgeous George and the Jumbo Jobby Juicer
Gorgeous George and the Timewarp Trouser Trumpets

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Little London Adventures & Cockney Curiosities by Clare Newton

I have received a free e-copy of the book Little London Adventures & Cockney Curiosities by Clare Newton. To find out more about the author you may visit her website.

Little London Adventures & Cockney Curiosities by Clare Newton

Here is the book blurb.

Artist and photographer Clare Newton rediscovers and records the faint remnants of old London, only made visible when lit by a fleeting low winter’s sun. These images are the conduits through time, analysing the sometimes uncomfortable balance between a struggling heritage to exist and the insatiable appetite of modern regeneration. But deep inside East London also lies a Victorian era. The mother of inventions, which not only stimulated change across the world then but even now their lingering artefacts and sayings effect us even in today’s hi-tech social world.

Strange but true stories that explain how and where artefacts have come from. Including the roots of ‘Sarcasm’ or the colour purple, both invented in the east end. Or how Shoreditch got its name.

This book arose after many previous years exploration for a large exhibition displayed before the Olympics in London, called Riches Uncovered. The facts of which will be made into a series of photographic studies for all to enjoy and smile over.

I was intrigued what I would find in this book, as I have ancestry from East London. My great grandmother was from Bromley by Bow. Her father was a potter who I believe may have worked at Bow Pottery on Three Mills Lane. From maps, I am aware that the street they lived on, no longer exists, the houses having been demolished to make way for the Blackwall Tunnel.

Clare Newton has followed exactly the same premise, by photographing the area before it again changed forever with all the new build for the 2012 London Olympics. And she shares with us the origins of a Cockney and coster-mongers, along with some Cockney slang. I now know that Alfred Hitchcock was a Cockney and I’ve been introduced to Duckett’s Canal and Merry Jane of Shoreditch along with lots more.

The photography is excellent and the topics are all well researched. And I’m glad to say the Blackwall Tunnel gets a mention too.

Little London Adventures & Cockney Curiosities is available on Amazon, currently priced at £20 in hardback. The photographs and stories have been woven together brilliantly. A highly recommended book.


About the author

In 2001 Clare Newton was awarded the British Female Inventor of the Year, and she has received 5 international awards for innovation.

Born in London, her creative talents were expressed at a young age, first painting her bedroom to building wooden aeroplanes. But when she was given her first camera, a little Minolta, at the age of 14, it inspired her to build a dark room in the roof of her parents’ house, where she taught herself how to shoot and develop photographs, with neighbours encouraging her with small commissions. She took a degree in art and design in East London and worked as a Graphic & Interior Designer for many years. Photography really took off for her when the Olympics came to London. She made her first large photographic installation in 2009, ‘Riches Uncovered’, a collection of photographic montages to explain and document East London’s disappearing heritage. After this first project she went on to produce numerous extraordinary community art projects, involving hundreds of children and adults. The resulting photographic montages were displayed outdoors in unexpected public places, encouraging all to take part, share and learn about local heritage. Clare believes that it is through the passion of creating participatory public projects, that art can positively affect people in different and personal ways, even drawing communities together.

Clare’s next endeavour was to create Jump4London – the World’s Longest Photograph, with 5,000 people taking part, who appeared to jump simultaneously. Two meters high and one kilometre in length, it was printed on 2.5 tons of specialist photographic material, and documented an important piece of London’s history as people celebrated the 2012 Olympic Games. It made a Double Guinness World Record as part of the Cultural Olympiad’s World Record London.

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The Space Between Time by Charlie Laidlaw

I have received a free e-copy of the book The Space Between Time by Charlie Laidlaw to review. To find out more about the author you may visit his website.

The Space Between Time by Charlie Laidlaw

Here is the book blurb.

There are more stars in the universe than there are grains of sand on Earth…

Emma Maria Rossini appears to be the luckiest girl in the world. She’s the daughter of a beautiful and loving mother, and her father is one of the most famous film actors of his generation. She’s also the granddaughter of a rather eccentric and obscure Italian astrophysicist.

But as her seemingly charmed life begins to unravel, and Emma experiences love and tragedy, she ultimately finds solace in her once-derided grandfather’s Theorem on the universe.

The Space Between Time is humorous and poignant and offers the metaphor that we are all connected, even to those we have loved and not quite lost.

The story starts from Emma’s point of view as a child. Her dad is an actor and her mum takes her to see a film starring her dad. Only trouble is that it is a grown up film, so boring and then horrifying when she sees her dad get shot. They have to leave the cinema at that point with Emma in tears. This sets the scene and we then learn all about Emma, her parents and grandparents. There are many times when Emma’s dad is missing from home due to his filming schedule, even Christmas Day, but meanwhile Emma looks up to her grandad who has just had a maths book published and helps her with her homework.

As her Dad’s fame increases, they move from their Edinburgh flat to a North Berwick mansion complete with staff, but her mum doesn’t like it as she can’t be so anonymous there. And of course, Emma has to change school. She becomes friends with Patsy and Oz.

But then something happens that changes everything. Emma’s world starts to unravel. Nothing is the same again.

We then move to part 2 of the book. Emma is now a young adult and has changed her name to Maria. Why? Is she coping? What else is different?

The Space Between Time by Charlie Laidlaw is newly published on Amazon today, currently priced at £3.99 in Kindle format and is also available in paperback. This wasn’t my usual type of read but I found it to be a poignant tragic deep story.

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