Thanks to All

Being off-line for five weeks I fully expected that I would drop out of sight. I’ve been amazed and grateful that the opposite has been the case. There are so many people I want to thank for their support

First of all, my publishers,http://www.honno.co.uk/     Gwasg Honno Press

Supportive and understanding as always. Thank you, Helena, Janet,  Caroline, Ali, Lesley. I’m working hard on the next book

And thank you to fellow Honno author Juliet Greenwood: https://twitter.com/julietgreenwood for her continued friendship and support

And my gratitude for the friendship and kindness of the people I have got to know through the world of blogging, writing & twitter etc.: Sally: https://twitter.com/sgc58,     Sue: https://twitter.com/SCVincent. Terry: ttps://twitter.com/TerryTyler4

And to Rosie:  https://twitter.com/rosieamber1

I’m a member of Rosie’s review team (#RBRT) and it’s lovely to discover how many times fellow reviewers have mentioned me while I’ve been absent. Grateful to all of you. And I see I have missed the launch of #TuesdayBookBlog ( https://twitter.com/search?src=typd&q=%23tuesdaybookblog ) and #MysteryNovember https://twitter.com/search?q=%20%23MysteryNovember.&src=typd) I have so much to catch up on. Thank you all. And, Rosie, I’ll be catching up on reviews this week.

And a big thank you for the continued support from https://twitter.com/LPOBryan
https://twitter.com/findnewbooks
https://twitter.com/YourNewBooks

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I’m also grateful to Debbie and her brilliant team at http://brookcottagebooks.blogspot.co.uk/
https://twitter.com/BrookCottageBks

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I’ve just seen all the lovely reviews and posts she’s been promoting for my latest book on the book tour: http://amzn.to/1JzO3Jh. Wonderful!! Thanks Debbie.

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Not forgetting my dear friends from our ‘Semi-Colon’ writing group: Thorne Moore: https://www.facebook.com/thornemoorenovelist/?fref=ts and Alex Martin: https://www.facebook.com/alex.martin.3532507?fref=ts

And for her continued and valued  friendship over the years  (and help in all things)  – never more so than over the last few weeks – great mate and award winning children’s’ author, Sharon Tregenza:  https://www.facebook.com/sharontregenzabooks?fref=ts

There are so many others I’d like to thank. Among them are fellow writers and bloggers:
Olga: https://twitter.com/OlgaNM7

Jenny: https://twitter.com/JennyBurnley1

Christoph: https://twitter.com/CFFBooks

Georgia: https://twitter.com/GeorgiaRoseBook

Mary:https://twitter.com/marysmithwriter

Linda:https://twitter.com/lindaabbott55?lang=en-gb

Cathy:https://twitter.com/CathyRy

Alison: https://twitter.com/Alison_WiIliams

Hugh: https://twitter.com/RobertHughes05

As I’ve said, I’ve been offline and the above are the people I’ve seen the few times I managed to find WiFi. I’m sure there are more I’ve missed. I can only apologise and hope to make amends by sharing all their news in the near future whenever and wherever I can.

I’ll stop now – this is beginning to feel like one of those radio programmes where participants in shows ask if they can say hello to friends and family and “to all who know me”…

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ROSIE’S BOOK REVIEW TEAM #RBRT

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My review of Last Child by Terry Tyler

 My rating 5 out of 5 stars 

 

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I love being part of Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team #RBRT. I wish I had more time to read the books. I wish I wasn’t such a slow reader. I wish I’d discovered Terry Tyler’s books sooner. I wonder why she hasn’t got an agent (she doesn’t need one, probably doesn’t want one – still, I wonder why hasn’t she been snapped up?) I want to shout out, to ask why my local library hasn’t shelves displaying her brilliant covers. Am I being too effusive? Yes, but that doesn’t stop me; I am a huge fan of her work.

Last Child is both a brilliant stand-alone novel, and a sequel. I would advise anyone to read the first of (what I hope) is a trilogy. No pressure on the author there then! I would suggest reading Kings and Queens initially because, if you don’t you will not only miss out on a brilliant read but you won’t discover the wonderful beginnings of this cast of characters.

Told you I can go over the top when I’m enthusiastic.

Now I’ve got that off my chest – the serious stuff:

The plot follows the lives of the Lanchester family in much the same way that history records the (almost) parallel lives of Henry VIII and his wives and family (no chopping off of heads here though – but still plenty of intrigue). This contemporary take is hugely enjoyable and a balanced page- turner from the beginning.

The characters continue to evolve in a style that is unique to this author. They are rounded, they change, they grow, they are revealed – sometimes slowly, sometimes more subtly. But in the end I felt I knew each and every one of them as they share their own viewpoints to the narrative. And both the internal voices and the dialogue (so well written, I think), is individualistic to each of them.

I’ll mention just a few of the characters: Will: An understated character but one threaded throughout both novels, giving his own insight to the others and the lives they lead. Erin: (a contemporary Elizabeth I), energetic, determined to do the right thing, a little flawed but loyal. Isabella: (portrayed as a modern day Mary), vulnerable, yet embittered to such a degree her decisions are underlined with an unstable revenge. Jaz, Harry’s son, complex as any teenager, with an ability to evolve into an equally complex adult but…  Hannah, the nanny and short- time lover of Harry Lanchester, the founder of this dynasty; shown as the sustaining carer of this younger generation, competent, motherly, non- judgemental. Then there’s Jim Dudley, ruthless yet ultimately helpless; Raine Grey with her own devastating story; the dependable Robert Dudley, and his shallow wife, Amy.

I could go on and on – but I won’t. I think it only fair for readers to discover the characters and the story for themselves. Suffice it to say, all of them run the gamut of trials and tribulations that is life – with so much more than most of us, thankfully, avoid.

The settings, the fashion, the attitudes, the domestic lives and the world of business provide a solid backdrop to this book and truly reflect the epochs the novel is set in.

All in all a brilliant family saga, brilliantly written. I can’t recommend Terry Tyler’s work highly enough. Looking forward to the next book.

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