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Book Review: Homeport by Nora Roberts

Miranda Jones is a ravishing young lady with an attractive personality. Her family business is all about art and history gallery. So, she is an archeometrist. She lives in Maine with her lonely, alcoholic brother Andrew, and they both crave for parental love as their mother’s paramount priority is family’s business and reputation and apparently love has no place in life. Miranda is called to Italy by her mother to test the legacy of the Dark Lady – a prized Renaissance bronze sculpture of a Medici courtesan. However, her tests are questioned because someone else has already stolen the Dark Lady. This thievery puts her career at stake. Miranda sets to hunt the thief alone, however, on way she meets an art thief Ryan Boldari from Italy. The story flounders between art thievery and family drama, with romance, betrayal, and old sins at the side. The murderer who stole the sculpture and was after her life is none other than one of her aunties, this aunt had an affair with Mira

Author Highlight: Ernie G. Perrault

Ernie G. Perrault was an American novelist. He wrote three famous novels, namely: The Twelfth Mile, Kingdom Carver, and Spoil. He was good at research so he worked for various film projects as well. He was born in Penticton, British Colombia, in 1992; however, he was brought up in Vancouver. He graduated from the University of British Columbia with a BA in Sociology, English Literature and Economics. During World War II, he served for four years in the RCAF. Ernie G. Perrault’s short stories appeared in British, US and Canadian publications and were also translated in several European countries. He used to write poetry, radio and television dramas and documentaries, and musicals for the CBC National Network. For a number of years, he was associated with the Canadian feature-film industry and was involved in the construction of film studious near Vancouver. He wrote several feature-film scenarios. Mr. Perrault worked professionally as a communications and public relations spe

Book Review: Death of Kings by Bernard Cornwell

The king Alfred has ruled over 30 years to build his Christian empire in Wessex. However, he is about to die and the Danes and some traitors from Saxon are waiting to get on the throne. Uthred, the king’s favorite and competent warrior, has to intervene one more time for his old dying lord though he is anxious to repossess his embezzled Northumbrian inheritance. But still Uthred batches up with Edward, king’s son. On the other side, Edward's cousin, Aethelwold, is consistently trying for laying out behind-the-scene conspiracy to do away with Uthred so as to take the throne on his head. Not only this, church authorities are concerned over the acceptance of Christianity if the Danes succeed in taking over the Wessex kingdom. Since churches are always against Uthred because of the king Alfred’s tight attitude towards them. Uthred trusts no one but his lover Aethelflaed, who at the main time of battle delays the Danes in crossing the river at night. Otherwise, if th

Book Review: The Room on the Roof by Ruskin Bond

The Room on the Roof is the first novel of Ruskin Bond. He wrote this novel when he was in England for four years, struggling for both: job and writing. Well, the book is staged against a small Indian town. It covers the events of a teenager English boy Rusty - he is an orphan and loneliness is something that never leaves him. The theme of the story is based on teenage rebellion. Rusty lives in an European colony located in the outskirts of Dehradun with his guardian, Mr. Harrison. The guardian forces a regimented environment over him and often beats him with a cane upon finding him at a mistake. By no way, the guardian was like his father. The story is of 1950s when India was recently gained independence from the Britishers and the matter of racism was very much evident in Mr. Harrison's behaviour since he often told Rusty that going to bazaar means India, Indians epitomize dirt and commotion. He is wary of Indians and their cultures. He wants Rusty to behave

Book Review: In Borrowed Light by Barbara and Stephanie Keating

The novel features stories of three families, Hannah Olsen and her husband Lars own Langani farm, so they are at the center of the story. Else, these three families are closely tied and try to live together amid the turbulent times of independent Kenya, where the black natives do not regard white people part of their country. All three stories run differently, with each entwined in its own troubles and secrets buried deep down in their hearts rarely surfacing to acknowledge each other. Off the main story, Suniva and James’ teenage love story is quite captivating. Suniva is a white girl and James a black native of Kenya. James family history keeps disturbing Hannah Olsen, mother of Suniva. Therefore, she tries all her best tactics to part them but fails in the end. In the end it is revealed why James’ father killed Piet, the brother of Hannah Olsen. On the other hand, Sarah a wildlife photographer, with some dull past, is married to Rabindrah Singh, who tries to cover storie

Author Highlight: Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts is quite an influential American novelist, whose books rarely go down from the New York Times best-selling list. She began her writing career in 1979 when she was confined in home with her two kids for a week because of a blizzard. Since then, in a stretch of a 36-year long career, she has more than 200 titles published under her name. Evidently, she is an amazingly inexhaustible author. And in 1998, eleven of her novels were in the New York Times best-seller list, with four of them achieving the number one position. She believes that writing career is more about self-discipline than facing rejections and mental hardships. Her secret is very simple and open, as she is in love with writing and never feels short of ideas. Being an avid fan of internet, she is thankful to the power of internet and the wealth of knowledge available as she gets all the research material without leaving her home. Nora Roberts has absolutely no plans to slow down or retire from her wr

Author Highlight: C.J. Sansom

C.J. Sansom is a writer divided between war fiction and historical mystery. He was born in a Scotland (Edinburgh) in 1952 and went to the University of Birmingham, from where he did BA and also earned PHD in History. Thus, all his work set in the well-settled historical background – be it a war fiction or the England of 16th century.   Despite his Scottish roots he is known as a writer from Britain.  Before plunging into writing, he was a full-time lawyer practicing in Sussex. Academics in history is a major tool for his writing, he came into limelight with Shardlake series, where he developed a historical character Matthew Shardlake who has been featured in books like Dissolution, Dark Fire, Sovereign, Revelation, Heartstone, and Lamentation. While his war fiction novels include all-time best seller Winter in Madrid, and Dominion, which won him Sidewise Award for Alternate History. In Dominion, he has put that Nazi party has won the WW-II, and in collaboration of SNP is

Book Review: Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Tarzan of the Apes is a worldwide popular novel for its unique story. Though the book is quite racist in its semblance, but it is the overall story of a white boy being raised by apes, makes all the difference. The book was written (around 1910) when colonization was a trend and writers, especially from Europe and America, cared least to unhurt the feelings of native black African people. They generally associated them with slavery, wilderness, uncivilized and so on. They never deemed them up to a standard of being human. Let’s see what’s in the story of this extremely popular book. The white couple John and Alice Clayton is travelling to Africa on a ship. However, the ship sees a mutiny, thus for their safety they are deported somewhere on the African coastal strip. The couple is at a strange place and very much on the edge of dark jungle. They are stuck undoubtedly. Soon, John manages to build a wooden cabin and start living in fear. In a year’s time they are bestowed wit

Book Review: Dissolution by C.J. Sansom

In Tudor England Lord Cornwell Thomas is dedicated to finish the corrupt monasteries. He sends Matthew Shardlake for an investigation in the Scarnsea monastery in Sussex, of South Coast England. Matthew’s predecessor, Robert Singleton, has been murdered in the same monastery. Shardlake’s assistant Mark Poer, a young man for penchant for females, falls in love with a girl called Alice, who helps monks in the infirmary. On his way, Matthew discovers that monks have been involved into selling lands and sexual misconducts. This evidence comes into the picture when the sword (by which Robert was killed) and a young girl’s corpse was found in the marsh in the back of the monastery. The dead girl was accused of running away by stealing gold chalices. But in real she was killed by a monk in a lust for sexual pursuit. Monks’ lives around monasteries have been involved in all aspects that were either forbidden or illegal, such as - sexual misconduct, embezzlement, treason – monks an