None But You and For You Alone: Frederick Wentworth, Captain

As a Jane Austen and sequel fan, I enjoyed both None But You and For You Alone by Susan Kaye immensely. Both volumes are quick reads, and I loved seeing Persuasions experiences through Wentworth’s eyes. I highly recommend this two-volume story.

Hooking me right from the very start, the beginning follows Wentworth’s life before canon, and I found it to establish his character solidly. We truly get to know the Captain, and how he has lived his life since he had last seen Anne Elliot, in a way I have never read before. It made all of his reactions after it (during canon happenings) much more understandable.

(Originally reviewed at Amazon.com on June 9, 2011)

None But You (Frederick Wentworth, Captain: Book 1)

by Susan Kaye

Blurb for None But You: Eight years ago, when he had nothing but his future to offer, Frederick Wentworth fell in love with Anne Elliot, the gentle daughter of a haughty, supercilious baronet. Sir Walter Elliot refused to countenance a marriage and Anne’s godmother, Lady Russell, strongly advised Anne against him. Persuaded by those nearest to her, Anne had given him up and he had taken his broken heart to sea. When Jane Austen’s Persuasion opens in the year 1814, Frederick Wentworth, now a famous and wealthy captain in His Majesty’s Navy, finds himself back in England and, as fate would have it, residing as a guest in Anne’s former home. Now, it is the baronet who is in financial difficulties, and Anne exists only at her family’s beck and call. For eight long years, Frederick had steeled his heart against her. Should he allow Anne into his heart again, or should he look for love with younger, prettier woman in the neighbourhood who regard him as a hero?

For You Alone (Frederick Wentworth, Captain: Book 2)

by Susan Kaye

Blurb for For You Alone: How could he have failed to know himself so completely? Captain Frederick Wentworth, lately returned to England from a distinguished naval career fighting Napoleon, had re-visited the scene of his romantic defeat of eight years previous at the hands of Miss Anne Elliot to find his former love a pale, worn shadow of herself. Attracted by the lively young ladies in the area who regarded him as a hero, he had ignored Anne and entangled himself with Louisa Musgrove, a headstrong young woman who seemed all that Anne was not. Now, because of his careless behavior and Louisa’s heedlessness, his future appeared tied to her just at the moment when it had become painfully clear that Anne was still everything he truly wanted. In honour, he belonged to Louisa, but his heart was full of Anne. What was he to do?

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Book review: Open Heart (Farsighted #2) by Emlyn Chand

Another hit from Emlyn Chand!

Told from Simmi Shergill’s point of view, again we get to peak into the lives of our friends Alex, Shapri, and Simmi, teenagers who have extrasensory powers, and we get to know Dax better. Their own abilities attract others with similar powers to move into the area, and their small town has a population explosion, introducing new characters into the mix, and making for some interesting times.

Having the special gift of clairsentience–the ability to detect and influence other’s emotions–Simmi also experiences insecurities about herself that many teenage girls are familiar with. Simmi’s anxieties mount throughout the story, with doubts about her abilities at the root.

While this second book of the Farsighted series, refers to events that had occured in the previous novel, for those who haven’t read it, I believe Open Heart can stand alone. (But I DO recommend that you read Farsighted – it was terrific!) Though I missed being inside Alex’s head and experiencing his visions of the future right along with him, Simmi is an extremely likeable character and I was happy to get to know her better. All of Chand’s characters are so well written… I recognize them from when I was in high school.

I am looking forward to the next sequel, told in Shapri Teak’s voice.

Open Heart and Farsighted are available on Amazon.com


My review for ‘Dreamtime’ by Elyse Bruce

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“Wonderful! And what a great cause!”. This album is absolutely beautiful! The music is rich and captivating; you won’t want to stop listening to it. My three children all love it as well. Fantastic job, Elyse Bruce, as always! And Make-A-Wish Canada is such a great cause. You can’t lose by purchasing this.

My review of ‘Guardian’ by Robin Helm

Guardian (Guardian Trilogy)
by Robin Helm

5.0 out of 5 stars

Once you begin reading, you will not want to put this down! Here, Robin Helm shares with us a beautifully penned story with a highly original theme. Her writing is intense and engaging; one feels as if one is a part of every scene.

Though the story is crafted using religion as a base, one does not have to be religious to appreciate it. Guardian is written keeping EVERY type of reader in mind, and anyone can — and will — enjoy it.

I am so glad that there will be a series based on this idea, and I am very much looking forward to the next!

My review for ‘Geo-213: The Lost Expedition by Thomas Taylor

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“This was great!”. Geo-213: The Lost Expedition is a science fiction mystery-adventure, which takes the reader into the depths of the mines of an alien planet on a mission to search for two groups who have gone missing. As the story unfolds, Taylor does a wonderful job of describing the scenes that the rescue team comes across;I felt as if I was there with the team seeing it as they did. I enjoyed this very much…