Paradise House by Erica James – Book Review

Angel Sands is a traditional seaside resort of bed and breakfasts, holiday cottages, and tea shops. And with the best views of the tiny beach and surrounding coastline is Paradise House, home to the Baxter girls, known locally as the Sisters of Whimsy.

With their mother taking time out to ‘find’ herself, it’s down to Genevieve to run the family-owned B&B – not an easy task, given that her father has suddenly become a magnet for the opposite sex. And there’s little help from her sisters; Nattie is too busy offending a long-time admirer, and Polly spends most of the time with her head in the clouds or a book.

Then a nearby dilapidated barn is sold -and Genevieve finds that a bittersweet trip down memory lane is unavoidable.

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Baraka – Sudden Fiction

Word Count = 380 words

Estimated Reading Time = 2 minutes

Genre = Sudden Fiction

Without them seeing, he quickly wrote a note, scribbling as much as he could remember from the blabbering behemoth in the black suit. It was a long shot, but he had to at least try and leave breadcrumbs just in case things went south, which they’d done within the past hour.

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Filthy Rich by Wendy Holden – Book Review

When romantic Mary meets Monty, handsome heir to a stately pile, happiness seems assured. But as the mansion crumbles, passion wanes.

Banker’s wife Beth swaps Notting Hill for weekends at a bijou cottage. They only offered a smidgeon over the asking price. So why don’t the locals like them?

Eco-hag Morag is the terror of the village. She hates incomers, four-wheel drives, slug pellets, and anyone between her and absolute power.

Uber-WAG Alexandra needs a footballer’s mansion – fast. There must be a Hello!-tastic palace with pool, gym, champagne bar and helipad somewhere?

When these four face each other in a struggle over sex, power, and money – not to mention allotments – village life is never the same again.

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Penmarric by Susan Howatch – Book Review

When Mark Castallack sees his longed-for inheritance Penmarric, a gothic mansion on the bleak cliffs of Cornwall, and the mysterious, mesmerizing Janna, he knows that he will make them his and nothing will stand in his way. Yet when Mark realizes his dreams, Penmarric brings only conflict, jealousy, infidelity, and betrayal…

Spanning the Victorian era to the Second World War, this gripping story of one man and his two feuding families chronicles the tempestuous clashes between warring sons, wives, and mistresses, and between a house divided against itself.

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Stocktaking – Goodbye April

Word Count = 900 words

Estimated Reading Time =  4 minutes

Genre = Editorial

Hey love and a happy new month to you. Here we stand at the end as well as the beginning of things and I dare say, there is much to be expected and no small measure of things to be grateful for, so grab that mop because your boy is about to spill the tea.

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Through The Window – Sudden Fiction

Word Count = 500 words

Estimated Reading Time = 2 minutes

Inside were musty old rooms stripped of all but dusty old books, peeling paint, and treasures under stretching old iron roof sheets baking in the African sun. But it was home and it had been for ages. It kept me away from them, away from those that hung by the rafters, building their hollow nests to impregnate my kingdom with their venomous spawn.

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Stocktaking – Goodbye March

Word Count = 365 words

Estimated Reading Time = 1 minute  42 seconds

Genre = Editorial

Hey Loves. Air hugs to all of y’all. It’s my birthday month darlings and I am exciteeeeeeed. It’s been full, it’s been good and I just wanted to dish out all the awesomeness with y’all lovelies as always. It’s great to have you around. Okay, let’s get to it.

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The Boy under the Bridge – Short Story

Word Count = 2,370 words

Estimated Reading Time = 12 minutes

Genre = Short Story

The scullery maid placed a tray on the table with a glass of milk and a plate of éclairs. They looked absolutely delicious; large as a rolled-up fist and almost spilling over with cream.

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