Archive | August 2019

What Happens Now? by Sophia Money-Coutts

Roaringly Funny And Honest

What Happens Now? By Sophia Money-Coutts is a very upbeat contemporary novel about the highs and lows of pregnancy. I really enjoyed this honest look at life through the eyes and mind of a single thirty one year old named Lil.

The book opens with a pregnancy test and ends after delivery. The reader ‘travels’ the nine months with Lil. We see her take on situations as she asks the questions all mums-to-be want to ask. Written in the first person the reader becomes intimately acquainted with Lil. I loved her down to earth manner that contrasted with those around her in the birthing class.

What Happens Now? Was not just about pregnancy, it was about good friends, work colleagues and family. Not all families are made up of the traditional mum, dad, two children and a dog but the families are made up of love.

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The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa


The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa is a fascinating and powerful contemporary and historical novel that is based on facts, surrounding the voyage of the St Louis from Hamburg to Cuba in 1939. It is a dark period of history and the story is one I did not know. It is a story that needs to be told in memory of the passengers.

The novel is set in 1939 (moving forwards) and 2014. It is about life and love and loss. It is set in Berlin, on board the St Louis, in Cuba and New York City. It is about a shared history and inheritance. We need to know our past to be able to plot our present and future.

Being Jewish in Germany in 1939 was terrible, a time of persecution, horror and terror. Death was a daily occurrence. When hope was offered it was seized. The Jewish people found few willing to help them but life and birth and death still went on.

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The Yellow Lantern by Angie Dicken

Entertaining Yet Horrifying

The Yellow Lantern by Angie Dicken is a Christian historical crime novel that has its base in fact. Angie Dicken has used her imagination to weave her marvellous tale.

The book surrounds the topic of grave robbing to serve medical advances. This was rife in the United States and England in the nineteenth century. The tale is set in 1824. It was a horrific practice from which the leaders of it became wealthy while the poor did the despicable acts. The Yellow Lantern is part of the True Colors Crime series.

There is the theme of trust. Trust does not come easy when it is the wicked who wield the power.

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The Last Concerto by Sara Alexander

Thank You For The Music

The Last Concerto by Sara Alexander is a marvellous contemporary novel about the all consuming passion for music.

The novel opens in 1968 and moves forward chronologically as we follow the life of a young pianist. The talent to create music lay dormant until it was awakened and then music took over a life. The desire and dream to create music takes the reader from Sardinia to Rome as we follow the passion. Music is more than just playing notes, it is putting your heart and soul into every piece. Music unites people.

Within the novel there are sacrifices to be made. Relationships fracture as the desire to create music is not understood.

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