I can’t believe it’s almost the end of February, and I am only just updating this page. It’s not that I had forgotten or been disorganised, my only excuse is that I’ve been busy! My diary is full of speaking and multi-author book signing events, all of which are listed on the Events page of this website.
I’m delighted to report that the audiobook versions of my novels have received some lovely reviews on Audible.com So, much so, that I decided to include Jim’s review of The House on the Shore here. What makes his review all the more satisfying is that he states he doesn’t normally read or listen to romance!
“A compelling mystery and great love story.”
The way I would start this sarcastically is: I didn’t hate it. In truth, I really liked it!
I usually don’t read or listen to romance. This audio book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review, though, so I thought I’d give the genre a chance. I’m glad I did. The writing is excellent; descriptive without being flowery, suspenseful with out being confusing, and romantic without being lewd. A love story written in and around a mystery story, both taking turns that could go in one of two or even three directions. The characters were described so well that, by the end of the book, I was seeing them have conversations, not just listening. Though I don’t often delve into this genre, I’ll be reading or listening to more from Victoria Howard, mostly because the suspense and mystery is so well done.
The performance by Ruth Urquhart was great. Her being able to shift between accents, even between varying Scottish accents, was superb, and her American accents were some of the best I’ve heard from a non-American. The pace of her read was consistent and clean, pronunciation excellent, and I was able to drop into that world without a thought as she brought the words to life.All in all, this is a great story, a good performance, and now I actually want to visit a small “House on the Shore.”
Did you know that if you’ve purchased a copy of either the print or ebook versions from Amazon you can download a copy of the audiobook from Audible for a fraction of the price? So why not head over to Audible treat yourself to a copy of The House on the Shore or Ring of Lies?
Work on my next romantic suspense novel progresses, now that I have completed the research following a visit to Scotland in autumn last year. As with The House on the Shore, this book is also set in the Highlands, and features Imogen Stark, a landscape photographer. I’m hoping the manuscript will be complete by August or September and will be published sometime in 2018.
Until next time,