Monday, July 03, 2017

Book Spotlight: Broken Branches by M. Jonathan Lee




Brief Synopsis

Family curses don’t exist. Sure, some families seem to suffer more pain than others, but a curse? An actual curse?

A family tragedy was the catalyst for Ian Perkins to return to the isolated cottage with his wife and young son. But now they are back, it seems yet more grief might befall the family.

There is still time to act, but that means Ian must face the uncomfortable truth about his past. And in doing so, he must uncover the truth behind the supposed family curse.

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Broken Branches by M. Jonathan Lee is a very intriguing book. It is a very emotional novel which pulled me in from the very beginning. The threads of loss and family run through the novel and gives it a universal appeal which many of us can relate to. I loved delving into the story of the family curse. This made for a very atmospheric read for me. It's intriguing to follow Ian Perkins as he delves into his family's history and discovers more about how the story of his family all fits together.

This is a fantastic book and I highly recommend it! M. Jonathan Lee is an excellent writer, who is gifted at telling a story with lots of intriguing layers. This is a great read.

You can find out how to pre-order the novel here .


*Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book for review. All opinions are mine.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Hello July


I'm a day late, but better late than never....Lol.

** Note to Self (a gentle nudge with love, because I need it right now, but with no self judgement): Get it together Dori ;-)

Anyway, I hope that July is great for you and me. June was tough for me, but I'm believing that much better is ahead. Here's to good times :)

I'm planning to be much more present here on the blog again, because I miss it and I need to get back to the things that make me happy. Life is so short and we must enjoy each day to the fullest. We have to spend more of our time here on Earth doing what we love. I've been reminded of this a lot recently and it's so very true. So watch this space! :)

Happy July and have a wonderful day wherever you are!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Happy Weekend



Happy Friday! Happy weekend! 

These two daisies make me think about life. They're a part of nature and indeed part of this world just as we are. When I took this photo, I was just walking by and I looked down. I was drawn to taking a photo because they made me think of faces. Daisies often remind me of smiling faces. 

These two are missing a petal or two here and there, but they're doing their best to show up in the best way they can...while being the best version of themselves with what they have. Thinking of this reminds me of a quote by the late tennis champion Arthur Ashe.

"Start where you are.
 Use what you have.
 Do what you can."

~ Arthur Ashe


Have a wonderful weekend :)

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Book Spotlight: A Life Between Us



 
I've recently read an intriguing book called A Life Between Us by Louise Walters. It's a real page turner that really spurs you on to see how it all turns out. This is a family saga. I thoroughly enjoy novels in this vein and this one definitely did not disappoint.

A Life Between Us tells the story of Tina Thornton and her twin sister Meg. There's just one thing...Meg has died in a childhood accident nearly forty years before and Tina blames herself for her sister's death. We see Tina struggle with this as an adult and it greatly affects her life to say the least. The novel is set up in a way which tells a parallel story of Tina and Meg's older relatives in their youth. I found that this made for an interesting way to flesh out just who these family members are and to see what drove them to act in the ways that they did. Another thing that I enjoyed were the letters which Tina wrote as a child to a relative. This was an excellent way to take glimpses into the past and this made the story even more engaging for me.

Tina goes for a visit with her Uncle Edward and his sister Lucia. This visit shines a light upon family secrets and helps Tina to see things in a new way. Questions about just what happened on the day that Meg died are revived for Tina and she begins to question just what she really knows or how she remembers it all.

I found this to be an incredibly intriguing book because as a reader it made me think about how family secrets can be a big part of a particular family's story. Secrets can colour how we see ourselves within the story of a family and how we see others. Of course many of us don't have such a dramatic family history as we find within the pages of this enjoyable novel, but as a reader I found this family to be fascinating.

A Life Between Us is Louise Walters' second novel and I must say that she is a gifted writer. This story is beautifully told and is a truly emotional journey.

I really enjoyed this book! I found myself reading well past my bedtime...it's that good!

You can get your own copy here and also on Amazon.

*Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book for review. All opinions are mine.