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Book Review: Children of Fire by Paul CW Beatty

I read a lot of historical fiction and a lot of thrillers but never have I read a book that combined both genres - until now. Goodreads Blurb Children of Fire by Paul CW Beatty Children of Fire is set in 1841, at the height of the industrial revolution in the North West England. The … Continue reading Book Review: Children of Fire by Paul CW Beatty

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Book Review: Mine by Emily Merrill

*Trigger Warning* This book deals with the topic of domestic abuse. Goodreads Blurb Mine by Emily Merrill Avery and Luke are solid. The love they have is the envy of her friends. So when he joins her at university, she's pretty sure that life can't get much better. But something is changing and when Avery … Continue reading Book Review: Mine by Emily Merrill

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Book Review: The Friendship Key by Winfried Sedhoff

As much as we like to think we can face this world alone, life is much better when it includes friendship. Sadly, it's not something all of us can easily achieve. Luckily, Winfried Sedhoff is here with some good advice so we can at least make a go of it. Goodreads Blurb The Friendship Key … Continue reading Book Review: The Friendship Key by Winfried Sedhoff

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Book Review: In The Wake by Helen Trevorrow

The weather is dark and cold. There is nothing better to do than curl up with a duvet and a good book. Make that book this debut spine-chilling thriller. Goodreads Review In The Wake by Helen Trevorrow When a body is found floating in London's Royal Albert Dock, successful public relations expert Kay Christie is … Continue reading Book Review: In The Wake by Helen Trevorrow

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Book Review: Anxious Anna & the Souls by Daye Williams

Remember my review of Death Train? Well, I'm back with another short story review from Daye Williams. A different sort of story but great nonetheless. BlurbAnxious Anna & the Souls by Daye Williams Anxious Anna & the Souls is a brighter tale & expansive story with stronger themes of Spirituality & Existentialism. Anna is a young … Continue reading Book Review: Anxious Anna & the Souls by Daye Williams

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Book Review: The Rector’s Daughter by Jean Fullerton

It's been a while since I posted a historical fiction review here. How very unlike me. No worries, today's review will right the world again. Goodreads BlurbThe Rector's Daughter by Jean Fullerton Charlotte, daughter of Reverend Percival Hatton, has been content to follow the path laid out for her. Charlotte has an understanding with Captain … Continue reading Book Review: The Rector’s Daughter by Jean Fullerton

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Book Review: Frankie: The Woman Who Saved Millions from Thalidomide by James Essinger, Sandra Koutzenko and Sir Harold Evans (Foreword)

You may have noticed from reading Joyful Antidotes that there is a distinct lack of non-fiction reviews published. There is a simple reason for that: I don't get along with non-fiction books. I often find them tedious to read and would rather learn about a topic by watching a documentary or via a fictional story. … Continue reading Book Review: Frankie: The Woman Who Saved Millions from Thalidomide by James Essinger, Sandra Koutzenko and Sir Harold Evans (Foreword)

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Book Review: Death Train by Daye Williams

I'm fussy when it comes to short stories. It takes a lot to impress me. But when one does... well, I like to share it on Joyful Antidotes! Goodreads Blurb Death Train by Daye Williams Upon a grand spiritual train that delivers/commutes dead beings into the Underworld, a mysterious passenger cloaked in an enchanted veil … Continue reading Book Review: Death Train by Daye Williams

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Book Review: Not Me by Marianne Dissard

*Trigger Warning* This book deals with anorexia and bulimia. Blurb Not Me by Marianne Dissard French chanteuse Marianne Dissard recorded and toured with members of alt-Americana bands Giant Sand and Calexico. Her own desert noir chanson plays effortlessly with contradictions: tender, yet abrasive; melodramatic, but vulnerable; comical and heartbreaking.  Equally so her first book, Not … Continue reading Book Review: Not Me by Marianne Dissard

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Book Review: Strange Secrets by Mike Russell

It's Halloween. Strange things are in the air. Like this quirky collection of short stories. Goodreads Blurb Strange Secrets by Mike Russell Discover the mystery of the two-headed rose and many more Strange Secrets in this new collection of extraordinary stories by Mike Russell. 'It can't be real.' 'But it is.' Strange Secrets invites you … Continue reading Book Review: Strange Secrets by Mike Russell