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Your Reading for June by Susan Keefe

My Good Life in France 

by Janine Marsh

51v6Jl6Ey4L._AC_US218_Do people really buy a house in another country on impulse, or is it just something TV shows fool you into believing? Well, the author Janine Marsh certainly did just that on a wet and windy February cross channel day out with her husband Mark, and Dad. Timing can be everything in France, and if you miss that all important long lunch time they have, then anything can happen!

Thus began their adventure as the townies Janine and Mark threw caution to the wind, and jumped in with both feet, buying and renovating a run-down French farmhouse. So what made these sensible people with their feet firmly on career paths do such a rash thing? Well, quite simply it was the love of France and everything (well almost) French.

Throughout this enthralling book you will, like me, fall in love with the North of France, the Seven Valleys region, its coastline, seaside and country villages, the gastronomy, its people and so much more. This book isn’t just a wonderful way to enjoy experiencing someone else’s life in another country, or your adopted country if you, like me are an English expat, it is a way to get a real feel for what living in France is really like – warts and all.

For me it was interesting to read how one of my favourite online magazines came to be The Good Life France, and I can imagine it will be an inspiration to those out there who want to do what Janine did, turn her back on a very successful career, only to develop another one in totally different surroundings, living the good life in France.

It is amazing also to read about the transformations in a person when they live in another country as well, without really noticing it many of us (I hold my hands up to this) manage to acquire many more pets and livestock than we would ever have imagined in the UK, somehow it just doesn’t seem so difficult. We learn new skills and evolve in ways we could never have dreamt possible, simply because anything seems possible, we feel free.

For me, every page of this captivating book held something different to learn about, food, history, renovation, quirky sayings, and not least the enormous differences between our two cultures, even though we are only separated by the English Channel. In it I also found the answer to one of those things which always puzzles me in autumn, namely, why the French always pick mushrooms using wicker baskets, and this, as usual, is obvious when you know the answer.

So whether you are considering moving to France, wonder if people really do buy ruins in the middle of France and do them up, want to leave everything behind and start anew, are fancying going on holiday to the North of France, or you are just looking for a totally riveting read, I can highly recommend this book.

Available from Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/My-Good-Life-France-Pursuit-ebook/dp/B06XT53MFQ/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

The Happy Chip 

by Dennis Meredith51H2ccG9fZL._AC_US218_
Family man and struggling science writer Brad Davis cannot believe his luck. All his problems are solved when he manages to clinch a $400,000 contract to co-write the biography of Marty Fallon the billionaire owner of a leading tech company, NeoHappy Inc. The Happy Chip is THE new piece of nanotechnology to have. It is a fantastic invention which can monitor the body’s responses and enhance the person’s life in every way.With his new chip installed courtesy of his new employers, Brad can explore the whole new world the Happy Chip opens to him, and soon to his joy, his wife Annie overcomes her reservations and has one too. Together they realise just what amazing things can be achieved with this wonderful new piece of technology. Life is looking up, how could it get any better? No financial worries, and a higher standard of living for them all.Brad is in his element, enjoying his work with the open and friendly Marty Fallon on his biography. However, when he is writing about the company, the access he is allowed has restrictions. With his journalists curiosity aroused Brad finds himself wondering why? What are they doing, and why is his access denied, after all he has signed a non-disclosure agreement.

It is like a red rag to a bull and he is unable to let the matter go, after all there appears to be separate group of scientists employed at the company who are working on chips with life enhancements which are very different to his, what will be the effects of these chips on the recipients, and what is their agenda?

Sometimes you just have to do what is right, whatever the risk. It is this philosophy that takes Brad, and his wife on a dangerous mission from Boston to Beijing, to discover the truth. Danger lurks at every corner, big brother is a terrifyingly real threat, and the safety of all he hold dear, and indeed the whole world is in jeopardy. He has to know what is going on, and what will be the consequences for all of mankind if these scientists succeed in their work?

This fast paced exciting science fiction thriller takes its reader through its pages on a fantastic rollercoaster ride, on an adventure where murder, intrigue, mystery, secrets, and lies all wait to enthral. It is a book you will quite simply not want to put down.

Available from Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/Happy-Chip-Dennis-Meredith-ebook/dp/B071RM88R6/ref=cm_rdp_product_img 

Good Enough 


by Pamela Gossiaux
Good-enough-jpg-200x300The main character in this very entertaining romantic comedy is Amy Summers a girl who has everything she could wish for, amazing boyfriend, fantastic job. Well, this is how it appeared until the fateful morning when missing her work alarm is just the beginning of a truly horrendous day!So what would you do if your world fell apart? Well, Amy has the perfect solution to help her forget, one which is universally popular, however, like thousands before her she quickly discovers this particular quick fix is not the answer.Looking for inspiration she takes her laptop to Starbucks and fortuitously meets the handsome Josh Gray, a life coach, he, she decides is just the person to turn her life around.Full of excitement and enthusiasm Amy resolves to fulfil a lifelong dream, and with encouragement and coaching from Josh they forge ahead, planning and fulfilling her dream.

Amy is smitten with Josh, and he admires her sweet generous nature, everything is looking rosy, but will it go further?

To everyone who knows her, Amy is an angel in disguise, happy to help those less fortunate, motivated, and successful. What others do not realise is that Amy is hiding a secret one she is too scared to reveal. Being deceitful is tying her knots, what will Josh, her parents, and others think of her if she reveals the truth, will they forgive her, or judge? Will she be good enough?

This story is such a fun read, it is impossible once you have opened it not to be thoroughly captivated by Amy’s escapades. However all the characters are important and very different, this is not your ordinary romance, underneath the surface the plot really develops leading the reader on the incredible journey which is Amy’s life.

Available from Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/Good-Enough-Pamela-Gossiaux-ebook/dp/B01MTW6GNG/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1495818220&sr=1-1&keywords=Good+Enough+by+Pamela+Gossiaux

The Jug Valley Mysteries BOYS v. GIRLS (Book 1) 


by Anne Digby

51BtiBoma0L._AC_US218_This story is set in the town of Jugminster, where twins Tim and Amy Dalladay live in the ramshackle old Knoll House, with their parents and younger brother, Harry.Tim, has two best friends Ludo and Ben and the children all go to Jug Valley County Junior School. One day the three friends are met at school by Peter Pay, a younger boy who tells them that his bike has been stolen overnight from the bike sheds. The boys decide that they must try and help Peter by discovering who could have stolen it. Of course embarking on such a dangerous venture means that they must create a name for their group, but what should it be? Cleverly, they pick on the name ‘Handles,’ and if you read the story you will discover why this is such a clever name.Of course when Tim’s sister Amy and her friend Mini discover the ‘Handles’ and what they are going to do, they want to join in. But as you can imagine they are told in no uncertain terms that detective work is a job for boys, not girls. Of course the girls think this is rubbish and are determined to show the boys that they are just as good as they are, and so they set up their own rival club called – guess what?As the rival groups try to discover clues and set traps, the whole thing becomes more personal as Tim and Amy’s mum’s bike is stolen. Now both sets of friends are even more determined to find the thief!

But if the police have no suspects, how can they do this?

Is the thief someone at school, or an adult?

Where are the bikes being hidden and what will happen to them?

This exciting mystery will have boys and girls alike avidly reading through its pages to discover if the bikes are found, and if they are, who the finders are, the boys or the girls.

Although this is a boys v girls story, throughout it the author has interwoven important life lessons of teamwork, friendship, loyalty, determination and compassion.

Reading it to my grandson, took me back to my childhood, playing with my brother, having dens and great adventures together, however, none were as exciting as this!


Available from Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/Valley-Mysteries-BOYS-GIRLS-Mystery-ebook/dp/B06W9FWLHF/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1495818375&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Jug+Valley+Mysteries+BOYS+v.+GIRLS+%28Book+1%29+by+Anne+Digby

The Trainee Undercover 


by Brenda Shaw


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In this fast paced action thriller, Alex, Harry, George and Angela are four teenagers who have been friends for a long time. The summer holidays have arrived and as usual they are all at Harry’s house, however, when George arrives he is clearly agitated, and with good cause, they are soon to discover.Reluctantly George tells his friends what has happened. His dad, Paul Collier who is a high level executive at Pat Pharma has admitted to him that he is scared. Although the innocent party, he appears to have been the catalyst in events which have escalated out of control, and the only way he can keep his family safe is to send them away for the summer. There has been a murder at work, a colleague has been held for questioning by the police, and now he is being watched, and what’s more, someone seems to be one step ahead of him all the time, and is sending him threatening letters.On hearing George’s story, Alex, Harry and Angela all decide that they must help Paul discover who is threatening him, and so Alex and George talk to Paul, and with his help Alex manages to get a summer job at Pat Pharma. The job gives Alex inside access to the company, and with his new found ability to gather insider knowledge, and the others using their own unique skills, the group make a formidable team. However, as they rapidly become more involved in the case it is apparent that there is a lot more going on secretly than they could ever have imagined.In their quest to help Paul the friends uncover deep resentments in Pat Pharma, and as the skeletons begin to come out of the cupboard, they realise that their investigations have put them into a very precarious position, as they find themselves pursued by dangerous criminals.

Despite being on a mission which is fraught with danger the friends’ comradeship, loyalty, tenacity, and friendship shine through, not only to each other, but also to those around them.

This is a truly fantastic adventure thriller which keeps the reader on the edge of their seats. Packed with murder, mystery, and intrigue this story is one that you just cannot put down.

Available from Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/Trainee-Undercover-Brenda-Shaw-ebook/dp/B06ZZ66WXY/ref=cm_rdp_product_img


Decapitating the Union: Jefferson Davis, Judah Benjamin and the Plot to Assassinate Lincoln 


by John C Fazio

51H5LbJ4RFL._AC_US218_Right from the beginning it is obvious that this amazingly thorough book has been very carefully researched by the author, John C. Fazio, who formerly had a successful fifty year career practicing law.His retirement has given John C. Fazio the time he needed to devote to writing this book on a subject for which he has had, for a long time, a great fascination, the American Civil War and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. He looks in depth at not only the shooting of Abraham Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth, but the events surrounding it. Abraham Lincoln was watching a production of Our American Cousin, in the presidential box of the Ford Theatre on the 14th April, 1865 when he was shot. The following morning at 7.22 Abraham Lincoln died, one of the greatest men in American history had been murdered!Being a student of history, and especially European and American history, with special emphasis on the Civil War, meant that he has accumulated an immense knowledge of the subject. He enjoys sharing this knowledge by teaching Civil War history at the Chautauqua Institution, writing numerous articles, and speaking about the subject. He is also a member, and former president of the Cleveland Civil War Roundtable, and is active in the Lincoln Forum, the Western Reserve Historical Society, the Cleveland Grays, and the Surratt Society.There is so much mystery surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, that out of the 16,000 books which have been written about this great man, over a hundred are dedicated to solely to this subject. However, accounts, and details of it, and the events around it, are surrounded in enigmas, mystery, theories, and littered with errors, so much so, that the author decided it was time for him to write this thought provoking book.

It is forwarded by the well-known historian Joan L. Chaconas, and then the author gives the reader a thorough background on events which led to a nation torn apart by conflict, and Abraham Lincoln’s murder. Finally he concludes with the imprisonment, trial and sentencing of all but John H Surratt, of the assassination group.

This book makes absolutely riveting reading, and I would imagine that this would be of immense interest to anyone studying this period of American history, as the author provides plenty of notes and references in the back. For me personally, the icing on the cake is the fact that it is liberally sprinkled with terrific photographs, copies of hand written notes, drawings, and portraits, which I feel are very important in this type of book.

Available from Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/Decapitating-Union-Jefferson-Benjamin-Assassinate-ebook/dp/B01N4MC1M7/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1495818795&sr=1-1&keywords=Decapitating+the+Union%3A+Jefferson+Davis%2C+Judah+Benjamin+and+the+Plot+to+Assassinate+Lincoln+++by+John+C+Fazio

Kepler One: The Choosing 

by T. P. Keane
51cCOKhzVAL._AC_US160_The earth as we know it is dead! In order to survive the resulting radiation, the survivors of the catastrophic disaster which destroyed it, live below ground in a five tiered bunker. The deeper below the surface you live the safer you are, the lucky ones are deep, but those on the fifth tier live in mortal danger. These people are the criminals, the bad ones, and those who just happened to have been born there, like Zoe Ruthland.Then a lottery is held for cadets to crew Kepler One, the last hope for mankind. Kepler One is a spacecraft which will be launched to discover a new planet for the human race to inhabit. Once it has found one, its crew will establish a colony, and then come back for the rest of the survivors on earth.Much to everyone’s chagrin, Zoe wins a place, and is the only tier five inhabitant to do so. This exciting science fiction story follows Zoe’s cadet training as she competes in physical, mental and academic challenges with the other cadets. There are more cadets than actual places so the competition is fierce, and this story tells not only Zoe’s struggle to win a place, but also her relationship with other trainees.As a real fan of science fiction, and already having read T. P. Keane’s fantastic previous book, The Paladins of Naretia, I was really looking forward to reading this one, and I was not disappointed.

Kepler One takes its reader on an amazing science fiction adventure, which makes compelling reading especially when you discover that there is a hidden agenda…

Available from Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kepler-One-Choosing-Book-ebook/dp/B072DX6519/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1495818899&sr=1-1-fkmr0&keywords=Kepler+One%3A+The+Choosing+by+T.+P.+Keane
 

Adventures of Little Yaga and Her Friends 

by L.B. O’Milla

51j4C90hsIL._AC_US218_This is a magical story about a very special girl called Little Yaga, who belongs to an extraordinary race of forest people. Little Yaga lives with her grandmother, Big Yaga, in a special hut, deep in a mysterious forest ruled by the evil Scraggard the Immortal.The forest folk keep away from humans, you see although they look similar at first glance, they are different, and besides humans smell funny. It is this strange smell which first alerts Little Yaga to the presence of a human girl called Ashley. The trouble is, despite Little Yaga’s attempt at disguising her, she is not the only one who realises that Ashley is there, Scraggard has discovered her, and he wants her energy for himself!Despite the fact that she knows how difficult it is going to be, Little Yaga still helps Ashley to escape. Together they defy the odds, and the magical deceitfulness of the forest, where everything is not as it seems, and as a friendly thank you Ashley invites Little Yaga to her birthday party. However deep in the forest, at his palace Scraggard is very angry, he has decided he wants her, and being naturally evil decides to use all his devious means to ensure that his plan succeeds, after all no one escapes the clutches of Scraggard the immortal.Devastated, Ashley’s boyfriend Eric decides he must rescue her. At Big Yaga’s very strange Hut on a chicken leg, Eric, Ashley’s brother Sean, Little Yaga and her friends Kikimra, make their plans and discover the strange secret to killing the supposedly immortal Scraggard.

Fearlessly, the intrepid group set of on an amazing adventure. However, as Little Yaga and Kikimra try to warn them, and Eric and Sean are soon to discover, nothing in the forest is as it seems. Unbelievably, the land itself holds secret powers, there are magical birds, strange animals, and things you could never imagine live there, waiting to trap the unsuspecting traveller…

I found myself thoroughly immersed in this fantastic adventure, each page reveals new dangers which the courageous group have to face as they battle the elements, creatures and Scraggard’s shape shifting army, to save Ashley from a terrible fate.

Will they succeed, or will the forest and the army foil their rescue attempt?

This magical story will keep you compulsively turning the pages as the answers reveal themselves, with surprises waiting around every corner, right until the very end.

Available from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Adventures-Little-Yaga-Her-Friends-ebook/dp/B071VCV3VX/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1495819169&sr=1-1&keywords=Adventures+of+Little+Yaga+and+Her+Friends+by+L.B.+O%E2%80%99Milla

 

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