Review of Until the Robin Walks on Snow by Bernice L. Rocque

I e-met author Bernice L. Rocque 

on Twitter in a discussion about some beautiful pieces of heirloom crochet-work. 

The author's family history account of the lives of her ancestors is equally beautiful.

Bernice Rocque has meticulously researched her family history over many years and some of the fascinating details are outlined at the end of the book.
The main part of the book is a fictionalised account of the birth of a premature baby and the struggles the family have to sustain the baby in a hostile environment.
There are references to folk-lore and the family's East European background which add interest and support the narrative. The characters develop strong personalities which shine through the pages.

Anyone who has spent enough time researching their ancestors to feel that they really know them will love the way the author has made her ancestors come alive.

This family story is set in early twentieth century east coast America but it transcends geographical area and will be just as meaningful to readers anywhere in the world who have a feel for the past.

Until the Robin Walks on Snow is a charming and insightful book and I loved reading every page of it. 

It's available in the Amazon Kindle Store and I read it with my Kindle Unlimited subscription. More details here if you follow this link.

Review of Full Circle by Terry Tyler

I finished reading Dream On by Terry Tyler a few days ago and started the sequel Full Circle straightaway.

What a great story this is.

The book more than lives up to its eye-catching description:

FULL CIRCLE is the sequel to Terry Tyler’s fourth novel, DREAM ON, but many have enjoyed it as a stand alone work. It’s a tale of love triangles, infidelity, an English rock band, the lure of celebrity, and the destructive nature of alcohol addiction. FULL CIRCLE - love and parenthood dramas, rock music and secret affairs, with a few laughs along the way!

Over both volumes the characters grow and grow. Right from the start the reader knows what the main character, Ariel, really wants out of life but did ever a character go such a long distance out of the way to cover a short distance correctly?
Anyway, in the end, at the very end, author Terry Tyler gets Ariel to the right place and brings the pair of books to a very satisfying conclusion.
If you haven't read Dream On and Full Circle yet then I would recommend you do. I read the books with my Kindle Unlimited subscription and really enjoyed reading them both.

Really good holiday reading 

and details on the author's page at Amazon.

Apart from a collection of short stories I've downloaded all the books published by the very talented Terry Tyler and enjoyed reading every one.

Her characters are always real and their stories embedded into true to life situations that everyone can recognise and identify with.
The obstacles the characters encounter are always plausible and their resolutions ultimately satisfying yet the twists and turns of the plotting are often unexpected, full of surprises with plenty of proverbial spanners in the works.
Although always entertaining and easy to read the novels deal with serious and complex issues. The author doesn't back away from addictions, betrayal or exploitation, for example, which adds depth to plots and characterisation. Terry Tyler's more recent novels set in an historical framework are particularly original and innovative. You can find further details of all the books on Terry Tyler's author page at Amazon if you follow this link and I recommend that you do.


Review of Looking for Lucy by Julie Houston

I really enjoyed reading The One Saving Grace, Julie Houston's second novel (review here) and went straight on to read her recently released title, Looking for Lucy.

This is another novel set in the fictional village of Midhope in West / North Yorkshire and it's another great read from the talented Julie Houston.

From the book description:

Clementine needs to find Lucy before it's all too late. She also knows bringing up a child on your own down on Emerald Street where the street walkers ply their trade isn't easy, even when your daughter's as adorable as four-year-old Allegra. So when Peter Broadbent, wealthy, kind and possessed of the most beautiful house Clementine has ever seen, proposes, it seems almost too good to be true. It is...

Early on in the novel 

the reader has a pretty good idea of where the plot is going and what the likely outcome will be. But, the route to the highly satisfying ending is filled with surprises, unusual twists and unexpected obstacles.

The book is very readable: 

it's partly narrated by the main character, Clementine, and with good contrast in the other sections where the author takes over.

I really liked Clementine. 

She is a strong character who demonstrates positive qualities of resilience and determination that are used most effectively by the author to drive the novel forwards.

There is a well-developed sub-plot 

which is closely enmeshed with Clementine's story.
The characterisation throughout both plot and sub-plot is real and vivid.

I loved the way that Harriet and  Grace, 

the main characters from Julie Houston's earlier novels, feature in Looking for Lucy as supporting players. Along with the setting in Midhope, the inclusion of Harriet and Grace provides continuity between the three novels although Looking for Lucy can easily be read as a stand-alone work.

The missing Lucy of the title 

is another well rounded character whose story brings a whole new dimension and added depth to the narrative.

All in all, another unputdownable read!

I read Looking for Lucy with my Kindle Unlimited subscription and look forward to reading whatever Julie Houston writes next.

Follow this link for more details of Looking for Lucy in the Amazon Kindle Store.