Wednesday 6 May 2015

ARC Review: Under the Stars by Linn B. Halton

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—her only constant other than her cat delightfully named No. 4—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, and very talented, astrologer James Kingman to help him run his web-site.

When Katherine discovers James has been writing the forecasts, rather than Mark, her life explodes in confusion as the three lives become inextricably tangled. Insecurity, self-doubt, guilt, stress, and frustration, coupled with village gossips and merciless reporters wanting eye-catching headlines leave Katherine feeling vulnerable and in need of guidance.

The stars might be telling her that love is going to feature in her life, but when Katherine finds herself implicated in the headline ‘Mystic Love Triangle’ 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?

Shona's review 4 of 5 stars

This book grabbed my attention from the very beginning, I love Halton's writing style, she just seems to be able to draw the reader in with ease.

While I may read my horoscopes occasionally I read them with a pinch of salt and when I realised how deeply Katherine relied on her daily horoscope I'll admit that I felt like she may have boarded the train to crazyville, and while in the beginning the astrology may have featured a little heavily compared to the rest of the story, it certainly added an interesting touch... not to mention it's the catalyst for James and Katherine meeting.

This book is told from multiple POVs which is a great way to see differing sides of a conversation and allows us the readers to actually see how two people can react differently to the same statements and how their own insecurities dictate how they process the information. I love that the relationship between James and Katherine is a slow building one, I also loved that they didn't exactly hit it off during their first interactions.

This is book is beautifully written, filled with a rather large cast of fully fleshed out characters, even those who only appear for a few pages. If you are looking for a fun easy read that you can lose yourself in for a day or two then this is the one for you.

Author Bio:

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 Choc Lit, HarperImpulse, Endeavour Press and Sapphire Star Publishing.
Linn is also the managing editor of Loveahappyending Lifestyle emagazine.


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1 comment:

  1. Waves and thanks so much, Shona ... love your booky ramblings and really appreciate you taking the time to read and review 'Under The Stars'. I can't wait to see the Endeavour Press cover and it will be on sale shortly - so very exciting. Thrilled that you are the FIRST to review - it means a lot! Lxx


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