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THE GIRL IN THE RED COAT: A Review ~Kate Hamer

Monday, August 14th, 2017

I could not put THE GIRL IN THE RED COAT down; I had to read well into the night as this abduction – suspense story just held me captive.  When I did go to bed, I was still thinking about the story and how I might resolve it, as I did not skip to the end to see how it concluded.  The writing was superb and I think many, many people will want to read this story and then Hamer’s next and next and next book.

“Compulsively readable…Beautifully written and unpredictable, I had to stop myself racing to the end to find out what happened.” —Rosamund Lupton (Sister)

A smart and dreamy little girl no longer wishes to hold onto her mother’s hand at the book festival and as the fog rolls in she starts to wander into stories, that she finds under the sales table – the two are separated and a feisty man leads the child away.  The fear and sadness of the mother just filled my whole being and I was deeply hooked into story

  • An Amazon Best Book of the Year for 2016
  • Costa Book Award for First Novel finalist
  • Dagger Award finalist

As a new single parent, the mother is worried and anxious about all the responsibility and she worries that her daughter, 8-year-old Carmel, will wander off and that she will not be able to pay the bills and get all their needs manifested.  The father has a new partner and has not appeared for a long time in their lives. Carmel is trying to sort out her new life and she has a very perceptive view of the world, her mind does wander and she notices details.  They both want to figure everything out and move forward.

The book goes from Mother to daughter as the story progresses and it is fabulous how Carmel works at remembering her Mother and all the wisdom that was imparted.  Her mother’s mind is always trying to connect with where Carmel might be and they are always working on finding RED in their lives.  The police have given up the search and there is a remarkable connection, as both mother and daughter cannot totally believe the other might be dead.

I do not believe I would have chosen this book to read and then it would have been my loss for sure.  So I say thank you to TLC Book Tours for asking me to read and review this remarkable story – THE GIRL IN THE RED COAT.

About the author:

Kate Hamer’s first novel ‘The Girl in the Red Coat’ was shortlisted for The Costa First Novel Prize, the British Book industry Awards Debut Fiction Book of the Year, the John Creasy (New Blood) Dagger and the Wales Book of the Year. It was a Sunday Times bestseller and has been translated into 16 different languages. Kate won the Rhys Davies short story prize and has short stories published in a number of anthologies. She’s written articles and reviews for The Independent, The Sunday Mail and The New York Times. Kate grew up in rural Wales and now lives with her husband in Cardiff, UK.  Her second book is The Doll Funeral (PW August 21,17 review)

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A HOUSE FOR HAPPY MOTHERS: A Novel ~Amulya Malladi

Monday, June 20th, 2016

“Amulya Mulladi is the author of six novels, including The Mango Season and the Sound of Language. Her books have been translated into several languages, including Dutch, German, Spanish, Danish, Romanian, Serbian, and Tamil.  She has a bachelor’s degree in engineering and a master’s degree in journalism and works as a marketing executive for a global medtech company.  She lives in Copenhagen with her husband and two children.  She loves to connect with readers on her Facebook page  and on her website at www.maulyamalladi.com.

“In trendy Silicon Valley, Priya has everything she needs—a loving husband, a career, and a home—but the one thing she wants most is the child she’s unable to have. In a Southern Indian village, Asha doesn’t have much—raising two children in a tiny hut, she and her husband can barely keep a tin roof over their heads—but she wants a better education for her gifted son. Pressured by her family, Asha reluctantly checks into the Happy Mothers House: a baby farm where she can rent her only asset—her womb—to a childless couple overseas. To the dismay of friends and family, Priya places her faith in a woman she’s never met to make her dreams of motherhood come true.

Together, the two women discover the best and the worst that India’s rising surrogacy industry has to offer, bridging continents and cultures to bring a new life into the world—and renewed hope to each other.”

I enjoyed reading this book very much and I learned a great deal about another culture and the trials of poverty  – more about what women need to do to support their children and to survive.  It came to me from TLC Book Tours   and I received a copy of it free from Amazon Prime First books.  I believe this book would expand other reader’s horizons and open eyes and hearts to troubling realities.

Mulladi deeply explores the feelings of these two women and includes the hormonal issues and how the society manipulates and individuals control others by their perceptions.  There are many writing devises explored to deeply touch each woman’s feelings and life.  How can there be true support miles apart and distanced by cultural experiences?  Lots to take in here and much to discover.  Who is actually making the money?  Oh yes! Once again we must follow the money and the real care.

Women are exploited in so many situations and here another one is exposed.  Is it a gift or is it abuse?  How do husbands support and love?  Is their relationship possible to be a friendship?  Must that remain separate?  How do the other members of the family interact and feel?  How do the social activists get involved and protect.

A great deal of depth in this story and many ideas to consider.  The author through the two women allows the reader into the idea and then the emotional fluctuations produce the outcome most hoped for and endured.  An informative and well – written story well worth considering and enjoying.

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INTEGRITY: A Compelling Novel ~Anna Borgeryd

Monday, February 8th, 2016

“A compelling novel that brings the big picture of climate change, economic greed and runaway inequality down to a deeply personal level through the story of a relationship between a woman and a man.”  Dr. Vandana Shiva, Environmentalist and author

I could not put INTEGRITY down.  All 500 pages held my interest and it is proving to be an amazing educational tool because of the parameters of a real love story between and man and a woman who are honest and smart.  Great political truth telling.

It began as a screenplay and then expanded into a novel and is now translated into English. It is being shared on all the book sites and I am extremely pleased to say that Meryl Zegarek Public Relations, Inc.  tracked me down and asked me to review this book.  Due to a typo, 2 copies of the book were sent to the wrong address and then not returned to the Post Office or sender and Meryl Zegarek still sent me a third copy for review.  I love political books, environmental books,  and taking a good hard look at what the USA is doing from the outside worldview.  Our financial markets and strategies are working against what people want and many, many more of us are having our mortgages sold to people who do not care if we fall or the market fails, which it is destined to do. Greed is blinding.

I loved the students working on defining Hedge Funds and Naked Buys and how the system was intended to work for the betterment of our welfare and instead how it is destroying our future instead. GREED and ILLUSION explored. I loved the honesty of the student’s enthusiasm; the working through of their thinking, their process of gaining integrity in their relationships and in their presentations.   No wonder this book is becoming a “Cult Novel” in Sweden and now here.

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From NC Review.com:  “Anna Borgeryd is a musician and filmmaker, has a Ph.D. in conflict management and is chair of the family business, Polarbro-d. She has been an advisor to the Swedish government’s Future Commission, and given a TEDx lecture on The Dawn of a New Economy  http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/The-dawn-of-a-new-economy-Anna;search%3AAnna%20Borgeryd. Named one of the most influential environmentalists in Sweden, Anna has just published her first novel, ‘INTEGRITY’-a love story between a woman trying to change the world, and a man trying to change with her.”

From the book cover:

“Vera is a nurse from Sweden who, while delivering a baby in the Colombian jungle, meets indigenous people with a wholly different outlook of life.  A traumatic experience forces her home, where the quest to put her life back together becomes tired up with her search for a more sustainable world.

“She meets the womanizing heir to a luxury travel company.  Could such opposites really attract?  And could they actually work together to find a fix for an economic system heading towards meltdown?

“An exploration of the interconnectedness of human life and an unexpected love story, INTEGRITY delves deep into the choices and emotions of a woman trying to change the world – and a man trying to change with her.”

I want everyone I know to read INTEGRITY.  I want everyone to read INTEGRITY. I want INTEGRITY to be a cult book here in the USA.  We all need to read this book.

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COERCION: A THRILLER ~Tim Tigner

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

Coercion is definitely fast paced and quite the page-turner.  I read it over a two-day period of time and found it hard to put the Kindle down and do something else or sleep.  TLC Book Tours had the author send me an advanced e-copy of the book in order to review the writing and story; to share my thoughts with you the reader.  The author also sent me an email and included some personal insight to the story, which made me want to dive right in and start reading.  I know many of my readers will certainly like this story and the incredible pace.

Tigner shared this background material in the email,

“I’d like to take this opportunity to pass along a bit of background that you won’t find on the cover. I worked in Soviet Counterintelligence during the Cold War, and then lived in Moscow throughout perestroika. What an odd and humbling experience it was, to watch a superpower crumble. It got me thinking about what one man could have done to prevent it, if he was prescient, and resourceful, and ruthless enough. Coercion was the result. “

So here we are reading a fast paced, thriller, about International spying and the stealing of technology and along comes a human story about how individuals are being affected by the process.  I had a hard time with the psychopath character in the book using children to control their parents and keep the whole process moving forward.  It made me feel sick and as though it was possible.  Maybe that was a sure sign that the writing was good and believable.  Of course, there was a super hero and his nasty adversary, but how could a human run so far in a snowstorm at such extreme temperatures, survive and still do some “Kick ass” maneuvers?  This made the story about super humans and definitely movie material.  Very entertaining and intriguing ideas about political activities and a countries real strength, and I was very happy the female figure was so smart and capable.

Karpov was certainly ruthless enough to put his plan into motion and he was defending his beloved Russia and I could find parallels to the Old Fossil Fuel Fogies in our neck of the woods right now, all those folks who want to keep white privilege and old school tech and greed the working model for us today. The individual citizen is just collateral damage.  The resistance to change and the consequences of all the people caught in the crossfire was dramatic.  More fun because the story was about super powers and yet the fantasy touched so many lives in our current circumstances.   Good escape and powerful read.

From the book more about the author:

Tigner began his career as a Green Beret in Counterintelligence and did a great deal of globetrotting during the formation of the EU.  He eventually landed in Silicon Valley as a start up CEO on the cutting edge of medical technology.   He does a number of outdoor adventures including parachuting, hang gliding, mountain climbing, and walking the Serengeti and currently lives in the San Francisco area with his wife and daughters.  He has written at least 2 other thrillers.

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