Sunday, 13 May 2012

Glimmers by Barbara Brooke

Oxford English Dictionary definition.

Glimmer ~ (verb) to shine brightly with a wavering light
Glimmer ~ (noun) a faint or wavering light / a faint sign of a feeling or quality, especially a desirable one

Glimmers was published by Barbara Brooke in March 2012, as well as writing women's fiction she also writes fantasy novels for young adults under the pen name of HB Bolton.

Paige is an average, everyday American Mum.  She's happily married to Elliott, although theirs is now more of a comfortable relationship rather than a passionate one; she has two lovely kids and a very annoying sister, Hailey.   Hailey has Paige wrapped around her little finger, one phone call and Paige comes running, even down to trying on Hailey's wedding dress for her.  Hailey is due to be married to Derek in just a couple of months, yet it seems to be Paige who is doing all the running around.  Until one day, Paige discovers that Hailey's life may not be quite what it seems.
Paige has begun to 'see' things.   She has tried on Hailey's engagement ring and has seen a memory that is Hailey's; she has worn some vintage boots and suddenly found herself in the world of Delilah - a teenager from the South, and when she tries on the antique earrings that her Mother gives to her she finds out some family history that she never knew before.
It seems that the power to be able to see 'glimmers' is one that random females in her family have possessed and although they are not dangerous, in fact Paige has started to enjoy them, they can be a bit awkward at times.

Glimmers is a fun read, it's not going to win any literary awards, but it is a engaging and entertaining read.  It is also a very original idea and Barbara Brooke had woven together Paige's real life with the characters from her 'glimmers' very well.   I especially liked the story of Emma, set in England in the early 1800s - it was atmospheric and very well written.

Many thanks go to Barbara for sending me a copy to review.

1 comment:

  1. Anne, thank you for the review. I enjoyed reading your thoughts on the story, and will definitely send you a copy of Beyond Glimmers once it is released.