Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Book Spotlight: Rings of Significance

Memories are powerful. There are some that stay with us, that resurface every once in a while and then there are others that are tucked away in the recesses of our minds. Our memories can be awakened in many ways. Songs, places, smells or objects can all stir thoughts of a time gone by.


In the new book, Rings of Significance by Susan E. Jones, memories come back to the surface for the protagonist, April Lloyd, in the form of a ring that she rediscovers on the beach. This long-lost ring rekindles some old memories that inspire her to revisit parts of her past.

April has started a new chapter of her life in lovely Cornwall. She is all set to enjoy carefree, quiet days in her new surroundings when she happens to find the ring from her past on a local beach while she is taking a walk. She is astonished to find the ring after so much time has passed. Her stored away memories begin to resurface and she starts to think of her youth and the people that were a great part of that time in her life.

She travels from England to India and Italy and reconnects with the men that she knew during her earlier life. The revelations that she experiences in revisiting these relationships makes for an intriguing novel. It's very interesting to follow April on her journey and to see how memories from the past really play out in the present.

I found Rings of Significance to be an absorbing read. The story unfolds in such a real life fashion. Many of us have wondered from time to time about those that we've lost touch with in life. We may wonder if we were to ever reconnect to past acquaintances, would we still have anything in common or anything to say to each other. The author Susan E. Jones does an excellent job of taking us along with April to find out how the ring made its way back to her. I really enjoyed this novel.

Rings of Significance is available here.

*Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book for review. All opinions are mine.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Changes

Hi :)

I wanted to share some information. Very soon I will be changing over to my own domain. I don't have an exact date, but it will be coming in the very near future. I appreciate everyone who visits me here and I hope that you'll follow me as this change happens. I just wanted to give you a heads up.

I've been meaning to change things over for quite a long time now, but life happens and the move kept getting pushed to the side. When I get closer to the day that it happens, I'll put up a short post to share the information.

The new site will be at www.fromayellowhouse.com .

Watch this space for further updates :)

Monday, April 18, 2016

Book Spotlight: The Rose Within

One of the joys of reading for me is having the opportunity to slip into another world where I can give in to being transported to a different time and place. As I've mentioned before, I love books that take readers on a journey towards the unknown and unexplained. Stories that have a gothic feeling to them are always an extra treat for me as a booklover.

The new gothic romance novel, The Rose Within, by debut novelist Sana Pirzada, is a wonderfully thrilling story of love in many forms. The story makes one think of classic gothic works such as The Phantom of the Opera or Rebecca. The Rose Within is an intriguing novel full of passion and mystery that kept me enthralled until the very end.

The Rose Within is set in 1920s England, and tells the story of Jonathan Malcolm as he is drawn into the world of Winter Grange House and its inhabitants. At this grand house Jonathan meets the love of his life, Selina Selwyn. She captures his heart immediately. There are many barriers between them due to a cloud of mystery that surrounds Selina and her ancestral home. There are rumours that Winter Grange is haunted by ghosts and has its share of supernatural happenings. Jonathan experiences many trials that threaten to thwart his pursuit of the beautiful Selina. Throughout the novel, readers are left wondering if he will ultimately be with his true love or will love be denied in the end.

I found Jonathan to be an interesting character. He starts off as a young man who is simply trying to make his way in the world and through chance he is set on a path of amazing discovery. As I mentioned earlier, for me, this is a story of love in many forms. The main story is about Jonathan's quest for the lovely Selina, however there are also examples of love between others. Without giving away too much, I'll just say that I liked the connections between the inhabitants of Winter Grange House. All is not as it seems.

There are so many things that I adored about this novel. The story itself had a really good pace to it and made me as a reader want to keep going in order to find out the secrets that were held within the walls of stately Winter Grange House. I also really enjoyed the gothic vibe of the work as a whole. This made for a great atmosphere as the story unfolded page by page.

Sana Pirzada is an excellent storyteller. She does a beautiful job of weaving various strands together that both startle and thrill readers in equal measure. The Rose Within is a wonderfully-written love story that expertly veers away from the standard love story onto a path towards the unique and intriguing. I loved this book!

To find out more about The Rose Within, please visit Sana's Facebook page here. The novel will be available on 25th April.

*Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book for review. All opinions are mine.

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Enjoy the View


I was looking back through my photos and thought that I'd share this recent one.

Back on Good Friday, hubby and I went for a walk that morning and it was so beautiful. The view was extraordinary and we could see for miles. 

Enjoy the view! :-)