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‘The Property Of A Gentleman’

So as not to show any spoilers I have not included a synopsis, however, if you want to find out more about the story, just click on the book image, or to read more about both book and author go here.

If you don’t really want to read any major spoilers, then you can tease yourself a little more, by reading the first few lines of the story … here.

“My God,” he said at last, “you know what you need – you need a couple of weeks walking on the fells just as badly as you needed that couple of weeks in the sun in Mexico. But getting to know a father at your age is a bit of a strain – sun or no sun. So in the time you’re here you just get yourself a pair of decent walking boots – real boots, not fancy gear – and an anorak, and get up on the fells and walk. Walk until you want to drop. You’ll be too tired to think.”

I felt his hand pushing me back, so that the chair rocked wildly. “Time enough,” he said. “None of your directors is out of bed this time on a Sunday morning. Stanton’s all right, isn’t he? So don’t drag anyone out of their sleep. Might as well shove some breakfast into you while you’re here. Judging from the elephant noises above, the boys will be down in a few minutes.”

Kindle 41%

As this was an author invitation to read and review, a complimentary Kindle download of ‘ The Property Of A Gentleman’, was gifted to me by its publisher, Corazon Books.

This will in no way influence any comments I may express about the book, in any blog articles 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.


Icon Image For The Teaser Tuesdays MemeTeaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by …

MizB of ‘Should Be Reading’.

Anyone can take part, by just doing the following:

Grab your current read.

Open to a random page.

  1. Share a couple of  “teaser” sentences, from somewhere on that page.
  2. Be careful not to share “spoiler” sentences.
  3. Remember to share the title and author too.
  4. Head on over to ‘should be reading’ and leave a link to your post, so that others can share it and you can share other people’s.

It would be great if you then decided to leave a comment for MizB, as we all like to receive them and are interested in sharing your thoughts.

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  • I especially like your first teaser. It sounds like a proper remedy for many of the things that ail us!

    The following excerpt is located 62% into the kindle version of A Different Sun: A Novel of Africa by Elaine Neil Orr.

    “The household had not celebrated Christmas. Now her husband approached. She set her sewing aside and he laid eleven guinea eggs in her lap, one by one. They were beautifully small, dark brown, and neatly speckled.”

    • Hi Kelly,

      “Walk until you want to drop. You’ll be too tired to think” ….. is, as you say, such good advice for so many of us, in this world of constant hustle and bustle, where everyday living can cause us so much stress and strain. For one of the protagonists in this beautifully written, evocative story, just a few hours away from her problems, is going to be a good panacea. This is a great book so far.

      Your teaser lines are also very touching and a little surreal. I am left wondering why the family didn’t celebrate Christmas and of course what is the significance of the eggs? I am assuming that this is the first time the guinea fowl has laid eggs, if so and if this a long awaited event, then I suppose that the eggs would be seen as an important seasonal gift for the man’s wife …. Not necessarily my first choice of present to receive, however knowing a little about this book from the synopsis, I can see why this woman may have slightly different values to myself!

      I hope that you are enjoying ‘A Different Sun’, it has received some excellent ratings and reviews. Thanks for stopping by and I hope that all is well with you.

  • I’m with Kelly in that I particularly liked that first teaser, thanks for sharing.

    Rodgers envisioned the last horrific moments of Mrs Jenkins’s life. The cry of her pleading for her life on the phone would haunt and gnaw at him forever.
    – Page 83, 30 Days by G.R. Case.

    • Hi Tracy,

      Mine are teaser lines definitely worth sharing this week. The book is so choc full of descriptive writing, that I can almost imagine myself in situ and talking to the characters, although one or two of them are decidedly strange and rather scary …. !

      I have already marked ’30 Days’ as a ‘want to read’ book, over at Goodreads. Your teaser lines were so chilling that I checked the book out more fully and was hooked before too long! I really needed to know just who Rodgers is and am intrigued to read how this author portrays The Catskill Mountains, as I have read quite a few books set in the area, just lately.

      Thanks for sharing and I hope that all is well with you.

    • Hi Sandra,

      This book was first published back in the 1970s, so the writing style and language, is very much of that time. The plus side to that, is some fantastic descriptive narrative of both place and character, which makes a story to savour and read slowly, so as not to miss any of the smallest details which form part of the plot.

      Thanks for taking the time to check out today’s post, I always appreciate your comments.

    • Thanks for stopping by.

      ‘The Property Of A Gentleman’ is really pulling me in and keeping me turning the pages right now!

      I shall be across directly to check out your own teaser lines this week and I thank you for taking the time to comment.

    • Hi Tracy,

      Thank you so much for stopping by Fiction Books this week. I love ‘meeting’ new people, so your visits will always be welcome and your comments always appreciated.

      Catherine Gaskin is considered by many to be one of the modern day classical authors, although you need to like your books couched in 1970s speak, to enjoy ‘The Property Of A Gentleman’ to its full potential.

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      I do enjoy walking, although nothing as serious as is suggested in these lines and definitely nothing which involves copious amounts of mud! It is a good therapy though and can clear the mind wonderfully, especially if there are some spectacular views along the way, which there certainly will be in the part of the UK where this book is set!

      Thanks for stopping by today, I always appreciate your comments.

    • Hi Michelle,

      And I think that my blogging and reading time is being seriously eroded, with just hubbie around! LOL!

      Thanks for taking the time to say Hi! though, I appreciate it.

      I love ‘meeting’ new people, so please stop by again when the elephants are at rest!

    • Hi Kathy,

      I think that I am solely to blame for the length of my selected passages. For me, short, isolated sentences, really can’t convey any of the emotion, or give a sense of the storyline of the book and often therefore become a little pointless.

      I made the decision to break, or I like to think bend, the rules of the meme somewhat and share slightly longer paragraphs to try and offer a bigger picture of where I am at in the story.

      I am sorry if you feel that I have taken a bit too much poetic licence with the rules of the meme and I hope that won’t stop you from visiting again in the future, as I always appreciate visits and comments.

    • Hi Ashna,

      Thank you for stopping by Fiction Books today. I love ‘meeting’ new people and your visits and comments will always be welcome and appreciated here.

      ‘The Property Of A Gentleman’, is a book first published back in the 1970s, by an author now regarded by many as one of the ‘modern classics’. Corazon Books have now brought us the first ebook edition of this romantic suspense novel. If you enjoy good, descriptive writing, with unhurried plot building and that air of a mystery not to be revealed until almost the very last page, then this is a book you will most certainly enjoy.

    • Hi Linda,

      I am almost certain that I read this one, as a young woman, back in the 1970s.

      As I am progressing through the story, there are certain events which I can recall quite vividly, although there is much that is seemingly new to me as well!

      I generally make it a rule never to read a book more than once, however I am so glad that I caved in so easily when Ian, the editor at Curazon Books contacted me with this opportunity.

      I had forgotten the pleasures of being led through a storyline at so leisurely a pace, whilst being afforded such excellent quality, descriptive narrative and dialogue throughout.

      Memories of a bygone age of storytelling, making a welcome break in the hustle and bustle of face paced modern writing.

      It has been great to catch up with you again, now that we have linked up on Goodreads, it should be much easier to keep in contact.

      Thanks for stopping by.

    • Hi Stephanie,

      There are so many regular memes out there which I could join up to, however I have managed to hold back and be selective in which ones I participate in.

      I always try to feature a book when it arrives in my mailbox, then share the opening lines of the story, teaser lines at roughly mid point help to pinpoint the action, then the final review. Author guest posts are always a nice added bonus, but surprisingly few authors are willing to take the time to participate.

      I do exercise a little poetic licence with my teaser lines and very rarely stick to the two sentences, as prescribed by the meme’s host. I try to use this meme as a way to showcase the ongoing storyline without giving too much away of course, and I find that a slightly longer paragraph is often preferable.

      There are so many great descriptive passages in this book, that it didn’t really matter which random page I chose. The tension is building nicely and I can just tell that there are plenty more surprises still in store.

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by, your comments are always appreciated.

    • Hi Monique,

      Thank you for stopping by Fiction Books this week. I love ‘meeting’ new people, so your visits and comments will always be welcome and appreciated.

      I checked out your ‘shout out’ and publisher guest post and both look great to me. Like yourself, I aim to promote a book as many times as possible throughout its journey with me, in the various regular memes in which I participate. I do tend to let the actual reviews get a little backlogged though, which is a problem I am working hard to address.

      ‘The Property Of A Gentleman’ was first published back in the 1970s, however the suspense, intrigue and air of mystery and foreboding, are still as fresh and relevant in todays modern reading marketplace.

      I am thoroughly enjoying becoming reacquainted with the work of Catherine Gaskin and look forward to any future planned book reprints.

    • Hi Naida,

      I do enjoy walking, although not in the very hot and sultry weather we have been having of late.

      Although ‘The Property Of A Gentleman’ is set way up in the North of the UK, in The Lake District, where to be fair the walking is superb and the views pretty amazing, we do have some pretty spectacular scenery close to where we live, in the South / South West. We have many National Parks and AONB’s (Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty) close by and you only need to drive a couple of miles in any direction from the house, to be out in the countryside.

      Thanks for the comment and for taking time out to stop by, I apologise for the delay in responding.

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