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Mailbox Monday … July 30th 2012



Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week.

Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.


Mailbox Monday, is currently ‘on tour’ and being hosted by a different blogger each month.
Your host for July 2012 is …
So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for Jennifer, after all, we all like to receive them!

This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

I have quite a number of author review requests at this time, so I am finding that to avoid confusing myself too much, I am only effecting the download when I can see a slot in my reading schedule.

Hence, whilst authors may have sent me a download link some time ago, I am only counting them into my ‘mailbox‘ when I effect the download to my Kindle or PC.



“A story about love, betrayal and forgiveness.”

American travel journalist Sophie Matthews is searching for that elusive place called home. Working for Constar Communications has allowed her to see the world and experience different cultures, but the nomadic lifestyle has not enabled her to have much of a personal life.
As she approaches her fortieth birthday, Sophie’s priorities shift and she decides to quit her job to pursue a different dream–meeting a man, settling down, and starting a family.
Her boss, Greg Sullivan, has one request–that Sophie complete her last assignment featuring the life of artist/writer Marina Suarez.

During World War II, Marina’s entire village was captured by Japanese soldiers leaving Marina as the sole survivor. How she was able to survive the slaughter of her village and family remains a mystery.

Sophie is intrigued by the assignment, but hesitant to return to the Philippines, which left her with a broken heart ten years ago at the hands of Eric Santiago, the only man she has ever loved.

As fate would have it, Sophie soon finds herself in the busy streets of Manila and crosses paths with Eric Santiago once again. As Sophie tries to unravel the mystery of Marina’s life, she learns that Eric is the only one who can help her put the pieces together.

But when she discovers Marina’s deep, dark secret, little does Sophie know that it will change her life forever.


This will be the third book that I have read and reviewed on behalf of this very talented writer of contemporary women’s fiction. All three plots are very unique, yet all have the same basic message of ‘love’, ‘betrayal’ and ‘forgiveness’, which somehow binds them together and gives them that recognisable storyline format, which belongs to Geraldine.


This contemporary romantic fiction novel was gifted as a kindle download request for me to read and leave my comments about, by its author Geraldine Solon, and as such was free of charge.

This will in no way influence any comments I may express about the book, in any blog article I may post. Any thoughts or comments will be my own personal opinion and I am in no way being monetarily compensated for this, or any other article.


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I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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    • Hi Diane,

      Sometimes it is just good to take a break from visiting other people’s blogs.

      I am a firm believer, that there is no point in leaving a comment, if you have no genuine interest in the post and let’s face it, not every featured book is going to be to everyone’s taste.

      Comments and discussion flow much easier if you are interested in the subject matter.

      I am sometimes just pretty lax at visiting other sites, although I do try to get to everyone on my blogroll, as regularly as I can, just to see if I have been missing out on anything interesting, I can’t pass up the chance to have a good natter!

      Thanks for keeping me up to date and I hope to speak with you again soon, I always value your comments.

  • Sounds like an author that you are enjoying! The Assignment does look like a good one too, happy reading 🙂 I look forward to your review.

    • Hi Naida,

      Geraldine, is indeed an author whose writing style has grown on me, since being invited to read her debut novel some months ago.

      The storylines, whilst all having a common message and theme to them, are all totally unique and different in their plot and characterisations.

      I have also watched Geraldine grow and mature in her writing style and her confidence in her communication with her readers, so I am looking forward to reading ‘The Assignment’, although it is still some little way down my reading schedule.

      Thanks for taking the time to visit Fiction Books and check out multiple posts as you do. I always look forward to your comments, which are highly valued.

    • Hi Nikki,

      I know that romantic fiction isn’t really ‘your thing’, however, whilst Geraldine’s books all have some pretty definite messaging wrapped around the storylines, if you fancy a nice, lighter read, then I think that you may enjoy them.

      Obviously I can’t recommend ‘The Assignment’ yet, as I haven’t read it, however Geraldine’s second book ‘Chocolicious’ is well worth reading … apart from the fact that the cover is to die for!!


      Thanks for stopping by, hope that all is well with you, it is always good to receive your comments.

    • Hi Mystica,

      Romance is not a genre that I could read exclusively, whether it be contemporary or historical. However Geraldine’s style of writing and plot formation, really appeals to me and if you are only an occasional visitor to the genre, then I think that you won’t go too far wrong with one of Geraldine’s books.

    • Hi Kathy,

      I do try not to become too blase about reading a favourite authors books, as I have found on many occasions that I haven’t liked everything that a particular author has written and that can be a little disappointing to say the least.

      The storylines of all three of Geraldine’s books, have been completely different, which is great news for me as a reader, so I am hoping for good things from ‘The Assignment’.

      Thanks for your comments, they are always appreciated.

    • Hi Mary,

      It is always difficult not to compare an authors books, which is a big mistake when the storylines are so diverse and different.

      I have however, watched Geraldine grow in confidence and maturity with her writing, so I am really looking forward to reading ‘The Assignment’

      Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate your visits

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      This storyline has a particularly poignant and interesting twist to it, as Geraldine has chosen to take the reader back to her homeland of The Philippines. I am not sure just how significant this is to Geraldine, however I am hoping for some insight into the country and descriptive narrative about the characters and places featured.

      Thanks for your comments, they are always most welcome.

    • Hi Gautami,

      There are just so many books being published each and every day, under the umbrella of the ‘fiction novel’. I am just amazed that authors continue to find content and storylines which are fresh and new for the reader, whether or not they happen to be to everyone’s personal reading tastes.

      The storyline for ‘The Assignment’, is again a slightly different premise to anything I can remember reading before and I can’t wait to get started on it.

      Thanks for visiting, it is always good to speak with you.

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