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Reviews of Prospero's Island

(courtesy of Amazon)

Vicky

5.0 out of 5 stars

Brilliant!

This book has everything - romance, comedy and drama. Once started, I couldn't put it down. I started reading it at 11pm and finished at 3am!! If you like Jilly Cooper you'll love this. The characters are immensely likeable and there is a wonderful villain. It passes one of the great tests of a good book in that I wanted to know what happened to all the characters once the last page had been turned. I look forward to her next book.

Debby

5.0 out of 5 stars

Fantastic

I was gripped from the beginning and the comedy was sublime. The writing is so vibrant and the descriptions bring the locations and characters to life. It is a must read on any holiday. I recommend this to all readers. This writer has been overlooked so far. Time to change that. I loved the romance too not cliched.

Lizzyg

5.0 out of 5 stars

A Fantastic Read

This was such a fun read. Romance, mystery, comedy, it has them all. The characters are so well drawn you can't help but care what happens to them next. If you are looking for a book to put you in a good mood then look no further.
Thoroughly recommended. MORE PLEASE!

Chris

5.0 out of 5 stars

Brilliant!!

Absolutely brilliant! Couldn't put it down. Took it on a walking holiday with me and didn't do any walking at all, just spent all day reading. Had me hooked from page 1. It has everything, romance, mystery, intrigue. Can't wait for her next book!

jennie j

5.0 out of 5 stars

A great read!

This book is recommended on a friend's Facebook, I don't normally read romantic comedies but it was so much more than that! A kind of cross between Jilly Cooper and Marian Keyes, I absolutely loved it.

tmvsal

5.0 out of 5 stars

Addictive!

What a great book, I couldn't put it down from start to finish. I feel a bit lost now I've finished it!

EleanorC

4.0 out of 5 stars

A Pleasant Surprise

A friend at work recommended this to me, and although I'm not usually a romance type of girl I thought I'd give it a go and I'm so glad I did. It's thoughtfully written and the character descriptions are laugh out loud funny (particularly the women)Quick and easy to read as the story rolls by keeping you interested without a second thought. It just goes to show you never know what little gems you might find if you look in the right places!

Reviews of When Winter Comes

(courtesy of Goodreads) 

"Wonderful historical fiction, I loved it and couldn't put it down. I consider myself very fortunate to have been chosen as one of the recipients of a copy in advance of publication. My advance review copy is now well creased, as I read this remarkable novel in bed, on the bus and crammed it in my handbag to take to work, I was so engrossed in the story.

Quite recently I read another fictional book with a supernatural angle The Hunger based on the same true subject, the Donner party of pioneers who came to grief, back in the mid 19th century when thousands of brave and some plain foolhardy, folk set off with their wagon trains to cross the Sierra mountains from Cincinatti, headed West towards California to try and build a better life. What bravery, how hard it must have been in these days centuries before tripadvisor and google maps and without even any real trail or markers to follow.

Both these books are wonderful, yet rather different accounts of the same true journey.

When winter comes is told in the intimate first person voice of a young woman who leaves her poverty stricken feckless and violent family home, following a series of mishaps. 

The book begins in 1859 when our narrator is a rather sedate married woman, living a quiet life of domesticity bringing up her girls, meeting up with her friends at a quilting bee, and looking after her husband, Jacob, who presents her with a journal as a gift. As she begins to put pen to paper she is unsure what she will write about as every day is the same. But as soon as she begins, memories of her past come flooding back and memories she had suppressed clamour to be told.

In a series of flashbacks to 13 years earlier when she was just 15, we learn how she became involved with the fated journey of the infamous Donner party and her version of events unfolds in all its grim pathos.

We watch her grow and change from quite a selfish young madam into a reliable and stoic young woman. This is a coming of age born of necessity and hardship that I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. 

The descriptiveness of being part of an epic journey in times gone by are painted with a deftness and utter plausablity, that makes the reader experience rather than merely read the story. It reads like a memoir and gives you an insight into a fictional characters thoughts and actions around a true event.

It is captivating and harrowing by turn, beautifully thought out and well written with evidence of much in depth research.

If you like historical fiction with a literary quality and a whole host of characters all the more real for their flaws and foibles you'll LOVE this book, I did. "