‘One More Song’ by Nicki Edwards (My Review)

About the Book 

imagesCan a city boy and a country girl find a way to be together?

Harrison Baxter and Edwina Campbell lead completely different lives.

Much has changed for Harry since he escaped his hometown of Yallambah ten years ago, headed for the bright lights of the big city. Now he’s the star of Melbourne’s hottest musical, and feels more at home centre stage than anywhere else. Why bother going back to Yallambah to visit his parents when his father couldn’t care less about his success?

Meanwhile, nothing much has changed for Edwina in the last decade, which is exactly how she likes it. Eddie adores her career as a nurse and loves the Yallambah community – she can’t imagine living anywhere else. And even if she wanted to, she could never leave her beloved grandparents, who raised her like their own daughter. She’s not going to abandon them in their old age. Not for anything.

So when Harry and Eddie bump into each other on one of Harry’s flying visits home, their instant mutual attraction seems as pointless as it is intense. There’s no way they could ever make it work.

Or is there?

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I love this book so much! So much, in fact, I may need to read it again soon.

‘There was a sign in Nan’s kitchen: “No matter where I place my guests, they always like the kitchen best.”‘

There’s no doubt about it, Nicki Edwards knows how to tell an excellent story, how to develop her characters to perfection, and how to mingle so many of life’s most devastating issues within the story. It’s not about having sub-plots; no each character fits neatly into the main storyline, and everything comes together and evolves like a well-designed jig-saw puzzle.

The analogies used throughout this wonderful story are brilliant. The descriptions of scenery, people, and situations are magical. Whether dealing with issues of health, relationships, catastrophic disasters, or just life in general, Ms. Edwards handles all these matters with well-defined compassion and sensitivity.

‘The early morning sun dappled through the gum trees. Magpies warbled, singing songs to the pale blue sky. It actually felt good to be home,   … ‘

‘One More Song’ is a story of extreme heartache and happiness, love and loss, relationships, grief, and of letting go of pride and acknowledging one’s mistakes.

This book made me smile and laugh, cry and sob until the end.

Nicki’s style is second to none … I’ve loved her books since reading her debut novel ‘Intensive Care’, and not stopped reading since. This book, however, trumps the lot. I feel it is her best yet. I didn’t think anything could be better after ‘The Peppercorn Project’, but I’m proven wrong. I wonder what will come next? Will we lucky enough to hear more about Eddie and Harry? I certainly hope so.

I was provided with an Advanced Readers’ Copy of this book by the author. At no time was I financially compensated or required to provide a positive review. All thoughts are entirely my own.

About the Author

9811008Nicki Edwards is a city girl with a country heart. Growing up on a small family acreage on the outskirts of Geelong, she spent her formative years riding horses and pretending the neighbour’s farm was her own.

After spending three years in a regional city in New South Wales, her love of small country towns was further developed. One day she plans to escape to the country with her husband Tim and live on land, surrounded by horses, dogs, cows, and sheep. Until then she lives vicariously through the lives of the characters in the rural romance novels she loves to read.

In 2006, when Nicki’s youngest child started school, she returned to university, juggling full-time study, part-time work and raising four small children, to achieve her dream of becoming a nurse. Always a voracious reader, Nicki’s other dream was to be an author.
Nicki writes medical rural romance for Momentum and when she isn’t reading, writing or dreaming about rural life and medical emergencies, she can be found working as a Critical Care Nurse in a busy Intensive Care Unit, where many of her stories and characters are imagined.

Nicki and Tim reside in Geelong, Victoria with their four teenage/young adult children. Life is busy, fun and at times exhausting, but Nicki wouldn’t change it for anything.

Her debut novel, “Intensive Care” was released in January 2015 with Momentum, the digital imprint of Pan Macmillan Australia. Her second novel, “Emergency Response” came out in October 2015. The third and fourth books in the ‘Escape to the Country’ series, “Life Support” and “Critical Condition” were released in 2016.  

You can find Nicki at her website

or on Twitter

Praise For Nicki Edwards

“Edwards captures small-town spirit and heartbreak-to-hope crafted with ease” ~ Fiona Palmer (author)

“Nicki Edwards tackles all the big issues in this delightfully touching story of life, loss, family relationships and finding love.” ~ Karly Lane (author)

Six Words That Wreck Your Life: An Aussie Christmas Short Story with Coco Franks (A Coco and Charlie Franks Novel Book 3) by Cecily Anne Paterson

About the Book

512UwA2sa0L._AC_AA218_What could go wrong at Christmas? 

It’s Christmas, but Coco Franks isn’t happy. In fact, she’s devastated. Her mum has just dropped six words on her that are probably going to ruin the rest of her life. It’s true. Someone wrote a book about her! Like, for reals. 

Coco can’t handle it. Everything she’s ever done is now on display for the world to see, and she’s terrified that she’ll be hated forever. But, as her twin sister Charlie says, does it matter what people think – really? 

Six Words That Wreck Your Life is a clean, humorous, Australian Christmas short story or flash fiction, featuring Coco and Charlie Franks, characters from the Love and Muddy Puddles and Charlie Franks is A-OK series for young teen girls and older middle-grade readers. 

The author, Cecily Anne Paterson, was a semi-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award in 2014 and writes clean, contemporary, Australian fiction for brave-hearted girls. 

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POIGNANT, EXTREMELY HUMOUROUS – A GREAT READ FOR ADULTS AND CHILDREN!!

The third book in this cute, humorous, and poignant series, ‘Six Words that Wreck Your Life’ is an absolute treasure. As this is a short story, I won’t go into much detail for fear of putting in spoilers.

This wee book rounds up books one and two beautifully. Will Coco realise all by herself that she’s behaving like a brat, or will she be prompted by external forces? Cecily cleverly ties the other two books together with equal humour and wit. I love the Christmas theme in this episode, it makes way for a rightful happy ending. ‘Relax Coco, what other people think about you is not really any of your business.’

I gave this book 4 stars!!

 

 

o5_-cv7FAbout the Author

Cecily Paterson grew up as an expat in Pakistan until the age of 16. She went to a British day school and then an international boarding school, so her accent has always been a bit of a mix. 

She studied French, law and politics and university before getting into editing, where she’s stayed ever since. 

Cecily has wanted to be a bestselling author since the age of 8 when she won the White Essay Cup at her school, beating 10 and 11-year olds to the prize. 

She writes (mostly) contemporary, warm-hearted fiction for girls aged 11-14.

She is the mother of four children and lives in a beautiful little tourist town in New South Wales, Australia.

Charlie Franks is A-OK (Coco and Charlie Franks Novels Book 2) by Cecily Anne Patterson

About the Book

412iuD5TtBL._AC_AA218_Unlike her drama-queen twin sister, Charlie Franks is always fine. At least she is until she must start a new school, finds out she can’t ride her new horse, and gets told that her Mum has something totally weird wrong with her.

Charlie’s not A-OK. Not at all.

And she can’t see how things are ever going to get better.

‘Charlie Franks is A-OK’ is the sequel to ‘Love and Muddy Puddles’ and is Australian author Cecily Anne Paterson’s fourth novel.

If you’re a brave-hearted girl who loves family, friends, horses, adventure and the challenge of finding what you’re good at, this is the book for you. Charlie Franks is A-OK is the sequel to Love and Muddy Puddles, the first book in the Coco and Charlie Franks series, and the fourth novel by Australian author, Cecily Anne Paterson. It won the CALEB writing prize in 2017. Cecily’s first teen novel, Invisible, also set in Australia, was a semi-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award in 2014 and she has had three other books shortlisted in the CALEB and SparkLit writing prizes.

mythoughtsFIVE STAR WINNER!!

What a lovely follow-on from Cecily’s first book in this series. As the first book ‘Love and Muddy Puddles’ came from the viewpoint of Coco, it was delightful to read this cool story from Charlie’s point of view.

Indeed, what a gentle, thoughtful, and brave-hearted girl Charlie Franks is. And what an example she is to other tweens and teens. I don’t doubt the courage of Coco; however, her attitudes were hopelessly misguided as is the case for many teens today. Peer pressure, bullying, and constantly worrying what others think about us seem to be the norm in society these days. Once again, I thoroughly enjoyed the ‘Australianness’ (think that’s a word) of this book, the use of appropriate teenage lingo, and the gorgeous descriptions of Kangaroo Valley. This book and the previous one have been huge learning curves for me … finally, I sort of get what those young ones are saying 😉

Although this story came from Charlie’s viewpoint, I felt the continual presence and involvement of all other characters. Brilliantly written. Adults will love this book just as much as the children will.

o5_-cv7FAbout the Author

Cecily Paterson grew up as an expat in Pakistan until the age of 16. She went to a British day school and then an international boarding school, so her accent has always been a bit of a mix. 

She studied French, law, and politics at university before getting into editing, where she’s stayed ever since. 

Cecily has wanted to be a bestselling author since the age of 8 when she won the White Essay Cup at her school, beating 10 and 11-year olds to the prize. 

She writes (mostly) contemporary, warm-hearted fiction for girls aged 11-14.

She is the mother of four children and lives in a beautiful little tourist town in New South Wales, Australia.

Love and Muddy Puddles (A Coco and Charlie Franks novel Book 1) by Cecily Anne Patterson (MY REVIEW)

About the Book

41FpMmJRxeL._AC_AA218_Things can’t get any worse, right?

Thirteen-year-old fashionista Coco Franks has finally made it into the popular group at school and is planning to have the most amazing year ever. But then her dad decides to go all eco-feral-greenie-crazy-tree-change and moves the whole family to a remote farm, so they can ‘bond’. With social death looming and more than a few pairs of ballet flats ruined by mud, Coco’s plan is to get herself back to Sydney and her clique at any cost. But it will take an Akubra-hat-and-flanny-shirt-wearing boy and a nervous horse called Cupcake to show her who her real friends are. 

After all, things can’t get any worse, right? It’ll take a boy with no dress sense and totally hick boots, and a contrary horse called Cupcake to bring Coco to her senses. But it might just be too little, too late. 

Love and Muddy Puddles is humorous contemporary fiction, set in Australia, and aimed at brave-hearted girls aged 10-14. If you love funny books with a twist and some real-life drama, and you’ve ever wondered who your real friends are, grab your copy now.

Love and Muddy Puddles is the third novel by Australian writer Cecily Anne Paterson. Her first novel, Invisible, also a clean, contemporary story for young teen girls, was called an ‘exquisitely written story’ by Publisher’s Weekly review of teenage fiction and was a semi-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards in 2014. 

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MY THOUGHTSTOUCHING THE HEART AND THE FUNNY BONE!!

What a wonderful book. I could not put it down! I couldn’t put down any of the books in this series, but that’s a matter for the other upcoming reviews.

Cecily’s characters are about as real as can be. We are taken on an entertaining romp through what would be an unsettling year for most teens. There are serious moments with an equal quantity of laugh out loud events. The dialogue within this precious book is superb … Cecily has this teenage lingo down pat.

Bravo – 4 stars!!

About the Author

o5_-cv7FCecily Paterson grew up as an expat in Pakistan until the age of 16. She went to a British day school and then an international boarding school, so her accent has always been a bit of a mix. 

She studied French, law and politics and university before getting into editing, where she’s stayed ever since. 

Cecily has wanted to be a bestselling author since the age of 8 when she won the White Essay Cup at her school, beating 10 and 11-year olds to the prize. 

She writes (mostly) contemporary, warm-hearted fiction for girls aged 11-14.

She is the mother of four children and lives in a beautiful little tourist town in New South Wales, Australia.

First Street Church Romances: Love’s Mending Embrace (WWI Book 1) by Jenna Brandt (MY REVIEW)

About the Book

Love's mending embrace final finalWars don’t happen just on the battlefield. One woman will fight for her future with the man she loves.

Before America entered the Great War, Karen and Adam were set to be married but everything was put on hold when Adam was conscripted to join the military. After being forced to return to a life Adam tried to leave behind, he is taken, prisoner. Karen, along with her family, wait in Sweet Grove, Texas, hoping and praying Adam will return to the family. After his return, the couple must face new obstacles to find their happily-ever-after. But Adam and Karen are not the only ones affected by the war. Neighbors and friends in Sweet Grove have their own battles to fight, struggles to overcome and victories to achieve.

From bestselling author, Jenna Brandt comes a story about the first World War and the lives of the people in Sweet Grove, Texas during it. The era of WWI comes to life in the descriptions of volunteer rationing, victory gardens, and war committees.

Love’s Mending Embrace shows how the power of love and faith can overcome the tragedies of war and how one woman’s loving embrace can mend a soldier’s, wounded heart.

MY THOUGHTS“Loves Mending Embrace” is the first book in a brand-new series “First Street Church Romances” by Jenna Brandt.

This lovely love story is centred around the First World War during a time of extreme hardships, emotional devastation, stoic determination, and sheer grit. 

“Rich soil overwhelmed her nose while her heart ached at the thought of not finishing the squash harvest before the storm arrived.”

War was hard for everyone, those who went to fight for and protect their country, and those who were left behind to work and worry. Karen and Adam weren’t immune either. In the end, it was faith that got them through … especially Adam. Also witnessing the effects that war had on other people, had a huge impact as well.

“It’s not fair. You served your time.”
“I must do my part for our safety. Promise me, you’ll wait until I return.”
Karen did not waiver. “Always and forever.”

“Loves Mending Embrace” is a sweet, short story romance. Ms. Brandt covers the emotional journey well, with a happy ending of course, but I cannot tell you what that is for fear of spoiling the story. Being a short story, some details and points were quickly skipped over e.g. the building of Adam and Karen’s forever home, however, I didn’t find that the story lacked anything. I managed to fill any gaps with my own imagination.

I loved that the presence of God was apparent and absolute from almost the beginning of the book. Once that miracle happened, I just had to continue reading until the end. I often read more than one book at a time, but so far each of Jenna Brandt’s books I’ve read by themselves, savouring until the end. My only regret is that this heartfelt story wasn’t longer, but I guess I’ll just need to wait for the next book in this series.

“With God’s strength, he could bear what was coming as long as he remembered what he was living for. He must never let go of his faith.”

It was a nice touch and a lovely surprise to find a bonus recipe at the very end of the story. I can’t tell you much about it as you’ll be wanting to buy your own copy, and I wouldn’t dream of ruining this sweet surprise. However, I can tell you that the recipe is called “Apple Brown Betty”.  Congratulations Ms Brandt – a good 5 stars!

I was given an ARC of this book by the author, and at no stage have I been obliged to give a positive review. All thoughts are entirely my own.

About the Author

JENNA BRANDTJenna Brandt is a Christian historical fiction author and her books span from the Victorian to Western to WWI eras with elements of romance, suspense, and faith. You can find out more about her anytime at http://www.jennabrandt.com and sign up for her newsletter http://www.jennabrandt.com/p/newsletter-sign-up.html

She has been an avid reader since she could hold a book and started writing stories almost as early. Jenna has been published in several newspapers as well as edited for multiple papers and graduated with her BA in English from Bethany College where she was the Editor-in-Chief of her college newspaper. She’s an on-going contributor to The Mighty Website and her first Blog was published on Yahoo Parenting and The Grief Toolbox as well as featured on the ABC News and Good Morning America websites.

Writing is her passion but she also enjoys cooking, watching movies, reading, engaging in social media and spending time with her three young daughters and husband where they live in the Central Valley of California. She’s active in her local church where she volunteers on their first impressions team as well as writes for the church’s creative team.

Into a Silent World by Carmina Edwards (Book REVIEW, Blog Tour, and GIVEAWAY)

into a slient world_previewAbout the Book

Title: Into a Silent World

Author: Carmina Edwards

Genre: Biography, Memoir

Release Date: August 15, 2016

Following Amy’s adventures in A Door Cracked Open, she heads into a world which will test her faith and perseverance to the limit. Instead of settling into a simple, safe and unchanging life like she imagined, Amy is strongly drawn to a vocation with even higher requirements, prompting her to plan some seemingly impossible missions in order to reach her goal.

MY THOUGHTSThis is the second book in the ‘World Cracked Open’ series.  I didn’t know there was to be a third book until, much to my horror, at the very end of this book … I was left hanging 😉 I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Amy’s adventures and antics in Book 1. You can read a brief review  HERE

Carmina has written both of these books in a biographical fashion, basing the story on her own life experiences. The first book ‘A Door Cracked Open’ was very well written for a debut novel, and she has followed it up with an equally absorbing sequel in ‘Into a Silent World’. There is a bit of waffle within this book, however, it is enjoyable to read, poignant, and extremely thought-provoking. 

‘ “And all is well in the best of worlds. Don’t forget that, Amy,” Sister Odette reminded her.’

Carmina has developed her characters very well, portraying their differences and uniqueness. It’s never easy to cope as a new Christian in a world where most people do not want to believe. Also as Amy was badly abused by those she loved as a child, she didn’t obtain the many life skills that we would take for granted, consequently having to find out everything the hard way. Even at the age of twenty-three, Amy behaved in an innocent, child-like manner, and this would have made her feel safe within the monastery.  Carmina has used age-appropriate language and thought patterns considering Amy’s difficulties.

“She longed for their approval but also knew that her determination or stubbornness, as they called it, led her further away from any approval or understanding.”

I found myself laughing and sobbing throughout this book as well. One cannot help but have empathy for both Amy and some of the people she interacts with. Her compassion for others and unspoiled sense of humor are conveyed well by the author.

‘ “Amy that’s too funny. You just climb out of the window? Who does that?”

“I know, it was stupid.”

“You’re a determined character, I’ll give you that … I think it was resourceful.” ‘

I am looking forward to reading more about Amy’s amazing life in Book 3. Let’s hope it will be published very soon.

I was provided with a free copy of this book by the author via CelebrateLit. I was not financially compensated, and at no time was I under obligation to provide a positive review.

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I am a mother of two wonderful grown-up children and currently living in the UK, after living in Sweden for three years where I wrote my first book, “A Door Cracked Open.” I was blessed to be able to spend six months in the USA before returning to the UK, my home country, to work with my editor in California on the edits of this book and visit friends.

I am an avid reader and linguist, having also spent some years living in France and have been fortunate enough to have taught Swedish and French over twenty-five years and translate for businesses and manuscripts in both languages. Being unemployed the past few years has led to me becoming homeless. However, I never give up hope. As I try to portray in my books, God has always had His hand on me. Once again, He has stepped in right at the last minute. I now have a new job in Sweden and will be moving back there. Because I feel passionate about helping the homeless, a large percentage of my royalties will go directly to them.

Guest Post from Carmina Edwards

“Into a Silent World” follows on from Amy’s story in “A Door Cracked Open.”

With a new beginning ahead of her, a long-standing dream about to be realized, she was unprepared for the events which were about to unfold over the next two years.

Why would God send her to this place of “absolute conviction” and allow her to remain there for that long if He never meant for her to be there? Amy struggles to understand and seeks His will, but determined that it was His plan, she persevered in order for her dream to be fulfilled.

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To celebrate her tour, Carmina is giving away

Grand Prize:

Paperback copies of A Door Cracked Open & Into a Silent World

1st – 3rd place:

28443440Ebook copy of A Door Cracked Open!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/c3c4

 

 

 

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