Day: October 14, 2015

Terry Tyler met a few people this weekend that you might recognise! #wwwblogs @TerryTyler4

Lovely weekend 🙂

Rosie Amber

Re-blogged from  http://www.terrytyler59.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/new-friends-from-cyberspace.html

Guess Who I Met Last Weekend!

We’d been planning it for months, and the day finally came!


I think we first talked about it in May; it was so hard to find a weekend we could all make… so, on October 10th, I went to Sheffield to meet four friends from Rosie Amber’s Book Blog ~ I was so intrigued to meet the lady for whom I’ve been reviewing books since last Christmas, the mysterious Rosie (!), along with three others: Cathy Ryan (from Between The Lines book blog), Barb Taub and Alison Williams.  Before this post gets too filled up with links, I’ll just say that a click on their names leads to their Twitter pages and all links to blogs that I haven’t already included, etc!

Sheffield, why Sheffield?  We chose this city because it was mid way between us all – we were…

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#BookReview ‘Dream On’ by Terry Tyler @TerryTyler4

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This was such an enjoyable read. I’m not exactly an old rock chick – I was more into bands like The Smiths, Echo and the Bunnymen and The Cure. I really didn’t like the whole Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Motley Crue scene. So the genre of music here isn’t my thing. But I can certainly relate to the way it’s portrayed here, and the way Dave dreams of a future as a rock god. Poor Dave. It would have been so easy to make him into a parody – a sad, long-haired, untalented wannabe. But Terry Tyler is far too good a writer for that. Dave is lovely, kind, handsome, and yes a dreamer, but he’s talented too, even if he doesn’t realise that most of his songs are unintentional rip offs of some of the most famous rock songs of all time. Dave loves girlfriend Janice, in his own way, and adores their little boy. But lack of success spirals him into depression, and Janice has had enough and has kicked him out.

But his band Thor is on the rise and ex-girlfriend and fellow musician Alison/Ariel is back in town. Thor, Ariel and Ariel’s friend Melodie (who wants to be a celebrity) enter a talent show. The result in any other book would have been a foregone conclusion. But not here. The path to fame and success seldom runs smooth in reality and there is certainly a rocky road ahead for all three.

The relationships in this book are wonderfully well-drawn – whether that’s the bond between the four members of Thor, the passion of Dave and Ariel, or the sadness between Dave and Janice, these human responses and feelings are beautifully and realistically done. There is wit and warmth aplenty, moments that will make you laugh out loud, and careful details that add a real sense of time and place – Christmas day is beautifully done in all its grey, British, depressing splendour.

There is a follow up book ‘Full Circle’ but ‘Dream On’ isn’t a book that has been written to make you buy the next one. Not everything is tied up neatly – but that isn’t a criticism. That’s reality. Life isn’t neat and tidy and while this is a story, the way that things are left is satisfying in that although there is more to come, the characters end where they should; it feels right.

Definitely recommended – and so looking forward to reading ‘Full Circle’.

5 stars

Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT The Doctor’s Daughter by @VanessaMatthews #wwwblogs

My review of Vanessa Matthews’ ‘The Doctor’s Daughter’ for #RBRT

Rosie Amber

Today’s team review comes form Alison, she blogs at alisonwilliamswriting.wordpress.com

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Alison chose to read and review The Doctor’s Daughter by Vanessa Matthews

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The Doctor’s Daughter by Vanessa Matthews

I had really high expectations of this novel having seen some excellent reviews. There is no doubt that Ms Matthews can write, and write well, and this is a very clever story, with some fabulously drawn characters, a wonderful attention to historical detail and a real sense of time and place that lends the novel a real authenticity.

The subject matter is dark in places and the characters are portrayed flaws and all, in an unflinching manner that some may find difficult to read. This wasn’t an issue for me – I prefer characters to be realistic, to behave in a way that is believable and admire and appreciate authors that don’t resort to happily-ever-afters or false sentimentality.

Marta is an intriguing…

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