My Review of Thicker Than Water by Georgia Rose

Georgia Rose

                                       Georgia Rose

I gave Thicker than Water 5* out of 5*

Thicker than Water is the third book in the Grayson trilogy and is a brilliant ending to the series.

Emma Grayson’s story continues at Melton Manor; living in the cottage on the estate and responsible for the stables. Emma and Trent marry but there are still problems surrounding the criminal Polzin organisation,

Having read Before the Dawn (the second of the series) I immediately turned to this last. The final book of a good trilogy pulls together all the loose strings that unravel in the first two novels. This is no exception. Surprising, thrilling. Best of all, satisfying. Yet there is always the feeling of regret when the last page is read.

So, not to spoil things, I won’t give away the story but will let the book blurb entice:

There are tough times ahead for Emma Grayson in the final part of these mysterious and romantic adventure stories as she struggles to move on from her old life.

‘Vaguely aware of the tremor in my hand I ran my fingers up through the thick locks of his dark hair. Fear clutched at my heart as I sensed the icy tendrils of grief reaching for me once more.’

As the overseas action steps up a gear for Trent, Emma has her own challenges to face. Loyalties are tested and vengeance sought when she attracts interest from an unwelcome source.

Because someone is coming. Someone who has Emma in their sights.

Someone who will turn her life upside down… forever.


Told mainly from her own reflective viewpoint, we see that the protagonist Emma has grown from the fragile wary character initially portrayed by the author in the first book, A Single Step, into an even more rounded character; strong, courageous, even heroic. Finally she is now shown to be equal with Trent. In turn, he has become more empathetic, more multi-faceted.  And, as the trilogy has progressed, the secondary characters have become more rounded; Turner, Carlton, Grace, Greene. I also liked the characterization of the two children.

The descriptions of the settings are evocative and compelling, giving a real sense of place.

Both the dialogue and the narrative is strong, decisive and carries the reader along with some heart-stopping moments amongst the  many twists and turns but the pacing steadily builds to a satisfying denouement.

Georgia Rose tells a great story; a cross genre of contemporary romance and crime,Thicker Than Water is the perfect ending to this trilogy. I highly recommend it.

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Letting Go by Kimberly Wenzler

Letting Go


I gave Letting Go by Kimberly Wenzler 5*

I loved Letting Go by Kimberly Wenzler It’s an easy read; one you can put down and look forward to picking it up again  – and be able to follow immediately.. It’s a book lightly touched by plot, threaded through by a mystery that is only revealed at the end, with various strands of relationships for the reader to follow with the narrator, Lucy. Lucy is also the protagonist and therein lies the shock. I don’t give away spoilers so I’ll leave that one hanging there

Based in Long Island, New York, USA there are enough descriptions of settings to show the ordinary lives of the characters. The conventional families, friendships, courtships are a backdrop against a dreadful incident some two years earlier.

And, for me, the strength of the book is in these characters; so rounded, so strongly drawn that I could see and believe in them immediately. The touches of characterisation, observation and human interaction are authentic and realistic. The conversations, together with  the internal dialogue work well, defining each of the characters and their narratives, each moving the story on..

  But what I really like is the way the darker themes, the story of Ben, a teenage neighbour, and the criminal world he is inevitably drawn into, are interwoven with the poignant and tender relationship between Max and Sammy, Lucy’s husband and son.

It’s not a fast-paced book but I think Letting Go is paced, I love the author’s writing style; so fitting for this kind of novel. A very satisfying and original read. One I can thoroughly recommend.



My review of  Round and Round by Terry Tyler

I give it 4* – with great enthusiasm! 

Round And Round by Terry Tyler

Round and Round is yet another brilliantly clever novel by Terry Tyler. I can’t get enough of her books; somehow they keep finding their way to the top of my ‘to be read’ pile.

As usual, the narrative slips seamlessly along taking the reader into the world of the protagonist, Sophie Heron, fast approaching her fortieth birthday and looking back at her life. Each chapter focuses on different aspects of her choices. It’s a thought provoking read of ‘what if’

The characters are skilfully drawn with many facets to their personalities; something that is done in all this author’s book. And the dialogue differentiates each one. Enough said; if the characters come to life for me, a story works. Even the elusive Aunt Flick, long gone but still a magical, guiding presence in Sophie’s life, is believable; don’t we all have times when we think ‘what would …. have done?’  Add your own name there – bet it’s true for all of us. Whether Sophie heeds the advice, is something to be discovered by the reader.

 Excellent plot-line, great sense of place, skilful writing. Satisfying!! One for me to thoroughly recommend

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