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A Country Practice_Blog Tour – Book Review

A COUNTRY PRACTICE
By Judith Colquhoun

BLURB:

A heart-warming, poignant and engaging tale about the doctors, nurses and patients of the Wandin Valley Bush Nursing Hospital, and their friends and neighbours.

A Country Practice follows the dramas, loves, secrets and dilemmas of the people in an Australian small country town. There is romance, humour and tragedy for the medical staff of the local hospital, and the rural community it serves.

A desperate woman arrives at the Wandin Valley Bush Nursing Hospital in the final stages of labour. Can Dr Terence Elliott overcome his demons to save both mother and baby?

Simon Bowen, the newest doctor in town, is frustrated at being seen as an outsider by the tight knit country people. Will he succeed in winning them around ‒ especially young vet Vicky Dean?

Vicky’s mum, Sister Shirley Dean, is courted by widowed police sergeant Frank Gilroy. But is he the man for her?

Young married couple, Brendan and Molly Jones arrive in Wandin Valley. Are they prepared for the realities of country life?

Meanwhile, a teenager in love clashes with her father and a serious car accident reveals a surprising secret about two of the town’s residents.

Based on the award-winning, international hit television serial A Country Practice, this new series of novels follows the lives and loves of the rural community of Wandin Valley, South-Eastern Australia. Set in the early 1980s it is a nostalgic look at country life, yet with all the same joys and problems we face today.


REVIEW

I highly recommend this book. Maybe this is the first time I am doing this, recommending the book in the very first line, because I want you people, all my readers to definitely read this beautiful novel.

This novel tells the story of you, me, us, the ordinary people. You maybe a teenager, a single mother, a single father or a young couple trying to adjust in a new place, you maybe anyone, but I guarantee you, that you will be able to relate to this story, find a piece of your mind, your soul in one of the parts of this awesome novel.

This is Jenny’s story, a 15 year old girl and her father’s, a single dad trying to meet both ends. This is also Terence’s story, a senior doctor, a country GP, he is an expert, a real good person at heart. This is Simon’s story, a young doctor under the shadow of Terence, who is trying to create a influence in this Countryside and not quite managing. Then there is Brendan and Molly’s story, two people trying to adjust in Wandin Valley. Also this is Shirley’s story, a country nurse, Marta’s story, the matron and many others. 

From the very first page I was able to relate to all the characters. This story is told through many point of views, the narrator jumps from one person’s head to another and you get a piece of everyone’s mind, what they think, what they feel. Pain, anger, joy, many human emotions are shown through all these characters. 

‘‘People are sometimes driven to choices which others find incomprehensible. We have to accept that.”

There were so many beautiful moments in this novel, that I was literally sad when this book ended because I just wanted more, I wanted to live their life a little bit longer.

In mere 220 pages, the author weaved so many different lives and there beautiful stories together. Seriously praiseworthy.

Overall I would say, A Country Practice is a beautifully written novel with well built characters, that I am asking you to buy just now to loose yourself into this heartwarming tale.

LIFE AT 17 RATING:

🎐🎐🎐🎐🎐

(5 stars)


LINKS:


Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25764168-a-country-practice?ac=1&from_search=true

www.acountrypractice.info

Purchase:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Country-Practice-New-Beginnings-ebook/dp/B00Z37ROM2/

https://www.amazon.com/Country-Practice-New-Beginnings-ebook/dp/B00Z37ROM2/

https://www.amazon.com.au/Country-Practice-New-Beginnings-ebook/dp/B00Z37ROM2/


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

Judith Colquhoun was born in Queensland and grew up in Sydney. She studied production at the National Institute of Dramatic Art and soon after graduating, love and a job took her to Melbourne. Later, she lived in London for a time, spent many years in country Victoria and long enough in Italy to fall in love with the Mezzogiorno. She is now back in Melbourne and may even stay there.

She started writing when she was six and from the age of twenty-three has always earned her living from it in one way or another. She was a scriptwriter for far too long, writing countless hours of television for many of Australia’s most popular shows, including Neighbours and Home & Away. Her output included one hundred episodes of A Country Practice.


Judith has worked as an editor and script producer, and in Italy was a script consultant on the serial Un Posto Al Sole. She has won five Awgie Awards and in 2007 was made a Life Member of the Australian Writers’ Guild.


In 2009 she finally gave up scriptwriting to attempt a novel. Thicker Than Water, which is largely set in southern Italy, was published in 2014. It was Highly Commended in the Fellowship of Australian Writers 2014 National Literary Awards.


She has written three novels based on the stories and characters of A Country PracticeNew Beginnings, To Everything a Season and Silver Linings.


Judith is married with two children and three grandchildren.

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Stuck With Me_Blog Tour – Book Review

STUCK WITH ME

By Cassandra Piat


Genre
Romantic Comedy

Publisher
Islandgirl Publishing

SYNOPSIS

 Can your perspective on life, happiness and love really change in a week?

Molly, known for her unflagging optimism and constant cheeriness, is thrilled to win an all-expenses paid vacation to Mauritius. She packs her camera and a few colourful bikinis and can’t wait to have some fun in the sun. Little does she know there’s a catch.

Adam is a journalist on assignment and his mission is to test Molly’s optimism and see how far she can be pushed before she breaks. Surely it can’t be that hard?

What happens when Molly meets the hilariously cantankerous Adam and finds that she can’t seem to shake him? How will Adam successfully complete his task when faced with Molly’s beautiful smile, quick wit and curvaceous body?

As they bicker their way around the island, Adam and Molly realise that there’s more to each other than meets the eye. An unexpected friendship develops between them which soon turns into much more. But what will happen when Molly learns the truth behind Adam’s trip to Mauritius?

A heartfelt, funny and touching story about life, love, and happiness.

REVIEW

After a lot of different genres of book reviews I am again back with a romance book review, this one goes by the name of Stuck With Me, which is a romantic comedy set in Mauritius.

Adam is a sports journalist, he is asked to write an article for real life feature section of magazines because the usual writer has to leave for her mother’s sudden illness. Molly is chosen as the subject for the article.She is always smiling and Adam had to find out whether she is fundamentally happy, chooses to be happy or just pretends. He has to become the bane of her existence, be cranky and grouchy for the week they were scheduled to spent in Mauritius to see that how far she can keep her happy demeanour. 

Molly is always smiling, she always looks at the positive side of everything. She chooses to be happy. But like every normal person she has her set of fears and problems. Her mother is anxious ever since her father died and often suffers from panic attacks, been the only child the responsibility of her mother is totally on her. She sometimes feel overwhelmed by all her problems but she tries to reminds herself of all the things she should be grateful for. I quite liked Molly’s character, she is someone I could take life lessons from. She is positive and strong despite her problems. 

“I love catching that exact moment when the groom sets eyes on the bride as she walks into the church; the look of love and emotion passing between the parents as their daughter says her vows; the look of pure delight on a child’s face when opening a present, or even a burst of laughter between friends – perfect moments made everlasting by me . . .”
~Molly

Now coming to Adam he is also a very likeable character. I laughed through his cranky side and loved his friendly and caring side. He was always there to hold Molly tight. He helped her and also understood her when she wanted to take things slow between them. 

There were some terribly funny moments especially during the first half of the novel. I laughed a lot throughout this part. But I would like to add that the book was not only funny, there were some really heart warming, intense moments that touched my heart. I absolutely loved Adam and Molly’s love story.

Finally I would like to add that I felt that this book could have been a bit shorter. Not that those extra pages made this novel boring but still it could have been shorter.

Overall I would say that I quite liked Stuck With Me and would surely recommend it to all romance lovers.

LIFE AT 17 RATING

🎐🎐🎐🎐

(4 stars)

AUTHOR BIO:

Cassandra Piat is a part-time English teacher and a full-time disorganised mother and housewife. She spends her life trying to remember not to forget the 101 things on her things-to-do list, but seems to fail spectacularly most of the time! Whenever she has some free time she’s either with her head in a book, watching a romantic comedy or writing her own romantic comedies.

She lives in Mauritius with her husband, who prefers TV to books, and her three children who keep her on her toes and don’t leave her much free time to sit down and write.She published her first book What’s it Gonna be? in December 2014 and Stuck with Me is her second novel. 

She loves writing stories that take place on her beautiful tropical island of Mauritius and sharing the island life with her readers. She is currently writing her third book in her head and hopes that she will soon have time to get it down on paper.

Of Life, Death, Aliens And Zombies_Blog Tour-Book Review

OF LIFE, DEATH, ALIENS AND ZOMBIES

By Dario Cannizzaro

SYNOPSIS

Misnomer on purpose, this amazing debut rocks nine short and amusing stories – a Zombie Apocalypse without zombies; the Vatican announcing contact with Aliens; a heroin junkie that loves poetry; a timeless love, and much more. 

Ordinary characters facing extraordinary situations, dry humor, philosophical musing dressed as whimsical, offhand commentary, and a fairy-tale like writing; those are the key elements of the style of this funny and thought-provoking collection.

The collection comprehends three previously published stories (“The Galway Review”, “Trigger Warning”, “Two Thousand Words” and “Chantwood Magazine”); five new unpublished pieces; and for the first time in English, the best-selling story “Impurità”, which was Selected Work in 2012 by Apple iBooks.

REVIEW

Of Life, Death Aliens and Zombies is a collection of  9 short stories, all quite different but gives away a bit of lesson about human nature.

As because it’s a collection of 9 short stories so I would like to tell a bit about every story. Don’t worry I won’t give out the plot much because it would be better that way. I would preferably tell you the feelings left by it.

The first story goes by the name of Yet Another Zombie Apocalypse.

This story made me laugh a lot.

 Going by the name, this story might seem to have a paranormal angle, but I must tell you this story was no way a paranormal story because the narrator never saw a single zombie. This story is definitely not about zombies. It’s a story of Survival in hard times, how internet goes buzzing over stuff that may not be true and people easily believing it.

The second story is Bathroom Love.

One of favourites. It’s a Story of loneliness, pain, betrayal. It’s very beautiful and also had one of my favorites qoutes of this book.

“Because after all you can love sex, despise sex, loathe sex, crave sex, but sex is nothing on its own, sex is just about connecting, just about feeling each other’s soul, just for a moment there, to know you’re not alone.”

The third story is The Name of the Rose

Yet another very beautiful and different story. It is a kind of memoir, the narrator remembering the time he was fifteen. That year changed a lot for him. He bunked classes to go to a book shop where he learnt a lot about life. Things changed, times changed but the impression of different incidents of that time left with him.

The fourth one The Announcement

Sorry this one is my least favourite but I must say it’s still very beautiful. It was quite unpredictable, a story that held my suspense. The underlying message: the showing off, boastful nature of humans. In this story each country was trying show how they are superior than the other.

The fifth story The Best Place To Plan a Mass Shooting.

This was yet another hilarious tale. Very enjoyable. This is also a memoir. The narrator wrote a story in it, which had elements that were not acceptable to his principal or other teachers of his school. Though he himself was quite proud of it. 

Next one Summer’s Ended

Another beautiful story. It’s a story of loneliness and human desires.

The seventh one Fake plastic trees

This was definitely my favourite. This story tells how we all are a living lie. We are good at pretending and what we think and what we tell are sometimes completely different. We all are trying to paint a picture of ourselves that would be likable to others even if we ourselves hate it.

The eight story Terrorism Marketing

This is another funny and hilarious tale. This story tells about a time when the narrator was able to escape terrorists by bluffing them.

The last one Inpurita

This story was longer than others. It’s a tale of unfulfilled desires and it’s repercussions. Four different people with different backgrounds came together for few hours, and these few hours change their lives.

“So while Lukas was reading that thing in his hands, he also read about himself, about someone thirty-three years old, thirty-three years of non-life, all accompanied by the hand of destiny – someone else’s dreams, someone else’s life, someone else’s desires.”


Overall I would say that I loved each and every story of this collection. All the stories were well written and I would recommend this book to everyone. Because the tales are from different genres so this book would, I believe would suit everyone.

LIFE AT 17 RATING

🎐🎐🎐🎐🔸

(4.5 stars)

GoodReads linkhttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31568483-of-life-death-aliens-and-zombies

TOP REVIEWERS’ COMMENTS

“Very strong voice, reminiscent of Jorge Luis Borges, John Fante, Kurt Vonnegut” 
– Lyn, GoodReads Top Reviewer

“An author who will stun and amaze you and make you laugh and perhaps cry” 
– Pam S. Dunn, author of Sunflower

“I haven’t really been introduced to a voice as Zeitgeisty as this since Alex Garland”
– Fabian, GoodReads Top Reviewer

“Would calling it a literary masterpiece be an exaggeration? I hope you will be able to tell me that after you read it” 
– Bernard Jan, author of Cruel Summer

PURCHASE LINKS

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Life-Death-Aliens-Zombies-ebook/dp/B01M0MUVWD/

 iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/life-death-aliens-zombies/id1156255178?mt=11

 
Barnes&Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/of-life-death-aliens-and-zombies-dario-cannizzaro/1124662613?ean=9781508045472

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Dario_Cannizzaro_Of_Life_Death_Aliens_and_Zombies?id=1k4ZDQAAQBAJ

KOBO: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/of-life-death-aliens-and-zombies

AUTHOR BIO

DARIO CANNIZZARO was born in the sun-eaten Naples, Italy in 1982. He moved to Ireland in 2011, and has called it home ever since. He started writing short stories at seven, which are shamefully lost forever, but has never stopped writing since. His works have been published in Italian and English in Literary Magazines such as The Galway Review, Two Thousand Words and Chantwood Magazine.

Website: www.dariowrites.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/dariowrites/

Facebook: http://facebook.com/dariowrites/

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Den of Iniquity_Blog Tour-Guest Post


DEN OF INIQUITY
By Annabelle Bryan

Publisher
HQ Digital (Formerly known as Carina UK)
Genre: Romance / Fiction / Historical Romance

SYNOPSIS:

Welcome to the most notorious address in London…

Beneath the airs and graces of the Ton lies The Underworld – London’s most scandalous gambling hall.

The only thing darker and more debauched that the hall itself? The proprietor, Max Sinclair. As mysterious as the corners of the city he stalks, Max has vowed to take revenge against the men who murdered his mother. And The Underworld attracts London’s darkest characters – the perfect partners in crime.

But when Lady Vivienne Beaumont enters The Underworld, Max’s life becomes more dangerous than he ever thought possible.

Enter a world of lust, lawlessness and obsession with The Den of Iniquity, the first in Anabelle Bryant’s Bastards of London series.

GUEST POST: In love with Happily Ever After

For as long as I can remember, I’ve enjoyed stories that ended on a happy note. It didn’t matter which type of delivery: written word, movie, or television program, I only felt satisfied if the story ended with the idyllic solution; couples together, problem solved, a bright future promised.

As I grew up I realized life doesn’t work that way. A decision one thinks is beneficial can turn out to be disastrous. Health issues, money problems, the daily grind, all have a way of wearing the shine off the most optimistic person, no matter how strong a positive attitude.

Lucky for me, there will always be books. I read for escape. I read for pleasure. I read to remind myself that no matter what life offers, there is always a place I can go to feel comfortable again. A place to lose my worries, find satisfaction and restore hope. A place I choose to belong.

For years, romance novels have been burdened with a poor reputation. For numerous inane reasons, critics complain romance is not credible literature. But I read for escape. I’m in love with happy endings. In a world where terror threats and senseless crime fill the daily news, I yearn for the respite found in romance, whether I read or write it.

So next time you see me, don’t be surprised if I have my nose buried in Jane Austen or another timeless classic. Perhaps I’ve just begun the new Lisa Kleypas or Sherry Thomas book. I’ll never change and I don’t want to. It’s fun being in love with happily ever after.

PURCHASE THE BOOK AT:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2h5FK1c

B & N:  http://bit.ly/2hNKi9Q

Kobo: http://bit.ly/2hRLEiM

AUTHOR BIO:

Anabelle Bryant is the bestselling author of seven historical romances. Her love of writing keeps her busy in front of her laptop when not in front of a classroom or traveling, her favorite preoccupation.
Thrilled to be writing for HarperCollins, Anabelle’s Regency Rogues trilogy and Regency Charms quartet are bestselling collections. Her historical romances are high concept, character driven stories which provide a heartfelt connection between hero, heroine, and the reader, believing the emotional journey on the path to true love is the most important bond.

The Den of Iniquity is book one in her newest series, Bastards of London, an edgier look at the Regency. Anabelle enjoys hears from readers and talking all things bookish. Visit AnabelleBryant.com and see what she’s up to on Facebook and Twitter.

Social Media Links:

Website: http://www.anabellebryant.com

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/AnabelleBryantAuthor

Twitter: @AnabelleBryant

YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1r0TjsY

Pinterest Boards: https://www.pinterest.com/anabellebryant/boards/