Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Casablanca, My Heart

Casablanca, My Heart

by Hannah Warren

What happens when a Romance writer meets a Moroccan prince from Casablanca, the city of her dreams?

Author Heather Simpson is taking a cruise on a break from her husband when she is approached by the handsome Ghalib, a French-Moroccan aristocrat who seems to know everything about her and who has been eager to meet her for years.

When the ship docks the next day in Casablanca, Ghalib invites her into his home and into his heart.

As she returns to her husband, was this a short steamy fling or a significant event in the web of coincidences that brought them together and as surely parted them again?

Sometimes it seems we are destined to meet up with the love of our life for only a fleeting moment, leaving us thinking, 'Did fate work so hard to bring us so little or is there more to come?'

A review: 
It's hard to believe that this is Ms. Warren's debut novel. This book is, in short, a stunning work of literary fiction. The prose is graceful, elegant, and the reader can feel the love and care the author took in writing. Every sentence is a delight, every paragraph a feast for the senses. Ms. Warren is a skillful writer who paints vivid pictures with words, and the reader can quite easily see the world that she describes. I got chills in several places, such as the scene the morning of Luc's funeral.
Ms. Warren's characters are realistic and deep. Heather's character is heartbreakingly lovely and wounded, and the growth she undergoes is admirable. The Persian Prince, Ghalib, is no less realistic and I think it was very important to show his past during the second half of the book. It sets up the hows and the whys very nicely. Even the secondary characters have been thought-out and all contain very human flaws and admirable traits.
This book serves to show that fate has a large part in our lives. Accidents happen, bad things happen, but every experience we have is a small part of a bigger purpose. Heather and her prince found their purposes through strife and heartache.
It's an excellent debut novel, expertly written and a true joy to read. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves a wonderfully crafted love story that is elegant, smart and just plain brilliant.


Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Catnip by Valerie Tate

CATNIP  by Valerie Tate.  

The ebook only 99c, a paperback also available.

What can go wrong when an elderly matriarch leaves the family fortune to her cat? Just about everything, including ‘catnapping’ and murder! CATNIP is a mystery set in the picturesque town of Dunbarton, Ontario, and tells the story of what befalls the dysfunctional Dunbar family, and the chaos that ensues, when the matriarch of the clan leaves the family fortune to her cat.

That formidable feline proves to be more than a match for the humans in his life, until one fateful night when, caught unawares, he is stuffed in a sack and carried away. A nosy neighbor with a nasty, suspicious mind points the finger of suspicion at the Dunbars and Christopher Mallory, the young attorney who is the trustee of the estate, and under the terms of the will, they face losing everything. When a murder occurs, Christopher finds himself confronting a ruthless killer who would do anything to conceal his or her identity, including to kill again.

A typical review

By Carol - Amazon Verified Purchase
This is a fun mystery. No excessive gore, no murders added to keep the plot going. Just an eccentric and rather tyrannical old lady who leaves her fortune to her cat, Marmalade, for life. After he dies, provided there's no suspicion attached to his death, the money goes to her granddaughter, Angela. If there are doubts in the lawyer's mind, however, it goes to the Animal Protective Society.

The idea is to encourage the family to buck up and be more self-sufficient. That happens, but not the way she'd hoped. How to guess that the lawyer would figure out a way to save the family business, turn Angela's shrewish mother into a likeable lady, and fall for Angela while working these miracles? Or that someone would kidnap Marmalade, leaving the family- lawyer included- suspected of doing away with him?

There are lots of unexpected, often humorous, little twists before all the loose ends, including a murder, finally get tied up so that Marmalade, and his humans servants, can start thinking about happily ever after.