Category Archives: Family sagas

“The truth according to us” by Annie Barrows

Several years ago I read “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” by by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.  I enjoyed it so much that I felt sure I would enjoy a novel by one of its authors, and I … Continue reading

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“After the lie” by Kerry Fisher

Lydia Rushford’s normal, some would say idyllic, life is overshadowed by an event from her past.  She has moved from Norfolk to Surrey and is now married with two teenage children. She is a loving and somewhat overprotective mother to … Continue reading

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“Miller’s Valley” by Anna Quindlen

Sometimes a novel comes along that you just know will resonate with you for years. “Miller’s Valley” is just such a novel.  A story with characters, descriptions, and emotions, so REAL that after reading it you feel as though you … Continue reading

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“Commonwealth” by Ann Patchett

I’m happy to say that TLC Book Tours gave me an excuse to try out an author I’ve always meant to read, but somehow never got around to reading.  Thanks TLC!  I own three of Ann Patchett’s books, including the … Continue reading

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“Of sea and seed” by Annie Daylon

Historical fiction should do two things. #1 Portray the time period, culture, and events with accuracy (i.e. be well researched); #2 Entertain. Annie Daylon’s “Of sea and seed” succeeds on both counts.  She has captured Newfoundland’s history with articulate accuracy … Continue reading

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“June” by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore (TLC Book Tour + Giveaway!)

Two years ago I read and reviewed a novel called “Bittersweet“ by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore so when I was offered a spot on the TLC Book Tour for her new novel I jumped at the chance! Like “Bittersweet” this new novel is peopled with realistic … Continue reading

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“The Two-Family House” by Lynda Cohen Loigman

Abe and Mort Berman are brothers who are as different as night and day.  Abe is personable and gregarious.  Mort is anti-social and acerbic. Together they run a company that makes cardboard boxes.  When their father passed away they took over the … Continue reading

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“The Mourning Hours” by Paula Treick DeBoard

Suspicion and circumstance serve to decimate a Wisconsin farm family in this memorable debut by Paula Treick DeBoard. A typical rural family, the Hammarstroms run a 160 acre dairy farm.  The grandfather, a widower, lives on the farm in his … Continue reading

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“The Forgotten Room” by Karen White, Beatriz Williams and Lauren Willig

One lovely book – three authors – three story-lines that converge in one house. It is the story of the Pratt House, a mansion in Manhattan on East 69th street.  The first story-line takes place in 1892 when Olive Van … Continue reading

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“Black Rabbit Hall” by Eve Chase

This is the title I was most looking forward to in my “Most anticipated titles of 2016” blog post and I was not disappointed!  A wonderful saga of family secrets, tragic loss, and enduring love with a dual storyline, it … Continue reading

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Too close to home ~ Susan Lewis

The story of a family whose life seems idyllic… at least at first.  Then you begin to notice the cracks in the facade, then the cracks widen to form chasms.  Then you fall in. Set on the beautiful Gower Peninsula … Continue reading

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“The Lake House” by Kate Morton

An abandoned house in enchanting Cornwall coupled with a seventy year old cold case of a missing child.  Interest piqued?  Mine certainly was.  Add to that the author is Kate Morton and I knew I was in for a treat.  … Continue reading

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“Mrs. Sinclair’s suitcase” by Louise Walters

Sometimes the cover really does sell the book.   Such was the case with Louise Walters’ “Mrs. Sinclair’s suitcase“.  A cover that is immediately attractive to bibliophiles – fitting because books play a role in the story. A blog post about … Continue reading

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“A place for us” by Harriet Evans

Windows and families are alike in that the view from within is vastly different than the view from without. Harriet Evans has created a charming, realistic and heartrending novel set in a wonderful old home called Winterfold located deep in … Continue reading

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“In a vertigo of silence” by Miriam Polli

Just like a person’s memories are ‘snatches of time’ not in chronological order, so too is “In a vertigo of silence”.  Written as the collective memory of a family, the novel moves back and forth in time to reveal snatches … Continue reading

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