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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

No Darker Heaven by Stella Whitelaw

No Darker Heaven by Stella Whitelaw
Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length:  Full (275 pgs)
Heat:  Sensual
Rating: 4 Stars
Review by Poppy

Lyssa Pasten is torn between loving two men -- Matthew Arnold, her new fiancé, and Jethro, Matthew's often-absent father.

Lyssa and Jeth fight against their mutual attraction for Matthew's sake and the sake of her small daughter, Bethany, who has a very rare disorder called RAS (renal artery stenosis).

Hollow House, the Sussex family home, becomes the backdrop for drama and pain, passion and delight.

When Jeth suddenly goes missing, Lyssa knows she has to follow her heart and find him.

With twists I didn't expect, No Darker Heaven turned out to be a very enjoyable romance!  This story takes place in London, where Lyssa lives with her young daughter. She is engaged to Matthew, a man she likes, but doesn’t really love.  He's a good man, kind and stable and loyal and she believes they'll be happy together.

On a visit to his home in Sussex, she meets his aunt, whom she learns to adore, and his forty-four year old father, Jeth. She has to stay there longer than she had intended when her daughter comes down with the measles. During her stay, she desperately tries to fight the attraction she feels for Jeth. She doesn't want to be unfaithful to Matthew, or to hurt him at all.

One evening late, she responds to an kiss from Jeth. He then accuses her of being a gold digger and threatens to tell Matthew her secret:  she hadn't been married to her daughter's father, even though that's the story she's told her fiancé.

At this point, I thought this was going to be another ho-hum story, and almost put it down for a while.  If I hadn't chosen this book to review, I might have stopped, but I pushed on through and I'm really glad I did, because things began to happen that were extremely unexpected.

There were twists and turns and unusual happenings:  adventure, a trip to Bali and more. I had to keep reading just to see what was going on. I found that I really enjoyed this story more than I had expected. It really was well written, and full of surprises.

I recommend reading No Darker Heaven... just remember to give yourself a few chapters to really get involved in the characters and story.  You won't be sorry you did.


Tirgearr Publishing said...

Thank you for hosting our author, Stella Whitelaw, today.

And thanks to Poppy for her lovely review. We've updated Stella's book page with the review and a link back to this page for future readers.

More information about Stella can be found at --

Please note that anyone commenting today on Stella's page, and through our two week tour, will be entered into our grand prize drawing at the end of the tour, 16 November. Post on more than one author's hosted page and receive additional entries. Be sure to include your email address!

Today, Stella is giving away a choice of *either* a personalized manuscript critique or a copy of her recently released humorous book, Secrets of a Ballistic Cat (traditional paper book), to one lucky winner. Tirgearr Publishing will also be giving away a spot prize to the most unique comment or question.

The grand prize includes a $50 Amazon gift card and a copy of our full book list, which includes the final six books being released before the end of the year. Total retail value of $150! The winner will be randomly drawn on the 17th and announced on our website and media sites.

Additionally, Tirgearr Publishing is hosting a 50% off sale on all of our titles through the 18th. If you haven't been a spot prize winner or the grand prize winner, you'll still have time to grab some amazing stories at half off!

See our website for details --

Enjoy the tour!

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting today.

Charlene Raddon said...

This book intrigues me. Being a historical author, I don't read many contemporaries, but I think I'll have to try this one.

Ingeborg said...

Sounds like a great read.


ad0ffae6-78f6-11e1-8cde-000bcdcb5194 said...

Thank you for the review--sounds intriguing!


MomJane said...

This sounds like a fascinating story. I really want to readit.

Kemberlee said...
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Tirgearr Publishing said...

Hi everyone,

Stella is having trouble accessing the messages on this group. Hopefully she'll sort it out soon. In the mean time, she's asked me to tell everyone she appreciates your comments.

MomJane, please be sure to provide an email address we can use to enter you into the drawing. If you don't want to post it online, you can email it to me directly at info @ tirgearrpublishing . com (minus the spaces).

Debby said...

I love books with twists and turns. They make the reading more fun.
debby236 at gmail dot com

Elizabeth Delisi said...

"No Darker Heaven" sounds terrific, Stella. And congrats on the lovely review!

Catherine Lee said...

Thanks for the tip to keep pushing on through. I'm very quick to abandon a book (for any number of reasons). If someone tells me to stick it out...that it takes unusual twists and turns...then I'll be more likely to stick with it.
catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

Karen H in NC said...

Just popping in to say HI and sorry I missed visiting with you on party day! Hope you all had a good time!

kareninnc at gmail dot com

Tirgearr Publishing said...

Thank you to everyone for stopping by yesterday to visit with Stella. Unfortunately there was some snafu getting her comments onto the board.

She has asked me to say she has picked a winner --

Catherine Lee!

Congrats, Catherine. We'll be in touch with you by email.

Our spot prize winner is --


Congrats, Jane. We'll be in touch with you by email too.

Don't forget, the tour is still going. Check our website for today's stop --

-- and remember, your comment will add you into our grand draw at the end of the tour, valued at $150!

Thanks again to Crazy Four Books for Long and Short Reviews for hosting Stella.