18 September 2014


On this 100th anniversary of the Great War (1914-1918), I found myself reading the first book in a trilogy called ThePassing Bells by Phillip Rock. (First publishing in 1978.)

Set in both England and France this story opens during the summer of 1914 when the rumblings of the war to come is evident.  Nevertheless, Anthony Greville, 9th Earl of Stanmore and his family continue on with their privileged lives at Abingdon Pryor.  Alexandra Greville is embarking on her debutante season and her brother Charles is hopelessly in love with Lydia Foxe, the untitled daughter of an influential businessman.  Martin Rilke, a cousin, arrives from America with plans to spend the summer touring England.  Little do they know that the very fabric of their lives is about to change forever helped along when many of their servants leave to serve at the front.

This is a moving story with fictional characters interwoven with historical personages and events.  The reader is taken from the English manor house into the trenches in France to witness the depredation and misery endured by those who fought.  So many brave young men who went “over the top” perhaps to die minutes later, mowed down by machine gun fire as they ran toward the enemy through the mud encrusted landscape.  Over 16 million died - 20 million were wounded.  A whole generation lost.

Phillip Rock (1927-2004) was born in Hollywood, California.  He spent his younger years in England with his family until the blitz of 1940.  His adult years were spent in Los Angles.

Other books in this trilogy:-  Circles of Time and A Future Arrived.

14 August 2014


by Tony Riches

If you are wanting to build an author platform but don’t know where to start, this book by Tony Riches will set you on the right path.  It features each of the major media platforms including Twitter, Google+, Goodreads, Facebook, Pinterest, Linkedin and YouTube with 10 top tips for using each.  Also included are chapters on how to develop your blog, how to set up your Amazon author page as well as information on free book promotion sites.

All in all, I’d say it’s a must for your writer’s bookshelf!

Tony Riches lives in Pembrokeshire, UK.  A prolific writer, he has authored a number of books besides How To Build Your Online Author Platform.  These include Warwick:The Man behind The War of the Roses and Atlantis-The Final Space Shuttle Mission.  You can view these titles and more on Tony's Amazon author page at:-  http://www.amazon.com/Tony-Riches/e/B006UZWOXA

3 August 2014


by Leah Fleming

Leah Flemming has written several novels among them The Captain’s Daughter and The Girl Under the Olive Tree.  The Postcard is her latest work.

Set in present day, South Australia and London, UK, the reader is quickly transported back in time to 1923 and post WWI Britain.  There we meet Caroline (Callie) Seton-Ross and her Aunt Phee at Dalradnor, their home in the wild moors of Scotland.

Dalradnor is where Callie starts her fascinating and sometimes frightening journey through a life of not only privilege, but impoverishment and suffering.  Through it all, however, one thing keeps Callie going, the thought of her son, Desmond.

There are several wonderful sub-plots to this fascinating story all woven into the main plot with the skill of an accomplished writer.  The reader can look forward to a fascinating and enjoyable read travelling page by page through both countries and time, not to mention the mystery behind “the postcard”!

The Captain's Daughter Book Review