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Welcome to my Friday Five Challenge
(Original idea from Rosie Amber at

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To join in read the rules at the bottom.

I decided to search Kindle fiction using the word Algarve as I won’t be back there till the end of September and I am getting withdrawal symptoms.  There were two books called The Algarve Affair which didn’t appeal because the title is just too obvious but I was intrigued with this cover picture and the simple title Vanished


Book Description

Oliver de Reece is a 34 year old, rich, spoiled, formula 1 test driver. One year ago, he suffered a bad car crash, which left him unable to walk for several months. While recovering at his parents’ stately home, he becomes intrigued and falls in love with the new governess, Michelle Mason, who was hired to look after Oliver’s much younger half-brother and half-sister, the younger children of his father’s second marriage. Michelle is beautiful, intelligent but puzzling, strange, secretive and overqualified for the job. What is she hiding? Why is she there? Is she really who she claims to be? Slowly, Oliver uncovers the mysterious layers of Michelle’s life! What he finds deeply shocks him but, before he can act, Michelle vanishes without a trace.

This sounds rather predictable, the sort of serial you might read in a women’s magazine but I’m still interested so I looked briefly inside.  The book starts with an incident on a beach in the Algarve when Oliver was 15.  He saved a girl’s life but he never saw her again.  Now I really do want to know more.  Unfortunately there is only one review though it is 5 star. The author M G da Mota has written two other books which also have only 1 or 2 reviews but maybe she’s not making enough use of social media?  She is a well travelled lady who writes reviews of opera and classical music for two magazines on the web.

So will I BUY or PASS?  I’ll BUY

What have others chosen this week?

Alison turned to an historical novel about a French princess

Cathy looked at Amazon’s selections for her and found a book about Christmas!

Barb has found a delightful children’s book

I thought Rosie had also chosen a children’s book from the cover but it’s actually adult humour

Terry has found some beauty secrets for those of us who are over 50

So now it’s your turn.

Get yourself a cuppa and give yourself 5 minutes.

In today’s online shopping age, readers often base their buying decisions from small postage stamp size book covers (Thumb-nails), a quick glance at the book description and the review. How much time do they really spend making that buying decision?

AUTHORS – You often only have seconds to get a reader to buy your book, is your book cover and book bio up to it?

Rosie’s Friday Five Challenge is this….. IN ONLY FIVE MINUTES….

1) Go to any online book supplier,

2) Randomly choose a category,

3) Speed through the book covers, choose one which has instantly appealed to your eye,

4) Read the book Bio/ Description for this book, and any other details.

5) If there are reviews, check out a couple,

6) Make an instant decision, would you BUY or PASS?


About lizannelloyd

Love history, reading, researching and writing. Articles published in My Family History and other genealogy magazines.

9 responses »

  1. Pingback: Friday Five Challenge ~ #BuyorPass ~ Christmas Spirit by Susan Buchanan #FridayFiveChallenge | BetweenTheLines

  2. I love the cover and the red chair, very atmospheric. One to think about.


  3. Oh yes, that cover is very dramatic and yells mystery to me straight away – perhaps this book just needs some great publicity? Do let us know what you think when you get around to reading, always a chicken an egg syndrome for an unknown book, it needs reviews but without reviews readers hesitate.


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  5. Yes it reminded me of Death in Red Canvas chair by N A Granger.


  6. It does sound a bit women’s magazine, yes! Though not uninteresting, and I agree with your thoughts about not advertising herself enough


  7. I’m really conflicted about this one – thinking it could be either really good or a bit dull. Will download a sample I think 🙂


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  9. I like the premise of this one and will put on my list to investigate at a later date ~ when I don’t have quite so many others to get through first!



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