Friday, 26 June 2015

Jo's Review of Under the Stars by Linn B Halton

What They Say:
Katherine Dale’s life is in a state of chaos. 

She has just been made redundant from her job as an accountant and she finds herself with no career, no direction in life and no relationship to fall back on. 

To make matters worse, the one thing that she could always depend on – genius astrological readings from her idol, Mark Ainsley-Thomas – is even beginning to fail her. 

At a crossroads in her life and starting a career as a full-time writer, Katherine cannot believe that the readings from the world-renowned astrologist are failing to guide her through this tumultuous time. 

She sends an email to Mark’s webpage, venting her frustration at the recent unhelpful readings. 

Little does Katherine know that Mark’s busy publicity schedule and his overbearing agent are taking over his life and that he has hired an assistant astrologist, James, to take over the readings. 

James, returning to astrology after a failed business career and disastrous marriage, is also at a vulnerable stage in his life and reacts angrily when he receives Katherine’s emails criticising his work. 

Their heated email exchange reveals the frustrations in both their lives but the reappearance of Mark Ainsley-Thomas helps to smooth this friction over, and Katherine and James begin a tentative friendship which soon blossoms into something much more. 

Katherine, James and Mark realise just how small the world is when their complicated lives become forever entangled. 

Amidst the chaos of their lives, including a cat named No. 4, a local writing group, a difficult ex, an old war veteran named Jake, a potential book deal and a last-minute trip to LA, will there ever be a happy ever after for Katherine and James…? 

'Under The Stars' is a page-turning story of new love and new beginnings. 

'A memorable story'. - Robert Foster, best-selling author of 'The Lunar Code'. 

What I Say:

I would like to thank author Linn Halton for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Katherine's life has been turned upside she never expected to be made redundant as she was so good at her job, the one constant in her life is Mark Ainsley Thomas readings they are always so close to home.

The book is written from Katherine, Mark and James POV and it is intriguing to read it this way and unusual.

As with all of Linn's book's this is a wonderful uplifting read and once I had started I found that I couldn’t put it down and didn’t want it to end.  I loved the email exchanges and hese at times made me laugh out loud.

I loved James and I really felt sorry for Mark as the pressure were beginning to tell and what was why he had turned to James to write his reviews.

As with all of Linn's books, this is really gorgeous read.  I could go into so much detail, but I wouldn't want to spoil anyone's pleasure in reading this.  I loved the astrology theme through the book and it begs a question are our lives ruled by the stars?

5 out of 5 stars

About The Author

Bristol-born Linn B Halton lives in the small village of Lydbrook, which nestles on the edge of the Forest of Dean, in the UK. She resides there with her husband and feline with 'catitude'- Mr Tiggs.

Linn began writing in March 2009 and her debut novel was published in February 2011. In a recent interview Linn was asked about genres:

"From a very young age I knew romantic fiction was always going to be my genre. I am, and will always be, madly in love with love! Whether that's love of life, a partner, or the things I'm passionate about.

My stories are about love, life and real relationships - but romance is always the one thing that holds each story together. Often there's a light, psychic touch and I never dreamed I would write drawing upon my personal psychic experiences. But as my interest and understanding in the subject has grown, it is now such a part of my life that it finds its way into my fictional tales. However, what is heartening is that most of my experiences have been uplifting and it's wonderful to know loved ones are around me always. I hope it will make readers stop and wonder 'What if?'

The result is that I get a lot of mail from readers who have had similar experiences and some are sharing theirs for the first time with me. I always feel that's something rather special and for which I'm very grateful."

Love, life and beyond... but it's ALWAYS about the romance!

Linn is published by HarperImpulse and Sapphire Star Publishing.

Linn is the managing editor of Loveahappyending Lifestyle emagazine.

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1 comment:

  1. Aww ... what a lovely review, thanks so much Jo! I do - actually - read Jonathan Cainer's daily forecast first thing each morning. And, yes, he does make me stop and think sometimes and I have taken his advice on a few things ha! ha! Thrilled you enjoyed it and the sequel is coming in August and I can't wait! Lxx