Sunday, 28 December 2014

Review: In the Cold Light of Day by Pauline Barclay

“Once again Pauline's characters are real and believable, her descriptive writing gets better and better with each book. Although you shouldn't really warm to Bertie you can't help liking him when his vulnerable side shows through. The storyline is not one that is tackled often and although set in the 1960s it could just as easily be the present day.

I would recommend this book, it's thought provoking (do we really always know our partners as well as we think?) and at the same time an easy and comfortable read - a bit like pulling on a favourite jumper and relaxing (with a good story of course). In fact, all of Pauline's books are to be recommended and as each one is completely different you will enjoy a variety of locations and characters.”

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Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Reviewed: Storm Clouds Gathering by Pauline Barclay

"I was stressed when this story came to an end, not wanting to close the book on Barclay's cast of characters in Storm Clouds Gathering. This novel is full of wonderful, wonderful characters, strong and broken relationships, hope and grief, love, happiness and despair. Success and failure and always...the tension from those storm clouds on the horizon. Well worth the read!"

Friday, 5 December 2014

Reviewed: Storm Clouds Gathering

“The latest book offering from Pauline Barclay is once again a joy to read!! Her characters and storylines are always are so feel as though you are watching the story's unfold from the corner of the room rather than on the page... as though you know the characters and everything about them.
If you’re looking for a good book to curl up with on these long dark evenings then look no further. Try any of Pauline's books...I'm sure you won't be disappointed !!”

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Thursday, 4 December 2014

A review for Next Christmas Will Be Different

Next Christmas…will be different…how could you not identify with this short, sweet and poignant story about Christmas? Pauline Barclay’s tale reminded me of countless Christmases spent at my grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, siblings et al. They were noisy raucous affairs, fun-filled, the small house overflowing with love, laughter and the inevitable family squabble.
Pauline conjures all this up with consummate skill and reminds us just what having a family around you means – families are special and it is times like this when we appreciate it – especially long-suffering Mum.

Well written and the perfect length for a short story.
Recommended with 5 stars too.

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Saturday, 22 November 2014

Irish Inheritance by Paula Martin

English actress Jenna Sutton and American artist Guy Sinclair first meet when they jointly inherit a house on the west coast of Ireland. Curious about their unknown benefactress and why they are considered 'family', they discover surprising links to the original owners of the house.

They soon unravel an intriguing tale of a 19th century love affair. At the same time, their mutual attraction grows, despite personal reasons for not wanting romantic involvements at this point in their lives.

A local property agent appears to have her own agenda concerning the house while other events pull Jenna and Guy back to separate lives in London and America. Friction builds over their decision about the house and its contents.

Will their Irish inheritance eventually bring them together – or drive them apart? – or bring them together?

A selection of the 5* reviews for ‘Irish Inheritance’:
“I enjoyed "Irish Inheritance" with its wonderful descriptions of Ireland and an intriguing story that kept me turning pages.”
“Irish Inheritance is a lovely read. Family Historians will enjoy how the author has bound the two families together. Very enjoyable.”
“This story inspired me to visit the Connemara area which was gorgeous and purchase a Connemara marble pendant necklace in Clifden. The book was beautifully written and came to such a satisfying conclusion.
“Compelling, exciting, pure escapism. I simply could not put this down!”

“I can’t imagine what we’re going to find,” Jenna said, as they walked along the corridor and past the balustraded landing to the room on the western side of the house.
“Dust and cobwebs?”
She laughed. “In which case, the first thing we’ll need is a vacuum cleaner.”
“Of course, it might be completely empty.”
Outside the wide oak door, Guy stopped, and Jenna turned to him. “Go on.”
He gave her a wry grin. “I’m not sure whether I’m excited or scared.”
“For all we know, there might be a dead body in the room.”
“Oh wow, I never thought of that.”
“If this was a movie, spooky music would be playing right now.”
“There can’t be a body. It would smell.” She widened her eyes. “You don’t think—”
He chuckled, and put his arm around her. “You’re too easy, Jenna. I’m kidding you.”
“Oh—you—!” She flicked her fingers across his ribs. “Stop winding me up.”
His arm squeezed her to him, and she leant against his shoulder. It felt good, so good…
She twisted her head round to look up at him. The gentleness in his eyes, soft as a caress, sent a tsunami wave of heat rushing through her from head to toe. They stared at each other for what seemed like forever, but could only have been a few seconds.
Guy was the first to break their eye contact. “Let’s open the door, shall we?”
With his arm still around her, he put the key into the lock and struggled to turn it. She’d started to think it must be too stiff to open, when a loud click made all her nerves tighten.
He leaned forward to twist the brass doorknob. “Do you want to go in first, or shall I?”
After her wimpish reaction to his earlier joking, she decided on bravado. “Go on, push the door, and I’ll go first. But you’d better be right behind me.”
“In case there’s a skeleton hanging from the chandelier?”
“Stop it!” She dug her elbow into him. “This really is scary. If the door creaks when you push it open, I shall probably scream.”
The door didn’t creak, but opened smoothly. Jenna took a small step into the room, and clapped her hand to her mouth.
“Oh my God,” she breathed.

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Next Christmas Will Be Different by Pauline Barclay

A 20 minute festive read!

When the O’Reilly family gather for the festive season it is a time for catching up, eating too much and making promises, but will the promises be kept?

NOTE!! This 20 minute read includes five chapters from each of the four published books by Pauline Barclay.

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Satchfield Hall by Pauline Barclay

When the news reached Henry Bryant-Smythe about his daughter’s indiscretion, he not only dealt with it, but stamped on it with such a resounding thud, that the consequences ricocheted through the years and well into the future. Henry Bryant-Smythe cared nothing for the consequences of his actions and even less for the feelings of those involved, with the exception of his own, and these he cosseted.

Celia Bryant-Smythe’s disgrace set in motion events that would affect the lives of many people, taking decades to unravel. Lives would be lost and destroyed and it would take until the death of the one man who had callously started it all, Henry Bryant-Smythe, until it was finally over.

Satchfield Hall is not about gentleness, tranquillity and privilege; it is about, power, love, lies and in the end revenge.

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Magnolia House by Pauline Barclay

When Jane Leonard gave half of her house to her only son, little did she realise that within twelve months, she would be forced to sell the home she had lived in for nearly five decades.

The choice for this action was not hers, but the events that led up to her handing over fifty percent of Magnolia House paled by comparison to what happened after the ink had dried on the documents that named the new owners.

As Magnolia House is put on the market for sale, love and betrayal, hopes and dreams and ultimately family loyalty will affect the lives of all of those who become involved.

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Sometimes It Happens... by Pauline Barclay

Sometimes the unbelievable happens. For Doreen Wilkinson and her 17 year old daughter their lives changed forever after Doreen won eleven million on the lottery. Catapulted from a council flat outside London to a fabulous 7 star villa on an exclusive holiday complex life would never be the same again. But as Doreen and her daughter cross paths with the rich nothing is as they expected it to be and just when they think things could not get more unreal, the past taps her on the shoulder throwing up memories she had buried away.

Sometimes It filled with a rich cast of characters, all have secrets and as Doreen and her daughter mingle with the wealthy, they find that deception, love, lies and laughter turns their holiday into one they will never forget.

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Storm Clouds Gathering by Pauline Barclay

Storm clouds are gathering, silently and slowly, too far away to worry about. Or so it seems. But ignoring what is brewing will have dire consequences for the people caught up in the maelstrom.

Shirley Burton is too busy cheating on her husband, having a laugh and looking for fun to alleviate the boredom of her childless marriage. Kathleen Mitchell is too wrapped up in running around after her beautiful family to worry about her health. Anne Simpson has two things on her mind: her forthcoming marriage to Paul Betham, who seems to want to control her, and her career, which she does not want to give up.

Can Shirley really expect to deceive her husband and get away with it? Can Kathleen hold it all together, and is Anne able to have the best of everything?

Storm Clouds Gathering is a story of human emotion, passion and heart-rending grief. Set against the backdrop of the mid-sixties, these three families will be tested to the limit as betrayal, loss and love threaten to change their lives forever.

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Thursday, 20 November 2014

In the Cold Light of Day

Bertie Costain has worked hard all his life in the building trade and now owns his own London-based company. In 1967, approaching fifty and still unmarried he enjoys a playboy lifestyle, but when he meets Kitty, an attractive, wealthy widow ten years his senior, he swiftly proposes.

Swept off her feet, Kitty adores him. The happy couple seem to have it all, but Bertie has a secret. Kitty has no idea their home is mortgaged to the hilt, or that the many expensive gifts he brings her come out of his winnings at roulette.  Proud of his apparent success and ignorant of his gambling addiction, she happily loans him large sums of money, ostensibly for his business.

Convinced with each spin of the wheel that his run of bad luck will change, Bertie gambles for increasingly high stakes, falling deeper and deeper into debt until, facing financial ruin and with nowhere to turn, he resorts to fraud. As their lives begin to unravel, Kitty learns the horrifying truth.

In the cold light of day can their love survive the pain and destruction Bertie’s addiction has wrought?

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