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I am a single Mother living, working and writing in the beautiful valleys of South Wales, UK. I've described this as a bit like Middle Earth in it's beauty but the trees don't walk. Born in 1969, I'm told I saw the moon landings, but being only four months old I can't remember! I try to live in as green a way as possible, growing some of my own crops, keeping my chickens for eggs and doing as much reducing, reusing and recycling as is possible. I'm a pisces and a rooster, depending which zodiac system you prefer and my favourite colours are green and purple.
I've been writing since a very good friend dared me to take part in the National Novel Writing Month challenge - 50,000 words in 30 days, and it is so intense it's unreal. That happened in November 2005 and The Portal Between is the end result. I've completed the same challenge a number of times since then.
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Linda Rae Blair
on Nov. 09, 2011 :
This novel had all the possibilities of a really good read but was a little disappointing. I wanted to find myself enjoying the "other world" and it's characters but it fell flat. The mysterious place inside the oak doesn't have a name, doesn't have enough buy-in in the beginning for you to care about what is going on there.
I would have liked to have really cared about the other world and what happened there. It just didn't quite get me there. The author waited until the end to give you anything to care about, and it was just too little too late.
Then there is the relationship between Kate and Sam which I found unnecessary to the story. They could have been sisters, close childhood friends--but the author made them lovers which isn't my preferred reading material. If this is something you enjoy reading, you'll care deeply about these two characters and their friend Lily. There's is a very tight relationship brought to the breaking point. Them, you will care about.
Another problem I had was the emotional distance between Sam and her children. There also seems to be some distance between the author and these abandoned children. The two children who were abandoned appear to have gotten through all this with no emotional scars, while Kate's child is affected. I fear this is unrealistic and leaves me concerned for them more than Kate and Sam.
All in all, it just wasn't my "cup of tea" although I did feel it had great possibilities--it just didn't deliver.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
on Nov. 05, 2011 :
I found myself drawn into this book from the first page. She dragged me through the story and intertwined my thoughts with the lives of the women within these pages. Everything was created with great life and energy. The story is enjoyable and I couldn't put the book down.
Ms. Barnard has found herself stuck with this devoted fan of her writing and incredible creations.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Nov. 05, 2011 :
The concept seems good, but I had a difficult time reading past the first dozen pages or so. I understand the difficulty involved in proofreading and editing a book, but it seems a little premature to be charging $2.99 for something with significant, repeated grammar problems. I look forward to reading an edited version if/when it comes out, and I'll definitely consider purchasing it again if that happens :)
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
on Sep. 16, 2011 :
I thoroughly enjoyed The Portal Between. I followed the three women, and cheered for them as they fought to take back their lives. Well written, imaginative, engaging ... what more could I ask for!
(reviewed 69 days after purchase)
on Aug. 07, 2011 :
Hard to get into in the first couple of chapters some skipping about that was a little confusing but overall good read.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)