The Missing Piece
Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman is a beautiful, powerful and
incredibly heart breaking contemporary novel. My emotions were shot to pieces.
The reader will mourn a lost
childhood and the events that produced a hurting adult. Loneliness hovers like
a cloud over the novel. It is a loneliness that comes from feeling unworthy to
be liked or associated with.
Words spoken over us remain for
good or bad. If we continually hear negative words, we will believe what they
say. We will look in a mirror and see ourselves as ugly because that is what we
are conditioned to believe. Beauty is not as simple as inner or outer beauty.
Beauty is also a state of mind.
The hand of friendship is
extended. It is cautiously received and beautiful to watch the unfolding.
Kindness goes hand in hand with friendship. It is a kindness that needs no
words but says ‘I see you and you matter.’
Another Willerby Whodunnit
The Windmill Café:
Christmas Trees by
Poppy Blake is another delightful escape to Willerby as we join the residents
battling to solve a crime before a Christmas wedding.
This is my third trip to the small Norfolk
village and once again, I was both enchanted and perplexed by village life.
The crime busting duo once more, put on their
amateur sleuthing hats to solve the mystery. Willerby seems to have as many perpetrators
of crimes visiting as sleepy Midsomer on ITV!
I was entertained trying to guess whodunit. A
warm welcome awaits the reader from the locals as they prepare for both a wedding
and a Christmas tree competition.
A Whirlwind Of Chaos
The Windmill Café: Autumn Leaves by Poppy Blake is a delightful contemporary
mystery that will entertain whilst having the reader glued and guessing.
For anyone who knows the BBC series Death In
Paradise, Autumn Leaves has a similar
format and atmosphere. It is very much a light-hearted read whilst characters
bond around cake.
Village life is uncomplicated – or is it? A
community atmosphere where everyone pulls together could not possibly hide a
potential murderer – or could it?
Autumn Leaves shows amateur super sleuthing at its
best. Reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple, the reader follows two
would be crime busters as bit by bit they try to piece together the action.
Everyone has a motive but only one committed
the crime. Can you guess who before the big reveal?
Mending Fences by Suzanne Woods Fisher is a delightful contemporary
Amish novel about healing and new beginnings. It is the first book in a new
series, The Deacon’s Family and I cannot wait for the subsequent books.
Broken people are at the heart of
the story. Some are broken due to poor choices, others have been broken and
shaped by childhood. “God does
His best work with messes.” Events have coloured our view of ourselves. We need
others to point out our true worth. “You’re not just a girl on the streets. You’re
a child of God… a pearl of great price.” We need to turn to God and believe
what He tells us. God loves us and His love “wasn’t finite… It was limitless.”
There are some huge hearts for people in the
novel that believe that we all deserve second chances. She saw “troubled people…
as if she could see the diamond inside.” Kindness, patience and even tough love
can all help to transform the troubled soul. Once transformed, hearts want to
pay it forward and help others in need.
The novel shows the destructive power of
addiction. We need help to overcome and there needs to be a desire for change.