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review 2018-07-13 18:41
Zu viel Amore
Nie wieder Amore!: Roman - Tessa Hennig Nie wieder Amore!: Roman - Tessa Hennig

Moni guckt nicht schlecht, als Lena sich telefonisch bei ihr meldet. Lena ruft von Sizilien an, sie hat beim Aufräumen altes Filmmaterial gefunden auf dem Moni mit ihrer Jugendliebe Vincenzo zu sehen, wie Lena herrausgefunden hat ist Vincenzo am Leben und wohnt hier auf Sizilien. Moni dachte ihre Leben lang, dass Vincenzo tot sei; sofort macht sie sich mit ihrem Enkel Jan auf nach Sizilien zu Lena und ihrer Freundin. Dort klappern sie die Orangenbauern ab und legen sich am Ende sogar mit der Mafia an.

Der Schreibstil lässt sich einfach und locker lesen. Schnell ist man in der Geschichte drinnen und genießt den Duft der Orangenbäume und die Sonne auf der Haut.
So schnell sich einige Stellen lesen lassen, so ziehen sich andere in die Länge.

Moni verliebt sich schnell in die Insel und ich kann ihre Entscheidung da zu bleiben gut verstehen.
Das die Mafia eine Rolle spielen muss, nur weil das Buch in Italien bzw. auf Sizilien spielt, muss nicht sofort die Mafia eine Rolle spielen.

Das humorvolle Cover und der Klappentext versprechen ein Buch voller Humor, leider fand ich das Buch nicht sonderlich lustig. Mir gibt es persönlich ein wenig zu viel Amore und Happy Ends.

Es war mein erstes Buch von Tessa Hennig und ich glaube nicht, dass es noch mehr Bücher von ihr in mein Regal schaffen.
Eine nette Urlaubslektüre, aber empfehlen würde ich es nicht.

Ich habe das Buch von vorablesen bereitgestellt bekommen und bedanke mich herzlich dafür.

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review 2018-06-08 01:02
Redemption and Restoration
Thief of Corinth - Tessa Afshar

There is a reason that Tessa Afshar is one of my favorite Christian authors. She pens Biblical fiction with consummate skill and keen insight, and “Thief of Corinth” is no exception. The ancient world of first-century Corinth springs to vivid life and offers readers a tour of the culture and people residing there. Despite this antiquated setting, Afshar draws many parallels between Corinth and the modern world. The issue of women’s rights—or acute lack thereof—features prominently, as does the fallout of a broken family and the repercussions of strained and severed relationships, friendships and peer pressure, and financial struggles.

With unerring acumen, “Thief of Corinth” weaves social and personal concerns and how the two intersect in the lives of the characters. Ariadne, the young heroine, challenges the status quo with her fiery personality and sense of self-preservation. Her cunning and naiveté create a duality that makes her all the more relatable and sympathetic. As readers follow her journey and understand the great impact of the past and how she came to make her choices, they realize the prospect and the cost of restoration. Perhaps the circumstances of her life have, in fact, tuned her ear to the whisper of redemption. Likewise, this novel targets a larger audience besides Christians. Readers outside the faith will doubtless enjoy Ariadne’s story and be touched by its telling and its outcome, gleaning the treasure of “Thief of Corinth” and serving as a testament to the power of love regardless of the time and place.

I received a complimentary copy of “Thief of Corinth” from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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review 2018-06-07 10:02
REVIEW BY MERISSA - To Discover a Divine (Rise of the Stria #1) by Tessa McFionn
To Discover a Divine (Rise of the Stria #1) - Tessa McFionn

To Discover a Divine is the first book in the Rise of the Stria series, and we start this series with a bang. Evainne has ended up on a prison barge in the middle of outer space when all she did was walk out of her front door. She is rescued by an 'alien' who helps her as much as he can. Evainne is different to the females Khalym knows, as she is blunt to the point of being tactless. However, the sparks are there between the two of them. Now if they can only figure out just what Evainne was wanted for, and how they keep being found, it should all be good.


This is a fast-paced science fiction romance, with plenty of action and adventure too. Evainne handles all the information remarkably well, but it is written in a way that explains that, rather than just trying to sweep it under the carpet. Khalym is a hero who thinks he is broken as he has been rejected for most of his life. Together, I can see these two having an amazing time, and it has definitely given me a taste for more in this series.


With no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt my reading flow, this story kept me engrossed from beginning to end. It does have a HFN ending, with a sort of cliffhanger, but all that has done is leave me wanting MORE right NOW! Absolutely recommended.


* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *



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review 2018-06-03 17:15
Fantasy version of King Lear - a bit long but quite readable
The Queens of Innis Lear - Tessa Gratton


This fantasy novel is basically a take on King Lear with all the main characters, often with similar names, the fantasy element coming through the magic of the land as manipulated by key characters.

Quite engaging, especially if you're not familiar with the original play (as in my case) but too long at 560+ pages. I don't need as much repetition nor a description of what each character is wearing in most scenes. Characters are well- developed and the descriptions are lush and vivid. If you know the play, I am sure that the ending is different so no spoilers here! I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.



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review 2018-03-26 02:18
Do You Want to Start a Scandal
Do You Want to Start a Scandal (Castles Ever After) - Tessa Dare

What a delightful book! I FINALLY got Charlotte Highwood's story and thankfully it didn't disappoint. I enjoyed the (brief) appearances of Diana and Aaron and Minerva and Colin. Charlotte was an awesome heroine. She's inquisitive, intelligent, and good at reading people. Piers was the perfect person for her. Even though she says it first, I really liked that Piers was the first to "fall." The "mystery" was refreshing, and funny. 
The only thing I didn't like: Charlotte is a slob, I didn't quite understand how someone could be so very messy.

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