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Top New 2015 Authors| Top 5 Wednesday

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Top 5 Wednesday
Happy Wednesday dear readers and welcome to another Top 5 Wednesday, covering the top new authors that I discovered so far for the year. I share with you the authors who I am most impressed by their writing style, I have enjoyed their stories and will definitely make an effort to read more of their work in the future. If you are interested in joining us Wednesday-ers, come on over to the Goodreads Group.

Let us dive into it:
Jessica Dotta

A Book Review
I read Born of Persuasion, first book in Price of Privilege Trilogy and I am immensely impressed. In a long time I have not read a book with some much hunger for more. Her metaphors, personification and other literary devices are out of this world. She is one author I am definitely looking forward to reading more of her stories.

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The Cavendon Women [ A Book Review]

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Cavendon Women

For many pages the different point of views (POVs) distracted me with my fancies taking a liking only to Cecily Swann. [Cecily and her lover inspired one of my poems.] I guess it is the author’s way of introducing the characters but it encouraged me to take so many breaks between the first 125 pages. However, I came across this sentence “things were not going to be fine. Storms clouds were gathering over Cavendon and trouble was brewing,” and voila I braced myself for delicious excitement and scandal.

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Ingrid by Lynnette Kraft [A Book Review]

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Book Review What a heart warming and engaging way to begin a novel: the descriptive birth of two babies entrusted with a mission at that early age. With the use of fantasy and the help of illustration at the beginning of each chapter, the author did a terrific work in showing the novel’s aim at forgiving, loving and togetherness both at the family and community level.

I am not a fantasy reader, so I was hesitant about the role of the mystic lights of the Kumbion creatures, however they played a salient part in showing the outstanding people of Scot, although I am still a bit questioning about their appearances. If you are looking for a novel about people living in a community with togetherness, this is the novel. It is a good story for any age, the bad repents and the good heals. It is indeed a feel good story. It is believable [except the Kumbion creature], the time each scene took, reflected on a period of real horse power, where everyone knew each other in the settlement. I felt that when the author allowed the eventual railway construction into Scot, it was a way of spreading Scot love to everyone instead of trapping it within the city. Scot was on the verge of its modernization.

I was disappointed that Ingrid did not attain that extra blessing but since she was ok with the situation, then I should leave it alone. Most times people are hero(ines) not for what they could gain in the end but simply to help the ones in need. The character transformations were so magnificent and touching, it made me wish that I lived in a village like Scot.

Jars of Clay [Book Review]

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Book Review

With excitement I turn to this novel because I just read a story on clays and I liked it, however this novel is a completely different aspect as clay writing goes. A Roman setting is intriguing because I am always curious about the life of people during the Roman Empire.

I love that the author tried to show a view of both the title and servant life. Through Helena, the reader followed a rich compassionate girl free to roam {to the point of safety} but could not decide her fate. Through Felicity, {Helen’s servant} we glimpse the duties of a servant with very little mobility – women were not their own.

The character names ring a Roman bell making the story a more true empire one, the dominance of one brother over another and the uncertainty in being a girl even in a rich home, reflects the times of the empire. The author skilfully showed the patriarchal rule both in public and private sphere, how Brutus word is law and his wife, a mere overseer of household duties. Cassius roam freely, creeping closer to the girl he loved- money allowed him. However, for Lucius although a free young man, he was a servant commoner and interaction with Helena could mean death for him and dismay for his family.When the author shows a love interest between Helena and Lucius, it exposes the difficulty of a bond between a rich girl and a commoner. I like that the author made the meetings between the two charming but full of danger.

It is a lovely story, clean romance which offers some details of life in  Roman city , to know how the love story between Helena and Lucius really ends, I need to read the second part of the novel. The first was intriguing enough for a dive into volume 2.