No Stone Unturned
Out Of The Ashes by Vicky Newham is a fabulous
contemporary crime novel that will grip you from the start. It is the second
book in the D.I. Maya Rahman series which I am really enjoying.
The novel is set in the Brick Lane area of
London. Once it was a thriving community. Now it is run down and in need of
redevelopment but it is still home to some elderly residents who love it in
spite of the damp and deprivation. The houses and shops hold memories that are
hard to let go of.
There are murders and arson to solve. Experts
at ICT mean phones and IP addresses are hard to trace. Aliases and broken CCTV
merely serve to aid the criminals. Vulnerable youngsters are exploited.
Where You Go: An Interactive Journal For Your Adventures
With God by Joanne Gilbert is the
most stunningly beautiful book. The illustrations ‘spoke’ to me as well as the words.
This is a book to be used, kept, treasured and revisited again and again.
Joanne Gilbert describes
life with God as a beautiful adventure. Life is not meant to be boring but
lived in colour. The journal is divided into five sections: preparing; taking
steps; facing trials; reflecting; and colour and meditate. Within each section
there are activities to do, illustrations, Biblical wisdom and verses,
questions and quotes all designed to draw us closer to God. There are also
blank pages for us to write or draw what God is saying to us. The final section
of the book has illustrations for us to colour as we meditate on what God is
saying as we relax.
The Little Gift Shop
On The Loch by
Maggie Conway is a most delightful contemporary tale about finding your true
Too often we rush through life immersed in our
jobs but never really discovering what is really important. “How easy it was to
rush around, never stopping to appreciate something simple.” Within the novel
an unexpected redundancy becomes a new opportunity. What starts as an escape to
lick one’s wounds soon becomes the lifeline to a new dream.
The story is about loss. “Time was meant to be
a healer but… it wasn’t. You simply found ways of dealing with it.” Sometimes
we become so busy to avoid facing our loss. Sooner or later we must slow down
and meet our loss face to face. Losing loved ones hurts but the blow is
softened by knowing how much they loved and how much they were loved by others.
Transported To Far Away Lands
My Colorful Life by Marion
Ueckermann is a delightful collection of poems that spoke to my soul. With
vivid descriptions, I ‘travelled’ to Ireland and Africa. The detail enabled me
to ‘see’ the landscape and ‘feel’ the African heat.
I had two
favourite poems – The Writer and Words. They appealed to me because of their
detail and subject matter.