Building A Family by Jennifer Slattery is a delightful Christian contemporary novel that will leave you smiling.
The novel revolves around two small children in need of stable parenting. They have been abandoned by their parents but have other relatives wanting to parent them. There is so much love surrounding them. This reminds the reader that God surrounds us with an unconditional love and He longs to adopt us into His family.
There are the difficult topics of alcohol and drug abuse. People need help to heal. They also need to want to get better. We all deserve a second chance to have a fresh beginning.
Kept Me Up At Night
Just My Luck by Adele Parks is a fabulous contemporary psychological thriller that will mess with your mind and emotions.
An ordinary house in suburbia. An ordinary family with an ordinary life – until a day that changes everything. Just My Luck examines the fall-out that happens when everything changes. What you thought you wanted, what you thought you knew, who you thought you were – the ground shifts and everyone envies you.
There is the huge question of truth and lies, and trust. Adele Parks has created a marvellous novel that will consume you as you try to separate the truth from the lies. There is a stark warning – be careful what you wish for. Be content with what you have.
Make Every Day Count
59 Memory Lane by Celia Anderson is a delightful contemporary novel about community. It is a wonderful warm read.
There is an eclectic mix of characters ranging from age six to one hundred and ten. They all inhabit a small Cornish village and we witness the ups and downs of village life. Needs are met as people look out for others. The down side is the gossip machine works overtime – your business is not your own.
A series of letters link top past events as the reader hears of a mystery to solve.
The novel celebrates friendship and kindness – some friendships are new, others are decades old. Life is just too short to hold on to grudges.
An Absolute Classic
Carrie’s War by Nina Bawden is a children’s historical classic and just perfect for ages eight and above.
As a child I read Carrie’s War and watched the BBC series of it. I loved it then and I love it now. I had a desire to become reacquainted with the characters so purchased a copy.
The story is set in the Welsh hills as eleven year old Carrie and her younger brother are evacuated from London. The novel is written in the third person from the point of view of Carrie. The reader hears about her fears and insecurities, her desire to please and her love for others.
As the story opens, Carrie is an adult but still carrying guilt from thirty years ago. The reader is intrigued as the guilt weighs so heavy, it is dragging her down.