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Reviews Arrive by a Variety of Modes ~ Revel in them all! 5 STARS *****

thank youI’ve received three reviews in the past week for ‘The Healing Paths of Fife.

The first review I’m thrilled about was by email and is now on Amazon:


12 January 2018

Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase
‘I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book; chosen because of an ancestral interest in Fife. I have walked the coastal path where the author was drawn to and can understand how her imaginative mind become active. It is for me a book that I shall read more than once for I need to visit Fife in mind and body as often as possible.’


The second one was spoken directly by a lady in the Burgh who is in Kinghorn in Bloom.

         ‘I loved your novel. It was one of those books which you could curl up with on the sofa and just enjoy. Heart warming!’

The third review came over the phone by a college lecturer I’ve kept in touch with over the years from Keswick Hall College of Education. (is it really over 40 since I entered college life?) Now, it is the first time I’ve spoken to this man for several years.

‘Your writing is very beautiful Diana. A most unusual book.’     

Many thanks to all of you who take the trouble to write reviews, ring or even say what you think in person about novels. All authors everywhere are eternally grateful because many of us suffer from a lack of confidence and it inspires us to continue writing.

ps My next novel is all but complete now. How exciting!!!



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Book Reviews of Contemporary Scottish Authors

In summary of my December book reviews to Celebrate Contemporary Scottish Authors here are the links to all of the reviews:

Celebrating Scottish Authors Month ~ Buddhada by Anne Donovan
Dec 28, 2017 4:12 PM
Celebrating Scottish Authors December ~ The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan
Dec 22, 2017 4:12 P
 Celebrating Scottish Authors December ~ The Death of Bees by Lisa O’Donnell
Dec 19, 2017 6:08 P
Celebrating Scottish Authors ~ J David Simons ~ An Exquisite Sense of What is Beautiful
Dec 15, 2017 6:46 PM
 Scottish Contemporary Authors Month ~ The Wrong Box by Andrew C Ferguson
Dec 12, 2017 4:48 PM
 Celebrating Scottish Authors ~ Margaret Skea ~ The Turn of the Tide
Dec 8, 2017 5:49 PM
 Celebrating Scottish Authors ~ Mark Douglas Home ~ ‘The Woman who Walked into the Sea’
Dec 1, 2017 6:15 P
All of the above are great reads. The list of authors are by no means exhaustive but I have really enjoyed this indulgence of exploring new authors to me and I will be looking out for their works in the future.

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Celebrating Scottish Authors Month ~ Buddhada by Anne Donovan


Buddhada on Amazon

This is a gem or a novel lent to me by a neighbour. Anne Donovan is an author from Glasgow and so her descriptions and characters are spot on, charming you with their down to earth sense of humour ~ well except Jimmy of course, the main character, who is going through a bit of a mid life crisis.

Jimmy, a Glaswegian painter and decorator,has a pretty ordinary but happy life with his wife and daughter, that is until he becomes interested in meditation through a local Buddhist Centre. In short he leaves his wife of thirteen years, the love of his life, in search of something. Enlightenment? The meaning of life? Peace? The lamas are in the background watching his journey in a quiet, non judgmental way and he lives at the Centre for a while.

You read the story from Jimmy’s point of view, but also from his wife, Liz, a very down to earth lady whose whole life revolves around family and friends. Also from Anne Marie’s perspective; their twelve year old daughter.

I loved the local dialect and have been living in Fife long enough, just about, to hear the voices. Some might find this aspect difficult to read but please try not to be put off. I’m sure most readers will be able to slip into a truly Glaswegian experience ~ with a difference.

I do believe that, if Buddhada were on my own bookshelf, that I’d keep it to read it again, and I can’t give higher praise than that 🙂


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