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review 2018-03-24 18:49
The Apothecary's Garden by Julie Bozza Review
The Apothecary's Garden - Julie Bozza

Hilary Kent, a Londoner all his working life, retires to Wiltshire after an estranged cousin unexpectedly leaves him an inhabitable tower surrounded by an overgrown physic garden – and that’s when graduate student Tom Laurence suddenly erupts into his life, convincing him that together they can restore the ancient garden to its former glory. Tom’s cheerful friendship is the best thing that’s ever happened to Hilary and he’s perfectly content with that until, to his astonishment and confusion, it seems that Tom’s affection for him is beginning to grow into something more … something he feels he probably shouldn’t allow.




If you like age gaps in romance this is a doozy. There are so many little gestures to love in this quiet romance. History, the garden, the discussion of love...

The writing is lyrical and comforting. It is a mellow book despite some of the internal drama. I would have loved if this book was told from the younger hero's point of view and not just Hilary's. There are just details that are missing because of a solo point of view. 

They both are kind fine men and I am glad they found each other.


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review 2018-03-17 17:30
The Thick of Things

As i grow older and wiser in love and life, i really like my leading romance ladies to be so much more than looking for Prince charming. In the Thick of Things, Khalila does not disappoint. She's independent, she's sexy and passionate about her life and others. We know that with or without Douglas she will survive, but i was routing for Douglas.  

Douglas, also very much an independent man is driven to prove himself to be worthy of a chance, so he thinks before he acts and reacts to Khalila. Which is all a man really has to figure out how to do to succeed with the woman he loves. 

This story is a wonderful read, it's sexy but sweet. It addresses deep issues of sorrow but gives hope and the reader is quickly taken up with the lives of each character. 

The best stories are those where you wonder about the love-story of the other characters because they've made such an impression on you and i hope to be reading about Corinne and even Trent at another time. 

JL Campbell has woven a charming tale of love, and second chances and i am pleased to be able to review and now recommended it to others. 

Keep Writing JL.

Source: www.caribbeanbooks.org/books/the-thick-of-things
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text 2018-03-11 22:17
Interesting Quote [Currently Reading]
The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett

“One of the new things people began to find out in the last century was that thoughts—just mere thoughts—are as powerful as electric batteries—as good for one as sunlight is, or as bad for one as poison. To let a sad thought or a bad one get into your mind is as dangerous as letting a scarlet fever germ get into your body. If you let it stay there after it has got in you may never get over it as long as you live."


― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden. Published 1911.


This quote stood out to me as I am reading this book. It is very true, but if you have depression, how does one stop the sad and bad thoughts? It is something to think about.

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text 2018-03-07 13:15
Reading progress update: I've read 156 out of 384 pages.
Garden of Shadows (Dollanganger Series) - V.C. Andrews

Malcolm Foxworth is probably the worst human being I have ever read, and Olivia is just enabling him. "Oh, you want to rape your stepmom? Yes, it bothers me, but I dislike her because she's beautiful and had a beautiful child and I am a horrid woman, too." The only good people in this book are either dying off or are about to be shafted. Makes me wonder wtf goes on in Andrews's head.

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text 2018-03-06 20:26
Reading progress update: I've read 100 out of 384 pages.
Garden of Shadows (Dollanganger Series) - V.C. Andrews

A woman can only truly blossom when she has a man's love?



A woman's duty is to be a good wife, a good home maker, and a good breeder?



Don't let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya.

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