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Fenny by Lettice Cooper Sunday, 12 November 2017

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Ellen Fenwick, commonly known as Fenny or Elena, a burnt-out, single English teacher, jumps at the chance to become a governess for eight-year-old Juliet, whose family is recuperating for some months in a villa near Florence. She has been caring for her sick mother and has never travelled before, never experienced romance. (more…)

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Lion, by Saroo Brierley Friday, 20 October 2017

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An almost incredible but true story, told in a rather unemotional, matter-of-fact manner. Hardly old enough to know who he is and with no idea where he comes from, 5 year old Saroo finds himself trapped in a railway carriage, which ends up taking him to the sprawling, stinking, merciless city of Calcutta. What will his dear mother, his worldly-wise brothers and the baby sister he should be looking after think has happened to him? Will they care?

After several close scrapes with the river and unscrupulous railway workers, (more…)

What Friends Are For, by J.B. Reynolds Monday, 9 October 2017

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Tracy is worn out from caring for her young daughter Hayley, the fruit of a drunken teenage binge. She’s also fed up with the judgemental remarks not only from her relatives but even from strangers in the street. Pious churchgoers criticise her immoral behaviour and foul language. Her boyfriend Davy is neither very bright, nor at all romantic and doesn’t help with the housework, but he loves Tracey and Hayley.

It’s a total surprise when Kate, the beautiful and well-off mother of another daycare child, Corbin, invites her out (more…)

Penhaligon’s Attic by Terri Nixon Saturday, 7 October 2017

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Barely recovered from almost drowning when she went out at night to welcome her dear father back from his fishing, a new tragedy shatters eight-year old Freya’s heart: her mother is taking her away from her beloved Cornish village to London – for ever, it seems.

Her father Matthew is also broken with remorse, as he admits his unrestrained drinking was responsible not only for his family’s breakup but (more…)

Incendium by A. D. Swanston Wednesday, 27 September 2017

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Gripping from beginning to end, we follow the tense developments of the Papist struggle to overpower the Huguenots in France and reclaim the English crown from Protestant sympathiser Queen Elizabeth I in the late 16th century.

Lawyer Christopher Radcliff finds his life threatened when he is sent by his patron, Robert Dudley, the Earl of Leicester, on a secret mission to Paris at the height of the religious conflict, then makes use of dubious intelligencers to investigate rumours of a massive plot in London, involving murder, torture and executions.

Swanston has developed the historical scene very well, as also the key characters.

Is Jesus the Only Way? by Brian McLaren Wednesday, 6 September 2017

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The Only Way to What?

A provocative start. Followed by a challenging summary:

Jesus was not focused on saving sinners from an angry God who is hellbent on making them suffer forever. Jesus was interested in the very opposite: helping us angry, hostile, combative, confused, misguided human beings learn to know, love, and follow a loving God, so we can learn to love our fellow humans, ourselves, and all creation, not just after we die, but starting right now.

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True to Her Faith by Harriet Gabourel Sunday, 20 August 2017

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4 stars I bought this book mainly because of the subtitle: A Story of France in the Time of the Huguenots. That was the subject of interest to me, as some of my ancestors in Jersey were forced to flee France during the persecution after the Edict of Nantes was repealed in 1685. The fact that the story was apparently told through the life of a child, and claimed to be suitable for reading to 7 year olds, was an added benefit; my grandson is almost seven.

The book is beautifully and vividly written, both as regards descriptions of the rural scenery and depictions of the convictions and tortured emotions of the main players, and contains a wealth of information about the sufferings of the Huguenots under the obsessive and paranoid King Louis XIV. (more…)

The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens Thursday, 10 August 2017

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Another dip into the complete works of this great author. The plot of The Old Curiosity Shop is intricate, if somewhat long-winded. In addition to the very well developed primary players – we quickly come to empathise with the charming Nell and the faithful Kit – we meet a host of interlocked secondary characters, some of whom tend to emerge in exaggerated black or white and to sport rather unbelievable eccentricities.

Throughout the book we are enchanted by the vivid scene-setting, whose interminable and multiply convoluted sentences do, however, challenge one’s breathing when reading aloud. Another quirk for the modern reader are the frequent remarks addressed to himself, some of which are inclined to be preachy.

All in all, a very rewarding novel with a distressingly abrupt ending.

Die Steinflut, von Franz Hohler Friday, 7 July 2017

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9783442742691xlDie Geschichte von Noahs Arche fasziniert die siebenjährige Katharina. Schade, dass sie in der Sonntagsschule nur den ersten Teil davon hört, bevor sie mit ihrem kleinen Bruder zur Oma auf dem Hügel geschickt wird, bis ihr neues Bruderlein oder Schwesterlein das Licht der Welt erblickt.

Katharina ist ein helles aber etwas zurückgezogenes Mädchen, das eher über mysteriöse Geheimnisse nachdenkt – Wie werden Babys gemacht? Wie ist es möglich, an Kropf zu sterben? – anstatt Blindekuh mit den anderen Schulkindern zu spielen. (more…)

The Stone Flood by Franz Hohler Friday, 7 July 2017

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Seven-year-old Katharina is fascinated by the story of Noah’s ark, the first part of which she heard in Sunday school, before being sent with her little brother to stay with her granny on the hill until her new brother or sister is born. She is a bright and somewhat withdrawn girl, reflecting on such mysteries as how babies are made and how it is possible to die of goitre, rather than playing blind man’s buff with other school children. (more…)