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Giveaway: It Never Was You


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acuteANGLE Books are giving away three copies of It Never Was You for my lovely, lucky readers. Simple entry, just fill in the Rafflecopter form (linked below). Now open internationally. Please let me know
In comments which version you would like.

You can read my review of It Never Was You here

Please note theform says the paperback is only for UK entrants, this is no longer true. Anyone can enter

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It Never Was You- William E. Thomas


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I read this book as part of the It Never Was You blog tour. Shorty after this post I will be posting a giveaway of It Never Was You, and tomorrow Mike Harris, publisher and editor of The Cyprus Branches will post a guest post.

It Never Was You is the second book in The Cyprus Branches trilogy. You can read my review of the first book, Pegasus Falling.


Synopsis (from amazon)
Harry Williamson is an ex-merchant seaman, a successful businessman and a loving family man. When he disappears from a ferry in the middle of the Irish Sea, his grieving family are left with more questions than answers.

Who on earth is Mary Robinson?
Why did Harry leave her a small fortune in his will?
Had he been unfaithful to his beloved late wife, Lesley?

As they delve into his past, they discover he’s been harbouring a secret which threatens to tear apart the very fabric of their family history.
What unfolds is the heartbreaking story of a quiet, middle class merchant seaman and his unexpected, tragic relationship with a beautiful and exuberant waitress from the Liverpool docks as they struggle to reconcile their feelings for each other with the ever changing attitudes of post-war Britain.
The follow up to the acclaimed Pegasus Falling, It Never Was You continues Thomas’s epic and panoramic saga of how ordinary people coped with some of the most extraordinary and devastating events of the 20th century.

Review

I listed the previous book in this series, Pegasus Falling, as one of my top ten indie books a few months ago, so I was looking forward to finding out what happened next.

At first I found it rather difficult to make links between Pegasus Falling and It Never Was You. Part of that I think was that there was quite a gap between my reading of the two books. It’s not something which really effected my reading of It Never Was You. At the time when it really mattered that there was a link it was explained. In some ways it was better that I didn’t remember, because it made things more of a surprise. Maybe it says something about the way I read, I didn’t even make some connections which were within the book, but that just made things much more emotional when they were revealed. It might not be me, one link which turned out to be quite important was related to something earlier on that you may not find significant.

I must admit I felt more attached to Pegasus Falling. It had a bit more historical drama which I enjoyed. However It Never Was You struck me as being more emotional, and I think it will stick with me for longer.

I don’t think it’s really essential to read Pegasus Falling before It Never Was You, but it does lend something extra to the story.

4/5

Buy it:

Kindle (£1.99)

Paperback (£8.99)

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Top 10 Indie


Top 10 Tuesday is a meme hosted every Tuesday at The Broke and the Bookish where bloggers compile lists of different top 10s. This week it’s free choice

Top Ten Indie Authors/Books

I think as bloggers we are in a great position to promote indie authors. Unlike professional reviewers we can read whatever we want and that means we can more easily review lesser known authors and books. I have read some great indie authors (and let’s face it, some not so great ones!). I’m not sure if I can make 10 but for once they are sot of in an order of preference, 1 being first of course!

1) Scott StabileIf you’re a regular reader of this blog you may well know how much I love Scott Stabile’s Brooklyn Bites series of short stories. I’m not a big reader of short stories but I adored these. The descriptions of food and sense of relationships are particularly good. Read my reviews 1, 2, 3. Stabile has also co-written some children’s stories, a children’s film, a crime show, has a full length novel in the works, and plans for a further volume of Brooklyn Bites (does this guy ever sleep?).

2) Linda Gillard I first encountered Gillard as a published writer but she now self-publishes as she often find publishers want to pigeon-hole her books a bit. Her last 2 (possibly 3, although I have a feeling one had been published before?) novels were completely self-published (House of Silence, The Glass Guardian, possibly Untying the Knot), and her first three (A Lifetime Burning, Emotional Geology, Star Gazing) were ‘professionally’ published in the past. My favourite is A Lifetime Burning, closely followed by House of Silence.

3) That Day in September- Artie Van Why  this 9/11ir is incredibly moving without a shred of self-pity. It’s not easy to read in an emotional sense but it’s one of those types of books you should really give a try to. That Day in September was originally written as a play (which has been preformed off-Broadway) before it became a book.

4) My Dead Friend Sarah- Peter Rosch A crime/mystery novel with a bit of a twist, My Dead Friend Sarah follows a man who attempts to prevent the abduction and murder of a woman he has dreamt about. It’s a novel I can see appealing to a wide variety of readers and is one of the most professional self-published novels I have come across.

5) Pegasus Falling- William E. Thomas: essentially Pegasus Falling is a war novel, however it is more of a novel about the effects of war than about the war itself. There is also a love story element which has some messages about love. Pegasus Falling is the first book in The Cyprus Branches Trilogy, the second part It Never Was You is due out later this year.

6) 27- R.J. Heald This novel has an air of One Day around it which could make it very popular, but I actually preferred it. A perfect one for 20-somethings.

 

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