Sharing Stories, Sharing Lives
The Printed Letter
Katherine Reay is the most delightful contemporary novel about love and
friendship and life. It is an exploration of what it means to be a woman as
described in Proverbs 31.
Once in a while there comes along a life that
touches everyone and leaves them smiling. “Maddie left her mark on the heart of
everyone.” The reader never meets Maddie but we feel that we know her because
we see her through the eyes of others.
The novel is about good hearts. Some good
hearts are present at the start. Others are revealed layer by layer.
Hope Lives Here
Cross My Heart by Robin Lee Hatcher is a most delightful dual
timeline Christian novel about love and the heart of God. It is the second book
in the Legacy Of Faith series but can be read as a stand-alone. I enjoyed catching up with familiar
The story spans present day and the World War
II years. In both the characters trust God to see them through all the stages
Prayer is important. “Our prayers never go
unanswered, even when things don’t turn out the way we expected.” God answers
our prayers in His way and in His timing. Prayers are our lifeline. Lives are
altered through prayer.
The Greatest Gift Of All
Her Last Promise by Kathryn Hughes – wow, there are
some books that you never want to end, and this is one such book. Her Last Promise is a contemporary novel
that also travels back to 1978. It is a book about a search – a search for a
love that never died and never gave up hope.
The characters created by Kathryn Hughes were a
marvellous mix. For me, I ‘lived’ through the novel as the character of Tara –
I ‘loved’ where she loved, I ‘lost’ where she lost and I ‘searched’ with her.
The character of Tara lodged in my heart and soul. I really connected with her.
Now the novel is ended I feel like a part of me dwells forever in the book.
Kathryn Hughes truly is a masterful storyteller.
She has woven a tale from several points of view into one wonderful whole. She
both entertained me and toyed with my emotions. I really feel like I have been
through the wringer.
Nightingale Point by Luan Goldie is a powerful novel
about community and tragedy. It is set in London in 1996 but has its roots in
Bijlmer, Amsterdam 1992 and the Grenfell Tower disaster.
Nightingale Point is a high rise block of flats. It
is a cosmopolitan place where people from many varied backgrounds live. Their
lives intersect on a daily basis.
There is a defining day – a day when everything
changes. There will forever be a ‘before’ and ‘after’ in the lives of the
residents. Those who witnessed this day will never be the same again. Memories
and nightmares will haunt them as they relive what cannot be changed.
For some there are near misses. For others there
are deep tragedies. For all there are lives changed forever one fatal day in