I have a little list (Coming Up) that shows my reading schedule One that I try and stick to. On this list, I add books I’m reading for collaborations, review copies and books I occasionally slot in that I’ve wanted to read for a while. This month I’m trying to read more Author Review Requests, so when I found myself on several train trips the past weekend I decided to read the first two recent author review requests I had. I try to review indie books when I can. I’m always open to reading new things. However, I always tell the author that I can’t promise to read it ASAP. I try and fit it in with my already busy reading schedule.
I thought I’d do a mini-review of the two books I read this weekend.
The Traveller by Garrett Addison:
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Sometimes to get the measure of your life you just need a break from being yourself.
A family man struggling in his pursuit of a work/life balance embarks on yet another trip at the whims of his tyrannical bitch of a boss. But on this trip he is a world apart from his usual self. Suddenly confident, capable and unafraid of his manager, reclaiming his life becomes less about corporate advancement and satisfying his ego than outright revenge on his boss. With nothing but success in his wake and seemingly limitless potential at his disposal, being coerced to work with his nemesis in a remote corner of the world provides the opportunity for not just a confrontation, but a final solution to what he sees as the bane of his life. Succeed or fail, either way this trip will be the making of him or the end of him.
Sometimes to get the measure of your life you just need a break from being yourself… because nothing lasts forever.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started this book. Especially as in my correspondence with the author, he mentioned that it’s a book that can’t be pigeon holed into one genre. Having read the book, I completely agree. It would be hard to categorise it, as it has elements of several genres within its pages. I have to admit, I found it incredibly dry to begin with, which I’m sure some people might struggle with, but it’s worth persevering with.
The Traveller is a book that is character driven. I think Garrett Addison has created an intriguing character. At first, I thought I was just going to be reading about an average man with nothing really happening, but the character grows as the book progresses. The story becomes eventful. Despite the shortness of the book, the story isn’t fast paced. It builds slowly. The Traveller is certainly a different read, but it’s light, interesting and has a good amount of character development.
Venice by Moonlight- Elizabeth McKenna
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After her husband’s untimely demise, Marietta Gatti is banished from the family’s villa by her spiteful mother-in-law. She returns to her hometown of Venice and her only kin—a father she hasn’t spoken to since her forced marriage. Her hope of making amends is crushed when she learns she is too late, for he recently has died under suspicious circumstances. Grief-stricken, Marietta retraces her father’s last night only to discover someone may have wanted him dead—and she may be next. When the prime suspect turns out to be the father of the man she is falling in love with, Marietta risks her future happiness and her life to avenge the death of a man she once hated.
Elizabeth McKenna’s latest novel takes you back to the days of eighteenth century Carnival, where lovers meet discreetly, and masks make everyone equal.
It didn’t take me long to become absorbed in this story by Elizabeth McKenna. I thought it started off incredibly well, and I found myself engaged with the story. I really liked Marietta and felt for her, having to deal with her husband Dario, who doesn’t come across very well at all. Marietta is married off against her will to a man that’s a drunk, that beats her and beds the younger servants without being discreet about it at all. His mother isn’t very nice to Marietta either. When Marietta’s husband dies, she intends to go back to Venice and live with her father. She meets Nico along the way and a new adventure begins.
I did enjoy reading Venice In The Moonlight but I felt like the ending came quite quickly. I would’ve liked to have a much more rounded ending. I really liked the writing style of the book and I think historical fiction fans would enjoy this book.
For both of these books I was provided with a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my opinion of the books.