The Last List Of Mabel Beaumont by Laura Pearson is the most beautiful contemporary novel that I just could not put down.
It was about love, life and friendship. Following the death of her husband of sixty two years, Mabel Beaumont is lonely but her life is about to open up in so many ways.
This is a book that celebrates friendship as four women, of various ages, enter Mable Beaumont’s life due to extraordinary circumstances. All have secrets. All are grieving something. All support each other.
We hear of lost loves, forbidden loves and family breakdowns. There are regrets. There are tears. There are chances to start again. Mabel Beaumont proves you are never too old to have a fresh start.
A Fabulous Debut
After The Snow by Susannah Constantine is a marvellous debut historical novel that totally enthralled me.
The novel is set in 1969. It is a bygone era (although part of my childhood!) and set in Scotland with the snow on the ground.
We follow two eleven year old girls who are friends. One is the daughter of an earl and the other lives in the gatehouse. We see the action through their eyes. There is an innocence to the proceedings. The reader can clearly see the affair between two characters but the girls are oblivious.
Christmas Magic by Cathy Kelly is a delightful collection of contemporary Christmas tales that is just perfect to read in the run up to the festive season.
You can read the book cover to cover, as I did, or just dip in and dip out as the fancy takes you.
All the stories are feel-good tales that will leave you feeling warm and welcome.
True Status by Chuck Richardson is a powerful Christian allegorical tale.
It is the journey of one man from rejected to redeemed. We see that life is a spiritual battle. God longs for us to come to Him. “Reach out and find Him. He has always been near you, but you refused.” If we reject God there is another – the enemy – who wants our soul. The enemy will do what he can to divert and distract us from following God.
Be careful which voices you listen to. “Do not listen to your accusers. They are not of God.” God longs to speak life and love to us. The enemy brings death and eternal damnation. Choose God. Choose life.
We cannot work our way to Heaven. “Good work is not going to save your soul.” Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. We need to ‘believe and be baptized.’
Prayer is important. “He heard me. He just didn’t answer the way I wanted Him to.” God will always answer our prayers in His way and in His timing. He is never too early or too late.