Sunday, April 21, 2013

Book Review of Fluer Gaskin's, ARABELLE'S SHADOWS

 

Arabelle's Shadows was written by Fleur Gaskin and published in November, 2012. It is available for purchase at www.amazon.com
 
Arabella's Shadows is written in a part diary, part biographical style. It describes the life of an aspiring model, her travels, her relationships, her pain and is set against the backdrop of many exotic countries in both Asia and Europe.
More than that, however, it deals with the issue of depression and just how crippling this illness can be. Fleur Gaskin's descriptions of the effects of depression and how the mind works ( or doesn't work) is truly the focus of the book. The heart-breaking background story illuminates the present story, helping the reader to really understand Arabelle and her struggles.
The book doesn't follow a strict chronological order but jumps from one place and time to another. While this can be a little disconcerting I soon got used to the way the book was structured and was able to focus on the important points within the story.
This is a very good and heartbraking novel. We definitely recommend it!
4-spiders
Jennie J. reviewer for WebbWeaver

Book Review of SWORN TO PROTECT by: Kathryn Loch

SWORN TO PROTECT: VOWS OF THE HEART was written by Kathryn Loch and published in October, 2012. It is available for purchase at www.amazon.com To find out more about this author, visit her website at www.kathrynloch.com/
 
Sworn To Protect is set in the U.S. where Ethan and Bethany meet under the most stressful circumstances. Both are witnesses to the crimes of an international arms dealer and drug-lord. They become protected witnesses and cannot trust anybody. They must now rely on each other to survive.

The plot is very intricate and there are some twists and turns that I really was not expecting.

I like that the author has both an alpha male and alpha female that each have their own strengths and weaknesses. The characters are three dimensional and deal with real-life issues such as love, loss, betrayal and loyalty. Background characters also add another element to the story and I found myself rooting for some of them as well.

A great read and highly recommended!
5-spiders for sure!
 
Jennie J. reviewer for WebbWeaver