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Book Review: A More Perfect Union by Tammye Huf

Book reviews By November 10, 2020 Tags: , , , No Comments

Tammye Huf’s debut novel A More Perfect Union is a remarkable love story—one inspired by that of her great great grandparents—between an Irish immigrant and a household slave he encounters on a Virginian plantation, and their attempt to overcome every obstacle and prejudice to be together. Henry O’Toole sails to America in 1848 to escape poverty and famine in Ireland,…

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Book Review: Shadow Sands by Robert Bryndza

Blog tour, Book reviews By November 4, 2020 Tags: , , , , , 3 Comments

Kate Marshall dives into a new case in Shallow Sands, the second book in this exciting new series from Robert Bryndza, when an initial discovery of hers brings something altogether more disturbing to the surface. When Kate Marshall finds the bloated body of a young man floating in the Shadow Sands reservoir, the authorities label it a tragic accident. But…

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Book Review: Your Still Beating Heart by Tyler Keevil

Book reviews By September 30, 2020 Tags: , , , No Comments

Tyler Keevil’s novel Your Still Beating Heart begins with a random and unimaginable tragedy, which dramatically alters the trajectory of one woman’s life, and those she’ll now encounter along the way. All it takes to change your life is a single moment. A random stabbing on a London bus leaves a young woman widowed and detached from her previous world. Stripped of a…

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Book Review: A Girl Made of Air by Nydia Hetherington

Book reviews By September 4, 2020 Tags: , , , No Comments

Nydia Hetherington’s A Girl Made of Air twirled across my Twitter timeline with its stunning cover earlier this summer and, as soon as I saw it, I knew I had to read it. This is the story of The Greatest Funambulist Who Ever Lived… Born into a post-war circus family, our nameless star was unwanted and forgotten, abandoned in the…

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Book Review: Cow Girl by Kirsty Eyre

Book reviews By September 3, 2020 Tags: , , , , , , 4 Comments

Kirsty Eyre’s Cow Girl is the wonderfully warm and witty debut novel from the winner of last year’s inaugural Comedy Women in Print Prize. When her father falls ill, Billie returns home to the Yorkshire farm which she left behind for life in London. The transition back to country lass from city girl isn’t easy, not least because leaving London…

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Book Review: Dear Child by Romy Hausmann, translated from the German by Jamie Bulloch

Book reviews, German books By August 31, 2020 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

Romy Hausmann’s Dear Child begins where other thrillers often end and takes the breaking news event we might hear about—a young woman escaping from captivity with children in tow—as her starting point, before showing us what life was like for them and how they fare once free. A windowless shack in the woods. Lena’s life and that of her two…

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Book Review: The Woods by Vanessa Savage

Book reviews By August 27, 2020 Tags: , , , , , , 6 Comments

Vanessa Savage’s second book, The Woods, tells the unsettling story of three families, whose lives are intertwined, and two sisters, who need to unearth what happened ten years ago, before they can move on. For Tess, her older sister Bella is her whole world. She’s smart and beautiful and popular – everything Tess isn’t – and since the death of…

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Book Review: We Germans by Alexander Starritt

Book reviews By August 12, 2020 Tags: , , , No Comments

In his second novel, We Germans, Alexander Starritt poses an intriguing question to one generation from another and asks what it was like to be on the German side during the Second World War. When a young British man asks his German grandfather what it was like to fight on the wrong side of the war, the question is initially…

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Book Review: Playing Nice by JP Delaney

Book reviews By August 9, 2020 Tags: , , , 2 Comments

When Pete and Maddie discover that the child they brought home from hospital two years ago is not the same one as Maddie gave birth to, an already fraught situation rapidly blows up into something altogether more dangerous and frightening in JP Delaney’s latest novel Playing Nice. Pete Riley answers the door one morning to a parent’s worst nightmare. On…

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Book review: That Dark Remembered Day by Tom Vowler

Book reviews By June 19, 2014 Tags: , , , , No Comments

Tom Vowler’s second novel, That Dark Remembered Day, opens with what could be a recurring nightmare: a boy on the cusp of young adulthood gets off the school bus in Spring 1983, full of hope and fuzzy expectations and, on his way home, walks into something that quickly shatters that child’s happy innocence forever. The book then fast-forwards to Autumn…

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