Philosophy is defined as a theory underlying or regarding a sphere of activity or thought. Well, my theory is if I can add at least 10 new books to my Wishlist and move at least 5 older Wishlist selections to my TBR list every month, then life is a ice cream sundae. And if I can find those 10 books from at least 5 new blogs each month then that's the cherry on top.


Well, I've made it almost 5 years now, so for better or worse, I continue on. I tend to blog in spurts as the urge to be creative erupts. As I don't have an artistic bone in my body, you will see very few changes in the layouts. Hey, I'm a reader not an artist like so many of the awesome bloggers I follow. I know you don't always have the time but if you stopped and looked, take a half a minute and say your piece. Recommend a book that you have enjoyed or hated for that matter. Thank you to all who visit.
Oh, and I moved my Google Friend Connect info and share this buttons to the top, as without our friends, who are we?

Monday, May 22, 2017

Review For POINCIANA ROAD by Margaret Way-4*

Title: Poinciana Road
Author: Margaret Way
Genre: Women's Fiction
Rating: * * * * 
Publishers: Zebra
(Oct 25,2016)
Paperback: 320 pages
FTC Disclosure: ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley

It's been six years since Mallory James left Moonglade, a former sugar plantation in the shadow of Australia's magnificent rain forest. Now love and loyalty have called her home - but unspeakable secrets may compel her to flee once more...

A successful child psychologist, Mallory has no wish to return to the tropical hideaway where she experienced so much pain. But her Uncle Robert is ailing and it's only right that she be there for the man who came to her rescue when she was a lost, lonely child. At least he is not alone - his protege, and Mallory's rival for his affections, is also at his side. Blaine Forrester hasn't lost his knack for getting under Mallory's skin, taking her breath away and leaving her unsettled at the same time.

While Robert recuperates, Mallory is shocked to learn that Jason Cartwright is on the payroll of his estate - the very man whose humiliating betrayal led her to leave North Queensland on the eve of her wedding. Confronting him - along with his wife and his manipulative twin sister - is a trial, though she can't help forming a bond with little Ivy, Jason's sickly daughter. But as tragedy strikes Moonglade, Mallory and Blaine will discover a darkness hidden within this deceptively beautiful world and their enigmatic circle - one that will either unite them at last, or tear apart the promise of paradise...

"If you've never read Margaret Way before, you're in for a treat!" --New York Times bestselling author Diana Palmer

Though Amazon listed this as Women's Fiction, I'd classify it as  more of a Mystery with a bit of Paranormal undertone. I saw that several reviewers gave it less than a favorable rating due to it's incest story-line. While I'm  not sure that I'd have picked up the book knowing this, it definitely made sense to the story. I honestly read the book expecting it to be an Australian western simply because of the author's name on it. Should have read the blurb but I often will read a book based on the author's earlier books. The blurb tends to point to a psychological mystery more than anything else which is a genre I enjoy. 
That said, I did enjoy the book. It was definitely different from Way's average book but I thought it was well done and would recommend it to any of my friends that enjoy a good  psychological mystery and would not be uncomfortable with the incest angle. 

Margaret Way was born and educated in the river city of Brisbane, Australia. Before her marriage she was a well-known pianist, teacher, vocal coach and accompanist, but her hectic musical career came toa halt when her son was born and the demands of motherhood dictated a change of pace.

On a fortuitous impulse she decided to try her hand at romance writing and was thrilled when Mills & Boon accepted her first effort, Time of theJacaranda, which they published less than a year later in 1970; a feat that brought tears to her father's eyes. Some seventy odd books have followedresulting in a loyal readership whose letters provide a source of support and encouragement. A driving force in all her writing has been the promotion of her much loved country, Australia. She delights in bringing it alive for her readers; its people, way of life, environment, flora and fauna. Her efforts so far have not excited official recognition, but she expects oneday she will be awarded the "Order of Australia."

Her interests remain with the arts. She still plays the piano seriously, but her "top Cs" have gone. She is still addicted to collecting antiques and paintings and browsing through galleries. She now lives within sight and sound of beautiful Moreton Bay and its islands, inspiration for some of her books. Her house is full of books, spectacular plants, Chinese screens andpots. She is devoted to her garden and spends much time "directing the design and digging and providing cold drinks and chocolates."

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