Hello and Welcome Readers & New Friends,
I’m excited and very honored to have the privilege of having my friend and fantastic new novelist,
A.R. Tirant & her novel titled; ‘Echoes from the Oasis’ …
My Novel Review:
I will have to admit that I was a wee bit late getting this review done. And getting to her new novel. But if I had known how Fabulous it was before I read this “magical journey of words,” I would not have waited so long!
It’s a well written Historical Romance you won’t soon forget. Here is a little more about Rosie, yes, … I get to call her that, LOL … as she has become a good friend. I will tell you one thing about her? This woman is everywhere!
She has done a fine job in promoting her new novel where she had been born and raised, which in opinion, is one of the most beautiful places on earth, The Seychelles Islands.
Not only has Rosie written a beautiful fiction romance, she also shares many of the traditions, ways, and cultures of this beautiful part of the world. And the about a young woman, Anna who blossoms when she finds love. Even one of Rosie’s written characters has my first name, Catherine. Now that made me feel special. But I’m pretty confident that was well planned in her book before we had ever met. I also have to warn you about this read, when you start reading Rosie’s book, be prepared to have a few late nights as I did. One night I didn’t turn out my reading lamp until almost 2 am. Now that’s a great read! I was so drenched into this storyline, the well written historical sites tells me the author did some research. But then again, when your born and raised where your storyline takes place, it is the past historical background Rosie really shines. She has a wonderful writing style I enjoyed as well.
That’s why I gave this beautiful read a 5 Stars! It truly is worth your time to purchase and read.
Great Job Rosie!
Now my reviews are not real descriptive as I don’t like giving any part of a wonderful read away. So here is more about Rosie, and more details of her new Historical Romantic novel. OH, did I tell you that it’s book one of a novel series?
About The Author:
Rosie Tirant-Longhurst, aka A.R. Tirant, was born in the Seychelles in November 1958, the daughter of a policeman and the eldest in a family of four brothers and four sisters. She grew up on the northern coast of Mahe island, in the tiny seaside village of Beau-Vallon. Her working life started in 1975 as a nurse at Mahe’s Victoria Hospital, followed thereafter by a career in the Hotel Industry. She emigrated to England in 1995 and now lives in West Sussex with her husband. She has two grown-up sons and a granddaughter.
Rosie wasn’t born with a pen in her hand, far from it. Life growing up was hard and strict. The home comforts we all now take for granted were but a dream for the young girl whose days were divided between household chores, cooking, cleaning and looking after her young siblings. Water for all the household use had to be carried from a stream, with one hand holding a pail on her head, and the other keeping a second pail from spilling.
Education only happened because it was the one way of getting some rest during the daytime, even if the chores still had to be done by the light of a coconut oil lamp. They were difficult times… times when she would lean against the pillar of the outdoor kitchen waiting for dinner to cook in the large black pots, staring at the tropical skies and marvelling at the diamond beauty of the scattering of stars above, and all the while wishing for a different life…
‘Echoes from the Oasis’ is her debut novel which will be followed by other titles in the same series.
About Her New Novel:
Echoes from the Oasis by A R Tirant (May 1, 2014)
In 1814, the war being raged on the seas of the Indian Ocean by the all-powerful Franco-British naval forces trying to dominate the lucrative trade routes to India, had ended with a truce. At the stroke of a pen, far away in the city of Paris, the exotic, tropical islands of the Seychelles became a British colony. Forged from their French descendants and African slave roots, and moulded by their new British rulers, a small nation had emerged.
It is July 1912, on the island of Mahe, and Anna Savy has just turned sixteen. Anna is a passionate, nature-loving and rebellious young woman at a time when women are confined to specific roles and expectations, and customs and traditions prevail with reverence. Strongly held beliefs in the goodness and righteousness of God, and in the secret and evil forces of witchcraft, hold equal sway in a closely knit Catholic community.
As a young nurse, Anna experiences both the joy and pain of her people, for survival is a daily struggle for the majority. A smallpox epidemic brings tragedy to Mahe’s Victoria Hospital, with the hatred and conflict between Anna’s British and Irish colleagues laid bare, whilst forbidden love brings the missing dimension to her life.
But then, the First World War brings the worst possible disaster . . .
Here is a little of what Rosie Tirant, the author has been up to. Like I said earlier, she is out just sharing her new novel everywhere! A visit to her New Website and Blog is a must. It has so much more about The Seychelles Islands and history. http://tirant.seychelleshistoricalnovels.com
Worthy Causes ~ 20% of profits will be donated to charities in Seychelles and UK, and all donations will be featured on this website.
“Through this book I am preserving what I like about Seychelles which might disappear later”- Interview with Seychelles-born author Rosie Tirant-Longhurst
“A Small Piece of an Interview about Author, A.R. Tirant” ~ Credit: Beau Vallon, Seychelles | September 21, 2014, Sunday @ 18:14 in Editorial » THE INTERVIEW | By: Gerard Govinden
Please visit her fabulous website for the full interview ….
Seychelles-born author Rosie Tirant Longhurst now residing in England says her debut novel is aimed at preserving what she likes about Seychelles. (Rosie Tirant-Longhurst) …
(Seychelles News Agency) – “The book is not one about Seychelles but because it is set in Seychelles I have been able to write a lot about what we have and do in Seychelles, where we come from. It’s about what makes us Seychellois.”
This is how Seychelles-born author Rosie Tirant-Longhurst describes her debut novel ‘Echoes from the Oasis’ that has received raved reviews.
Rosie who left Seychelles for England 20 years ago was in Seychelles recently. Gerard Govinden had the chance to interview her on Saturday September 13, 2014 at the Sun Resort Hotel at Beau Vallon, northern district of the main island of Mahé.
GG: Can you give us a summary of the book?
Rosie Tirant-Longhurst: “The book is not a one about Seychelles but because it is set in Seychelles I have been able to write a lot about what we have and do in Seychelles, where we come from. It’s about what makes us Seychellois. Through the characters I have been able to intertwine a lot of things that have happened in the past. This is just to give the book that richness, show what are our connections with the rest of the world. It is principally a book about women, how it was for women from the beginning. It’s the first in a series and I will use the same characters each time so that the readers know how they develop.
My main character is a nurse. It’s something I can relate to as my first job was a nurse. As a nurse you are in contact with people from all spectrum of life. You are connected to your patients. It made it easier for me to write a book when the main character was a nurse.
It is a fiction and is not about anybody specifically, but the names of the characters are real Seychellois names. I have touched on a number of things that happened in Seychelles in the old days. For example there was a smallpox epidemic here in 1883, but I have referred to it in the year 1913 in my book. I have been able to play around with some other information because it is a fiction and not a book about history. This is because I wanted to have these events in the timeframe I have written about in the book.”
You may can also connect with A.R. Tirant, (Rosie) through social media too!
“Like” her author Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/seychellesauthorincuckfield
Author/Book Website: http://tirant.seychelleshistoricalnovels.com
I’d like to say, Thank You Rosie, for giving me the pleasure of not only meeting and helping you promote your fantastic book, but for your friendship as well. And I know all my readers and visitors appreciate you letting ME share a little of your new novel, and more about the ‘Beautiful Woman’ who is the author of this beautiful story …
Much Success with the Book,
Author Catherine Townsend-Lyon ~ of ‘Lyon Book & Social Media Promotions’