Review: The Quintessential Gemini by Linn B. Halton

Today I have a treat for you.  I am reviewing a book by Linn B. Halton called The Quintessential Gemini.  This was a fun read that was both comical and fun.  This is the second book I have reviewed for Linn and I can’t say enough about what a great writer she is.  I can’t wait to read the next by her.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.

18622929Book Blurb:

For twenty-one years, the focus of Katherine Dale’s life has been her work. Love interests and hobbies came and went, but what has always been there for her was her nine to five habit. Until she’s replaced. With her confidence dented, Katherine is angry at life and at herself. She’s ignored hints of “changes to come” in her horoscope forecasts, written by the wonderful and renowned astrologer, Mark Ainsley-Thomas. Mark is now an “A” list celebrity in the UK and his new Agent is determined to raise his profile in America, so he has to take on the new, but talented, astrologer James Kingman to help him run his web-site. Katherine lives her life according to her daily horoscope. When Katherine finds James has been writing her daily horoscopes rather than Mark, Katherine’s life explodes in confusion and, unexpectedly, love as the three lives become inextricably tangled. Now Katherine has to learn that the stars might be telling her that love is going to feature in her life, but when Katherine finds herself implicated in the headlines ‘Mystic Love Triangle Surprise’ she’s just as surprised as everyone else None of the men in her life are love interests – so what exactly does fate have in store

Review:

When Katherine Dale’s life is turned upside down by losing her job she immediately consults her horoscope to help give her an idea of what do.  It is at the same time that Mark Ainsley-Thomas, world renowned astrologer, takes on some help with the daily horoscopes due to his new intense schedule.  When James Kingman takes over the daily horoscopes for Mark he doesn’t realize that criticism that will come with it.  When Katherine notices her horoscopes start not making as much sense she decides to email Mark and soon discovers the reason her horoscopes are different is because now James is writing them.  What Katherine and James don’t realize at first is they have already met and didn’t really like each other.  As James and Katherine communicate they find they like each other.  While James and Katherine’s relationship is growing, Mark soon comes into Katherine’s life and with a meddlesome reporter twisting every little thing the three are thrust into a scandal that will reach across the sea into America.

I really enjoyed this book.  It was fun and very clever.  I thought it was very interesting bringing in the astrology portion of the story.  Personally, I enjoy astrology and found its presence in this book interesting.  The three characters were very well written.  I liked how each chapter had a characters point of view.  Katherine and James had a very naturally developed love story that just grew.  The addition of Mark was important for the story to move forward and his insight into both characters was great. Overall, I really enjoyed this unique story told in only a way Linn can do it.  This was definitely a breath of fresh air with many of the cookie cutter love stories out there.  I can’t wait to read what Linn comes out with next.

Fresh Face Friday: Never Alone by Linn B. Halton

Happy Friday Everyone!  Hope everyone has had a great week and looking forward to a wonderful weekend.  A weekend where we can celebrate Father’s whether they are biological, adoptive, animal or any other type of father figure.  So to kick of a hopefully wonderful weekend for everyone I am spotlighting Linn B. Halton and her book Never Alone.  If you are a follower you know that I review a lot of books.  There for I have seen just about everything.  But, I must say Linn B. Halton surprised me with her ending.  It was a wonderful ending that you aren’t expecting.  Be sure to check out the rest of my review after the book blurb.  And, for all of the Children, Grandchildren and Pet children be sure and go give that father figure in your life a great big hug and wish them all a Happy Father’s Day!

16281165Book Blurb: (Courtesy of Goodreads)

Life is all about the choices we make…

Holly is the envy of all her friends; she has lived with the gorgeous Will for five years. She supported him whilst his IT company grew and a life split between homes in the UK and Los Angeles beckons, offering them a glamorous and exciting lifestyle.

A series of terrifying encounters unleashes an inherited psychic sensitivity within Holly and she begins to wonder whether the path she’s on is the one she’s destined to take. The thought of hurting the people she loves the most causes her to bury her emotions, until fate takes a hand. Suddenly her perfect life begins to unravel…

“It’s a gift to be shown something that allows you to make a difference and alter the outcome of someone else’s life. However, the weight of the responsibility that goes along with that is huge and what about the ethics? The thing I have to ask myself is how did my actions change the future?” Holly Elizabeth Atherton

Review:

Never Alone begins with meeting Holly Atherton.  Holly is a twenty something living a very good life with her boyfriend of five years.  Both are in lucrative careers and they have the world before them.  That is until Holly, who has always been naturally intuitive, experiences something so strong while showing a house it frightens her.  This extremely strong psychic experience starts Holly down a path she was not prepared to go down.  She begins to be intrigued by her experiences that grow by the day and this throws a huge obstacle in her boyfriend’s and family’s plans.  Though she explores this portion of her life she begins to see her life in two parts.  This is a challenge.  Her life that was once perfect gets more and more complicated.  She doesn’t even know if she wants to continue down this path or divert to a new and unknown path.  If Holly does choose to leave the comfort and success of her planned  future to something unknown is she ready and able to make that choice?

I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  It really drew me in.  It was like a little roller coaster.  Every time Holly learned something new about herself you really could empathize with her.  Holly was so well written you could easily find yourself stepping into her shoes.  I have to say I loved her friendship with Celia.  She is the best friend all women want.  I liked Will at first but no amount of 6 pack abs could make you overlook his severe personality problems.  I also enjoyed the settings.  How the story moved  to different places in England then highlighting the differences between England and L.A was fantastic.  Overall, I really liked this book.  It was a good story with a wonderful twist in the end.  And no amount of twisting my arm will make me give it away.  Go out and read it!  You will love it just like me.

4619822Author Bio: (Courtesy of Goodreads)

A Loveahappyending Lifestyle feature editor http://loveahappyending.com.

Life is a journey; it seems long but in reality it flashes by in a series of moments and memories. I have found that age does bring a kind of ‘wisdom’. Hopefully I have learnt lessons over the years from the mistakes I have made and the personal tragedies and triumphs that have littered the path I chose to wander. Were there shortcuts on the way? Very often there probably were, but whether I recognised them or simply sidestepped them, unwilling to be deterred from the path I had in my sights, I can’t honestly say. What I do know is that the path I have travelled is my path, chosen by me, unique and often obscure, reflecting personal traits I cannot hide; for they make me the person I am today.

Sharing ones’ written work is a dual edged sword; bitter sweet. It can feel as if you are baring your soul and you have to trust that the people you end up sharing those words with, will understand that. The more you write, the wider the audience you seek. When I write my aim is simple; I seek to strike a chord in the reader’s heart. So many books have inspired me throughout my life and the joy of reading and becoming entranced in a story that unfolds before my eyes, will always rate higher than chocolate on my ‘secret pleasures’ list.

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