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Monday, 30 July 2012

Great Reviews for Surfing in Stilettos & The Dark Man's Son



We have two great reviews today, one from FFP Reviewer, Kim Fowler for Surfing in Stilettos by Carole E Wyer,I loved this. Parts of it were laugh out loud funny and some parts were very poignant.




And one from FFP Author & Reviewer, Sue Fortin for The Dark Man’s Son by Meg Whitlock. I loved Cassius’ dry and sarcastic caustic humour, he had some great lines – in fact, being a sucker for a bad guy, he was my favourite character in the book.”







Surfing in Stilettos by Carol E Wyer
This is the story of Amanda. She has decided to take a 'gap' year off and travel around Europe with her husband Phil in their camper van, that she has affectionately named Bernie. Along the way Bernie breaks down and they find themselves taking an extended stay in France. There Amanda befriends a chic frenchwoman Bibi, takes on a stepdog and works on her blog. When a family disaster forces Phil to return to the UK, she puts all her energy into her new lifestyle and her blog. Will she stay in France or return to the UK to be reunited with Phil?

I loved this. Parts of it were laugh out loud funny and some parts were very poignant. The addition of the blog to break up the chapters was a great idea, as I felt I was taking a sneaky peak into Amanda's life and she became more real to me. I understand this is a sequel of sorts but it never felt like I was missing out having not read the first. The pacing was just right and the ending was both funny and sad at the same time. I would recommend this as a light hearted down to earth read that doesn't take itself too seriously.



The Dark Man’s Son – Meg Whitlock,

The Dark Man’s Son is broken into three distinctive times, the present day, various historic times and ‘From The Journal’. I must admit at first I wasn’t quite sure if this would work, but taking each era at a time, I was able to follow what was happening. Gradually, a vivid back drop to the book was being unfolded. 

Looking back, I think it actually worked extremely well. Drip feeding back stories of the central characters and especially the technicalities of being a Demon , a Guardian, a vampire, a Prince from Hell or indeed Lucifer himself, weren’t things that could easily be explained in a couple of sentences.
Part One of the novel shifts between times and the individual stories told gradually reveal to the reader how the lives of the central characters are linked.  The connection wasn’t obvious but was threaded in very well so when it became apparent it was totally plausible.

It was at Part Two the story really took off for me as the main characters, Jason, the mortal one, Alex the Guardian of all things good and Cassius The Dark Man really came into their own.  There was great chemistry between these three.  I loved Cassius’ dry and sarcastic caustic humour, he had some great lines – in fact, being a sucker for a bad guy, he was my favourite character in the book.

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9 comments:

  1. What a tremendous start to Monday morning to read these reviews and thank you Kim! I am so pleased you enjoyed the book. Making people laugh is my goal and my pleasure. I actually cried at one part in the book. How can that happen when you are the author?

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  2. Great to see these reviews. Good job ladies. And Carol, I cried when writing one part of A Salt Splashed Cradle, and I don't cry easily, so you're not alone.

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    1. Thank you Chris - I was beginning to think I was becoming odd.

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  3. I loved Mini-skirts and Laughter and can't wait to get Surfing with Stilettos. I loved Amanda's adventures and think Phil is one funny guy, I'm chuffed to pieces waiting for the book. :)

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    1. Thank you very much Alessandra - I'll email you about where to get the next book.I can also send a Phil-a-like if you want one!

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  4. I am in the middle of Mini Skirts and Laughter...and loving every minute of it...give me the book and a glass of wine and I am happy. So I am looking forward to the next one..

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    1. Agnes I am thrilled you are enjoying it. It works best with a glass or two of wine. You sound like my sort of 'gal'.

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  5. Fantastic reviews from Sue & Kim, congrats Meg & Carol.

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  6. Thanks for the wonderful review, Sue! Made me smile all week. :D

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