Monday 29 August 2016

Book Review: Monsoon Summer by Julia Gregson

Monsoon Summer 

Monsoon Summer by Julia Gregson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The story starts in post war England impoverished by rationing; the country was cold and miserable. So too were the characters, drab, colourless and unidentifiable. Kit lives in a friend’s boarding house with her mother, Glory. Kit and her mother have a distant relationship and the boarders all come across as a gloomy lot.
As the story moves to post Independence India the colour comes alive, the characters are more real, alive and have a substance about them. This was a clever contrast of the two countries at this time.

I loved the vivid details of India from the ravaged streets to the beautiful landscapes and monsoonal skies.

Monsoon Summer is a character driven story with well developed and sympathetic characters.
Gregson has written an intelligent and emotional story that is both heart breaking and uplifting. This is a story about love, family, culture, class, forgiveness and acceptance. About fighting for what you believe in but most of all fighting for those you love.

Gregson gives the reader a realistic look at relationships and shows us that “home” is a feeling, not a place or country, but a feeling of belonging.

I highly recommend this novel to all readers of Historical Fiction.

I would like to thank the publisher for my proof copy to read and review

Monday 22 August 2016

Book Review: A Kiss From Mr Fitzgerald by Natasha Lester

A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald 

A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald by Natasha Lester
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a wonderful story! A story I didn’t want to end.
Once you start reading you will not want to put this book down!

From the manors of Concord to the speakeasies of Manhattan, Evie dances her way to a doctor’s degree.

”She was doing what she wanted to do, living the life she chose to live, not the life someone else had chosen for her.”

But could a spurned suitor take everything she had battled for away from her?

This is a story of high society, secrets, lies, blackmail, misunderstandings and deathly tension.
Evie is the main character and Lester has been careful not to overshadow her with the delectable Thomas Whitman or, his mother, the delightful Mrs Whitman. It’s hard not to fall in love with these characters but the supporting characters are just that, coming in and out of the story to support or deter Evie where needed.

”Even if she could do it, did she have the strength to go against everyone’s wishes, to create a life for herself that was so different to what everyone expected of her.”

Not many, even in this day, would have the internal strength to forsake everything to follow their dream.

Evie’s story will lift your heart then send it crashing back down!

If you love to read Historical Fiction I highly recommend “A Kiss From Mr Fitzgerald”

With my thanks to Hachette Aust for my copy to read and review.