Welcome Sue Brown, and Book Review

I’m hosting Sue Brown on my LJ today as part of her blog tour with Creative Minds Promotions , and reviewing her new release In-Decision. There’s also a rafflecopter giveaway.

Series: Left at the Crossroads #2

Author: Sue Brown

Length: 43,000 words/139 Pages

Release Date: April 15, 2015

Blurb: Little Mowbury is a sleepy English village deep in the Cotswolds. The kind of village where you’re only a local if your lineage can be traced back to the dinosaurs. Where you can find everything in the single village shop from morning newspapers to dry-cleaning, and getting your shoes mended. And, of course, where everybody knows everybody else’s business. It’s easy to find… you can’t miss it… just ask anyone and they’ll tell you… “It’s left at the crossroads.”

Eighteen months ago Jason Havers lost the love of his life and it’s time to move on. Applying for the position of chef in a sleepy country pub, a million miles away from his previous life, may well be the fresh start he needs. His new employers immediately take him under their wing and before long he finds himself with a passel of new friends and a job he loves. What he doesn’t expect is Tom, a gorgeous midwife, who stirs up feelings he’s not ready to deal with.

But when someone from his previous life turns up in Little Mowbury, will Jason be able to keep them from revealing the secret he’s been keeping from those he’s come to love?

When I was offered the chance to read In-Decision, I jumped at it. Firstly I loved the premise of not just the book, but the Left at the Crossroads series. I love reading stories set in small villages and towns, and series which build on characters, yet focus on different ones each book. Secondly, I’d enjoyed the other Sue Brown novel I’d read Nothing Ever Happens and knew I’d be in for a good read.

Sue’s writing style makes it very easy to become absorbed in the story and characters very quickly. The words flow, which makes for a smooth read, and the characters are very real. I got sucked into Jason and Tom’s story from the first page, read the book over two sittings. and blame her for a couple of late nights. Although the story is Jason and Tom’s, the other characters are fleshed out and very three dimensional and I want to know more about them. She’s not only sucked me into this book but now I want to read the rest of the series!

I loved the descriptions and the setting, which was very easy to visualise. The village itself felt like a character with its own personality.

Although there is some angst in this story I thought it was handled well, and wasn’t over the top. I liked that it took a while for Jason and Tom’s relationship to grow and build and they became friends first. Both men have histories and it wouldn’t have been realistic for them to fall into bed in the first chapter. I enjoyed the little quirks they both possessed, like Jason’s hobbies, and I loved the fact Tom is a midwife and the reactions he gets to that.

There were a couple of things that happens that weren’t explained, or just appeared to be dropped and not followed up, but I figure as this is part of series either the explanation is in the first book which I haven’t read or will be answered in book three. Apart from that, I didn’t feel as though I was at a disadvantage because I hadn’t read book one—although I want to read it now. To me that’s the sign of a good series: the books stand alone, with the hint of a bigger story, so leave the reader wanting to read more.

I’d rate this story 4.5 out of 5. Highly recommended.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at https://annebarwell.wordpress.com
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