Book A Day Challenge UK: Day 10 – Reminds Me of Someone I Love – The Lord of The Rings

TUESDAY 10th JUNE 2014

Today’s #BookADayUK is a book that reminds me of someone I love …

The Lord of The Rings.

Lord of the rings

It reminds me of my one and only hubby Mister Wolf.

Lord of rings

He has read the trilogy and absolutely loves them, along with the films.

Despite seeing all the films, I’m ashamed to admit that I am yet  to read these books.

They are of course on my ever-expanding ‘To Read’ list …

Love Missuswolf xxx

 

Christmas Themed Read

TUESDAY 12th FEBRUARY 2013

I know I am a couple of months late (or a fair few months too early depending on which way you look at it) I just wanted to share with you my Christmas themed reads.

In December, I vowed that I would only read books of the festive variety and this is now my new tradition.

Here is what I managed to read to get me in the Festive mood….

LAST CHRISTMAS

Last ChristmasIt’s the most wonderful time of year. Isn’t it? Discover the true spirit of Christmas with this seasonal treat for fans of Love, Actually and The Holiday.

Discover the true spirit of Christmas…

Catherine Tinsall is dreading Christmas. As the ‘Happy Homemaker’ she is an online sensation, but the reality couldn’t be more different. With Catherine’s marriage in tatters, her children running wild and her mother increasingly forgetful, seasonal cheer is running low.

Husband Noel also hides a secret: he’s facing the axe at work. Until he chances upon the village of Hope Christmas, deep in the Shropshire countryside, which could be the second chance he’s searching for. If he can save it from the developers…

In Hope Christmas itself, schoolteacher Marianne Moore is trying to heal her battered heart. But Christmas is a time for families, and memories of what she’s lost haunt her at every turn.

Meanwhile, Gabriel North faces a lonely Christmas but hides his sadness for the sake of his son. Will his wife ever come home? Or does love lie elsewhere?

All four need a Christmas miracle. And it might just happen – courtesy of a mysterious guardian angel … Forced to reassess their lives, will Catherine, Noel, Marianne and Gabriel discover what the meaning of Christmas really is?

An irresistible gift of a tale that will warm the hearts of Christmas-lovers and Scrooges alike…

My thoughts…Enchanting Christmas Story,

December just gone I vowed that I would only read Christmas Stories during that month to really get me in the mood for my favourite time of year. Last Christmas did not disappoint; it was an enchanting tale that flicks between the previous Christmas and the present one, flowing in between the settings of Shropshire, London and Hope Christmas. It was a feel good read that was well written and really got me in the mood for Christmas.

ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS

Twelve days and counting…

It’s Bea’s first Christmas with her baby son, and this year she’s determined to do everything right. But there is still so much to do: the All I Wnat for christmasChristmas menu needs refining; her café, The Honey Pot, needs decorating; and she’s invited the whole neighbourhood to a party on Christmas Day. She really doesn’t have time to get involved in two new people’s lives, let alone fall in love…

When Olivia gets knocked over in the street, however, Bea can’t help bringing her into The Honey Pot and getting to know her. Olivia’s life is even more hectic than her own, and with her fiancé’s entire family over from Ireland for Christmas, she shouldn’t be lingering in the cosy warmth of Bea’s café. Chloe, on the other hand, has nowhere else to go. Her affair with a married man has alienated her friends, and left her lonelier than ever.

But Christmas is a magical time, and in the fragrant atmosphere of The Honey Pot, anything can happen: new friends can be made, hearts can heal, and romance can finally blossom…

My thoughts…

I read this as part of my ‘read only Christmas themed books’ in December agreement I had with myself.
I truly loved this book, especially how it was written in diary format. I related to the character’s straight away and I loved how different they were from each other, yet they were all brought together and fit so perfectly into each other’s lives.
Chloe is the most complex of them with her starting out as a bitch who you really despise (the first meeting Bea has with her I felt my blood boil on Bea’s behalf as she rudely chats on her mobile phone!) But it’s wonderful to watch her character develop and blossom.
The story isn’t all about the joys of Christmas, there is heartache in there that the Author does an excellent job of provoking such emotion from the character to the reader.
I actually read it more or less in time with the counting down of the diary as it starts twelve days before Christmas so it truly added to the experience.
A must read to settle down to on the cold winter nights

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas CarolOne of the best-loved and most quoted stories of “the man who invented Christmas”—English writer Charles Dickens—A Christmas Carol debuted in 1843 and has touched millions of hearts since.

Cruel miser Ebeneezer Scrooge has never met a shilling he doesn’t like…and hardly a man he does. And he hates Christmas most of all. When Scrooge is visited by his old partner, Jacob Marley, and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Yet to Come, he learns eternal lessons of charity, kindness, and goodwill. Experience a true Victorian Christmas

My thoughts…

This was the third book I read in December as part of my Christmas themed reads for that month.
I have seen the film versions (the Disney version was watched year after year when I was younger). As an adult, I really wanted to read this book and it did not disappoint. I have a few Charles Dickens downloaded to my Kindle to explore as we touched upon his writing in my Creative Writing Class.
It is written in such classic English Language which adds the whole Victorian theme and it really is a book that makes you sit back and think, not to take things for granted. Which is a perfect message for that time of year especially.
I will read this every Christmas from now on – it was a pleasant way to round off my reading for not only that month, but for that year.

Love Missuswolf xxx

All I Want For Christmas – Amy Silver

SUNDAY 23rd SEPTEMBER 2012

All I Wnat for christmas.jpg2Continuing on from my Christmas themed reading, I have just finished Amy Silver’s enchanting All I Want For Christmas.

The story follows Bea, Olivia and Chloe as we count down through the twelve days of Christmas. I love the way this is written as it is in diary form using the days as Chapter headings, with little sub headings throughout of times throughout the day and whose life we are peering into and at what time. It is cleverly written, with the character of Bea written in the first person and Olivia and Chloe in the third. They are three very different characters whose lives interestingly intertwine.

Synopsis

Twelve days and counting…

 It’s Bea’s first Christmas with her baby son, and this year she’s determined to do everything right. But there is still so much to do: the Christmas menu needs refining; her café, The Honey Pot, needs decorating; and she’s invited the whole neighbourhood to a party on Christmas Day. She really doesn’t have time to get involved in two new people’s lives, let alone fall in love…

 When Olivia gets knocked over in the street, however, Bea can’t help bringing her into The Honey Pot and getting to know her. Olivia’s life is even more hectic than her own, and with her fiancé’s entire family over from Ireland for Christmas, she shouldn’t be lingering in the cosy warmth of Bea’s café. Chloe, on the other hand, has nowhere else to go. Her affair with a married man has alienated her friends, and left her lonelier than ever.

 But Christmas is a magical time, and in the fragrant atmosphere of The Honey Pot, anything can happen: new friends can be made, hearts can heal, and romance can finally blossom…

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A lovely Christmas read to curl up by the lights of the Christmas tree too with a mug of hot chocolate.

All I Wnat for christmas

Get your copy here.

Love Missuswolf xxx

Cuppa and a Catch Up – An Author Interview with…Kathleen Shoop

SATURDAY 22nd DECEMBER 2012

Cuppa and fireHurrah! Despite what the Mayans said we have survived the End of The World – it’s great to see you all on the other side! So here’s to new beginnings and with that, I would like to welcome back author Kathleen Shoop to my blog whose novel, Love and Other Subjects is out now. 

So get that kettle boiled, grab that cuppa and your favourite biscuits (umm I could just eat a shortbread right now now nom nom) and get all snug as we find out more about Kathleen Shoop and her new novel….

 

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Love and Other Subjects is the  third novel by bestselling Kindle author Kathleen Shoop. Her debut novel, The Last Letter, garnered multiple awards in 2011 as did her second novel After the Fog in 2012. A former Language Arts Coach with a Ph.D. in Reading Education, Kathleen lives in Oakmont, Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.

 

Synopsis of Love and Other Subjects:

Love and Other SubjectsFor every woman who wonders if she chose the right career…

In Love and Other Subjects Carolyn Jenkins strives for two things—to be the greatest teacher ever and to find true love. She’s as skilled at both as an infant trying to eat with a fork. Carolyn’s suburban upbringing and genuine compassion for people who don’t fit effortlessly into society are no match for weapon-wielding, struggling students, drug-using colleagues, and a wicked principal.

Meanwhile, her budding relationship with a mystery man is thwarted by his gaggle of eccentric sisters. Carolyn depends on her friends to get her through the hard times, but with poverty-stricken children at her feet and a wealthy man at her side, she must define who she is. The reality of life after college can be daunting, the road to full-fledged adulthood long and unscripted. Can Carolyn take control and craft the life she’s always wanted?

 
Now start sipping on that cuppa and dunking that biscuit as we catch up with Kathleen Shoop…

Hi Kathie and welcome back! It’s great to have you here and congratulations on the release of the new book! Where did the inspiration behind this book come from?

The inspiration for Love and Other Subjects came from my own experiences during my first two years of teaching. But in addition to all the new teacher escapades in the novel, I also drew from my experiences in doing research during my PhD studies and working in schools across the country for the last 20 years. The scenarios—Carolyn’s, Nina’s and Laura’s failures and triumphs were in some cases exaggerated, but unfortunately some “inspired by real life” situations had to be dialed BACK to be believable. Carolyn’s love life is complete fiction although I had my share of breakups and wondering if I would ever meet the man of my dreams. This romantic plot was a chance for me to introduce some humor to balance the more serious school issues. As far as the plot thread dealing with Carolyn and her friends, that comes from much of what I experienced while living with a group of new teachers, all of us experiencing young adulthood and our first classrooms together. I created Carolyn, Nina and Laura by pulling from all of our personalities (at least six of us!) creating streamlined “people,” and issues rather than having the reader try to keep track of too many characters.  I suppose the heart of this novel—the post-college coming of age theme is as “true” as nonfiction in the sense it captures the unwieldy days after college when people have no idea what they’re doing, but they’re damn sure they’re smarter than you’re appearing to be. I think readers, no matter what their profession, will recall the same feelings that the characters experience.

 How would you compare writing this book with writing your previous books; After The Fog and The Last Letter? MJ2AFTERtheFOG_COVER-FINAL copy

Well, for one thing, this was so much more fun. Though the educational thread in Love and Other Subjects is serious, there’s a lot of levity, facing adversity with humor, seeing characters transform into the people they want to become. So much of what happens in After the Fog and The Last Letter is shaped by a world that Jeanie and Rose are not equip to manage—they are powerless in some ways. Carolyn, due in part to the era in which she comes of age, has the ability to demand the world change, she has the means to carve out the existence she wants because she has an education, she is independent and not yet saddled with family and children. Although it takes Carolyn a while to figure out how to access her abilities, to recognize her strengths, she knows somehow she’ll figure things out. I feel like the historical fiction I’ve written is heavier in nearly every sense. This book is quirky, light, and fun.

last-letter-cover I have read Love and Other Subjects and thoroughly enjoyed it. You had me hooked in the first chapter where I really felt the tension and panic that you built up in that classroom as well as thinking ‘where is the going’ making me really want to read more! What made you choose (without giving too much away) that particular set up as your first chapter?

I’m so glad you liked it, Gemma! That is just the best to hear! I chose to write the first chapter like I did so the reader would know right away what Carolyn was up against every day, but also to show there would be humor in the story, that it would address serious issues with respect, but also with hope and levity. For me, being able to laugh at problems helps me deal with them—it doesn’t mean roadblocks are silly or unimportant, but humor allows me to work through problems that would be too weighty to address otherwise. I think this comes through in the first scene and early chapters. At least, I hope it does.

 I really empathized with your character when having to deal with the principle, Klein, who was a character I loved to hate. His attitude towards Carolyn really wound me up. There was a point where I had a slight wobble towards him, but he inevitably did something equally annoying to change that pity. Who was your favourite character to write?

Well…I loved writing Jeep because he is sort of a fantasy guy in a lot of ways. He had his issues, yes, but I loved that he seemed to “know” Carolyn instantly and fall in love with her and all of her shortcomings. But, really, I have to say I loved all these characters, the students, the teachers because in drawing from real-life experiences I could craft people to suit my needs—who doesn’t love that? But, I agree, Klein’s a great character—he is severely limited in his ability to mentor people, but he has his moments of compassion, that hopefully round him out a bit…but he is a good villian. 

And finally, tell us an interesting fact about yourself.

Well, in keeping with this book, I’d say that I wrote my dissertation and worked on research projects that put me in the homes and lives of children, observing the ways their families used text in throughout their day, throughout their work and play. That type of research offered an inside view of how people’s lives work, it stripped away all I thought I knew about people and where they were coming from. It was incredibly transforming to experience this—to be in the role of the “other” in someone else’s world.

 Thank you for being here today Kathie

Love and Other Subjects

Readers – here is where you can purchase Kathie’s books:

Kindle Edition UK

Kindle Edition USA

You can also follow Kathleen Shoop on Facebook and Twitter @KathieShoop, as well as view her website and blog.

 Love Missuswolf xxx

Last Christmas – Julia Williams

THURSDAY 13th DECEMBER 2012

In the wee small hours of what felt like the longest night shift ever, I finished reading Last Christmas by Julia Williams. Now you see, myChristmas tree locker at work is bursting with books that I have accumulated from my colleagues and recently I decided to pile them in some sort of Missuswolf Order; that order being along my mantra of ‘themed reading’.

Yup, in October I decided to read a Halloween related book and in the process of coming to that decision,  I sorted my locker out whereby I discovered, to my delight, there were three Christmas books in there! Yipee! They instantly got promoted to the top of the pile in preperation to be read in December; Last Christmas being the first victim, which I finished devouring in the early hours.

Synopsis:

Last ChristmasIt’s the most wonderful time of year. Isn’t it?
Discover the true spirit of Christmas with this seasonal treat for fans of Love, Actually and The Holiday.

Discover the true spirit of Christmas…

Catherine Tinsall is dreading Christmas. As the ‘Happy Homemaker’ she is an online sensation, but the reality couldn’t be more different. With Catherine’s marriage in tatters, her children running wild and her mother increasingly forgetful, seasonal cheer is running low.

Husband Noel also hides a secret: he’s facing the axe at work. Until he chances upon the village of Hope Christmas, deep in the Shropshire countryside, which could be the second chance he’s searching for. If he can save it from the developers…

In Hope Christmas itself, schoolteacher Marianne Moore is trying to heal her battered heart. But Christmas is a time for families, and memories of what she’s lost haunt her at every turn.

Meanwhile, Gabriel North faces a lonely Christmas but hides his sadness for the sake of his son. Will his wife ever come home? Or does love lie elsewhere?

All four need a Christmas miracle. And it might just happen – courtesy of a mysterious guardian angel … Forced to reassess their lives, will Catherine, Noel, Marianne and Gabriel discover what the meaning of Christmas really is?

An irresistible gift of a tale that will warm the hearts of Christmas-lovers and Scrooges alike…

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I found this a very enchanting tale of four people whose pathways slowly intertwine amidst the comparisons of laid back village life and hectic city living.

The story jumps back and forth, between this year and last year, dropping hints as to what may have occurred in between for that character to be in a particular situation at that point in time, however the author is careful not to give too much away so as to leave the reader intrigued.

It’s a feel good read that is perfect for snuggling up nice and cosy wrapped in your throw, sipping a mug of hot chocolate as you snuggle down by the Christmas Tree. Perfect for relaxing amongst the chaos of Christmas.

Get your copy here

Now onto my next Christmas read, hmmm what will I choose, maybe I should ask The Christmas Men…

Xmas Men

Love Missuswolf xxx

Jody Gehrman – Audrey’s Guide To Witchcraft

SUNDAY 18th NOVEMBER 2012

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Today I finished my Halloween themed-read, Audrey’s Guide to Witchcraft by Jody Gehrman, a Young Adult novel about a seventeen year old witch in training.

Missuswolf Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft bookcover

Synopsis

Falling in love, baking a magical cake, fighting an evil necromancer–it’s all in a day’s work for Audrey Oliver, seventeen-year-old witch-in-training. When her mother goes missing and her mysterious “cousin” shows up out of the blue, Audrey knows something’s gone horribly, dangerously wrong. Now it’s up to her to get her own magical powers up to speed before everyone she loves is destroyed by the sorcerer intricately connected to her mother’s secret past.

Audrey’s Guide to Witchcraft is more than just a novel; it’s a book of spells, a collection of easy recipes, a charming coming-of-age tale, an enchanting romance, and an action-packed adventure. As Audrey overcomes her insecurities and learns to protect herself against the wicked black magic of her nemesis, she grows into a heroine we can root for–a witch who knows that true power comes from deep within.

A great piece of fantasy

that is poetically written.

What I appreciated the most was the poetic style of writing that the author has, her descriptions and use of language really caught my attention. I loved the flow and rhythm of the sentences which were so beautifully described, the author really has a way with words.

Examples are:

The sun had set but enough light remained to stain the splotchy clouds a beautiful orange (36%)

Buttery moon (41%)

And one of my favourites – totally fab desc:

We looked out over vineyards aflame in red and gold, brilliant fiery swaths of colour draped over rolling contours. The scene radiated peace. I sipped my water and watched the starlings swoop like a team of tiny acrobats. There were so many of them they formed a cloud in the air, one that changed shape and undulated constantly (43%)

Veins throbbed as if filled with ground glass (93%)

There is a great fantasy storyline carried by vivid character’s; such as cheerleader Dallas, who you love to hate, as well as Audrey’s adorable best friend Bridget. I particularly loved the contrast of Audrey’s younger sister Meg to that of her own character.

There is a sequel to the book so the end is left on a pleasant cliffhanger and I look forward to reading more books by Jody Gehrman. Her writing style reminded me of that which is similar to Rosemund Lupton.

Get Your Copy Here  Audrey’s Guide to Witchcraft: Volume 1

Visit her website here.

Love Missuswolf xxx

The Fall of Billy Hitchings (A John Reeves Novel) – Kirkus MacGowan

SUNDAY 28th OCTOBER 2012

I finished reading The Fall of Billy Hitchings (which was a Top 5 Finalist in the Best Indie Books of 2012) yesterday morning all snug in bed whilst the rain washed away the previous nights sprinkling of snow.

Yup – for my international readers the North East of the UK was dusted with a very thin layer of snow on Friday night. Now I do love to sit all cosy with my Baileys and my Cinnamon candle lit and watch the snow fall and I love how picturesque it. However, I do not like trying to drive to work in the damn thing (luckily I didn’t have to). Maybe if one day I could work from home…..

Back to the book –

here’s a synopsis for you to take a peek at:

John Reeves, an ex-Marine, drives to Myrtle Beach hoping to repair a damaged relationship with his fiancée. Instead, he finds her unconscious in the hospital, the victim of an unexplained explosion at a local restaurant.

Reeves meets Billy Hitchings, a teenager who knows more about the explosion than he should. Their questions lead to an ancient legacy best left alone.

Pulled into yet another crossfire, John Reeves fights to protect his friends and keep a primeval power from falling into the wrong hands.

 

Interesting storyline, where the characters get tangled in a web of excitement and adventure, at an enjoyable pace.
I loved how the book was written from different character’s viewpoints throughout; which was easily followed by the characters names used as headings.
It was made interesting by this clever technique as, particularly in the beginning of the book, the different characters and the different scenarios intertwining made for compelling reading.
The plot is an intriguing one surrounding an Ancient Legacy and there are some fast paced action-adventure scenes that really pull you in. The setting of the scene is clever with the character viewpoints changing and eventually connecting.
Congrats to Kirkus MacGowan as well for being a Best Indie Book Finalist.
Read  an Author Interview that was done as part of the Best Indie Book Festival over on the fabulous Sandra De Helen’s blog:
Download your copy from Amazon here
View his website here
Follow him on Twitter @KirkusMacGowan
Love Missuswolf xxx

Project Moses – Robert B. Lowe

SUNDAY 14th OCTOBER 2012

Good Morning Ladies and Gents! I finished reading this book, by a Best Indie Author Finalist, last Sunday.

Synopsis

project-mosesEnzo Lee, 37, a burned out reporter, has forsaken investigative reporting on the East Coast to churn out feature fluff in San Francisco. He likes his North Beach apartment, steps away from his Chinatown roots. Running, tai chi, great food, women who are attracted to his exotic looks. Life is good.

Then, Lee’s comfortable life is shaken when he is ordered to cover the unexplained deaths of a local judge and prosecutor. Intrigued by the connection, and the judge’s attractive niece, Sarah Armstrong,  Lee begins to uncover a bioterrorism scandal whose perpetrators – including government officials and Silicon Valley titans – will kill to conceal.

When Lee and Sarah become targets, the question becomes whether the pair can evade their hunters and piece together the story before their time runs out. Project Moses is set in San Francisco, New York and Silicon Valley. By a Pulitzer Prize-winnng author.

I loved the introduction to this book and the direction it takes you in, from the intriguing courtroom intro to the deaths and then the investigation that follows. It instantly grabs your attention and already clogs start ticking in your mind; why is that happening? How are things connected? Where is this going to go? A great way to open a book.
I liked the use of every other chapter slotted in italics, from some mystery character’s point of view, about what’s going on somewhere behind the scenes – great little teases dropped in that keeps up the suspense and intrigue into the story. I loved the technique of dropping them in every few chapters to deviate from Enzo Lee’s exciting escapade; just as you get swept up in the action, you’re pushed back into another character’s story and it puts the brakes on the pace and makes you stop and think. Very clever. I really enjoyed this book and I thought the theme of biotechnology conspiracies was a great one to tackle

You can read an interview with Robert. B Lowe that was done as part of the Best Indie Author Book Festival right here.

Get your copy of Project Moses here

Check out Robert B Lowe’s website here.

Take a peek at Goodreads here

Follow him on Twitter @AuthorRobBLowe

Love Missuswolf xxx

Lynda La Plante– Silent Scream

TUESDAY 02nd OCTOBER 2012

This past week, we have escaped from the humble abode of our flat to cat sit at my mother-in-laws. This and the fact that the Ryder cup has been on to entertain the hubby has given me the perfect opportunity to catch up on my reading, ploughing my way through Lynda La Plante’s Crime Thriller, Silent Scream.

You can purchase Silent Scream on amazon here

Despite reading other reviews on this with readers not being satisfied with this book, I still enjoyed it.

I do enjoy a good ‘who dunnit’, however I was surprised at Anna Travis revealing a little too much about her case to the character Gordon, a bit of breaching of confidentiality there, but that’s just my logical mind.

The intrigue and story pace did keep me wanting to read the book, which is always a plus side therefore I would recommend this be added to any Crime Thriller Lover’s ‘To read’ list.

Love Missuswolf xxx

After The Fog – Kathleen Shoop

MONDAY 24th SEPTEMBER 2012

In the wee small hours of last night I finished the final 10% of Kathleen Shoop’s After The Fog. I have read this as part of the Best Indie Book Festival; when I was delighted to have been given the opportunity to do an Author Interview with her – featured on my blog Friday 14th Sept.

Over the last sixteen months, I have been really expanding my reading horizons; absorbing books from all genres and Author’s; in particularly Indie Authors.

This was the perfect occasion as I have discovered that I love reading books from different eras, with the backdrop set in the 1940’s in Donora, Pennsylvania surrounding the ‘killing smog’.

The book had a wonderful balance of fact and fiction; following Nurse Rose Pavlesic struggle to care for her patients and balancing it with her family life. It’s nice to see that women had the same guilty balance then as they do now; working hard whilst trying to raise the family the best they could. Sometimes society seems to forget this and that it is the modern woman who invented this. It’s comforting to see that women have been strong characters for longer than what we think.

I loved how Rose’s character was strong and bold; I really felt for her at the beginning of the book and almost experienced her exhaustion that emulates from the story. It is contrasted wonderfully with the character of Sara Clara, whose laziness drives you to irritation in comparison to Rose’s whirlwind life.

There was some lovely imagery throughout the book; even little details conjured up the biggest pictures. One of my favourite’s was the description of Unk recycling the baby jar’s – screwing the lids into the wood on the walls and filling the jars with construction items, then screwing these back into the lids. I could just picture this wall dotted with baby jars containing nuts and bolts.

I almost felt like I was choking along with the residents of Donora as the smoke from the zinc mills gets freakishly trapped by the weather. Another beautiful piece of imagery is the smoke not rising properly and visibly hitting a ‘wall’ in the sky that seems to push its poisonous gases back down to earth. That in itself has me gasping for breath.

Another description I loved was the coal seam trapped inside earth, part of the world but not able to contribute to it. I won’t explain this any further as it may give part of the story away but I thought that was a perfect way to sum that particular scenario up.

As the story unfolds, it becomes apparent why Rose is so controlling and you feel her highs and lows; with all the secrets and lies from within her family colliding together in the height of the ‘killing smog’.

I would recommend this as not only does it have a good story to it, it is also interesting to learn about the ‘killing smog’ of Donora. It is written in such a way that it does not bog you down with facts, they are beautifully woven into the storyline.

You can buy After The Fog in Paperback or download to Kindle here.

Follow Kathleen Shoop on Twitter @KathieShoop.

Love Missuswolf xxx