Reviews by Fiction Aficionado
On 3/31 Fiction Aficionado wrote: You’ve heard the saying a picture is worth a thousand words? Well, with David Rawlings, it takes just a small percentage of those words to paint an entire picture: “The kitchen was a spotless tribute to reflection and polish. Even the cat’s litter box was immaculate, raked like a Japanese garden.” ... Simple, but engaging and thought-provoking
On 3/12 Fiction Aficionado wrote: I adore the gentle lyricism of Joanne Bischof’s writing, and Thor and Aven stitched themselves firmly into the fabric of my character-loving heart in Sons of Blackbird Mountain, but I have been anticipating Daughters of Northern Shores with equal parts longing and trepidation. Longing, because I dearly ... Compelling Family Saga
On 2/22 Fiction Aficionado wrote: Pick up Castle on the Rise, and you might as well be picking up your very own ticket to Ireland. Kristy Cambron’s lyrical prose is the perfect vehicle for bringing the Emerald Isle to life—its atmosphere, its history, its sights, and its sounds. Including that swoony accent! I found myself equally ... Passport to Ireland
On 1/19 Fiction Aficionado wrote: I’m so excited to have found another author writing historical romances with Gothic overtones! I absolutely adore the delicious sense of uncertainty they evoke, and if this novel is anything to go by, Abigail Wilson will be on my “must read” list in the future. This story had some of the best ingredients ... Very satisfying
On 11/26 Fiction Aficionado wrote: If you like a good dose of family drama with your romantic suspense, then look no further. It’s all happening in this story! When the only father Nina has ever known is murdered, all the skeletons begin falling out of the closet. Add in (a) Detective No-Filter, who’s itching to arrest Nina, and (b) ... Romantic suspense and family drama!
On 7/19 Fiction Aficionado wrote: Reading this story was a venture into the unknown for this historical-fiction lover. I’ve read plenty of stories that played fast and loose with historical facts, but not a book that deliberately sets out to meld historical fact with elements of fantasy. In the case of the former, I’m definitely ... Intriguing mix of history and fantasy
On 4/23 Fiction Aficionado wrote: A good suspense is my cup of tea anytime, but make it a legal suspense and I’m extra happy, especially if there’s a good cross-examination. As it happens, this novel is all about the discovery process rather than court proceedings, but there was more than enough legal (and other) intrigue to keep ... Good legal suspense!
On 3/29 Fiction Aficionado wrote: This was an immensely satisfying read. Immensely satisfying. It's the kind of book that leaves you basking in the afterglow (or perhaps the lingering finish) of a well-earned peace and quiet joy. If I was a wine connoisseur, no doubt I could come up with all kinds of appropriate wine-related adjectives ... Immensely satisfying
On 3/29 Fiction Aficionado wrote: Holy cat-and-mouse chase, Batman! I am so hooked on this series! It's rare to find a romantic suspense plot that can genuinely justify a three-book series, but if any story can, it's this one. From the first line of the first book (If I Run), the tension has not let up for a minute, nor has there been ... I'm absolutely hooked!
On 3/7 Fiction Aficionado wrote: This novel was absolutely magical! No doubt Wren Lockhart would take exception to my use of that word—she does illusions, not magic—but there really is no better word to describe the spell it wove over me as I sank into the world Kristy Cambron brought to life in its pages. The Illusionist’s Apprentice ... Magical!
On 10/20 Fiction Aficionado wrote: I'm really enjoying this series. I’ve always been a fan of detective fiction, and although Gwen Macey isn’t technically a detective, she uses her skills in forensic art (drawing and analysing facial features) and statement analysis to help investigate the cases she’s called into. Author Carrie ... Intriguing - if you don't mind a lot of snakes!
On 7/29 Fiction Aficionado wrote: This was such a satisfying read! If you love a good family drama without the soap opera froth, then I suggest you get yourself a copy of this book. Not only were there many layers to the plot, but there were so many different relationship dynamics – both familial and romantic; creating friction, ... A very satisfying family drama
On 6/28 Fiction Aficionado wrote: I’m not sure whether perhaps my expectations were set too high for this story, or maybe just misdirected, but what I thought would be an intriguing ‘who-dunnit?’ thriller actually ended up being more of a ‘why-and-how’d-it-happen?’ gradual reveal. Don't get me wrong; it was an intriguing ... A little transparent, but intriguing nonetheless
On 5/7 Fiction Aficionado wrote: Can you imagine how bewildering it would be to find yourself lying on the floor of a public restroom, in a wedding dress, with no recollection of how you got there? And then imagine that you contact your groom – who must be frantic, right? – only to have him tell you that you left him seven months ... Intriguing idea, not quite as compelling as I hoped
On 4/10 Fiction Aficionado wrote: Both novels in this series are stories about what happens when life gets messy; in particular, how the decisions made by others can affect our own lives, and how we choose to react to that. In Evie’s case, her son Cody is about to become a father and a husband at the ripe old age of 18 (the story ... Full of hope, warmth, and genuine love for others
On 3/28 Fiction Aficionado wrote: In some ways, this book was the opposite of what I would normally look for in a book. I like lots of dialogue and character interaction, but the protagonists in this book barely even meet each other (although they obviously do interact with other characters). There is no romance (although I suspect ... Couldn't put it down!
On 3/22 Fiction Aficionado wrote: I found this novel to be a little on the slow side; particularly in terms of the romance, which didn’t really take off until the second half of the novel. I liked the basic plot, but without any secondary plots woven into the story it felt thin, and I wondered whether it wouldn’t have been better ... A little on the slow side
On 3/13 Fiction Aficionado wrote: I feel like I have been waiting for this novel for years. Ever since I began reading The AD Chronicles with First Light back in 2003 or 2004 I sensed (and hoped) that this was where the Thoenes would eventually take us. Both The AD Chronicles and The Jerusalem Chronicles bring the Gospels to life in ... A little different than I expected, but a worthwhile read.
On 3/1 Fiction Aficionado wrote: Okay, just give me a minute here to catch my breath. Because that was intense. And that cheeky Kel, getting the last word! Although, I have to say it was the perfect diffuser for all that adrenaline that had built up. The previous novel closes with Draewulf escaping with Princess Rasha as his hostage. ... Had me hook, line, and sinker!
On 2/25 Fiction Aficionado wrote: This is one of the most stunningly beautiful novels I have ever had the privilege to read, and yet I also found it one of the most tragic. I read Augustine’s Confessions a few years ago so I was aware that he had a ‘mistress’, as she was referred to in my translation, however beyond that I knew ... Achingly Beautiful
On 2/17 Fiction Aficionado wrote: Straight up, I need to confess I haven’t read a lot of Colleen Coble’s books. I tend to find her romances a bit cheesy (too many clichéd romance adjectives/moments) and I prefer a writing style that isn’t always explaining the characters’ decisions and motives, or why they react/feel the way ... Disappointing
On 2/10 Fiction Aficionado wrote: Very rarely do I come across a book that brands my soul as deeply as this one did. The Feathered Bone explores themes like light and darkness, freedom and captivity through the story of Sarah, a twelve year old girl who disappears while on a school excursion, and Amanda, the mother of Sarah’s best ... Not a light read, but richly rewarding nonetheless.
On 2/2 Fiction Aficionado wrote: I'll admit it. Present tense irks me. Even more so when it's in the third person. But at the same time, this was a compelling read, and I have to confess, I think the third person present tense contributed to that. It seemed to give it an extra sense of urgency and forward momentum. There was this ... Fast-paced and strangely compelling
On 1/21 Fiction Aficionado wrote: Wow! Where do I start? What a read! Defenders, Chemists, porcies, tocks; Evangeline Denmark has created a fascinating world – no, two fascinating worlds – in Curio. They were so well thought-out and creative that the author had even considered how the porcies would applaud! (By rubbing their palms ... What a world!