Reviewed by by Lanie Shanzyra P. Rebancos

Inspiring. Honest.

Ms. West’s Two Faces One Life is a short story about a girl who have burn marks on her face and had lost her once waist length hair and a man who lost his eyesight from a motorcycle accident. Though they both have physical deficiencies, these differences will lead them both on the right path of love and understanding. One small talk in the park and everything turned out just the way they want it.
Ms. West writes from her heart and truly knows how to make other people feel important and beautiful inspite of their differences both physically and emotionally. After you’ve read her story, you will surely ask for more.

Two Faces One Life
Reviewed by Diana Coyle of
Night Owl Romance

Ms. West’s Two Faces One Life is a short story about a girl who have burn marks on her face and had lost her once waist length hair and a man who lost his eyesight from a motorcycle accident. Though they both have physical deficiencies, these differences will lead them both on the right path of love and understanding. One small talk in the park and everything turned out just the way they want it.

Ms. West writes from her heart and truly knows how to make other people feel important and beautiful inspite of their differences both physically and emotionally. After you’ve read her story, you will surely ask for more.

Welcome everyone to this week’s reviewer showcase. I picked a short story this week to discuss and I felt it contained a very powerful message even though it was only a few pages in length.

Ms. West wrote with such emotion I felt as if I was looking at the world through Sarah and Ted’s eyes. Each one was carrying the weight of the world on their shoulders, but both handled their feelings and emotions quite differently. This story made me walk away analyzing things differently in my own life and all the people that are near and dear to me.

Because of Sarah and Ted, you realize that no matter how hard life’s struggles may be for you, there is always someone out there willing to listen and shed some light onto what might be the dimmest of circumstances for you. You can’t give up because you just never know who is depending on you to get them through their difficult time. I’m new to Ms. West’s writing, but after reading this story I eagerly look forward to seeing what other stories she may have available.


Stephanie Gamm

Radical Rating: 7 hearts-

Two Faces, One Life by Margaret West is a charming, 14-page novelette from Eternal Press
The storyline is tragic: a girl who can't be seen, and a boy who can't see. It sets up the perfect romance. Having lived her entire life with vain beauty, it's extremely difficult for Sarah to recover emotionally from her accident. Suddenly, her pretty face, which was really all she knew, is gone, and with it, she slowly begins to fade too. She withers to a point where she believes she can't take it anymore, that she would be much happier without her horrible life. And so the story begins, with the rustle of tissue paper, the clatter of pills. 
Ted on the other hand, who's lost his vision, views life in a more optimistic way; he can't see, and therefore he gets to choose to see only true beauty. And he finds that within Sarah. Determined to make her find it too, his kind, encouraging words turn out to be what Sarah really needed all this time. 
With poetic prose and gentle, yet completely enduring characters, West creates a
story about true attraction, true brilliance, and most importantly, true love.
The only problem I had with the story was how quickly it moved -- I wish it had been drawn out a bit more! The essence of the story happened all within an hour or so. But then again, it isn't a complete novel, so that in consideration, it's absolutely the best it could have been for its length...or lack thereof.

Where Stephanie Got It: Received a print copy from Margaret as a gift.

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Spirit Intervention 5STARS
Reviewed by Nora Barteau

Sally, wanting someone to share her life with was filling out paperwork to submit to a dating agency, while in her ear, her deceased mother was telling her she'd never find a man that way and without telling Sally, was adamant on showing her she wouldn't. Sally never had a chance to turn the application in before having a total head on collision with Emilio at work, spewing not only all her arm full of work all over the floor, but her shoe and behind as well. If fate were to be determined on first impressions, well, I doubt it would have ever worked out for either one of them, as Sally came up 'swinging' so to speak to the person who dared not watch where he was going! Although slightly humiliated and beyond frustrated, Sally was able to notice just how gorgeous this person she had never laid eyes on before was. But she was soon to find out he was a temporary replacement for her boss who was leaving for a short time, and Sally was to be his PA!
Sally had the ability to hear the spirits in the 'afterlife' while unknown to Sally, Emilio could hear them sometimes but he could mostly see them. Both of them hid this secret because they felt the other one would think they were crazy.
Not to give too much away, Emilio got a hold of Sally's application to the dating agency, and decided to jot down the likes and dislikes she had because he was smitten with her at first sight and was determined to be her 'perfect' man. But Sally had told some small 'white lies' on her application to make herself a little more interesting, which in turn were the total opposite things Emilio liked. So, they not only had those obstacles to get over but the constant bantering of her deceased mother Patricia constantly trying to run things the way she seen fit. Each date has it's own twists and turns sure to put a smile on your face one minute and be totally exasperated with the characters the next. In the end when all looks lost, reinforcements from the spirit world come in to try to clean up the mess, and get things on the right track. You must read it to find out how things turn out.
It's been a long time since I have read a book that has made me laugh and be totally aggravated at the same time! I thoroughly loved this book! The characters Emilio, Sally and Sally's deceased mother Patricia were very real to the story.
I strongly recommend this book by Margaret West, which I found to be a pleasant and easy read. You will not be disappointed and will truly enjoy what true love can endure to survive.

I give this book five stars

Spirit Intervention by Margaret West
Publisher: Eternal Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (117 Pages)
Heat Level: sweet
Rating: 4 books
Reviewed by Fennel

When the spirit world collides with the living, anything that can happen, does.

Patricia is a mother who refuses to stay out of her daughter’s life, even when she dies.

Sally can hear her mother, but she can't see her spirit. At first she welcomes her return, but as the month’s progress she starts to feel increasingly peeved by her mother’s constant interference in her life.

When she tells a few white lies on a dating application form, Patricia sets out to prove lies are not a foundation for a healthy relationship. She sabotages Sally’s relationship with Emilio to prove her point, not realizing her interference has caused a catastrophic chain reaction in the spirit world.

It is now down to the spirit of Emilio’s grandmother to put things right. But has Patricia caused too much damage for her to mend?

Have you ever tried to laugh through clenched teeth? Do you love great characters, plenty of laughs and the ‘meddling mother’ routine? Then this is the book for you.

They say ‘the road to hell is paved with good intentions’ and the combination of Sally’s economy with the truth and her mother’s interference ensure that Sally and Emilio’s path to romance is strewn with house-sized boulders.

Sally can ‘hear’ her late mother, Patricia, but can’t see her. Emilio can ‘see’ Sally’s mother as well as hear her.

As far as Patricia is concerned it is a mother’s duty to protect her daughter, but in doing so she breaks too many karmic rules and it takes the intervention of Emilio’s treasured Grandmother to set Patricia right.

Ms. West sets her scenes with a clarity that takes few words, and populated them with her hero, Emilio, and her heroine, Sally. Both characters are flawed and have lessons to face, and yet both endear themselves to the reader. I ground my teeth at Patricia’s antics and yes, you’ve guessed it, laughed at the same time.

If I had any nits with this story, one was with Emilio’s character. He’s in a position of authority at work and yet seems to lack self-confidence at moments when he should have known exactly what to do. Another involved Patricia’s constant meddling in her daughter’s affair. Hence the gritted teeth! And yet, the title says it all!

What I particularly liked about Spirit Intervention is that in this instance the paranormal element of the story did not equate to darkness and evil. Just a mother’s love unleashed.

Ms. West knows her subject and it shows in her writing. If you enjoy paranormal, humour and a gentle romance, then you have all three in this story.

Buy this comedy paranormal romance.


Reviewer Ginger Simpson

The Heart of a Warrior - Margaret West

Beliefs and backgrounds collide in Margaret West’s The Heart of a Warrior. A staunch nurse from England arrives to visit her father, a storekeeper who depends on customers from the adjoining Indian reservation.
Belinda is in the middle of a nasty divorce and needs some time away, but instead of the vacation she expected, she discovers her father in the hospital and his business being run by some scummy dude named Jez. His wife can compete for the title, “wicked witch of the west” and probably win.

With Jez and his wife living above the store, the only place left for Belinda is a rundown storage shed out back. The Ritz it isn’t. Not even close. And the pleasant greeting she hoped her surprised visit would bring is anything but. The plot thickens when she meets the handsome Navajo chief, Yuma, who isn’t quite sure how to take this spicy British woman. Off course, there’s romantic interest, but his mother isn’t happy with the prospect of him taking a wife outside the tribe. There are cultural traditions to honor, and Belinda doesn’t fit in despite her growing feelings for Yuma and his apparent attraction to her.

Ms. West’s writing style is crisp, fresh and interesting. There isn’t one spot in this novel you can find where you’ll want to put it down and take a break. Although the romance and suspense of what is looming in the pages ahead are enough to keep your interest, you might even find yourself chuckling at some of her clever exchanges between Belinda and Yuma. Especially funny is the part where she gives him a carved horse, thinking it a befitting gift, and he takes it as an insult. She then tells him she should have given him a donkey because he’s being an ass. Kudos to Ms. West for a novel well written and for gaining a definite fan
Review of “The Heart of a Warrior”

When Belinda arrives to Arizona from England , wanting some TLC from her father she arrives at the airport with a shock that seems to follow one after another. Informed that her father has had a heart-attack and is in hospital , all she wants to do is make sure her father is well and check up on the Shop . When arriving at the shop, she is in for another shock as the Lansdowne’s couple whom are looking after the shop as let it run to the ground-it’s definitley not the same shop her father had made his prized possession-his soul and joy. In Arizona, Belinda meets Yuma -the American Indian Chief. At first - neither of them like each other very much , but is it just a front ? As they get to know each other along the novel , it shows they are meant to be together , however it wouldn’t be very much of a great story if their wasn’t some obstacle that they have to overcome . As Chief of the Reservation Yuma is supposed to marry somebody with American Indian blood and it is to be an arranged marriage and when Belinda’s ex-husband Ray ends up in Arizona -Yuma gets the wrong idea. Will Belinda and Yuma end up together or when Belinda flies back to England , will Yuma be a Spring/Winter Fling ? A great novel that portrays the American Indian culture in a realistic way right down to their living situations, values and rituals.


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Abigail Cottage 13/01/11 4 STARS

Reviewed by Nora Barteau

Abigail Cottage is about two very different love stories, one very dark and the other full of purity and light. Both circaccompanied by a letter notifying her she had inherited a cottage from someone in her family. A cottage she would later find was the portal to evil, shadows that she feared her entire life, and an entity that had been formed out of resentment for the love he lost centuries before. Justin was determined he would have his beloved Abigail regardless of how many souls of babies that were lost. Justin, once a handsome man, had become a grotesque demon who had to use magic to hold the illusion of the self he once was, and to allow Abigail Cottage to appear in a form other than the deteriorating building it was in order to appeal to Abbey to dwell in it. Once she inhabited the cottage, events were in play and it would take the love of a child and of a true love to break the curse forever. The true love would come from a man Abbey met at the airport after she arrived in Ireland where her inheritance was located. Shaun led around Abbey and the curse that has been in her family's blood line for centuries. A curse, if not broken would have meant the downfall of all mankind. And it entered Abbey's life in the form of a very old gold coin was smitten and it was love at first sight. They spent one beautiful night together in his mother's house. A night that would set into motion, a miracle, a betrayal, a tragedy, a revelation, and a light which was driven by a love so powerful, no evil could survive it.

This book was outside of the genre I usually read most often, although still paranormal, it was a story that was not about vampires or werewolves. Knowing this, I wasn't sure it would hold my interest even though I do like to read various different reads, I was not real familiar with Margaret's
work. So, in the beginning I found it to be a bit 'slow' going. After sticking it out, and continuing with the story, I soon realized why it started the way it had. The author had to explain a bit of the history of the story in order for it to make sense, otherwise, the reader would be lost throughout the entire book.

I found Abigail Cottage to be a very well written book. At times I found the 'accents' a bit hard to understand but not to the point I didn't know what was being said. A few times I felt sorry for the demon in the story because all he wanted was the true love h.e thought he once had, no matter the cost. This book made me smile, discouraged, anxious, sad and unsure up to the very last page. This book has peeked my interest to check other works by Margaret
. I feel this book can be enjoyed by all no matter the genre they are used to reading because it contains a little bit of everything. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I plan on reading more of Margaret West's work. I give this book four stars.

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