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Contemporary Fiction Reviews

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Review: Letters From Ted by Ted Faulkner (5 stars)

Suffering from terminal pancreatic cancer, Ted decides to leave behind a series of messages for his girlfriend. He sets up a blog, and he writes one post to appears each year from beyond the grave. His aim is to ensure that for the rest of her life, his girlfriend receives a new message from Ted … Continue reading

Review: The Bridge Club by Patricia Sands (3 stars)

For forty years, eight women have been part of a bridge club. Now they’re reminiscing about their lives, remembering times when the club helped them to overcome struggles in their lives. Reflecting the spirit of the times from the 1960s through to the present day, The Bridge Club shows how this simple social group has … Continue reading

Review: Whole Latte Life by Joanne DeMaio (4 stars)

The death of her mother prompts Sara Beth Riley to make some pretty big decisions. Not only does she throw her wedding rings into the Hudson River, she also goes on an adventure with her best friend, gets a tattoo, and calls up an old lover. But as the changes sink in, she realises that … Continue reading

Review: The Palaver Tree by Wendy Unsworth (4 stars)

Schoolteacher Ellie Hathaway takes a job volunteering at a school in the Central African Republic of Ducana. However, she soon discovers that her time at the school might not be as peaceful as she had hoped, with concern mounting over the school’s headmaster Gabriel Cole. Can Ellie manage to resolve the difficult situation at the … Continue reading

Review: A Chant of Love and Lamentation by Brian Reeves (4.5 stars)

One of the finalists for the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, A Chant of Love and Lamentation is the story of an act of terrorism that strikes at the heart of Hawaii. After Charlie Kaleohano blows up a hotel, he escapes to the wilderness while others struggle to come to terms with their losses. Can … Continue reading

Review: On Little Wings by Regina Sirois (4 stars)

On Little Wings by Regina Sirois is the powerful story of a young girl’s attempt to uncover the truth about her family and, in particular, the relationship between her mother and her aunt. After discovering an old photo, 16-year-old Jennifer sets out from her Nebraska home to find the aunt who she never even knew … Continue reading

Review: Walking With Elephants by Karen S. Bell (4.5 stars)

Walking With Elephants is the story of Suze Hall, a woman at a crossroads in her life in more ways than one. Not only does she have to deal with an unwelcome new boss in the form of her nemesis Wanda, she also finds that an old flame is back in her life. On top … Continue reading

Review: The Crazy Old Lady in the Attic by Kathleen Valentine (3.5 stars)

When Mattie and Stan arrive to clear out an old Boston townhouse that Mattie has just inherited, they have no idea of the mysteries that they will discover hidden up on the fifth floor. The ballroom has been sealed since a tragedy that happened many years ago, but now its secrets are coming out. The … Continue reading

Review: The Mill River Recluse by Darcie Chan (4.5 stars)

Mary McAllister lives alone in a large house overlooking the town of Mill River, Vermont. Few have ever met her, and fewer still know her secret. But a new family arrive in the town and become captivated by the story of Mary’s reclusive life. Soon, Mary’s secrets are threatened and unforeseen consequences threaten to change … Continue reading

Review: Riversong by Tess Hardwick (4 stars)

Following the suicide of her husband, Lee Tucker is left heartbroken and saddled with huge debt. She returns to her dead mother’s dilapidated Oregon home and sets about fixing it up. But as she starts work on building up her new restaurant, Lee finds that dark shadows from her old life are determined to remain … Continue reading

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