Category Archives: Literary fiction

“The Clockmaker’s Daughter” by Kate Morton

Ever since reading “The Forgotten Garden“, I have been a huge fan of Kate Morton’s novels.  Since they have been published in 34 languages and have been international bestsellers, it would seem I am not alone. “The Clockmaker’s Daughter” has … Continue reading

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“The Salt House” by Lisa Duffy @TouchstoneBooks @lisaduffywriter

“…Gorgeously written, heartbreaking, yet hopeful debut set during a Maine summer traces the lives of a young family in the aftermath of tragedy.” “the isolation of sorrow” In a small Maine coastal town lives the Kelly family. Father Jack is … 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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“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 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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“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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“Us against you” by Fredrik Backman

“The game is simple: everyone gets a stick, there are two nets, two teams. Us against you.” Last year I read “Beartown“. It was phenomenal, so I was super excited to learn that there was going to be a sequel.  … Continue reading

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“Redferne Lane” by Sarah Scholefield

Living on an idyllic lane in Somerset, Grace Redferne’s life is anything but idyllic. A young widow, Grace lost her husband Ezra when he was only thirty years old.  His fatal bicycle accident was two years ago now, and Grace … 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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Throwback Thursday April 12, 2018

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favorites. This week I’ve chosen “Weathering” by Lucy Wood for my Throwback Thursday post. It was first published January 15th 2015 by Bloomsbury Publishing and was, for me, a 5 … Continue reading

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“The madwoman upstairs” by Catherine Lowell

The classic novels written by the Brontë sisters have long been among my favorites. For this reason I was curious to read “The madwoman upstairs“. From the publisher:  As the last living descendant of the Brontës, Samantha Whipple is accustomed … Continue reading

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“This must be the place” by Maggie O’Farrell

For my seventh and final read of the 2018 ‘Reading Ireland‘ challenge, I thought I’d try an author I’ve heard a lot about.  I’d never read any of her work before, but after this one Maggie O’Farrell will be on … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday March 22, 2018 (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 “Now you see him” by Eli Gottlieb for my Throwback Thursday post. It was first published in January 2008 and was, for me, a 5 … Continue reading

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“The secrets of Roscarbury Hall” by Ann O’Loughlin

Family secrets born of tragic loss… Atmospheric doesn’t begin to describe this novel.  Imagine. A neglected and dilapidated manor house in County Wicklow, Ireland. The owners are two elderly sisters. They haven’t spoken to each other in decades. Though they … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday March 8, 2018 (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 “The last bridge” by Teri Coyne for my Throwback Thursday post. It was first published in July of 2009 and was, for me, a 5 … Continue reading

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