Dear Anyone by Sue Whitaker @ETAPublishing @etabookclub

Interesting idea

Rosie Amber

Dear Anyone by Sue Whitaker
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Three Point Five Stars

Dear Anyone is a story written in the form of letters between Ava Cunningham, a woman with pancreatic cancer who lives in Swanage in England and a prisoner in the Florida state prison. They are both suffering for very different reasons and find comfort in reaching out and bearing their souls to a complete stranger rather than those closer to home.

Throughout their correspondence their friendship grows ending in them finally meeting and getting a happy ever after ending.

I would have liked to see a wider difference in the writing styles of both characters for this book to work better for me, the prisoner was surprisingly very eloquent for one whose earlier life lacked much education.

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#BookReview ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows’ by J.K.Rowling #TuesdayBookBlog #ccbookreview

Today I’m reviewing the last book in the Harry Potter series. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows” by J.K.Rowling


Blurb (from Amazon):

As he climbs into the sidecar of Hagrid’s motorbike and takes to the skies, leaving Privet Drive for the last time, Harry Potter knows that Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters are not far behind. The protective charm that has kept Harry safe until now is now broken, but he cannot keep hiding. The Dark Lord is breathing fear into everything Harry loves, and to stop him Harry will have to find and destroy the remaining Horcruxes. The final battle must begin – Harry must stand and face his enemy.

Did I like it?

It is certainly not the best book in the series. But at least a good finish to the story. Even if the end is as foreseeable as can be. You have nearly all the revelation you need. Some things are still left unsaid but it works (for me)

What I didn’t like

Why did Harry split up with Ginny at the end of book 6. His reason for it doesn’t make sense. He could use exactly the same reasoning for not pursuing his quest with Ron and Hermione. Which he’s not doing. He has doubts about Dumbledore’s actions and the reasoning behind them. But he still keeps his promise (Not revealing his quest to anyone other than Ron and Hermione) Makes not really sense to me. Why the sons of Death Eaters are at Hogwarts and kind of unsupervised is hard to swallow. Why Dumbledore didn’t reveal Snape’s role to Harry only Mrs Rowling knows.

Would I recommend it?

As a standalone novel books 1 and 2 are working. From book 3 on you need the series. If you’ve read the series, read this one too. I’ve read that the series was written for readers from age 8 on. Maybe the first 2 books. At least not books 5 and 6. 16.5 out of 20 points


Ausone’s notebook, instalment #amwriting #mondayblogs #cats #IARTG

Good Morning Humans. Can you hear that? Can you hear that you hear nothing? Can you hear the silence? No elections, no news from the (future) bad guy. Just calm. Last week there was a bank holiday in the US of A and it seems like everything has calmed down over the weekend. Like the politicians are hibernating? Or preparing something bad in hiding?

Or that the view is simply just euro/western-centric? The war in Syria hasn’t stopped. There are still people dying. In Asia, in a Buddhist country, now called Myanmar, before it was called Burma. There is a minority who believe in something else. They are Muslims thus they are oppressed, used as a scapegoat, they are called Rohingya. The country is lead, at the moment, by someone who received the Noble Peace prize, Aung Sun Suu Kyi. Does she do anything? Just speak out, something like saying: This is wrong, stop it! No, not a word.

Did you hear anything about that? Nope, you’re hearing something about yesterday’s soccer results. That a millionaire run around a circuit with his hyper-expensive car that NO ONE can use on a street. Lucky me, less idiots trying to kill me with a car. Yesterday’s results! If there’s anyone who’s interested in these results. I’m pretty sure he knows already. So, what’s the sense? Do you think Africa, the continent where life originated on this planet, has fallen entirely asleep? That there are no people dying of starvation. That there is not a place where one group is trying to kill another. For completely senseless reasons. Like, for instance group A is believing in another god than group B.  This is only working if there is something like a god. If there is one, he (or she or it) seems to have a very strange sense of humour. Or he/she/it is just a bad person. Your choice. If there is none, all your arguments ‘my god is better than your god’ ‘you are not allowed to make a picture of my god’. ‘If you don’t believe in my god I have to kill you.’ Fall to pieces. You do what then? I’m quite sure you’ll find another reason to kill one another..

Sorry Kitteny, again big words.

On a more personal side note. 2 things.

First, I’ve heard that my humans will spend next Sunday away. Leaving in the morning coming back late evening. And me? And crappy purebred? OK, crappy purebred will sleep the whole day, as he’s doing every day. But me? If I’m back from my morning stroll in time, I will be imprisoned the whole day. Spending the whole day with purebred. No chance to get away. If not, I will have to stay the whole day in the cold. I do not think that I like even one of these two alternatives.

Second, I kind of hinted that my preferred photographer hasn’t taken any new pictures of me. As she’s doing some kind of tailoring as a hobby. And at the moment she’s heavy into making something she calls ‘snood’. She recently did one for a fur puller. As there are no fur pullers here (lucky me). She used ME as a model. And she took some photos of me. Thus in today’s photo you can see me, used as a fashion model for fur pullers. It didn’t hurt, but nevertheless.

Hope that you, at least, like the photo.


See you next Monday



NB: I will not comment on the remarks I’ve had to read of certain people about the dead of the former president of Cuba. Just one thing to keep in mind for these people. Something in Latin: “De mortuis nihil nisi bene”

Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT A SHORTCUT TO MURDER by William Savage @penandpension #HistFic

Hist fic? How could I resist?

Rosie Amber

Today’s team review is from Terry, she blogs at

#RBRT Review Team

Terry has been reading A Shortcut to Murder by William Savage


A Shortcut to Murder by William Savage

4.5 stars

The third murder mystery set in 18th century rural Norfolk, in which the now wealthy and ever inquisitive doctor, Adam Bascom, sets out to discover the truth behind evil doings.

As with the other books in this series, A Shortcut to Murder is filled with delightfully portrayed characters of the time: the chattering ladies seeking marriage for their offspring, girls either fashion conscious and empty-headed, or frustrated by how the society into which they are born places limits on their lives.  There are the village folk, the innkeepers and farmers, all aware of their station in life and suspicious of folk from elsewhere ~ not unlike the Norfolk of some 250 years later.

I do like reading about the…

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Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT THE SORCERER’S GARDEN by @Dwallacepeach #Fantasy

Just for the description of the writer’s thought process alone….

Rosie Amber

Today’s team review is from Jessie, she blogs at

#RBRT Review Team

Jessie has been reading The Sorcerer’s Garden by D Wallace Peach


I have a new belief.

The word “entrails” should not be used more often than necessary, possibly never and certainly not more than once a book.

I’m not sure how often “entrails” was mentioned in The Sorcerer’s Garden but it was, per my new belief, too many times.

I am well aware that not everyone has the same beliefs as me (My own husband, for instance, can not seem to grasp the fact that sheets should never be tucked into the bottom of the bed when you go to sleep or your feet will suffocate in the confined space). To each his own. If you are of the type that does like such things, I have a book here for you that is chock full of amazingly detailed, exciting…

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#FridayBookShare ‘A Zen for Murder’ by Leighann Dobbs #cozymystery #BookReview


Shelley Wilson created the Friday Book Share Game to help search for that ideal novel/author. (Mille fois merci)

Anyone can have a go – all you need to do is answer the following questions based on a book you enjoyed reading (old or new) and use the hashtag #FridayBookShare – Simples!

First line of the book.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb.

Introduce the main character using only three words.

Delightful design (add the cover image of the book).

Audience appeal (who would enjoy reading this book?)

Your favourite line/scene.

I finished the book yesterday and wanted to write a review this morning. While checking my inbox there was a mail about Shelley’s last blog post (HH’s cat). So why not give it a go.

First line of the book.

Claire Watkins tossed a dead rose stem from her spacious garden into the small wheelbarrow just as the sun made its appearance, splashing the blue Atlantic Ocean with a wash of pink.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb.

Tourist season is about to start, and murder is the last thing on the minds of the locals in Mooseamuck Island, Maine … but that’s about to change.

When local psychic Zoila Rivers is found dead at the zen garden, retired police consultants Dominic Benedetti and Claire Watkins are forced to team up to catch the killer. Too bad Claire and Dom don’t always see eye to eye.

But with an island full of locals who all have secrets, Claire and Dom have to put aside their differences in order to solve the case before the police arrest the wrong person and a killer goes free.

Will Claire and Dom figure out whose secret was worth killing for in time to stop the killer from claiming another victim?

Introduce the main character using only three words.

There are two:

Claire-local, emotion based, doubtful

Dominic-not so local, evidence-based, doubtful

Delightful design (add the cover image of the book).


Audience appeal (who would enjoy reading this book?)

Anyone who likes a cozy mystery, there’s even a cat in it

Your favourite line/scene.

Dom laid down his fork with a satisfied sigh as he finished the last bite of a small sampling of Sarah’s ricotta pie. It was creamy and sweet— just the way he liked it. He leaned back in his chair, remembering how his Nonna would sometimes add lemon or chocolate chips to the batter.


Guest Post by Helene Leuschel ~ #author of Manipulated Lives @HALeuschel ~ What is a Mind?

I’m delighted to welcome Helene to the blog today with a very interesting question – what is a mind and how can it create fictional characters? Over to you, Helene….

The answer to the first part of the question may seem obvious to some, a tricky and complicated puzzle for others or a question best solved by a belief in a soul which somehow separates the mind from the body. 

What all may agree on though is the idea that the mind is what enables us to be conscious of the world we live in and to experience it through feelings and emotions, thoughts which lead us to develop a story of our lives. We think about ourselves within a context, certain personality traits and as a person with a past, present and a future. 

When we wake up anew every single morning, we have a strong sense that we…

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