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review 2019-02-01 14:59
Fathers, sons, betrayals and a gift with many shades.
Lover Betrayed (The Gift Legacy Companion Book 1) - JP McLean

I was sent an ARC copy of this novel, which I freely chose to review.

As I said in my review of Secret Sky, I had known about this series for a while but never seemed to find the time to read it as more books kept being added to it. After finally reading the first novel, I had the opportunity to read this one, that in effect covers much of the same ground as Secret Sky, but it is told from a different perspective, that of Jackson Delaney, the man who trains Em in the first book, and teaches her quite a number of things (and in case you haven’t read it, I won’t say any more). I must confess that my curiosity was two-fold. On finishing that novel, I think most readers will be left wondering the reasons for Jackson’s behaviour. Although he was never a favourite of mine (he seemed too good to be true and too secretive to be trustworthy), the things we learn about him at the end of the story would make most people reconsider what they had read and make conjectures as to why he had done what he did. As a writer, I was also intrigued about how the author would approach the challenge of telling the same story from a different perspective, or at least, including part of the same story into another story told by somebody else. It is not the same to write a book that includes different perspectives as writing two separate books giving us different accounts of the same story. By using a first-person narrative again, we get inside of the character’s head, and it makes for a very interesting experience, especially if one has read the other book very recently, as you can see the same scene, and read the same dialogue, but interpret it in a completely different way. It must have been a challenge, and I must say that although I read both books back to back and was, therefore, very familiar with the story, the nuances and the change in point of view kept it fresh and intriguing.

This novel talks about families and family relationships, particularly between fathers and sons, although the relationship of Jackson’s wife to her family is also key to the development of the story. The novel opens at the funeral for Jackson’s father, and the author sets the scene beautifully, with great descriptions of the setting, the characters, the funeral arrangements, down to the heat (this is New Orleans in August, and having visited it in September, I can only imagine how suffocating it must be). The author also manages to convey a lot of information about Jackson’s father and his somewhat “dubious” business practices, without making the reader feel there is too much telling. Being inside of Jackson’s head, we share in his perspective and, at least at first, it seems as if he is trying to leave his mark on things and do things more ethically and stand his moral ground, in contrast to his father. (Of course, having read the other book, I had my doubts as to how things would work out, but I think he makes for a very credible character if somebody reads this book first). It doesn’t take long though before it becomes evident that perhaps he is more of his father’s son than he wants to believe, and some of the lessons he learned from his father prove difficult to unlearn, like his lack of confidence and mistrust of women, and his attitude towards family, his and others.

This is another book that has paranormal elements at its heart although, at least at first sight, the novel is set in our everyday world, only with some enhancements and secrets most of us know nothing about. This novel can also be enjoyed by people who don’t often read fantasy, but here we come to realise much sooner than in Secret Sky that the gift can be manipulated and put to uses far from harmless, and we get the perspective of somebody who has grown up with the gift, rather than learning about it with the main character. Jackson moves between both worlds with ease and manages to keep them separate most of the time, but perhaps not as well as he imagines.

I enjoyed reading the same story from a different perspective, although I would not say the book has managed to endear me to Jackson, in particular. He is a solid character, his motivations are plausible, and whatever we might think of his behaviour, he is not all good or all bad. He is quick to think the worst of people; at times he seems cocky and full of confidence but some of his actions and reactions prove he is not as strong and self-confident as he’d like others to believe; he misjudges people often and holds grudges that seem unjustified; he is rather egotistical and thinks of his own interests first; he manipulates others to get what he wants, but he is ambivalent and tries to avoid causing unnecessary harm, can be generous on occasion, and is a dutiful son.  His attitude towards women is problematic, but this seems to be part of his inheritance, and yes, we do get the male perspective of the sexual encounters as well (not something I particularly cared for, but like the rest of the book, I thought Jackson’s voice felt genuine and worked well). There is a clear ARC to the character and by the end he has learned a lot about himself, not all of it flattering.

I read a description of the book which mentioned Rashomon and it got me thinking. Rashomon tells the same story from the perspectives of several of the witnesses present, and in this case I wondered how other characters would have seen the events, or rather, thought about Jackson and his actions at the time. But that would be another book. (Just saying!)

The novel also contains questions for book clubs (don’t read them before you read the novel, as there are spoilers) and a glossary of terms that hints at a much more complex world than we have so far glimpsed. That and the description of the rest of the books in the series piqued my curiosity, and I suspect this would not be the last book in the series I read.

I think this book can be enjoyed on its own, and I’d be curious to hear the opinion of somebody who read it without being familiar with the series, but to fully appreciate it I’d recommend reading at least the first of the Gift Legacy series first. A book for readers who enjoy a touch of fantasy and fancy, combined with a good story of family relationships, betrayal, and mystery. And if you like boats and sailing, even better.

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text 2019-01-07 09:26
Water Restoration Procedures to Maintain a Healthy Atmosphere

General repair and maintenance are the basic needs of the house, and every one of us has to address these household issues. It is part of our residential and commercial life or you can say both. If you do not maintain the common fixtures of the house, then it can create a lot of problems which you cannot even imagine. One of the biggest troubles is water damages which include problems of leaky or broken taps & pipes, toilet, sink overflow and sewer line breakage. Then, you should address these damages by availing the services of the finest company that deals in water damage restoration New Orleans. It will restore the damages that had occurred due to the failure of water systems and stop the overflow of those appliances.

You will ultimately sense the necessity of fixing them when your homely chores will get disturbed by the leakage or overflow of water. But, it is better to take care of those things at an initial stage so it cannot trouble your lifestyle. Water removal New Orleans restores your freedom and maintains a safe, secure and healthy surrounding for you and your family. The different procedures of cleaning and restoring are as follows-

  • Step 1: Experts removes the water standing on the surface with the extracting pumps.

  • Step 2: It will drain the liquid from the carpets and floors of the house. 

  • Step 3: Most of the household material will bring back to its initial conditions as they are before, except for the damaged ones.

  • Step 4: Cleaning of the house will get rid of harmful bacteria’s and diseases.

If you find yourself in the need of such services, then you must contact MIDO Restoration Services. There is no better solution than to get these issues attended by the water damage repair New Orleans experts. They are always ready to help the people of New Orleans, LA for their domestic and business purposes by providing them with their top-class cleaning and restoration services. During the stressful condition, an experienced service provider is capable to resolve the different problems of a building such as water damage, fire damage, and mold remediation. The technicians of this company are highly qualified and trained. They employ modern equipment which is used to stop water overflow and also latest drainage systems. 

For further details, visit Waterdamage-neworleans.com

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text 2019-01-05 10:02
Maintain Your Rug’s Quality by Availing Services of Professionals Cleaners

We all want a beautiful clean house but in our busy day to day life, it is really hard to find time to maintain it. We often do not notice but the carpet of our house is the home of millions of dirt and dust particles. It is really important to pay attention to the hygiene and cleanliness of the carpet or it can cause you serious health problems like infection or breathing issues. If you are willing to have your carpet cleaned by professionals, then oriental rug cleaning New Orleans services can help you. It is assured that you will not be disappointed regarding the cleaning of your house carpets.

The most significant reason why you should opt for these services is that the interior appearance of your house will brighten and it will add charm to the beauty of your house. The regular carpet cleaning will reduce the chances of it getting damaged and you would not have to invest in the new one for your house. Every one of us wants our houses to be neat and clean but the only problem is to find such service providers who can provide the same at a reliable cost.

If you are trying to clean house on your own, then that effort won’t count. It is not an easy task to make your carpets dirt free because it needs equipment which is usually not available at our homes. What are the options for you then? To make your house look good and be dirt free, you need to get the services of the skilled workers that provide you with the finest Oriental rug cleaning.

If you are interested to have a clean and safe environment for your kids and pets at your place, then you should contact WoolPro Rug Cleaning. It has years of practice in the field of cleaning and maintenance of customer’s carpets and rugs. Their workers are qualified to make every impossible task achievable with their innovative work. For more convenience of the customers, they do a survey after cleaning that the particles such as stain, dust, and allergens are removed properly or not. If there is any requirement for rugs cleaning, then contact them for the services at a reasonable price.

WoolPro Rug Cleaning is the certified rug cleaners New Orleans Company that is proactive for the maintenance of your house carpets.

For further detail, visit Woolpro-rugcleaning.com


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text 2018-11-15 13:46
Avail the Services of Rug Cleaning at the Most Affordable Price

Rugs are the most essential element of a house, they not only add beauty to your place but also, they provide you the needed comfort. Taking care of the quality of your rug is really important and regularly cleaning it would definitely prevent the perishing and destruction of the rug. Rug cleaning New Orleans services can help you in dealing with the problem of rug cleaning.

There are several reasons why your rug needs cleaning such as dust, dirt, hair, liquid spills, stains, pet dander, pollen, and other debris that gets embedded in it. It is also noticed that direct sunlight also causes damage to the rug. There are ways that you can try to clean your rug by yourself such as vacuuming, but the results would not be as good as a professional rug cleaner would provide. It would be very disappointing if you will adjust your work schedule to manage time and work really hard to clean the rug with no visible results, thus relying on cleaning company is the best thing you could do.

It is suggested to hire the professional rug cleaners and let them do the work as they know all the tactics and they possess equipment that can do wonders with your rugs. A professional will also serve you with the best Oriental rug cleaning services possible such as blinding, fringe removal & replacement, plugs, padding, rebuilding and reweaving. Applying these things will effectively improve the condition of your rug and give it a clean and fresh look.

It is always advised to clean the rug rather than replacing it with a new one because stuff like rugs and carpets are really expensive. If you are wondering where you will find a proficient rug cleaning company, you must contact WoolPro Rug Cleaning. It is New Orleans based company that is well-known for their efficient work techniques and hard working employees.

The company is able to provide uniquely qualified process of rug cleaning, restoring and repairing. The employees working in the company are well trained and skilled. They treat each rug with utmost care and high standard of workmanship. WoolPro Rug Cleaning is a trustable and reliable company working in this realm. They use modernized equipment and techniques in order to stay resourceful and give their customers the best services. They are known as the best rug cleaners New Orleans.

For more details visit, Woolpro-rugcleaning.com



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text 2018-11-15 06:41
Why Carpet Cleaning Service Providers Have Become Very Important?

Every person out there wants to create an outstanding and unparallel ambiance in his/her houses and offices. An outstanding ambiance can only be created when interior as well as the exterior of your house look flawless. You can add charm to the looks of your house by placing high-quality carpets, rugs, tiles, and grout, vases and many other home decorating items in your house. People prefer to place expensive and good looking carpet in their house and always want it to be in the similar condition. Whether you own a residential property or a commercial property, carpets give an aesthetic beauty that makes the house glowing. However, due to continuous exposure to the environment, it becomes host to the dust particles, allergens, etc.


Every person is not financially strong that he/she can buy the carpet, upholstery, rugs or any other expensive home decorating item again whenever they find it dirty. The dust particles accumulate over and below the carpet, the stubborn stain appears on the carpet due to fallen food, pet urine, footprints and many more. These cannot be removed by following ordinary washing methods and ordinary washing solution. You will have to approach a cleaning service provider who can get you carpet cleaning New Orleans services at an affordable price.

If you are looking for a professional cleaning service provider, then look no further than New Orleans Carpet Cleaning. It is the leading upholstery cleaning New Orleans, carpet cleaning, tiles and grout cleaning and many other cleaning services. Go through the following list to know the cleaning services offered by New Orleans Carpet Cleaning:

 

  • Carpet Cleaning New Orleans
  • Carpet and Furniture Protector
  • Rug Cleaning
  • Commercial Cleaning
  • Upholstery Cleaning
  • House Cleaning
  • Hardwood Floor Cleaning
  • Pet Odor Removal
  • Tile and grout cleaning New Orleans
  • Water Damage

 

The professional cleaners of New Orleans Carpet Cleaning make sure that they use eco-friendly solutions and methods to eliminate dust, deep stains, dirt, bacteria, allergens, human and pet hair etc from your carpet, rug, upholstery and tiles and grout. The carpet cleaning services offered by New Orleans Carpet Cleaning is first of its kind and safe for human, pets, and environment. All cleaning services can be availed at competitive rates and you will acquire the clean, fresh carpet for your home.

For more details, visit Carpetcleaning-neworleans.com



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