Out of Africa – The House Called Mbabati

June 19, 2016 in Books, Fiction, Romantic Novels, Suspense Thriller

Out of Africa - The House Called MbabatiLike many people, you may have been waiting for Samantha Ford’s second novel for quite a while, but I can assure you it was well worth the wait and finally June 2016 is the month that her second book out of Africa has been published.

Samantha’s first novel The Zanzibar Affair was a very well received and highly acclaimed debut novel which used Africa as a backdrop to her story telling. Once again she has drawn on her knowledge and experiences of Africa, its culture and the lives of the rich and privileged to weave an even more tangled web of mystery, intrigue and suspense in this, her second superb novel. You can read more about The Zanzibar Affair with this link.

Here is a little look at the storyline for A House Called Mbabati:

The Mother Superior crossed herself quickly. “May God forgive them both,”she murmured as she locked the diary and faded letters in the drawer.

Deep in the heart of the East African bush stands a deserted mansion. Boarded up, on the top floor, is a magnificent Steinway Concert Grand, shrouded in decades of dust.

In an antique shop in London, an elderly nun recognises an old photograph of the mansion; she knows it well – it is called Mbabati.

A Novel Out of AfricaSeven thousand miles away in Cape Town a woman lies dying, she whispers one final word to journalist Alex Patterson – Mbabati.

Sensing a good story, and intrigued with what he has discovered about the dead woman’s past, Alex heads for East Africa in search of the old abandoned house.

He is totally unprepared for what he discovers there; the hidden home of a once famous classical pianist whose career came to a shattering end; a grave with a blank headstone and an old retainer called Luke, who is the only one left alive who knows the truth about two sisters who disappeared without trace more than twenty years earlier.

Alex unravels a story which has fascinated the media and the police for decades. A twisting tale of love, passion, betrayal and murder; and the unbreakable bond between two extraordinary sisters who were prepared to sacrifice everything to hide the truth.

Mbabati is set against the magnificent and enduring landscape of the African bush – where nothing is ever quite as it seems.

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Out of Africa

The House Called MbabatiThe House Called Mbabati by Samantha Ford
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Having read Samantha’s first book ‘The Zanzibar Affair’, I knew I was going to be in for a treat and I wasn’t disappointed. The story has so many twists and turns it keeps you guessing right to the end as investigative journalist Alex Patterson unravels a complex story of lies, deceit and injustice.

Sparked by the death of what appeared to be lonely old woman who at first sight looked like a homeless and destitute vagrant. He soon discovered she was a far cry from the impression she had created of herself. He paid for her funeral and started to investigate exactly who she was and where she had come from. But he had no idea where or how far his investigation was going to take him.

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The Wake Crasher

November 4, 2013 in Books, Fiction, General, Humour, Romantic Novels

The Wake CrasherThe Wake Crasher is a new book and debut novel from new Indie author Robert Durrant.

It is a book that examines moral principals and can divide opinion on whether you think the principle characters are just having some harmless fun or are a little bit sick and misguided. A dark humoured romantic comedy that describes the consequences of being a ‘Wake Crasher’.

The Wake CrasherInitially the perpetrators embark on what they see as a harmless way of getting a few free drinks and a bite to eat at a time when they are struggling to pay the bills in a world that is in financial meltdown.

It is not too long however before they come to realise that there is no such thing as a free ride and that every action they take comes at a price, especially when they dabble in the dark side of life!

New relationships are formed and the principle characters get a little more than they expected from their endeavors. Trouble is the starting point for any new relationship is from a position of deceit and dishonesty and how can that work in a modern world where everyone knows everyone and life is little like living in a goldfish bowl?

A book that will appeal to young adults and teenagers but also for those that like to cringe a little!

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Gay Before God, A Gay Romance Novel

February 4, 2013 in Books, Fiction, Gay Novels, Romantic Novels

Gay Before GodA love letter is written and destroyed; a mother disapproves of her son’s sexual orientation and desperately wants to prevent his gay lover from having any contact with him when he becomes seriously ill.

Gay Romance NovelThe lover is a married man with two children, holds a high position within the church, and needs to know his new lover’s true feelings. He stands to lose everything – wife, children, and his career. But if he knew for sure that this was a real and valued relationship then he might just be prepared to pay that price.

Hypocrisy reigns as members of the church hierarchy take steps to prevent what they see as a looming scandal. Never mind that some of them harbour secrets about their own sexual orientation, they choose to put God before their gay inclinations. They are career men prepared to sacrifice their personal feeling for advancement within the sanctity of the church and take a dim view of anyone who isn’t prepared to do the same. A scandal such as this can damage the reputation of the church, they feel, and that cannot be allowed to happen.

Can I be Gay and Christian?

This is a question that few gay romance novels tackle; to be both gay and Christian for many is considered to be a contradiction in terms, a forbidden love. They will say there is no gay God and there can be no gay church, but real life is not like that. Some Christians are gay and some of those decide to work for the church. This gay love story examines the dilemmas they face. Must they choose to conceal their true feelings in order to pursue a their calling within the church?

Gay Romance NovelsSurely, all Christians have a right to worship their God and live their lives in a compassionate and caring way according to their Christian beliefs, despite their sexual orientation? And even if they work for the church.

The church professes itself to be modern and all embracing, so when one of their flock has a gay awakening, a realisation that his marriage to a woman is no more than a façade for him to hide behind, then surely he has every right to think that this will be both accepted and tolerated. The reality is, however, that instead of acceptance and tolerance, he now faces hostility, not just from his superiors in the church, but also from family and friends. None of this helps him as he tries to deal and come to terms with what is already a complicated and delicate situation.

He has found true love, but the relationship is balanced on a knife edge; serious illness intervenes and the family, with a less than sympathetic perspective on the situation, get control, with one objective in mind: to end this fledgling relationship.

The easy option is to kowtow to the pressure of the church, return to the security of a straight relationship with his wife,  and leave his gay lover to his plight. Certainly that is consensus against him – hardly a Christian posture!

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Book Extracts

~ Yesterday Rachel got a recording of the conversation in the post. Word for word she could listen to what I said to Terry. Victor wrote a note to say it showed I was a serial liar, I had always slept around, and Terry was just one amongst many.”
Charles said nothing to contradict what was said. It suited him to be silent.
“To make a secret recording and use it in that way was so wrong,” went on James “and it is not like Terry.” ~

~At the same time a meeting was taking place in bishop’s study.
“I cannot see why we are discussing this,” the archdeacon was obviously irritated. “There is a full agenda to get through.”
“I just wanted the matter finalised,” said the bishop, somewhat apologetically.
“Well, as far as I am concerned he is out of our hands,” replied the archdeacon. “He chose to resign, and that is that!” ~

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Lonely Mirrors, A Tragic Wartime Romance

June 18, 2012 in Books, Fiction, Romantic Novels

From the valleys of Wales to London and Cairo during the second world war, this classic romance novel delivers an explicit and deeply moving account of how mothers and daughters come to terms with the fast moving sexual habits of contemporary lifestyles.

A Story of Women in Love- Lonely MirrorsWomen in Love – A Classic Romance

Love and jealousy are just two of the subjects Susannah Carlton deals with  and she doesn’t pull her punches.

women in loveRelationships are examined microscopic detail and the motives of these women in love leave little to the imagination. Some parts are sexually explicit and other parts are deeply moving, tugging at your emotions. One thing for sure is that this book is a real page turner.

Families grow and become intertwined as the story develops and this romantic fiction shows how a brief and passionate affair, between a doctor and a nurse, can have repercussions that extend through the following generations into the present day.

Romantic Books With A Punch – Explicit

In this book, the insights revealed suggest a narrative honesty that will ensure Susannah’s next book will be much awaited. Family lives are seldom straightforward and romantic books with such a punch are rare nowadays. This is a book not to be missed if you love reading about true conflict within marriages. The story unfolds over a period of seventy years from the Second World War to the present day. It’s also  a book you may want to keep away from your partners, lest they  learn too much!

What’s It About?

Set mainly in Egypt it tells the story of Jennifer Elmwood, a woman who’s personal and professional life is falling apart. Unexpectedly, she receives a letter from Margaret Evans, a woman claiming to have known Jennifer’s father during the Second World War. The two women meet in Margaret’s house in Cairo. Each day Jennifer learns more about Margaret who, as she had suspected, turns out to have been her long-dead father’s lover. What she had not imagined was that the affair would have produced a child.

More is revealed as the story expands to include Pearl and Violetta, Jennifer and Margaret’s mothers and their fight to be given the opportunity to tell their own stories. And just as Cairo is a jumbled up city of ancient pyramids and modern six-lane highways, also tangled together are the memories of these four women – two mothers, two daughters – as details of their lovers, school-days, deaths, sexual awakening, childhoods, husbands all spill out.

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Extracts from the Book

“Her dreams were of her old life, the years measured in fading colours – orange and scarlet flowers in her Johannesburg garden, Jack’s white family and their black servants holding back snarling dogs with lolling pink tongues. ‘I’m sorry,’ she whispered, stretching out a hand. The bed was empty. She had last seen Jack Maartens early one morning many years ago when he had left for work. Six hours later she was on a plane back to England, leaving no note to explain her action, just a pile of the jewellery he had given her over the five years”

“‘Yes. Of course,’ said Greta. ‘November, 1942, and I’d been nursing in Alexandria for two months. We were almost overwhelmed by the casualties brought in from the desert . . . the Germans were only sixty miles away . . . we could hear the guns. Terrible burns from the tank battles and then also pilots who’d been shot down. Have you ever seen a Spitfire?’ she asked. Jennifer shook her head. ‘They’re so small. Eighty, ninety per cent burns. British, Australian, South African, Polish even. They were hardly more than schoolboys.’ Greta paused.
‘And is that when you started a relationship with my father?’ prompted Jennifer.”

You can see the author’s profile using this link Susannah Carlton – Romance Novel Author

Goodreads Review

Lonely Mirrors, A Romantic Story of Women In Love both At War and In PeacetimeLonely Mirrors, A Romantic Story of Women In Love both At War and In Peacetime by Susannah Carlton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A thoroughly good read. There are some sexually explicit parts but given the period it is discussing and the fact that it is about female relationships and their life’s experiences from wartime to modern days, they cannot be considered inappropriate. Or in fact any different to what you often find discussed on TV these days.

This book was an excellent dissection of women’s relationships and not always in a favourable light. The author clearly understands women and what makes them tick, many people will find themselves emphasising with the characters and understand the hormone driven teenage periods and why some women are attracted by the charisma of powerful men. Highly recommended.

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Paranormal Romance Books – The Curse of Fin Milton

May 31, 2012 in Books, Fiction, Paranormal Romance, Romantic Novels, Supernatural

Paranormal Romance BooksThis supernatural romance, the first in a series from novelist Vivian Mayne, concerns a young man, Fin Milton, who together with his childhood friend, Ellie, appears destined to witness their love affair being blighted by a curse they both carry that was cast in an earlier generation.

Fin has supernatural abilities and has never been able to lead a normal life, initially he  was completely unaware that he was living with the curse or that it was his destiny to be torn away from his lover every ten years.

The paranormal romance tale takes place in Cornwall and London, during modern times, and follows Fin’s quest to remove the curse, assisted by the beautiful and mystically gifted daughter of a local family with a history of criminality and violence.

For lovers of spooky stories and paranormal romance books that resonate even in present day Britain, this is a love story to cherish. A page-turner and one that will ensure you leave the lights on as you sleep.

Soon to follow is Vivian’s second book that continues the story of  Fin and Ellie and their ongoing battle with the paranormal in Cornwall.

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