Tag Archives: stand-alone novels

“The Companion” by Kim Taylor Blakemore – Book Review

At a tender age, Mary Blunt used deception to wheedle her way into a position as maid at the mansion of the Burton family, in mid-19th century New Hampshire. It is a household with six servants who work for Mr. … Continue reading

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“Through His Eyes” by Emma Dibdin – Book Review

Jessica Harris, a transplanted Brit, finds herself given an opportunity that just might make or break her career as an entertainment journalist.  She splits her working time between employers, NEST, an online home decor brand, and an entertainment website. When … Continue reading

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“Strangers at the Gate” by Catriona McPherson – Book Review

“And if a stranger comes within your gates you will not reject him. The stranger at your gate will be as one born among you, and you will love him as you love your own family.” When Finnie and Paddy … Continue reading

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“The Listening Walls” by Margaret Millar – Book Review

Wilma Wyatt and Amy Kellogg take a trip to Mexico City. Though they have been friends for years, they are very different and don’t always agree on much of anything. Wilma has a forceful personality while Amy is more meek … Continue reading

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“Old Lovegood Girls” by Gail Godwin – Book Review

“The story of two remarkable women and the complex friendship between them that spans decades.” About the book: When the dean of Lovegood Junior College for Girls decides to pair Feron Hood with Merry Jellicoe as roommates in 1958, she … 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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“The Sea of Lost Girls” by Carol Goodman – Book Review

“People are mysteries, sometimes the people we thought we were closest to are the biggest mysteries of all.” When teenage Lila Zeller is found dead at the bottom of a seaside cliff, Tess’s life is thrown into turmoil.  Lila was … Continue reading

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“The Authenticity Project” by Clare Pooley – Book Review

What Happens When You Tell Your Truth? Monica – 37 years old, a former corporate lawyer, she now owns and runs “Monica’s Cafe” in Fulham, London.  Monica is in her mid-thirties and her biological clock is ticking louder and louder … Continue reading

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“Mercy House” by Alena Dillon – Book Review

Mercy House, a women’s shelter in Brooklyn, is run by three aging nuns. It opens its doors to all manner of woman, regardless of religion, race, or bias. It gives succor to women who have been abused, either mentally or … Continue reading

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“A Rush of Blood” by David Mark – Book Review @severnhouse

Molly – mother of Hilda, ex-policewoman, and manageress of the pub the Jolly Bonnet. Molly is prone to flights of imagination where she almost immerses herself in the history of her chosen neighbourhood. She takes meds to control her hyperactivity … Continue reading

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“Her” by Harriet Lane – Book Review

Emma – a mother of two very young children. She is constantly exhausted, more than a bit envious of her husband who still works in television, and the couple are struggling financially. Emma gave up her career to be a … Continue reading

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“The Doll Factory” by Elizabeth Macneal – Book Review

Twins, the Whittle sisters are twenty-one years old and working in a doll factory when we first meet them. They are in the employ of a drug-addled despot named Mrs. Salter. They work grueling hours and live in a damp … Continue reading

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“The Missing Years” by Lexie Elliott – Book Review

It has been twenty-seven years since Ailsa Calder lived in the Manse. Located in rural Scotland, the Manse has a varied and dark history.  Now, with the recent death of her mother, she has inherited half of this personality-filled house. … Continue reading

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“The Sun Down Motel” by Simone St. James – Book Review #FFRC2020

Fell, New York, is a small town that has somehow escaped progress. A town where the library still has paper archives, cell phone reception is sketchy at best, and a town with a history of dead and missing girls. As … Continue reading

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“Christmas at the Edge of the World” by Kate Hewitt – Book Review

Laurel West is thirty-five years old. She lives in York with her cat Mistral for company. She hasn’t given up on love exactly, but she is content with her life. When Laurel’s sister contacts her with a plea to look … Continue reading

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