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Blog Tour – ‘Learning to Love’ by Sheryl Browne

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For the past fortnight Safkhet Publishing and Sheryl Browne have been celebrating Sheryl’s romance collection.  As part of this blog tour I was asked to review ‘Learning to Love’.

Learning to Love

Dr David Adams has recently moved to Hibberton with his ten year old son, Jake.  After the recent death of his wife, David decided to start afresh in a new village away from local gossip.  His relationship with his son is strained, as Jake blames him for his mother’s death.  If only David could get through to him.

Andrea Kelly has a really busy life.  She works, has three children, plus her mother to look after.  What Andrea needs is a career change, one where she can manage her time a bit better.  Jonathan, her fiancé, is less than supportive on learning about her plans and tries to talk her out of it.  Then, one night Andrea arrives home to discover much to her dismay that her house is on fire.  Luckily her children and mother have been rescued with the assistance of David.  They have no choice but to stay at David’s house until Andrea can get things sorted out.

Until now, I had never read any of Sheryl Browne’s books.  I thoroughly enjoyed ‘Learning to Love’ and wish it hadn’t finished.  I thought this novel to be very well written and was really impressed by it.  This isn’t just an average everyday romance, it deals with a number of issues including bereavement and loss of personal belongings.

Sheryl has a way of bringing her characters to life so that you feel like you know them.  Out of all of the characters I really admired Andrea.  She was one heck of a strong woman, despite everything she could still smile and have a laugh.

The picture on the cover says it all really.  David and Jake had an understandably difficult relationship, but in time and with a little bit of help they started to build bridges.  It was nice to see them getting on well together.

I give this book 5 out of 5.

About the author

Sheryl Browne

Sheryl Browne grew up in Birmingham, UK, where she studied Art & Design. She wears many hats: a partner in her own business, a mother, and a foster parent to disabled dogs. Creative in spirit, Sheryl has always had a passion for writing. She has previously been published in the US and writes Rom Com because, as she puts it, “life is just too short to be miserable.” Sheryl is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association.

For more information, connect with Sheryl Browne on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/SherylBrowne.Author) or Twitter (https://twitter.com/SherylBrowne) or visit her blog page at http://www.sherylbrowne.com/.

‘Sin’ by Shaun Allan


Shaun Allan asked me a while back if I would like to review ‘Sin’.  Being that I read a variety of books I thought I would give his novel a go, especially as I’m always eager to discover new authors.  Shaun has also written a number of prize winning short stories and poems.

Sin Matthews has gone missing from the mental asylum and Dr Connors is not happy.  He hasn’t got his lab rat to experiment on anymore.  Somehow Sin has managed to teleport himself out of the hospital with the aim of committing suicide.  But he wakes up on a beach instead.

You see, it all started when Sin picked up a two pence coin thinking it would bring him good luck.  The only thing is it didn’t, quite the opposite in fact.  The first time he flipped and caught the coin something awful took place and people died.  Flip, Catch; every time Sin did this more tragedies occurred.  There was only one thing for it, he would have to dispose of the coin.  Yes, that was the answer.  The problem?  The coin kept coming back.

Sin began doubting himself and ended up admitting himself into a mental asylum.  In order to forget things, he would sometimes become violent so that he was drugged up to his eyeballs.  But is Sin actually insane?  That’s for you to work out!

This story has been told from Sin’s viewpoint and it’s certainly different to any other book I’ve ever read.  I really like Shaun’s writing style, the wonderful wittiness and word play throughout shows Sin as having a good sense of humour.

‘Sin’ is an intriguing read which keeps you guessing to the end.  It’s a dark and quite often disturbing read, but that’s what makes it so great.

Whatever you do, don’t pick up any two pence coins off the pavement!

I give this book 5 out of 5.

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