Month: February 2016

Reviewer Profiles #RBRT JUDITH BARROW #SundayBlogShare

Judith Barrow, a writer and a reviewer for RBRT, is always really helpful to fellow writers and bloggers, reblogging and tweeting, so it’s lovely to find out a bit more about her.

Rosie Amber

Reviewers on the #RBRT are very busy hard working people who give their time freely, here’s a chance to meet Judith Barrow.

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Judith lives in Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK

You can follow Judith on her blogs where she posts her book reviews.

Social media hangouts where you can also follow Judith

Reading Soft edge

Genres Judith enjoys

Sagas, crime, mystery, contemporary reads.

Judith prefers books for review in  Mobi.

Hobbies, interests, and any pets?Reading, painting, walking, gardening. I tutor creative writing and love that. I lost my Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, aged fifteen, last year. I haven’t had the courage to get another dog yet.

What new genres have you tried from the review team list? 

Horror, Dystopian, Chick lit.

What genres make you step out of your comfort zone?


What do you look for in a book?

I need to be able to have empathy with…

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Wednesday Wing…Getting the most out of #Twitter Share days #wwwblogs

Excellent post to help you get the most out of Twitter share days.

Rosie Amber

Welcome to my new feature called Wednesday Wing where I’ll be passing on observations, tips and information to readers I’ve made a note of.

Rosie's Notebook

Today I’m passing on a tip about Twitter Share Days given to me by @TerryTyler4

Most people who use Twitter as part of their marketing platform know about the Twitter Hashtag Share Days


Twitter is all about THE RE-TWEET / SHARING. The further you can get a tweet to go in the Twittersphere the better it is for you. Twitter Impressions measure how far your tweets spread to the Twitter audience. Check out yours under Twitter Analytics.

On a Twitter Share Day use the Hashtag for all your appropriate tweets, DON’T just use the Hashtag because it is popular and spam it on any tweet. Many share days ask you tweet about a BLOG post relevant to the Hashtag and…

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Rosie’s #Bookreview Team #RBRT WHEN DOVES FLY by @mslaurengregory #wwwblogs #HistFic

My review of ‘When Doves Fly’ for RBRT

Rosie Amber

Today’s team review is from Alison, she blogs at

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Alison has been reading When Doves Fly by Lauren Gregory


When Doves Fly by Lauren Gregory

I love well-researched and realistic historical fiction, portraying the world as it would have been and the people as they were. I particularly love well-written historical fiction that tells the story of women, and that pulls no punches. That’s certainly what you get with this novel.

At first, I have to admit I was a little wary. I was worried that Lily was going to be one of those historical women that I hate – the type that people describe as ‘feisty’, who manage to live lives that are completely unrealistic and who emerge from life-changing, catastrophic events unscathed, having snared the handsome hero, won battles single-handed, carved out an independent existence, made their voice heard etc. etc. etc.

But this book doesn’t…

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‘No More Mulberries’ by Mary Smith #bookreview #TuesdayBookBlog @marysmithwriter


‘No More Mulberries’ tells the story of Miriam, a Scottish midwife living in a small village in Afghanistan with her husband – a local man – and her two children.

Miriam loves her work, the people of her village and her adopted country, but is becoming increasingly frustrated with her marriage. Iqbal has changed since they met in Pakistan, and their return to his home village has soured thigs between them – Miriam feels that her life has been restricted and she no longer recognises the man she married.

Both have tragedies in their pasts that must be dealt with, traumas that have shaped them and that threaten to destroy what they have. Both must come to terms with the past, and agree on a future. They need to make some tough decisions.

This is a beautifully written book, very well-crafted. The author clearly loves her subject matter and has a great respect for Afghanistan and its people. This isn’t a rose-tinted account though – the grim realities of hard rural life are honestly portrayed, something the author does without being patronising or condescending.

The author has a real skill for creating an authentic sense of time and place – the descriptions of Afghanistan are really well done and a pleasure to read. And Miriam is a wonderful character – easy to like and sympathise with. I really cared about her and wanted her to make the right decisions. She isn’t perfect though and some of her decisions and motivations are questionable – but that’s what makes her realistic.

There were some parts I felt were a bit drawn out and could have been cut, but on the whole this was a really enjoyable and unusual read.

4 stars