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review 2018-11-11 18:03
A Hand to Hold, Grace Given
Amish Fiction: A Hand to Hold: The Good ... Amish Fiction: A Hand to Hold: The Good Samaritan (Amish Parables Book 1) - Grace Given,Pure Read

This was an interesting take on the Good Samaritan . I voluntarily chose to review this and I've given it a 4.5* rating. This is also book 9 of the Amish Christmas Books set. I must say that the guys were very open to try things. Is this a guy thing? Anyway, nice ending.

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review 2018-10-10 12:49
How Much the Heart Can Hold - Various

Seven stories about seven forms of love. Can there be that many really? Well yes as How Much the Heart Can Hold shows. Each of the stories in this collection focus on a different form of love: La Douleur Exquise – the exquisite pain of unrequited love; Pragma – a longstanding love; Philautia – self love, which can either be narcissism or a noble understanding of the self; Mania – a love that is without rational thinking; Storge- familial love; Eros – romantic love or desire and Agape – unconditional, altruistic love.

 

This collection takes the concept of love and turns it on it’s head. These are not traditional love stories for they are not inspired by the traditional concept of love. As you read some, the love that is the inspiration to the story is obvious, with others it is more subtle, emerging from the story sometimes after it has long since been read.

As with any collection there were stories I enjoyed more than others. The ones that standout for me are Codas by Carys Bray, White Wine by Nikesh Shukla and the final story, The Human World by Bernadine Evaristo.

 

Codas is a moving tale of familial love, in more than one respect and one in which many readers may see reflections of their own lives. White Wine is a story of self love but not of the narcissistic type. In it we see the internal battle to love who we are, that attempts to change our core to pleases others is often futile, that the issue is the other person’s alone and that this realisation is about finally loving ourselves. The Human World is based on altruistic love, of its futility and it’s reward and is thought-provoking in its concept.

 

All of the stories have the ability to effect the reader. Love is, after all, one of the ruling emotions for humans. The stories are moving, thought provoking, familiar and also unknown.

 

A varied, interesting, contemplative collection, with an unusual but effective theme.

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review 2018-09-17 00:00
Hold Tight
Hold Tight - Harlan Coben My first Harlan Coben book. Will definitely not be my last. The story itself was really good, but not the best I've read. I absolutely love his writing style though.
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review 2018-08-25 08:00
BLOG TOUR Review: The Hangman's Hold (DCI Matilda Darke #4) by Michael Wood
The Hangman's Hold - Michael Wood

ISBN: 978-0008311629

 

Published by: Killer Reads (24th August 2018)

 

Rating: 5*

 

Synopsis:

 

There’s a killer in your house.
The Hangman waits in the darkness of your living room. As soon as you get home, he will kill you – hang you by the neck – and make you pay for all the crimes you have tried desperately to forget.

 

He knows your darkest secrets.
The police are running out of time. DCI Matilda Darke is facing her worst nightmare: a serial killer pursuing his own brand of lethal justice, whose campaign of violence is spreading fear throughout the city.

 

And he is closer than you think.
As the body count rises, Matilda is personally targeted and even her most trusted colleagues fall under suspicion. But can she keep those closest to her from harm? Or is it already too late?

 

Review:

DCI Matilda Darke is such a beautifully written character. She's strong - capable of barking out orders with a ferocity that demands results, yet has a beguiling fragility as a result of the most unimaginable emotional trauma. In The Hangman's Hold, Matilda faces losing her very sanity as she and her team hunt down a vigilante serial killer who has decided to take matters into their own hands. 

 

This is an intriguing book that grabbed my attention from the outset. The Hangman character is utterly creepy and made me feel uneasy enough to look over my shoulder as I read, but at the same time I felt compelled to keep reading to find out what they would do next! There are many personal and professional relationships within the police team that get tested to the max when the elusive killer seems to be out of their grasp. With more twists and turns than a hangman's noose, this novel also really made me think. When is a crime paid for? 

 

Michael Wood has managed to squeeze all the elements needed for a brilliant crime novel into a truly engrossing read. DCI Matilda Darke is fast becoming one of my favourite characters because she is just so real. I'd like to thank the author, Harper Impulse, Killer Reads and Netgalley for providing an ARC. This is my unbiased review. 

 

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review 2018-08-22 22:43
Audiobook Review: Hold You Close by: Corinne Michaels (Author), Melanie Harlow (Author), Andi Arndt (Narrator), Tor Thom (Narrator)
 Hold You Close - Andi Arndt,Melanie Harlow,Corinne Michaels,Tor Thom

 

Audiobook Review: Hold You Close by: Corinne Michaels (Author), Melanie Harlow (Author), Andi Arndt (Narrator), Tor Thom (Narrator)

It's hard to be at your strongest when dealing with life at your weakest. Ian and London have a history that borders on contentious. He broke her heart. She hits at his ego. All that changes when a tragedy rocks their lives and forces them to face painful truths about themselves, each other and the new responsibilities that are headed their way. Hold You Close is all heart with some heat thrown in for good measure. It's a tale of love, loss, growth and family with a side of second chances. With dynamic duos like authors Harlow and Michaels and narrators like Ardnt and Thom leading the way, Hold You Close is a heartache you won't soon forget.

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