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BUY or PASS? Looking at Gypsy Romance #FridayFiveChallenge


Welcome to the ‘Friday Five Challenge.’

Would you BUY or PASS if you had only a thumbnail image and five minutes to decide?

Welcome to the #FridayFiveChallenge. The original idea comes from Rosie Amber, and you can join up here:

The rules are laid out at the end of this post if you fancy having a go.

Here is my contribution for this week:

I was scrolling through Facebook the other day, and I came across a shared link by another author. The book cover and strapline caught my eye, and my #FridayFiveChallenge antennae started beeping. So I started the timer and clicked through to the Amazon page. This is what I found:

Gypsy Heart by Rosemary Smith



The year is 1902. For Katherine Johnson, life is going nowhere. Living in a cottage on the coast of Cornwall, with her Aunt and Uncle, she has spent her whole life trapped in drawing rooms and dinner parties. That is, until her 20th birthday.

Her aunt and uncle present her with a beautiful jewellery box, but do not explain its significance. Then she meets a stranger on the Cornish beach. And her life will never be the same again.

Katherine falls in love with the gypsy Kane, and marries him in secret. But her family find her decision hard to accept him. As Katherine finally learns the secret behind her jewellery box she realises that her and Kane’s lives are more closely intertwined than they could ever have imagined.

But when her aunt forbids her to see Kane how can she reconcile her family and her love? Will she have to leave everything she has ever known to stay true to her Gypsy Heart?

My Analysis:

I don’t know what it was that drew me in, but I was mesmerised by this cover. I get a sense of freedom and adventure when I look at it; perhaps it’s the rolling hills in the background? Whatever it is, it made me click the link so ten out of ten for that. The next thing that hooked me was the strapline; unlocking the secrets of her past. I’m intrigued.

The blurb leads us into the story, set in the 1900s and based in Cornwall. I was still quite interested at this point, especially when the jewellery box was presented, and we discover the gypsy stranger on the beach. It appears to be a tale of forbidden love.

The Stats:

The book has 107 pages, and the Kindle price is £2.99. However, it is on Kindle Countdown for the next two days so you can grab a copy for 99p. There are eight reviews, all of these are four and five stars.

The reviews are good, although half of them are just one word or a short sentence. There are a couple of fans in there who have read the other books written by Rosemary Smith. Here is one example of the kind of review this book is receiving:

The favourite of the three books available on Kindle so far for me, Set in Cornwall, with the most wonderful storyline, wonderfully written.. I read this book in one day as it is a real page turner, I felt as if I was there watching these characters all unfold. I look forward to more of your books being available on Kindle. This book is a must read. It will make you feel warm- hearted… 

The cover is lovely, and the blurb is interesting, I can understand why this would appeal to a romance fan. The die-hard fantasy fan in me was itching for the jewellery box to whisk the characters off to a far-off land, so for me it’s a PASS.

Gypsy Heart – buy your copy from

Take a look at who else has taken part in the Friday Five Challenge:

 Rosie is looking at Mystery –

Cathy chose a thriller –

Liz is on a sea faring adventure –

Barb is looking at how to be a Granny –



What is the Friday Five Challenge?

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

The 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 of this book,

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

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

(then write a little analysis about your decision)


6 thoughts on “BUY or PASS? Looking at Gypsy Romance #FridayFiveChallenge”

  1. Oh I’m getting a tingling feeling from the book description. Not sure the book cover grabs my attention from thousands of others in women’s fiction, but if I got as far as the book description, I would be very interested. The countdown price is a good pull, so it would be a BUY from me.


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