I was excited to receive a review copy of Jackie Parry’s new story “A Standard Journey.” I read and thoroughly enjoyed her previous book “Of Foreign Build,” and this highly anticipated adventure is the next offering from this remarkable writer.
A Standard Journey is set in Australia and takes the reader, by horseback, through The Bicentennial National (BNT) recreational trail. As with her previous book Jackie’s plans were never going to be straight forward.
Accompanied by her husband, Noel, she began the journey burdened down with gear, food and a dream to see this part of her adopted country by horseback.
Along the way they met unique individuals, forged friendships, gained knowledge and suffered bruises. Through her writing Jackie Parry opens up a window to the emotional and stressful life of the adventure that lay ahead of them.
Jackie Parry’s writing is, as always, professional and honest. Her free spirit and willingness to share moments of self-doubt, frayed nerves and strained relationships create a very special story that will be enjoyed by readers of many genres.
This is a story that held my attention from start to finish. Each of its characters is believable and there are enough unexpected twists to keep the reader turning the pages.
I particularly enjoyed the author’s ability to draw you in to each relationship. A romance under pressure, a father and son and their roles as they are inevitably reversed when age takes its toll, a caregiver that is plagued by greed and vice and a writer of notes that is far from what you would expect.
There are several experiences and choices that are not only true to life but also thought provoking. The end came as a surprize and the plot is a credit to the author.
This is a book that would appeal to a wide cross section of readers – from romantic suspense fans to those seeking a mystery that is both clever and well written. I would highly recommend Random Lucidity and look forward to reading more from this author.
Anyone considering this great book to download? It is currently only 0.99c. Great value and you wont be disappointed.
Thank you for the wonderful comments. It is always lovely that people take the time to review.
o n April 27, 2015
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This book was a great read, the plot was very well put together. It kept you wanting to read to find out
what would happen next.
It had just the right balance of happiness and sadness for me, lots of interesting twists and turns,
interesting relationships between parents and their adult children and a very satisfying ending.
Nice to read a book that is set in your own country (New Zealand) and I felt very much part of the
story because of this. Would recommend this book.
The Quilt, Unravelled
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Out With the Tide
by Lola Faye Arnold (Goodreads Author)
This book was a sweet and inspirational story set in the South, a location that I am not familiar with. The author described the area and used the local dialog to paint a great picture, which I enjoyed as I progressed through the story.
The main character is a believable young woman that evolves and grows. Caroline Carter has lost a loved one in the past and experiences heartache, choice and struggle within the pages. The story follows Caroline as she completes her education, explores her various friendships, relationships and her family dynamics. It also takes the reader to several other locations in the USA and again the author paints a vivid picture with her words.
The ending of this story was unexpected, and although this book is essentially a romance between Caroline and J.P this twist gave a more lifelike conclusion to the story.
I would recommend this book to romance and fiction reader’s also young adult readers.
I must apologize to being absent. Why? I am currently on a small island in the Yasawa Group of Fiji. It is the perfect place for writing, and that is what I am doing. Of course I am also finding some time to read “Out with the Tide,” a book I hope to finish soon and will review. It is a really lovely story and nice to step away from the complex characters in my next novel.
The Quilt, Unravelled is available on kindle and in the paperback form. If you haven’t as yet got your copy here is the link. Enjoy a slice of New Zealand through the journey of Joanne Kyle and Paul Clarke. http://goo.gl/yrnj5L
I was asked recently if The Quilt, Unravelled was emotional to write. Of course given the content and outcome for one of the characters I did become swept away by their circumstances. But it was also a wonderful experience to travel the road of The Clarke Family, and to deliver a small message about a subject that is close to my heart. Life hasn’t always got a predictable outcome. But love can sometimes make it easier to heal.
Have a great week and here are some photographs of the magnificent South Pacific for you to enjoy.
A photo for the readers and writers that have commented on The Hobbit. I am now in Fiji and about to start my new novel. Two books, one story. Stay posted to find out more about the life and times of Shona McGuire.
Air New Zealand
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Thank you for the latest review.
on March 27, 2015
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The Quilt is a wide-ranging and moving story of one family, their love, their losses and, most significantly, their resilience. It is a highly emotional read and Ms. Carlton does a masterful job of bringing the two main characters – Paul and Joanne – together throughout the story.
Secondary characters consistently threatened to steal the story as they are written with such believability it must be that the author knows people like this in real life. The depth of the characters, the intertwined relationships, and the stunning New Zealand landscapes described throughout make this a wonderful choice for anyone looking to connect with a new and fresh group of characters.