Friday, 18 September 2015

Book Review - Quintessentially Yours by Linn B Halton - Blog Tour

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Title: Quintessentially Yours
Author: Linn B Halton
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Author supplied review copy
Publisher: Endeavour Press
Publication Date: 3rd August 2015
Rating: 4 Stars

Katherine Dale lives her life according to her daily horoscope forecast. Having recently hit forty, Katherine is living with her partner, James Kingman, and their delightful little six-month-old daughter, Leyla. James is an up-and-coming name in astrology and that’s how they met. At a party to celebrate the publication of Katherine’s first novel, James was about to propose when Katherine announced the news that she was expecting a baby. ‘Ask me later, when I can fit into my dream dress’ she’d told him.

Wind forward thirteen months and while there is an engagement ring on Katherine’s finger, James still can’t mention the ‘m’ word. Leyla suffers from colic and won’t settle into any semblance of a routine. The lack of sleep is taking its toll on them all. James is at his wits’ end trying to cope with his increasing workload, while handling a hormonal woman who feels like an abject failure. And then there’s his boss, who has designs – on him!

With feline help from No. 4, plus a little timely advice from old postman Tom and neighbour Ed, can James and Katherine’s love for each other survive all of the challenges that life is throwing at them? Will there ever be time to plan that dream wedding?

This sequel can be read as a standalone novel.

Quintessentially Yours is a fabulous follow up to Under The Stars. Don't worry if you haven't read the first one, this will work as a standalone book too. 

The book is broken up once again into the view points of Mark, James and Katherine, and I feel we get to know James a lot more in this book, as he has I feel more chapters than the other two. He is a wonderful boyfriend and father, and is dealing with a new female boss who is a bit more flirtatious than she should be. 

Meanwhile Mark has some adjustments to get used to in his own life, and is starting to hand over a lot more of the horoscope writing to James, in order to do more publicity for the brand. 

And Katherine has baby Leyla who is only  a few months old and is suffering from colic, she is also starting to struggle with her writing career, and everything seems to be getting on top of her for a bit, until the stars align and produce her a more positive time in her life. 

There is from my point of view at least, thankfully less in depth detail about horoscopes in this book, and instead it is far more a lovely story of three people clearly trying to adjust to the changes in their lives, and to cope with what the world throws at them. 

I loved the interactions between the characters, and No. 4 the cat is just as unpredictable in his behaviours this time around. 

Although there were lots of hints at what could happen towards the end of the book, I only twigged what may be going on, perhaps a paragraph or two before a couple of the resolutions. Was slightly surprised that more wasn't made of various of the storylines, but the story as it is, is very good. 

I loved Quintessentially Yours, think it is a fantastic sequel, and a great story in its own right. It was great to see the characters return, and since I read the two books one after the other, it felt like I was reading one longer book in two parts. Great continuity and a story you can really become absorbed in. 

Thanks to Linn B Halton for this review copy. This was my honest opinion. 


Bristol-born Linn B. Halton lives in the small village of Lydbrook, which nestles on the edge of the Forest of Dean, in the UK. She resides there with her husband and feline with 'catitude'- Mr Tiggs.

Linn began writing in March 2009 and her debut novel was published in February 2011. In a recent interview Linn was asked about genres:

"From a very young age I knew romantic fiction was always going to be my genre. I am, and will always be, madly in love with love! Whether that's love of life, a partner, or the things I'm passionate about.

My stories are about love, life and real relationships - but romance is always the one thing that holds each story together. Often there's a light, psychic touch and I never dreamed I would write drawing upon my personal psychic experiences. But as my interest and understanding in the subject has grown, it is now such a part of my life that it finds its way into my fictional tales. However, what is heartening is that most of my experiences have been uplifting and it's wonderful to know loved ones are around me always. I hope it will make readers stop and wonder 'What if?'
The result is that I get a lot of mail from readers who have had similar experiences and some are sharing theirs for the first time with me. I always feel that's something rather special and for which I'm very grateful."

Love, life and beyond... but it's ALWAYS about the romance!

Linn is published by Choc Lit, HarperImpulse, Endeavour Press and Sapphire Star Publishing.
Linn is also the managing editor of Loveahappyending Lifestyle emagazine.
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  1. I think it's a great cover, really pretty xx

  2. Thank you Rachel for taking the time to read and review both books in this series. Thanks, too, for all the amazing support on Twitter - you are a star! Lx


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