A Marvellous Debut
The Devil’s Dice by Roz Watkins is a fabulous contemporary detective novel set in the Derbyshire Dales. It is the first in the D.I. Meg Dalton series and I cannot wait for the rest.
The Devil’s Dice grips from the start as the reader gets caught up in the action. As the body count rises, so do the suspects in the reader’s mind.
Ancient curses bump into modern crimes. Is the area really cursed or is it just old fashioned bad luck?
Everyone has a past. Sometimes our past haunts us. We cannot escape so we cope the best we can.
We all have fears. Some face them. Others run.
A Timeless Classic
A Stitch In Time by Penelope Lively is a children’s classic that can be enjoyed by anyone at any time.
First published in 1976, the action in this timeless classic is in 1975. It is set over the summer holidays in Lyme Regis. Life was simpler then – with picnics, hide and seek, books on rainy afternoons, collecting fossils. No modern technology or disturbance from mobile phones.
The two holidaying families contrast sharply. Maria and her parents are quiet. Martin and his family are loud and gregarious.
Childhood is a carefree time where we make memories. It is also a time of over active imaginations and imaginary friends. Children seem more sensitive to the past whereas adults concentrate on the here and now.
Why I Hate Green Beans by Lincee Ray is a collection of observations on life. Lincee Ray is honest, insightful and witty. The reader laughs and cries as we experience life with her. Lincee Ray recognises we need to “embrace the days when we aren’t feeling our best selves.” We need to seize the day.
The media puts pressure on women to look ‘perfect.’ Their idea of perfect seems to be stick thin with no blemishes. Every women seems to be under media pressure but we are “so much more than a number on a scale.” We need to be happy with the skin we are in and remember that we are created in the image of God. We are the daughters of the King.
Rosie by Bill Whiting is a most beautiful and touching account of life, loss and love.
Following the death of his wife, Bill Whiting felt lost and alone. Grief “hit me like a bursting dam.” The hole left by his wife consumed. He realised that little irritations over the years and “working for tomorrow’s happiness” meant nothing when your life partner is gone. “All the gold in the world could not buy her back.” Rosie is an account of very raw grief.
However hope reached out beyond the grave in the form of a small Schnauzer puppy called Rosie. “Utter helplessness meeting total hopelessness.” Bill Whiting’s wife knew that he would need a new purpose after she was gone.