Category Archives: Edelweiss

“The Butterfly House” by Katrine Engberg – Book Review

“Lies tend to settle over the heart like plastic wrap. They make it hard for the love to breathe.” The fountains of Copenhagen are holding more than just water. Dead bodies are being dumped in fountains throughout the city. The … Continue reading

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“Dear Amy” by Helen Callaghan – Book Review

Margot Lewis is a school teacher by day and an ‘agony aunt’ in her free time. She answers letters with advice to those who seek it on matters of life and the heart for the local paper. On a personal … Continue reading

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“Bitter Orange” by Claire Fuller – Book Review

“Pain as well as joy makes us who we are.” Frances Jellico 1969 – nearing her fortieth birthday, she is socially inept and has never experienced love, or even a man’s attentions.  She left her place at Oxford to take … Continue reading

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“The Au Pair” by Emma Rous – Book Review

Seraphine Mayes – 2017 – Twenty-five years old and still reeling from the accidental death of her beloved father, Seraphine lives at Summerbourne. Her twin brother Danny travels a lot, and her older brother Edwin lives in town in the … Continue reading

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“Little Cruelties” by Liz Nugent – Book Review

William Drumm – the eldest brother is disdainful of his siblings. He has always been his mother’s favorite (in as much as she has a favourite…) William always felt entitled and he was a womanizer and film producer. He marries … Continue reading

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“The Forgotten Letters of Esther Durrant” by Kayte Nunn – Book Review

1951-52 – Esther Durrant has just lost her infant son. Blaming herself, and suffering from post-natal depression, she is despondent and lethargic. Her husband, at a loss as to what to do, sends her to one of the Isles of … Continue reading

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“A Song of Isolation” by Micheal J. Malone – Book Review

This book features three main protagonists: Dave – a young man who works as an accountant and is the live-in partner of a movie star. He is fearful that his relationship is precarious and that the love of his life … Continue reading

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“Snow” by John Banville – Book Review

“Who could know all that goes on in an old house late at night?” Father Tom, a parish priest has been found dead in Ballyglass House, the family home of the aristocratic, secretive Osborne family. The Catholic Church rules Ireland … Continue reading

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“The River Home” by Hannah Richell – Book Review

“What is it about homecoming that can strip a person of all that they have become?” Eve – the eldest of the three Sorrell sisters, is married and the mother to two young girls. She is a planner, a perfectionist, … Continue reading

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“The Bookshop at Water’s End” by Patti Callahan Henry – Book Review

“Sometimes you had to leave home to finally find it”. Bonny Blankenship – Married and the mother to nineteen year-old Piper, Bonny works as an Emergency Physician in Charleston, South Carolina. Since she was an adolescent Bonny has loved her … Continue reading

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“The House of Whispers” by Laura Purcell – Book Review

Thirty-two year old Hester Way arrives in a memorable fashion to Morvoren House in Cornwall. She is using an assumed name to take up a new post there as nurse to Miss Louise Pinecroft, the mistress of Morvoren. She left … Continue reading

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“The Book of CarolSue” by Lynne Hugo – Book Review

CarolSue – recently widowed from her second husband, is still sore with grief. Rudderless, she agrees to leave her suburban Atlanta life and return to the home farm in Indiana where she grew up. A life change that at first … Continue reading

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The Queen of Crime 100th Birthday! Celebrating P.D. James

It is no secret to those who know me well that P.D. James and Ruth Rendell are my two long-time favourite crime writers. Today, August 3rd, would have been the 100th birthday of Phyllis Dorothy James, the Queen of Crime. … Continue reading

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“The Island Child” by Molly Aitken – Book Review

“So many lies are built out of a wish to shield the ones we love from the horror of the truth.” “Boys were all free while girls were tied to the hearth and kept sleepy inside like gentle calves in … Continue reading

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“Seven Lies” by Elizabeth Kay – Book Review

Two lonely little girls met in school at the age of twelve. From then on they were inseparable – finding in each other someone to share their innermost thoughts. As is often the case, the girls were opposite in many … Continue reading

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