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Sunday, 17 October 2021

The Blue Dolphin by Kathryn Gauci

The Blue Dolphin


A PREMIER Readers’ Award

Premier Readers’ Award is honoured to books that receive exceptional high evaluations from Chill Readers.

This book is shortlisted for Book of the Month.

From Amazon Bestselling author of The Secret of the Grand Hôtel du Lac, Kathryn Gauci, comes a powerful and unforgettable portrayal one woman's struggle to balance a love she knows will ultimately end in tragedy, and of the hardships of war combined with the darker forces of village life. A real page-turner.

'I saw him everywhere: in the brightest star, in the birds that came to my window -- he was there. After a love like that, you can endure anything life throws at you.'

Set on a Greek island during the German Occupation of Greece, The Blue Dolphin reads like a Greek tragedy. Rich with loyalties and betrayals, it is a harrowing, yet ultimately uplifting story of endurance and love.

1944 Greece: After Nefeli loses her husband during the Italian invasion of Greece in 1940, she ekes out a meager living from her Blue Dolphin taverna with the help of her eight-year-old-daughter, Georgia, their small garden, and Agamemnon the mule.
Four of Nefeli's close friends, who belong to the Greek Resistance, ask her to hide a cache of weapons, placing her in mortal danger from the enemy. When the Resistance blows up a German naval vessel filled with troops, three of them are killed, and the Germans start to make regular visits to the island.

With the loss of her friends, Nefeli's dire circumstances force her to accept a marriage proposal arranged by the village-matchmakers, but what happens next throws everyone on the island into turmoil and changes the course of Nefeli's and Georgia's lives forever.

"Kathryn Gauci is a storyteller who possesses a phenomenal ability to make her readers fall in love with her characters."

Extravagant, inventive, and emotionally sweeping, this is a novel that lovers of Nikos Kazantzakis, Louis de Bernieres and Victoria Hislop will not want to miss.

Pages: 244
 Genre: War & Military Action Fiction

The Blue Dolphin
  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?

Monday, 4 October 2021

An Imperfect Future by David Penny

An Imperfect Future


Chill with a Book READERS’ Award

The Nazis have the key to the ultimate weapon. Can a special squad of British operatives destroy their plans before the Third Reich rules the world?

1944, England. Calum Auger can see ten seconds into the future. Desperate not to die in the air over Germany, the Lancaster bombardier uses his unique gift to drop his payload more accurately and help the pilot avoid enemy fire. But when he can’t find a way through the flak and their damaged plane crash-lands in England, he’s stunned to discover two government agents waiting to recruit him.
Drafted into a top-secret team of psychics, Calum and his new unit are tasked with tracking down spies who stole sensitive documents. And with the missing papers containing information on how to build an atom bomb, they’re in a race against time to prevent Hitler from bringing the world to its knees.
Can Calum and his extraordinary teammates retrieve the intel before it falls into the hands of a madman?
An Imperfect Future is the first book in the pulse-pounding Unit-Thirteen World War II paranormal spy thriller series. If you like realistic action, rich historical detail, and page-turning plots, then you’ll love David Penny’s suspenseful story.

Pages: 414
Genre: Espionage Thriller

An Imperfect Future  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?

Friday, 1 October 2021

Book of the MONTH - September

Book of the Month Award


The north-eastern Highlands, 1747. In the weeks following Culloden, a victorious Hanoverian army rampages through the glens, committing atrocities, intent on crushing the rebellious Highland clans. In occupied Strathavon, persecuted families struggle under repressive new laws and rent rises. Five-year-old Rowena loses her mother, while Duncan witnesses the brutal events that make him an orphan.

A sensitive child told she must harden herself, Rowena turns to Morna, the green woman, who takes her on a journey of discovery into the magic of the natural world, passing on her healing skills. But as she blossoms into a woman, Rowena catches the eye of Hugh McBeath, a ruthless exciseman sent to extinguish the scourge of whisky smuggling from the Duke of Gordon’s lands. Beguiled, McBeath believes her a witch. Nevertheless, he must have her for his wife.

Smuggling illicit whisky has long been a tradition in Strathavon; the fiery spirit brings coin for paying rents. Now smuggling is deemed a traitorous act that helped fund the Jacobite Rising. Duncan is the best smuggler the glen has ever seen, but having hidden while his family burned, how can he ever be worthy of tender-hearted Rowena?

Rich with the language and lore of the Highlands, Under A Gravid Sky is a powerful portrayal of a land and people in turmoil. First in The Strathavon Saga, this is a prequel to The Blood And The Barley.

Pages: 306
 Genre:   Christian Historical Fiction

Book Cover of the MONTH - September

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

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