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Hi all. Or rather, goodbye for a little bit.

This Thursday I’m leaving to join my mother and then we’ll be travelling together to the little hamlet where my father was born, Paradaseca, Ourense (I did check in the internet but there isn’t a lot about the place, apart from the fact that a pair of twins from there seem to have seen a UFO a few years back. Anyway…). We are taking my father’s ashes back home, visiting relatives and sorting a few things out. We don’t have a land line there and it seems that even mobile reception is poor (it’s a fairly hilly region, and the hamlet is very nearby the only sky resort in that part of the country, so mountains don’t help matters), so I don’t expect to be able to connect to the internet regularly.

I considered sharing some old posts, or trying to programme new posts in advance but I didn’t have much time to do that, and I love to check the comments and answer, so no good from that perspective. What I’ve decided to do is to share a few of the reviews I hadn’t had time to share with you, and I’ll leave them programmed. I’ve also shared some that you might not have seen in Lit World Interviews, although I know many of you are regular visitors.

I’ll be away for a few weeks (not sure how long as it depends on how long it takes so sort everything) but I hope to be back early in September. Sorry I won’t be able to visit your blogs and comment, but I didn’t want you to worry if I disappeared.

If I manage to get a connection I might send a surprise post sharing whatever is happening and pics, as the place is beautiful and I haven’t been there for over 20 years. I’ll make sure I keep reading and writing, if I have time, and I hope to come back refreshed.

Do take care. I’ll miss you all.

Ah, and let’s not forget the review. You know I review books for BTS e-magazine (link on the side bar) and although I can’t share the same review, sometimes I recommend you the books I’ve come across whilst there. With this book, I had  whale of a time, so much so that I decided to write another review so you could enjoy it.

The book is:

Where Eagles Cry by Dee Ann Palmer. Wild California, handsome men, gorgeous horses and a daring heroine

Where Eagles Cry by Dee Ann Palmer

Where Eagles Cry by Dee Ann Palmer

First, the description of the book:

Jilted by love in 1834, Cara Lindsay sails from Boston to Mexico’s rugged California to begin a new life with a favorite aunt. Heartbroken to learn her aunt has died, she takes a companionship position to the wife of Don Miguel Navarro, the tough and irresistible owner of a major inland rancho. Prior to her arrival, Miguel’s wife had suffered a permanent brain injury in a suspicious fall, and the lonely ranchero’s heart opens to Cara’s kindness and beauty like parched earth to rain. Yet love may break Cara’s heart again, for she would never be any man’s mistress. Until ships sail for Boston months away, she’s trapped in the midst of danger and an impossible love. When the bells ring and the eagle cries, will she be the next to die?

Now my review:

This is a great novel for lovers of historical fiction and romance. Set in the California under Mexican rule (just lost to Spain and in a period of historical turmoil) the descriptions of life at the time are detailed but never boring. The story is seen from the eyes of Cara, a young American woman who has suffered several losses and is at a loose end.

She ends up taking a position in the Navarro ranch, looking after the wife of Miguel, el jefe. The book has been compared to Jane Eyre, as Desira, la patrona, suffered a serious accident, lost her child and has been left brain damaged; although she is not locked in the attic (Miguel is much nicer than Rochester, although Cara is not always sure about his intentions). We see the story from Cara’s point of view. Her poor understanding of Spanish and her total naiveté with regards to the world and California in particular, create many misunderstandings. There are secrets, mysteries, plots to kill, Native-American raids, mountain lions, love rivals, wild horses and barely contained passion.

The plot is complex enough to keep everybody guessing, the intrigue is well maintained, and Cara, the main character, is strong and determined (most of the time) although in keeping with the customs of the period. She doubts herself and has her moments of weakness, but she’s a very likeable and loveable character.

There are also strong secondary characters and the ending is satisfying. It’s a solid romantic historical adventure novel and a very enjoyable one. You won’t regret giving it a go.

Thanks so much for reading, and you know, like, share, comment and CLICK! Bye! Missing you already! See you soon!

I’m not saying goodbye to my blog. You might remember that I published a post about changes a few weeks ago. This is my last week at my job. I finish this Friday (28th of March), after nearly 8 years here (it would have been 8 years in May).

Caricature doctor dogImage courtesy of Grant Cochrane /

Caricature doctor dog Image courtesy of Grant Cochrane /

As some of you know, I work as a psychiatrist in a forensic unit. I work for the NHS (National Health System) in the UK. I came to this job after working for nearly two years in the private sector (also in forensic psychiatry, in a medium secure unit). I had no issues with the care offered there, and the pay was better than in the NHS (even after nearly 8 years here I only now I’m close to the same pay I had there). I left partly because I wanted to do further training (and it was difficult in a smaller organisation not set up to offer training opportunities) but also because the idea of medicine being run as a business didn’t quite fit in my head. The company could be bought and sold overnight to anybody (a petrol company, an investment firm, another health organisation) and you had no saying on the matter. It was difficult to know in which direction things were going when you didn’t know who was in charge from one day to the next.

MRI Scanner Image courtesy of cooldesign /

MRI Scanner Image courtesy of cooldesign /

I came back to the NHS, taking a pay cut (although my pay was quite reasonable for NHS standards in my particular role, as I was fairly experienced), because I felt at least I’d have some sense of where we were going. Years later I can honestly say I don’t like where things are going. I understand the NHS is a mammoth that swallows any money thrown at it. I also understand that things have changed dramatically from the time of its inception, when population was younger, smaller, and less demanding. Medicine has also changed, becoming much more reliant on technology and expensive procedures and medication (although some of the interventions that would increase massively the health of the population are not expensive, but convincing people to stop doing things that are harmful is very difficult). And yet, telling  people that you can do the same job for less money (or they’ll find others who will), cutting beds, getting rid of hospitals, and relying on systems of reporting and accounting that cannot reflect what is really important is not much of an answer. I’ve had enough and I’m off. I hope things get better, but I can’t see it. May I be wrong.

Thanks for reading and feel free to like, share and comment.

As a postscript, I intend to carry on blogging, if at all I can, although I might be itinerant for a while and doing some exploring. I will try and leave some posts prepared in advance and I hope my adventures will give me even more material for future posts. But if I’m missing or not replying to comments for a while, assume I’m somewhere having fun!

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If you love your heart, don’t smoke Image courtesy of digitalart /

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