Tag Archives: Setting

“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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“Beyond the wild river” by Sarah Maine

“Beyond the wild river” has two distinct timelines. A short one in 1888 in Scotland and the other larger one five years later in the United States and Canada.  Set during a time when class and gender were a greater … Continue reading

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Series I started that I would LOVE to finish (part 4) – Erin Hart

You know how it is.  Years ago you read a book you REALLY liked, then the sequel, which you also really liked.  Then… years pass and you realize that this author has written another two novels, all featuring the same characters, all … Continue reading

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“Breaking light” by Karin Altenberg

After reading the last page of this touching and tragic story, I view the wonderfully perfect cover as particularly poignant.  Two small boys, hand in hand… But let me tell you a bit about the story.  First we meet Gabriel, a … Continue reading

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“Rainy day sisters” by Kate Hewitt

Like the lovely aga on the cover, “Rainy day sisters” will leave you feeling warm and happy. Set in the west of Cumbria, this novel features two sisters who are virtual strangers.  They have the same mother, but they grew … Continue reading

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“Pocketful of names” (A title I remember as a favorite that I would like to re-read)

Several years ago, long before I started this blog, I read a wonderful novel by Joe Coomer called “A pocketful of names“.   It had every quality that I like in fiction.  The characters sprang to life off the page. … Continue reading

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“The bird tribunal” by Agnes Ravatn

Allis Hagtorn has done something of which she is profoundly ashamed.  She seeks anonymity and a refuge where she can come to terms with her behavior and her future.  She finds employment in a remote house on a Norwegian fjord. … Continue reading

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“The white shepherd” by Annie Dalton

Anna Hopkins is in her early thirties and lives alone in an imposing house in Oxford that was once owned by her grandparents.   During her teenage years she suffered from an unspeakable family tragedy, and her entire life is irrevocably changed … Continue reading

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“Where it hurts” by Reed Farrel Coleman

A gritty, atmospheric new series about the other side of Long Island, far from the wealth of the Hamptons, where real people live—and die. John Augustus Murphy is a sad, cynical, and empty man.  His life has been riddled by loss. … Continue reading

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Trilogies to Treasure – Part 2 – Peter May’s Lewis trilogy

Many readers cannot commit to a lengthy series.  They find it too daunting, too time intensive.  They will often choose stand-alone novels for these reasons.  I am here to introduce you to some prime examples that bridge the gap between … Continue reading

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