#BookReview: A Maiden So Bewitching

by Colm Herron

Book Blurb:

From the highly-acclaimed northern Irish novelist Colm Herron comes this sad, sexy and beautiful story about a desperate Irishman called Lexie Cheddy, an only child. Lexie’s mother has always wanted a daughter so that’s how she brings him up. As a daughter. And she names him Alexis. To add to his troubles he falls on his head at the age of fourteen and a half and when he wakes up he’s a genius. (Condition known as Acquired Savant Syndrome). Lexie is now seventy-one and has long been banished to the outer reaches of the marriage bed by a wife for whom sex is but a vague and distasteful memory.

So, greatly in need of a relief valve, our hero starts up a blog site supposedly written by a teenage bisexual girl called Denise whose current squeeze is a hunk called Huncan. Result: Lexie gets to be both Denise and Huncan. This is convenient because he himself is a closet bisexual. Complications set in however when Isabella, a teenage blog reader of confused gender, asks if she can fly to Ireland to spend a romantic three-day holiday with Denise and Huncan – and Lexie impulsively accepts ….

My Review:

I loved this book from page one, although I did wonder what I was getting into. Not to worry. The author took care of me. Somehow, this book was both riveting and immensely disturbing at the same time. I’ve read books by Colm Herron before, and this author certainly knows how to deliver hard-hitting stories with incredibly true-to-life characters and situations. In A Maiden So Bewitching, we have a 71 year old male brought up as a female, who likes both sexes and is somewhat confused as well as hot-blooded enough to still be in his teens.

The situations he ends up in are both comical and heart-wrenching, and while at the start you might not like him, I promise that by the end you’ll love him and will be rooting for him, along with those who hook up with him.

I cannot recommend this book or this writer highly enough. Next on my list from this writer is Anna, only just released, which looks full of promise.

This read gets a top five stars from me

UNIVERSAL AMAZON LINK: mybook.to/A_Maiden_So

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NOTE ON RATINGS: 

I consider a 3-star rating a positive review. Picky about which books I give 5 stars to, I reserve this highest rating for the stories I find stunning and which moved me.

5 STARS: IT WAS AMAZING! I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN!  — Highly Recommended.

4 STARS: I WOULD PULL AN ALL-NIGHTER — Go read this book.

3 STARS: IT WAS GOOD! — An okay read.  Didn’t love it. Didn’t hate it. 

2 STARS: I MAY HAVE LIKED A FEW THINGS —Lacking in some areas: writing, characterisation, and/or problematic plot lines.

1 STAR: NOT MY CUP OF TEA —Lots of issues with this book.

Copyright: ©2019 Harmony Kent–All Rights Reserved

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Expansion Pack: The Egg Scene

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#ShareAReviewDay Tuesday – “Allow Yourself to be a Better Person ” by Balroop Singh

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Royal Command Family Saga, plus bonus story!

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Conflict Thesaurus Entry: A Deadline Being Moved Up ~ WRITERS HELPING WRITERS®

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How to Set Project Targets in Scrivener

One way to avoid your workspace looking like this … 🙂

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Five For Friday: Summer Activities

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Author Inspiration and This Week’s Writing Links

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Book Review: The Grace Year

by Kim Liggett

5 Stars

Book Blurb:

The resistance starts here…

No one speaks of the grace year.
It’s forbidden.
We’re told we have the power to lure grown men from their beds, make boys lose their minds, and drive the wives mad with jealousy. That’s why we’re banished for our sixteenth year, to release our magic into the wild before we’re allowed to return to civilization.
But I don’t feel powerful.
I don’t feel magical.

Tierney James lives in an isolated village where girls are banished at sixteen to the northern forest to brave the wilderness – and each other – for a year. They must rid themselves of their dangerous magic before returning purified and ready to marry – if they’re lucky.

It is forbidden to speak of the grace year, but even so every girl knows that the coming year will change them – if they survive it…

The Grace Year is The Handmaid’s Tale meets Lord of the Flies – a page-turning feminist dystopia about a young woman trapped in an oppressive society, fighting to take control of her own life.

My Review

Many thanks to NetGalley and Penguin for an ARC of this book.
Even more thanks for having it nicely formatted ready to read.

In the county, women have to obey their men. They have no rights. No free will. When a girl comes of age, she’s sent ‘out’ for a year, so that she can get rid of her magic. That’s the one thing the men worry about: a woman’s magic. When it comes to Tierney James’ turn, her future hangs in the balance. What will she do to survive The Grace Year?

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It grabbed me by the throat and wouldn’t let go. The pace never let up. And the ending was as satisfying as the beginning and middle. All the threads were tied off. I suspect a sequel may be in the offing … I hope so. I can’t recommend this novel or this author highly enough. I don’t think I’ve read Kim Liggett before now, but I’ll be looking out for more of her books. 

As harrowing as this read was at times, I loved it. This was one of those books I didn’t want to end.

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NOTE ON RATINGS: I consider a 3-star rating a positive review. Picky about which books I give 5 stars to, I reserve this highest rating for the stories I find stunning and which moved me.

5 STARS: IT WAS AMAZING! I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! — Highly Recommended.
4 STARS: I WOULD PULL AN ALL-NIGHTER — Go read this book.
3 STARS: IT WAS GOOD! — An okay read. Didn’t love it. Didn’t hate it. 
2 STARS: I MAY HAVE LIKED A FEW THINGS —Lacking in some areas: writing, characterisation, and/or problematic plot lines. 
1 STAR: NOT MY CUP OF TEA —Lots of issues with this book.

There Goes That Sound

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Trading Knives

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Corgren more than holds his own in the prize fighting rings where skill with a knife is the only mercy he’ll find. While an old enemy haunts his memory, new ones gather with each victory gain…

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Writing Your Novel’s Blurb

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June Book Reviews, Part Two

Check out these awesome book reviews over at Mae Clair’s place today … looks like even more for my TBR, yikes!

 

I’m back again with the second half of my reviews for June. If you missed part one, you can find it here. Summer is a huge reading time for me, with pool season the perfect opportunity to flo…

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#ShareAReviewDay Tuesday – “Gateway to Magic” by Annabelle Franklin

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#ShareAReviewDay Tuesday – “Someone Close to Home” by Alex Craigie

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#BookReview: Unclear Purposes

by Joan Hall

5 Stars

Book Blurb:

Some people take secrets to the grave…

Three years after her husband’s murder, Christine Lawrence still struggles for balance. She has a rewarding career and a close circle of friends but feels oddly unfulfilled. Worse, the close relationship she once had with her teenage daughter has grown increasingly strained.

Former FBI agent, Vince Green, is battling demons of his own—painful secrets that drove him from Driscoll Lake. Newly resettled in the small town, he makes his living as a private investigator.

When Vince and Christine cross paths, stumbling over the body of a murder victim, he’s forced to confront memories he thought long buried. The circumstances surrounding the killing are eerily similar to a victim from his past.

As the body count continues to rise, Christine finds herself drawn to Vince. With a murderer stalking the streets of Driscoll Lake, neither is aware the killer has targeted her as the next victim—or that Vince’s past is key to unmasking a disturbed and deadly killer.

My Review:

Unclear Purposes is the third and final book in the Driscoll Lake Series. It opens at a fast pace and keeps going up til the end. I had no clue who the killer might be until after the 80% stage of the book. The author did a great job of weaving in the many plot threads and character arcs, which all resolved nicely by the close of the book. Although this is the third book in the series, it can be read as a standalone novel. If you like intrigue, crime drama, and a splash of romance, you’ll love this book. I highly recommend you give it a go.

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NOTE ON RATINGS:  I consider a 3-star rating a positive review. Picky about which books I give 5 stars to, I reserve this highest rating for the stories I find stunning and which moved me.

5 STARS: IT WAS AMAZING! I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN!  — Highly Recommended.

4 STARS: I WOULD PULL AN ALL-NIGHTER — Go read this book.

3 STARS: IT WAS GOOD! — An okay read.  Didn’t love it. Didn’t hate it. 

2 STARS: I MAY HAVE LIKED A FEW THINGS —Lacking in some areas: writing, characterisation, and/or problematic plot lines.

1 STAR: NOT MY CUP OF TEA —Lots of issues with this book.

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Sue Coletta’s RACKED #bookreview #suspense

This looks like a fantastic read. Check out the review over on Staci Troilo’s place today …

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June Book Reviews, Part One

Check out a few reviews on good-looking books over at Mae Clair’s place today …

 

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Conflict Thesaurus Entry: Taking Advice from the Wrong Person ~ WRITERS HELPING WRITERS®

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Conflict is very often the magic sauce for generating tension and turning a ho-hum story into one that rivets readers. As such, every scene should contain a struggle of some kind. Maybe it’s an internal tug-of-war having to do with … Continue reading →

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Can the Writing Gene be Inherited?

Check out this thought-provoking post from Mae Clair over on Story Empire today …

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Book Cover Friday: The Feed

Which book cover would draw you more? Head on over to Story Empire today to see my Friday Book Cover post …

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#ThorsDaySmile – Summer In Florida

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Introducing the Conflict Thesaurus ~ WRITERS HELPING WRITERS®

Check out this great upcoming author resource over on Writers Helping Writers today … Can’t wait to see these 🙂

What elevates a story from good to great? CONFLICT. A car breakdown in the middle of the zombie apocalypse. A jealous ex who is interfering with the hero’s new relationship. A loss of power when the heroine needs it most. … Continue reading →

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Expansion Pack: Fanatic Fans

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Hi, gang. Craig here again with another of my Expansion packs. These are intended to enhance your stories without being absolute requirements. They mix in well with the series I wrote about The Her…

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Where You Can Find Content for Your Newsletter

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Hello and happy Monday to all the Story Empire readers. PH here and back this week with more about newsletters. There are two previous posts about this topic which you can find here and here. Newsl…

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My Latest Book is getting some love …

My latest book is out on David Perlmutter’s webpage! Thanks so much for this kindness, David. Check out all the great books he’s showcasing this week! …

http://www.davidpperlmutter.com/

 

 

Friday Writing Question: Hooks

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Author Inspiration and This Week’s Writing Links

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Ciao, amici! How was your week? Mine was a hodgepodge of work and family activities. No two days were the same. I kind of like that (although not when it involves loved ones having surgery—my…

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Using a Professional Editor

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Hi, SE Readers. Joan here today to talk about the importance of using an editor. Self-editing, beta readers, and critique partners or groups are all an important aspect of the writing process. Each…

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So it begins

Check out this brilliant post on writer’s doubt by Craig Boyack …

He stares at me through obsidian black eyes. Eyes as black as his heart. How I allowed this creature to live in my writing cabin is beyond me. My sanctuary. My place of creativity and fun, invaded …

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