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The Dark Frontier – A.B. Decker

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12 July 2021

Inflection

The Dark Frontier is an absorbing and mysterious drama that meticulously crafts a menacing tale that explores a personality transformation of the main protagonist along with two sequences of events. As a London-based journalist, Frank Goss takes an assignment in Switzerland to cover the 1971 Swiss referendum of women’s right…


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Contemporary Fiction Literary Fiction

Unsettled Ground – Claire Fuller

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5 July 2021

This novel based on the story of an impoverished rural family kept me reading. The writer’s skill at character development is masterful. The stories of each member of this family reveal themselves gradually and we discover strength in Jeanie, reportedly the least capable, great weakness in Justin, her twin,…


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Circus of Wonders – Elizabeth Macneal

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15 May 2021

Diversity

Elizabeth Macneal has written a superb historical fiction novel that is full of drama and adventure. Set against the Victorian obsession with oddities, freaks, and wonders, many captivating story threads bring us mystery, intrigue, and the enthralling draw of circus life and performance. Nell is a young woman living…


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Fields of Grace – Wendy Waters

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26 April 2021

Feu sacré

Fields of Grace is an absorbing novel, epic in its ability to build a compelling story around a leading character, and transport her life through years of adventure, drama and relationships, and arrive at a point on the final day of her life with profound secrets to reveal. Wendy…


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Literary Fiction Reviews

Send Judah First by Brian C. Johnson

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14 April 2021

Sometimes Netgalley sends me emails to tempt me to read or listen to something. I have to thank them for this recommendation. I am so happy that I got a chance to pick up “Send Judah First” by Brian C. Johnson. It is one of these stories that everyone…


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Literary Fiction Supernatural

Seven Roses – L.L. Tremblay

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9 March 2021

Faithful

L.L. Tremblay writes her novel in the first person, bringing an authentic sensitivity to a haunting story of love and loss. Grappling with personal, family, friend, partner and mystical relationships, several tumultuous life-defining events unfold in this heartfelt drama. Tremblay crafts an absorbing story that reaches into our desire…


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Shuggie Bain – Douglas Stuart

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25 February 2021

This is the heartbreaking story of Hugh ‘Shuggie’ Bain and his mother Agnes. He’s lonely, on the receiving end of much unpleasantness around his sexuality and has to cope with Agnes’ drinking. Set in the 1980’s of Thatcher’s Britain it shows a time of hardship, of the industrial decline…


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Historical Fiction Literary Fiction

Small Island – Andrea Levy

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23 February 2021

Accession

Small Island is a keenly examined story exploring the prejudices that existed, and still do, around racial inequality in post-WWII Britain. The novel flips back and forward from 1948 to a time before the war when two Jamaicans, Gilbert and Hortense dream of immigrating to Britain. Hortense has an image…


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The Four Winds – Kristin Hannah

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8 February 2021

Warrior

Kristin Hannah’s latest novel is an outstanding historical saga sparking memories of the classic John Steinbeck story, Grapes of Wrath. Based during the great depression, the hardships and demise of small farmers and the migration of people from the Dust Bowl states in America to the land of milk…


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Shuggie Bain – Douglas Stuart

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16 January 2021

Restrain

Shuggie Bain is a beautifully written, poignant account of a Glaswegian family and their struggles through poverty, family breakdown, alcoholism, and community divisiveness. In a society where misery and despair circle like vultures, after years of economic assault from a Thatcher government on working-class people, the Bain family’s own story…

Peter Donnelly
Ireland

Founder of The Reading Desk, supporting readers, authors, publishers and book industry. Top Reviewer on Amazon, Goodreads, and NetGalley peter@thereadingdesk.com

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