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Book review: Eichin Chang-Lim, Flipping (@EichinChangLim )

JonSun knew from the moment he caught a fleeting glimpse of her that his heart bellowed to the reviewmysterious woman in the library. Vigilantly he returned, hoping to catch sight of her again, and when he did, the unimaginable happened. Despite being far beyond his reach, she agreed to go on a date. Her parents wanted her to marry a doctor, but as time went on she had only eyes for him, and was willing to sacrifice a life of comfort, even her family to be with him. Her father had told JonSun he would never be good enough, he was determined to prove him wrong, but knew the life he provided was less than she deserved. But this is not just their tale, and theirs is not the only relationship to watch.

Eichin Chang-Lim writes with an amazing talent and gift. In Flipping she takes the stories of two unconnected families and pulls you into their individual stories, their plights, desperation, and struggles, then brings them together. This isn’t just one story, it’s three, the tale of JonSun and SuAnn, The struggles of the McMeri family, and finally the third tale of Wynson and Christa. Each story Is part of the whole and is a struggle against the odds. The plot is gripping, emotional, heart-wrenching, and most of all believable. The writing and characters are filled with such emotion they bring the story to life. Eichin Chang-Lim has an amazingly polished, concise writing style that will tug at the heartstrings from beginning to end. If you enjoy romance, conflict, struggles, and uplifting tales then this author is the one to watch. If you’re a KU subscriber like myself, you’ll also benefit from being able to grab this brilliant tale for free.

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Book review: The Last City (THE COLONY Book 2) by Roslyn M Gilmour (@RMGilmour )

Lydia knew there was something important she should remember. Her mind kept reviewreturning to it over and over again, yet each time it slipped her recollection. Her world was nothing more than a painted dream, but she couldn’t help but wonder what their home had been before they had altered it, what lay beneath the layers, or beyond the sky shield. The more she wonders the more questions she has about these lands and its people. She finds herself immersed in history, thinking she would learn to better understand her surroundings, but instead she learns of a threat, one which could mean the end of all. War was coming, and it threatens to destroy everything.  What will it take to survive, and can Lydia do what would be needed? Find out in Roslyn M Gilmour’s  The Last City (The Colony book 2)

Loyalties are questioned and doubts force a wedge between even the strongest of allies. Schemes, deception, and betrayal make up but a fraction of an intricate plot. The first person narrative style of Roslyn M Gilmour really lets you get a feel for Lydia, and through her interactions you witness the bonds of friendship and the sting of betrayal. There’s a good balance between description and allowing the reader’s mind to fill in the gaps, as well as an array of ‘technologies’ that would satisfy many lovers of science fiction. The Last City is the second book in The Colony series, and while I feel I would have benefitted from reading the first book initially, the author does touch upon the important events that had been missed if you’d not read the first.

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Book Review: Lora Lee by P.J. Webb

Lora Lee by PJ Webb is the first book in the Cliff House Series and one of the best ghost 51tqcgvq4mlstories I have read for some time. Add into that the budding romance and you have an amazing tale.

Cliff House had been the source of many whispers. Fables have been passed through generations, tales of hauntings and tragedy. Lora Lee had never heard such tales, and why would she have? She had been raised on her parents’ tobacco farm. It had always just been the four of them, Lora along with her mum, dad, and brother. Until one day fate decided it had other plans. She found herself in Cliff House, unaware of its lore, unaware of the danger. Yet the memories of a nightmare she had as a child returned to haunt her. Something within the house is reaching out to her, demanding to be heard. But to heed this call has consequences. Lora is the only one who can return what once belonged to those remaining after death, and it seems they will stop at nothing to obtain that which they desire.

Lora Lee is one of those books that you simply won’t want to put down and when you reach the end, you’ll want book two. P.J. Webb presents a cast of deep and interesting characters emerged in a tale woven of lore, tragedy and despair, while investing the reader not only in the budding romance forming between Lora and Christian, but also in the history of Cliff House. This is one book I would give higher than five stars if possible. The author’s descriptive voice makes it easy to lose yourself in the world and tale created. P.J. Webb gets you hooked, intrigued, and leaves you wanting more.

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