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  • Title: On Forgiveness
  • Author: Richard Holloway
  • Publisher: Canongate Canons
  • Publication Date: 9th February 2002

Copy received from publisher for review purposes.

Description:

‘Full of human wisdom, this is a psychologically acute and absorbing approach to a very important subject’ PHILIP PULLMAN

In this inspiring work, Richard Holloway tackles the great theme of forgiveness. One of the most important books on this essential topic, On Forgiveness draws on the great philosophers and writers such as Frederick Nietzsche, Jacques Derrida and Nelson Mandela. Both timely and a timeless modern classic, On Forgiveness is a pertinent and fascinating discourse on how forgiveness works, where it came from and how the need to embrace it is greater than ever if we are to free ourselves from the binds of the past.

My Thoughts:

Richard Holloway is one of Canongate’s most beloved authors and, on 5th March, Leaving Alexandria was the latest of his books to join the Canons collection. To celebrate this wonderful achievement the folks at Canongate are running a blog tour with reviews of Richard’s books so that more readers can experience his wise and fascinating writing.

Whilst a compact book, this is nevertheless a wise and thought-provoking read. There are four chapters, Religion without Religion, Reclaiming the Future, Managing the Chaos, and Redeeming the Chaos, all laid out as though you were listening to Holloway speak. His insightful thoughts take you on a journey as you read, he highlights passages of poems and meditations to emphasise his points, as well as the Bible.
This may not be a manual for forgiveness, it doesn’t give you the right or wrong ways to go about things. Forgiveness isn’t as simple or clear cut as that, but what it does do is give you something to think about. It asks you to consider what forgiveness is in a given situation, what it means to those involved, the actions that lead to the point where forgiveness is necessitated.

A wonderful wee book that I think I will no doubt come back to from time to time. For me this is a book that inspires deep thinking and a profound sense peace as I read, helping me slow down and take the time to really consider things and process it all.

  • Title: Deep Dark Night
  • Author: Steph Broadribb
  • Publisher: Orenda Books
  • Publication Date: 5th March 2020

Copy received from publisher for review purposes.

Description:

A city in darkness. A building in lockdown. A score that can only be settled in blood…

Working off the books for FBI Special Agent Alex Monroe, Florida bounty-hunter Lori Anderson and her partner, JT, head to Chicago. Their mission: to entrap the head of the Cabressa crime family. The bait: a priceless chess set that Cabressa is determined to add to his collection.

An exclusive high-stakes poker game is arranged in the penthouse suite of one of the city’s tallest buildings, with Lori holding the cards in an agreed arrangement to hand over the pieces. But, as night falls and the game plays out, stakes rise and tempers flare.

When a power failure plunges the city into darkness, the building goes into lockdown. But this isn’t an ordinary blackout, and the men around the poker table aren’t all who they say they are. Hostages are taken, old scores resurface and the players start to die.

And that’s just the beginning…

My Thoughts:

With every new book in the Lori Anderson series I feel a sense of great excitement when I read the opening pages and catch up with one of the greatest characters I’ve ever “met”. Lori Anderson is fierce, she’s sassy and she’s damned good at her job. Even if she has to adopt different personas to achieve results, and she does it so brilliantly!
If you’ve followed the series, then this is the fourth book in the series, but it can be read as a stand-alone.

The plot is as always gripping and makes for an adrenaline packed read, and the move to Chicago as the setting gives this a darker, gritty feel. But if the plot wasn’t intense enough, Broadribb ensures she hooks her readers by offering perspectives of both Lori and JT, her partner. Doing this allows readers to get to know this character better, form a stronger link to him and witness his motivations and devotion to his loved ones. Somehow Broadribb always manages to craft characters that enchant, enthrall and enrage. They are all so diverse, but each is detailed and you don’t feel that anything is lacking … you get a clear idea of who everyone is and what their role in the story is, even down the the small characters.

Claustrophobia isn’t something I’ve ever really been bothered with, but this book manages to make it feel so real and intense with the apartment setting. This is a locked room mystery like no other, it tests Lori and JT to the limit and it really has you on the edge of your seat in anticipation of what happens next and if Lori will succeed.

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  • Title: The Final Game
  • Author: Caimh McDonnell
  • Publisher: McFori Ink
  • Publication Date: 17th March 2020

Copy received from publisher for review purposes.

Description:

Dorothy Graham is dead, which is inconvenient, not least for her. Luckily, she has planned for this eventuality. Now, if any of the truly dreadful people she is related to want to get their hands on her money, they’re going to have to do so via a fiendish difficult and frankly bizarre competition of Dorothy’s devising. After all, just because you’re dead, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a last laugh at the expense of people who made your life miserable.

Paul Mulchrone, to his unending credit, is neither related to Dorothy or happy that she is dead; What he is however is a contestant in this competition whether he likes it or not, which he definitely doesn’t. He and his off-again on-again girlfriend, the formidable Brigit, are supposed to be running MCM Investigations, a detective agency. Instead, they have to go into battle against Dorothy’s bloodsucking relatives. As if that wasn’t enough, they get hired by the aforementioned dead woman to find out who killed her.

DI Jimmy Stewart is enjoying his retirement – in the sense that he definitely isn’t. He is bored out of his mind. When the offer comes to get back into the crime solving business, it is too good to turn down. But when he finds himself teamed up with the nephew of a man he threw in prison, and a flatulent dog, he starts to think that taking up lawn bowls wouldn’t be such a bad idea after all. 

The Final Game is a standalone crime novel perfect for readers new to Caimh McDonnell’s blackly comic take on his hometown, as featured in the international bestselling Dublin Trilogy books. His previous works have been optioned for TV and nominated for awards, which they somehow keep managing not to win.

My Thoughts:

If you search for Caimh McDonnell on this blog you will find reviews of all of his books so far, and you will see that I have absolutely loved each of them. Especially the ones that feature the enigmatic Bunny McGarry. So when I saw that The Final Game featured the original colourful cast of characters I couldn’t wait to get reading!

Following on from the success of the Dublin Trilogy series, McDonnell crafts a wonderfully vivid tale that will have the reader smirking and giggling as they follow Paul Mulchrone and his girlfriend Brigit through a competition that tests their skills and stomachs. The commentary team are hilarious, we need these guys on TV!
As well as the competition, readers watch retired DI Jimmy Stewart navigate widowhood and juggle working a case that has more questions than answers. Things aren’t helped by the fact that he’s teamed up with a flatulent German shepherd with an attitude problem and the nephew of one of his previous collars.

Each of the characters is a creation of brilliance, their quirks and personalities are so very vivid. You can hear their voices, you can see the looks on the faces of those around them, their reactions to the situations that occur around them, everything.
But not only this, readers get a clear image of the settings and the action that plays out in each scene like it was on the big screen. It all makes for a thrilling and exciting read, a much needed escape and utter joy.

If you’ve not read any of the previous books by this author, I would seriously recommend binging! The wit and humour that McDonnel weaves throughout his writing is pitched perfectly. There are few books that I know will have me laughing out loud, but laughter feels guaranteed when you pick up a book by this author.

  • Title: Code Name: Lise
  • Author: Larry Loftis
  • Publisher: Mirror Books
  • Publication Date: 20th February 2020

Copy received from publisher for review purposes.

Description:

The year is 1942, and World War II is in full swing.

Odette Sansom decides to follow in her war hero father’s footsteps by becoming an SOE agent to aid Britain and her beloved homeland, France. Five failed attempts and one plane crash later, she finally lands in occupied France to begin her mission.

It is here that she meets her commanding officer Captain Peter Churchill. As they successfully complete mission after mission, Peter and Odette fall in love. All the while, they are being hunted by the cunning German secret police sergeant, Hugo Bleicher, who finally succeeds in capturing them.

They are sent to Paris’s Fresnes prison, and on to concentration camps in Germany, where they are starved, beaten, and tortured. But in the face of despair, they never give up hope, their love for each other, or the whereabouts of their colleagues.

This is portrait of true courage, patriotism and love amidst unimaginable horrors and degradation.

My Thoughts:

When I first heard about this book I was instantly intrigued, Odette Sansom was a name I had heard of in passing but wasn’t the most familiar with her tale, something I was only too pleased to clear up by reading this book.

In Code Name: Lise, the reader meets a young Odette in France and learns about her early life. We also learn about the sort of person she was, determined, tenacious and above all one that never gave up in the face of a challenge. As she gets older, she meets a man and falls in love, moves to England and life is going well for her, until the outbreak of World War II. Feeling guilt at being in the relative safety of rural Somerset, she immediately jumps at the chance to do her bit by supplying photographs of various locations in France to aid in the war effort, which leads to her becoming an SOE agent.

Odette’s first mission is in occupied France, but her journey to France gets off to an incredibly shaky start. The missions that Odette and the team complete are fraught with tension and make for utterly thrilling reading. The danger of agents being captured and killed was something Odette was very aware of, as was the threat of agents around them having being turned into double agents by the enemy. Fearing cover has been blown, Odette and her commanding officer, Peter Churchill flee for safety. But soon they are caught up by the cunning skills of German secret police sergeant, Hugo Bleicher. Interspersed with the tale of Odette and Peter, is information about Hugo Bleicher, his life to this point and what he faced to get to where he was.

Life as a prisoner of the Nazis and SS wasn’t easy for Odette, but through it all, she never lost her spirit or determination to survive. The treatment she received was horrendous, the physical torture methods used were brutal but the psychological torture was something else, often leaving the prisoners questioning reality and their grasp on sanity. But reading through these awful details, my admiration for this character grew. Seeing what Odette endured and how she survived, I felt levels of emotion bubbling up and realised that I was holding in tears, screams of frustration and anguish and the feeling of utter helplessness.

Code Name: Lise is a truly remarkable tale, poignant and yet empowering, and combined with the writing of Larry Loftis, this reads as a thriller. It’s explosive, it’s gripping and the sort of read that gets under your skin.

Today’s Celebrating Indie Publishing post is joining up with damppebbles blog tours to share my review of Neil Lancaster’s thrilling second novel in the Tom Novak series.

  • Title: Going Rogue
  • Author: Neil Lancaster
  • Publisher: Burning Chair
  • Publication Date: 21st November 2019

Copy received from publisher for review purposes.

Description:

Tom Novak is back.

When a spate of deadly terrorist attacks hit the streets of London, Tom finds himself thrust into the middle of a fight for the survival of all he holds dear.

When the attackers hit closer to home than he could ever imagine, Tom is forced to make a choice between his duty or his conscience. In doing so, he enters a series of increasingly dangerous worlds, in the darkest corners of humanity.

Can Tom and his colleagues get to the bottom of a plot which threatens the very fabric of society?

Will they stop the terrorists before it’s too late?

When faced with the ultimate choice, which way will Tom go?

After all, as Cameron always says: “Always do right, boy…”

Going Rogue is the follow-up to the hugely successful thriller, Going Dark: the book that introduced Tom Novak as the hero who, in the words of best-selling author Tony Parsons, “makes Jason Bourne look like a vegan Pilates teacher”.

Get Going Rogue today, and start a rollercoaster ride of a thriller that you won’t ever want to put down.

My Thoughts:

If Neil Lancaster isn’t a name on your author list then get his name added there quickly! The Tom Novak series is thrilling and exciting, the sort of thing you read while holding your breath in anticipation of what will happen next.

Reading the books in order will definitely give you a more rounded appreciation for this character and his back story, and I felt that having read Going Dark first, I understood this complex character and his life a little better. When you start reading, it’s hard not to wonder if this will be another rogue detective story, someone who has little attachment to those around them and will throw themselves into the most dangerous situations for nothing else other than a thrill … all under the guise of saving someone or saving the world. But in Tom Novak, the reader is given a character that is deep, complex and so fascinating. There is so much detail written into this character, he is multidimensional and as the story unfolds you are drawn to him.

The plotting is once again brilliant, Lancaster writes with great skill and the action feels believable, authentic, something I would expect given his previous career in policing. The pace is like a whirlwind, I wanted to not blast through this book, but at the same time, the author baits the chapters perfectly to hook the reader and ensure they will keep reading, even if it is until late into the wee hours of the morning. Using current events makes the plot very realistic and gives the reader pause for thought to consider who vast and diverse society is.

I really don’t want to say anything that will give away the plot or hints about what will happen, but it’s the sort of book you can easily lose a few hours to once you’re hooked. It’s an action packed, thrilling read that is packed with subtle details that build such a crisp picture of the scenes and the tensions that bubble under the surface. The characterisation is clever, the plot is immersive and this is one series that screams out to appear on screen!

On Holocaust Memorial Day it is fitting to feature a memoir of someone who survived the atrocities and went on to make a life for themselves, and so, today I am honoured to share a review of Remembering Ravensbrück: From Holocaust to Healing by Natalie B. Hess.

  • Title: Remembering Ravensbrück: From Holocaust to Healing
  • Author: Natalie B. Hess
  • Publisher: Amsterdam Publishers
  • Publication Date: 27th January 2020

Copy received from publisher for review purposes.

Description:

In her luminous and engrossing memoir, award-winning writer and teacher, Natalie B.Hess, takes us from a sheltered childhood in a small town in Poland, into, through, after the horrors of the Holocaust.

When her parents are rounded up and perish in the Treblinka concentration camp, a Gentile family temporarily hides six-year-old Natalia. Later, protected by a family friend, she is imprisoned in her city’s ghetto, before she is sent to a forced-labor camp, finally Ravensbrück Concentration camp, from which, at nine, she is liberated.

Taken to Sweden, bu the Swedish White Cross busses, she adapts to and grows to love her new home, becoming a “proper Swedish School girl,” until, at 16, she is claimed by relatives and uprooted to Evansville, Indiana. There, she must start over yet again, mastering English, and ultimately earning a PhD in literature.

As a married young mother, she and her husband move to Jerusalem where they and their three children experience life as Israelis, including the bombing of their home during the Six Day War. Back in the States, they settle into life in Arizona until Natalie’s husband dies unexpectedly when a teenager runs a stop sign and hits his car. In her grief, Natalie moves to Philadelphia to be with her daughter and discovers that life still holds surprises for her, including love.

Hess’s compelling portrait in which terror is muted by gratitude and gentle humor, shares the story of so many immigrants dislocated by the tyranny and war. Through her experience as a child separated from her parents, a teenager, young woman, wife, mother, college professor, and later a widow, Hess shows the power of the human spirit to survive and thrive.

My Thoughts:

From the very opening pages of this memoir, I felt a great connection with Natalie, the things she saw and how she interpreted them felt somewhat natural. And the stark reminder that everyone has a story inside them is never more true when you meet someone new or even just see someone in their day to day life. Take for instance the woman getting on the bus, does she need help? Does she want help? Is she proud of her independence and fiercely going to defend it? What has happened in her life to that point? Could she perhaps have lived through a war that forced her to rely on wits, courage and strength that she wasn’t aware she had?

Keep those questions at the back of your head as you read on about Natalie B. Hess.
As a six-year-old girl growing up in a well-to-do family, Natalia has been protected by many things, but she has never been short of love and affection. And it is this love that keeps her safe and alive, her parents taking steps to hide her when the Nazis were sending Jews to concentration camps. Seeing the situation through the eyes of a six-year-old makes the events more poignant and powerful. Her fears felt so real, I was reading with a tremor of dread. What was going to happen? Would she be added to the list? Would she be ok? Moved from the ghetto to a forced-labor camp, and then onto the infamous Ravensbrück, Natalia quickly matures and I felt a great sadness for her losing the sparks of childhood naivety. She like so many her age not being children, not playing or enjoying games but fearing for their lives and existing in a world that knew only cruelty.

After the liberation of Ravensbrück, Natalia’s life takes on the theme of travel and finding a place where she fits. Life in Sweden feels comfortable, she has a safety, a family, school and she feels “Swedish”. But relatives in America have reached out, and soon she is on a ship and bound for the other side of the world, to the land of opportunity.
It is through her steely determination that she proves her education should continue at the level it was, and not have to start back at the beginning. Losing more of her original identity and her beloved Swedish language, Natalie emerges. Thinking and speaking in English, she finds her place in the world, and follows a path towards qualifications and a career. But something is lacking once she has achieved these goals … everyone around her from training seems to be getting married, Natalie’s great humour and easy-going ways soon have the reader chuckling as she recounts dates.

I found the family’s time in Jerusalem interesting and I certainly took a lot from it, the Six Day War in 1967 was not something I knew much about at all, and so after reading about it in Natalie’s memoir, I wanted to find out more.
But I have to admit that one of the most touching and saddening parts of this memoir was how Natalie coped with the loss of her husband. The details of her thought processes at that time made me stop and think, how she felt so adrift and lost when it came to looking at the mountains of paperwork or the wee things like remembering to pick up the charger for the mobile phone … the things she’d not had to do because there was always someone else that did them. The sense that we form a team with others, and how we rely on them for their presence, comfort and support is often a strong force that can keep us moving on, and to lose it, well that can rip apart the very threads that hold our world together.

There are parts of Natalie’s life that felt so unfair, so hard. But equally, there are parts when happiness and love are so abundant in her life that it felt that things had turned a corner for her. But through it all, she remained the same, strong and courageous. Despite the hardships, the terror she faced, Natalie looked at it with what seems like a level-headed approach. Looking for a way to survive, looking for the next step forward and ultimately coming out of it stronger. Her story is powerful, it’s heartbreaking in places, but above all, there is so much that can be learned from this and I would urge readers to pick this book up.
Learn something from this amazing woman, even if it is just something as simple as asking the old woman in the street if she needs help before assuming she does.

  • Title: Die For Me
  • Author: Jesper Stein
  • Publisher: Mirror Books
  • Publication Date: 16th January 2020

Copy received from publisher for review purposes.

Description:

A brutal stalker is preying on women in Copenhagen.

DI Axel Steen begins an obsessive manhunt that sends him spiralling out of control.

The investigation is fraught with heart-stopping near-misses, dark mysteries, and a final revelation with devastating consequences.

A raw psychological thriller from a master of crime storytelling.

My Thoughts:

After reading the previous novel by this author, I was keen to see what Jesper Stein had lined up for his maverick detective in Die For Me. The previous book, Unrest, is available to buy and read before you plunge into the icy depths of this book.

Little has changed with Axel Steen, he still displays a flagrant disregard for the rules and his superiors, he walks a perilous tightrope between right and wrong, often straying too close to the depths of darkness. His personal life is a tangled web, his ex-wife is in a relationship with one of his colleagues, a particularity smarmy example of a human. His love for his daughter is one of the few calming influences on the detective, but his dogged determination and sheer bloody mindedness when it comes to his work often leads him to break promises or bring her in to situations that her mother deems inappropriate – a constant bone of contention between the two parents.

The plot is as ever is complex, dark and uncompromisingly emotive. With such a sensitive subject, Stein writes with a sensitivity and respect towards the victims in his novel, but ensures that he portrays the events and vicious perpetrator in a balanced way. The brutal realities of the plot are hard to read, but there is almost a balance in the way Stein details how the victims live with the aftereffects of the violence they endured. The attention to detail feels genuine, it reads as though he has carried out many hours of research into the impacts on mental health and well-being as well as the physical effects of sexual assault.
Technical details of the investigation, in particular the forensic side of the investigation, are fascinating. The complexity of the information is laid out to allow readers to immerse themselves in it, but take away knowledge from it too. I also found it interesting to see how cold cases are reexamined and where links can be made to current cases by a detective making a connection and not giving up on the case.

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Celebrating Indie Publishing today has a review of a book I read at the end of 2019 and it’s stayed with me ever since. The book in question comes from a publisher I discovered late last year, but they are proving to be favourite when it comes to one of my top genres to read, WWII historical fiction.

  • Title: Hidden in the Shadows
  • Author: Imogen Matthews
  • Publisher: Amsterdam Publishers
  • Publication Date: 1st December 2019

Copy received from publisher for review purposes.

Description:

Escape from the hidden village is just the beginning

September 1944: The hidden village is in ruins. Stormed by the Nazis. Several are dead and dozens flee for their lives.

Instead of leading survivors to safety, Wouter panics and abandons Laura, the love of his life. He has no choice but to keep running from the enemy who want to hunt him down.

Laura must also stay hidden as she is Jewish. Moving from one safe house to another, she is concealed in attics and cellars. The threat of discovery is always close at hand.

On the run with no end in sight, the two young people despair for ever seeing each other again.

As cold sweeps in signalling the start of the Hunger Winter, time is running out.

Wouter’s search now becomes a battle for survival.

Where can Laura be? Will they ever be reunited?

Hidden in the Shadows is an unforgettable story of bravery and love, inspired by historical events.

My Thoughts:

This sounded like a unique and fascinating book when I read the description, I can’t think that I’d ever read a book quite like this one before so I was keen to find out more. I was certainly intrigued by the idea of a hidden village in the woods and the lengths that people had to go to to hide from the Nazis.

Following the tale of Wouter, readers are taken on an emotional journey as he flees from the danger of the advancing Nazis, who are systematically clearing the area of any Jewish people and anyone they deem a danger to their regime. With an army of people ready to help where they can, offering safety, food, clothing or even links to The Underground, Wouter runs to safety where he can find it.
But for me, the most poignant tale had to be that of Laura. She flees the village after the Nazis discover it and runs blindly to any form of safety she can find. Never knowing whether it’s truly safe or who she can trust, she has to rely on others to hide her and the others who fled the village.

With so much danger and unease woven throughout the narrative, this was a book that I became heavily invested in. I cared about Wouter and Laura, I cared what happened to them and hoped they would find their way back together again. Watching these characters growing, seeing events from their perspectives really made me think. The way that Imogen Matthews writes Laura as a young woman slowly finding her strength and courage was moving. This portrayal was superb and I liked this character more as I read on, seeing the challenges facing a young Jewish woman in hiding in 1944 was deeply moving, I got a great sense of the fear, anxiety and panic felt by Laura as she moved from safe house to safe house, never truly knowing if this might be the last journey she would make.
The same can be said for Wouter, his growth as a character was interesting to see, finding out his reasons for being in the village in the first place, the lengths he would go to to avoid capture … it made for poignant reading.

  • Title: Stasi Winter
  • Author: David Young
  • Publisher: Zaffre
  • Publication Date: 9th January 2020

Copy received via publisher and Tracy Fenton for review purposes.

Description:

In East Germany, solving a murder can get you killed …

A gripping and intelligent thriller set in East Germany, during the worst winter in one-hundred years. Perfect for fans of Tom Rob Smith, Phillip Kerr and Joseph Kanon.


In 1978 East Germany, nothing is as it seems. The state’s power is absolute, history is re-written and the ‘truth’ is whatever the Stasi say it is.

So when a woman’s murder is officially labelled ‘accidental death’, Major Karin Müller of the People’s Police is faced with a dilemma. To solve the crime, she must disregard the official version of events. But defying the Stasi means putting her own life – and the lives of her young family – in danger.

As the worst winter in living memory holds Germany in its freeze, Müller must untangle a web of state secrets and make a choice: between truth and lies, justice and injustice, and, ultimately, life and death.

Stunningly authentic and brimming with moral ambiguity, Stasi Winter is the thrilling new novel from the award-winning author of Stasi Child.

My Thoughts:

I have been a huge fan of David Young’s Karin Müller series for some time now, and I was ecstatic when I heard about the latest book, Stasi Winter. I’ve loved getting to know this character and following the turbulent path that her life has taken to this point, seeing the obstacles that are thrown at her and how she tackles them make for thrilling reading.

Müller’s battles with the Stasi have been a regular occurrence throughout the series and the one thing that you always take away from the books is the feeling of the underdog winning small battles here and there in the face of adversity. She may not win the war against them, but she certainly scores a few points where she can, showing the enemy that she’s not going to be bullied by their strong-arm tactics and red tape.

The case that Müller takes on is puzzling, and the more she looks at the evidence the less she believes the officially sanctioned version of events. Why are the powers that be so keen for the investigation to follow a certain route? What evidence are they covering up, or not disclosing to Müller and her team?
Running alongside this is a strand of plot centring around a young woman who has already tangled with the Stasi and is keen to avoid them at all costs. But life in East Germany is never easy, especially when your name is already on a list belonging to the Stasi. As she struggles to get a handle on the situation she’s in, Irma faces up to demons from her past and realises that escaping the regime may be harder than she’d ever imagined.

Atmospheric writing evokes a strong sense of the setting, the biting cold of wintry weather almost makes you shiver involuntarily as you read on. The creeping unease that leeches from the pages is strong and grips you, you can’t help but be drawn in to the story and try to piece together the clues that Müller and her team uncover. The case is intense, and as things unravel slowly, I found I was gripped. I needed to keep reading, I had to know what happened to the woman that was found dead, I had to know what would happen to Karin Müller and her family.
One of the things I’ve loved most about this series so far is the the way that David Young manages to give his readers a great feel for life in East Germany under the repressive and feared administration of the Stasi. His writing transports readers to the setting, even if it is to the harsh conditions of Hohenschönhausen. This quality makes each of his books an immersive reading experience and has me eagerly awaiting the next book!

Today’s Celebrating Indie Publishing post is slightly different, it’s a collection of short stories that have been compiled by a editor friend to raise money for charity, but it’s also a book that I had the honour to work on as a proofreader. In the spotlight today is When Stars Will Shine, a fantastic collection of short stories from some familiar names as well as some brilliant new ones.

  • Title: When Stars Will Shine
  • Author: Various
  • Publisher: Independently Published
  • Publication Date: 29th November 2019

Copy purchased via http://www.amazon.co.uk


When Stars Will Shine is a collection of short stories from your favourite authors who have come together to deliver you a Christmas read with a twist.

With true war tales that will break your heart, gritty Christmas crimes that will shake you to your core, and heart-warming tales of love lost and found, this anthology has something for everyone. And, with every penny made being sent to support our troops, you can rest assured that you’re helping our heroes, one page at a time.

From authors such as Louise Jensen, Graham Smith, Malcolm Hollingdrake, Lucy Cameron, Val Portelli and Alex Kane, you are in for one heck of a ride!

When Stars Will Shine is the perfect Christmas gift for the bookworms in your life.

A Note from Emma Mitchell:

As the blurb tells us, When Stars Will Shine is a multi-genre collection of Christmas-themed short stories compiled to raise money for our armed forces and every penny made from the sales of both the digital and paperback copies will be donated to the charity.

Working closely with Kate Noble at Noble Owl Proofreading and Amanda Ni Odhrain from Let’s Get Booked, I’ve been able to pick the best of the submissions to bring you a thrilling book which is perfect for dipping into at lunchtime or snuggling up with on a cold winter’s night. I have been completely blown away by the support we’ve received from the writing and blogging community, especially the authors who submitted stories and Shell Baker from Baker’s Not So Secret Blog, who has organised the cover reveal and blog tour.

There isn’t a person in the country who hasn’t benefited from the sacrifices our troops, past and present, have made for us and they all deserve our thanks.

It has been an honour working on these stories, and I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I have.

Full contents:

Fredrick Snellgrove, Private 23208 by Rob Ashman

Four Seasons by Robert Scragg

The Close Encounter by Gordon Bickerstaff

Believe by Mark Brownless

What Can Possibly Go Wrong? by Lucy Cameron

Mountain Dew by Paul T. Campbell

The Art of War and Peace by John Carson

A Gift for Christmas by Kris Egleton

Free Time by Stewart Giles

Died of Wounds by Malcolm Hollingdrake

The Christmas Killer by Louise Jensen

The Village Hotel by Alex Kane

A Present of Presence by HR Kemp

The Invitation by Billy McLaughlin

Brothers Forever by Paul Moore

Girl in a Red Shirt by Owen Mullen

Pivotal Moments by Anna Franklin Osborne

Uncle Christmas by Val Portelli

Time for a Barbeque by Carmen Radtke

Christmas Present by Lexi Rees

Inside Out by KA Richardson

Penance by Jane Risdon

New Year’s Resolution by Robert Scragg

Family Time by Graham Smith

You can purchase a copy of When Stars Will Shine via Amazon

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Welcome to my blog where I share my thoughts on books.

Audio Killed the Bookmark

Two Girls Who Love To Read Spreading the Love For All Things Bookish! 💕📚🎧

Me and My Books

Books, book reviews and bookish news.

The Beardy Book Blogger

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Book lovers' booklist

Book news and reviews

Rosepoint Publishing

Blogger, Book Reviewer, Book Promotion

Crime Thriller Fella

Crime reviews, news, mayhem, all the usual

juliapalooza.com

Books, bakes and bunnies

A Knight's Reads

All things bookish

Letter Twenty

it's all about the tea

On The Shelf Books

A bookblog for readers

Gem's Quiet Corner

Welcome to my little corner. Grab a cup of tea (or hot drink of preference), find your happy place and join me to talk all things bookish...