Liz Robinson knows a good book when she reads one and this month she has picked Matt Johnson, as the author who has stood out and grabbed her attention with … Continue reading Matt Johnson – A Liz Robinson Author of the Month
What a beautifully written, captivating, and soulful read this is. Detective Sergeant Joaquin Morales, newly transferred, begins to investigate the death of a women found in fishing nets out at sea. Catherine Day leaves Montreal for a remote fishing village, looking for answers about her birth mother. The Gaspe Peninsula sits centre stage in the story, remote, set apart, and yet intimately connected to the sea. I immediately fell headlong into the story, the seamless translation encourages the words to join together, creating a vividly stunning picture. Catherine tells her own tale, having such personal access allows a connection, yet she still feels hidden from view. Other peoples thoughts tumble freely over the pages, yet they belong, they anchor the story. I felt that the author Roxanne Bouchard has a profound connection to the sea, she loves it, respects it, yet the immense power simmers, occasionally rages in the background.
I quite simply adored We Were The Salt Of The Sea, refreshingly different, unpredictable, yet deeply rich and touching, it became a part of me.
Genres: Lit, crime, family drama, relationship tale.
Last Letter from Istanbul is the latest offering from Sunday Times bestselling author, Lucy Foley. Just gorgeous, this is a story to shine a light in the darkness, even in … Continue reading Last Letter from Istanbul by Lucy Foley – a guest review by Liz Robinson
Published in hardback 2016 with the paperback version following in 2017, I was delighted to review this novel for Lovereading. I’d now love to share my thoughts with you . … Continue reading Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple
A big fan of Sarah Hilary, Liz feels ‘Come and Find me’ is her best novel yet. Simply superb, ‘Come and Find Me’ is one hell of a clever, twisting, … Continue reading Come and Find Me by Sarah Hilary – a guest review by Liz Robinson
Oh my, this is a fascinating, darkly powerful novel with biting attitude, set in Victorian Edinburgh. In the laboratory above a newly opened pharmacy, a wonder-drug is created, as the pharmacist experiments, his wife of six months discovers a world she couldn’t have imagined. Kindness and love sit at the very heart of this novel, however light can be so easily doused, and a bleak and twisted shadow menaces the pages. This may be a blistering Victorian drama, yet the characters feel so very real, their thoughts and feelings could easily be exposed today. Vanessa Tait writes with a provocative, combative pen, my mind flinched, my heart ached, and yet hope existed within the very centre of my being. Raw, elemental and disturbing, The Pharmacist’s Wife is an entirely captivating and enthralling read – highly recommended.
The Pharmacist’s Wife will be published by Atlantic Books on the 5th April 2018.
For some time now I have been posting articles and book reviews for both children’s and adult books on this blog but in an effort to make both sites easier to navigate for you, my reader, I have decided to move all my children’s activity to my Story Makers blog. This will be the home for all my reviews for children’s, teen and young adult books plus information on my Story Makers Creative Writing and Storytelling Workshops. I do hope you’ll follow my journey – literally, please click the link above and hit the follow button to the right 🙂
My aim is simply to share my love of books and stories that I hope inspire both children and adults to read. Along the way I plan to introduce you and celebrate many wonderful authors and their stories. And maybe even share one or two of my own.
Here Liz gives us the heads up on the start of a fantastic, thrilling new Crime series… The first in the ‘DI Meg Dalton Thriller’ series is an addictive, … Continue reading The Devil’s Dice by Roz Watkins – a guest review by Liz Robinson
There’s nothing quite like discovering a new author. Here’s Liz’s review for this wonderful debut by Mick Kitson. Just gorgeous… this is an emotional and quite, quite beautiful read. After … Continue reading Sal by Mick Kitson – a guest review by Liz Robinson
This looks like an amazing event – would have loved to have been there. So many fabulous authors!