Book Review-Girl-With-No-Home

The Girl With No Home

by

Sheila Newberry

*****

The Girl With No Home is set in two locations; London 1888 and Kent 1904, and is basically the life story of young, and not so young, Jerusha Carey after she is abandoned by her mother at the age of 7.

After spending time in several foster settings, at age eighteen she meets and marries Dan Applebee who is much older and a reliable farmer from Kent.  Together they commence the quiet secure life she always desired,  with the exception of children.  Then tragedy strikes, leaving Jerusha alone with a farm to manage.

Two years after Dan’s death, Joe Finch arrives on the scene seeking some farm work and a home for his ten-year-old daughter.  It appears that Joe is what Jerusha needs, both as a farmworker and partner.  However, Joe has always been a wanderer and wasn’t home for his daughter’s birth and true to form he repeats the cycle when Jerusha falls pregnant.  Joe leaves for Canada, and work, leaving Jerusha and his daughter all alone to fend for themselves.

Life is made much harder for Jerusha after she delivers a handicapped baby courtesy of a case of rubella during her pregnancy.

Although a bit slow and difficult to follow in places,

I have rated

The Girl With No Home

as a

read.

***

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

The Girl With No Home

an average of 4.16 stars

from 494 ratings

and 18 reviews.

***

The Girl With No Home

can be purchased online at 

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Hidden In Plain Sight

by

Jeffery Archer

*****

Hidden In Plain Sight follows on after Nothing Ventured with William continuing his good work in the police force.  Hidden In Plain Sight opens at the same cracking pace that Nothing Ventured attained and that which is expected from a Jeffery Archer novel.

William is progressing through the ranks and finds himself with a Drug Squad that is trying to catch to of the major drug importers in London.  One of the targets is Miles Faulkner who has a 4 year suspended sentence hanging over his head courtesy of the judiciary system in Nothing Ventured.  The other villain in Hidden in Plain Sight is Khalil Rashidi.  Rashidi is a drug dealer, of note, operating out of South London.

Faulkner and Rashidi meet and bond in Pentonville Prison where they bot being held pending their respective trials.  All the while Christina, Faulkner’s, soon to be, ex-wife is angling to have Faulkner’s 73 paintings, which for his entire art collection held locally, included in her divorce settlement.

Faulkner is soon in a courtroom again where again Booth Watson is his adversary

Although Sir Julian does not think of women being good enough to be a QC he does appoint Grace as his junior, where she earns some respect from her father.

I rated

Hidden In Plain Sight

as a

Four Star read.

***

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

Hidden In Plain Sight

an average of 3.98 stars

from 9,853 ratings

and 793 reviews.

***

Hidden In Plain Sight

can be purchased online at 

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Dark Side of the Harbour

by

Jennifer Bacia

 

Dark Side of the Harbour is the story of Rose and Margot who befriend each other while working at David Jones in Sydney’s Central Business District.  Rose is the reserved country girl while Margot is more worldly.  Their friendship eventually leads them to share a flat.

A nearby coffee bar proves to be the ideal place to meet two Polish immigrants.  As their friendship grows Stefan and Josef open the women’s eyes to the harsh reality of the Second World War.  Rose and Stefan’s romance is hindered by lingering War traumas and Margot wants more than a penniless Polish immigrant for a life partner.

More than two decades pass before an aspiring journalist lands herself a job with an investigative current affairs show.  Her first story is to investigate, if possible, a cold case that was solved with the flimsiest of evidence and very little investigation by the police.  The new investigation has locals and police alike on edge, while still others who have remained silent for so long, at last, tell their side of the story

The Dark Side of the Harbour may possibly have been a better read than the audio version to which I listened.

However, as the sixties were my teen years I found Dark Side of the Harbour an interesting and enjoyable story and I hope to read more of Ms Bacia’s works this year.

 

 

I rated

Dark Side of the Harbour

as a

three-star audiobook

 

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

Dark Side of the Harbour

an average of 4.28 stars

from 32 ratings

 and 7 reviews

****

Dark Side of the Harbour

can be purchased online at

BooktopiaFishpond and Amazon

                                                                                                           

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I rated

Dark Side of the Harbour

 

as a

three-star audiobook

 

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

Dark Side of the Harbour

an average of 4.28 stars

from 32 ratings

 and 7 reviews

***

Dark Side of the Harbour

can be purchased online at

BooktopiaFishpond and Amazon

                                                                                                           

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Secrets of Silvergum

by

Mandy Magro

Mandy Magro’s Secrets of Silvergum was my seventh of this author’s books and as usual, it is set in rural Queensland inland from Cairns.

Secrets of Silvergum is a romance that begins with a one night stand between Emma and Zane when they were just seventeen.  For family reasons, Zane headed to America and its professional bull riding circuit.

Fast forward sixteen years later, Zane still does not know he has a daughter, Rylie, from this liaison when he receives news that his adoptive father, Peter has died.  Zane was never good enough for his father and for that reason Zane opted to leave Australian shores.

Emma and Zane both have feelings for each other and both think it will go nowhere after all this time.  Therefore, they both skirt the issue when they meet up after Zane arrives back at the family farm near Silvergum for his father’s funeral.

Emma decides she can now tell Riley and Zane about each other when she is met with a message from the grave.  But can this message of blackmail hold any weight?  Will it throw Emma’s plans into disarray?   Or will there be a happy ever after in Emma and Zane’s futures?

I think Secrets of Silvergum to be the most enjoyable of Mandy Magro’s books so far.

I rated

Secrets of Silvergum

 as a three-star audiobook

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

Secrets of Silvergum

an average of 4.07 stars

from 171 ratings

 and 19 reviews

Secrets of Silvergum

can be purchased online at

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Three Woman Disappear

by

James Patterson

*****

 

Many years ago I was a James Paterson fan; however it is only about one in seven books that rate a four star rating during the past 5 years.  Three Women Disappear is no exception.

An accountant (Anthony) with connections to organised crime is stabbed in his own kitchen.  Three women (his wife, Anna; his maid, Serena; and his personal chef, Sarah) were in the house at the time and all three fled the scene as all three had a motive for wanting him dead.

Sara is married to Sean, the homicide detective investigating the murder.  Sean is a bad husband and a good cop.

I will concede that I listened to Three Woman Disappear while working on my computer…the same as I do with many of my books.  However, I still couldn’t follow the storyline and cannot tell you whether the story was about all three women travelling together, or whether it was each individuals’ story.

By comparison, Come and Get Us, a bonus story included with the Three Women Disappear recording, was far easier to listen to and follow.

I have rated

Three Woman Disappear 

as a


audiobook/read.

***

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

Three Woman Disappear

an average of 3.62 stars

from 6,009 ratings

and 434 reviews.

***

Three Woman Disappear

can be purchased online at 

Booktopia, Fishpond and Amazon

Book Review-The-Horsewoman

The Horsewoman

by

James Patterson

*****

The Horsewoman is the first collaborative effort between Patterson and Lupica; and arguably Patterson’s best book for a few years.  Or perhaps, although I don’t think so, it simply timing.  A novel with the plot goal being the 2024 Paris Olympics Equestrienne events, read during the 2022 Winter Olympics, was always bound to be a sure-fire winner with me.  In the Northern Hemisphere Summer of 2024, Paris is destined to host its third Summer Olympic Games.

The Horsewoman tells the story of the Attwood women, Grandmother Caroline, her Daughter Maggie and youngest of all twenty-one-year-old (Granddaughter) Becky McCabe.

Naturally, there is always a villain, who happens to be very, very, wealthy and while knowing nothing of horses, is able to purchase the lion’s share of a champion horse, Coronado.  A severe accident sees Maggie in hospital for several weeks prior to team selection.   This is when Becky take her mother’s ride, at least for a while.

However, it is Becky’s horse Sky, which turns out to be the hero of the story.  A much smaller horse than Coronado,  Sky has a huge heart;  a heart which may well take them to a successful Olympic campaign.

The Horsewoman moves along at a good pace with plenty of twists and turns to keep readers guessing.

I have rated

The Horsewoman

as a

four-star

read.

***

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

The Horsewoman

an average of 4.11 stars

from 2,630 ratings

and 188 reviews.

***

The Horsewoman

can be purchased online at 

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The Mistake

by

K. L. Slater

L. Slater’s, The Mistake, is a story of an impressionable teenage girl, Rose.  She was impressed by a 25-year-old (Gareth) who manipulated every single thought she ever had to his advantage.

Gareth does not like Rose having any friends or relatives; especially eight-year-old Billy, Rose’s brother.  Sometime thereafter Billy goes missing and his body is found not far from where he was last seen and it is Gareth who is charged and convicted.

Sixteen years later with Gareth still in jail for Billy’s murder and still proclaiming his innocence, Rose is still blaming herself for Billy’s death.  

Then she discovers evidence that her next-door neighbour may know something about Billy’s disappearance.  But does he?  And is Gareth really innocent of Billy’s murder?  The lead investigating officer at the time says he was not and is not one hundred percent certain that Gareth is the killer.

The Mistake was my eighth K. L. Slater read and is only the second of her works I have rated as a Three Star read.  Even though I did not pick the ending, it is definitely not on my favourites list.

I rated

The Mistake

as a

Three Star Read.

***

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

The Mistake

an average of 3.91 stars,

from 9,289 ratings

and 702 reviews

***

The Mistake

is available online

at

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Book Review-Nothing-Ventured

Nothing Ventured

by

Jeffery Archer

*****

It has been a few years since I last read a Jeffery Archer novel so it was with a bit of trepidation that I commenced Nothing Ventured.  I felt that I was labouring through the prologue and first chapter or so.  But I soldiered on, soon after realising that I was again reading a Jeffery Archer novel.

Nothing Ventured is the first of the William Warwick series.  Not a detective story, but the story of the making of a detective, according to the blurb.  Since he was eight years old, William Warwick had always wanted to be a detective much to his father’s disappointment.  Sir Julian had always expected that William would always join the family law firm.

After graduating with a Degree in Arts, William joins the police force and hits the beat with his first mentor, Constable Fred Yates.   William eventually has the opportunity to join Scotland Yard where he ends up in the Arts and Antiquities Squad.

His first case investigation is the seven-year-old theft of a priceless Rembrandt which was stolen from its home in the Fitzmolean Museum.

Beth Rainsford, a research assistant at the gallery, becomes the love of William’s life; however, Beth has some secrets of her own.

Towards the end of the book, there are two court cases in which William and Beth have an interest and is enjoyable to read.

After a shaky beginning, Nothing Ventured soon became a book of Archer quality.

I have rated

Nothing Ventured

as a

read.

***

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

Nothing Ventured

an average of 3.91 stars

from 29,665 ratings

and 1,758 reviews.

***

Nothing Ventured

can be purchased online at 

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A Stranger in the House

by

Shari Lapena 

A Stranger in the House was my first of Shari Lapena works and will not be my last.

Tom and Karen Krupp are happily married; almost newlyweds. Life is good until….the day Karen receives a phone call from her past.    The next thing Karen knows is she is in a hospital bed with no idea what happened or how she arrived.  She claims to have amnesia!  Prior to arriving at the hospital, she had been speeding through a seedy part of town before crashing her car, at speed.

Upon arriving home from the hospital, Karen notices things are out of place; not exactly where she left them.  She even goes as far as photographing rooms before leaving and every time she returns things have been moved.  There is someone entering their house and poking through their belongings whilst no one is home.  Who is it that is entering their home?  Could it be Bridgett; Karen’s best friend? 

Gradually Karen’s amnesia is slowly replaced by memories after her crash.  As the police begin questioning her about a murder not far from the scene of her crash it soon becomes apparent that Tom has secrets. Karen has secrets. Tom and Bridgett have secrets.

There is a twist near the end that will keep you guessing.  I read A Stranger in the House in 2020 and have just completed the audio version and have again rated it as a four-star book.

I rated

A Stranger in the House

as a

four-star read

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

A Stranger in the House

an average of 3.67 stars

from 101,550 ratings

and 8,984 reviews

****

A Stranger in the House

can be purchased online at 

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Book Review-Come-and-Get-Us

Come and Get Us

by

James Patterson

*****

Come and Get Us was/is the bonus story included with the audiobook, Three Women Disappear.

Come and Get Us had me intrigued right from the first chapter.  A family being chased along a mountain road by persons unknown.

From there on it is one long chase with Mum featuring in all chases.  It is an action-packed storyline.  She was the driver of a vehicle that was run off a mountain road.

She then abandoned her daughter and husband in order to reach help.  Was found by the bad guys and chased again.

Come and Get Us was the bonus story and easier to follow than Three Women Disappear.  Both were used as background stories while working on my computer.

Come and Get Us may be found online as a standalone book or it may be the bonus story included with Three Women Disappear 

I have rated

Come and Get Us

as a

read.

***

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

Come and Get Us

an average of 3.63 stars

from 4,149 ratings

and 336reviews.

***

Come and Get Us

can be purchased online at 

Booktopia, Fishpond and Amazon