Category Archives: Literary fiction

“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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“The railway station man” by Jennifer Johnston (#readingireland18)

I’ve been a fan of Jennifer Johnston’s writing since I read her novel “Shadows on our skin” back in 2014.  Since then I’ve tried to read one of her books every year. I’ve chosen “The railway station man” as my first read … Continue reading

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“The secret diary of Hendrik Groen 83 1⁄4 Years Old” by Hendrik Groen

The novel opens with: “Another year, and I still don’t like old people. Their walker shuffle, their unreasonable impatience, their endless complaints, their tea and cookies, their bellyaching.  Me? I am eighty-three years old.” Considering that the basis of this … Continue reading

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“How to stop time” by Matt Haig

“Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old history teacher, but he’s been alive for centuries. From Elizabethan England to Jazz-Age Paris, from New York to the South Seas, Tom has seen it all. As … Continue reading

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“Home” by Amanda Berriman (#Home #blogtour #BookReview)

Seldom do you come across a debut novel that has such an impact as “Home“.  Written entirely from the viewpoint of a tiny, four-year-old girl, the novel touches on issues with important social observations.  At first I was taken aback … 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 “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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