Category Archives: Literary fiction

Throwback Thursday (an old favorite recommended)

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favorites. This week I’ve chosen “Ordinary grace” by William Kent Krueger for my Throwback Thursday post. It was first published in 2013 and was, for me, a memorable read. With busy lives to … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday (an old favorite recommended)

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favorites. This week I’ve chosen “Five night stand” by Richard J. Alley for my Throwback Thursday post. It was first published in May of 2015 and was, for me, a 5* read. First … Continue reading

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“Beartown” by Fredrik Backman

“In this story of a small forest town, Fredrik Backman has found the entire world.” It is official!  I can honestly say that Fredrik Backman is my favorite author.  I have now read everything he has written, and all have … Continue reading

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“My sweet friend” by H.A. Leuschel

With skillful prose, Leuschel has written a novella that makes the reader both hate, and… feel a bit sorry for her protagonist. “Behind the façade we were all human, fragile, and sensitive to judgement”. Alexa is an attractive woman working … Continue reading

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“The deal of a lifetime” by Fredrik Backman

Fredrik Backman never disappoints, but he may pull at your heartstrings more than a little… He begins the story in this way: “Does it make a difference if I killed a good person? A loved person? A valuable life? If … Continue reading

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“The music shop” by Rachel Joyce

A heartwarming novel that makes you smile while reading it. “He was perfectly fine with emotions, so long as they belonged to other people.” We meet Frank, a gentle bear of a man. Forty and single, his unorthodox upbringing has … Continue reading

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“Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine” by Gail Honeyman

“Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine”.  Yeah… sure.  If you fell off a cliff and someone stumbled across your prone body on the ground and asked “How are you?” and you replied “I’m fine”. That kind of ‘fine’. When strangers say … Continue reading

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“A place called Winter” by Patrick Gale

I had no idea what to expect when I began this novel. At first it didn’t seem like it had anything to do with the blurb I read, as the first pages were an account of the horrific way the … Continue reading

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“The story of Arthur Truluv” by Elizabeth Berg

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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“Evensong” by Kate Southwood

“Beautifully rendered and poignantly told, Evensong is a novel about the deep undercurrents of love and regret in one Midwestern family – an indelible portrait of a woman searching for tranquility at the end of her days.”~~ Publisher The brilliant … Continue reading

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“Seas of snow” by Kerensa Jennings

“Seas of Snow is a bleak psychological thriller about trust and betrayal told with a distinctive and complex narrative voice.” “Seas of snow” wins my vote for most pertinent cover ever.  Once you read the novel you’ll realize just how … Continue reading

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“Malagash” by Joey Comeau

As soon as I saw this title offered on NetGalley, I just knew I had to read it. The place name alone cinched it. As I sit in my cottage on a warm, though blustery day, I am just a … Continue reading

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“Call of the undertow” by Linda Cracknell

Back when I was working as a library cataloger I used to keep a running list of those titles that really appealed to me as possible reads. (two notebooks full) One of those titles was “Call of the undertow” by … Continue reading

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“Grief cottage” by Gail Godwin

Marcus Harshaw is eleven years old, but he has an old soul. He and his mother lived together in semi-poverty sharing a bedroom. An only child, he was studious and dependable. Serious and academically advanced, Marcus excelled at school and … Continue reading

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“Two days gone” by Randall Silvis

Five years ago I read  a great book by Randall Silvis called “The boy who shoots crows“.  I was very impressed by the plot and the writing so was therefore happy to see another book by this author offered on … Continue reading

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