Tuesday, 19 April 2022

Emma's Tapestry: A Historical Novel by Isobel Blackthorn



When you pick up a book written by Isobel you know you will not be disappointed and this is no exception.

Emma's Tapestry once more earns Isobel a 5 star rating from me.

There are so many subjects touched upon in this book. It keeps you gripped from the first page to the last.

There is a fantastic latter from Oscar Wilde's to Adela,an elderly Jewish heiress with a amazing story to tell. Then there is Emma Mennonite (a trained nurse) who's faith, fears, dangers and insecurities are all put to the test by the onset of world war 2.

The book also touches the subjects of anti-German feelings,mediums and spiritualism, and the feelings of ,mediums and spiritualism, and the feelings of divide between the rich and the poor.

Monday, 14 June 2021

Review: Black Rose: A Midsummer Night's Chutzpah

Black Rose: A Midsummer Night's Chutzpah Black Rose: A Midsummer Night's Chutzpah by Pete Adams
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The book kept my attention from the first page to the last

Black Rose is set the East End of London during the 1960s, the story follows rival gangs the Saints and the Larkins who have been at war for generations and just happen to own pubs next to each other. Both are put out when a new family the O' Neils try to establish dominance on their patch.

What starts out as a story of inter-gang warfare turns into so much with so many amazing characters, my favourite character being Chas Larkin but I don't want to give anything away so I recommend you grab your self a copy, sit back and immense yourself in this explosive and action-packed story you won't be disappointed.

Well done to the author Pete on a most excellent book.

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Sunday, 28 March 2021

Review: Colony

Colony Colony by Benjamin Cross
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Colony is a fast-paced thriller set in the remote Russian Arctic. 

Archaeology Professor Callum Ross is called in at short notice to join an expedition, to a Russian Arctic Island, taking the place of his friend and mentor.  An ancient mummy is found preserved in the ice, mystery surrounds this person, how did he die because it was definitely not natural causes. Callum and his team then find themselves stranded on a remote island fighting for their lives, together they face harsh conditions, human adversaries and something even stranger. 

This book was a fantastic roller coaster of a ride with plenty twits and turns, I couldn't put it down. 

If your a lover of of The Thing I highly recommend you read Colony 

Sunday, 31 January 2021

My Life My Music: Auto Biography Kindle Edition by norman jay

This book is about the life of Norman Jay, DJ on Reclaimed Radio and Epic Radio. 

Norman opens his heart to the reader in a very open and honest way. He tells us about a life full of ups and downs, twists and turns, of nearly making it and his near misses. He also gives a great insight into the music scene of the time.

I loved reading this book, and I was amazed by the people who he knew and worked with, Jet Harris and Bernard Manning being just two of many recognisable names.

Overall the book is well written and flows easily, if are interested in music this is definitely a book for you.


Available From Amazon on Kindle and in paperback


Saturday, 23 January 2021

Review: Lifeboat Heroes: Outstanding Rnli Rescues from Three Centuries. Edward Wake-Walker

Lifeboat Heroes: Outstanding Rnli Rescues from Three Centuries. Edward Wake-Walker Lifeboat Heroes: Outstanding Rnli Rescues from Three Centuries. Edward Wake-Walker by Edward Wake-Walker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The book recalls the story of 8 of some of the 2000 plus men and women who have been awarded the bronze,silver or gold medals for bravery since the inception of the RNLI.

The 8 incidents are from 1827-2008 and are all recorded with excellent details of the vessels involved, the crews and the dangers the crews faced.

A very well written and researched book with first class pictures going back to the 1800s.

A must for anyone interested in the sea and bravery.

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Friday, 20 November 2020

Review: Scarred

Scarred Scarred by Damien Linnane
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jason the main character is a product of his upbringing , the abuse he suffered makes him see the world different to other people. He hunts the city looking for victims but theses are no ordinary victims he seeks out theses he see's as evil and sees no wrong with what he's doing. The question is is Jason a good guy or a bad guy, I think that question can only answered by the individual reader.

Detective Ames is other character with problems, he finds himself with two murderers to catch one is Howard Silverman, a serial killer whose targets young woman. And Jason whose killings are random.

Overall the book is well written and gripping from the first page but must come with a warning for it's graphic content and is not recommended for those easily offended.

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Wednesday, 28 October 2020

Review: English Journey

English Journey English Journey by J.B. Priestley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Priestly's gives the reader a fantastic insight into England of 1933. He gives an account of day-to day life across the country taking us into business life, leisure and the hardships of the working class in this era.

Priestly has a wonderful way of writing to the extent, that you feel, you are right beside thoughout the journey.

I enjoyed this book immensely and highly recommended it.

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