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.”

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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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Romantic Novels from Africa – The Zanzibar Affair

April 27, 2012 in Books, Fiction, Romantic Novels

Contemporary Romance NovelsThe Zanzibar Affair is a novel about high society love stories set against the spectacular backdrop of Safari Africa, New York and France. This is the very essence of this remarkable debut novel. Love, death, betrayal and passion are woven intricately throughout this novel with exquisite skill. A book to read and relish. Samantha Ford is destined to become a contemporary romance bestseller on this form.

Contemporary RomanceDrawing from her experiences as an international traveller and observer of high society, Samantha has crafted a first class début novel that communicates the feelings and passions of her characters in an irresistible manner.

What’s This Story of Love at First Sight All About?

A letter found in an old chest on the island of Zanzibar finally reveals the secret of Kate Hope’s glamorous but anguished past, and the reason for her sudden and unexplained disappearance. Ten years previously Kate’s lover and business partner, Adam Hamilton, tormented by a terrifying secret he is willing to risk everything for, brutally ends his relationship with Kate.

A woman is found murdered in a remote part of Kenya, bringing Tom Fletcher back to East Africa to unravel the web of mystery and intrigue surrounding Kate, the woman he still loves. His was one of those stories of love at first sight but one where destiny dictated that the lovers, Tom and Kate, could never be together. Eighteen years later, Tom’s next and unwelcome involvement in Kate’s life is to investigate her mysterious disappearance.  He meets Kate’s daughter Molly in Zanzibar and with her help he pieces together the last years of her mother’s life and his extraordinary connection to it.

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“. . . here is a gifted author who can brilliantly describe human feelings. Samantha Ford will take you to the great heights of love and passion as only a woman can. She lets you participate in the happiest and best that life has to offer. You can feel she must have lived herself through such situations and been to those places described by her, and, of course, she loves Africa. The book is a must read.” By Claude Beck on Amazon

“I loved this book and found myself sneaking off to read a few more pages through the day. A good plot, evocative descriptions of Africa. Here is an author who can create a story to get lost in. I look forward to the next book by Samantha Ford” By Nicola Anderson on Amazon

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Reference Information for Zanzibar

Southern Africa Travel
http://southernafricatravel.com/destination/tanzania/zanzibar_and_surrounds/
Zanzibar Travel
http://www.zanzibartravel.co.uk

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