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Sunday, 31 March 2019

Cover of the Month - March



Book Cover of the Month

March

Elliot Pie's Guide To Human Nature







HUGE thanks to  Designer, Cathy Helms from Avalon Graphics for selecting this month's cover of the Month.




Elliot Pie's Guide To Human Nature
is automatically put forward for Cover of the Year 2019.



All books receiving a Chill with a Readers' Award in April will automatically be considered for Book Cover of the Month – April.





Tuesday, 26 March 2019

The Christmas Key by Phillipa Nefri Clark


The Christmas Key 

has RECEIVED a


Chill with a Book READERS’ Award


A hot summer Christmas Day is just around the corner in the Australian seaside town of River’s End. Beachside BBQs and sumptuous dinners are on the menu.

But Martha Blake is like a dog with a bone, determined to solve the last of the cottage mysteries. She and great-niece Christie begin a secret investigation.

Meanwhile, Thomas is busy with his own clues and enlists the help of his reluctant grandson, Martin.

At Palmerston House, loving new couple Elizabeth and Angus face their greatest obstacle, throwing their happy future into doubt.

With everyone working at cross-purposes, who will find themselves in the middle, cast decades back into memories of a terrible mistake?

Is love enough this time, as the beloved residents of River’s End deal with the fallout of the old mystery? Who, or what, will bring them all together in time for Christmas?

The Christmas Key is a heartwarming novella rounding off the Christie Ryan Romantic Mystery series with the last of the secrets revealed, and delightful Christmas magic to touch the favourite residents of River's End. Read as a standalone, or start the series with The Stationmaster’s Cottage.

Genre:  Women Sleuth / Holiday Fiction
Approx pages:  100


The Christmas Key was read and evaluated by Chill's readers against the following...

Were the characters strong and engaging?
 Was the book well written?
Did the story / plot have you turning the page to find out what happened next?
Was the ending satisfying?
Would you recommend to someone who reads this kind of story?










Saturday, 23 March 2019

The House at Zaronza by Vanessa Couchman


The House at Zaronza 

has RECEIVED a


Chill with a Book READERS’ Award


Rachel knows only one thing about her late grandmother: that she was Corsican. Eager to trace her ancestors, Rachel travels to the island of Corsica. She unearths a hidden bundle of love letters from the 1900s and an intriguing memoir.

A heart-breaking tale of doomed passion and betrayal emerges, set amidst the mountains of Corsica and the turmoil of the trenches in World War 1.

1899. Life in the village of Zaronza is dull and twenty year-old Maria craves excitement. A young school master arrives, and her wish is granted. But Maria's severe parents would condemn their romance, and so they must meet in secret.

When Maria's father announces his plans to marry her to a man she detests, her dreams start to crumble. As her life unfolds, destiny casts her far from Corsica's shores, to the streets of Paris and the field hospitals of the Western Front.

Rachel unravels the story of an extraordinary woman, and finds the keys to her own past.

"Emotionally powerful...Vanessa Couchman writes with intelligence and skill." Historical Novels Review

"Beautifully written, evocative of this small island. A lovely book." TripFiction

The House at Zaronza is Book 1 of the Tales of Corsica series: historical novels set in the same house on this stunning Mediterranean island.

Genre:  266
Approx pages:  Historical French Fiction


The House at Zaronza was read and evaluated by Chill's readers against the following...

Were the characters strong and engaging?
 Was the book well written?
Did the story / plot have you turning the page to find out what happened next?
Was the ending satisfying?
Would you recommend to someone who reads this kind of story?









The House at Zaronza 
has also received a







Thursday, 21 March 2019

Elliot Pie's Guide To Human Nature by Chantelle Atkins


Elliot Pie's Guide To Human Nature

has RECEIVED a


Chill with a Book READERS’ Award


One boy's mission to find the good in people.
Twelve-year-old Elliot Pie lives a solitary life with his agoraphobic mother.
He is desperate to help her and he also wants to find out what happened to his Uncle Liam, who walked out one night leaving his dog and his car in the back garden.
While his mother sinks further into the darkness, Elliot finds comfort in people-watching.
He is determined to prove to her that good people still exist and when a stranger is kind to him one day, a plan is hatched. A plan to save his mother. A plan that might help him find Uncle Liam.
Elliot’s collection of strangers all have stories to tell about human nature, but is he placing his trust in the wrong people? Or is the real danger closer to home?

Genre: Women's Contemporary Fiction
Approx pages:  407


Elliot Pie's Guide To Human Nature was read and evaluated by Chill's readers against the following...

Were the characters strong and engaging?
 Was the book well written?
Did the story / plot have you turning the page to find out what happened next?
Was the ending satisfying?
Would you recommend to someone who reads this kind of story?










Tuesday, 19 March 2019

A King Under Siege by Mercedes Rochelle


A King Under Siege

has RECEIVED a


Chill with a Book READERS’ Award



Richard II found himself under siege not once, but twice in his minority. Crowned king at age ten, he was only fourteen when the Peasants' Revolt terrorized London. But he proved himself every bit the Plantagenet successor, facing Wat Tyler and the rebels when all seemed lost. Alas, his triumph was short-lived, and for the next ten years he struggled to assert himself against his uncles and increasingly hostile nobles. Just like in the days of his great-grandfather Edward II, vengeful magnates strove to separate him from his friends and advisors, and even threatened to depose him if he refused to do their bidding. The Lords Appellant, as they came to be known, purged the royal household with the help of the Merciless Parliament. They murdered his closest allies, leaving the King alone and defenseless. He would never forget his humiliation at the hands of his subjects. Richard's inability to protect his adherents would haunt him for the rest of his life, and he vowed that next time, retribution would be his.

Genre: Historical Biographical Fiction
Approx pages:  300


A King Under Siege was read and evaluated by Chill's readers against the following...

Were the characters strong and engaging?
 Was the book well written?
Did the story / plot have you turning the page to find out what happened next?
Was the ending satisfying?
Would you recommend to someone who reads this kind of story?









A King Under Siege
has also received a