Book review: Enduring Emotions by Antonia Abbott

Book review - Enduring Emotions by Antonia AbbottAll I can say after reading the third in Antonia Abbott’s romantic trilogy is that if you thought rural Oxfordshire was the sleepy English countryside, you had better think again. I wrote about Book One and Book Two previously, so am delighted to share my thoughts on Book Three which I devoured on my Kindle in just over 24 hours, ignoring my son, clients, friends, cats and dogs as I pored over it voraciously. [Read more…]

Book review: Heightened Emotions – An Oxfordshire Wedding

Back in September 2014 I reviewed the first book in this family saga trilogy, “Mixed Emotions – an Oxfordshire Affair” by exciting new novelist Antonia Abbott, and made my feelings known about her irritating yet utterly riveting heroine – or perhaps anti-heroine – Susie Rowlands.

Book review: Heightened Emotions - An Oxfordshire WeddingHere’s what I said about the fragrant Susie then …

“Novel writing experts often say your protagonist in a story should be a likeable character. However most of the way through this entertaining book I wanted to grab the beguiling young Susie Rowlands right out from the page and slap her for being such a spoilt, featherbrained little bitch. [Read more…]

Book review: Watertight Marketing

HTWB WatertightI know, I know. There are thousands of books around that tell you how to handle the marketing of your small business. Why? Because I have read, well, not thousands of them, but certainly well into the multiple dozens and maybe into three figures at a push. Most are useful. Ish.

So why am I reviewing yet another of these books that help you market your business? [Read more…]

Book review: Mixed Emotions – an Oxfordshire Affair

Book review: Mixed Emotions - an Oxfordshire AffairNovel writing experts often say your protagonist in a story should be a likeable character. However most of the way through this entertaining book I wanted to grab the beguiling young Susie Rowlands right out from the page and slap her for being such a spoilt, featherbrained little bitch.

She is the classic Trust Fund babe who messes up in almost everything she does, but because she is pretty, appealing and knows how to flutter her eyelashes, gets away with quite a lot … until she pushes her indulgent parents one step too far. Then she gets the lessons she needs to learn, none of which she bargained for. [Read more…]

Blind Murder: not a book for the faint hearted

Blind Murder: not a book for the faint heartedWith a title like “Blind Murder,” no prospective purchaser will expect this book to be about playful pussycats. Fortunately, the title prepares you for a crime novel that doesn’t, er, pussyfoot around. It’s violent, gory and absolutely riveting.

Blind Murder is the debut novel by Stephen G Collier, a former police officer in central England in the UK. His writing style has a cold, steel-like ring of British police jargon to it which irritates a bit at first, but you soon find its bland contrast with the sheer awfulness of the crimes concerned makes their awfulness even more, well, awful. [Read more…]

Book review: UK family law demystified, in plain English

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New book demystifies UK Family Law

If you thought it impossible to see the phrases “book about family law” and “a good read” in the same article, never mind the same sentence, think again. For the first time ever, with “Family Law Made Simple” by Slater & Gordon Lawyers and Sarah A Thompson, I read a book about professional services from cover to cover without stopping.

Just under 150 pages of their practical, sensible advice and explanations flew by, punctuated by the occasional wry comment or joke. It’s good to know that law can be interesting and lawyers can write well (congratulations, guys!) [Read more…]

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