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“The Skylark’s Secret” by Fiona Valpy – Book Review

Told via two separate timelines, this story relays the story of a mother and daughter. The mother, Flora, was a WREN during WWII. She drove ambulances when her small croft fishing community was commandeered by the Home Fleet as a … Continue reading

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“The Winter Sea” by Susanna Kearsley – Book Review

Present Day – Canadian novelist Carrie McClelland travels to Aberdeenshire Scotland to write her latest novel which is set in the historic Slains Castle. Once there, she finds that the book is almost writing itself as she seems to be … 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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“Cold Woods” by Karen Katchur – Book Review

Trisha moved from Chicago to the small Pennsylvania slate town when she was ten years old. She moved there with her mother and Lester, her stepfather, who was an abusive drunk. She quickly made friends with two girls from her … Continue reading

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“The Daughters of Foxcote Manor” by Eve Chase – Book Review

“Secrets don’t go away completely, it turns out. Like moths in a wardrobe, they nibble away, hidden, before you notice the hole.” Rita Murphy– It is the summer of 1971 and Rita is the young nanny for the Harrington family.  … Continue reading

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“The Lost Children” by Theresa Talbot – Book Review

“But happiness is a fragile thing.” Glasgow, Scotland 2000 – Oonagh O’Neil is small, slim, in her mid-thirties, and having an affair with a married man. An only child, she is still grieving for her father who died two years … Continue reading

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“The Forgotten Letters of Esther Durrant” by Kayte Nunn – Book Review

1951-52 – Esther Durrant has just lost her infant son. Blaming herself, and suffering from post-natal depression, she is despondent and lethargic. Her husband, at a loss as to what to do, sends her to one of the Isles of … Continue reading

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“The House of Whispers” by Laura Purcell – Book Review

Thirty-two year old Hester Way arrives in a memorable fashion to Morvoren House in Cornwall. She is using an assumed name to take up a new post there as nurse to Miss Louise Pinecroft, the mistress of Morvoren. She left … Continue reading

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“The Song of Hartgrove Hall” by Natasha Solomons – Book Review

“Home wasn’t a place. Home was music.” Hartgrove Hall is a house with nine bedrooms, five reception rooms, a suite of attics and half a dozen ramshackle barns. Reading “The Song of Hartgrove Hall” I knew that I was being … Continue reading

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“The Sea Gate” by Jane Johnson – Book Review

“The house is full of secrets, and sometimes they come out and whisper together in the night.” A wonderful story that switches between dual timelines featuring two strong, courageous, and resilient women artists. 1943 – Olivia Kitto is sixteen years … Continue reading

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“The Family Upstairs” by Lisa Jewell – Book Review

A wealthy young family own a mansion in a desirable Chelsea neighbourhood. As their affluence wains, they eventually invite another family in – supposedly as a temporary measure. The patriarch of this family has other plans however. This family upstairs … Continue reading

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“The Beekeeper’s Promise” by Fiona Valpy – Book Review

“From the bestselling author of Sea of Memories comes the story of two remarkable women, generations apart, who must use adversity to their advantage and find the resilience deep within.” A novel with two female protagonists, this book also has … Continue reading

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“Lilac Girls” by Martha Hall Kelly – Book Review

“Lilac Girls” is a story of the mind numbing horrors of war.  Horrors so gruesome that they are unimaginable unless you’ve experienced them first hand. The author has written about them in such a way that you as a reader … Continue reading

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“The boy from Zion Street” by Geoffrey Seed – Book Review

An articulate and beautifully rendered story that shows how the sins of the fathers do often profoundly effect subsequent generations.  As Shakespeare once said: “The sins of the father are to be laid upon the children.” Like many historical novels, “The … Continue reading

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