Charming and Splendid,
May 10, 2012
This review is from: Ripper, My Love (Kindle Edition)Ahh to fall in love with a story - this is exactly what happened as I met Kitty, Sarah, Arthur, James and Patrick. Kitty is the woman you just love to love and Sarah is too! I even fell in love with Sally...and then heartbroken at her situation. Arthur, James and Patrick are all vying for the affections of Kitty leading to a story that grabs your attention, holds it and delivers the warm fuzzy feeling as you read the last words....Now, I can't say too much more because then I would ruin it but I do have to say this: It is a wonderful story written by a talented writer - Good Job Glynis Smy on your debut novel! And I am looking forward to reading "Maggie's Child" later this year after it is released!
I loved this book!,
May 8, 2012
This review is from: Ripper, My Love (Kindle Edition)What an awesome read! I felt like I was transported back to Old England to the impoverished section of Whitechapel. The imagery is so strong that you will feel as if you are walking through the dirty streets of London. I could sense the danger lurking in every corner. Kitty, the main character is well developed and you really come to know her as she brings you into her world. She is a strong young woman and the reader feels as if she is with Kitty as Kitty branches out taking steps necessary to survive and improve her life. There are some serious surprises that will shock you. I am trying to be careful not to give any spoilers away. But I will tell you that this is a great read. It kept my interest and caused me to stay up far too late one night because I couldn't put it down.
May 7, 2012
This review is from: Ripper, My Love (Kindle Edition)I was totally drawn into the world of this book. Love the heroine, Kitty and especially liked the accounts of her branching out on her own and setting up shop as a seamstress. Lots of what I like in historical fiction-great detail and atmosphere, very credible characters. And, just as you would hope for in a tale of Jack the Ripper, plenty of dank alleys and 'mustard' coloured fog.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Debut, 7 May 2012 By Marsha Moore (London, UK) - See all my reviews (REAL NAME) This review is from: Ripper, My Love (Kindle Edition) If you've ever thought historical novels are a little bit boring, you really must give this a go -- it's anything but dull! Combining fiction with reality, Smy creates a story with plenty of twists and turns, along with characters you can't help but love or hate in equal measures. I enjoyed the strong, independent heroine who refuses to bow to convention and even sets up her own successful business. Using colourful language, the world of East London comes to life, and you can almost taste the fear and unease that wraps itself around this novel.A wonderful debut, and I can't wait to read more from this author. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Report abuse | Permalink Comment
Comment 5.0 out of 5 stars Tragedy, Drama and Suspense - Who Could Ask for More?, 6 May 2012 By J. Schutrups - See all my reviews (REAL NAME) Amazon Verified Purchase(What is this?) This review is from: Ripper, My Love (Kindle Edition) This is not your standard Jack the Ripper story. It's much more than that, romance, tragedy and thriller. It has the added bonus of having a twist to the tale and you don't even have to wait till the end for it. A wonderful walk through the streets of Vicorian London giving a flavour of life then. But all is not as it seems, danger lurkes in familiar places and secrets are buried deep. The suspense and tension build and just when you thought you knew what was coming next...your wrong. Any more would spoil the story so read it and see what I mean! A great read and one I would highly recommend.
Chick Lit, or a roaring good adventure yarn?,
2 May 2012
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I bought Ripper, My Love, not sure whether it was a Chick Lit book (yet another) and therefore probably not for me, or was it something more appealing to the Man in the Street (i.e. me!). The answer is ... both. Lovers of a good romance story that has adventure, twists and turns at every opportunity will love Glynis Smy's book. I loved it because it was so evocative of Victorian England at the end of the nineteenth century (smell the swirling fog!) and the reign of the enigmatic Jack the Ripper with no punches pulled. Kitty, the heroine is far from a silly innocent. Innocent she may be, but she has character and warmth, as well as a wish for independence, that in the Ripper's part of London was inviting horrors of all kinds. The people Kitty meets, mostly men (moths to a flame?), Arthur and James for instance, interact well with her as a result of Glynis Smy's skillful writing and the situations she puts her characters in.
I've tried not to spoil anything plot-wise and I would certainly recommend reading,Ripper, My Love.
History without being history.,
1 May 2012
This review is from: Ripper, My Love (Kindle Edition)I began reading this book unaware that it had anything to do with Jack the Ripper and by the time I got to the chapter where he is mentioned I got quite a surprise! (Don't worry, this isn't a spoiler :o). I don't know much about Jack the Ripper so I had to look him up.
However, those who are familiar with Jack trivia, please don't be put off--it's not your average "boring retelling", because it doesn't stay true to the "facts"--it' wasn't written for that purpose. You see, it's not really about Jack the Ripper at all. It's a fictional account about the other people in his life. I won't go into whom because it might spoil some things. But intriguing concept, yes?
The beginning might be a bit slow for some, (not for me, though, as I don't read books just to get them finished), because it does a fine job of building character. But by around a third of the way through it really began to pick up pace. I read the last half of the book in half the time I read the first half. The world was believable. Some moments left me holding my breath. Some moments left me teary (especially toward the end), and for a person who doesn't often read this genre, it was a smooth and enjoyable hit of "history".
I highly recommend this. It's history without being history. Gotta love that, yeah?