The House of York by Terry Tyler

Publisher: Self Published

Publication Date: 19 October 2015

“Widowed single mum, Lisa Grey, and wealthy businessman, Elias York, are young and madly in love. A recipe for happiness? But Lisa is marrying into a complicated family. Her new sister-in-law doesn’t want to know her. Middle brother Gabriel’s marriage suffers under a cloud of infidelity and gambling debts, while the youngest, Richard, keeps his dark secrets well hidden—and his wife suffers in silence.

Lisa and her mother are bonded by their powerful intuition, but dare not voice their fears about York Towers—or certain members of the family…

Love and loss, abduction, incestuous desires and murderous intent form the basis of this compelling saga in which horrors float just beneath the surface, to bring forth a shocking outcome.”

MY REVIEW

Firstly I’d like to thank the author for sending me this eBook to read and share my thoughts. I have previously read and enjoyed some of Terry’s other books (reviews here) so I was looking forward to this one.

When I found out that this storyline was about a modern-day family but loosely based on events that took place during the War of the Roses, I was intrigued. I think it gave the book an extra twist of reality.

There were parts of Lisa’s life that I could really relate to and I feel this helped me connect to the storyline quicker than normal. In particular was her greatest ambition to be a wife and mother – it’s not often I hear others admit to that (although I’m happy to admit it to anyone who wants to know), even in books! This is something that stands out for me about Terry’s writing, it’s refreshingly honest and easy to read.

The complexities of York family life, and all their vices, were beautifully described and created vivid pictures in my mind. Each character brought something different to the storyline and held my interest completely.

There were some scenes of an uncomfortable nature but, in my opinion, the author handled them carefully and with skill.

A completely unexpected twist towards the end literally left me sat there with my mouth open and goosebumps on my skin.

This was a fascinating read with a fab set of characters who stayed on my mind even when I wasn’t reading! An easy 5 stars from me.

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What It Takes – Terry Tyler

what it takes

“A tale of three sisters…

Karen Kavanagh has spent her life feeling like the runt of the family.

Her two elder sisters, domestic goddess Ava and salon owner Saskia, are mini versions of their mother, a gorgeous Danish beauty. Karen has inherited her father’s droopy, dull brown hair and long nose – pitted against two Scandinavian sauna babes, she feels like Cinderella in reverse.

Danny Alvarez doesn’t see her like that. He thinks she’s wonderful.
Lots of women want Danny, but Danny just wants Karen.
He pursues her with the devotion of a stalker – but she pushes him away. Then she realises what she’s done…

Set in Norfolk, Terry Tyler’s sixth novel, “What It Takes”, is a story of insecurity, jealousy, sibling rivalry, love and loss, and the games people play in the search for love – because if you love someone with all your heart you’ll do what it takes to make them yours…”

Firstly I’d like to thank the author for sending me this eBook to read and give an honest review.  I have previously read and enjoyed other books by Terry Tyler and you can find my reviews of these here.

The prologue didn’t give much away but it thoroughly intrigued me and left me wanting to know more! Ava then began the introduction of her interesting family which consisted of three sisters and their mum.  Karen (one of the sisters) was someone who grabbed my attention; she felt like the odd one out of the three girls and I have to admit that I could kind of see why.  By the time I had finished reading about the ups and downs of their lives I felt like I knew them all personally, I believe that the authors natural writing style had a lot to do with this.

My opinion of Karen changed throughout the book, there were times when I was concerned for her and times when she annoyed me – her snobbery over Danny’s intellect was one of those moments.  I constantly felt curious as to where her behaviour would lead her.  There were hints of something that had happened during Karen’s school days and I couldn’t wait to find out what it was – when all was revealed I have to admit that it wasn’t what I had been expecting and felt that it showed a worrying side to her character.

I was pleasantly surprised when the storyline switched to Danny’s point of view, he seemed like a bit of a lost soul to me at the beginning and there were times when my heart broke for him.  I was confused by some of his actions where Karen was concerned though and it wasn’t until the end that I was able to look back at those moments with fresh eyes (this will make complete sense if you read it :)).  The supporting characters were strong and I enjoyed reading about them just as much as the main characters.

A huge twist in the storyline towards the end really surprised me, I absolutely hadn’t seen it coming! This led to lots of complications and hidden truths being revealed, some of which I had figured out and others that surprised me once again.

Self-image was an important part of this book, Karen thought very poorly of herself and at times I wanted to reach into my Kindle and give her a shake!

This was another enjoyable read by Terry Tyler, relationships with both family and lovers were nicely dissected in this tale of love, regrets and secrets.

What it Takes can be purchased from:

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The Other Side – Terry Tyler

The Other Side

“Decision time. Left or right? Mr X, or Mr Y?

Imagine being able to find out what would happen if you’d chosen the other path…  Would you make the same decision?

…and, if you could, would you go back and change all the mistakes you’ve ever made in the name of love?

Glamorous Katya is certain she can “have it all”, but forgets that some people have long memories…

Cathy is trapped in a tedious marriage with the in-laws from hell – but why did the rock-chick marry Mr Pipe and Slippers?

Alexa fears that a ‘friend’ is trying to steal away her perfect life – everyone dismisses her fears as paranoia…

…while Sandie struggles with a drink problem and life spiralling downwards – but which came first, the drink or the problem?

Four very different stories – but they are all connected.”

I was lucky enough to win this eBook from a giveaway on Sooz’s Journal.  After reading and enjoying You Wish (review here) by the same author I was looking forward to starting.

The characters involved in this story all had issues that were troubling them, their lives had taken a wrong turn at some point and as I was taken back in time (something I loved because it was very different) I was able to piece everything together.  It highlighted the choices people make and how those choices can affect the rest of their lives – I found it fascinating to think back on some of my own choices and imagine how different my life might be if I had taken a different path.  I’m pretty sure everyone has thought about this at some point in their life.

There were times when I found it difficult to remember who was who because there was so much going on – concentration was definitely needed whilst reading this book.

An interesting twist came along later in the story which made me think back to everything I had already read and look at it all from a whole new perspective, this was great because I really hadn’t expected it!

The author tackled real life issues with ease, I think most people would be able to relate to someone or something in this story and that is what made it so interesting.  The epilogue was fantastic because it wrapped everything up beautifully and I finished the book with a smile.

This was a clever book that really got me thinking, another enjoyable read from Terry Tyler.

The Other Side is available to buy from Amazon UK or Amazon US.

To find out more about Terry Tyler click on the following links:

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You Wish – Terry Tyler

You Wish

“Do we control our own destiny – or might it be determined by fate, coincidence, luck…or even magic?

Ruth, an amateur psychic with a husband who smokes cannabis for breakfast, is haunted by a tragic event from her teenage years which, she suspects, was the result of a wish she made on an allegedly enchanted stone.  Too embarrassed to admit her fears, she keeps her secret to herself for twenty-five years.

Petra is the perennial singleton amongst her friends, unable, she thinks, to fall in love. She comes across the stone at a Psychic Fair and makes a wish, just for fun. As the wish begins to come true she wishes she had chosen her words with more care.

Spoilt, weight-obsessed Sarah wants nothing more than to be “size zero”. As her life spirals downwards into the seedy world of drug abuse and addiction, she remembers the day at the Psychic Fair when she wished for her heart’s desire.

When Ruth learns of the fates of Petra and Sarah she is forced to confront her guilt and discover the truth about the Wishing Stone…”

I got this eBook when it was available as a free download from Amazon (current price £1.92), I discovered this author on Twitter and this is the first book I’ve read from her so I had no idea what to expect.

The prologue was very intriguing, it involved the police and raised many questions in my mind.  Chapter one came along with a mind, body and spirit fair which introduced me to the main characters – Ruth was very likeable but a bit of a worrier (the reason for the worrying was revealed later on in the book) and she had found herself in rather an uncomfortable situation.  Petra seemed like quite a detached character to begin with, particularly where relationships were concerned but then her obsessiveness shone through and I found myself cringing at some of her excessive online antics.  Sarah was moody and very selfish, once I had gotten further into the story I discovered the reason for this and I have to admit that following her on a downward spiral was difficult to read.

The wishing stone brought these women together in a very clever way and the results were entertaining but also quite worrying, especially the drug use.  There were a few moments of laughter for me and I loved the way the author had included Facebook throughout with talk of status updates, friend requests and all the social etiquette that goes along with it, this was a part of the book that I could really relate to.

As I read the last few pages I laughed at what it all meant and found myself looking back at the whole story in a different way.  The message that I took from the book is to be careful what you wish for because you just might get it!

This was an interesting and thought-provoking read, I look forward to reading more from this author.

To find out more about Terry Tyler visit her blog here.