Domestic Noir/Thriller, Espionage Thriller, Fab Fiction Fridays, Fiction, political thriller

The View From Our Window @authorljryan

Every now and again a book sneaks up on me and grabs my attention and my heart. The View From our Window is exactly one of those books! A sweeping family drama that travels from Ireland to France, dips down to Columbia and back again, The View From Our Window is part romance, espionage thriller, and domestic noir all in one book!

SaturdayI love a great fiction story whether it is historical fiction, women’s lit, the classics or a family drama; fiction has so much to offer when it is written well. The View From Our Window, a family drama, revolves around three people, ironically born on the same day at nearly the same time, whose lives continue to intersect with one another. Laurel, our heroine, is a newly widowed mother of two who is trying to escape her family and their treachery, as well as the mounting problems her deceased husband has left behind. Paul, her childhood friend, is a rising star in Irish politics and has just been named Minister of Justice. Unfortunately that means he will be in charge of the investigation into Laurel’s husband. And David, a French movie star – which is not as trite as it sounds – who is recovering from a very nasty divorce that has cost him visitation with his children. Their lives will converge with very dramatic, life threatening results.

cover151262-medium I admit that in the beginning of the book I was lost and confused as the details and backstory, the births, of these three were laid out for us. However, the writing was so expertly done and the story so compelling that I knew if I continued I would be rewarded – and I was! There is, quite literally, not one genre into which this book belongs. There is romance between Laurel and David but it grows out of a very beautiful friendship that she began with his family who befriended her when she moved to the French countryside. There is international politics and intrigue as we follow Paul through the machinations of Irish politics that is fraught with complications within the EU. There is espionage, drug runners and white collar crime that crosses all borders and familial lines. In all, it is a non-stop intense thrill ride from beginning to end! There is something for everyone within this book! I laughed, I cried, I got angry and still was left wanting more! I want a sequel!! All the stars and accolades for The View From Our Window and L J Ryan, I cannot recommend this highly enough!

Heaps of thanks to #Netgalley, @BooksGoSocial and #LJRyan for my copy of this amazing book!

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8 thoughts on “The View From Our Window @authorljryan”

    1. Yes, absolutely, Shalini!! The beginning really is slow and a bit confusing but the book, as a whole, is amazing! I’m finding that I really like indie authors and their books far more than I ever suspected. They simply don’t follow the standard “forumula” trap that so many commercial authors are falling into these days. Let me know if you do get it and what you think!

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  1. I loved that I could just read it from Netgalley even though it was published earlier in the month for us in the US and anyone who is a member of Netgalley can do so. It’s also on KU – or it was – and is not expensive on Kindle all of the time.

    No, no.. not snafus really. I’m so sick of politics right now that I cannot even read legal thrillers, much less political ones. The character Paul is gay and, unfortunately, has to keep it on the down low because of the feelings of the church in Ireland. There also are tricky moments as he is investigating Laurel’s dead husband, while trying to protect his country and Laurel. So there are tense moments but, overall, it is more fiction than thriller.

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