Thursday, January 28, 2016

The No-Kids Club by Talli Roland



Paperback: 242 pages.
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Fiction
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing, 2014
Source: Author in return for an honest and unbiased review.
First Sentence: ' I bet you were a really cute kid.'
Review Quote: ‘The No-Kids Club is another winner by Talli Roland! It was well-written and fast-paced, and enjoyable to the very last page.’ —The Book Chick

My Opinion:  I have been reading and reviewing the writing of this talented author since 2010, when she asked me to review her first novel, 'The Hating Game'.  Since the publication of her first novel Talli has embraced the importance of social media as a marketing tool for her novels as that is where she finds her target market. I am probably one of her older fans but 'The No-Kids Club' is the seventh title I have read and once again she has not failed to make me smile. A good enough reason in my opinion for me to continue to enjoy her writing! 
I found this to be another amusing and light hearted read and as both my daughters are still childless from choice and in their thirties slightly relevant! 
There is a serious underlying subject of infertility in the storyline which Talli manages to tackle in a sensitive manner.  Recommended to fans of contemporary romantic fiction, it will not fail to make you smile.


Précis Courtesy of Goodreads:

At almost forty, Clare Donoghue is living child-free and loving it.

Then her boyfriend says he wants kids, breaking off their promising relationship. And it’s not just boyfriends: one by one, her formerly carefree friends are swallowed up in a nonstop cycle of play dates and baby groups. So Clare decides it’s time for people who don’t have children to band together. And so the No-Kids Club is born.

As the group comes together—Anna, who’s seeking something to jump start a stale marriage, and Poppy, desperate for a family but unable to conceive—Clare’s hoping to make the most of the childless life with her new friends.
Will the No-Kids Club be Clare’s route to happiness, or will the single life lose its sparkle?


My reviews of her earlier novels can all be found elsewhere on this blog, just click on the titles.

The Hating Game    Watching Willow Watts   Build A Man  Construct A Couple  
 The Pollyanna Plan   Marriage to Measure



Author Profile:






Talli Roland was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, by the age of 13, she’d finished her first novel and received very encouraging rejections from publishers. Talli was very athletic at school and university, achieving provincial records and becoming a Canadian university champion in the 4 × 400 meter relay. After getting her BA, she turned to writing again, earning a Masters in Journalism. 

A few years later, she left Canada behind and settled in London, where she now lives with her husband and their young son.

Her début novel, The Hating Game, was short-listed for Best Romantic Read at the UK's Festival of Romance, and her second, Watching Willow Watts, was selected as an Amazon Customer Favourite.

You can learn more about Talli in the About Me  section of her website.


Biographical, other information and photo are with thanks to the following links where you can find out more about Talli Roland.


Talli Roland Official Website    Goodreads Author Profile   Amazon - Author Profile

Twitter - Talli Roland      Facebook Profile



Thursday, January 21, 2016

Fetch Nurse Connie by Jean Fullerton







Paperback: 376 pages
Genre: Romantic Historical Fiction
Publisher
 
Orion Publishing Group 2015

Source: From the Author in return for an honest and unbiased review.
First Sentence: Connie Byrne, the Queen's Nurse, midwife and district nurse sister responsible for the Highway and Ratcliffe area of the St George's and St Dunstan's Nursing Association, secured the bandage with a safety pin.

My Opinion: I first discovered this author in 2011 and have kept up with her writing since then. Her latest novels are an excellent well researched series about nursing in post WWII in London. As well as finding them interesting from a historical point of view, I have found them to contain characters that one is drawn to and a realistic picture of life in the years after the war. Changing times for the country generally and professionally for nurses and the women who worked in the profession. So much more than just a romance and I recommend this series to anyone that enjoys social history in general and nursing stories in particular. Fans of 'Call The Midwife' take note!



Précis: Courtesy of Goodreads:

London, 1945 and as the end of the war is declared and the troops start returning home, the nurses of the East End are joining in the celebrations.

For Nurse Connie Byrne the end of the war signals the beginning of a new chapter and as the revelries go on around the city, Connie's mind is on another celebration that she'll be able to arrange - the wedding to her sweetheart, Charlie, set to take place as soon as he arrives home. But when Connie meets Charlie off the train at London Bridge, she finds that his homecoming isn't quite going to go according to plan...


Connie's busy professional life, and the larger-than-life patients in the district, offer a welcome distraction, but for how long? If nursing in the East End has taught Connie anything, it's that life is full of surprises...


I have also read and reviewed three of Jean Fullerton's previous novels on this blog.
Perhaps Tomorrow   Call Nurse Millie  All Change For Nurse Millie

Author Profile


Jean Fullerton  was born into a large, East End family early one August she grew up in the overcrowded streets clustered around the Tower of London. She still lives in East London, just five miles from where she was born. After working for the London Metropolitan Police, she retrained as a nurse and worked as a district nurse in the East End for sixteen years. She now teaches healthcare and nursing. Jean  feels that it is her background that gives her stories their distinctive authenticity. Passionate about historical accuracy, she enjoys researching the details almost as much as writing the novels.

The biographical information and photo used in this post are with thanks to the following websites, where you can also find more information about the author and her writing. 

Jean Fullerton - Books   Official Author Website  Facebook - Jean Fullerton Author    Goodreads Author Profile

All Change For Nurse Millie by Jean Fullerton






Paperback: 403 pages
Genre: Romantic Historical Fiction
Publisher
 
Orion Publishing Group 2014

Source: From the Author in return for an honest and unbiased review.
First Sentence: Millie Smith, senior sister and midwife at Munroe house, Stepney, picked up her leather nursing bag and set it on the floor under the kitchen table beside her lunchbox.

Review Quote:
Plot strands are drawn together and resolved masterfully as she and Alex re-establish their friendship. Millie's admirable, turbulent story is packed with evocative post-war details and is fast-paced, plausible, and highly engaging, though the complexities of the issues covered lend the story a darker, serious tone. Highly recommended. (HISTORICAL NOVELIST SOCIETY)
My Opinion: I first discovered this author in 2011 and have kept up with her writing since then. Her latest novels are an excellent well researched series about nursing in post WWII in London. As well as finding them interesting from a historical point of view, I have found them to contain characters that one is drawn to and a realistic picture of life in the years after the war. Changing times for the country generally and professionally for nurses and the women who worked in the profession. So much more than just a romance and I recommend this series to anyone that enjoys social history in general and nursing stories in particular. Fans of 'Call The Midwife' take note!



Précis: Courtesy of Goodreads:

Nurse Millie Sullivan is now Nurse Millie Smith, having married aspiring MP Jim Smith. The war has ended and the NHS has just come into action, so the nurses are busier than ever as the community realise that they no longer have to pay for the services. Minor ailments need attention, babies need to be helped into the world and some of the larger-than-life characters need keeping in line so Millie has enough drama to deal with without having to deal with more from home...and Alex Nolan, her ex-fiancé, is back in town.


I have also read and reviewed two of Jean Fullerton's previous novels on this blog.
Perhaps Tomorrow   Call Nurse Millie

Author Profile


Jean Fullerton  was born into a large, East End family early one August she grew up in the overcrowded streets clustered around the Tower of London. She still lives in East London, just five miles from where she was born. After working for the London Metropolitan Police, she retrained as a nurse and worked as a district nurse in the East End for sixteen years. She now teaches healthcare and nursing. Jean  feels that it is her background that gives her stories their distinctive authenticity. Passionate about historical accuracy, she enjoys researching the details almost as much as writing the novels.

The biographical information and photo used in this post are with thanks to the following websites, where you can also find more information about the author and her writing. 

Jean Fullerton - Books   Official Author Website  Facebook - Jean Fullerton Author    Goodreads Author Profile



Monday, January 18, 2016

Happy Hoofer by Celia Imrie



Paperback: 309 pages
Genre: Autobiography
Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton 2011 
Source: Tywyn Public Library

First Sentences:'So when am I going to see you on the goggle-box?' my father said to me when I left drama school. Sadly he never did.

Review Quote: For tasty gossip, Celia is the hottest ticket in town...The Happy Hoofer is backstage gossip from the premiere league. (Robert McCrum, Observer)
My Opinion: What a strong spirited woman Celia Imrie is and funny as well a great combination. As a great fan of her work I laughed my way through much of her autobiography, hers has not always an easy life either. Recommended to her fans and to those that are not especially but want to know more behind the person, reading this may well change their opinion of this talented and delightful lady.



Précis Courtesy of Goodreads :

One of the UK's favorite comedy actresses—with starring roles in Calendar Girls, Acorn Antiques, and Dinnerladies—tells her extraordinary and highly entertaining life story. Celia Imrie was born one of five children to an aristocratic mother who married beneath her station. Desperate to be a ballet dancer, Celia was told by the Royal Ballet School that she was too big and in a desperate effort to lose weight Celia became anorexic. She underwent highly controversial ECT and brainwashing treatment. It didn't work and she eventually cured herself.


YouTube : Official Trailers:







These videos of Celia Imrie talking about her life are well worth watching.

Author Profile:




Celia Diana Savile Imrie (born 15 July 1952) is an Olivier Award-winning English actress. In a career starting in the early 1970s, Imrie has played Marianne Bellshade in Bergerac, Philippa Moorcroft in Dinnerladies, Miss Babs inAcorn Antiques, Diana Neal in After You’ve Gone and Gloria Millington in Kingdom. She has been described as “one of the greatest British actresses of recent decades”.

Photographs and biographical information courtesy of the following sites.

Celia Imrie - Official Website     Celia Imrie - Wikipedia    Twitter - Celia Imrie