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I was born in Barcelona and have lived in the UK for many years now. I'm a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and I'm a medical doctor and worked in Forensic Psychiatry many years. I also have a BA and a PhD in American Literature and Film, and a Masters in Criminology. I've always loved books and apart from writing them I review them often. I write a bit of everything, check my books for more information and my about page for links. My blog is bilingual, English and Spanish.

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    1. Perfect! I thought so too. I’m sure you’d love the whimsical characters. Thanks, Christoph!

  1. This books sounds like lots of laughs. Just the thing for Christmas time.

    1. I totally agree, Robbie. It has its heart in the right place and it’s full of gorgeous landscapes and food. What else can we ask for?

  2. Lovely review. I follow Frosstie’s blog and have tried out some of her Greek recipes. While mine don’t always look like hers they are delicious so I can imagie reading The Amulet would make me hungry.

    1. I’m sure it would. I definitely did me. I’m not a good cook but the story and the recipes are very inspiring.

  3. Good luck to Frosty with her new novel. She’s a great blogger, an accomplished writer, and a real part of the writing community. She deserves success.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Thanks, Pete. She is indeed. I hope you have a great weekend.

  4. Hi Olga. I love how you described this as a “gentle comedy.” I like comedy very much — LOL, but only the kind that I think is funny. This book sounds perfect for me. I hope to read it soon.
    I’m waiting for the plumber (again) so my Roaring Twenties party has not started quite yet. Be sure to bring links to all your books. Mega hugs

    1. I hope the plumber sorts everything out without complications. At my mother’s we’d had a couple of weeks of waiting for people and things not quite getting sorted, but there’s light at the end of the tunnel. It is one of those that makes you smile and is not offensive… if you know what I mean, not one of those where you laugh and are appalled at the same time. I hope to catch up later on… I think links to the preorders of the new books, perhaps will be more than sufficient. We don’t want to scare anyone!

  5. A fascinating review, Olga. Sounds an entertaining read on a cold night. Love all the covers. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Tess. You’re right. Perfect for a cold and foggy day!

      1. I need to lock the door and hide the key. Heck. Maybe I should fake them out with a forwarding address? o_O

        1. It sounds good to me! 😉

  6. Thank you so much, Olga, for presenting my work and giveaway so beautifully! What a glowing review – I am honoured 🙂 Also, many thanks to the friends who wrote here to say such kind words! *blushing* Indeed, I wouldn’t read The Amulet on an empty stomach – that would be torture – LOL. Again, many thanks! And Happy Holidays, everybody 🙂

    1. Thanks very much for the book and for reminding me of the giveaway. And I’m sure I’ll enjoy many more of your books in the future. Very therapeutic and amusing. ♥

      1. Thank you for the kind words, Olga. You can’t see me but I am glowing by your generous hospitality and the sweetness of your visitors’ comments. You all made me feel so at home here. Sending you all blessings and warmth – have the most wonderful Holiday Season, everyone 🙂 <3

        1. Thanks, Effrosyni. Please, do consider my blog your home. My readers know what they like and have impeccable taste! Have a beautiful holiday season!

  7. dgkaye says:

    Wow Olga, you’re on a reading frenzy, lol. Love the lightheartedness implied in this book and glad I already have it downloaded with a few others of Effrosyni’s books. It’s just getting there!!!! 🙂

    1. Yes, I am! I had hoped to have gone further down the list by the end of the year, but I keep adding on… It’s like an ocean of books. I’m sure you’ll love it when you get to it. Mind you, if the weather gets bad and you want something to cheer you up, this is the right book!

      1. dgkaye says:

        Glad I got it! 🙂

  8. Wonderful light reading for the holidays. Thanks for the great review.

    1. Although I usually choose darker subjects, it’s good to take a lighter break, and this one is a delightful and fun story. 🙂

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