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Five Star Review for ‘MISSING Past and Present ~ my latest ~ ‘Mystery Inspired by History’

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Reviewed in the United Kingdom 

Format: Kindle Edition

“MISSING, Past and Present is a wonderful book, with two captivating stories.

In the first we follow Dorothy’s journey as she becomes homeless following the disappearance of her husband and the arrest of her foster son. This story is told by Dorothy as she thinks back on her life, family and friends, and how she ended up in her present circumstances.

The second story is Millie’s, which is written by Dorothy after a chance discovery of a journal in the Grange, the uninhabited house she occasionally squats in.

The book is well written and the characters are dimensional and believable… including those from Dorothy’s imagination.

MISSING, Past and Present was an enjoyable read. Both stories were fascinating and held my attention throughout.”

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Book Review of the Month ~ Secrets of the Sea House by Elisabeth Gifford

Today I am reviving my monthly book review, but this time I will post it on my blog before adding it to my rolling reviews on my Book of the Month Page.

Why did I choose this book?

I was drawn to Secrets of the Sea because:

  • I have visited Harris, Lewis and Uist and was drawn to the landscape; wild and rugged in contrast to the great expanse of machair, with wild flowers almost hidden by flowing grasses, a reflection of the sea and long sandy beaches.
  • I enjoy historical fiction and yet …
  • I also love reading novels in parallel time scales. I love the way they are woven to overlap and yet they are two stories in one, bringing history into the present day.
  • I have been inspired by local folklore in Scotland and Selkies intrigue me!

Did you feel empathy with any particular character?

Oh yes. Ruth’s struggles to shed her past memories. Memories are a bit like witness statements ~ it’s surprising how inaccurate they can be, especially those from childhood, and yet Ruth has resilience and a good man watching out for her.

Is there a lasting thought or memory of the book which remains with you?

Oh yes. I want to know more about the research and history behind the theory of where Selkies come from and I yearn to visit the islands again, especially Harris, North Uist and Benbecula, which we visited only briefly. I need more time to explore and absorb the essence of those places.

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Diana’s review ~Second Wind by Alison Henderson

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Second Wind by Alison Henderson

I was drawn to this book by the dreamy cover, the theme of making a fresh start and the memories of a fab couple of holidays on the Californian Coast ~ The Big Sur.

As Laurel was nearing her mother’s vegetarian restaurant, following a long and arduous drive from Seattle and a traumatic break up with her fiance, she passed Monterrey and Carmel, places which had also made vivid imprints in my mind. ‘Home’ was the best place for her to be and the possibility of turning a room above a garage into an apartment overlooking the sea and the garage into a studio felt like seventh heaven to Laurel ~ especially when her cat recovered from his ordeal. There was even a tentative love interest to Jake ~ who was not what he seemed.

That was until trouble followed her big time, putting both herself and her family in grave danger …

A gripping tale which drew me in from page one with characters which appealed to me and plausible villains. A novel I highly recommend to take your mind of the plot we are all experiencing in the real world! I know I’ll be reading more of Alison Henderson’s books now that I’ve discovered her.

 

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