The Carrisbrook Trilogy
Carrisbrook Estate Rest Home...don't tell anyone, they'll all want to get a room there! Within the grounds and walls of this fictitious prestigious aged care facility, chaos and mayhem are standard issue. 'A Timely Dream' and 'No Time For Rules' (publication date 30/4/15) tell the tale of the staff and 'locals' who add spice to their lives with the inclusion of time travel with a Personal Time Machine. (PTM). There is a lot more to this fine establishment than meets the eye, as the Carrisbrook 'underworld' is carefully preserved.
A Timely Dream
Felicity is a Senior Caregiver in an elite rest home.
When she has her curiosity aroused by a poster placed the wrong way round in a window across the valley from her work place, she organises an investigation. Little does she know that what she finds will change time itself, both for the elderly residents in her care, and those she knows and loves. In a story that breaks down the boundaries of time, the future is threatened by jelousy and greed, the present is fuelled by passion and love while the past is eased by the healing powers of memories finally understood.
Within these pages, you will find laugh-out-loud humour, drama, intrigue, passion and love. All with a quirky flavour.
I am extremely proud of 'A Timely Dream' and the 2nd book in The Carrisbrook Trilogy: 'No Time For Rules'. I hope you enjoy reading these quirky tales.
Finally finished this book and what a ride! A truly down to earth book of your average kiwi embarking on a wild ride that nobody could have predicted! A book that was hard to put down with action at every turn. Even if you aren't usually a science fiction reader this is still a great read. Well done to Fleur & Lloyd on a great book. I really can't wait for the sequel.
Reviewed by Ms Ysabel Hill, 22, registered nurse with St Johns, New Zealand
A Timely Dream is a science fiction novel which allows its characters to travel back in time. In turn it allows its readers to experience the pain, heartache, joy and in some cases, the redemption of those characters. If you are not a science fiction fan do not let that discourage you from picking up this novel and being introduced to its delightful mix of personalities.
Many of the characters are either residents or employees of a senior care/assisted living facility in New Zealand. For those readers who have never had the pleasure of travel to beautiful New Zealand, you will probably want to book that trip after reading A Timely Dream. Unfortunately, as far as this writer knows you cannot, yet, book a trip back in time. But, a girl can dream.
Reviewed by Mrs Paula J Pavlosky-Taylor, retired, Griffin, Georgia, USA.
I am not a reader of science fiction, but I found this book to be very intriguing, The characters are down to earth and their life stories are very believable. I thought it was quite scientific but the NASA involvement was interesting. It was fun to read. I enjoyed this book and will read Part 2, No Time For Rules.
Joyce, Yangan, Qld
No Time For Rules
Since the day a poster with time-travelling powers was spotted on a window by residents and staff at Carrisbrook Estate Rest Home, life has never been the same. With the PTM (Personal Time Machine) their trips are only limited by their imagination.
Sophia is the zesty new South American-born manager with a passion for Salsa dancing and all things spicy. Add to the mix Kwasi, a troubled but brutally handsome young Liberian from West Africa and some restless, blood-thirsty rebels from his past. Will the 'incoming' residents, Patsy, recently retired from her colourful career...and Hank the suave billionaire...fit into the Carrisbrook culture?
Then to top things off there's an unexpected arrival of the feline kind who unearths a long forgotten mystery.
Intrigue, laugh-out-loud humour, drama, steamy sex and gentle romance...it's all just another day at the office for the rule breaking, rebellious 'locals' at Carrisbrook Estate Rest Home.
"When I started reading No Time For Rules, I thought no way was it going to be anything like my usual read ie historical drama. Science fiction has never been my thing. But to my great surprise and very pleasantly I might add, the book took off in an interesting, amusing and carefree style. This book is many times more enjoyable than the first in The Carrisbrook Trilogy. In fact I would go so far as to say if there's anyone contemplating entry into a retirement home, then read this book before you go. It's certainly worthy of being placed on your 'must have' list."...
Reviewed by Joy Hill
Moss Vale, NSW
This second book is a real racy story, which has ramped up several notches. If only Rest homes could work like this.
I chuckled all the way through, wondering what was coming next. Love the way the cat was introduced & all the concerts that were so successfully mentioned.
Remind me, to " age disgracefully" from now on.
Look forward to the next book & more surprises.
Reviewed by Anne Carnie
I have now read book one and two of this trilogy and am eagerly awaiting book three. These books are fast paced, hard to put down and addictive! The characters are endearing and have traits that remind me of my extended family and friends which makes their antics all the more believable. I have to say that life in a retirement home always seemed to be one of those 'fate worse than death' options, but after reading these books it would now be a 'first option'! This series is a great way for people to break into Science fiction without aliens, dragons and mass obliteration of all human life. These are books that can be read by all generations from teens through to Octogenarians.
Reviewed by Carol Hill
I have been reading No Time For Rules and I'm really enjoying it. A couple of years ago my mum was at an aged care home and I can relate to some of the antics the residents get up to, but none as daring as at Carrisbrook!
Just waiting for Book 3 to come into print.
My Review: 5 stars
Having read the first in the series, I wanted to pick up NoTime For Rules to see where life went for the Carrisbrook residents and what new adventures were in store. I enjoyed this book so much more than the first. It was engaging and fun, there were plot twists and sub-plots that made it a fun read. I enjoyed revisiting the residents from the first book and felt the book overall was better and more fun! Will be picking up the third when it's released!