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When we speak falsely, we are aligning ourselves with his intentions to deceive and cheat. Also, the fact is that our words have power and are more impactful than we realize. We must be careful what we say. Like the maribunta, our words can come back to haunt us later. When Mr. It is the Bible. Have you ever felt like your pastor was preaching to just you even though there were other people in the room? Or have you read a verse and it applied specifically to you even though you knew that many other people had read it before too?

Read Luke — This is how God speaks to us. It is Him handing you a sword that He knows you can use to hit the enemy right where it hurts. Even when you mess up, you can be forgiven. When Levi misplaces his boots, he thinks that they are lost forever. You just lost sight of them. Even when you mishandle it or neglect it, God Himself sustains it. This depends on whether or not you are handling it responsibly. He touched each one of his fingertips.

But there remained a small, metal knob on the tip of one finger, where the butterfly had bit him. When God forgives us, He does so completely. And yet, He will often allow a scar to remain, as a testimony of His work in our lives. Paul, the same guy who wrote about the armor of God in Ephesians 6, also talked about this in 2 Corinthians, chapter He has taken many prisoners, ruined many lives. The devil is not an eternal being. Only the one true God is eternal. Satan is a created being who is running out of time. In fact, the closer we get to the end of time, the more intent he is on destroying lives and even entire nations.

He wants to keep people from knowing the liberating power of Jesus so that they can continue to be enslaved to his lies and deceptions. Sometimes, that means that if we follow our own heart, we are led down a path that ends in despair and greater pain. The truth is that our desires, rationale, and tendencies can lead us astray. He hopes that we will trust ourselves. MEANING: When we wear our spiritual armor and secure a victory against the unseen enemy, that victory translates to our experiences in everyday life.

We will start to see proof of this in our relationships, our homes, our minds, and in every aspect of our lives that are important to us. So never think that waging this unseen battle is a waste of time. When you win a victory there , you will feel the victory here. This is the same thing that we need to be reminded of as well. He wants you constantly looking for something more or wishing you had something else—or that you were somebody else.

But Ephesians says that you have been given all spiritual blessings. You hear that? Everything you need, you already have! Many people choose the wrong path. That is why the path is wide. There is room for a lot of people on it. Levi made the right choice. Will you? When Levi stepped forward to stand up against Landon, one by one, more kids joined him, forming a circle of protection around Manuel.

When they see an example of strength and courage, it becomes contagious and encourages them to do the same thing. When you choose to do the right thing, others will join you! God has chosen you, warrior, to be the first one—the leader! Xavier began to understand that just like the belt holds everything together in Ahoratos, truth would hold everything together in his relationship with his brother.

By speaking honestly, his relationship with his brother was mended. To put on your belt, you must choose to walk in truth. Ask the adult in your life if you can download this app. It will provide you with days worth of devotions—one for each day of the year to keep you plugged in and powered up so that you can live in victory.

I think it means she made it to The Cave. This is symbolic of the blood of Jesus Christ—which washes and cleanses anyone who chooses to receive it. It was the stabilizing factor for every other piece of armor. The belt—which represents truth—is always the first line of defense for every warrior who has any hope of standing firm against his or her enemy.

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He realized the mistake he has made and now begs for his release. Instead, Rook found himself enslaved and without hope. The devil operates the same way in our lives. He wants to deceive us into thinking that his way will be better in the long run, but it never is. It never does. To bring the good news to the prisoners who need to be set free.

And, every prisoner should have the chance to experience freedom. The image that the prophet Isaiah paints is not the image of someone standing still, passing the time, waiting for the right opportunity to get up and go. No, he is running toward Jerusalem, eager to share the good news message. His feet are described as beautiful and lovely. These feet carry a message of salvation and hope to all people. The opening to "Red Dead Redemption 2" finds Arthur and his friends on the run from the law, holed up in an abandoned set of cabins during a brutal snow storm.

It's a slow-as-molasses crawl through thick snowdrifts just to get to the cabins, then another slow crawl back through the snow to explore a nearby cabin. There's no speeding through the snow, or hurrying through the mission — it sets the tone for the rest of the game. Most games attempt to entertain players at every turn. Arthur opens a drawer. Arthur checks a body for loot. Arthur carefully places an animal hide on his horse.

By standards, Arthur Morgan is an absolute baller. By a few hours in, I had accrued a ridiculously large amount of money, as had the gang. I never thought about money again. You can buy supplies, and ammunition, and outfits, and all manner of other things. But you rarely need to — much of that stuff can be easily scrounged from dead enemies or while on missions. I never found myself worried about having enough supplies, to say nothing of money to buy supplies with.

After all, this is a game about being an outlaw — and that means robbing and stealing. You'll do plenty of that just as a matter of playing the game, so don't worry too much about money and supplies. It's just a camp: A handful of tents and bedrolls, benches and horses. There's a fire for cooking, and a table for eating, and an area for the horses.

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But these meager accommodations can be upgraded to great effect, and I'd strongly suggest frontloading the game with exactly that. Most importantly: Upgrade Dutch's accommodations "First Things First" and the subsequent upgrade for Arthur's housing. The first one will encourage other gang members to pitch in more money, and that second bit will unlock fast travel — a crucial component if you want to save time getting around the absolutely massive world of "Red Dead Redemption 2.

Players used to seeing game worlds through the barrel of a gun are in for something new: It's crucial that you don't constantly pull your gun on strangers. Wonderful times are had at Pencraw in the late 60s. It is nicknamed Black Rabbit Hall due to the silhouette of numerous rabbits which actually lead to the tragedy that shatters the family.

We follow them and in alternating sections, Lorna, thirty years later who is looking for a wedding venue and is inexplicably drawn to the now decaying house and its mysterious occupants. This is straight down the line pure country house, classic mystery, wonderful stuff. Suspenseful, haunting, startling and full of the unexpected. This isn't exactly a love story, it is rather, a tale about love, in all its different forms. While Cora and Will form the heart of this novel, every member of the surrounding cast is as important as these two, each fitting into a perfectly formed relationship jigsaw.

At times they may not be likeable, they may have their quirks, their differences, yet they are so well formed, it is possible to feel empathy as you question a decision or comment made. The Essex serpent coiled and waiting, exploits fear and mistrust, creating a fascinating setting in which connections flourish and wither. At times the Victorian setting vanished and the relationships felt very current and modern, while at others the different time period proclaimed the complications and difficulties faced by anyone judged as being different.

Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award And then there are those books that you become so close to that you almost feel as though they are a part of you. It is a sumptuously imagined novel of lives playing out against bigger historical moments, and it is the most unusual and moving love story I have ever read. June Book of the Month and eBook of the Month.

Ferney was one of my all time favourite books of the year it was published, It tells of a love through the ages, a tale of reincarnation, passion, longing, history and mystery. This is its sequel. You do not have to have read Ferney first but I would highly recommend that you do so. This is a modern day love story bound up in the memory of past lives.

It brilliantly brings together all the loose threads to a fulfilling conclusion that leaves a shiver down your back. To reunite the characters again, James Long has a school out, an archaeological dig, a busy mother and a mystified teacher all there to join up Ferney and Gally. Long said that "you either bore people with the complexity of the scenario who already know about it, or you baffle them.

Abandoned by his long-time girlfriend, travel writer Paul goes to Tuscany to research his next book. Arrangements are made but upon arrival no car is available. Enter one bulldozer, a wacky scenario which results in some charming pieces. Paul enters village life and that atmosphere is vividly and warmly described. Then long-time girlfriend turns up and life gets complicated. Only McCall Smith has the literary dexterity to pull this off. May Debut of the Month. Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction A bittersweet, page-turning love story which jumps back and forth in time.

It tells of a Japanese couple, Ameterasu and Kenzo, now living in America and the loss of their daughter and grandson after the bomb dropped on Nagasaki. The identity of these men is at the centre of this tale. So the past is revealed to us in dramatic bursts and Ameterau tells us of the emotional conflict between her and her daughter: so sad. At the beginning of each chapter there is a Japanese word and an explanation of its meaning and usage, not always relevant but always interesting, hence the title.

A captivating and deeply dark family drama and mystery, set in the midst of a London communal garden square. The story then spins backwards in time, to Clare and her two daughters, Pip and Grace, as they get to know their new neighbours. Focusing on several families, the story weaves among the children and adults as it begins to traverse a slippery and sinister slope. Lisa Jewell explores friendship, trust and suspicion. She writes with a familiar light touch, yet a threatening presence hovers over the pages and the innermost thoughts and feelings of the characters bubble with intensity.

Beautiful adventurous Maisy and loyal, knowing ayah Pushpa tell their own tales, which are inextricably linked to each other. Louise Brown writes with the lightest of touches, yet is able to convey earthy, vibrant tones with an expressive eloquence. There are occasional moments of heart wrenching savagery, described by a character in such an unaffected, matter of fact way, that the thrust travels all the more intensely. My imagination soaked up this moving tale, the emotion it generated constantly surprising as I found myself transported to an exotically precarious world.

Her mother is a prostitute and alcoholic, and when Maisy is seduced at sixteen by her Indian tutor, her life changes forever, for better and for worse. What sets it apart from me is the incredibly vivid sense of location, from the backstreets of the shared housing in Calcutta to the colonial bungalows beautifully wrapped by their flower-filled gardens — both dwellings are places that provide comfort and yet entrapment, too. The author also delves into some very serious issues simmering beneath the love story that arcs over the novel.

It portrays an alternative story to the usual stories of dusty haired, bored British Colonial wives. It's colourful, rich in detail, probing in subject matter and beautifully researched. A wonderfully unconventional and thought-provoking read, where a mystery waiting to be solved shelters behind a penetrating and wryly emotional family tale.

The first paragraph, short as it is, marks itself indelibly in your minds eye, it also encapsulates the detached and challenging personality of Morwenna, the narrator. As the story ponders the weight of family expectations it also peeks at the tricky complexity that is imagination versus recollection and how often the two blend into a murky uncertainty. Julia Rochester has a fascinating way with words, words to make you stop, think and consider, she captures your thought processes and then hurls them in an unexpected direction.

This is an intelligent, discerning and surprising debut novel and deserves to be highly recommended. She brings the landscape to life just as she does her characters. We all felt we were with them at key points in the book. Winner of the Costa First Novel Award Perhaps it's the sheets of rain which fall continuously on The Loney, that " wild and useless length of English coastline", a "strange nowhere between the Wyre and the Lune where Hanny and I went every Easter time with Mummer, Farther, Mr and Mrs Belderboss and Father Wilfred, the parish priest", but I've not read so chilling a horror novel for years.

The setting for an Easter-time Catholic pilgrimage for Andrew Michael Hurley's teenage narrator, his mentally handicapped brother and a motley collection of parishioners, the dread builds slowly but inexorably, as strange movements from creepy locals start to intrude on the religious retreat, and it becomes clear that while some might be looking "for God in the emerging springtime", others are on the trail of something entirely different.

A truly eerie, captivating read, as mysterious and disturbing as its foggy, wet, bleak location. Masterfully pulled off. It's great April Debut of the Month. April Book of the Month. Totally and utterly and completely gorgeous in every way, the thought of having to put this book down for even a second is inconceivable. The first few pages make you smile, make you laugh and charm you, there is a hint though, of the difficulties that seven nearly eight year old Elsa is experiencing.

There is a beautiful simplicity to the writing, yet this is not a simple book by any means, there is a complexity to the emotions it evokes and explores. Set aside some quality time, so you can laugh and cry undisturbed, as the author is able to enchant, to capture your imagination and hold it spellbound from the first to the last page; this is a must have, must read, must treasure book. Fox recollects meeting the love of his life just after the Second World War, while in the present, grieving the death of his wife, his grandson helps him reconnect with music and the world around him.

There is a beguiling sense of honesty to the story, it feels as though Fox is seeking peace and reconciliation not only with others, but also with himself. Natasha Solomons has a wonderful ability to connect to thoughts and feelings and bring them to life, make them feel totally and completely real.

There aren't any cunning tricks, hidden mysteries or unpredictable events lurking to hijack you, just a beautifully written, special and moving story waiting to be heard. April Reading Group Book of the Month. A compelling, almost bittersweet read, where a shocking discovery leads to an emotional journey. Amanda Jennings encourages Bella to step out of herself, on occasion the words create an almost dreamlike quality, while on others short sharp sentences jolted me back into reality.

As shafts of understanding light the pages, shocking moments still lie in wait, ready to trip up your thoughts and feelings. In Her Wake is a chilling, exquisitely written and evocative thriller that hinges on the abduction of a child, and the effect this crime has on everyone connected with it. In Her Wake has bestseller written all over it, and in terms of psychological thrillers, I cannot think of even one that matches it. When a host of highly regarded, well-known authors submitted their endorsements, one after one, in a virtual flood, my heart nearly burst with pride for Amanda.

This is a book you will never, ever forget. Winner of the Costa Book of the Year Award-winning Frances Hardinge is spellbinding in this hugely entertaining and dramatic Victorian thriller. Discovering the extraordinary Lie Tree which thrives off hearing lies and, in turn, reveals secrets long kept hidden Faith begins to uncover a web of secrets and mysteries that will change her view of the world forever. Faith is a feisty heroine whose courage combined with a determination that girls can be brave and resolute leads to the exposure of much dishonesty and many deceptions.

We loved the first in this post WW2 series, Brighton Belle, and the second adventure is even better with a satisfyingly complex plot bubbling over with period detail. Nostalgic, atmospheric, well written, crime fiction with a fantastic central character - ex Secret Service office girl Mirabelle Bevan. Sara just pulled me into the world of wintry post-war London, seedy jazz clubs and a missing heiress. During editing Sara and I had many conversations about everything from car models and radio shows to rail travel, pies and shoes. No detail is too small for Sara, she really is obsessed with getting things absolutely right for the period of London Calling.

As a result her writing evokes the early s impeccably, creating wonderful atmosphere and the perfect background to Mirabelle Bevan, a deeply engaging woman with a past. A delightfully unique and quirky novel that is able to provoke a sledgehammer of emotions into action. Three friends are due to take part in the annual Brilliant and Forever literary competition, and this is a competition with a difference. While the focus remains on the three friends, the competition entries are included, consequently we read stories within the story, which encourages thought processes to fly in new directions.

The writing is different, at times quite beautiful, while at others I sat and scratched my head as I puzzled and allowed thoughts to float just out of reach. Kevin MacNeil has created a striking, often amusing, sometimes menacing, and provocative tale. As soon as I had finished, I re-opened the book at random, sat back down and started to read again. Talking alpacas! A wonderful and fascinating insight into hidden happenings at Wuthering Heights, from the perspective of Nelly Dean. Alison Case has gently and sensitively linked these two novels with a velvet ribbon of empathy and consideration.

This story creeps into the background detail; the daily working of life in service and the moors and surroundings are all bought vibrantly to life. Hidden depths are revealed, heartrending secrets are spoken and a new panorama of understanding is offered for discovery. March Reading Group Book of the Month. Kate Riordan has written another heartfelt beautifully readable novel about two families, set in the dual time frames of and As a tragedy unfolds in front of our eyes in the prologue, captivating whispers of intrigue continue to echo through the tale.

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The story revolves around Fenix House, a family home where Grace arrives as Governess in , her Grandmother Harriet held the same position in but in very different circumstances. The undertones of unease reflect through each story as connecting circles ripple and expand, linking the two until they become one. There is a gentle luminosity to the writing, it embraces you as you read, both poignant and moving, 'The Shadow Hour' is quite simply gorgeous.

It also comes complete with an extract for The Shadow Hour. Shorlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize Set between and , Gavin McCrea has planted this story in fact, and then weaved a magical yet earthy tale. Lizzie Burns was a woman of practical strength and determination, she takes the reader into her confidence and tells her own story, and what an amazing tale it is!

The language surprises on occasion, and may cause a raised eyebrow, it is so full of attitude and down to earth. Lizzie Burns was a woman who would have been extraordinary today, the voice McCrea has created is startling, and this is a simply wonderful and entirely captivating debut. The writing always surprises, his characters are compelling without having to be likeable and, as all of we judges noted, Mrs Engels is perhaps the most feminist novel we read for the Prize. February Book of the Month. Coming after Snowdrops, A. Miller's Booker-shortlisted Moscow spy thriller, The Faithful Couple is a very different sort of creature altogether, a novel about male bonding, class and the vagaries of life, growing up and passing years that resonates deeply with both sometimes the voice and structural touch of David Nicholl's measured novels of ordinary people.

Two young Englishsmen meet in California on an American gap year and forge a fascinating friendship in which envy and admiration make for awkward companions. An encounter they make whilst on a trip to Yosemite in which neither comes off with much honour will mark the rest of their lives and the ties binding them. The progress of their careers and love lives is examined at regular intervals with irony and acuity and their paths take surprising turns.

A slow-building novel of British manners that grows on you page by page. With strong psychological and sexual components, the terse prose style draws you into a very recognisable world yet seen through an intensely strange filter. A literary human drama of the highest calibre. One of our YA Books of the Year February NewGen Book of the Month. A deeply powerful novel for emotionally mature readers about surviving rape, speaking out and the ways in which women are forced to burden the blame for misogynist brutalities.

Rather, to Romy, make-up is armour, and worn for good reason. Romy goes missing on the night of the notorious annual lake party and wakes up on the roadside. When it emerges that another girl, Penny, went missing that same night, people turn on Romy again. For a time Romy bears the abuse, but knows she has to break her silence about what really happened that night.

Mysterious, exciting, immensely rewarding, it is one of those memorable books that has to be among your of all-time favourites. I fell in love with this book when it was first published in It did moderately well but not as well as it should.

I think one of the problems was that up until then James Long had written adventure spy stories, he was formerly BBC correspondent and certainly knew his stuff — but then he produced this enthralling, tangled love story. It is such a wonderful, uplifting and unusual story of a couple settling in Somerset. As they renovate their house they discover its history, meet a previous inhabitant and unlock its secrets. Beautifully thought-provoking and yet simply and effortlessly readable, this is an intimate compassionate dance with life, death and hope.

Read the first letter, followed by the prologue and you think you know exactly what this is going to be, a book that makes you cry, however there is so, so much more to be experienced than heartache. The author allows us to see moments in time for four different people, it feels as though she has a deeply affectionate link to all four, all the more so when we see their inner confusion, agitation and pain.

The fleeting links become important and create stories within stories. The individual letters, so expressive and eloquent, sad, sometimes funny, create a pause, yet at the same time unify the feel and the emotion of this story. A teenager in the eighties and nineties, before any one had heard of emails or texts, I always wrote to old school friends to keep in touch, and they always wrote back. Letters would be long-winded, funny, fully illustrated, addressed to made-up names. Then gradually over the years that followed it stopped being necessary to put pen to paper, in almost any form. Now we can say - to a loved one, and old friend, even a celebrity - what ever we want to say, instantly and often, publicly.

I had started with a plan to write a letter, and post it every week, and it had been going really well. And then in the summer my youngest son was injured, in a deeply traumatic way, that although was not life threatening, shook my family very deeply. My letter writing stalled, and never really found its feet again, but over those difficult, deeply upsetting weeks of summer, I got three letters from dear friends.

Friends who knew what our family was dealing with, who knew how hard it had hit me, who knew that I was finding it difficult to find my feet again. Those three letters, each one unique, were little pieces of the people who wrote them, coming through my letterbox to offer me a hand of friendship. It captures a moment in time, a feeling, a thought and a sentiment and it preserves it, for as long as the letter is preserved.

It becomes a lasting token of what would otherwise be fleeting. So I keep those three letters in a special place, with my special things, because it meant so much to me that my friends took the time to think of me, and write those thoughts down. A 'Piece of Passion from the Publisher This is a sensitive, often funny and thoroughly engaging story of teenagers coming to terms with who they are.

David has known since the age of eight that he wants to be a girl. New boy Leo seems to have problems too and when the two become friends they discover they have more in common than they ever thought.

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This ultra-readable, highly entertaining story could also provide readers with some much needed reassurance that normal is as normal does. Alice Liddell, the young inspiration for Lewis Caroll, is the great-grandmother of the author of this novel. Seventeen-year old Peggy has recently returned home, initially we know not from where.

Her father is dead, her mother has destroyed all evidence of him from their home. Peggy has a nine-year old brother who she has only just met. Slowly we are drip-fed an extraordinary tale of madness and survival. Young eight-year old Peggy spent an idyllic summer living rough with her father, learning survival skills.

He then takes her on a trek across Europe to a deserted wooden hut where they turn native for he believes the world has ended and he and Peggy the only people left alive. How he dies and she eventually gets home is the heart of this terrific tale. It is an unusual, atmospheric, alarming, horrifying tale of madness and survival.

This is a completely charming and very different slice of World War Two fiction. The prologue sets the story beautifully, releasing snippets of information yet encouraging you to feel, to appreciate the heart and soul of Noel. Lissa Evans balances a gentle charm with barbed spikes of wit and reality. The other characters are as vibrant and fully formed, even those with walk on parts light up the pages.

Winner of the Desmond Elliott Prize. Winner of the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction A quite simply sensational debut, one that reaches into the beastly heart of prostitution, drugs, and violence, and makes it relatable and so very very human. Set in Ireland, an accidental murder twists the lives of five Cork residents into warped disarray. The five stories nudge, then collide together as they become one. I found I had to re-read the first paragraph, it felt deliberate, a statement of intent, once I was used to the style, I quite simply devoured this stunning novel. Lisa McInerney writes with eloquent beauty, words either gang up together to punch and kick your thoughts, or they linger, waiting to kiss your soul.

Lisa McInerney has a distinct and powerful voice, I found this beguiling, mesmerising and on occasion wonderfully shocking. Lisa is a genuinely exciting writer — there is electricity running through her prose. A fresh new voice and a wonderful winner". An engaging and satisfying family tale, full of drama and emotion. Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn breathes life into characters that have aching vulnerabilities. She occasionally frees notes of emotion that twang and jar and set your feelings on edge, consequently the characters are realistic and convincing.

The writing flows, sometimes leaving unexplored pockets of what-ifs, just like life itself. Click here to view a reading group guide for this book. Author: T. An intriguing and successful experiment in presenting a crime thriller from a different angle, Richmond's accomplished debut encourages the reader to become the sleuth.

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Alice Salmon dies in what initially appears a tragic case of drowning. An academic tries to assemble the pieces together and get to the bottom of the mystery and we follow his attempts through the traces of herself Alice scattered in her wake, online and elsewhere: tweets, newspaper cuttings, blogs, diaries, letters, emails. An ever-shifting perspective blurs before the reader's eyes until the whole begins to coalesce and unpeels layers and layers of deceipt and secrets.

Another variation on the currently thriving unreliable female narrator bandwagon but one that makes it work in a unique manner. Will give you a lot of second thoughts about what you leave behind in your own day to day life! Genuinely chilling. This is likely to be one of 's most haunting and unforgettable debuts.

Accident, murder or suicide? This adds a huge amount of suspense to the tale. Alice is fairly unstable, self-harming in her teens.

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She uses her diary for release, like blood-letting, but how reliable is her narrative? She was a young journalist 25 when she died. Jeremy Cooke had a long ago affair with her mother and knew Alice at university. The police are completely baffled! This shocking story of love, loss and obsession where everyone - including himself - has something to hide. It is a great read. A ghostly, achingly sad, yet excruciatingly beautiful debut. This is effectively one story, however there are a number of narrators covering a period of 80 years from ; at times it feels as though you are being kept at a considerable distance, at others as though you are at their shoulder, seeing, listening, feeling.

The stories are not told sequentially, instead time meanders, darts, pulls and pushes, which initially creates a feeling of confusion, yet, yet…Rawblood gradually takes a grip and absorbs you, as a malevolent presence hovers over the pages, waiting. The house of Rawblood set within Dartmoor sits centrally in the storyline, described so vividly it feels as though you can reach out, touch it. As understanding grows, a fear develops for what is to come, for what has already been. To describe Rawblood just as a ghost story feels like an injustice, Catriona Ward has created a moving, original tale of love and destruction, one that is truly enthralling and memorable.

Jojo admits that this follow-up to Me Before You came as a result of popular demand. Fans wanted to know what happened to Lou after Will died. A tale of a young woman hurting badly after death by assisted suicide of the love of her life. It tells of her sad coping, of stumbling, existing and trying so hard to heal. It is a very fine novel in its own right. If you have read Me Before You then this will mean a lot to you.

Lou discovers Will had more to his life than she realised and discovering bits about him makes for a fascinating read. Suffice to say that it is good and that is all you need to know before buying it. October Book of the Month. A well-observed domestic drama turns half way through the book into a compulsive, emotional thriller.

We are told right at the start that baby Sam is kidnapped. They are medical consultants with two girls, aged 11 and 6, and the unplanned baby son. The tussles within the family are beautifully portrayed; should they all uproot or just the husband? It is his research into the links between lymphoma and HIV that the institute in Botswana is interested in. They do all go. The months of adjustment are equally fascinating. Then the tragedy hits, the tension is ratcheted up and you will find the book very hard to put down as the search for baby Sam unfolds.

It is an excellent read, highly recommended. Startling, assertive and intense, this is a distinctive and original take on the myth of Odysseus, focusing on reality, creative reality and fabrication. This is also a book where four-letter expletives and the treatment of women may make you cringe, in fact they should make you cringe. Keep an eye out for the icons heading each section as you start to read, Odysseus, Penelope and the Narrator have very different voices, yet the icons set the tone for the story and your expectations.

Odysseus is a soldier, brutal, frank, cunning, able to express the basic animal instincts that cut in during battle, yet he also has a higher awareness of humanity. Penelope weaves gossamer strands of truth, spinning romance, half truths and exaggeration into a tapestry of myth and legend. Occasionally, I found some of the modern day terminology that Odysseus uses, jarred slightly in the storyline, however it served as reminder that war hasn't changed, it still maims and steals mental wellbeing and lives.

Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. Longlisted for the Jerwood Prize. In the middle of a winter's night, a woman wraps herself in a blanket, picks up a pen and starts writing to an estranged friend. In answer to a question you asked a long time ago, she writes, and so begins a letter that calls up a shared past both women have preferred to forget.

Without knowing if her friend, Butterfly, is even alive or dead, she writes night after night - a letter of friendship that turns into something more revealing and recriminating. By turns a belated outlet of rage, an act of self-defence, and an offering of forgiveness, the letter revisits a betrayal that happened a decade and a half before, and dissects what is left of a friendship caught between the forces of hatred and love. The thoughtfulness, intensity and sheer beauty of her writing in her first two novels, The Wilderness and All Is Song, brought Samantha Harvey both huge acclaim and many prize shortlistings.

Those readers who loved those novels will fall on Dear Thief with relief and delight. Etta, after being married to Otto for many years, decides, aged 82, that she wants to see the sea before she dies so she sets off from their farm in the middle of Canada to walk to the coast — alone.

On her journey she is joined by a lovely companion, James. The narrative moves backwards and forwards in time. We learn how both boys meet Etta when she becomes the local school teacher. Russell had a childhood accident so when war breaks out he is unable to join the army and becomes very friendly with Etta while Otto is serving his country.

Hypnotic and a joy to read, this is a delightful, fascinating tale, magical, lyrical, a very special book indeed. The quest for eternal life; a tale of alchemy and skulduggery in the thirteenth century. Starting in France our young hero, Philippe, in the employment of a count in the court of Louis VIII discovers some false documents which he uses for a bit of blackmail ending with the lad fleeing for his life.

And working on these books is nothing less than a delight; each is unique and imaginative in its depiction of the Middle Ages. A book to completely lose yourself in, this is a wonderful quirky little gem. Set in Australia, Millie, Agatha and Karl begin a journey of discovery and along the way contemplate death, love, forgiveness and understanding. Brooke Davis captures both older and younger thoughts and feelings quite beautifully, she encourages a different perspective on age and death to flutter free from the pages. A 'Piece of Passion' from the author It was all play: books and childhoodI grew up on ten acres in a quiet bush town called Bellbrae.

It was pretty idyllic: the air smelled of eucalyptus, we were friends with all our neighbours, and we had the space and time to play and imagine. I have lovely flashes of book-related memories that I sometimes catch as they float by: being read to by my parents, reading on long car trips and trying not to give into car sickness, being told off by Mum for reading in the dark. I look at all my childhood books now and I can feel the magic of that time. It was all play to me. August Reading Group Book of the Month. With most of us besotted by The Great British Bake Off this lovely book comes to further nurture our appetite.

It is indeed about baking, but its heart is about relationships, about being wives and mothers. A good slice of social history and the contrast of the periods are produced alongside a lot of emotional trauma; a great title for reading groups. This is a genuinely democratic story, sophisticated and yet also accessible, that appeals right across the generations - whoever we are, whatever baking means to us and however we live our lives.

August Debut of the Month. Simply clever, lightly understated writing highlighting life decisions, journeys and discoveries. Ananda is lonely and poetically trying to understand where he fits in the world of his choosing; viewing his life through his eyes, you are able to see the ties that give him strength and support. This is pure artful escapism, the author has the ability to be subtly sensitive, compassionate and yet also to wryly tease and thrust little jibes of fun. This is a book that is able to connect, to embrace and leave you at the end unable to say goodbye.

Provocative and challenging, this is a novel to set minds and discussions spinning. A parcel posted with intent shatters the Shanley family into separate little pieces. Although each family member has a focus in this tale, it is with eleven year old Kay, suddenly thrust into a world beyond her knowledge, that the heartbreak is truly emphasised. Split into four parts, events do not necessarily run concurrently, which effectively fractures the story and highlights the confusion and despair of each family member. At times uncomfortable, at times even frustrating, Julia Pierpont ensures, with some intensely beautiful writing along the way, that this is not an easy comfortable journey to take.

Rich storytelling set in and around late 18th century Bristol with each character being given a voice and view in separate chapters. You are driven to read chapter after chapter to gather the differing viewpoints of the plot; highly compulsive. It centres on a group of female boxers and their patrons which is quite fascinating.


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Bawdy, rude and fun, there are three main girls, Ruth in particular is delightfully course! Careful attention is paid to the street language of the time and the contrast of rich and poor is well drawn. But in the end it seems that alcohol and gaming addiction are the real stars. I am a big fan of this author. She tackles gritty, sensitive issues in a thrilling manner. This one is about post-natal depression which it displays in its worst form.

Jessica and Matthew are happy, young and in love. Their pregnancy is unexpected, a bit earlier than planned but still welcomed. Sadly the birth is a Caesarean and Jessica feels distant from her daughter. Everyone else is euphoric. Eventually she gets medical help and things do improve. Then suddenly she begins to deteriorate.

This has now gone on for a year and then, of course, the crisis comes. A page-turner, difficult to put down, brilliantly written in an accessible style and language. We have the story itself and also a diary, so sad. I cannot speak too highly of this book. A remarkably captivating book that starts as a slow-burner then sparks into an absolute firecracker of a read.

The introduction to Fascism in Florence just before World War Two, when we know life is on the brink of upheaval and collapse, is artfully portrayed by the author. Lazy summer days full of vibrant idealists and English eccentricity is peppered by prejudice, corruption and brutality, deliberately keeping you on edge and apprehensive.

As war breaks out, we observe as Esmond the title character is influenced by others, we bear witness as he alters, changes, transforms. The author brings this time, this city, these people, their ideals vividly to life. At times this is an extremely uncomfortable read, however every word, every thought, every emotion feels completely essential. Prepare to sit on the edge of the precipice, prepare for the heartrending plummet of shock and upset, prepare for the impact that a powerful and compelling novel leaves behind.

Alice Liddell, the young inspiration for Lewis Caroll is the great-grandmother of the author of this novel.

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