Category Archives: Family sagas

“Go Ask Fannie” by Elisabeth Hyde – Book Review

In this novel we become acquainted with the Blaire family. We come to know them first when Lillian and Murray Blaire are just starting out and have a young family of four children. Murray, a lawyer has political aspirations and … Continue reading

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“The Lost Girls of Devon” by Barbara O’Neal – Book Review

This is the story of four generations of women: Lillian – lives in a charming old manor house in coastal Devon. She is in her late eighties and is a renowned writer of mystery novels. Now though, she is experiencing … Continue reading

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“Margreete’s Harbor” by Eleanor Morse – Book Review

1955 – Margreete Hocking – an elderly woman who lives alone in a house beside the sea in the state of Maine. Margreete has been married three times, has had three children, and has lived a full and vibrant life, … Continue reading

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“After the Rising” by Orna Ross – Book Review #ReadingIrelandMonth21

Twenty years ago, Jo Devereux fled Mucknamore, the small Irish village where she grew up, driven away by buried secrets and hatreds. Now she is back and needs to uncover the truth of what really happened between her family and their … Continue reading

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“Life Sentences” by Billy O’Callaghan – Book Review

1920 – The first story we read is that of Jer (Jerimiah). A man who, born in dire poverty in an Irish workhouse, has gone on to fight in the trenches of WWI and raise a family of six children … 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 Second Home” by Christina Clancy – Book Review

Ann Gordon – the eldest of the three Gordon children, is seventeen the year that everything changed for her family. This is the year that the family introduces their newest member to the family’s second home, an old saltbox style … Continue reading

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“Letters From the Past” by Erica James – Book Review

With many points of view taken into account, this is a story of family. As in all families, there are those we love, those we like, and those we cannot abide. All are portrayed here. Central to the novel is … Continue reading

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“The Peacock Summer” by Hannah Richell – Book Review

Present day – Maggie Oberon has been living a rather hedonistic life in Australia for the past year. She fled England after breaking up with her fiance under a dark cloud. When she learns of her beloved grandmother’s health issues, … Continue reading

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“The Salt House” by Lisa Duffy – Book Review

“…Gorgeously written, heartbreaking, yet hopeful debut set during a Maine summer traces the lives of a young family in the aftermath of tragedy.” “the isolation of sorrow” In a small Maine coastal town lives the Kelly family. Father Jack is … Continue reading

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