The Butterfly and the Violin is a sad and gentle tale of two young lovers who were sent to the Nazi concentration camps, how they survived by a small thread of hope, how they were separated and found again, and how poignant and fragile the gift of life is. I was so deeply moved by this story that I purchased my own copy. If you wish for a book that will speak deeply to your heart, this I recommend!
This story contains everything I expect from a Nora Roberts – romance and mystery. The beginning of the story was great and grabbed my attention from the first page. But then, as the story continued there were places where the it all seemed a bit unbelievable. Overall it was a great story to read with a good cast of characters.
Ruby is the story of a broken woman, run mad and ill used, and a man who finally steps out of his sister’s home, to love her. It’s set in an all black Texas town, full of righteous people and dark secrets. It is a love story, but it is very dark in places – black magic, horrific abuse and violence, told in lyrical language and ultimately hopeful.
This is an enjoyable read; light, funny, sweet. The characters are endearing and the story engaging. Perhaps a touch predictable for me, and without real depth, but a happy diversion.
Sarah Jio is a favourite author of mine, her stories traditionally have present and past stories that intertwine. The look of love takes a departure from her normal style and the story falls flat in some areas. Jane was given the talent of seeing love at her birth and just before her 30th birthday she has to identify the six types of love. These six types of love can be found in the people around her and they have some interesting relationships – not all happy together everlasting love. It was an enjoyable read but is my least favourite of Sarah’s novels. Try The violets of March or The last camellia.
This book has all the elements I expect in this type of novel – a great Australian location, likeable characters, many misunderstandings and a bit of drama, with love winning out at the end. Daniella arrives in outback Queensland fleeing from her past and meets station heir Mark worrying about his future. There are enough clues in the story to work out what is going to happen, but did not distract me from wanting to read to the end and find out how the story finishes. An enjoyable rural romance.
The story grabbed me at the beginning, lost me in the middle and then pulled me back in at the end. I think this was because of the nature the relationship between Lily and Robbie which is fully explored later in the novel and thus their actions and attitudes made more sense. A lot of the situations were unbelievable and I found the character of William a bit “clunky”. Not as much humour as promised on the cover but overall an enjoyable read.
Lucy Waring arrives at her sister’s glorious villa on sunny Corfu for a few weeks away from her failing acting career in London and gets a lot more than a tan. Mystery, murder, Shakespeare and romance on an historical Greek island with a sassy heroine and handsome men wherever you turn. I feel like I have had an adventurous beach holiday myself, This Rough Magic is so much fun.
This book slowly draws you in as you follow the two storylines; Tristan who is trying to find evidence that will allow him to inherit a large fortune, and Ashley who devised the will. As Ashley’s story is revealed Tristan begins his search. I had to keep reading to find out the ending of this richly detailed story that includes World War I and mountaineering expeditions to Everest. But then the ending!, it stops without revealing the full story! It was frustrating and stopped this from being a fantastic read.