Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Book Review: KIM JIYOUNG, BORN 1982 by Cho Nam-Joo


The English translation of this book is due to be published in February 2020, but thanks to Netgalley I was privileged to obtain an advance review copy. This book has quite an impact and I hope people of people read it upon its release. I'll definitely be posting again when the book is released. 

ABOUT THE BOOK

KIM JIYOUNG, BORN 1982 

Author: Cho Nam-Joo
Translation to English: Jamie Chang
Release Date: February 2020


Kim Jiyoung is a girl born to a mother whose in-laws wanted a boy.

Kim Jiyoung is a sister made to share a room while her brother gets one of his own.

Kim Jiyoung is a female preyed upon by male teachers at school. Kim Jiyoung is a daughter whose father blames her when she is harassed late at night.

Kim Jiyoung is a good student who doesn’t get put forward for internships. Kim Jiyoung is a model employee but gets overlooked for promotion. Kim Jiyoung is a wife who gives up her career and independence for a life of domesticity.

Kim Jiyoung has started acting strangely.

Kim Jiyoung is depressed.

Kim Jiyoung is mad.

Kim Jiyoung is her own woman.

Kim Jiyoung is every woman.



Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 is the South Korean sensation that has got the whole world talking. The life story of one young woman born at the end of the twentieth century raises questions about endemic misogyny and institutional oppression that are relevant to us all.



MY THOUGHTS

Set in South Korea, KIM JIYOUNG, BORN 1982 by Cho Nam-Joo, really paints a vivid picture of the myriad struggles women face simply because of their gender. The plight of women living in a male-dominated society will likely not be a surprise to many women readers, irrespective of where they live, but this fictionalised format still made me want to rage with anger and sadness. I was both infuriated and discouraged.

The fictional narrative is supported with references from official reports and studies. This might disengage some readers but I appreciated the foundation upon which the story was built. I believed what I was reading.    


This is by no means an uplifting read, but it is educational and stirring. I highly recommend it. 



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Cho Nam-joo is a former television scriptwriter. In the writing of this book she drew partly on her own experience as a woman who quit her job to stay at home after giving birth to a child. Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 is her third novel. It has had a profound impact on gender inequality and discrimination in Korean society, and has been translated into 18 languages.

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

New Release: ALEXANDRIA by Nancy George



Title: Alexandria
Series: The Widows of Birch Harbor Book 5
Author: Nancy George
Genre: Romance Suspense Novella
Release Date: November 13, 2019






Alexandria, wife of Peter Ashurst, is beautiful, conceited, and demanding. Her every whim is catered to. She is the queen of the rich and famous, and she’s reigning supreme. But one morning everything in Alexandria’s world vanishes, and she’s left with nothing and no one. 


Can she put aside her vanity and face the future bravely?

Two things unite the widows of Birch Harbor…
husbands and death.
Six women from different locations all living diverse lives. Married for better or worse, these women will have one thing in common. One by one they will wake up to face a brand-new day filled with hope and promises only to hear a single word which separates them from other women. Widow.
Some will relish in the prospect that their lives can finally begin. Others will try to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives and face the future alone.
Fate has not yet finished with them.
Each one will find herself looking out over the deep, velvety-blue waters of the ocean, just outside the sanctuary of Birch Harbor, and wonder what life is all about.


























Nancy George lives in Wanganui, New Zealand with her three cats, and her dog Rosie.

Apart from writing, Nancy is a volunteer for the SPCA, fostering kittens.
This is her third book. Her first one is a short story called “I’m Fifty and Not Out” and her second is “Girl of Shadows” followed by “The Silent Scream”.

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I have my own blog which I have dedicated to helping people like myself who have watched a love one battle a terminal illness. My blog name www.cancerruinedmylife.com.






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New Release: MY BARE LADY by Piper Sheldon

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MY BARE LADY, the first in the all-new opposites-attract romantic comedy from Piper Sheldon and Smartypants Romance is available now!


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Suzie Samuels is the only thing standing between Clifford and his life’s work. All he has to do is change everything about her. Perception creates reality and Clifford Rutledge needs the irascible stripper to prove it.

Suzie Samuels is set to prove once and for all she’s more than Short Fuse Suze, stripper for the Black Demons and renowned motorcycle arsonist. If all it takes is hard work, then Suzie knows how to work it hard.

But Suzie’s scandalous spirit tests Clifford's resolve. And Clifford’s buttoned-up bullying is driving Suzie bonkers.

Can Clifford move past their differences long enough to pull off the impossible task of changing the bare lady into a fair lady?

More importantly, as perceptions shift and priorities change, will he want to?



'My Bare Lady' is a full-length contemporary romantic comedy, can be read as a standalone, and is book #1 in the Scorned Women's Society series, Green Valley World, Penny Reid Book Universe.


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About Piper Sheldon
Piper Sheldon writes Contemporary Romance and Magical Realism books that hope to be New York Times bestsellers when they grow up. For now, she works as a technical writer during the day and writes about love the rest of the time. Of course she also makes room for her husband, toddler, and two needy dogs at home in the Desert Southwest.


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New Release: NO WHISK, NO REWARD by Ellie Kay

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NO WHISK, NO REWARD, an all-new small-town romance from Ellie Kay, is available now!


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How do you know if a risk is worth taking? If you knew, there wouldn’t be any risk.
Following a disastrous appearance on a televised baking show, Sophie Copeland is certain things can’t get any worse. Several calamities later, Sophie finds herself in Green Valley, Tennessee with no plan, no place to stay, and no prospects. But at least she has a temporary seasonal arrangement with the famed Donner Bakery. And that's something, right?

It's not permanent, and it's not a home, but it's still something.
Enter Joel Barnes, a Green Valley mystery, wrapped in rumors, and a whispered connection to the local notorious biker gang. Joel’s got a name for being bad news, but he also has an apartment for rent.

Intrigued by the dichotomy of Joel’s reputation and sexy southern pull, Sophie can’t help but be tempted, even though she knows—given her (bad) luck—she should stay far, far away. . .

Yet as everyone knows, without risk, there’s no reward.



'No Whisk, No Reward' is a full-length contemporary romantic comedy, can be read as a standalone, and is book#3 in the Donner Bakery series, Green Valley World, Penny Reid Book Universe.


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About Ellie Kay
Ellie Kay is an Australian born living in Vancouver, British Columbia Canada who honed her creative writing skills in the colorful, and imaginative world of Corporate Insurance.
Socially awkward, she loves to respond to theatre ticket vendors who say, “enjoy the movie” with, “Thanks, you too,”, but she also likes to cook, travel and spend time with her partner and cat Taako.

Ellie is on a mission to help change the stigma surrounding the Romance genre and hopes to see a day when they are no longer considered “guilty pleasures,” but rather, just a pleasure.

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Book Review (+ author giveaway): TRACKING TAHLULA by Freya Barker


 

Title: Tracking Tahlula (On Call #3) 
Author: Freya Barker 
Genre: Romantic Suspense 
Release Date: November 12, 2019 





As author Tahlula Rae has discovered; success is a double-edged sword. Leading a quiet and anonymous life, she isn’t prepared for the hateful backlash when her latest book hit the lists, propelling her into the limelight. No longer feeling safe in Denver, she takes her laptop and dog, Luke, and moves to the mountains around Durango, where her peaceful solitude is disrupted when a red-bearded man knocks on her door. 

While one of the fire department’s finest, Evan Biel, is relatively content with his life, he can’t escape the sense something’s missing. When on fire-safety housecalls, he finds himself staring into a pair of soulful, copper-colored eyes sparking a deep interest.  Discovering the exotic-looking woman may be in more trouble than he can handle, he tries—yet fails—to keep his distance.

When Tahlula offers San Antonio firefighters, Moose and Penelope Jacobs, temporary lodging, as they help fight seasonal wildfires, Evan’s relieved she’s no longer alone on the mountain. Yet when her troubles become outright threats on her life, his focus has to be keeping Tahlula safe.



*****

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MY THOUGHTS

   TRACKING TAHLULA is another solid addition to Freya Barker’s catalogue of authored books. This time, our heroine, Tahlula Rae, is herself an author who learns about the dark side of being a public persona when she begins receiving alarming threats. Evan Biel meets Tahlula soon after she moves into town and he is immediately attracted to her.

There’s a good balance of romance and suspense, and the fast pace of the book kept me flicking the pages fast to find out what happens next. The suspense element had enough twists and turns to keep me and the characters guessing about who the “bad guys” are. I also enjoyed the very steamy attraction between Evan and Tahlula.

And then there’s a miniature donkey called Smokey. He doesn’t play a large part in the book, but every time he makes an appearance, he put a smile on my face. 

*****




Freya Barker loves writing about ordinary people with extraordinary stories. Driven to make her books about 'real' people; with characters who are perhaps less than perfect, but just as deserving of romance, thrills and chills, and their own slice of happy. A recipient of the RomCon “Reader’s Choice” Award for best first book, “Slim To None”, and Finalist for the Kindle Book Award with “From Dust”, Freya has not slowed down. She continues to add to her rapidly growing collection of published novels as she spins story after story with an endless supply of bruised and dented characters, vying for attention!


Book Review: KIM JIYOUNG, BORN 1982 by Cho Nam-Joo

The English translation of this book is due to be published in February 2020, but thanks to Netgalley I was privileged to obtain an advan...