BOOK REVIEW: Red Clay and Roses

Over the next few days, I will be recommending several books that I read this year and that I believe you will like, too.  These books will make absolutely thoughtful gifts also, and I invite you to follow my links below to read my reviews in their entirety.

Today I am showcasing author S. K. Nicholls.

“Red Clay and Roses” by S. K. Nichols is an honest look into the joys and ruthless realities of life in the Deep South during the 1950s and 1960s. The novel predominantly delves straightforward into lust, rape, murder, criminal abortion, lies, adoption, denial, and love, and particularly how race and gender relations intermingled within those ruthless realities of life.

You can read my full book review here by following this link —> Red Clay and Roses Book Review by Susan Marie Molloy.

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BOOK REVIEW: Biokill

Over the next few days, I will be recommending several fabulous books that I read this year and that I believe you will like, too.  These books will make absolutely thoughtful gifts also, and I invite you to follow my links below to read my reviews in their entirety.

Today I am showcasing author Stuart Handley.

This summer, I found an exciting book that kept me glued to its pages.  “BioKill” by Stuart Handley is novel bursting with intrigue, action, a terrorist cell, biological warfare, electrifying chases, lusty scenes, murder, mutilation, a cat fight, government subterfuge, escape, humor, and remarkable characters in an extraordinary plot.

You can read my full book review by following this link —->  BioKill by Stuart Handley

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BOOK REVIEW: Poetry by Pamela Beckford

Over the next few days, I will be recommending several fabulous books that I read this year and that I believe you will like, too.  These books will make absolutely thoughtful gifts also, and I invite you to follow my links below to read my reviews in their entirety.

Today I am showcasing three of Pamela Beckford’s poetry books.  She is a writer who beautifully articulates what love is.

The first, “Dreams of Love,” is a superb collection of thirty-one poems that not only touches upon the varying facets of a relationship, but is also a powerful timeline of the changeable levels of growth in a relationship. Simply put, “Dreams” can be read in no particular order as stand-alone poems; conversely, if read in order, it presents a love story.  Follow this link to read my full book review —-> DREAMS OF LOVE By Pamela Beckford.

In the other, “Love: Lost & Found,” Pamela intelligently captures love and relationships; there is a mature allure in each line, in each scene, in each description of togetherness and estrangement. The reader is allowed to use his or her own imagination of what is transpiring at any given moment.  Follow this link to read my full book review —-> LOVE: LOST & FOUND By Pamela Beckford.

Lastly, Pamela penned a collection of poems in collaboration with Kirsten A. in “Voices of Nature,”  where the reader feels the sea and seasons, butterflies and birds, wind and sunsets, flowers and stars. Pamela and Kirsten give us their view of Nature in myriad forms, thus helping the reader to see our world in a focused, yet enriched, infinite manner through other eyes.  Follow this link to read my full book review —-> VOICES OF NATURE By Pamela B. and Kirsten A.

These books are found on Amazon; I provided the links below:

Dreams of Love

Love: Lost & Found

Voices of Nature

Pamela also writes on WordPress.

Enjoy!

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BOOK REVIEW: Twisted Wire

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BOOK REVIEW: “TWISTED WIRE” By Ray Stone
Reviewed by Susan Marie Molloy

Political intrigue, industrial espionage, and games played between M5 and MI6 are just the beginning to this thriller that brings the Herald’s political columnist, Enda Osin, into the vortex. Add Moscow’s fingers in the pie, a mole in the British secret service, and an enigmatic telephone call, and “Twisted Wire” becomes a thriller worthy of other great “Spy versus Spy” genres.

Enda Osin is a political columnist who, in this second of Ray Stone’s trilogy, becomes accidentally involved in a ginormous political scandal when he receives a mysterious telephone call from a seemingly wrong number. Enda finds himself caught in one of the most thrilling and nefarious adventures ever published in a novel.

“Twisted Wire” has richly developed, unforgettable characters. They are believable and three-dimensional. Ray Stone displays his talented ability to keep the story interesting and organized, while moving along quickly with just the rightly placed twists that the reader would expect. The dénouement is, indeed, a grand surprise, and I will leave it to future readers of “Twisted Wire” to discover it as I did.

I handily give five out of five stars to Ray Stone’s “Twisted Wire.”

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BOOK REVIEW: All Hallows at Eyre Hall

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BOOK REVIEW: “All Hallows at Eyre Hall” by Luccia Gray
By Susan Marie Molloy

I’ll cut to the chase:

All Hallows at Eyre Hall by Luccia Gray is exciting, masterfully written, and left me cheering for, and sometimes scowling at, all the characters within, while gleefully enjoying the twists and surprises of the story and character development.
When we left off with Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre in the 1840s, Jane was pretty much a blasé, spineless jellyfish in a sea of scandal and mysteries. The Byronic Edward Fairfax Rochester was morally bankrupt with an insane first wife, and overall, he was not as nice a man as Jane would have been lead to believe. What has become of Jane, Edward, et al?

Luccia Gray picked up the story in All Hallows at Eyre Hall. We find it is two decades later, in 1860s England, and Jane is stronger; she is a busy, modern, mature woman within a difficult marriage to the still-despicable Edward. Jane realizes that Edward’s failings and infamous perverse past – illegitimate issue included – leads her to no longer loving him, and yet, although outside circumstances entice her towards a happier life without him, she at least publicly remains steadfast as his devoted wife. Privately, yet inappropriately, she falls in love with a much younger man. Edward’s brother-in-law, Richard Mason (brother of Edward’s first wife) returns, and he attempts to wheedle his way into the estate.

All Hallows is believable and well-written, true to the “voice” of Brontë, and well-researched. In fact, at times I thought Charlotte Brontë was writing this; that is how fabulous a writer Luccia Gray is. This is not to say that she is a copy-cat writer. No, the author understands and “gets” the flavor, feel, and construction of Brontë’s work – an honor to a classic author, and thus, that is how sequels should be written. Bravo!

Written as a rotating narrative, the reader will find the richness of each character’s soul, perception, and thoughts conveyed in the first person. Indeed, my favorite chapter that reflects a breathless and soulful first-person narrative is “The Funeral.”

I especially enjoyed references by the characters within All Hallows to contemporary events and literature. Within the pages we correctly discover that Alfred, Lord Tennyson, is Queen Victoria’s favorite poet laureate. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens is discussed by the characters (though the novel was published about fifteen years before All Hallows events), and mention was made of David Copperfield. This is real life between the fictional pages.

All Hallows is peppered with French phrases and sentences. This is wonderfully placed and true to novels written at the time of Brontë, et al. It is not unusual to read English language books published at that time that are interleaved with French. Educated writers and readers were well-versed in French, so to see and read it within English-language novels was not uncommon.

Luccia Gray is a beautifully descriptive writer. I sensed a need to don my wool cape when she wrote: “ . . . the horizon is grey, the air smells of damp weeds, and the wind is cold and furious . . .” I felt the almost imperceptible warmth on my face when “ . . . the sun . . . was suddenly visible, pale and low on the distant horizon.” Through her descriptions, I was there – right there.

On All Hallows Eve (Hallowe’en), several characters related ghost stories that intrigued me. I felt I was there in the room with them, nighttime with tallow candles burning and throwing otherworldly shadows across the walls. The cakes baked and eaten during All Hallows reflect the custom of placing certain colored buttons within, portending the future of each person who finds one in his slice. These events wonderfully relate old customs not seen much since.

Within the chapter, “A Letter from the Past,” the author brought me to early mornings at Eyre Hall. There is the perfectly-described organized morning with servants preparing breakfast, cleaning, and the mistress of the estate busying herself with accounting books and writing letters. I found myself re-reading this portion to revel in the clear images brought to my mind.

There was only one sentence early in the novel that confused me and caused me to re-read several times to understand its meaning: “Mothers should not spend too much time with the male siblings, as they soften their minds . . .” I thought the word “sibling” should be “offspring” or “child” or some such familial label. I thought Edward was discussing his distaste for Jane’s devotion to their son, not a brother, as I understood the sentence.

Overall, All Hallows at Eyre Hall by Luccia Gray is an exquisitely written, well-researched, and well-conveyed continuation of Jane Eyre. I am anticipating the next novel, Twelfth Night at Eyre Hall, which is due out this fall.

I give five brilliantly shining stars out of five to All Hallows at Eyre Hall by Luccia Gray.

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