Friday, September 25, 2015

Quintessentially Yours

Quintessentially Yours

(The sequel to Under the Stars)

Genre:Chick lit/romcom
Release Date: 5 August 2015
Publisher: Endeavour Press

This sequel can be read as a standalone novel.

Katherine Dale lives her life according to her daily horoscope forecast. Having recently hit forty, Katherine is living with her partner, James Kingman, and their delightful little six-month-old daughter, Leyla. James is an up-and-coming name in astrology and that’s how they met. 
At a party to celebrate the publication of Katherine’s first novel, James was about to propose when Katherine announced the news that she was expecting a baby. ‘Ask me later, when I can fit into my dream dress’ she’d told him.

Wind forward thirteen months and while there is an engagement ring on Katherine’s finger, James still can’t mention the ‘m’ word. Leyla suffers from colic and won’t settle into any semblance of a routine. The lack of sleep is taking its toll on them all. James is at his wits’ end trying to cope with his increasing workload, while handling a hormonal woman who feels like an abject failure. And then there’s his boss, who has designs – on him!

With feline help from No. 4, plus a little timely advice from old postman Tom and neighbour Ed, can James and Katherine’s love for each other survive all of the challenges that life is throwing at them? Will there ever be time to plan that dream wedding?

This is a love story, a domestic drama, a lesson in interpreting the planets alignment and the tale of a long walk toward commitment. James and Katherine and Mark are still a threesome of sorts - not in the way that sells tabloid stories, but their lives are inseverably connected. 

James followed in his father's footsteps to become an astrologer, which introduced him to world-reknowned astronomer/astrologer Mark Ainsley-Thomas. After all, there are not a lot of job openings with promise for astrologers.
Katherine is a woman who, from an early age, checked her astrological horoscope daily to choose her life's path. She believes in and had been following Mark for nearly 30 years and through the website he shares with James, Katherine became involved with them both. James is now her life partner, father of her colicy daughter, but Mark is a large part of their lives also.
Then there is Phillipa- the astrology website's business manager. She is very good at her job, without any real interest in astrology and is necessary to keep Mark's life organized. She takes on some of the duties Mark's wife handled before her shocking premature death.  Phillippa is also used to getting her way and whatever she wants. For now, she wants James.

There is a ton of conflict and tension in all aspects of the story.
Katherine is a talented novelist but is afraid her sales resulted more from the tabloid stories about the presumed love triangle with her, James and Mark. She loves being a mother but it does not come easily to her. Her second book did not sell well, and she is having doubts about her life and skills.
James also has some insecurities and while offered a wonderful partnership opportunity, he half expects it to fall apart. He wants to marry CK, but also fears Phillippa will create havoc in several areas of his life.
Mark enjoys his success but feels life is moving forward without him, he is missing out on all life has to offer. 
Besides wonderful atrology information, we also learn about the publishing industry and valuable lessons on publicity and social media.
There are strong themes of loyalty, trust and integrity.
If you pay attention, while you are enjoying the banter and conflict, you may learn a few life lessons.
This book reads well as a stand alone but the characters are so likeable I bet you will want to read the first book as well.
I did receive this book in exchange for an honest review.

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 hadsimilar 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. Ah, Laura, what a lovely review - thank you so much! They are characters that were such a joy to live with through the two books and they literally wrote it for me ... I feel like a scribe, who was entertained by their rollercoaster ride! Thank you SO much for being a part of the tour, much appreciated! Lx


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