Category Archives: Literary fiction

“After the End” by Clare Mackintosh – Book Review

I’ve been a staunch fan of Clare Mackintosh’s work ever since reading the fantastic “I let you go” back in 2016. Such a fan that I will automatically read anything she writes. That being said, I would probably not have … Continue reading

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“The Light Keeper” by Cole Moreton – Book Review

“The stories we tell define us. So do the stories we don’t tell and the ones we never finish.” Sarah and Jack Bramer are a young couple who are desperate to have a child. Or at least Sarah is… After … Continue reading

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“The Lighthouse” by Alison Moore – Book Review

All the women in Futh’s life seem to abandon him. First his mother, then his wife. In fact, he has never really gotten over the fact that his mother left – because – she was bored to death my his … Continue reading

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“Apologizing to Dogs” by Joe Coomer – Book Review

“With a splendid cast of characters and the cleverest canine in comedy, Apologizing to Dogs is a hilarious, heartwarming and wonderfully human tale and proves that no matter how old you get, there’s always something worth holding on to, fighting … Continue reading

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“From a Low and Quiet Sea” by Donal Ryan – Book Review

Part I- Farouk The war is Syria has escalated and finally reached the town where Farouk, a doctor, and his wife Martha, a biologist, and their young daughter live. When a boy is crucified in public, this serves as a … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday – “My name is Lucy Barton”

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favorites. This week I’m showcasing a novel that I read over three years ago. “My name is Lucy Barton” was a title that I got from NetGalley. … Continue reading

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“Get Well Soon” by Marie-Sabine Roger – Book Review

A few years ago I read a little novel called “Soft in the head“. It left such a positive impression that I just HAD to read another work by this talented author.  Once again, she has left me wanting more. … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday Feb. 7, 2019 (an old favorite recommended)

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favorites. This week I’m showcasing a debut novel that I read over four years ago. “In a Vertigo of Silence” was a title that I got from NetGalley … Continue reading

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“Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens – Book Review

“abandoned, hungry and cold” North Carolina 1952 – We meet little six-year-old Kya Clark on the day her mother walks out of their marsh ‘shack’ for the last time. Covered in bruises, Kya’s mother has left her drunken, abusive husband … Continue reading

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“Bright Stars” by Sophie Duffy

Cameron Spark‘s life has not turned out as he had once hoped. He is the youngest of four brothers, whose dear Mum died when he was just an adolescent. Once he was the bright one, the studious, nerdy, asthmatic, clumsy … Continue reading

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“The Clockmaker’s Daughter” by Kate Morton

Ever since reading “The Forgotten Garden“, I have been a huge fan of Kate Morton’s novels.  Since they have been published in 34 languages and have been international bestsellers, it would seem I am not alone. “The Clockmaker’s Daughter” has … Continue reading

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“The Salt House” by Lisa Duffy @TouchstoneBooks @lisaduffywriter

“…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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“The last wave” by Gillian Best

A novel that shows how ordinary people can be extraordinary. This novel is about the Roberts family who live in Dover, England. In particular, it is about Martha Roberts – wife, mother, and long distance swimmer. We first meet Martha … Continue reading

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“Underwater breathing” by Cassandra Parkin

High on a Yorkshire cliff lives a dysfunctional family.  Mother Maggie, father Richard, sixteen year-old son Jacob, and his half-sister, seven year-old Ella.  The house, like the family itself, is getting perilously close to destruction due to shore erosion.  Jacob, … Continue reading

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“The Lido” by Libby Page

First we meet Kate Matthews.  In her early twenties she has moved from her home in the suburbs of Bristol to take her chances in the big city of London.  She has settled in the London community of Brixton where … Continue reading

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