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The Reckoning by John Grisham
This spell binding tale is one that is truly hard to put down! The author takes you back to the days following the end of World War II and life in the sleepy town of Clanton, Mississippi and the lives of a normal family caught up in the aftermath of war.
Pete Banning is the central character and it is his story that is so fascinating. Following his epic ventures, the reader is conveyed to the Philippines and the harsh reality of war. His actions upon returning home stun his hometown and leaves everyone (including you) puzzled and looking for an answer.
Characters are solid, the author once again delivers a fine tale set in beautifully descriptive landscapes, and keeps the reader enthralled.
Born scared by Kevin Brooks
What light by Jay Asher
Jay Asher’s holiday romance What Light is a light read (pun intended) for the festive season.
The novel is narrated by Oregon teenager Sierra, whose family own a Christmas tree farm. Every year since she was a baby her family have shifted south to a California town from Thanksgiving until after Christmas to sell their Christmas trees.
Sierra has to leave behind her Oregon friends Rachel and Elizabeth. But for one month of the year she gets to see her holiday friend Heather.
Business has been struggling. Sierra overhears her parents discussing this being their last season in California.
Sierra meets Caleb, a cute messy-haired boy with perfect dimples. Caleb has a dark past, which causes Sierra’s parents concern. They are also worried about Sierra being heartbroken when they have to return to Oregon.
Despite the rumours surrounding Caleb, Sierra is drawn to him and sees the good in him.
Similar to Asher’s successful Thirteen Reasons Why, the novel touches on how one moment can change a family and the effect that resulting rumours and gossip can have. What Light is a more optimistic story though.
Fans of Thirteen Reasons Why are best not to compare the two novels as they may be disappointed as What Light is quite bland in comparison. Remember it is a light holiday romance.
It has all the elements of the holiday season – Thanksgiving, a Christmas Parade, Christmas Eve Mass, cookies, candy cane stirred hot chocolates, Christmas sweaters, gift giving, charity, and visits to Santa at the mall. This is the perfect light read to get one in the mood for Christmas.
Reviewed by Graeme
A Month of Sundays by Liz Byrski
This is the story of four retired or soon-to-be-retired women, who have met for more than 10 years as part of an online book club. They've never met in person until one of the women suggests they do so. She invites them to help her house-sit in the Blue Mountains for a month. They're each asked to bring a book which will teach the others more about her. They have a week to read each of the respective books chosen while also spending time getting to know each other. Each Sunday they discuss one of the books.
Best fiction I read in 2018!
Reviewed by Abigail
The Late Bloomers' Club by Louise Miller
Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
This latest offering from Ms Moriarty is a cracker! As the title suggests nine people of varying ages and backgrounds meet in the confines of a health spa. Most of them are complete strangers
And all have an interesting story to tell. However, the Spa is not as they had thought it would be, resulting in testing situations and confessions spilling like large raindrops.
The characters are clearly defined and cleverly interwoven into a fast moving and thought provoking story. Does the Spa heal them? Do they find the answers they are looking for? Maybe the
unconventional therapies have more use than people think? Or maybe not?
A good sized book, just the thing for a long seasonal break, and most definitely to be enjoyed with your favourite tipple and an enormous box of chocolates!
Reviewed by Rose