Genre: Domestic Fiction Rating: 5/5 Plot: It’s a miracle when Katherine’s baby boy is born healthy. But his twin sister doesn’t survive, and when Katherine is told she can’t have any more children the loss is almost too much for her to bear. Katherine always saw herself having a big family: she remembers how the… Continue reading Book Review: My only child by Sam Vickery
Genre: Multicultural interest Rating: 5/5 Plot: A uniquely American story told in powerful, evocative prose, The Beauty of Your Face navigates a country growing ever more divided. Afaf Rahman, the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, is the principal of Nurrideen School for Girls, a Muslim school in the Chicago suburbs. One morning, a shooter--radicalized by the online alt-right--attacks… Continue reading Book Review: The beauty of your face Shara Mustafah
Genre: Coming of age Drama/ Contemporary Fiction Rating: 4/5 Plot: An avid reader, ten-year-old Naomi Rose already knows the power of a good story. When her mother dies, Naomi’s emotional struggle is exacerbated by her attempts to appease her father’s demands for self-restraint and composure. With her father increasingly turning to the bottle for solace, Naomi… Continue reading Book Review: Naomi Roseby Kirsten Esden
Genre: Thriller/Mystery Rating: She believed the lies... The truth will destroy her. Maddy Saunders’ life is unravelling. After the heartbreaking, unexpected death of 5-year-old daughter Chloe, she’s trying desperately to keep her family together for other daughter, Emily. But when the police inform her that husband Max is missing, the rucksack found at the bottom of a local canal… Continue reading Book review: Every little Secret by Ruby Speechley
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old; Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning - Laurence Binyon (Ode to remembrance To those who fought and laid down your lives, thank you. To those who fought and saw… Continue reading Remembrance Sunday
Plot: (From Amazon) Kate Bennett vanished from a parking lot eleven years ago, leaving behind her husband and young daughter. When she shows up at a Montana gas station, clutching an infant and screaming for help, investigators believe she may have been abducted by a cult. Kate’s return flips her family’s world upside down—her husband… Continue reading Book review: When she returns by Lucinda Berry
So yesterday's task was to write a poem reflecting grief and loss. So, here's mine: As a toss the lilies on the earth And say goodbye to you, I think what what life is worth without you. The world seems silent without your laugh, the stars dimmer. A part of me went with you, My… Continue reading A Poem Reflecting Grief.
I heard the pop and fizz of another can being opened and my heart sunk. I may be three but I was intuned to every sound and movement waiting for daddies anger to erupt by a volcano and more often than not the bubbling inferno was quenched by the pale ale that never seemed to… Continue reading Hugging a grave stone: Flash fiction