There’s No Place Like Home
I’ll Be Home For
Christmas by Abbey
Clancy is a fun-filled contemporary novel that will delight the reader from the
The story concerns the world of show biz. It
all looks very glamourous but underneath it is hard work and difficult being
apart from loved ones. Temptations lie all around. Characters need to keep
focused on what is really important and not live for the moment.
Long distance relationships are stretched to
breaking point. Will they bounce back? Or is it the end of the road?
True love awaits a character. True love is
found in surprizing places and beautiful to watch it bud and blossom.
There are themes of hurt and forgiveness as a
character wakes up to realise what is worth fighting for.
Perfect For Bronte Fans
The Vanished Bride by Bella Ellis is a cleverly thought
out historical mystery and the first book in The Bronte Mysteries series. As
the name suggests the action revolves around the Bronte sisters. As fact meets
fiction, the reader is in for a real treat.
I am a huge Bronte fan and adore Haworth and
the surrounding area. Therefore the locations were familiar to me and helped
the book to come alive as I ‘lived’ through the action.
Within the novel, the Bronte sisters take on
amateur sleuthing. They are three well educated, highly intelligent young women,
trying to exert their presence at a time when women were seen as inferior to
men. It is ironic that they need the help of Branwell Bronte to gain access to
certain places. He is clearly inferior to them with his drug and alcohol
dependence and yet he is accepted just because he is a male. His weak character
is in contrast to his far stronger sisters.
Across The Years
A Time Of Green by Eleanor Watkins is a
delightful Christian dual timeline novel that will warm the reader’s heart.
The action is set in present day America and
rural Wales in the 1940’s. The story is told from two alternating points of
view – a great grandmother and her great granddaughter. The beautiful bond
between them is tangible to feel.
The threat of dementia is the catalyst to
opening up the past. During World War II the great grandmother, June, was
evacuated to Wales as a twelve year old. She shares her experiences with her
eleven year old great granddaughter. We are treated to a glimpse of the past as
a city girl adapts to country life.
The countryside comes alive with Eleanor
Watkins descriptions as the reader ‘wades’ through the mud, ‘experiences’ a
blanket of snow and ‘sees’ snowdrops blossom.
Fighting For Love
A Wedding In December by Sarah Morgan is a most
delightful contemporary novel about love and family.
Families are complicated affairs with
interactions that are constantly changing. The novel focuses on a family that
is coming apart at the seams as everyone tries to cope alone, keeping secrets
from others. A change of scenery brings more than just a new location.
The novel explores identity. Too often our
identity is tied up in what we do instead of who we are. “Did her mother even
have dreams?” has to be one of the saddest utterances… a character is more than
just a mother. She has hopes and dreams too. We are never too old to dream.
Where our heart is, there lies our fortune.
“Not all people were motivated by money and status. Some were motivated by
love.” The richest people are those who love and are loved.