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Time Twist by Jeanie Davis – Book Review

 

Arianna Miller tosses her luggage and her hopes into her Subaru and sets out to prove her talent—by decorating a Victorian mansion thirty miles from nowhere. She needs a fresh start and a break from painful memories. However, she is soon haunted by reminders of her past and endangered by foreboding mysteries.

Christopher Flemming is determined to stop his father’s crime spree, which began in nineteenth century London and now threatens present day Colorado. He must find and destroy the time-traveling machine that brought them forward in time. More importantly, he needs to save Arianna.
Because of Christopher’s blurred focus, Arianna finds her attraction to him untenable. She wants to help him, but he refuses to reveal his connection to the mansion.
Everything changes when Arianna stumbles onto the time machine before Christopher does. Will her future end up in the past?

 

 

 

 

   Jeanie Davis is an Arizona transplant—twenty-four years and counting. She loves peach ice cream, shopping, a clean house…oh, and chocolate, of course. She has traveled extensively—from Fiji to Africa and Europe to Costa Rica—but prefers being at home creating new adventures on her computer.
 
     Her four daughters have left her nest empty, but they return often with grandchildren who bring real fun and adventure to her life. And thankfully, Jeanie’s awesome husband, Rick, loves to join in on all her escapades.
 
      A good romance will always capture Jeanie’s attention; add suspense or historical ties and she’s totally hooked. She’s the author of a time-traveling adventure, Time Twist—the first of a romantic/suspense series with a twist of paranormal; an historical fiction novel, As Ever Yours, based on the lives of her grandparents, and a children’s Christmas book, I Don’t Know Why I Did It.
 
     Jeanie is passionate about writing, and she always has a new story to delve into or an older one to revise. She began by writing poetry and music, which she still enjoys, but now novels have moved to the forefront of her avocational pursuits.
     When she’s not spoiling her grandchildren, Jeanie spends her free time curled up with a good book or typing away on her most recent mystery, adventure or romance.
Time Twist by Jeanie Davis is a story line that goes perfectly well with the title. This story is about time machine and time travelling. But, I totally liked how the author presents a beautiful twist to the story about a man travelling back into time to commit crimes. This definitely is a unique, interesting and totally new plotline of all the time travelling stories I’ve ever read.
Coming to the story, Arianna, the female lead, is an interior designer who takes a prestigious job of designing a Victorian styled mansion in Pueblo for a rich man named Mr. Somers. Christopher is a police officer in Pueblo who meets Arianna under strange circumstances. They strike a connection immediately. Arianna finds Christopher very nice, and gentlemanly, like someone from old school. Mr. Somers brings his entire family from 19th century to 21st century in his time machine to escape a big fraud. Christopher turns out to be his son and eagerly waiting to rescue his mother, brother and sister from his abusive father.
The struggle of the 19th century people trying to sustain in the 21st century is explained well. It is not very elaborated but it is just apt. Christopher struggling all alone to keep his secrets to himself, not being able to share with colleagues or any friends, breaks my heart. Arianna is a strong woman who is hard working and very much independent. She tries to help Somers’ family and rescue them. I like how Mr. Somers’ daughter and Arianna communicate through a journal to maintain their communication a secret. Another best thing I enjoyed about this book is the detailing of the mansion, the paintings and other antique pieces that are decorated in the house. The balance between the time where the story took place is just perfect.
The characters are well built. I liked the pace of the story. This book is an easy read and I recommend it to everyone from teenagers to older readers. This has definitely become my favorite among the time travelling books I read so far.
Darkness had fallen. She turned on lights as she passed from one room to the next. First, she inspected the main level, taking her time to make every detail precise. Other than some packaging materials scattered on the floor in the theater room, so far everything looked good. “Theater room,” Ari snarled. “Four years ago, you didn’t even know what a television was, Mr. Somers.” She gathered the trash and took it out to the garage.
When she entered the study, a dark foreboding sensation enshrouded her like a cloak. Shadows seemed to follow her as she moved. Taking a breath, she gave herself a mental shake.
Of course she felt this way—this house was haunted—not by spirits that once were, but by the evil spirit of one moving in. She shivered.
A door banged shut. Ari jumped a few inches off the ground and spun around. Everything appeared normal.
She wished she had cell phone service. Deep breath. Deep breath.
A creaking noise sounded like it came from above her. She stood frozen. This feels so familiar, she thought. However, this time I’m supposed to be here doing my job, so there’s no reason to be frightened. The realization gave her enough courage to press forward.
Arianna headed up the stairs to inspect the game room and bedrooms. It was fully dark. She hadn’t been to the upper level since the sun had set. Her heart rattled in her chest as she flipped the first light-switch, tamping down a childish fear that someone might jump out at every turn. The house, so quiet, felt eerie. Even the rain had stopped, ending the gentle pitter-patter she’d listened to throughout the day.
Clouds moved around the moon, generating ghostlike shadows in the activity room. Her flesh crawled with anxiety. She’d been pleased the Somers allowed for a game room in their Victorian mansion. At least there would be some entertainment for Joshua and Sarah. Guilt attempted once more to worm its way into her conscience. Helping them was imperative. She whispered a silent prayer for Christopher. Last she’d heard, he still waited for the analysis results. Everything hinged on those tests.
Moving to the air-hockey table, she lifted one of the pucks and twirled it in her hand, wondering if Josh or Sarah would know what do to with it. The disc slipped from her fingers, slamming onto the table. The noise made her jump, sending her nerves back to high alert.
She hurried on to the master bedroom. Once more she thought she heard something, stopped, and held perfectly still, listening. “Hello, is anyone there?”
Silence.
Shivering, she moved on. The master bath and closets all looked good. Wait; there it was again, a rustling noise. She paused, anxiety working its way through her nerves. She wondered if a window could be open, then realized that with the rain and her stern warnings nobody would have dared open a window. She proceeded quickly through the spare rooms.
Next came Joshua’s bedroom. The baseball and glove were the only things out of place. With trepidation, she put them away. Was it her imagination, or had the ball quivered in her fingers? She shook her head. I’m making myself crazy. Her eyes landed on the family picture by Joshua’s bed. Her thoughts nearly stole away with memories of her discussion with Christopher, when another noise pulled her from her ruminations.
I know that wasn’t my imagination. Her heart beat too loudly now to hear anything else. Mentally retracing her steps, she was certain she’d locked up after the last of the workers had left the house. “Hello?” She tried to make her voice firm, but it faltered.
No response.
Only Sarah’s room remained unchecked. She’d been turning the upstairs lights on as she’d inspected each room and off again when she’d left it. Sarah’s light was on. Besides a few beams illuminating the main level, only Sarah’s room remained lit. As Ari cautiously crept down the hall, the light cast a moving shadow on the wall, which chafed at her already tattered nerves. The extra adrenaline urged her to pick up the pace forward. She nearly sprinted the final feet to Sarah’s room.

 

 

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Stay by Jennifer Silverwood – Book Review

Stay is the second book I’ve read from the author Jennifer Silverwood. The best thing about the author is that the books are very easy to read. The characters, setting and details are very natural.. it doesn’t feel like they are parts of her imagination. The book feels very real though this is not a regular fiction.

I fell in love with the female lead Orona from the first chapter itself. I tried to give her life in my imagination but every time I read another detailing about her appearance; I feel that I’ve failed to imagine her right. I loved how Orona accepted the curse from her lover Seid and walked the earth for two thousand years testing and protecting true love.

This is a kind of supernatural romance fiction which doesn’t feel artificial. The male lead Cain is an interesting character. He is very much hurt when his girlfriend Lissa breaks his heart and leaves him for another rich guy. Orona is assigned the job of bringing back Cain and Lissa. But Orona falls in love with Cain since he is very much like Seid. Orona starts feeling Cain’s love and loves him in return though she knows its not in the rulebook. She faces a huge conflict about her love for Cain and her job of bringing Cain and Lissa together. The story is about what she chooses to do by the end.

I very much enjoyed this story. All the supernatural powers of Orona, Cain’s love, Orona’s past, Lissa’s guilt, everything make the story very engaging. Its an out and out entertainment. I couldn’t put down the book until I hit the last page. The story is beautifully written and succeeds in engaging the reader completely.

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Book Review – Sidney Sheldon’s ‘The Silent Widow’ by Tilly Bagshawe

Just now put down the book Sidney Sheldon’s ‘The Silent Widow’ by Tilly Bagshawe. This is a gripping thriller like any other Sidney Sheldon’s novel. The book is very engaging and I couldn’t put it aside until I turned the last page. The book revolves around a psychologist named Nikki Roberts. People around her start dropping dead including her husband, her patients and others who are close to her. Nikki turns to police but feels let down by the slow pace of their investigation. She then hires a Private Investigator to crack the mystery. When that PI comes close to the truth, the root of all the series of murders and a cold case of a young American girl’s disappearance in Mexico City a decade ago, he ends up dead, too. All in all, it turns out, a drug lord named Luis is behind all these murders.

The novel shows a huge ring of drug cartels, drug lords donating money for addicts for cover-ups, police turning a blind eye to all this racket in return for quick money and addicts who want to come out of their addiction but fall back into the mess deeper failing to come clean. The story shows how one cannot trust people around them nowadays. There is betrayal, there is hurt, there is rage, there is letting go, there is hope and a lot more. I very much liked the pace. As expected, perfect detailing and well-executed characters. The final twist was unexpected but I so liked it. I always loved the way how Mr. Sheldon creates female lead characters. Very strong, very intelligent and very independent. I so much adore him for that.

All in all, this is a must read if you are a lover of thriller, psychological, fiction genre.

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Book Review – ‘A Gathering of Friends’ by Ruskin Bond

I read ‘A Gathering of Friends’ by Ruskin Bond just now. Its a book with short stories personally picked by Mr. Bond from his previous writings. This would call this book a bouquet of short stories with each story resembling a unique flower in a bouquet. This is very easy to read. Lovely, in fact. I would recommend it to every age group, including kids. The stories majorly are set up in different Himalayan villages. Being an Indian, I’ve not heard of those villages myself. Each story is unique in itself. I heard Mr. Bond in one interview, saying that, a critic called his short stories plotless and Mr. Bond also agrees with him mentioning that his stories are majorly about the character. After reading this book, I can’t agree more with Mr. Bond. His characters are very well defined and established and the story simply goes along with the character. I didn’t see the need for the plot, as such. The book is very refreshing, given it is a collection of stories from the times of early days of independent India. The stories seemed ageless.

I loved all the stories and ‘The Blue Umbrella’ is my favorite in particular. The details were ravishing and I felt myself walking the through the streets of Mussorie and many other remote Himalayan villages. I totally enjoyed reading this book. There are many stories which I can relate myself to. Some are about friends, some are about kindness, while others are about first crushes and first kisses.

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