Tag Archives: characters

“The Winners” by Fredrik Backman – Book Review

“It is often said that history is written by the winners, but there are no winners here.” In 2018 I read “Beartown“. It was phenomenal. Then later that same year I read “Us Against You“, and that actually managed to … Continue reading

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“A Tidy Ending” by Joanna Cannon – Book Review

“There are always two ways to interpret everything in life. All you need to do is pick the version that suits you better.” “… whenever you try to run away from your problems, your problems join you for the ride, … Continue reading

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“The Keeper of Stories” by Sally Page – Book Review

Janice – is ‘only a cleaner’. Her husband is fond of reminded her of this – despite the fact that she is the major breadwinner of the family. She is in her late forties and cannot remember a time when … Continue reading

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Jane Eyre has a lot to answer for…

I first read the classic novel “Jane Eyre” when I was twelve years old. By that time I was an avid reader, and Jane only served to make me even more so. I own several copies of the book in … Continue reading

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“One Step Too Far” by Lisa Gardner – Book Review

“If you hoard other people’s tragedies, does that make your own easier to bear?”Frankie Elkin is, in her own words, a scrawny, middle-aged white woman. She is a drifter, an excellent bartender, and an alcoholic. For the past decade, Frankie … 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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“Before She Disappeared” by Lisa Gardner – Book Review

Frankie Elkin is, in her own words, a scrawny, middle-aged white woman. She is a drifter, an excellent bartender, and an alcoholic. For the past decade, Frankie has devoted her life to finding missing persons. Usually people who are minorities, … Continue reading

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“Bitter Orange” by Claire Fuller – Book Review

“Pain as well as joy makes us who we are.” Frances Jellico 1969 – nearing her fortieth birthday, she is socially inept and has never experienced love, or even a man’s attentions.  She left her place at Oxford to take … Continue reading

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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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