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.
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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.
Latest 5 star review. Thank you!
I find it difficult to review an author’s debut novel, to read and review from a totally objective viewpoint, but sharing my thoughts on The Quilt: Unravelled comes easy and might be summed up in my simple words: a delight. Rochelle Carlton’s vivid descriptions provide the reader with crystal clear images of life in the beautiful country of New Zealand and her characters that play out the saga of the Clarke family. This is not sugar coated romance, but a dramatic and moving tale of the lives and complex relationships of generations of the individuals depicted. The further I read, the more captivated I became and found myself glued to the sofa, even on a lovely sunny day, reading until I satisfied my hunger to reach the resolution of this novel. I have truly enjoyed my first read of an authentic novel written by a Kiwi and set in New Zealand. Carlton has done a superb job with this first novel, and I have no doubt that her future work will be equal in excellence.
The latest review has made my day! Thank you Trish Carroll.
The Title of Rochelle’s Book stood for me because I am a seamstress, generally I go for specific Authors. The Book was not difficult to get into,the opposite in fact, I could not put it down. Every facet of the Story was fascinating. Rochelle stitched together all the characters past and present seamlessly. For me to feel as if I was actually there is rare. Her wording created within me many emotions and for that I Salute Her. I have the utmost confidence in recommending ‘The Quilt:Unravelled’ t The Title of Rochelle’s Book stood for me because I am a seamstress, generally I go for specific Authors. The Book was not difficult to get into,the opposite in fact, I could not put it down. Every facet of the Story was fascinating. Rochelle stitched together all the characters past and present seamlessly. For me to feel as if I was actually there is rare. Her wording created within me many emotions and for that I Salute Her. I have the utmost confidence in recommending ‘The Quilt:Unravelled’ to All my Family and Friends. – review by Trish Carroll.
The Quilt, Unravelled
Latest review by Glen Barrera. Five stars. Thank you for taking the time to give feedback.
It was the title that intrigued me. I had heard of “story” patchwork quilts some years ago and liked the idea of a story that would unravel one. I wasn’t disappointed. In fact, the novel captured me from the beginning and didn’t let go until the last sentence. The story is about four generations of the Clarke family – “a family hunted by tragedy and hardened by struggle” – and how the past affects the present. At the same time it’s also a novel about relationships, love and loss, and the turning points in life that can make the difference between heartbreak and happiness. Like any good book, it’s the characters, good and bad, that make the story come alive. And Carlton has gone above and beyond in this department. Her richly woven creations still stick in my mind; the true mark of a good writer. I appreciated this book, and give it a high recommendation.
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This is a full length novel set in rural New Zealand. It takes the reader on a journey to the gem like islands of Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf. It explores the dramatic High Country through the eyes of the troubled Clarke family. This story of hardship is warmed by a romance that could change their lives.
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High Country, New Zealand
Beautiful Waiheke Island, Hauraki Gulf, Auckland, New Zealand.