Wednesday, November 14, 2012

REVIEWS for Secrets of the Red Box

Thought I'd share a few of the great reviews Secrets of the Red Box is getting! I'm so pleased so many are enjoying the book. I hope you'll take the time to check out for yourself what lies within the red box. Vickie

BOOKSHELVES - 5 STARS

The story begins in the 1940's, our Country is at War..and Bonnie Cooper is on the run for her life.
Throughout the book there are flashback to her childhood...it is a wonder she made it to adulthood. You walk with her and see her trying to to the little child she is, only to be beaten back. Literally, both she and her Mother are beaten, by her Father. You wonder how can a man be so cold, and unfeeling?
By reading you find out why Bonnie is so afraid to let people close to her. She is afraid to have any friends, and never lets anyone very near her. She is a compulsive liar...and wow what a tangle she can weave.
You will wonder if she will settle for a man with money...not love, just for security? Will she ever find security, or is that impossible.
You will have to wait to near to the end of the book to find out what could possibly be in the box. Then you wonder why she even ever kept it??
A real compelling read, and one you can't stop once you start. You need to turn that page and find out what is happening now!

OH, THE BOOKS YOU"LL READ - 5 STARS


5/5 Amazing Stars

I really enjoyed reading this book and I am so glad to take part in this blog tour.  This is a great mystery book that grips you from the first paragraph.

Bonnie is running from so many things; her past and her family.  She has so many secrets and lies, sometimes it is hard to remember what is real and what she has made up.  Everywhere Bonnie goes, she takes her red box with her.  In it is something so terrible it could destroy her and the perfect life she has built for herself.  I have to admit at first,  Bonnie is not an entirely likable character.  Through back stories, we learn how she became the person she is.

When the only man that she has ever loved finds out her secrets, what will he do?  Will love be enough to hold them together or will her past come back to haunt her?

I was shocked at the end to finally find out her secrets even though their were subtle clues throughout the book.  The writing is excellent.  I love the 1940's backdrop setting.  Will definitely read more books by Vickie Hall.


BOOKS COMPLETE ME - 4 STARS

My Review: This was an intense book, but I loved reading it.  Bonnie finds out that having skeletons in the closet will always make noise.  Keeping secrets from loved ones is never a good idea, when they're this damaging.  With Vickie's writing, you are brought back to a time around WWII.  It's beautiful, in the descriptions of the places Bonnie goes.  You feel the desperation at what Bonnie experiences.  You also want to strangle her for her choices.  **** Loved it

RAVINA ANDREA KURIAN from the UK - 5 STARS
This book is tagged as historical fiction but I must say it didn't feel like it. The writing style seemed fresh and you were able to connect with each of it's characters in a comfortable manner.

I did think Bonnie came across as selfish and (very) shallow. But as the story progresses, you'll realise it was necessary to paint her in this light because only then will the ending knock the wind out of you.

*cheeky grin* Yes, this is one of those books that will have you thinking, now why didn't I see that coming?

Love seemed to be the central theme of the book with World War 2 used as a background and a 'tool' to add more colour to each character. All in, I loved the flow and the build-up Vickie gave each character.

Would I recommend this read? Oh yes, definitely.

Overall assessment:
Content: 4.5/5
Editing: 4.5/5
Formatting: 4.5/5
Pacing: 4.5/5
Offensive content?: Somewhere between PG and PG13

 

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