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“The Cottage in a Cornish Cove” by Cass Grafton – Book Review

An unexpected inheritance of a lovely old cottage in an idyllic Cornish setting makes the perfect jumping off point for this charming romance. Anna Redding leaves her boyfriend, her job, and her housemates in Yorkshire, and moves to Cornwall to … Continue reading

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“Mile Marker 139” by Cynthia Hilston – Book Review

There is a rest stop near Mile Marker 139 on the Ohio Turnpike. It is here that we come to meet the characters of this compelling novel. Lost souls all, they come to find themselves through friendship and empathy. Disparate … Continue reading

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If someone made a movie….? Guest post by Frankie Y. Bailey

If Someone Made a Movie by Frankie Y. Bailey I think most writers hear this question sooner or later – from the moderator of your panel, or a reader who stops to chat as she’s buying your book, or maybe … Continue reading

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Older female protagonists

Earlier this month I published a post in praise of older male protagonists. Because March is Women’s History Month, I thought it only fitting that I also publish a post in praise of older FEMALE protagonists. After all, old ladies … Continue reading

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Older male protagonists? – I love them!

Someone asked me recently “What is your favourite book?” (I know right – it’s like picking a favourite child) Near the top of my list is “A man called Ove” by Fredrik Backman.  Then… I started thinking, and I discovered … Continue reading

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“Underwater breathing” by Cassandra Parkin – Book Review

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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“Us against you” by Fredrik Backman – Book Review

“The game is simple: everyone gets a stick, there are two nets, two teams. Us against you.” Last year I read “Beartown“. It was phenomenal, so I was super excited to learn that there was going to be a sequel.  … Continue reading

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“Persons unknown” by Susie Steiner – Book Review

In the summer of 2016 I read a fantastic novel called “Missing, presumed“. WOW! What a series debut!  The characterization was nothing short of stellar. Here is a brief quote from my review of “Missing, presumed“: “And the police… I … Continue reading

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“Lie with me” by Sabine Durrant

“Oh what a tangled web we weave; When first we practice to deceive…” Paul Morris is not a likeable man. In his early forties, a shallow, vain, unmarried, commitment-phobe, he tells so many lies, even HE cannot discern the truth sometimes. … Continue reading

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“Beartown” by Fredrik Backman – Book Review

“In this story of a small forest town, Fredrik Backman has found the entire world.” It is official!  I can honestly say that Fredrik Backman is my favorite author.  I have now read everything he has written, and all have … Continue reading

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“My sweet friend” by H.A. Leuschel

With skillful prose, Leuschel has written a novella that makes the reader both hate, and… feel a bit sorry for her protagonist. “Behind the façade we were all human, fragile, and sensitive to judgement”. Alexa is an attractive woman working … Continue reading

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“The music shop” by Rachel Joyce

A heartwarming novel that makes you smile while reading it. “He was perfectly fine with emotions, so long as they belonged to other people.” We meet Frank, a gentle bear of a man. Forty and single, his unorthodox upbringing has … Continue reading

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“Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine” by Gail Honeyman – Book Review

“Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine”.  Yeah… sure.  If you fell off a cliff and someone stumbled across your prone body on the ground and asked “How are you?” and you replied “I’m fine”. That kind of ‘fine’. When strangers say … Continue reading

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“Grief cottage” by Gail Godwin – Book Review

Marcus Harshaw is eleven years old, but he has an old soul. He and his mother lived together in semi-poverty sharing a bedroom. An only child, he was studious and dependable. Serious and academically advanced, Marcus excelled at school and … Continue reading

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“The missing ones” by Patricia Gibney – Book Review

Just finished the last page of Patricia Gibney’s “The missing ones” – and I’m missing the characters already.  The novel features Garda Síochána detective inspector Lottie Parker and is set in the fictional town of Ragmullin in the Irish Midlands. Lottie is … Continue reading

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