Stories That Intrigue

Six Stories of Romance, Delight, and Mystery

Romance - Suspense
177 Pages
Reviewed on 07/31/2020
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Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite

In Stories That Intrigue by Brenda Mohammed, Julia, a best-selling novelist, and her younger sister Stephanie have just landed in Heathrow Airport from Trinidad. They plan to meet Sam Jurai whom Julia met through social media and who will be working with Julia on her 24th novel before traveling to France where Stephanie is about to start her fashion degree at the university. Throughout these fast-paced six short stories, Julia and Stephanie travel from London to France, Switzerland, and New York where they discover the streets are filled with exciting and wonderful places as well as situations that threaten their safety. Sam proves to be a valuable travel partner but he holds a secret love for Julia. Will he find the courage to tell her how he feels and how will she respond?

Each of the short stories is compelling and includes the perfect amount of tension and suspense. Brenda has cleverly written each tale to flow effortlessly into the next. The relationship between Julia and Stephanie is wonderful; their dialogue and actions perfectly prove the support and care they have for one another. Both Julia and Stephanie have the ideal blend of femininity and strong independence which I love to see in female characters. Stories That Intrigue by Brenda Mohammed is the perfect book for anyone who loves to travel as the cities throughout are described in superb detail. You really get a sense of the culture and atmosphere in each of the places they visit. I also loved the fact that the characters were from different cultures. The author has a wonderful talent in creating characters and dialogue that completely engage the reader. The stories are filled with love, exciting action, human vulnerability, and tense dangerous situations.

Florabelle Lutchman

The stories in this book " Stories that intrigue" by Brenda Mohammed will have you sitting on the edge of your seat anxiously waiting to see what comes next.
All the stories are well crafted, very interseting and well written.

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In Chapter 1, Brenda begins the story of Julia and her eighteen-year-old sister Stephanie, who arrived from Trinidad at Heathrow Airport, London. I really felt excited and felt as if I too went with them, as I sat in my dark study room reading the book. Why dark? Yes, dark because I switched off all lights except the reading light.
Julia was 13 years older than her younger sister and became her legal guardian at age 21 when their parents died in a car crash ten years before. This might make readers sad a little thinking about how they have faced life. But yes, we know responsibility teaches us to do the impossible.
Each of Brenda's stories tells us about the human strength of the mind and the empowerment of wisdom through yards - long experience of selfless living.
Her stories are in very simple English, which is spoken regularly in every country worldwide. Therefore any reader can relate to them very quickly and obtain the exact message and the moral embedded.
In the next segment, Brenda wrote that Julia had a lucrative job at the island's refinery, but downgraded to a part-time job to look after her sister.
Julia started writing books to supplement her income and became a best-selling multiple award-winning author. Here all readers I hope can relate to their real life, with hope and hardship.
After reading this. I felt how immensely responsible these characters are shown to the world so that it gives a huge message to this entire globe, how to take care of their families, what so ever needs to be rendered.
Brenda has written this chapter so interestingly that a new tourist or visitor to London, will get clear guidance and won't feel aa a novice if travelling to London.
After the drama which took place where someone was missing, and which I cannot disclose in this review, in the final part when they met the hotel manager Harry, the conversation is so friendly and natural that readers can relate to it with real-life talking.
I felt it's such an intriguing story that readers can't stop reading until they reach the final chapter.
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A Chadee

Lost In London
The story begins with the landing at one of the busiest airports in the world, in London.
The Heathrow Airport is always at it's peak time, as the passengers from around the globe commute on this International Terminus.
The airborne passengers are anxiously waiting to pick up their baggage from the baggage carousel.
The flight from Trinidad to London, at Terminal 5 has just arrived, and the two sisters are eagerly proceeding to the Immigration's counter and green belt to clear the process, a must-do at the airport.
Stephanie and Julia are very eager to embark on their, sightseeing spree in London.
The travel itinerary looks full for Julia, an author of 23 Best Selling Books - and maybe the 24th to arrive soon.
And Stephanie has no clue of it.
So how is it going to be accomplished, by Julia?
The travel writing is 'Hot Line' for Julia and her Facebook Indian friend, Sam Jurai.
But Julia has safely tucked away a big secret of this author friend's visit to London from her younger sister Stephanie.
What are the stakes now?
There are no compromises, from either of the sisters, and the plot takes the readers on the roller coaster ride, from the hotel Atrium to the majestic Big Ben!
The intrigue, at the Big Ben spot really catches on the reader's mind.
Stephanie's sudden disappearance causes a real ruckus at the Hotel Atrium in London.
She is 'Lost and Found' in her attempt to meet the 'New Author' friend of her sister from India.
The "Bucket List Travels" then takes you to Switzerland.
The binge and wanderlust of Julia make these short stories really interesting.
By A. C.

Tower Lowe

I found this book of connected short stories while perusing Amazon for a quick escape from sheltering in place for covid-19. What a delight. Julia and her sister Stephanie take an international trip to drop Stephanie off at university. Sam is an Internet friend who might—or might not— be a love interest. Expect cool, relaxing rooms (and pictures to inspire your imagination) tours and adventure. My afternoon escape into these stories left me refreshed and ready to face the rest of the day. Very upbeat stories and they all make up the trip taken by Julia, Stephanie and Sam.

A. J.

STORIES THAT INTRIGUE is one of the most wonderful books that I have read. It is the story of two authors from two different countries who met online and decided to meet in London to compile a book of adventures based on their travel experiences. Sam was from India and Julia from Trinidad. Julia was taking her sister to a University in France to study fashion designing. Although Sam told Julia he would meet them in London he was uncertain, as he had problems to obtain time off from his job and to get a visa.
Julia’s sister, Stephanie, was unaware that Julia planned to meet Sam and was upset when he turned up. Fortunately for them, he did, as he saved the sisters from two unfortunate occurrences.
After the drama in London, when someone went missing, the hotel manager Harry had a friendly conversation with the sisters. He told Stephanie that he planned to visit Trinidad and she gave him a long list of interesting things to do when he visited. It seemed so real to me because I live in Trinidad.
What I like about the book is the story of Sam and Julia is told in six exciting episodes and each episode could be a standalone story. I loved the ending.
I commend Author Brenda Mohammed on such a fabulous job.
I am happy that I purchased a copy of the paperback book from her home store. This book is a must-read.

R B M

The cute cover and intriguing title of this book drew me in. I knew it would be top priority in my reading list. Fortunately, the author was giving away advanced reader copies and I’m so happy I was one of the lucky recipients.

The three main characters in the book Julia, Stephanie, and Sam all won my heart. Author, Brenda Mohammed portrayed them in a way that made me feel that I was right there with them throughout their travels, trials, and happy times. The places the main characters visited and the wonderful food they ate are all etched in my mind. I loved Stories That Intrigue and highly recommend it.

SHP

I have always been an ardent fan of Brenda's short stories. Stories that intrigue was no different from my expectations. It had all elements in the plot that I desired and felt great reading it. All the Episodes of Sam and Julia(Main Characters) had emotional strength, and the book has weaved their stories as six episodes. Simplicity in language and the curiosity to know what happens next was felt throughout the book. I recommend this wonderful book to all literary fans, as it has amusement in abundance and reality in narration. I wouldn't like to stretch my feedback more but as an overall statement would like to say "This book has life, amusement, and mystery". Don't miss reading this awesome work from Brenda Mohammed. SHP