Posts from the ‘Fiction’ Category
The reason being a few expressions in the synopsis that usually tell me the book is not for me: “supernatural elements”, “relationship between the living and the dead” (I am a Christian, and do believe in such a relationship, but the way novelists treat it is rarely compatible with my faith), and “a way he could bring his son back from the dead.”
For the Love of Grace
Grace Backer had a life full of tragedy. But despite everything, she raised her son, Tom, with her secret intact. Tom is a prodigal child, destined to escape the slums of the East End of London for a better life; circumstances will make him flee his loving mother and their home much sooner than expected. Tom starts a new life in Odessa, Russia, and with the help of new-found friends starts a business. At last, he is finally accepted into a new and loving family, but one which holds its own dark secrets. A chance meeting with the son of a duke of the realm leads to close friendship and a new business partnership. When Tom decides to move his company to London and have his regal new friend run it, the firm thrives. However, not everything is as it seems, and Tom?s* business soon conceals dangerous secrets of its own. Years later, when Tom finally decides to return to London, he is a wanted man, one hunted by the intelligence agencies. If he is finally to be reunited with his beloved mother and his best friend, he must fight to put the past behind him. But keeping secrets is never easy.
Purchase from Barnes & Noble – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/for-the-love-of-grace-andy-blackman/1124144405?type=eBook
About Andy Blackman
After serving in the British Army for over twenty-five years in the Parachute Regiment, Andy Blackman today lives in Bedworth, Warwickshire and works within in the IT sector. In his spare time he can be found visiting his three daughters and grandchildren.
Andy Blackman sharing his thoughts
on reading and some of his favourite authors
I must admit I have never read a book by any author in the countries mentioned in my book apart from the UK, but I do like to read a wide range of books, from crime to historical ones. It’s the reading that I get my pleasure from, not really the author. After all if we waited for just one author to release a book we would only read a few books every few years and to me that is a terrible thought.
So if I am really pressed on the matter my favourite author is Jeffery Archer*. I find his books are enjoyable and easy to read, which to me is far more important than anything to me, as if you do not enjoy the subject matter then why read?
You should at least enjoy and read a good book. I personally think if you can put a book down and leave it alone for a few days then the book has not gripped your imagination, however a really well written book is a book you start to read and you cannot put down. You want to find out what is going to happen to the very end and will be one you can remember for years after.
I can remember the first book I actually read which was gripping and that has stayed with me to this very day was “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck. This book somehow got into my soul and even now I can recall some parts of it.
My second-best author is “Wilbur Smith”, I find him again a compelling read, but I think that reading is a very personal thing. What some like, others will hate and find boring, but I tend to read if I like the sound of the book.
Some famous authors churn out book after book but when it comes down to it the plot is always the same as the first one they wrote just change a few things so to me it is a personal thing, and you should read what you enjoy.
Some people are fanatical about reading celebrities and their autobiographies, which I find very self-centred and not very interesting. Apart from the odd few who have waited to live their lives before releasing their autobiography. Unlike those that are in their early twenties, still in the public eye, but just want to tell the world all about their millions and how it’s been a hard twenty years getting to that point. I promise I will never write one and become so shallow!
The third author who I admire and enjoy is Clive Cussler, he once again writes some interesting books, not everyone’s cup of tea but as I said reading is a personal thing after all it is only you a book and your imagination that in the end is partaking in the act, that’s why reading is so personal.
I hope some will read my book, For the Love of Grace and like it. No doubt some will trash it, but like I always like to quote from that great man Abe Lincoln – “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people, all of the time”.
*sic – Words And Peace is not responsible for the content and mistakes of authors highlighted on this blog
The top 11 books I plan to read
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= enjoying it, a few pages at a time
The Sun King Conspiracy
= great historical mystery set in 17th century France
To Open’s One Heart
= by famous French Orthodox theologian
Beyond The Wild River
= upcoming by Sarah Maine,
whose previous novel I really enjoyed
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
= for Classics Spin #15
My Cousin Rachel
= with the Goodreads TuesBookTalk Read-Alongs
Tender is the Night
= with the Goodreads Classic Book a Mont Club
=for the Classics Children’s Lit Event 5
= sequel of Sleeping Giants,
which I really enjoyed
CURRENT AND NEXT AUDIOBOOKS
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
The Hound of the Baskervilles
= for my audiobook project,
all Sherlock Holmes,
narrated by Simon Prebble
HAVE YOU READ
OR ARE YOU PLANNING TO READ
ANY OF THESE?
WHAT ARE YOUR READING PLANS FOR APRIL?