Truth Fears No Trial
"Written in supremely vivid style Temptation with its simple yet evocative cover design consisting of two ripe cherries was worth taking a deep bite from and savouring. Its vivid story’s carefully crafted structure opens briefly with darkness and chaos before immersing in the main and sub plots leading to light and calm by the end. From a panic stricken state of being to a composed state of decided triumph. Between these two poles the writer weaves a rich tapestry of interconnecting characters each brought to life with their own unique personalities, weaknesses and strengths explored.
The author’s vivid style is mana for the creative psyche. She employs every grammatical device at her disposal to create both visual and sound effects. The comedy is subtle, refreshingly pedestrian and unPC in places. Truth in its various manifestations is the story’s theme. Not just as a principle to be aware of but also as a state of being to be worn in the face of adversity. In Temptation the bite of the cherry was worth it. I have been left hungry for more. To this end I have discovered that there is a follow up – Star Keeper, which I have duly purchased."
A sophisticated piece of writing
"Star keeper is the sequel to Greenwood’s excellent first novel Temptation. Its title alludes to the heavenly figure of Dr Seldon, the star keeper in the musical Carousel. In the novel this figure exists in ethereal rather than heavenly form albeit with a similar re-uniting commission. The book contains in part the continuing stories and developments of characters from Temptation. Then, there are new characters particularly Kim, Caprice and the sinister Mephisto who make up an interesting triangle of conflict. Caprice is an interesting study in human contradiction. Moreover the tense relationship between her and Kim is revelatory. Besides the star keeper’s ethereal form, for me Mephisto is another more material star keeper in a sense, the unlikely one for Jacob. In him the reverend is faced with a compelling temptation. Will he succumb? I’m not saying. The background to this and the threads of the other conflicts are skilfully drawn together towards the end leaving the reader both satisfied and hungry for more. All in all the novel is a sophisticated piece of writing that engages the mind from start to finish. I highly recommend you read Temptation first then this splendid sequel."
A story to get lost in
"I have to agree with the other reviewers, Denise Greenwood is a very talented writer and Temptation deserves 5 stars. This story is well written, interesting and not at all predictable. I think I was most amazed by the author's attention to detail. The characters are so developed. A couple of chapters in and I began to feel as if I knew some of the people of Cherries personally. If you are looking for a story to get lost in and escape reality for a while, this one would be an excellent choice."
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