Category Archives: Literary fiction

“Unsettled Ground” by Claire Fuller – Book Review

“It is hard to rewrite your own history”.Jeannie and Julius Seeder are twins who live in rural isolation deep in the heart of Oxfordshire. Their music is their solace. Julius does go out to work doing odd jobs and is … Continue reading

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“Still Life” by Sarah Winman – Book Review

“The world never turned out the way you wanted it to. It simply turned. And you hung on.” Ulysses Temper – ex-soldier, ex-husband, from the East End of London. An unexpected inheritance in 1953 sees him owning a large house … Continue reading

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“The Leftovers” by Cassandra Parkin – Book Review

“How can we ever really know what’s true, when all we have to go on is the contents of our heads?” Callie Taggart is a registered nurse. Due to the fact that she also cares for her mentally unstable brother, … Continue reading

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“Only Human” by Diane Chandler – Book Review

“On the whole, humans want to be good, but not too good, and not quite all the time.” – George Orwell Anna Bond – in her mid forties, married for almost twenty years, Anna has reached a precipice in her … Continue reading

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“There’s Only One Danny Garvey” by David F. Ross – Book Review

“Trouble prospers when uneducated men have too much time on their hands”.First I have to say that this story will remain in my memory for a very long time. The characters were so vividly rendered, the mood so brilliantly interpreted. … Continue reading

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“Something To Hide” by Deborah Moggach – Book Review

This is a story set on four different continents featuring four different women who all have something to hide.  But then, some would argue, who doesn’t? Petra – a woman in her early sixties whose children are grown and living … Continue reading

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“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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“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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“The Woman On The Stairs” by Bernhard Schlink – Book Review

One upon a time there was a wealthy man named Peter Gundlach who had a beautiful wife named Irene. He commissioned artist Karl Schwind to paint her portrait. Irene took a liking to the artist and left her husband for … Continue reading

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“The Less Dead” by Denise Mina – Book Review

“The Less Dead” was shortlisted for the COSTA Prize 2020. Margot – an adoptee whose adoptive mother has recently died. She had a good upbringing and good education and now works as a doctor. She has recently left her boyfriend, … Continue reading

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“The Bass Rock” by Evie Wyld – Book Review

Ruth – Recently married to a widower with two boys. She has just moved into the large house in North Berwick, and is finding herself alone more often than not. Her two stepsons are sent off to boarding school and … Continue reading

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“How the Penguins Saved Veronica” by Hazel Prior – Book Review

Eighty-six year old Veronica McCreedy is wealthy, cantankerous, manipulative, stubborn, and very, very, lonely. She lost her parents during the Blitz, and her life since then has been filled with more loss and loneliness. She shies away from getting too … Continue reading

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“A Measured Thread” by Mary Behan – Book Review

Maggie O’Connor is a widow who lives in an 1850s era log cabin in rural Wisconsin. Before retirement, she was a scientist who worked at a university as a professor. Maggie’s neighbors are for the most part helpful and friendly. … Continue reading

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“What Could Be Saved” by Liese O’Halloran Schwarz – Book Review

“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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