The Essence Of Village Life
The Evacuee War by Katie King is a delightful historical novel that will warm your heart. It is the third book in the Evacuee series but can be read as a stand-alone. I enjoyed catching up with familiar faces.
The year is 1940 and the place is a village near Harrogate. The reader is in for a real treat as we follow the eleven year old twins Jessie and Connie, and their family and friends.
Being evacuated from London to stay with a vicar and his wife, the children enjoy fresh air, village life and animals. The reader is charmed by the presence of a pet pig and pony.
Peer rivalry at a new school creates problems but there is a creative solution.
The children have big hearts as they think of others who are less fortunate.
Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney is a gripping contemporary psychological thriller that captured my imagination from the start.
The snowy, cold setting in a converted chapel in Scotland mirrors the tone of the novel. It is told from alternating points of view as the reader tries to work out who is the silent figure who is coming and going.
Everyone has dreams but sometimes our dreams can morph into nightmares.
The reader becomes absorbed in the action. All is not quite as clear cut as we first believe. Alice Feeney manipulates the reader’s emotional responses. There were times when my jaw literally dropped. As a pet lover I also had an emotional connection to the dog who has unconditional love for his owners. “Dogs don’t hold grudges or know how to hate.”
Warm And Highly Amusing
Did You Miss Me? By Sophia Money-Coutts is the most delightful contemporary novel looking at first love, friendship and family.
I always love Sophia Money-Coutts novels and thoroughly enjoyed this one. The tone is friendly, down to earth and honest. It is also highly amusing and I did laugh out loud at times.
Families are complicated affairs. We do not choose ours and we do not always get on with all the members.
The leading lady is absolutely charming, realistic and likable. She is easy to empathise with.
The novel explores the lasting effects of our first love – the pain, the tears, the heartache – and the love that never dies.
In contrast we witness marriages that fall apart as the leading lady is a divorce lawyer. It is painful to see the value some put on objects over people.
A Marvellous Collection
Sands Of Time by Barbara Erskine is a marvellous collection of short stories that will entertain the reader.
The first and last stories are longer, both following on from the end of Whispers In The Sand. Here, the reader learns what happened next for Louisa in Victorian times and Anna in present day.
All the stories have unexplainable elements to them that enchant the reader and fire up the imagination. I did have a favourite – Barney – it was totally charming. See which one you like best.