Category Archives: Book Reviews

“She was the quiet one” by Michele Campbell

Rose and Bel Enright are fraternal twin sisters. They are the offspring of a privileged New England college student and a Mexican scholarship student.  Now they are fifteen years old and orphaned.  Sent to live with their wealthy grandmother in … Continue reading

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“The last wave” by Gillian Best

A novel that shows how ordinary people can be extraordinary. This novel is about the Roberts family who live in Dover, England. In particular, it is about Martha Roberts – wife, mother, and long distance swimmer. We first meet Martha … Continue reading

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“Sometimes I lie” by Alice Feeney (@alicewriterland @HQstories)

I’ve been anxious to read “Sometimes I lie” ever since I won a copy via a Twitter giveaway.  A thriller riddled with twists and an unreliable narrator ensured that I wasn’t disappointed.  Whew! “People are not mirrors, they don’t see … Continue reading

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“The Cheesemaker’s House” by Jane Cable (#blogtour @rararesources @JaneCable)

Today I’m delighted to kickoff the Rachel’s Random Resources blog tour for Jane Cable’s debut novel, “The Cheesemaker’s House“.  The Yorkshire setting and the hint of a historical mystery are what first attracted me to the novel. Plus, I’m always … Continue reading

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“Mr. Flood’s last resort” by Jess Kidd

“A spellbinding tale of a lonely caregiver and a cranky hoarder with a house full of secrets.” Elderly Cathal Flood lives in a gothic Victorian mansion in West London called Bridlemere. It is a large dwelling with four stories with … Continue reading

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“Underwater breathing” by Cassandra Parkin

High on a Yorkshire cliff lives a dysfunctional family.  Mother Maggie, father Richard, sixteen year-old son Jacob, and his half-sister, seven year-old Ella.  The house, like the family itself, is getting perilously close to destruction due to shore erosion.  Jacob, … Continue reading

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“The sewing machine” by Natalie Fergie

“The sewing machine has provided work in manufacture, eased work in the home and facilitated work when there was none to be had.” A well researched historical novel that alternates between several timelines. 1911 Clydebank, Scotland where we meet an … Continue reading

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“Exquisite” by Sarah Stovell

Different recollections of the same events does not a liar make. Or does it? In this novel, when two people recall events from differing perspectives, what follows is ‘exquisite‘ betrayal… “Exquisite” features two female protagonists. Bo Luxton is a successful … Continue reading

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“The Lido” by Libby Page

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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“All the beautiful lies” by Peter Swanson

“Lying to ourselves is more deeply ingrained than lying to others.” ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky Just days before his university graduation, Harry Ackerson receives a telephone call telling him his father is dead.  It appears that the healthy Bill Ackerson went … Continue reading

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Halfway through 2018 – Bookish Reflections

We have now officially passed the halfway point of 2018. Looking back at my reading year so far, I thought I’d share my top ten reads of the 57 books I’ve read since January 1, 2018. I’ve linked the book … Continue reading

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“The Possible World” by Liese O’Halloran Schwarz

“An astonishing, deeply moving novel about the converging lives of a young boy who witnesses a brutal crime, the doctor who tends to him, and a woman guarding her long-buried past.”Heart-breaking, heart-warming, and compelling literary fiction. This book is a … Continue reading

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“The death of Mrs. Westaway” by Ruth Ware

With echoes of the favourite books of my past, “The death of Mrs. Westaway” was very appealing.  A young woman in a dire financial situation coupled with a mysterious family, an old manor house in Cornwall and an unexpected inheritance.  … Continue reading

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“Tin man” by Sarah Winman

Having just finished this novel about five minutes ago… all I can say is WOW!  My regard for literary fiction increases every time I read such a quality novel. This is a novel about three people, two men and one … Continue reading

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“The lie” by C.L. Taylor

“Your past doesn’t have to define your future.” “I was escaping from a job I hated, Al was escaping from a failed relationship, Daisy was tagging along for the adventure, and Leanne… well, she was looking for somewhere to call … Continue reading

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