Tag Archives: stand-alone novels

“Stella’s Christmas wish” by Kate Blackadder

With only two weeks until Christmas, I was in the mood for a ‘feel-good’ Christmas themed story.  This book delivered my wish. Stella grew up on the Scottish Borders in a tiny town called Melrose.  Her parents were killed in … Continue reading

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“House. Tree. Person” by Catriona McPherson

It is an understatement to say Alison McGovern’s family has had some setbacks. Once, they had a lovely house, she owned a thriving beauty salon called ‘Face Value’, and her husband, Marco, took over his successful family restaurant.  But… Marco … Continue reading

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“Six stories” by Matt Wesolowski

After reading myriad glowing reviews of this novel throughout the year, I had high expectations. I was not disappointed. An outstanding debut thriller that incorporates a cold case murder and folk legends in the rather unique format of a modern … 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 “The boy who shoots crows” by Randall Silvis for my Throwback Thursday post. It was first published in January of 2011 and was, for me, a … Continue reading

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“The doll funeral” by Kate Hamer

A well-written, though at times bleak novel, about a thirteen year-old girl who can ‘see‘ the dead. She sees many dead people, but the most constant presence is that of ‘Shadow’, a young boy who has made himself known to … 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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“Abigale Hall” by Lauren A. Forry

Blurb: Amid the terror the Blitz in the Second World War, seventeen-year-old Eliza and her troubled little sister Rebecca have had their share of tragedy, losing their mother to German bombs and their father to suicide. But when they are forced … 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 “The Sleeper” by Gillian White for my Throwback Thursday post. It was first published in August of 1998 and was, for me, an excellent read. First … Continue reading

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“In a cottage in a wood” by Cass Green

Well folks… my reading slump is well and truly over. Over the past few days I’ve read some stellar novels. “In a cottage in a wood” is just a prime example. A compelling novel that made the time I spent … Continue reading

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Marlys J. Millhiser – gone but never forgotten

Since I am preparing to REREAD one of my favorite titles of over thirty years ago, I thought I’d look up the author to find out if she was still writing.  Sadly, I found that she had passed away… (I … Continue reading

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“The house sitter” by Jill Barry

Suzanne and Eddie Deacon aren’t getting any younger. They have been very content in “The Sugar House”, their comfortable, renovated house in mid Wales. However, they have decided that the time to downsize, and move on, has come. They find … 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 “The Wacky Man” by Lyn G. Farrell for my Throwback Thursday post. It was first published in May of 2016 and was, for me, a 5* … Continue reading

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“Bradstreet Gate” by Robin Kirman

The novel’s title, “Bradstreet Gate,” refers to a Harvard Yard gate that commemorates the Puritan poet Anne Bradstreet and the 25th anniversary of women living in the Yard. In 1997 Julie Patel, a Harvard student, is murdered. “Bradstreet Gate” is … 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. I haven’t posted for the last two Thursdays, so I hope that you will appreciate my pick for this week. I’ve chosen “Walt” by Russell Wangersky for my Throwback Thursday … Continue reading

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“The Alphabet House” by Jussi Adler-Olsen

Confession time…. this novel has been on my TBR a long time.  It is the title that has been on my NetGalley shelf the longest. The reason I requested it was solely on the basis of the author as I … Continue reading

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