To join in with the #FridayFiveChallenge please read the rules at the bottom of the page.

Feeling in tune with the time of year my bookcover choice this week was on the theme of Joy.  Very quickly I saw a book called just Joy, a short story for Christmas by Celina Grace.


It sounds too good to be true, Joy by Grace, but hold on a minute, it’s a Kate Redman story.  Who is Kate Redman?  Apparently she’s a Detective Sergeant who usually solves much longer mystery stories with names such as Echo, Sanctuary or Chimera.  This short 8000 word book is a present from the author because it’s free!

There are 16 reviews all written this week, 8 four star and 8 five star.  Interesting comments are,

Why would a local derelict come to the local police station with an angelic blonde 18-month old baby girl saying, “her name is Joy!” right before Christmas? Especially when a distraught couple has moments before come in claiming their 18- month old baby daughter, Sophia, has been kidnapped? Kate’s intuition as a police officer quickly uncovers much beyond the surface linking both incidents.

This is a very well written short story that takes place right before Christmas. It gives you hints to the solution, but keeps you pleasantly guessing.

So shall I BUY or will I PASS?  I am definitely going to download this free mystery story.

What have others chosen this week?

Rosie has found a book I strongly recommend The Gift of Rain https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/2015/12/11/fridayfivechallenge-the-gift-of-rain-by-tan-twan-eng-fridayreads/

Cathie has chosen another book I have read which I can also endorse, I am David. http://betweenthelinesbookblog.com/2015/12/11/fridayfivechallenge-buy-or-pass-i-am-david-by-anne-holm-histfic-ya/

Shelley has found us A Christmas Violin http://shelleywilsonauthor.com/2015/12/11/would-you-buy-or-pass-the-christmas-violin-fridayfivechallenge/

And Barb’s blog about Christmas is a great read in itself!  http://barbtaub.com/2015/12/11/beats-me-claude-fridayfivechallenge-from-rosieamber-santas-little-balls/

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?


Published by lizannelloyd

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

11 thoughts on “#FridayFiveChallenge

  1. A PASS from me, I’m not a fan of a short story, the cover is bright, the title and the child’s face in the bauble are opposites, so it sets questions in the viewer’s mind suitable for a mystery.


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