Always & Forever
All My Love by Miranda Dickinson is the most charming contemporary novel that I never wanted to end.
The tone is wonderfully light-hearted and fun, with much amusing banter.
The book celebrates life and love and friendship. We all need those people around us who believe in us. Too often the world knocks us down and our voices shrink and dry up – but with love and encouragement from others, our voices will turn the volume up once more. Voices are heard again because “They believed in me.” We all need people who believe in us.
Within the story there are those who tear down and belittle others. And there are those who know the value of people. A character has been broken in the past and believes she has no self-worth but “you are important… Don’t ever think you aren’t.” We all need people who will build us up.
Job satisfaction will never be found in bank notes. Our value is not in the amount of money we earn. Some of the happiest people work hard, doing their dream jobs behind the scenes. Often the most important people doing the most important jobs are actually grafting away behind the scenes, invisible to the world – but if they didn’t do their jobs, we would soon notice.
Stepping Back In Time
A Notable Omission by Isabella Muir is an historical novel set in 1970. It is the fourth book in the Janie Juke Mystery series but can be read as a stand-alone.
The novel was very atmospheric. Comprehensive descriptions of the décor really evoked memories of the early seventies. It was brash. It was loud. It was very in-your-face and has been perfectly captured by Isabella Muir.
The main theme was about equality for women – but there was inequality in other areas too. We see a young woman still excluded from the friendships formed a while ago in school. Other women were in marriages of unequal partnership as we hear of domestic abuse and jealousy.
There is a disappearance and a close call with death to be investigated. Are they linked? Or is it a pure coincidence? Now is the job for both the police and a pair of amateur super sleuths to find answers to the questions.
Small Town Life
Mrs Bambi Knows by Chris Mason is a delightful contemporary novel about life in small town America.
The town comes to life under Chris Mason’s pen. I could ‘see’ the main street, A.M’s dress shop and Clarence’s farm to name but a few. Chris Mason’s words really evoke small town life – think Little House On The Prairie but brought up to date. It is a charming place to live.
There are many friendly residents with unique personalities. They look out for each other but gossip is rife! Your business is definitely not your own.
Single Dad, Richard, has a secret – he is Mrs Bambi the agony aunt in the local paper. He has a dry sense of humor and is very tongue in cheek with his advice – but the town is baying for blood – who is the outrageous Mrs Bambi?