Aug 312012

Experience A Virtual Tour of Europe for $15

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Paperbackswap

*yawns and stretches* Sorry!  Please excuse my sleepiness, I’ve just returned from a fantastic sojourn in Europe and I’m just a teensy bit jet-lagged… 😉

During the summer she turns thirty, Gwendolyn Reese – an unsophisticated and inhibited middle school math teacher that passionately loves listening to musical soundtracks – expects to be trying on wedding dresses, picking out flowers, and planning a wedding with her boyfriend of two years. But instead she is being shanghaied by her aunt’s S & M Club (S for Sudoku, M for Mahjongg – had you shocked there for a moment, didn’t I?) to travel on their five week tour of Europe. Now, instead of viewing this opportunity as the once-in-a-lifetime experience it is, Gwen sees it merely as a chance to check off many historic sites and landmarks on her “must-see list.” Continue reading »

Feb 052011

Another Enrapturing Romance By Syrie James!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Publisher

Near-death experiences, a charming and enigmatic stranger, concealed dark secrets, forbidden love – Syrie James latest novel is an exquisite feast of passion, turmoil, adventure and intrigue. Diverging from her magnificent and highly acclaimed historical/biographical fiction novels (The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen, The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Brontë , Dracula, My Love), Syrie James traverses a new path in this contemporary romance about two star-crossed lovers being snowbound together in the Colorado mountains.

A blizzard is coming, the roads have been closed and won’t be plowed for days. After rescuing Nicole Whitcomb from a terrifying car accident and certain death, Michael Tyler realizes that there is no alternative but for her to remain under his roof and in his care until the roads clear up. Predicting that it will take four days for the snow to stop and the roads to be cleared, the reclusive and inhibited Michael begins to wonder if he will be able to survive the four day seclusion with a stranger. Will his secrets be safe? Will she be safe? Will his heart be safe?

What a gloriously romantic story! Having devoured and cherished all of her previous novels, I think it fitting to classify myself as an ardent admirer of Syrie James! Whether its Charlotte Brontë and Arthur Bell Nicholls, Mina and Dracula, or Nicole and Michael, Syrie James creates beautifully romantic stories with characters that come to life and enthrall you. This whirlwind tale about forbidden love and star-crossed lovers is one of her most impassioned and emotionally intense novels yet! (Note: There are some scenes suitable only for mature audiences.) The only flaw I could find Nocturne is that there was a predictable moment or two, but those didn’t hinder my pleasure in reading this novel at all! Continue reading »