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Monday, December 8, 2014

Book Review - Hilltop Sunset by Joyce T Strand plus $50 Amazon/Paypal Giveaway

A mystery set in wine country pitting financial exec Brynn Bancroft against a determined stalker, a troubled love interest, and career clashes.

Brynn Bancroft learns that a former employee who beat her nearly to death has returned to stalk her and her friend, Jillian Hillcrest, also a former victim.

Recently divorced, Brynn turns to a new love interest only to encounter additional unwelcome issues. Meanwhile, short-timer Brynn, who has resigned from her Silicon Valley company, becomes bored fulfilling her remaining responsibilities there. She begins to prefer supporting the launch of her ex-husband’s new hilltop winery while waiting to move to her next position. Between her stalker and her new love interest, Brynn faces a series of life-changing events.

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About Brynn Bancroft
Brynn Bancroft evolved from the Jillian Hillcrest mysteries where she served as Jillian’s manager while Chief Financial Officer of Harmonia Therapeutics in Silicon Valley. A shapely blonde with a MENSA IQ, she had an affair with the CEO of the company. Unfortunately for Brynn, the CEO’s wife figured out that the two were involved and asked Brynn to leave the company, which she agreed to do. In the meantime, her husband, Liam—not unfamiliar with extramarital affairs himself but also understanding that Brynn grew up in an abusive household- grew tired of waiting for Brynn to commit to their relationship and asked for a divorce. At the same time, he solicited her assistance in developing his new winery in Sonoma County, Calif. Much like Jillian--who does appear in the Brynn Bancroft mysteries--Brynn, too, attracts mystery and murders as she grows to enjoy life at her ex-husband’s Hilltop Sunset Winery.

Our Book Review
A very enthralling and deep story based on actual events, one persons fear of being stalked by someone who had tried to kill them and her friends.  This book will really make you think about how much you protect your family and friends from a danger that you cannot see or distinguish.  Imagine feeling on edge and nervous not knowing when an attack could happen at any time. The authors writing will have you feeling all of the emotions as you feel that you are in the thick of the plot. 

Just when our heroine thinks she has found a new love and the prospect of rebuilding her life she faces problems that she couldn't envisage,  Surrounded by friends who share her past experiences and the FBI trying to trace her stalker the story builds to an exciting climax.  

An exciting, page turning read about how one persons actions can have a massive and disturbing effect on a persons life and mind set.  Excellently written, a very emotive story showing the good in everyone's nature even when they are faced with danger to their own lives.     This definitely keeps the reader enrapt from page 1.
Our Rating

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About the Author
Joyce Strand, much like her fictional character Jillian Hillcrest, served as head of corporate communications at several biotech and high-tech companies in Silicon Valley for more than 25 years. Unlike Jillian, however, she did not encounter murder in her career. She focused on writing articles and press releases and delivering presentations to publicize her companies.

Joyce has been a mystery fan since she read her first Nancy Drew and Hardy Boy stories as a teen-ager. She has always enjoyed the challenge of following clues to solve a mystery before it is revealed. Therefore Joyce relished the transition from writing press releases to writing fiction.

Joyce received her Ph.D. from The George Washington University, Washington, D.C. and her B.A. from Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA.   She lives with her two cats in Southern California near San Diego.

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  1. Really interesting book :) I need to start reading again.

  2. What a great giveaway! I wouldn't mind some vouchers to spend on some new books to read on cold winter nights.

  3. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and review Hilltop Sunset. You contribute so much to the world of reading--both to authors and readers. Thank you, thank you!

    1. Thank you so much Joyce, hubbie loved reading your book xx

  4. This sounds like a great book to read during these cold nights, I love a good thriller.

  5. The plot sounds good, especially as it make the reader consider their own lives in respect of being stalked. Well done to both the author and the reviewer.

  6. i would buy some books from amazon..
    thx u for hosting :)


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