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Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Book Review: Fragments Of Grace by Kathryn Le Veque

Fragments Of Grace is a really exciting read - from start to finish. It tells the story of Keir, a knight with a tragic past, and Chloe, the daughter of a wealthy landowner.  Chloe's enthusiasm, passion and openness help Keir heal the wounds of the past and he slowly opens up to the possibility of loving again. 

However, the path of true love does not run smooth, and Keir and Chloe have huge obstacles to face before they can truly be together.

What I liked about the novel:

- I really enjoy bitter-sweet stories (yes romance with happy endings can still be bitter-sweet!) and this one has a lot of sadness and darkness, which gives the story a lot more power than many traditional historical romances.

- I loved the romance and the deep feelings the two main protagonists have for each other. It truly is a 'love story' in the classic sense.

- The supporting cast of characters, and the secondary love stories, and all great and well-rounded. I must say that there were times when I preferred Chloe's feisty sister, Cassandra, to our heroine - and Summer (the young healer who appears at around the novel's three-quarter mark), is a fabulous character I would have liked to have seen developed further.

- I loved the action - there's not a dull moment throughout the novel. It sets a cracking pace and keeps you turning those pages.

What I didn't like so much...

I have given Fragments Of Grace 5 stars because I was thoroughly drawn in by it - however there were a couple of things that bugged me.

- I don't know how many times I heard that Chloe was the 'most beautiful woman in the whole North of England', and that her beauty was without comparison. After a while, it got a bit boring. I prefer reading about women who are a little more realistic, women I can actually relate to. As I mentioned above, I actually preferred Chloe's sister, Cassandra, as a character.

- Some of the descriptions were a little clumsy and rushed, which was a pity as there were some moments (especially towards the end), that deserved more attention given to them. Throughout the novel, there were a few too many instances of the author 'telling' us what the characters are like and how they feel, rather than 'showing' us.

Those niggles aside, I really enjoyed this book and recommend Fragments Of Grace to any lover of historical romance.

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Thursday, 4 February 2016

Goodreads Book Giveaway: DARKEST BEFORE DAWN

DARKEST BEFORE DAWN has launched. The novel has been available on Amazon and Smashwords since 1 February 2016, and to celebrate the launch, I am also running a Goodreads Book Giveaway.

Enter for a chance to win 1 of two paperback copies of this epic historical romance, set in 7th Century Anglo-Saxon England. Use the widget below to enter!



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Darkest before Dawn by Jayne Castel

Darkest before Dawn

by Jayne Castel

Giveaway ends February 12, 2016.
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