Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Emily reviews The Night Porter by Mark Barry

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Today we have a review from team member Emily, she blogs at


Emily chose to read and review The Night Porter by Mark Barry


The Night Porter is comedic, dramatic and most of all incredibly entertaining. We are introduced to ‘The Night Porter’ who is a hardworking man so completely devoted to his job, he is only referred to by his title and above all he values his crucial dedication to the smooth running of The Saladin Inn.
When the Arkwright Literary Awards decide to pay for 4 of their shortlisted authors, Amy, Jo, Frank and Julian, to stay in The Saladin for two weeks, it is the Night Porters duty to ensure their every need is met. Though his charm and small talk welcomes the guests graciously, no amount of polite smiles could lower tensions between the authors themselves. We witness the Night Porter falter in his professionalism…

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I Loved This Book. Period.

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Cover K FINAL  (1)No Damage, by Kathryn Hodgson

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REVIEW: I loved this book. My only regret is that it is not fiction. How one woman could endure the events Kathryn endured over such a short period of time is unfathomable. That she came out the other side with such positivity and such a strong eye to the future is downright inspirational.

Without spoiling the story, I can say that I laughed a lot and shed many tears on her behalf. I cringed at some of the decisions that were made, feeling as though I was one of her friends who wanted to scream, “No, don’t do that!” I found myself also taking great pride in Kathryn as I was able to watch her grow throughout the story into a confident and resilient woman.

Again, if she were a fictional character, I would have been rooting…

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The Differences Between Men and Women!


From my website blog July 2013.

So much has been written on this topic! Probably because people are constantly stunned by just how different our thought processes are. However, I want to take a moment here to talk about the fine art of suitcase packing.

Whenever we go away I plan my outfits for days, sometimes even weeks, beforehand. Anything I think I might need gets washed, ironed and put away. Then a day or so before we are due to leave I spend ages trying things on to make sure that everything still fits (how I wish it always did!) and that this top goes with those shorts. You never know, there might not be a full-length mirror where we are going and I would hate to be wandering around on holiday looking mismatched!

Then there are the sleepless nights spent wondering how many pairs of sandals are strictly…

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Author/Novel Spotlight: Christina McMullen, Past Life Strife

Jeffrey Collyer author

In this post I talk to Christina McMullen, author of Past Life Strife, the first book in the Rise of the Discordant Series.

Back of Book HSChristina McMullen is a science fiction and fantasy author who is still waiting for her letter from Hogwarts. She currently resides in Texas with her wonderfully supportive husband and three dogs. When she isn’t writing, Christina enjoys travel, vegan cooking, modern and classical art, and of course, reading.

What made you decide to publish a novel?

I’ve always wanted to be an author, but it wasn’t until the advent of e-books that I began to think seriously about publishing. Once my first book was published in 2012, I became unstoppable. Thanks to e-books and self-publishing, I am not limited to shoehorning myself into a single genre.

Where do you get you inspiration to write?

I’ve always enjoyed writing. I am also a voracious reader. I am inspired…

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Author/Novel Spotlight: Kara Jorgensen, The Winter Garden

Jeffrey Collyer author

In this post I hear from Kara Jorgensen about her forthcoming novel, The Winter Garden, the second book in the Ingenious Mechanical Devices series.

Kara Jorgensen is an author and professional student from New Jersey who will probably die slumped over a Victorian novel. Midway through a dissection in a college anatomy class, Kara realized her true passion was writing and decided to marry her love of literature, history, and science through steampunk.

What made you decide to publish a novel?

Since I was ten, I have wanted to be a writer. I always thought I would need to search out a publisher and wait to be picked from the slush pile, but when I realized self-publishing was a viable option that would allow me more freedom than traditional publishing, I jumped at it. I had my first book, The Earl of Brass, pretty much ready to go. It’s…

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Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Vanessa reviews The Song Of The Cypress by Tonia Parronchi

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Toady we have a review from team member Vanessa, she blogs at


Vanessa chose to read and review The Song Of The Cypress by Tonia Parronchi


“It’s hard to even begin to explain what I thought of “The Song of the Cypress”. This novel is so unique and beautifully written that I feel inept at writing down my own views about it.
Ultimately, the story is about the self-discovery of Ann (or Annie). A woman who needs to find herself as a person, spiritual soul, lover and member of a community. Until she dreams of the “Cypress” her life has been depressed. Following the needs of her mother, she has no time for herself. When her mother dies, she finally gets the freedom she desires and leaves everything she has in England to start a new life in a remote cottage set on the mountains in Italy.
Once here…

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