Category Archives: Literary fiction

“What Could Be Saved” by Liese O’Halloran Schwarz – Book Review #WhatCouldBeSaved @LieseDoc @AtriaBooks #NetGalley #BookReview

“Some secrets were better when shared; others were weakened.” 2019 – Laura Preston is an unmarried, fiftyish, artist who has never recovered from the family tragedy which occurred when she was just seven years old. While her family was living … Continue reading

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“Soldier Boy” by Cassandra Parkin – Book Review

Frank and Jane, the parents of Liam, love each other very much. But Frank is breaking the law and, in Jane’s mind, he is putting their son in danger. So Jane takes Liam and moves away telling Frank to stay … Continue reading

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“The Timekeeper’s Son” by Sara Baker – Book Review

Josh Lovejoy is a teenager who is also an aspiring filmmaker. A ‘good’ boy, an only son, he lives in a small town in Georgia. One sweltering summer night, he uncharacteristically shares some marijuana after a filming session. High, he … Continue reading

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“The Salt Fields” by Stacy D. Flood – Book Review

“There’s salt all over Carolina, salt from tears and blood and the dead. It’s in every riverbed and blade of grass.” “The whole South ain’t nothing but a scar with some salt on it.” 1947 – Minister Peters has had … Continue reading

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“The Pull of the Stars” by Emma Donoghue – Book Review #ReadingIrelandMonth21

An intense and grim story about three days in a Dublin maternity ward during the Spanish flu outbreak of 1918. Influenza derives from the Latin word influentia, meaning “influence of the stars. The influenza pandemic of 1918 killed more people … Continue reading

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“Life Sentences” by Billy O’Callahan – Book Review #ReadingIrelandMonth21

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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“Big Girl, Small Town” by Michelle Gallen – Book Review #ReadingIrelandMonth21

Majella lives a routine-filled, rather bleak existence in a small town in Northern Ireland. She is twenty-seven years old and lives with her mother who is a depressed, and depressing alcoholic. Majella’s Mother is not a widow, but she doesn’t … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday – “A place called Winter” by Patrick Gale – Book Review

The Throwback Thursday meme was created by Renee over at It’s Book Talk. She made this meme to share some of her old favorites. Although all bookbloggers have an endless TBR pile, we seldom take the time to reflect back … Continue reading

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“The Northern Reach” by W.S. Winslow – Book Review

This is a series of interrelated stories about families in a small Maine fishing community. It follows them all, the ‘haves‘ and the ‘have-nots‘ over a span of time from 1907 to 2017. The characters are related by blood or … Continue reading

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“In the Sweep of the Bay” by Cath Barton – Book Review

Ted and Irene Marshall – married in the 1950s when social and gender roles were much different than they are today.  The first blush of young love every so gradually dissipating with the drudgery of everyday life’s routines, and disappointments. … Continue reading

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“Anxious People” by Fredrik Backman – Book Review

“If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.” The Bankrobber – made an unwise decision and robbed a bank for only enough money to pay a month’s rent because the divorce lawyer said that was the only … 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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“Rules for Moving” by Nancy Star – Book Review

When she was growing up, Lane Mexler’s family moved… OFTEN!  They always seemed to be starting over and her mother frequently spouted her ‘Rules for Moving‘: 1.) Take only what you love 2.) Moving forward means never looking back 3.) … Continue reading

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“My Kind of People” by Lisa Duffy – Book Review

Leo – a talented architect, has lived on Ichabod Island his entire life. He has become used to being one of very few black people on the island and the fact that he is gay further influences his distinction from … Continue reading

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“The Memories We Bury” by H.A. Leuschel – Book Review

Lizzie Thomson – in her mid-twenties, Lizzie is a music teacher who is also a talented pianist. She was raised by a cold and domineering mother and a father who resided uncomfortably under his wife’s thumb. The only source of … Continue reading

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