A Promise Stitched In Time

Title: A Promise Stitched In Time Writer: Colleen Rowan Kosinski Publishing House: Schiffer Publishing Date of Publication: September 28th 2018 Rating: 5 stars ‘’It was a promise. Promises have to be kept.’’ What can one find in an antique shop…Objects graced with the beauty of a bygone era. Trinkets that once held sentimental value. Expensive creations of the past….

Animals Eat Each Other

Title: Animals Eat Each Other Writer: Elle Nash Publishing House: Dzanc Books Date of Publication: July 18th 2017 Rating: 5 stars ‘’I learned that Lilith was made from the same dust as Adam, and not from his rib. I learned that Lilith was either banished or left the Garden because she refused to obey and it seemed likely to me…

The Keeper of Lost Things

Title:The Keeper of Lost Things Writer: Ruth Hogan Publishing House: Two Roads Date of Publication: January 26th 2017 Rating: 3 stars ‘’Found, sixth carriage from the front, 14:42 train from London Bridge to Brighton. Deceased unknown. God bless and rest in peace.’’ My relationship with this book has been a bit weird from the start. For almost a year,…

The Blackwater Lightship

Title: The Blackwater Lightship Writer: Colm Tóibín Publishing House: Picador Date of Publication: August 13th 1999 Rating: 5 stars ‘’When I was young, lying in bed […] I used to believe that Tuscar was a man and the Blackwater Lightship was a woman and they were both sending signals to each other and to other lighthouses, like mating calls.’’ Colm Toibin…

In the Springtime of the Year

Title: In the Springtime of the Year Writer: Susan Hill Publishing House: Vintage Digital Date of Publication: April 5th 2012 (first published September 12th 1975) Rating: 5 stars ‘’There was no sound tonight from the owls in the copse, over to the left of the cottage, no storring in the trees themselves.’’ This was a very difficult review to write. Even…

Anya’s Ghost

Title: Anya’s Ghost  Writer: Vera Brosgol Publishing House: First Second Date of Publication:  June 7th 2011 Rating: 5 stars ‘’No one has the right to decide who gets to live or die.’’ I will tell you straight away that this is so much more than a comic. I thought it would be a cute tale, a whimsical ghost story…

Lyrebird

Title: Lyrebird Writer: Cecelia Ahern Publishing House: HarperCollins Date of Publication: November 3rd 2016 Rating: 3 stars ‘’How can a place be a home if no one wants you there?’’ I’ve always had a weird relationship with Ahern’s books. I’ve never been particularly intrigued by the stories presented in her novels, until ‘’The Marble Collector’’ attracted my attention. I loved…

Land Mammals and Sea Creatures

Title: Land Mammals and Sea Creatures Writer: Jen Neale Publishing House: ECW Press Date of Publication:May 8th 2018 Rating: 3 stars ‘’The bones were gone. Only the outline of fur remined. Even the dislodged claws had been collected. Julie looked around as though the culprit might be right there.’’ The sea is like a dream. It’s said…

We Care For You

Title: We Care For You Writer: Paul Kitcatt Publishing House: Unbound Digital Date of Publication: November 7th 2017 Rating: 4 stars ‘’They feel guilt, and relief, increased anxiety, reduced anxiety, satisfaction, dissatisfaction, happiness and unhappiness. Sometimes all at once. How is this possible? It is complicated, being human.’’ Evergreen is destined to be the final place of residence for a…

Laura & Emma

Title: Laura & Emma Writer: Kate Greathead Publishing House: Simon & Schuster Date of Publication: March 13th 2018 Ratings: 4 stars ‘’You’re not supposed to cry when someone gives you a present.’’ Although I’m not actually a reader of what I call ‘’Family Conflict’’ novels, I cannot say ‘’no’’ to stories whose protagonists are single parents. I consider the women…

Mr Woodreeve’s Reflection

Title:Mr Woodreeve’s Reflection Writer: Robert Bluck Publishing House: Unbound Digital Date of Publication: January 20th 2017 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Are you a person in my story, or am I a person in yours?’’ Once in a while, we choose a book attracted by its cryptic blurb. There is a certain ‘’something’’ in a vague description that entices us to…

The Silent Land

Title: The Silent Land Writer: Graham Joyce Publishing House: Anchor Date of Publication: November 1st 2010 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Once I had a dream and in the dream I went to bed and fell asleep and was dreaming. And I knew I was dreaming inside a dream. Do you think it’s like that? Do you?’’ I’ve always thought that the…

One Day in December

Title: One Day in December Writer: Shari Low Publishing House: Aria Date of Publication: September 1st 2017 Rating: 2 stars Glasgow, December, Christmas is approaching. Course of the action, a single day when four very different people decide to fulfill their resolutions. Caro is a teacher in a primary school and I couldn’t help but liking her immediately, after reading…

Goodbye, Vitamin

 Title: Goodbye, Vitamin Writer: Rachel Khong Publishing House: Scribner UK Date of Publication: June 1st 2017 Rating: 5 stars “It doesn’t matter who remembers what, I guess, so long as somebody remembers something.” “Goodbye, Vitamin” came highly recommended by many people whose opinion I trust and I had high hopes. I expected to enjoy it- if such a verb can…

Dunbar

 Title: Dunbar Writer: Edward St. Aubyn  Publishing House: Penguin Random House   Date of Publication:October 24th 2017   Rating: 2.5 stars Time for a lesson in the History of Theatre and a few of the greatest actors of all time. Younger members of our beautiful community pay attention. You are about to learn what true acting means…The larger-than- life…

The Transition

 Title: The Transition Writer: Luke Kennard Publishing House: Fourth Estate Date of Publication: September 7th 2017 Rating: 2 stars Well, I don’t know… I don’t know where to begin with this one. When you finish a book and the first thing that comes to your mind is “I won’t write a review on this one”, then things are quite bleak….

The Woman Behind the Waterfall

Title: The Woman Behind the Waterfall                              Writer: Leonora Meriel Publishing House: Granite Cloud                                           Date of Publication: October 1st 2016          …

A very special hotel…

  Title: ”Hotel Silence” Writer: Audur Ava Olafsdottir Publisher : Grove Atlantic Publication Date:  23 February 2018 Rating : 4 out of 5 stars ‘’Will the world miss me? No. Will the world be any poorer without me? No. Will the world survive without me? Yes. Is the world a better place now than when I came into it? No….