Reviews for Sanctuary
**** This is a great mystery/romance. Doesn't have a lot of graphic sex and the description of the French countryside makes me want to go there!
***** I really enjoyed this book, it's well written and very easy reading I just didn't want to put it down. The storyline was unpredictable which is a refreshing change when it is suggested that a book is a 'good holiday read '. Now I can't wait to read the next book .
**** A great Holiday read, escapism, love, murder, intrigue, and a good jollop of red blooded passion! Perfectly setting up the next book, which has its first chapter tantalisingly published at the end of this book.
***** I managed to read this book in 2 days as I couldn't put it down! I think that this book is perfect for people who enjoy a good romance with a full and eventful storyline, but who are also partial to mysterious elements which make the story unpredictable. The author has cleverly written in a style that allows you to think that you know exactly what will happen and how the characters are linked or not linked in the plot however there are a few surprises that you dont expect which made me eager to read more and more of this book. I think that the writing style appeals to a wide range of readers as it is quirky and descriptive but in places secretive and withheld. At the end of this book there is a good introduction to the second novel which i cannot wait to buy!
**** This is one of the most well written books I have read this year. The characters were realistic and interesting. The story was unpredictable which made it fun to read. The author clearly has a lot of knowledge about the settings he writes about which he passes on to his readers. I picked up a few things in the story which may be useful in the future. Our protagonist Ben is an unlikely hero, who probably surprises himself as his story unfolds. I really loved this story, and I am looking forward to reading the sequel. I highly recommend this book.
*****I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Fantastic book with all the twist and turns. Can't wait for the next book.
***** Not my usual type of book but was intrigued by the description and glad I took the chance as it keeps you interested from the outset because of the well written characters, and the details of their lives. Can't wait for the next book.
***** This was a deviation from my usual reading and a very pleasant one at that. Well written characters you can relate too, lovely descriptions of places and settings to fuel your mental images of the story. And leaves you wanting to know more, so can't wait for the next book.
***** The real charm of this book lies in the sumptuous descriptions and attention to detail. I can now imagine every inch of Ben's homes and the people in his life. The story draws you in and each night I found myself getting sleepy but thinking "just ONE more page" (several times!) There is enough action, romance and accurate geographical descriptions to please most readers I would think, this book has really stayed with me and I am desperate to get my hands on the sequel.. Enjoy!
A romance with a difference: There was nothing formulaic about this book…and I’m looking forward to the next one! - englishrosec
Love, murder, intrigue and passion blend in Glyn Smith-Wild’s entertaining novel. Ben Coverdale is a happy, successful young businessman. He has a thriving business and lives with the love of his life, Mary Willson in Reading. But his world is turned upside down when Mary announces she is leaving him to live with Donald, an older man. Ben moves to France to start a new life at a countryside house called La Sanctuaire but when old pal Katie Forrester sends a message from a cafe in Frankfurt saying she has been kidnapped by a gang and needs his help. Ben cannot resist the challenge. – Lancashire Evening Post (score 8/10)
***** What more can I add to previous reviews but to reiterate what has already been written that this is a really interesting read, and can't wait to download the next in the series.
***** This book has everything. Romance, suspense, travel, buying a house in a unique place and fixing it up, interesting people, action, conflict, even a little sex. You name it, it was there. The moment I might have lost interesting, something new and interesting came up. Well done.
**** Glyn Smith-Wild's book The Sanctuary is a warm and cozy book until you get midway. Then the drama spills onto the pages, picking up the pace of the story almost instantly. It wasn't a shock when things suddenly unraveled for the characters, clues had been set in place so I was appropriately suspicious that this wasn't just a love story. (of course I could have read the synopsis, but where's the adventure in that?) I've never been one for spoilers and the synopsis is there for anyone who wants to learn the plot, so I'll just tell you my take like I always do. I feel the secondary characters were inconsistent with their personalities, but still did a decent job; the main character was well developed and charming. The story itself was entertaining even before the pace picked up, so I would gladly read it again. But the thing that nags at me is the ending. Either the author is very evil in finding a way to get you to buy the next book, or he is a marketing genius. Not sure yet, but I am sure that I wasn't satisfied with the place he ended it and thanks to his carrying the story past one possible ending and beginning the next phase-and then adding a sample of the following book to dig you in even farther- I'm simply going to have to choose between buying the next book or dying of frustration. I really want to know Donald's motives, especially since it was the clues about him that got the mystery started for me.
***** I can safely say that from the first to the very last page, I had no idea where the story was going, which is great testimony to the writer and the writing. As the story began and I had been introduced to all the main players, I found myself trying to second guess exactly where the suspense was going to come from and which character or characters, the plot twists were going to emanate from. As it transpired, I never would have guessed as the story initially concerned itself with what seemed like normal relationship issues which I found to be interesting and very realistic and relaxing into the story and the dilemmas of the main characters, I let go of all my second-guessing and sat back to enjoy the ride, which, despite the fact that this is part one of a larger story, was very rewarding and I did not feel cheated at the end when everything was not tied up neatly with a pink ribbon and party streamers. A bit like real life, I imagine:)
***** I started this book and got drawn into what appeared to be a romantic novel... But then it changed! A very easy read- finished it in two days as I simply couldn't put it down. The writing style appears to change as the story becomes more intense. Excellent description of the little French village which reminded me of the times I'd travelled through France. I have the second book ready. I don't want to give the story away, but I'd recommend this to make or female readers. Looking forward to starting the next book.
**** I enjoyed reading this book. It is a well written love story with a twist. The story was a little slow to begin with but improved as soon as the hero moved to France. The author gives the reader a real flavour of life living in rural France. Ben is quite an endearing sort of chap who is in love with Mary, (originally his house mate and later his lover). The only downside for me was that Mary's character did not appeal however there is another book to follow and I look forward to seeing how the story develops.
***** This was a bit slow to start but now i find myself wanting the next book right now! great read!
**** What a wide variety of genre's, all in one book! Romance, mystery, crime, intrigue, adventure, architecture, travel.....this book had it all. Well written but a little too much of the passive voice, would have enjoyed a little distance from that. However, I enjoyed the book a lot and will read the second and third in the trilogy. (Could have done without the swear words but I guess they fit where the author put them.....just not in my taste...it's a personal thing). Overall, a good book. Got a note from the author on Goodreads and appreciated his humbleness and his willingness to take suggestions (and praise).
***** This book had everything. Romance, suspense, travel, buying a house in a unique place and fixing it up, interesting people, action, conflict, even a little sex. You name it, it was there. The moment I might have lost interest, something new and interesting came up. Well done.
***** This book sucks you straight into the lives of the characters due to the compassionate way in which it is written. It allows you to know all about the people and surroundings in which it has been set. A beautiful story with twists and turns that I was not expecting which added excitement and intrigue. The settings were described so well I could I could imagine being there, eating the same food with the characters. A fantastic first book with hopefully many to follow - soon I hope!
**** I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway and if I'm honest I wasn't sure I'd enjoy it as it really isn't my usual genre however I was wrong. The author paints such vivid and bright pictures of all the scenery particularly in France. His love of France and the French way of life is very clear and I wanted to move to France too!The storyline is unusual as it isn't a clear cut romance as there is a daliance into people-trafficking and kidnapping but it is primarily a romance story.
**** Bought this book as I had won the sequel but felt it sensible to read this first. Pleased I did. Enjoyed the story and found the characters very real. Looking forward to beginning the sequel.
*** I am drawn to fast moving stories, and Sanctuary is not. But, the country details in this book were wonderful. For readers who long for descriptive books, this is the one for you. Even though a sequel is to follow Sanctuary, I would have liked a few more loose ends tied up for the ending. All in all, it was a nice read.