Tuesday, August 30, 2016

What Would You Do to Survive?

Today I am sharing the novel The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.  I have been a fan of Kristin’s ever since I picked up her novel firefly lane.  Most of her novels that I have read are contemporary.  This is my first historical novel by her that I have read.


Sit back and take a deep breath and jump into this story of two sisters in France during World War Two. Isabelle and Vianne lost their mother at a young age.  Their father is unable to care for them so he sends them to a convent.  Vianne meets a boy and marries and has her own family.  Isabelle her younger sister escapes from school after school.  She runs to her father wanting his love.  World War Two arrives, and France is invaded by Nazis.  Vianne has a Nazi soldier staying with her at her house.  Isabelle flees Paris during the invasion.  She winds up at Vianne’s but feels she cannot stay with a Nazi under her sister’s roof. What happens when Isabelle becomes part of the French Resistance?  Will Vianne fight for France?

My Thoughts:

 I really liked this story.  I thought that the beginning was a little slow.  It has everything a World War Two story should have.  The mystery, the intrigue, and of course the story. She creates quality characters that readers will want to get to know better.   The character that most captured my heart was Isabelle and her quest of love from her family.   What better setting than Paris France and the surrounding country side?

 I hope that a movie is made of this novel!



Please visit Kristin on her Facebook page and her Website.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Helen Slavin in the Spotlight for Crooked Daylight

Helen Slavin is in the spotlight to feature her new novel Crooked Daylight.  We are so happy to have her here.  This a great read for those looking for something a little paranormal which makes normal anything but...


The Way sisters, Anna, Charlie and Emz, were raised in two worlds. Their mother’s realm of reason, measurement and logic, and the world inhabited by their spectacularly unconventional grandmother, Hettie. While their mother worked, the sisters ran wild at Hettie’s Cob Cottage, discovering forbidden Pike Lake, unknowable Havoc Wood, and what their grandmother referred to only as ‘The Strengths’. But time passed, the sisters grew up, work and relationships and their mother’s world won them over, and The Strengths lay forgotten… That is until Hettie passes away suddenly, leaving behind Cob Cottage and a whole lot of questions. Anna is busy trying very hard not to cry as she caters yet another wedding, Charlie is spending more time at the job she loves than with the boyfriend she’s not quite sure about and Emz is dreaming up new ways to avoid school and the drama that comes with it, but can they deal with strange guests, unexpected danger and some long forgotten memories?

About the Author:

Helen Slavin was born in Heywood in Lancashire in 1966. She was raised by eccentric parents on a diet of Laurel and Hardy, William Shakespeare and the Blackpool Illuminations. Educated at her local comp her favourite subjects at school were English and Going Home. After The University of Warwick she worked in many jobs including, plant and access hire, a local government Education department typing pool, and a vasectomy clinic. A job as a television scriptwriter gave her the opportunity to spend all day drinking tea, living in a made-up fantasy world and getting paid for it (sometimes). Helen has been a professional writer for fifteen years. Her first novel THE EXTRA LARGE MEDIUM was chosen as the winner in the Long Barn Books competition run by Susan Hill. A paragliding Welsh husband and two children distract her and give her ample opportunity to spend all day drinking tea, nagging about homework and washing pants for England. In the wee small hours she still keeps a bijou flat in that fantasy world of writing. When not working with animals and striving for world peace, Helen enjoys the music of Elbow and baking bread. Her favourite colour is purple and if she had to be stranded on a desert island with someone it would be Ray Mears (alright, George Clooney is very good looking but can he make fire with a stick? No. See?) She now lives, with her family, in Trowbridge, Wiltshire where, when she’s not writing, she’s asleep. Or in Tesco.

Please visit with Helen on  Twitter and her Website.

To purchase  this novel you can go to Amazon.