Book-Review-Virgins-Outlander-0.5

I have only realised this week that none

of my Outlander reviews appear

to have been published on WoollyMuses.

Prepare to be inundated by Outlander reviews

over the next couple of weeks. 🙂

Virgins

Outlander 0.5

by

Diana Gabaldon

Whilst an enjoyable novella, featuring Jamie and Ian from the Outlander novels, it was difficult to work out exactly where Virgins meshed with the Outlander series. Or, for that matter, why it was written. I fully expected Virgins to be slotted into the Outlander storyline. I will concede that I have only read four of the seven Outlander books, but I cannot visualise Virgins being part of future Outlander books, if for no other reason than the characters (Jamie and Ian) are much younger, and their Outlander personas are more developed, than in Virgins.

Still, after all that apparent negative comment, Virgins is a solid 3.5 star book for all the above reasons. As a novella and knowing the characters, I think it was an enjoyable read and worth 4 stars…which is about as high as I would go with novellas.

And after all my comments I have just noticed Virgins is Outlander book, #0.5, which is exactly where it should sit.

Read: August 2016 according to Goodreads.

I have rated

Virgins

aread.

Goodreads readers have rated

Virgins

an average of 

3.94 stars

from 9,785 ratings and 657 reviews

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Virgins

can be purchased online at 

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Book-Review: Softly-Calls-the-Serengeti

Softly Calls the Serengeti

by

Frank Coates

Softly Calls the Serengeti was my first Frank Coates novel and in all likelihood my last.  After four or five tracks I was going to ‘toss it’ tomorrow.  As tomorrow never comes I continued listening as if it were background music…not really caring what was being said and only vaguely following the storyline.

Set in Kenya Softly Calls the Serengeti is the story of an Australian writer (Mark Riley) visiting Kenya to discover the whereabouts of a fourteen year old orphan boy to whom he has been religiously sending money for his upkeep and education each month.

Primarily the visit was due to the fact that Riley had contacted the orphanage, which was happily receiving his monthly donations only to discover his ward was no longer there.

During Riley’s search for his ward, there is not one, but two female interests who are in and out of is his life.  There is also a young Kenyan footballer/guide who has his own love interest.  All of these storyline lines set among Kenyan political turmoil.

Narrator Jerome Pride did a fair job, however it would be interesting to hear one of my favourite narrators attack a chapter or two of Softly Calls the Serengeti to see if their style could inject any life for this listener.

I read or listen for enjoyment.  This book was interesting not enjoyable, in my opinion and accordingly

I have rated

Softly Calls the Serengeti

only two stars.

Goodreads readers have rated

Softly Calls the Serengeti

an average of 

3.72 stars

from 64 ratings and 8 reviews 

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Softly Calls the Serengeti

can be purchased online at 

Booktopia, Fishpond and Amazon

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Book Review-Dawn-Girl

Dawn Girl

by

Leslie Wolfe

(Tess Winnett  #1)

Having been asked to be a beta reader for an as yet unpublished thriller I saw Dawn Girl advertised on.

Dawn Girl was a random, spur of the moment Amazon purchase but hopefully won’t be my last of Leslie Wolfe’s book.  Although to be honest, I didn’t like Dawn Girl…I loved it!    In fact I have read it twice simply because I had forgotten to write a review and had story lines blurred.  However, Dawn Girl was as good second time around as it was first time.

Dawn Girl is the media name given to a girl murdered and posed on the beach only a few yards away from where two teens were watching a sunrise.

FBI agent Tess Winnett is assigned the case.  Plagued by her own demons, Tess comes with a short fuse and an acerbic tongue, which, combined with her solitary nature and distrust of people, often lands her in trouble with local law enforcement as well as her FBI superiors.

She soon recognises that the murder is the work of a serial killer.  However, one body does not make a serial killer unless….there are other bodies.  At this point Tess commences a long lengthy task of proving her theory to her superiors.  In pursuit of the truth and a serial killer Tess often disobeys orders from her superiors.  Because she is right!!

I thoroughly enjoyed this fresh look (for me) at the crime/thriller genre.  I have also read the other three Tess Winnett books and Leslie Wolfe’s story telling has held my attention all the way.

Goodreads readers have rated

Dawn Girl

an average of 

4.28 stars

from 4,720 ratings and 228 reviews 

 I have rated 

Dawn Girl

solidread.

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Dawn Girl 

can be purchased online at 

Booktopia, Fishpond and Amazon

 

Book Review-Meant-To-Be

 

Meant To Be 

(Button Jar  #3)

by

Fiona McCallum

(Goodreads Author)

Meant To Be carries where book 2 in the series left off. The main difference being that Meant To Be spans around a year, although that does include several months with the turn of a page.

Settling back into the farm with Jake sees Emily focussing on rebuilding her dream cottage, only not to be a bed and breakfast as initially planned.  Also in Meant To Be we finally see Emily standing up for herself, making her own decision.  Although she does still procrastinate and rely on friends and neighbours.  No spoilers…

David and Barbara are still her best friends an Emily comes to their rescue when they are facing a tough period in their lives and a little earlier Emily realises that she is not as alone as she first thought as local townsfolk rally to help with some of her projects.

Again, narrator Jennifer Vuletic must receive accolades for her narration of Meant To Be.  She has a remarkable vocal range assuming she provide all character voices.  I have commented more than once that a narrator can make or break an audiobook.

Fiona McCallum’s books are an easy read, set in Australia and often it is easy to identify with, or remember someone who was ‘just like that’ in my home town.

I like reading/listening to, Australian authors and stories and as previously mentioned Jennifer Vuletic is brilliant in making Wattle Creek come alive.

.

Goodreads readers have rated

Meant To Be 

an average of 

3.95 stars

from 320 ratings and 37 reviews 

 I have rated 

Meant To Be

solidread.

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Meant To Be 

can be purchased online at 

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Book Review-A-French-Connection


A French Connection

(Broken Vows Trilogy Book 3)

by

Marty Langenberg

Should you have previously read this review my apologies. 

I cannot find a review for ‘A French Connection’ anywhere on my blog,

however I read it in mid 2018.

I read A French Connection not long after I returned from my second visit to France and although that trip to France did not see Paris and the Palace of Versailles on my itinerary, they were definitely a major part A French Connection (The Broken Vows Trilogy, #3) by Marty Langenberg.

With memories of Paris and Versailles (during my first visit) still deeply etched in mind A French Connection had my attention in the first few pages.

A French Connection sees Pennie and her son (Daniel) moving to Paris together with her friend Chris, because of the latter’s desire to further his career opportunities through study at the ISIPCA (Institut Supérieur International du Parfum), the world-famous school for people looking for a career in Perfume, Cosmetics and Food Flavours.

A French Connection has a strong link to The Baby Farm (Book 2 of the Trilogy) with a bad guy surfacing and up to no good in Paris. While the bad guy may provide a link between two books, his appearance is not the crux of the story.   A French Connection revolves around how these three survived in Paris.

If this happens to be the first time reading a review of mine, please consider reading the Broken Vows trilogy and novella in sequence. A French Connection could be read as a standalone novel, however, there are characters that ‘pop up’ (for lack of a better phrase) briefly, or not so briefly, in A French Connection and all are thoroughly introduced in early books.

When trying to liken Marty’s work to another author, the first name which came to mind was James Patterson. Both authors produce fast paced, interesting and easy reads. I am fairly confident that if you are a James Patterson fan, as am I, you will enjoy the Broken Vows Trilogy.

I hope Marty has another story in the pipeline as I am enjoying the other side of a former work colleague.

Finally, I must declare that I know and worked with Marty

for several years before he retired.

However, I believe this has not clouded my review.

 

Definitely a

read.

A French Connection: Roses & Jasmine, Ambergris & Musk, The Science of Scent and more (The Broken Vows Trilogy Book 3) by [Langenberg, Marty]

A French Connection

can be purchased on-line at 

Amazon, Barnes & Noble,

Kobo, OverDrive

 

Book Review-Time-Will-Tell

 

Time Will Tell 

(Button Jar  #2)

by

Fiona McCallum

Still small town Wattle Creek, Time Will Tell picks up where Saving Grace left off.  In fact both books only cover a period of about two months.

Emily struggles financially as she was bullied into signing a less than desirable financial settlement by husband John.  She regrets not consulting a lawyer and then repeats the same, or similar, mistake several more times.  In fact those times I found her decision making extremely frustrating.

Before the demise of her marriage, Emily had dreamed of opening a B&B in a small stone cottage on the farm, until John razed it to the ground.  This dream continued with her new home; however she was only renting, struggling and worrying about her finances, or lack thereof.

An option to purchase her rental, on good terms, was too good to pass and all seemed to be looking up, until….

Tragedy and a new love develop roughly, very roughly, about the same time.  Will the new love work out?  Only time will tell.

Again Narrator Jennifer Vuletic is to be showered with kudos for her narration and her character voices which aids greatly in identifying each character and therefore, the overall enjoyment of Time Will Tell.

Time Will Tell is book two of the Button Jar Trilogy and, therefore, is not my first nor will it be my last review of Fiona McCallum’s offerings.

If you enjoy Australian fiction, you will enjoy Fiona McCallum’s work.

Goodreads readers have rated

Time Will Tell 

an average of 

3.93 stars

from 415 ratings and 56 reviews 

 I have rated 

Time Will Tell

solidread.

Time Will Tell

Time Will Tell 

can be purchased on-line at 

Booktopia, Fishpond and Amazon

Book Review-Saving-Grace

 

Saving Grace 

(Button Jar  #1)

by

Fiona McCallum

Set in small town Wattle Creek, Saving Grace tells the story of Emily who marries John, the wealthy farmer’s son, and is supposed to live happily ever after.  It takes Emily three years to discover suitor John and husband John are divides apart.

Fortunately, or unfortunately it does not take her that long to realise the she does not want him to be father of her children.

She leaves John after he fires a shot at her only friend on their farm, her newly acquired Border Collie pup, Grace, who was out doing what Border Collie pups do…looking at some sheep.

Emily’s mother disapproves of her marriage breakdown as much as she approved her daughter ‘catching’ the wealthy farmer’s son.  Fortunately a new friend Barbara lends her the support she needs and helps set up a new home.

Narrator Jennifer Vuletic has to be applauded for her narration and her character voices.   Jennifer made the characters come to life.

 

I thoroughly enjoyed Saving Grace and could identify with some of the small town issues attributed to Wattle Creek.

 

Saving Grace is not my first nor will it be my last as Saving Grace is Book one of a Button Jar Trilogy.  If you enjoy Australian fiction, you will enjoy Fiona McCallum’s offerings.

Goodreads readers have rated

Saving Grace

an average of 

3.81 stars

from 630 ratings and 79 reviews 

 I have rated 

Saving Grace

solidread.

Saving Grace

Saving Grace 

can be purchased on-line at 

Booktopia, Fishpond and Amazon