Trying Youth

Book Review of "Campari for Breakfast" by Sara Crowe. Sue Bowl has been through a lot more in life than most 17-year-olds have. Her mother, Buddleia, committed suicide, and not long after that, her father took up with another woman. Buddleia's sister, Aunt Coral, was still mourning the loss of their father when Buddleia took … Continue reading Trying Youth

Stitching together Thessaloniki’s story

Book Review of "The Thread" by Victoria Hislop. During the 20th Century, the seaside Greek city of Thessaloniki saw it all – fires, wars and earthquakes. This is the backdrop of Victoria Hislop’s novel The Thread. In it, we get to know the story of this city through a fictional cast of characters. As the … Continue reading Stitching together Thessaloniki’s story

Twins and Ghosts

Book Review for "Her Fearful Symmetry" by Audrey Niffenegger. Elspeth and Edwina were identical twins, estranged for many years. When Elspeth dies in London, she leaves her flat to her sister's, nieces - Julia and Veronica - who are also identical twins. However, there is a condition. The two girls must leave the USA and … Continue reading Twins and Ghosts

The Mystery of Christopher Marlowe

Book Review of "Tamburlaine Must Die" by Louise Welsh. During the Elizabethan era, Christopher Marlowe was a famous and popular playwright, but today when we think of that time, practically the only writer that comes to mind is Shakespeare. One reason for this could be Marlowe's untimely and early death, at the height of his … Continue reading The Mystery of Christopher Marlowe

Odd One Out

Book Review for "The Children's Crusade" by Anne Packer. How can one deal with someone you love pulling away from you? This is the question posed in Anne Packer's latest novel about the Blairs, Penny and Bill, their marriage, their home, the land it was built on and their four children, Robert, Rebecca, Ryan and James. … Continue reading Odd One Out

The Secret of a 100-Year-Old Woman

Book Review of "The Secret Scripture" by Sebastian Barry. Roscommon Mental Hospital is about to be torn down, and the director, Dr. Grene has to figure out what to do with his patients, including Roseanne McNulty. Should he move her to the new facility? Maybe he should find her somewhere on the outside? She doesn’t … Continue reading The Secret of a 100-Year-Old Woman

A Frankly Amazing Woman

Book Review of "Loving Frank" by Nancy Horan. Anyone interested in early 20th century architecture might recognize the name Mamah Borthwick Cheney as being the woman who was Frank Lloyd Wright's lover - for whom he left his wife and family, which caused a scandal that rocked not only Chicago's society, but also the world … Continue reading A Frankly Amazing Woman

The Calm within the Storm

Book Review of "Restless" by William Boyd. Ruth Gilmartin is a single mother, working on her Master’s Thesis and teaching English as a Second Language in Oxford. Her mother, Sally, has decided to write down the story of her experiences during WW2 and give them to Ruth. This is when Ruth discovers that the woman … Continue reading The Calm within the Storm

A Dream within a Dream

Book Review of "Sleeping Patterns" by J.R. Crook. What is the relationship between the writer and his audience? J.R. Crook’s debut novel investigates this through a group of characters – himself included – living together in student accommodations in London. The main story here centers on an artist Annelie Strandli, known as Grethe to her … Continue reading A Dream within a Dream

Gambits and Pawns

Book Review of "The Death's Head Chess Club" by John Donoghue. SS Obersturmführer (1st Lieutenant) Paul Meissner's battle injury has taken him off the front lines, and put him in Auschwitz, assigned to bolster flagging morale in the camps. His superiors are skeptical about his chess club idea, especially if he's allowing officers and enlisted … Continue reading Gambits and Pawns