Monday, 21 January 2013

Great book, I gave it five stars.

Riveting!!, January 21, 2013 By Yvonne Lee (United Kingdom) This review is from: The Witch Tree (Anna Denning Mystery) (Kindle Edition) When I saw the word witch, I was a little dubious, but I needn't have worried. The Witch Tree is a great thriller, with a lot of twists and turns. It's a riveting read and very well written. It had me on the edge of my seat. Anna Denning is a genealogist; she delivers some work she has done for a client, only to find the client is dead...murdered. Anna finds herself a suspect and so begins her desperate attempt to prove her innocence and save her reputation and genealogy business. The author has a great talent for description; I could feel the cold...see the snow covered landscape. I almost found myself trembling along with Anna as she bravely faced her enemy the witch Darlene. The woman was not so much a witch, more a woman so filled with hate, that it empowered her. I loved Anna's strength and integrity. Her dogged perseverance, and the way her faith which had been smothered by the death of her beloved husband Sean, slowly began to surface, giving her the courage to fight her enemies and embrace her life. If this is Karin Kaufman's debut novel, then I can't wait to read her future books!

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Awesome new review for Through a Glass

I was thrilled when I found this review for my fantasy novel Through a Glass. It's always good when someone gets what you're trying to say. And this reviewer certainly did!

3.0 out of 5 stars An exciting , thought provoking read, 17 Jan 2013

This review is from: Through a Glass (Paperback)
A world through a mirror, talking animals, gruesome hideous beasts, evil trees and an important quest to be completed:Y I lee crafts an exciting and imaginative adventure that keeps you engaged until its triumphant conclusion.
Irene is a talented artist who paints with a mirror behind her to reflect the painting.She notices aspects of a painting that she definitely didn't create and ends up through the mirror and in the world of her own picture. There she embarks on an adventure with her new friend Stagman that aims to conquer the evil darkness in the land and release the kidnapped horse belonging to the prince of the land. The journey is often scary and dark with wonderful moments of peace and beauty and leading to......well you'll have to wait and see for yourself.
Y I Lee has a vivid imagination which lends itself to writing fantasy.In particular she excels at conveying fear and darkness through amazing descriptions of hideous creatures and evil events. The characters are warm and likable and the story is fast paced and easy to read.
The story is of course a christian allegory and Irene's journey is one of self discovery and, more importantly, discovery of faith in God even in the darkest and most discouraging of circumstances. Towards the end Irene needs to swing across a ravine on a rope[I think I can say that without a spoiler warning] and it reminded me of a line in a song I know.Our faith is like a rope and the song said "although a rope looks strong, you don't know how strong until you're hanging from it " Irene discovered her faith was strong enough and I guess Y I Lee is meaning to inspire the reader to test their own rope as it were.Other spiritual themes were the use of spiritual armour in our fight with the enemy.
YILee's writing is easy read and very simple and would, I think, suit young adults very well although adults and children of all ages would also enjoy it.Christians in particular would enjoy the biblical references and themes.I have given it 3 stars to show I enjoyed it very much and because I rarely give 4 or 5 stars,;only for literary masterpieces

Saturday, 5 January 2013

A five star review.

I'm delighted, I have a review for my fantasy Through a Glass.

It,s exciting through this glass., January 4, 2013

This review is from: Through a Glass (Paperback)
I was given this book to read and review, which was a great pleasure for me. From the moment Irene enters Stagman,s domain it is clear that there will be excitement and adventure. The reader will not be disappointed. The characters are believe able and well presented. Ezekiel the rat is a particular favourite for me. This book will please young and old alike,being suitable for all ages. I recommend it to all.

Friday, 4 January 2013

The blurb for newly published book.

Irene, a gifted young artist, always paints with a mirror strategically positioned behind her, as an aid with perspective. As she puts the finishing touches to her latest painting, and studies its reflection in the mirror. She is shocked to see an extremely tall man, half hidden by the trees staring back at her. Irene had not placed a figure in the painting. So who was he? Where did he come from?

When she examines the canvas, there is no one there!

Puzzled and a little apprehensive, Irene turns, and refocuses on the mirror. To her astonishment, the glass appears strangely liquid. She tentatively puts her hand out to touch it, and in a split second finds herself transported into the world of her own painting.

In this strange and frightening place, Irene meets the mysterious tall man, and embarks on a journey that will test every ounce of courage and faith she possesses.

Thursday, 3 January 2013

I gave this lovely book five stars.

I really enjoyed Sheila Hollinghead’s first book Thundersnow. So I was delighted when given a copy of Clothed in Thunder to read and review. However, this has in no way influenced my review.


Normally my favoured genres are fantasy and mystery, but since reading Sheila Hollinghead’s books I am now switched on to historical fiction.

It was lovely to follow Sarah Jane once again as she embarked on a new chapter in her story. Due to circumstances she’s had to leave her sick mother, and the farm she loves, to go with her young brother Zeke and live with their aunt Liz and Uncle Howard.

Sarah Jane finds life hard and struggles with her loneliness and the loss of her father. Added to that are her feelings for Michael, but he seems different, does she really know him after all? To compound her confusion, her nemesis Dan arrives on the scene. He seems different, but is he all he appears to be?

Will Sarah Jane fulfil her dream of becoming a veterinarian? And of the two men in her life, who will she choose? Michael the man she has always loved, or Dan who professes he has changed.

  This is a wonderful story of a young girls struggles as she grows into a woman. It’s a story of faith, of good friends, family, and a willingness to try and see the best in people.

This is such a good book; I loved it as much as the first one. I cannot recommend it highly enough, and I look forward to reading book three.