Check out the book, Fair Stood the Wind for France by H. E. Bates, as featured in this post on Jacqui Wine's Journal blog.
Check out this review of the book, The Swooping Magpie, by Liza Perrat, as featured in this post from Alison Williams’ blog.
I read ‘The Swooping Magpie’ for Rosie’s Book Review Team.
The thunderclap of sexual revolution collides with the black cloud of illegitimacy.
Sixteen-year-old Lindsay Townsend is pretty and popular at school. At home, it’s a different story. Dad belts her and Mum’s either busy or battling a migraine. So when sexy school-teacher Jon Halliwell finds her irresistible, Lindsay believes life is about to change.
She’s not wrong.
Lindsay and Jon pursue their affair in secret, because if the school finds out, Jon will lose his job. If Lindsay’s dad finds out, there will be hell to pay. But when a dramatic accident turns her life upside down, Lindsay is separated from the man she loves.
Events spiral beyond her control, emotions conflicting with doubt, loneliness and fear, and Lindsay becomes enmeshed in a shocking true-life Australian scandal. The schoolyard beauty will discover the dangerous games of the adult…
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Check out the book, The Geography of Friendship by Sally Piper, as featured on Linda’s Book Bag Blog.
My enormous thanks to Lucy at legend Press for sending me a copy of The Geography of Friendship by Sally Piper in return for an honest review.
The Geography of Friendship will be published on 1st February 2019 and is available for pre-order here.
The Geography of Friendship
When three women set off on a hike through the wilderness they are anticipating the adventure of a lifetime. Over the next five days, as they face up to the challenging terrain, it soon becomes clear they are not alone.
Lisa, Samantha and Nicole have known each other since school. Lisa is a fighter, Samantha a peacekeeper and Nicole a rule follower. United they bring out the best in one another.
Only once it is too late for them to turn back do they appreciate the danger they are in. Their friendship is tested, and each of them must make a…
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Check out this review of The Only Story by Julian Patrick Barnes as featured on D.E. Haggerty’s blog.
Reading The Only Story reminded me of a meeting of my writing group when I was living in Istanbul. I was working on my novel Life Discardedat the time. When the novel starts off, Morgan is a bad girl – an extremely bad girl. Naturally, that started a discussion about writing a novel with characters readers hated. One of the ‘rules’ of writing – supposedly – is to keep characters relatable and likable. So, how do you write a story in which the characters are not likeable, but which readers want to read anyway? Julian Barnes has managed to pull off just that hat trick.
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Based upon the blurb, The Only Story is not a novel I would have chosen to read. But when a book is written by an award-winning author and a book club pick, you go along with the…
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Please check out this post from my author blog.
It’s no surprise that my love of reading as a child has turned into a love of writing. My one regret is that I waited so long to become an author. I feel like I have a lot of catching up to do.
Speaking of catching up, my wife and I had very little luck having children early in our marriage. We adopted after 15 years of marriage and then, in 2008, after 23 years of marriage, we welcomed our first infant into the world. My wife had a very healthy pregnancy for a woman in her mid-forties and we welcomed a 9-pound baby girl into the world. This event is one that has solidified our family and has been one of the best events of my life.
Our little girl is ten now and she is maturing in her reading very quickly. She has also caught onto the fact…
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Check out what’s new on the shelves of Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore from this post on Sally Cronin’s blog.
Welcome to the first Cafe and Bookstore Update for the week.
The first author with a recent review for the prequel to her successful Howarth Family Trilogy A Hundred Tiny Threads is Judith Barrow.
About A Hundred Tiny Threads
It’s 1911 and Winifred Duffy is a determined young woman eager for new experiences, for a life beyond the grocer’s shop counter ruled over by her domineering mother.
The scars of Bill Howarth’s troubled childhood linger. The only light in his life comes from a chance encounter with Winifred, the girl he determines to make his wife.
Meeting her friend Honora’s silver-tongued brother turns Winifred’s heart upside down. But Honora and Conal disappear, after a suffrage rally turns into a riot, and abandoned Winifred has nowhere to turn but home.
The Great War intervenes, sending Bill abroad to be hardened in a furnace of carnage and loss. When he returns his…
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Check out this post featuring the book In The Spotlight: Anne Meredith’s Portrait of a Murderer from the Confessions of a Mystery Novelist blog.
Welcome to another edition of In The Spotlight. One of the questions often raised in crime fiction has to do with motive, especially in novels where the crime is murder. Why does a person take a life? There are, of course a number of answers to that, but most readers want to know the ‘why’ as much as they want other answers. Anne Meredith’s Portrait of a Murderer explores the questions of what makes a person take a life, and how that choice affects others, so let’s turn the spotlight on that novel today.
The novel begins as the family of Adrian Gray gathers for Christmas at the family home, King’s Poplars. Present are his son, Richard, and Richard’s wife, Laura; his daughter, Amy, who keeps house for him; another daughter, Olivia, and her husband, Eustace Moore; another daughter, Isobel; his youngest son, Hildebrand ‘Brand;’ and his youngest…
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