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#Bookreview What’s the Best Trivia Book: Fun Trivia Games with 4,000 Questions and Answers by Louis Richards. Recommended to trivia and quiz lovers #Trivia #Video

Hi all:

Today I bring you a book whose author approached me as he was giving the finishing touches to the book, and it was such a fun idea I could not resist. Now he has published it, and here is a my review:

What’s the Best Trivia Book: Fun Trivia Games with 4,000 Questions and Answers by Louis Richards

What’s the Best Trivia Book: Fun Trivia Games with 4,000 Questions and Answers by Louis Richards.

4,000 Trivia Questions in 12 Different Categories

What’s the best trivia book is the ultimate book to become trivia champion!

If you want to host a trivia game, or simply want to stump your friends and family with fun trivia questions this book is the right companion.

The best trivia book provides you with 4,000 questions and answers across 12 different categories such as Geography, Entertainment, History, Sports, Nature & Science, Movies, Music, People & Places, Art & Literature, Animals, Religion & Mythology, Holidays and Food & Drinks.

The trivia games are both fun and challenging with something for all ages to enjoy. It doesn’t matter if you are an adult, a teen or senior, there are thousands of trivia question waiting for you to be answered:

What do Eric Clapton, Marilyn Monroe, and Larry Grayson all have in common?

Who was Fred Flinstone’s best friend?

What does a Geiger counter measure?

Which gangster died on the 25th January 1947?

What was the tomato’s original name?

Do you think you are prepared to take on the challenge? There’s only one way to find out… You might know the correct answer!

https://www.amazon.com/Whats-Best-Trivia-Book-Questions-ebook/dp/B087ZVCM3Q/

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Whats-Best-Trivia-Book-Questions-ebook/dp/B087ZVCM3Q/

https://www.amazon.es/Whats-Best-Trivia-Book-Questions-ebook/dp/B087ZVCM3Q/

About the author:

Although this might change in the future, at the time of writing this review there was no information on the author available.

My review:

I have long been a fan of trivia and quizzes, be it on TV, radio, or in written form. I find it really difficult to resist when I see a post or a video inviting me to test my knowledge on a topic I have even a passing interest in. So when the author suggested I might be interested in his book, I couldn’t say no.

And for anybody who is like me, this is a treat. It’s a long book, with 4000 questions and answers on a variety of topics. They are organised by categories (animals, nature & science, geography, history, people & places, religion & mythology, holidays, art & literature, entertainment, movies, music, and sports & leisure), and each quiz consists of five questions, although there are many different quizzes under each subheading, and they could be easily combined, or even different questions from the different subjects picked and mixed, as it were, to create an innumerable number of general knowledge quizzes.

The questions range from odd and wonderful facts to those that test one’s breadth of knowledge on a topic, and there are also funny cartoons to mark the beginning of each new category.

I have only had access to an e-book copy, and the format followed there were four quizzes (five questions each), followed by the answers to each of those quizzes, then four more quizzes…  Lovers of games and organisers of quizzes and parties, in general, might want to check the paperback, as it might be more suitable for those kinds of activities.

As somebody who tries to help students improve their level of English, I thought this book could be a fun way of introducing vocabulary on a variety of topics, and also of introducing an element of game and competition into a class, which is always welcome. I will definitely study it carefully and make good use of it.

Recommended to lovers of trivia, games, and those who are always on the lookout for new ways to entertain friends and to learn new things.

And a couple more things:

As we are talking about quizzes, I couldn’t resist leaving you the link to Nik Nak’s Old Peculiar, a blog I’ve been following for a while, where Paul shares a new quiz every day, and also reviews (especially of films and TV series). He has experience running pub quizzes, so you are bound to enjoy it. I visit almost every day, and I thought this was the perfect opportunity to share his blog. And I would also recommend that you subscribe to his YouTube channel if you prefer the video format (he shares his videos on his blog as well):

http://niknaksoldpeculiarblog.blogspot.com/

 

And, last but not least, following on my blog post about learning Spanish, I was asked to share any new videos I produced. So here is the next one. We’re going shopping for food. It’s a bit longer, so better grab something to eat before you get started!

Thanks to Louis, to Paul, to all of you for reading, watching, clicking, and everything else, and remember to keep reading, sharing, reviewing, and always keep smiling! And keep safe!

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#TuesdayBookBlog DEATH IN A MUDFLAT: A RHE BREWSTER MYSTERY by N.A. Granger (@NAGrangerAuthor) A #cozymystery with a harder edge #Bookreview

Hi all:

Today I bring you a book by an author that you might know through her blog.

Death in a Mudflat by N.A. Granger
Death in a Mudflat by N.A. Granger

Death in a Mudflat: A Rhe Brewster Mystery (The Rhe Brewster Mysteries) by N.A. Granger A cozy mystery with a harder edge and very engaging characters and location.

Fearless detective, ER nurse, devoted mother, and Pequod, Maine’s, answer to Kinsey Milhone, Rhe Brewster is back on the case. When an idyllic seaside wedding is suddenly interrupted by the grotesque sight of a decaying human arm poking out of the tidal mud, Rhe is thrown head first into a treacherous world of duplicity, drugs, and murder.

With her best friend Paulette and her main man Sam, the Chief of Police, Rhe seeks to solve the puzzle of the body found in the muck while also working with the FBI to identify the source of shipments of tainted heroin flooding the local campus and community. Maine’s opioid crisis has hit the town hard, with an escalating number of overdoses. More murders are uncovered, testing Rhe’s detective skills and steely resolve. While she follows the clues, Rhe encounters some sinister inhabitants of Pequod’s underbelly, including a practitioner of the Dark Arts, a hydra-headed crime gang, and an embittered, unhinged lobsterman with an axe to grind and nothing to lose. In her relentless drive to solve the crimes, Rhe narrowly escapes a watery grave, trades blows with Russian goons and unknowingly prompts Paulette to put her life on the line in an attempt to catch a murderer in the act.

https://www.amazon.com/Death-Mudflat-Brewster-Mystery-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B07D8MM4VS/

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Death-Mudflat-Brewster-Mystery-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B07D8MM4VS/

Author N.A. Granger
Author N.A. Granger

About the author:

Noelle A. Granger grew up in Plymouth, Massachusetts, in a rambling, 125-year-old house with a view of the sea. Summers were spent sailing and swimming. She was also one of the first tour guides at Plimoth Plantation. Granger graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a bachelor’s degree in Zoology and from Case Western Reserve University with a Ph.D. in anatomy. Following a career of research in developmental biology and teaching human anatomy to medical students and residents, the last 28 years of which were spent at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, she decided to try her hand at writing fiction. The Rhe Brewster Mystery Series was born.

The series features Rhe Brewster, an emergency room nurse, as the protagonist. Rhe lives in the fictional coastal town of Pequod, Maine, (similar to Plymouth) and Granger uses her knowledge of such a small town, her experiences sailing along the Maine coast, and her medical background to enrich each book in the series. In the first book, Death in a Red Canvas Chair, the discovery of a wet, decaying body of a young woman, sitting in a red canvas chair at the far end of a soccer field, leads Rhe on a trail that heads to a high-end brothel and a dodgy mortuary operation.

The second novel in the Rhe Brewster Mystery Series, Death in a Dacron Sail, was released in 2015, and finds Rhe responding to a discovery by one of the local lobstermen: a finger caught in one of his traps. The third book, Death By Pumpkin, begins with the sighting of the remains of a man’s body in a car smashed by a giant pumpkin at the Pequod Pumpkin Festival. Up next? Death in a Mud Flat.

In addition to the Rhe Brewster Mystery Series, Granger has had short stories, both fiction and non-fiction, published in Deep South Magazine, Sea Level Magazine, the Bella Online Literary Review, and Coastal Style Magazine, and has been featured in Chapel Hill Magazine, The News & Observer, The Boothbay Register, and other local press. Granger lives with her husband, a cat who blogs, and a hyperactive dog in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She spends a portion of every summer in Maine.

https://www.amazon.com/N.A.-Granger/e/B00DN6I8GQ

My review:

I received a free ARC copy of this novel that I freely chose to review.

I enjoy reading mysteries, thrillers, crime novels, police procedurals… and I love watching crime movies and TV series, but my experience of cozy mysteries is a bit mixed. As a horror lover, I am not too squeamish and the fact that there is little violence (or at least not very graphically depicted) in the genre is not a big appeal for me. On the other hand, I don’t like erotica, so the lack of graphic sex is a plus. Above all, I love a good and solid story, and although I enjoy quirky and weird characters, I like the mystery to be well-plotted and detailed enough not to feel annoyed at major gaps or inconsistencies. (Yes, I know we’re talking about fiction, reading it requires a degree of suspension of disbelief and if a novel was truly factual, it would probably be terribly boring, but I can’t abide glaringly obvious mistakes or sleight of hand as a plot device to sort a complex storyline gone awry). I have read some cozy mysteries that I’ve enjoyed, but others place so much emphasis on other elements of the story and try so hard to be light and amusing, to the point where the mystery becomes an afterthought, that almost managed to convince me that the genre is not for me.

Having read N. A. Granger’s blog, knowing that she used to teach biology and anatomy and that her main character is an ER nurse, I was intrigued by her series and had put her books on my list. Her blog post about the creation of the cover for this book piqued my curiosity, and I was happy to try the book when I got the ARC copy.

This is the fourth book in the series, but the author has included a list of characters at the beginning and summarised the relationships between them, offering also a brief indication of the story so far, and that suffices to help new readers get their bearing and follow the story without difficulty, although at some points there were nuances that I was convinced would have delighted readers of the previous volumes that were lost on me. Rhe Brewster, the protagonist, is still an ER nurse, but only part-time now, and she has become an official investigator with the sheriff department (no more amateur sleuth now, although her friend Paulette takes up the role). Her brother-in-law, Sam, is the sheriff and also her beau (yes, there is a story there, for sure); she has a boy with ADHD, Jack, and she is that mix of the intuitive and clever investigator (still fresh from the amateur ranks, but getting increasingly professional, it seems) with the impulsive and rushed person who can get herself into trouble by following her intuition, always with the best intentions at heart.

We also have a wonderful setting, the imaginary small coastal-town of Pequod, in Maine, (and being a fan of Moby Dick, I love the name) where everybody knows everybody else (or almost), but large enough to have a college, a fairly big hospital, and plenty of restaurants and takeaways (if we are to judge by the number of meals and eateries mentioned in the book). Sailing, one of Rhe’s passions, is also featured, and it plays a fairly important part in this story.

The book manages to maintain the balance between the quirky atmosphere and characters, and the police-procedural-type of investigation and mystery. There are two cases, one involving three women who have been killed years apart, and a second one to do with drug overdoses at the college campus, which may, or may not, be connected. The story is narrated in the first-person from Rhe’s point of view (if you don’t always appreciate first-person narratives, I’d recommend that you check a sample of the writing first) and her personality shines through in the way the story is told. Some aspects of the story are described in plenty of detail —those that she knows well and is more interested in— like the post-mortem examinations, the steps necessary to maintain the chain of evidence, and the sailing scenes (I have read reviews praising their accuracy, but as I have no knowledge of sailing and little of its terminology, I cannot comment, and I must admit some of the finer details went over my head) and would seemingly push it towards a more straight-type of mystery. But, Rhe is not all procedure and protocol, and there are also plenty of details that emphasize the domestic and amateurish side of the plot (Rhe has two jobs and has to juggle those with her personal life as well, resulting in information not being relayed straight away, details and facts about the cases being confirmed only when there is a gap in her schedule and many discussions with her superior taking place in the comfort of their own home). There is a mix of very high-tech procedures (courtesy of the FBI intervention) with a somewhat old-fashioned feel to the book (people carry mobile phones but don’t often use them, and Rhe and Sam seem to prefer good old-style policing, knocking on doors and talking to people, and even confess to lack of technical proficiency), that is also in evidence when it comes to the personal relationships and lifestyle of the characters. Although Rhe is a woman of action and proves, more than once, that she can look after herself, Sam questions her decisions often and pulls rank on more than one occasion, and Paulette and Rhe are also concerned about the reaction of her friend’s husband to her adventures, although this seems to be played mostly for laughs.

The mix of high and low intensity also carries through when it comes to action. I have already talked about the importance of food, and how often it is the subject of conversations, but there is also plenty of action, involving Rhe getting herself into trouble and, either managing to rescue others at the last minute (with some assistance), or having to get rescued. I don’t want to reveal any spoilers, but let’s say that at some points the pace quickens, the stakes are high, and there is plenty more action than I have come to expect from cozies.

The writing is easy to follow and flows well, and the characters’ speech is distinctive, their quirks and personalities making the dialogue compelling. I particularly enjoyed the local words and occasional expressions that peppered the novel without overwhelming it or making it difficult to understand.

What about the mystery? Is it easy to crack? Because the story is told from Rhe’s point of view, it is difficult to get ahead of her, although the author is skilled at giving us some clues that Rhe seems not to fully register or process at the time, and those clues might help readers solve the case somewhat before the protagonist. There are red herrings and we are often lead down the wrong path, but as Rhe is now firmly on the side of the law (well, almost all of the time), the emphasis is on getting the required evidence and not only on coming up with a theory or a hunch. I felt that both cases were intriguing enough to keep readers turning the pages at a fast pace, and the place and the characters added atmosphere to the novel.

I am sure that readers who have followed the series will enjoy this novel more fully, as it is clear that the characters, and Rhe in particular, have developed and grown through the books, but I must confess that this first incursion into Rhe Brewster’s world got me attached to the characters to the point where I felt quite emotional and sorry to see them go. Ah, and the prologue of the next book promises a gripping read as well.

I recommend this story to readers of cozy novels who prefer their mysteries with a more realistic and harder edge, crossing into police-procedural terrain, and to all those who love series like Midsummer Murders and want to immerse themselves in a charming small town with a dark (or darkish) underside. (Beware if you’re on a diet, though. There’s plenty of food!)

Thank to the author for the book, to all of you for reading, and remember to like, share, comment, click, review and always keep smiling!

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#Bookreview Z-FAST: A Simple, Proven Intermittent Fasting Method by John Zehren An honest, simple, and clear explanation of intermittent fasting as a weight loss method and good tips on how to implement it. #weightloss #diet

Hi all:

This is not one of my usual reviews, but I felt curious about this book and I thought I’d share it with you. As I say, I haven’t had a chance to try the method yet, but perhaps I’ll revisit it in the future.

Review of Z-Fast by John Zehren
Z-FAST: A Simple, Proven Intermittent Fasting Method by John Zehren

Z-FAST: A Simple, Proven Intermittent Fasting Method by John Zehren

Learn How Intermittent Fasting Can Help You Ditch the Diet Merry Go Round and Lose Weight for Life!

Fasting for weight loss is the cure for the avalanche of yo-yo diets, fads, pills, programs, equipment, and machines that offer empty promises to lifelong weight loss. Author John Zehren’s new book, Z-FAST: A Simple, Proven Method of Intermittent Fasting describes his new program for periodically skipping meals to help dieters win the battle against weight gain. Portioning, long hourly workouts, calorie counting, special meal programs, and massive weight loss fads do not work, and Zehren offers compelling evidence for why these other methods fail.

John says, “I had NO time to exercise and NO time for diets. I only had time NOT to EAT. FASTING WORKS.” In Z-FAST, John shares the story of his successful fasting weight loss, the three personalized, proven methods for fasting, and the many health-boosting benefits that come with what has been discovered to be a natural way of eating. This book contains the answers for all those people who have asked over the years, “Hey Johnny Z, can you write that fasting thing down for me?”

Z-FAST is a practical approach to weight loss consisting of a simple formula where skipping meals several times per month helps dieters achieve life-changing results. Z-FAST chronicles the newly discovered health-boosting benefits of intermittent fasting. Stored fat is burned, and the reduced caloric intake results in weight loss while shrinking the stomach muscle. There is substantial evidence of improved heart health for fasters, and regular fasting and better heart health is linked to the way the body metabolizes cholesterol and sugar. Fasting reduces the risk of weight gain and the potential to develop diabetes (two known risk factors for heart disease) while lowering blood insulin and blood pressure and increasing metabolism.

Some of the advantages of intermittent fasting include…

  • Visible Immediate Weight Loss
  • No Portioning Required
  • No Dieting Every Day
  • Burns Stored Belly Fat
  • Better Sleep on Fast Days
  • Shrinks Stomach
  • Not Relying on Exercise
  • No Counting or Measuring
  • Eat Normal 90% of the Time
  • Greater Concentration on Fasting Days
  • Win the Battle & Keep the Weight Off
  • Metabolic Rate Boost
  • Improve Insulin Levels
  • Improve Heart Health
  • Live Longer

Stop dieting and start living. Pick up your copy of Z-Fast today!

https://www.amazon.com/Z-FAST-Simple-Proven-Intermittent-Fasting-ebook/dp/B07DGRWSNJ/

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Z-FAST-Simple-Proven-Intermittent-Fasting-ebook/dp/B07DGRWSNJ/

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Z-Fast, byJohn Zehren

Fasting is an ancient art and has been practiced for thousands of years. Buddhists, Jews, Muslims, Christians all have fasting rituals. You may have wanted to try fasting for better health, religious reasons, or to lose weight but have hesitated because of scary information out there. Some say fasting puts your life in danger or makes you gain more weight. And hey, isn’t breakfast supposed to be the most important meal of the day?
Author John Zehren found himself overweight and unable to lose pounds after trying lots of popular diets. In frustration one day he vowed not to eat anything until he weighed under 200 lbs. He lost 5 lbs. right away and had stumbled into fasting.
I didn’t have time to exercise (well, not enough to lose weight) … and I didn’t have time to manage and stick to a special diet. But I did have time NOT to eat … and that is where the weight loss magic finally happened.
After losing 40 lbs. and keeping it off for years, he decided to share what he learned about fasting and how it worked for him. Z-FAST: A Simple, Proven Intermittent Fasting Method is a great guide for those wanting to dip their toes into the world of intermittent fasting as well as those who already enjoy the benefits and want to learn more. He covers just about any fact on fasting you can come up with and provides good, solid tips on how to start and stay with it.
I don’t possess a great deal of discipline when it comes to continuously portioning my food on a daily basis for life (like all the other diet fads require you to do).
He covers the science of it; how it works in your body; effects on your heart; cell, gene and hormone functions; and lots of other facts. If you want to start, you’ll learn about three different fasting methods and how they work together or separately. The methods and tricks he’s used over the years just might work for you too as they seem common sense and realistic. This is a guy who feels great, looks great, and is willing to share the secret of how he did it, why he did it, and exactly what it is with others. What do you have to lose? Give it a try and you might write your own book on a miracle. Recommended for all as a good addition to any library on health and weight issues.
You’ll have a lifetime commitment to your ideal weight and health WITHOUT using any fancy diets or extreme exercise regimens.

Author John Zehren
Author John Zehren

About the author:

Biography

John graduated with a degree in Biology from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. For more than 35 years, he has been employed in the medical and healthcare fields working to bring new cures and FDA approved technologies to the market, specializing in the heart and brain. Currently, John is the North American Vice President of Sales for the Neurovascular Division of a major American healthcare company.

As a busy medical device executive who has a demanding career, John has discovered the secrets to what it takes to live a vibrant and full life. John has been happily married for over 26 years, has raised three daughters with his wife, and enjoys living in Southern California as an avid surfer. John is often described by those who know him best as an innovator, highly motivated, fun-spirited and someone who never takes “No” for an answer.

After being asked about a million times how he manages to stay so fit, author John Zehren decided to share his passion for living life to the fullest and disclose a secret he has discovered. This resulted in the release of his new book, Z-FAST: A Simple, Proven Intermittent Fasting Method. John found that using the methods of Z-FAST allows him to maintain excellent health both physically and mentally.

John says, “I had NO time to exercise and NO time for diets. I only had time NOT to EAT. FASTING WORKS.” In Z-FAST, John shares the story of his successful fasting weight loss, the three personalized, proven methods for fasting, and the many health-boosting benefits that come with what has been discovered to be a natural way of eating.

For more information, contact John at jz@johnzehren.net or visit www.zfast.us

https://www.amazon.com/John-Zehren/e/B07DH15KZB/

My review:

I must confess that I have struggled with my weight from very early on (well, all my life) and, like the author of this book have tried (or read about) a variety of diets. In my case, if something doesn’t make sense to me, I don’t try it, especially if it is something long-term. (I am a doctor but I’ve worked mostly as a psychiatrist, and I cannot claim specific expertise on this subject, even if I’ve read plenty about it). I have been hearing about intermittent fasting for quite a while and know people who have tried some versions of it (like eating only 500 calories two days a week), and I felt curious when I saw this book on offer for free. After all, fasting has a long tradition and plenty of people and cultures adhere to it, in one fashion or another.

The book is easy to read (I read it all in one evening), and although it is packed with information, it is not overly complicated. There is some degree of repetition because some of the information is relevant to several of the points the author discusses but does not get excessive or boring. The style of writing is conversational, and it is easy to imagine that you are talking to the author, who comes across as a knowledgeable and likable person, fully convinced of the goodness of the method, and interested in sharing it with as many people as possible. I’d recommend checking a sample of the book to make sure it suits the reader’s taste.

While many books of this kind try to sell you something (a method that involves subscribing and paying for a programme or buying supplements or other books, foods to be delivered at home, an exercise programme), this is not the case here. The author clearly states that he does not have time to prepare elaborate meals or to exercise for hours on end, but what he can do is not eat. The plan might not suit everybody as it does require a big deal of discipline and strong will (most diets do) but it is pretty flexible, and it makes sense. Different people feel differently, but for some, it might be easier to have nothing at all to eat at times than to try to restrict the amount of this or that or engage in very complex routines. The book contains testimonials from a variety of people who have tried fasting as a method to lose and control their weight and have found it useful, some for a large number of years. I particularly liked the idea of having an emergency plan and making a strong commitment to take action if the weight goes over a certain level. Personally, I cannot say if the plan works or not as described, but I’d recommend the book as an interesting read for people considering fasting as a method to control their weight.

My only warning would be that readers must pay attention to the fact that the book mentions that it might not be a suitable method for people with certain medical problems as it does not place a lot of emphasis on that aspect. I’d recommend anybody with chronic health conditions or taking regular medication to check with their physicians before attempting this.

An easy-to-read book that proposes a simple weight loss and maintenance plan that will particularly appeal to those with little time and who prefer simple options (not easy, though).

Thanks to the author for the book, thanks to all of you for writing and remember to like, share, comment, click, review, and keep smiling!

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#Bookreview and #Giveaway THE AMULET by Effrosyni Moschoudi (@FrostieMoss) Good food, a magical place, and a sweet and enchanting romance

Hi all:

I had read quite a few great reviews of Effrosyni Moschoudi‘s novels but hadn’t read any yet. Then I saw a promotion of her new novel The Amulet prior to its publication, and I could not resist joining her team, as I’ve become addicted to anything to do with angels after publishing my Angelic Business Series (remember the first novel in the series is free) and I found the cover irresistible. And well, I must say the reviews were correct.

The author is kindly running a giveaway of 12 Christmas Kindle books, so I thought that gave me even a better reason to share, but first…

The Amulet by Effrosyni Moschoudi

The Amulet is a romantic comedy of angel magic and tantalizing descriptions of Greek food. Read it at your own peril; it’ll make you feel ravenous (not to mention all loved-up!)

When Katie loses her Athens office job, a gypsy woman hands her an amulet for good luck. Next, she gets hired as hotel receptionist on the Greek island of Sifnos and everything seems perfect, except for the overbearing hotel owner, Mrs. Matina. One of the guests, heart-stoppingly handsome Aggelos, keeps saving the day whenever Katie needs help. As she falls in love, she grows all the more intrigued by him and his quirky friends, including a little girl who keeps turning up on her own. Add a psychic, half-mad elderly woman into the mix and you’re in for a few laughs. Things are not what they seem in this small, family hotel and get even more complicated when the gypsy woman shows up again. Will Katie ever work out that Aggelos is a guardian angel that came with the amulet? And if she does, will she be able to keep him? It may take a miracle. But on an island as magical as Sifnos, anything is possible!

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Review

“Soul-soothing… a book that will warm your hearts and tantalize your senses.”
~MM Jaye, romance author of Fate Captured

“One of the things I love about Moschoudi’s works is her endings; full of hope and salvation even in the direst of circumstances.”
~Nicholas C. Rossis, author of the Pearseus scifi series

“What a wonderful imagination the author has, I felt as if I was living in the book and found it hard to put it down.”
~Jean A. Symonds, Amazon.co.uk reviewer

My review:

I obtained a free ARC copy of the novel and I voluntarily decided to review it.

I had read great reviews of Effrosyni Moschoudi’s novels but hadn’t read any yet and couldn’t resist when I had the chance to grab this novel, as I am interested in books featuring angels, and must confess that the cover caught my attention.

This light romantic comedy introduces us not only to nice characters, like Katie, and all the staff and guests at Sifnos but also to quite a few supernatural beings and to Sifnos, a wonderful Greek island.

Katie is a young woman who despite her studies and interest in tourism, ends up working at a pipes’ factory due to the economic crisis in Greece. She is kind and generous, but she is not happy due to her job situation. Her boss is a terrible woman (although Katie learns through the novel that we should not be too quick to judge others), and she ends up getting sacked. Her kindness is recompensed by Esmera, a gipsy woman who holds a few secrets and more than a bit of magic up her sleeve. She gives Katie an amulet, an angel pendant that changes her life. She gets a new job working in a small hotel at Sifnos, and her own personal angel, gorgeous Aggelos.

This is a gentle comedy, where all the characters are memorable people we’d like to meet in real life, where there is some drama and minor crises, but never taken to extremes, and where the love story is gentle, fumbling, but never heats up to adult level. It is family-friendly, although it touches sad subjects too, but always in a sensitive way.

Although readers might think they are on familiar ground (and in some ways, that is the case), there are surprises and a great twist at the end that makes the ending more joyful.

The writing is fluid, easy to read, and although it shares the story from several points of view (always in the third person), it does not result confusing. The way the story is told might make us think we’re ahead of the main character, but it never reveals all its secrets and manages to make us keep reading.

Without making use of heavy descriptions, the author manages to create an enchanting image of Sifnos, with its beautiful villages, beaches, tavernas and traditions. I must warn readers that it’s best not to indulge in this novel when they’re feeling hungry because the descriptions of Greek food might result in slobbering all over their Kindle.

In sum, a thoroughly enjoyable light read, full of magic, that will make you want to travel to Greece and will leave you with a smile on your face, planning your next holidays (and setting off for the nearest Greek restaurant!).

 

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Author Effrosyni Moschoudi

About the Author

Effrosyni Moschoudi was born and raised in Athens, Greece. She’s passionate about books and movies and simply couldn’t live without them. She lives in a quaint seaside town near Athens, but her mind forever drifts to her beloved island of Corfu. Her historical romance, The Ebb, is an ABNA Q-Finalist and a #1 Amazon bestseller. Effrosyni is a member of the writer’s groups, eNovel Authors at Work, ASMSG, and the Fantasy & SciFi Network.

Here visit her Amazon page and don’t forget to follow her.

https://www.amazon.com/Effrosyni-Moschoudi/e/B00I5JKMXS/

And now, as promised, Effrosyni Moschoudi is running a giveaway that lasts until Monday 19th of December

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I thought we all needed something a bit different on the run up to Christmas, and I had to share this with you. I’m planning on sharing a few more of the books I’ve recently read next week, in case you’re stuck for things to do over Christmas.

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