Jera’s Jamboree review: The Quintessential Gemini by Linn B Halton

The Quintessential Gemini by Linn B Halton

Format: Kindle Edition

File Size: 391 KB

Publisher: Sapphire Star Publishing  (5 Jun 2012)

Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.

Language English

ASIN: B0089E3YS4

For twenty-one years, the focus of Katherine Dale’s life has been her work. Love interests and hobbies came and went, but what has always been there for her was her nine to five habit. Until she’s replaced. With her confidence dented, Katherine is angry at life and at herself. 

She’s ignored hints of “changes to come” in her horoscope forecasts, written by the wonderful and renowned astrologer, Mark Ainsley-Thomas. 

Mark is now an “A” list celebrity in the UK and his new Agent is determined to raise his profile in America, so he has to take on the new, but talented, astrologer James Kingman to help him run his web-site.

Katherine lives her life according to her daily horoscope. When Katherine finds James has been writing her daily horoscopes rather than Mark, Katherine’s life explodes in confusion and, unexpectedly, love as the three lives become inextricably tangled. 

Now Katherine has to learn that the stars might be telling her that love is going to feature in her life, but when Katherine finds herself implicated in the headlines ‘Mystic Love Triangle Surprise’ she’s just as surprised as everyone else! None of the men in her life are love interests – so what exactly does fate have in store?

We first meet Katherine as she’s laying under her kitchen table after an accident.  The reader gets a glimpse into Kat’s personality … and shows us she’s a woman who likes to be organised!  It’s the first day of her new life.  The reader is introduced to how she feels about astrology as a support in her life – and then we’re seamlessly led on to astrologer Mark Ainsley-Thomas and how his life is changing into that of a celebrity (after new agent Harriet has taken over).  The resultant interviews and book signings means he needs someone to join his team – enter James!

What follows is an entertaining glimpse into our three main characters lives.  Kat as she finds herself in the limelight as Camsworth’s spokesperson for the village’s Writers Circle … and the international spotlight; Mark whose speech at the Town Hall sparks the media into hot pursuit; James who is on his own journey of healing emotional childhood wounds and needing to believe in himself.

Narrated in the first person from each of our main character’s perspectives, this allows the reader to identify with who they are and where they are in life.  This could have been confusing but not only does each character have their own chapters, each character’s ‘voice’ is so different – so if you put the book down mid-chapter there is no problem in remembering who you are with.  Each chapter has it’s own sub-title which gives us a teaser as to what could be coming …

The writing style is well-paced and easy to read.  I thought the sub-plots weaving through the story added depth.  The breast clinic scene is portrayed so well – the atmosphere is palpable.  James’ relationship with his elderly neighbour Jake is heart-touching and I just loved that on the first Tuesday of every school holiday is ‘Girls Day’ for Kat, her sister Cassie and her two children.

Astrologically themed, there is factual information as well as the forecasts that Kat shares with us.  If you have no interest in Astrology, don’t let that put you off … the astrology is the foundation for a contemporary romance that encompasses village life and some brilliant characters.  Although Kat has been ‘knocked’ from her redundancy it is James who we see growing as a character.  I always enjoy seeing a character develop … and it’s a refreshing change for it to be a male lead 🙂

The ending? A triple celebration … which leaves you with that feel-good factor.

Buy it and spread the word

If you’re looking for a book to escape from reality for a few hours then The Quintessential Gemini will fulfil that.  At the time of my review retailing on Amazon in Kindle format for £2.68, you’ll get a lot of story for a small cost!

I would like to thank the publishers, Sapphire Star Publishing, for providing me a review Kindle copy in exchange for an honest review.

Recently I took part in the blog tour for The Quintessential Gemini.  If you missed my Shaz’ Stars special interviewing lead Katherine Dale, you can read it again here.

Disclaimer: The author has become a friend over the past year however my review is objective and I have received no monetary compensation.

Linn B Halton is one of 30 showcased authors with Loveahappyending.  To find out more about her you can visit her website, tweet with her  or ‘like’ her author page on Facebook.

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7 thoughts on “Jera’s Jamboree review: The Quintessential Gemini by Linn B Halton

  1. Hi Shaz, I had to drop in to thank you for taking time to read and review The Quintessential Gemini. I know how busy you are – and in demand! It is true we have become great friends, more like sisters I think as we are so alike in many ways. My goodness, Shaz’s Stars came out of out meeting on Twitter barely a year ago. I just wanted to say though that when it comes to one’s writing what I admire about you is that you understand a writer can only grow if the reviews really reflect what the reader feels in their heart. For a newbie like myself it’s how I grow, it’s how I decide what to write next actually. So thank you lovely lady, James was a sweetheart and you are the first to endorse that! Like minds … ha! ha! Lxx

  2. Great review – I have already read the opening scene and this is sounding v. tempting – especially being a Gemini myself!
    Ali B

  3. Pingback: Author Linn B Halton whizzes around the USA with The Quintessential Gemini Blog Tour | linnbhalton.co.uk

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