Tag Archives: UpLit

“Ellie And The Harpmaker” by Hazel Prior – Book Review

Ellie Jacobs – Before her marriage to Clive, Ellie was a librarian, but now she is a housewife. She has little in the way of self esteem due to a fraught relationship with her mother. With no children to care … Continue reading

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“UpLit” providing hope and empathy in a sometimes hostile world…

‘Up Lit’ is a literary buzz word, described as a trend for books with an emphasis on empathy, books that are uplifting and life-affirming, and which explore themes of family bonds and the human spirit. These types of novels focus … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday – “Soft In The Head” by Marie-Sabine Roger #ThrowbackThursday #Uplit

The Throwback Thursday meme was created by Renee over at It’s Book Talk (who seems to be taking a blogging hiatus). She made this meme to share some of her old favorites. Although all bookbloggers have an endless TBR pile, … 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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Teaser Tuesday – January 25, 2022 #NewBook #TeaserTuesday #TheKeeperOfStories @SallyPageBooks @HarperCollinsUK @0neMoreChapter_

My Tuesday post where I’ll ‘tease‘ you with the cover, blurb, and first paragraph of one of the advanced reader’s copies from my own TBR. This book is a title I downloaded from NetGalley. Today, Tuesday January 25, 2022 I … Continue reading

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Teaser Tuesday – June 29, 2021 #NewBook #TeaserTuesday #bookbloggers #GeraldineVernesRedSuitcase @JaneRileyAuthor #PublicationDay

My Tuesday post where I’ll ‘tease‘ you with the cover, blurb, and first paragraph of one of the advanced reader’s copies from my own TBR. This book is a title I downloaded from NetGalley. Today, Tuesday June 29th, 2021 I … Continue reading

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“The Love Story Of Missy Carmichael” by Beth Morrey – Book Review

“The outcome was always the same, alone in my barren old house, thinking of the people who’d gone.” Missy Carmichael – lives alone in a large house in Stoke Newington, London. The rooms echo her loneliness. Her husband is gone. … 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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“Miss Benson’s Beetle” by Rachel Joyce – Book Review

Forty-six year old Margery Benson is the epitome of the word ‘spinster’. She is a dowdy, plain, tall and wide school teacher with no family or friends to speak of. When her world becomes too much, she decides to go … Continue reading

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“The Lido” by Libby Page – Book Review

First we meet Kate Matthews.  In her early twenties she has moved from her home in the suburbs of Bristol to take her chances in the big city of London.  She has settled in the London community of Brixton where … Continue reading

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“Up-Lit” – What is it? and why do we like it?

‘Up Lit’ is the new literary buzz word, described as a trend for books with an emphasis on empathy, books that are uplifting and life-affirming, and which explore themes of family bonds and the human spirit. These types of novels … Continue reading

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“The story of Arthur Truluv” by Elizabeth Berg – Book Review

Not since “A man called Ove” have I been so charmed by a book.  “The story of Arthur Truluv” is one of those novels that give you a book hangover (you don’t want to start another book because you are … Continue reading

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“Lost for Words” by Stephanie Butland – Book Review

  What bibliophile can resist a novel about a charming used bookshop, with even more charming and quirky protagonists? I can’t.  To further my interest, I’ve read some great reviews of this novel that were written by some of favorite … Continue reading

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“Soft in the head” by Marie-Sabine Roger – Book Review

This is the engaging story of two people who come together in friendship, kindness, affection, and appreciation. A remarkable and heart-rending novel that perfectly illustrates the quote: “Friends are the family we choose for ourselves.” The first lines of “Soft in … Continue reading

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