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Brenda’s Review: ‘Of Love and Secrets’

20 Dec

Thanks so much Brenda, for posting this review on Goodreads.

Of Love and Secrets
by Margaret Lynette Sharp (Goodreads Author)
2337007
Brenda’s review
Dec 19, 14

4 of 5 stars
bookshelves: 2015-release, aussie-authors, arc, uncorrected-proof, romance, reviewing-by-request, own-read, read-on-kindle
Read on December 19, 2014 — I own a copy

Jenny was feeling unhappy about her break-up with James – more so because he seemed to have found her replacement fairly quickly. Jenny was eighteen, still studying and finding her feet. She lived at home with her Mum and Dad as she didn’t have a job, so didn’t have the money to do anything more than that. The night she let her good friend Cate persuade her to go to a friend’s party turned out to be much nicer, much more fun that she had envisioned. Spending a lot of the evening in the company of Richard took her mind off James – then when Richard wanted to see her again the next day, she was delighted.

But her Mum was sure Jenny was too young to have a new relationship so soon after her break-up with James – she treated Jenny like a child; there were many heated arguments between mother and daughter. Would Jenny’s mother come round; would she acknowledge that she was indeed an adult and knew her own mind now? And what would the future bring for Richard and Jenny?

Of Love and Secrets is a delightful, sweet little romance; a quick, easy read by Aussie author Margaret Lynette Sharp which I enjoyed and in my opinion it is her best yet. I have no hesitation in recommending this novella to all lovers of a light romance.

With thanks to the author for my copy to read and review

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1133053275?book_show_action=false&page=1

 

‘Of Love and Secrets’ will be released on Amazon Kindle during January, 2015

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A New review: 60 Questions, Insights and Reminiscences

28 Jan

Author everywhere, I’m sure, are thrilled when someone takes the time and trouble to review their work.

A big ‘Thank you’ to Goodreads member Mark !!

60 Questions, Insights and Reminiscences
by Margaret Lynette Sharp (Goodreads Author)
9800512

Mark‘s review

Jan 27, 14
A very light, upbeat, felicitous collection exhibiting Sharp’s usual knack for emotional authenticity and spare, well-tempered prose. Highly readable, and of interest especially to children of the 60’s and readers seeking light but ruminative fare. Sharp asks and answers, sometimes humorously, sometimes aphoristically, the questions that beset all of us of a certain age and generation, but this very accessible book will appeal to readers of all ages.60_Questions,_Insigh_Cover_for_Kindlehttp://www.amazon.com/Questions-Insights-Reminiscences-Margaret-Lynette-ebook/dp/B008NWZEKI/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=&qid=

A New Review for ‘Lauren Played’

29 Nov

A lovely surprise greeted me this afternoon!

I found to my delight that Goodreads Aussie Readers moderator Brenda had posted the following review of my tenth title, ‘Lauren Played’.

Brenda’s Reviews > Lauren Played

Lauren Played
by Margaret Lynette Sharp (Goodreads Author)

2337007

Brenda‘s review

Nov 28, 13

bookshelves: 2013-release, aussie-authors, reviewing-by-request, romance, own-read, read-on-kindle, novella

Read on November 29, 2013 — I own a copy
Sixteen year old Lauren was devastated when her first love, Rob, let her down gently but firmly. Rob had been directing a short film and when he’d spotted her on Cronulla Beach, he’d asked her to play a small part. But when filming had ended, so had their fledgling relationship. She had been so sure they would last forever; now she was sure her heart would break.Months later, just short of her seventeenth birthday, another young man entered her life. David was a nice person, good looking, attentive – but was Lauren ready to leave Rob in the past?This is another enjoyable novella by Sharp who writes romance with feeling, while exploring the tenderness of young love and the emotion when things go wrong. A great short story for romance lovers everywhere.

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‘Lauren Played’: Its First Review

25 Nov

I’m thrilled to announce that my tenth (and newly-released) title, ‘Lauren Played’, has been reviewed.

Thanks, Mark (from the U.S.)

Mark’s Reviews > Lauren Played

Lauren Played
by Margaret Lynette Sharp (Goodreads Author)

9800512

Mark‘s review

Nov 24, 13
Lauren Played with ImaginationThe title is obviously a triple entendre, but in the end, Lauren isn’t “played” at all, but if “the play’s the thing,” she goes off stage a winner.What is most striking about this romantic set piece is not that it’s a page-turner (which it is), or that the narrative and the dialogue synchronize with poetic precision (which they do)… but that Lauren, a young woman barely seventeen, is so authentic, so believable in every way, in her every thought, as she navigates the emotional transition between her first relationship and the one certain to succeed.

Stories of young women who want to act tend to be formulaic, the heroines secure and determined and manipulative, but this one isn’t. Lauren is insecure, uncertain, introspective — talented but modest, wanting to keep her personal and professional aspirations in check — but she misses nothing, and all her emotions ring true as crystal. The final scene is heartwarming. Five stars.

Happiness Is: Two Lovely Reviews in One Day!

21 Oct

Happiness is: Two lovely reviews in One Day!

Certainly true if one is a newly-emerging writer…..

http://www.amazon.com/Long-Short-Australian-Stories-ebook/dp/B008H457FY/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=&qid=

Zara’s Reviews > Long and Short Australian Stories

Long and Short Australian Stories
by Margaret Lynette Sharp (Goodreads Author)

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Zara‘s review

Oct 20, 13

bookshelves: coffee-books-challenge, hhbc-fall-winter-blues-rc, nbrc-bdazzled-blue, nbrc-level-challenge, read-in-2013

Read from October 01 to 20, 2013
I loved this book.

It was made up of a number of different stories of varying lengths (hence the title “long and short”) about different peoples’ relationships and following their dreams in spite of what people might think or try to talk them out of doing.

It was written in a way that made it easy and quick to read. The dialogue between people was well structured and set out.

If you’re wanting a light, fun and easy read for those lazy days on the beach or in your favourite reading spot then I recommend this book. You’ll be glad you did.

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http://www.amazon.com/A-Taste-Life-Love-Australia-ebook/dp/B008FOEG12/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

Jake Taylor’s Reviews > A Taste of Life and Love in Australia

A Taste of Life and Love in Australia
by Margaret Lynette Sharp (Goodreads Author)

22197862

Jake Taylor‘s review

Oct 20, 13
Read in October, 2013
Ms Sharp has again provided us with a group of very charming short stories. From the young man who was too shy to make his move to the older gentleman who got a second opportunity many years later. In some cases, a door is shut while other opens according to the whims of Cupid. In other cases, interest gets involved. In A Taste of Life and Love in Australia, the author includes these lines: “So you would put an inheritance ahead of me? Ahead of our marriage? Is that what you’re saying?” This reminded me of Don Quixote and his squire Sancho during the Wedding of Camacho, the rich one (Don Quixote, Part II, Chapter 20) who while attending the festivities heard one of the players say: “I am the one that is mightier than Love… for I am Interest” (“Soy quien puede más que Amor… Soy el Interés”). There are other stories that seem to say: I make my own decisions. Others kindle an old friendship; others bring back an old love. Another great line of Ms. Sharp is: “Wasn’t mature love a horse of a different colour?” Almost as asking: Is there such a thing as mature love?
But I must confess that two of my favorite lines were: “life can change in an instant” and “you never know what’s around the corner” (most especially in love matters). Therefore, in closing, I sincerely hope that whatever happens to be around the next corner that can change your life in an instant is as lovely and charming as these stories. Nice reading, Five Stars, Jake Taylor

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A New Review: ENCORE

6 Oct

Yay! Another lovely review!

It’s enough to put a smile on any author’s face….

Sincere thanks to Jake Taylor for providing this.

Encore
by Margaret Lynette Sharp (Goodreads Author)
22197862

Jake Taylor‘s review

Oct 05, 13
Read in October, 2013
Is there such a thing as fate? Years ago my piano teacher told me that she loved paintings that included a forked road. The reason was that when she graduated she had the opportunity to decide whether to become a concert pianist and travel or to get married and raise a family. She chose the latter. Eventually she became a piano teacher, a wife and a mother, but she always wondered how her life would have been had she decided to travel instead. In these short stories, aptly named Encore, Ms Sharp seems to play delightfully with this option. Some characters arrive at a place just in time to change the lives of others. A magical fork appears on the road and changes everything in the life of an individual because he or she turns right or left. This book provides twenty-five stories full of that magic. In some cases, it will make you wonder if the gods are pushing us in one direction or another. Is it fortune, perhaps? There are also the lovely morsels that make for a wonderful reading experience, like: “…these days you need a university degree to sell a milkshake,” or “her thoughts fly to the days of old: where predictability is king; when life lacks sparkle, and knows no true love.” The sort of statement that makes us ponder. Or this other one, among many others, “…as I took her in my arms and kissed her lips, an overwhelming feeling of being guided by the hand of fate: intriguing…” I won’t tell you the rest because I’m not a spoiler but, altogether, it is a pearl of writing. Five stars, Jake Taylor
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