Saturday, 27 September 2014
Squaring Circles blurb: Free spirit Pandora is shaken by the sudden death of her mother and the presence of a mysterious stranger at the funeral. When her mother’s grave is disturbed, she turns detective and finds herself drawn into a world of intrigue, centering round a devious couple’s plot to exploit a healing circle for their own ends. Her partner Jay’s collaboration with a sexy singer and her own encounter with an old flame add to the confusion. Will she succeed in her quest to restore equilibrium to her family circle or will the decisions she and Jay make set them up for more heartache?
Carolyn Mathews has created an array of interesting and quirky characters in this book and they have made me want to go away and read the first book in the series, Transforming Pandora. Although not necessary as I think it could be read as a standalone novel, some of the background to the story might be useful to some readers, although there is a list of the main characters at the beginning of the book. But, I think it would be interesting to have read Pandora's journey from the very beginning.
Squaring Circles could be described as a mystical thriller. It has romance, it has secrets, it has mystery and it has a sprinkling of magic in it. The main character Pandora seems to be pulled in many different directions and tries so hard to please everyone and look after them and sometimes neglects her own wants and wishes. Her spiritual guide Enoch isn't offering her too much guidance when she needs it and she has her deceased mother whispering criticism and advice in her ear, so its no wonder she feels overwhelmed. I love the sexy relationship she has with her husband Jay, and whilst things aren't altogether rosie in that garden, their love and desire for one another is evident. I liked this book. It was something different and interesting subject matter which I'd like to find out more about. Carolyn Mathews manages to inject just the right amount of humour into the story at just the right times and I love the hippy / new age community the book is centred around.
Carolyn Mathews' English Language writing and teaching career included a stint with a class of 'Harry Potter' extras at the local Warner Bros. studio, Hertfordshire. With so much magic in the air, it's no wonder she now writes fiction with more than a hint of the supernatural.
If anyone wants an autographed copy they can email Carol. The address is on the contact page of her website.
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