Malia’s Miracles (Devya’s Children: Volume 3) by Julie C. Gilbert

Malia's Miracles (Devya’s Children: Volume 3) by Julie C. GilbertBlurb

How much is one life worth?

Danielle Matheson faces a difficult decision: helplessly watch Christy’s mother die of cancer or ask Jillian and her genetically Gifted siblings to risk their freedom to save her.

Once committed to the cause, Jillian, Malia, and Michio turn their full attention to fighting the cancer, but more danger awaits them. Defeating the disease and dodging government agents soon become the least of their worries when measured against the race against time to rescue one girl from certain death.

My Perspective

This is the third book in the Devya’s Children series, Ashlynn’s Dreams being the first and Nadia’s Tears being the second.

Having escaped Dr Devya’s compound, Malia is now being adopted into the Davidson family. However only a day after the adoption, Danielle’s friend Christy calls from the hospital because her mother is dying. Jillian, Danielle, Malia and Michio make their way to be with Christy and her sister. However not prepared to just watch and wait while cancer claims its next victim, Danielle asks Malia whether Devya’s children can save her.

Malia’s Miracles pretty much follows on from Nadia’s Tears.

The concepts in this book were quite thought provoking. Having the gifts and abilities to possibly cure someone of disease, do you choose to save them even though you are meddling with the “Space-time Continuum”? I think it dealt with it really well, allowing the reader to explore and decide for themselves.

Both Jillian and Danielle continue to grow more and more and I’m finding that my favourite character is probably Danielle. She’s really relateable (is that a word?) and down to earth. I like Jillian however i think because of her gifts, it is harder to connect with her. It’s hard to not to both like and be baffled by Malia and the others.

Again, as in the previous two books, the story was written as many letters and journal entries compiled together as case evidence to the Devya’s Children project. I have become completely accustomed to the style now having read the previous two books.

In this story, i found it to be even more of a stretch in its believability however again, as it comes under Sci Fi, really anything is possible. There also wasn’t as much explanation of some occurrences as there were in the previous two books, it was more of a “it happened because it could” so i don’t know if I’m just missing something or what.

Overall the story was enjoyable, interesting and thought provoking. I’m really curious to next see where Devya’s children are headed, especially as Danielle is starting college.

I would definitely recommend this book if you like YA and/or YA Sci Fi however it’s probably best for you to read Volume 1 first (Ashylnn’s Dreams).

This review is based on a digital copy provided by the author.


The Reluctant Widow by Georgette Heyer

The Reluctant Widow by Georgette HeyerBlurb

Stepping into the wrong carriage at a Sussex village, Elinor Rochdale is swept up in a thrilling and dangerous adventure. Overnight the would-be governess becomes mistress of a ruined estate and partner in a secret conspiracy to save a family’s name. By midnight she is a bride, by dawn a widow . . .

My Perspective

This is the second book i chose to read from my post Third Lot – And It’s A Lot

The Reluctant Widow is about Elinor Rochdale, a governess who gets in the wrong carriage and ends up marrying a man on his deathbed to prevent the man’s estate from being passed on. However soon her and the rest of the family realise that he may have been involved in a lot more than was thought. And Elinor is becoming more and more worried about her choice in marrying him.

The story was set in the Regency era and so had the feel of a Jane Austen novel. It was quite lengthy and wordy however I really enjoyed it and didn’t find my interest waned at all.

Elinor was easy to like, albeit being a bit tiresome occasionally, however for the era, she was quite witty and sensible. I really liked Lord Carlyon and his brothers – Nicky was a very loveable character. Really, the whole cast was excellently written and you got a feel for exactly what kind of person each of them were.

The book isn’t fast paced however there are a lot of incidents that happen throughout. I was surprised to realise after I had finished the book that only a week had passed in the timeline of the story! The book feels like it was a much bigger chunk of the character’s lives.

The story isn’t realistic or believable however I don’t really think it’s meant to be. It’s a light, enjoyable story that keeps you happily engaged.

Overall I really enjoyed it and I would definitely recommend it those who are looking for a light period fiction.


Outcast Child by Kitty Neale

Outcast Child by Kitty NealeBlurb

It’s the 1950s, in South London, and when Daisy loses her mother, she retreats into a world of silence. To make matters worse, her once-happy home soon becomes a prison when her father remarries. It is only Daisy’s cousin, the naive and vulnerable Lizzie, who brings a little sunshine back into Daisy’s life.

Then things begin to change when Daisy’s father discovers a shocking secret about his new wife – and Daisy finds unexpected happiness in a way she could never have anticipated . . .

My Perspective

This is the first book i chose to read from my post Third Lot – And It’s A Lot

Outcast Child is about Daisy, a young teenage girl who has just lost her mother. Her father remarries soon after and she finds herself being treated from bad to worse by her new stepmother. Only a stay in the country with her aunt and Down Syndrome cousin Daisy, brings her out of her shell. However when she is summoned back home, will she have the courage to stand up for herself or will the situation continue to spiral out of control until she has nothing left?

This story was actually quite depressing.

I don’t know if I liked Daisy but I felt mighty sorry for her. Vera was a hard one because she couldn’t like her for what she was doing except that you knew the exact reasons why she was doing it.

The story was well written and flowed well however like I said, it was depressing and seemed to be just one disaster after another. It wasn’t a very uplifting book. The plot was interesting and it did keep me turning the pages though, wanting to find out how everything turns out.

I think I would recommend this book if you like drama. Definitely not a lighthearted book.


My #Alzheimers’ drama TIME TO LET GO is free today!


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The subject of Alzheimer’s is very close to my heart right now and so I decided to use up all of my remaining free promotion days in KDP and give the book away between February 1 – 4 to spread the message of hope and to raise awareness. Enjoy and Thank You for your support! 

Time To Let Go:

Time to Let Go is a contemporary family drama set in Britain.
Following a traumatic incident at work Stewardess Hanna Korhonen decides to take time off work and leaves her home in London to spend quality time with her elderly parents in rural England. There she finds that neither can she run away from her problems, nor does her family provide the easy getaway place that she has hoped for. Her mother suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and, while being confronted with the consequences of her issues at work, she and her…

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Killer Smile by Lisa Scottoline

Killer Smile by Lisa ScottolineBlurb

A World War II suicide in an internment camp has ominous links to an on-going murder case . . .

Attorney Mary DiNunzio gets a terrifying telephone call while she’s working late, then she finds a shadow lurking at her front door. When a lawyer very close to her turns up dead, Mary begins to suspect that there is a sinister connection with the case she’s been working on . . .

Add to that the fact that everybody around Mary has decided she’s not allowed to be a Young Widow anymore, and they’re fixing her up with blind dates from hell. When a killer comes after her, it’s more than any girl can handle – but Mary isn’t just any girl . . .

My Perspective

This is the last book i read from my post Second Lot

Killer Smile is about Mary, an Italian lawyer who works for Rosato & Associates. She is working pro bono on a case involving a deceased estate however the further she digs, the more the mystery deepens. Soon her involvement becomes unpopular and she starts getting followed and threatened.

I’m in two minds about this book. It had some clear strong and clear weak points.

I mostly liked Mary’s character however there were times when she really did frustrate me. She was very stubborn and one track minded.

I really enjoyed the Italian influence in this story. It added something extra and obviously the talk of food made my mouth water.

The book wasn’t very fast paced. It had some heart stopping moments throughout however the suspense was built slowly.

There was a lot of mystery throughout and it kept me guessing. I did find though that the book was way too long. At the halfway point I felt like it should have been the end. There were some great highlights throughout however there seemed to be a lot of content and it dragged. It might have worked if the story had another main character to break it up a bit however I found it too much the way it was.

Overall it was an enjoyable mystery and I would recommend it however not if you’re looking for a quick, suspenseful, can’t turn the pages quick enough, read.


No More Lies by Susan Squires

No More Lies by Susan SquiresBlurb

Dr. Holland Banks is head of the Century Psychiatric Hospital and president of the Schizophrenia Research Foundation . . . but is she going insane? The rest of the world seems to be. There’s a sniper on the loose, she’s being stalked, her father is conducting deadly experiments, and she’s begun to hear voices: other people’s thoughts. But a man was just admitted to her hospital—one who searched her out, whose touch can make her voices subside. Is he crazy, too, or a solution to her fears? A labyrinth of conspiracy is rising around her, and Holland’s life is about to change forever. Very soon there will be . . . No More Lies

My Perspective

This is the fourth book i chose to read from my post Second Lot

I only made it half way through No More Lies as I was confronted with quite a sex scene so chose not to continue. I will however admit that I was kind of relieved. Why? Well the book, quite frankly, was a little bit boring. Most people would put a book down if it they aren’t finding it interesting however I like to read the whole book before I decide what I think (unless there is sex or too much gore involved). So if there was no sexual content in this book then I would have read it to the end and who knows, it might have been worth it.

However I won’t know, and I don’t care all that much either.

I don’t like to review too much of a book I haven’t completed however i thought it was probably best to tell you why I thought it was a bit boring.

The story felt like there was a lot happening all the time however no one seemed to be really going anywhere. There was also a lot of scientific jargon that I found hard to follow. It was also very unrealistic. Not so much the concept or plot, you can think of that what you will, more how she got away acting like that at her place of work. Also the fact that they had to be constantly touching? I mean, COME ON. Also to be honest the book didn’t make me want to work out the mystery. I wasn’t turning the pages as fast as I could so I would know what the major twist was. It didn’t grab me.

Anyway I don’t want to slide into being mean so I will stop there however I hope the story improved however really it shouldn’t have to improve, it should be good from the start.

If anyone’s read the entire story, I’d love to hear your thoughts! Even if they contradict. I’m not against different opinions (unless you’re mean about it or just blatantly wrong).


Gone Without Trace by C.J. Carver

Gone Without Trace by C.J. CarverBlurb

Human traffic makes no sound . . .

Jay McCaulay receives an unwelcome reminder of her army past when she runs into an old adversary – notorious Mafioso and human trafficker Milot Dumani. She follows him but events take a sinister turn.

Soon Jay is pursuing Dumani back to his homeland. But her mission becomes personal with the disappearance of a young Eastern European girl whose life she once saved. Thrown into the sex trade, Jay is forced to confront a trail of murder, corruption and evil that leads back into the heart of the UK…

My Perspective

This is the last book i read from my post And Then There Were Two…

Gone Without Trace is about Jay, ex army who now works for TRACE, an aid agency that reunites families in war torn Eastern Europe. However soon she is embroiled in much more when she follows a known mafia boss involved in trafficking young girls.

The story was well written and captivating. I read it in about a day and it kept me turning the pages. It was quite gruesome in some parts, however considering it involves the sex trade of trafficking young girls, it is probably expected.

I liked Jay, although she and I are very different so I didn’t connect with her per se. I was a little bit annoyed at Zamira because to me it was so obvious as it’s so common however i appreciated that she wanted to better her circumstances and that was the only way she knew how. I really liked both Tom and Max so I understood why it was difficult for Jay.

Overall I enjoyed the story and i would definitely recommend it to those who like a fast paced, thriller style book.