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‘Broken Branches’ by M. Jonathan Lee

‘Broken Branches’ is being published both in paperback and as an eBook on the 27th July 2017 by Hideaway Fall, a brand new publisher. This is M. Jonathan Lee’s fourth novel and I was very kindly sent a copy to review along with some lovely goodies which I shall definitely be making use of.

A family tragedy means that Ian Perkins is the next in line to inherit Cobweb Cottage. He moves there with his wife and young son and is aware of the rumour that there is a curse which has passed down from generation to generation. But does it really exist and is he risking his family’s safety? Ian is determined to discover the truth and in doing so finds that he has no choice but to face the past.

I enjoyed reading ‘Broken Branches’ and thought it was beautifully written. I really liked the author’s references to seeds and branches throughout including in the acknowledgements. This isn’t exactly what I’d call a happy story and it definitely isn’t fast paced, nor is it a thriller so it may not be for everyone. Rather it is a tragic and haunting tale which will stay with you for quite a while.

Ian’s quest to find out whether there is indeed a family curse means that he ends up delving into his past. Throughout the story the reader gets to learn about Ian’s childhood and how the curse supposedly started. I felt really quite bad for him as he didn’t seem to have a very easy time of it growing up. His father was controlling and there were things Ian shouldn’t have had to see as a young boy.

The research Ian undertook became a bit too much of an obsession. I don’t think he realised just how much it was taking over and the damage it was causing to him and his personal life. I guess it was his way of handling things though. He obviously thought he was really onto something.

‘Broken Branches’ is a sad and ghostly story about loss, grief and learning to deal with it. It tackles mental health issues, something M. Jonathan Lee is doing his very best to raise awareness of.

I give this book 4 out of 5.

 

 

About M. Jonathan Lee

M. Jonathan Lee (also known as Jonathan Lee) was born in 1974. He is an award-winning novelist who has had two novels in the #10 Amazon charts. He was born in Yorkshire, northern England where he still lives today.

His first novel, the critically-acclaimed The Radio was shortlisted for The Novel Prize 2012 and is the first in the loosely titled The ‘The’ trilogy. His second novel, The Page (the second in The ‘The’ trilogy) was released in January 2015.

His third novel A Tiny Feeling of Fear was released in September 2015. It has been hailed as ‘original and inspiring’ by Sunday Times best-selling author, Milly Johnson.

He is working closely with Rethink and Mind Charities to raise awareness of mental health issues, and is a regular commentator on the BBC.

He signed a four-book deal in February 2015 and is currently writing a non-fiction rock biography about Boston-based band Hallelujah the Hills. He is also writing three further fiction titles, the first of which is to be released in late 2017.

His fourth novel, Broken Branches is due out in July 2017, published by Hideaway Fall.

More details including contact information can be found at his website:

www.jonathanleeauthor.com

 

‘Broken Branches’ is available to pre-order from:-

Hideaway Fall – https://www.hideawayfall.com/books/broken-branches/

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jonathan-Lee-Broken-Branches-2017/dp/0995492336/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1500829127&sr=1-1

 

 

Do check out Hideaway Fall’s website where you can buy M. Jonathan Lee’s previous books:-

https://www.hideawayfall.com/

 

Guest Post by M. Jonathan Lee

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A couple of years ago I read M. Jonathan Lee’s debut novel, ‘The Radio’.  Since then the next two books in the trilogy have been published, both of which I am still looking forward to reading.

My review of ‘The Radio’ can be found here:-

https://aloverofbooks.wordpress.com/2014/01/18/the-radio/

It’s an absolute pleasure to have Jonathan on my blog today with a very interesting guest post and one which I’m sure other writers can relate to.

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“It must be brilliant being a writer, Jonathan…”

or

The death of a writer through writer’s block.

The number of times I’ve heard this. I have no idea. It could be fifty, it could be a hundred. I don’t know. What I do know though is that I agree with this statement. Most of the time.

I’ve been fortunate, through a series of what may be called lucky breaks (coming second in the Novel Prize 2012; meeting and befriending Sunday Times best seller, Milly Johnson; somehow forcing my way into being a regular panellist on BBC comedy show, Live-ish) I have managed to get to a stage where I am a (near) full time writer.

I still need to spend half my week doing my ‘day job’ – accountancy – to feed my wife and five kids. And, at the end of last year, I took a brave step and quit my full time job where I have been working for near fifteen years. The other half of the week is for writing.

Or.

Is.

It?

You see “it must be brilliant being a writer”. If you actually write. And I haven’t now, for nearly six months. Nothing. Not a word. And it’s becoming scary. Really scary.

My last two novels were a doddle. In fact, my #5 best seller on Amazon, A Tiny Feeling of Fear, took no more than four months from start to finish. And that was writing late at night, looking after five kids and holding down a day job. But, the problem you see was that was in the first person.

Now though, I am in the midst of a real severe case of writer’s block. I have three stories that live in my head. They are all in the third person. I know how the stories work from start to finish. I know the characters, plot and exactly what happens. I like all three of them. But yet, I cannot begin any of them. I don’t know why. I simply can’t.

I have now got to the stage where I have persuaded myself that I no longer have the ability to write. I half-watch TV dramas and films and actually try to work out how I would explain what has happened on the screen. And guess what. I can’t do it. The words aren’t forming, third person is no longer working.

I know somehow I’ll pull it ‘round. I’m reading colossal amounts just to try and work out how sentences are formed again. It’s almost like I’ve awoken from some kind of coma.

And so, is it “brilliant being a writer?” Er, yeah. I suppose. When I am one.

I’d advise you look out for my fourth novel though, it’ll be either called: “George the Dog Hanger”; “Future. You. Now.” or “There’s more to life than life.”

I guarantee it’ll be good.

Because once I get through this stage I’ll write like I’ve never done before.

In the meantime, anybody who has any advice at all to get me through this current stage – please do write to me. I need all the help I can get!

(Note: Drugs/Coffee/ProPlus/Red Bull and frontal lobotomies have already been discounted).

M. Jonathan Lee

 

About M. Jonathan Lee

M Jonathan Lee is an award-winning British author. His debut novel, The Radio was nationally shortlisted in The Novel Prize 2012. He has had three novels published, and has signed a four book deal with SoloP Publishing. He is committed to raising awareness on mental health issues following the death of his brother and is a regular contributor to the BBC. He lives in a little mining town in the North of England with his little family of seven. He also has two cats and a dog.

 

Twitter – @j0n4th4n_lee

‘The Radio’ by M. Jonathan Lee

The Radio

Jonathan Lee asked me if I was interested in reviewing his book and very kindly sent me a gift certificate so I could get myself a copy to read.  ‘The Radio’ is his debut novel and the first of a trilogy.

This story focuses on the loveable and very thoughtful George Poppleton.  A henpecked father and husband, George never fails to let his daughter Sam down when she wants to go out for the night, always babysitting his granddaughter for her.  Likewise, he is always there to make cups of tea for his wife Sheila whilst she is watching the shopping channels on TV and looking for the latest bargains.

One day whilst searching around in the loft George finds an old transistor radio which soon becomes an obsession.  George starts spending hours in the conservatory in his own little world, escaping from reality.  His wife and daughter soon start getting fed up of his radio.

As the story progresses we learn a lot about George’s life and it is more than understandable why he wants to block things out.  Little does he realise though that his wife and daughter are busy planning a wedding and things are about to get very interesting indeed.

I loved every single minute of ‘The Radio’.  Well written, the words just flowed so easily.  There were some interesting characters too.  I found this book really funny at times but also very sad.  This is a story about real people and family life and I’m sure that lots of people can relate to it.

I so can’t wait for the next novel.  If you’re looking for a new read I really recommend that you get yourself a copy of ‘The Radio’.  I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

I give this book 5 out of 5.

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