My book DAFFODILS is being featured Friday at The Fussy Librarian, a new website that offers personalized ebook recommendations. You choose from 30 genres and indicate preferences about content and then the computers work their magic. It\’s pretty cool — check it out! www.TheFussyLibrarian.com
This is a new website that chooses books based on their merit. Saves you having to wade through the pile of books now available on www.amazon.com and many other sites. Great to have choices filtered.
And, you guessed it, Daffodils features here now!
On a quiet rainy Sunday a new 5* review lifted me and the gloom outside. Just checking one of my babies and there it was a new review. Anyone who takes the time and trouble to write a review knows not what solace they give to an aspiring author. Writing is a disciplined, lonely old job and knowing that you have given a reader solace, pleasure and hopefully something to think about is the one thing that often keeps you going. I take the opportunity now to thank each and every reviewer of both my books, The Twisted Vine and Daffodils, for their time and energy and sheer generosity in posting a positive review.
Here\’s the latest:
I really loved this book.I have never written a review before but have just finished it this minute. Daffodils was written at a perfect pace which meant it kept me wanting to read.The characters were well formed and believable. It also made me cry a few times and I enjoyed the historical detail. As good as The Twisted Vine -Alex Martins first book. Looking forward to the next .
I really enjoyed this novel. Alex Martin writes with a sensitivity and awareness of the human condition. The storyline flows. the recurring themes of loyalty. love, hope and despair- so much part of those times – are consistent. It is so easy to empathise with her characters; they are rounded and believable. The dialogue and internal voices of both protagonists, Katy and Jem, resonate with the characters portrayed. The storyline is strong and compelling.
The first part of Daffodils evokes the simplicity and unchallenged class narrowness of village life in England before WW1. And then comes the horrific experiences of that war. From a personal point of view,the one and only weakness of this novel is the change of pace in the last third of the story – I so wanted to know more of both Katy and Jem\’s war experiences; especially Katy\’s initial efforts to become involved in the war. So my only regret as I closed the book was that it was not longer. This is a novel I would thoroughly recommend. I look forward to reading Alex martin\’s other novel, The Twisted Vine
My comment is that Daffodils is already a long book and I had to condense it at some point otherwise it would have become an epic!
It\’s a phrase often used and abused but I truly couldn\’t put this book down. I met Thorne at a book fair and we enjoyed chatting to each other. She is a delightful person who\’s easy to spend time with but, as I suspected then, she has hidden depths.
I thoroughly recommend A Time for Silence, her debut novel. It explores the darkest of themes in a dual time frame. Thorne lifts the covers off the black heart of the book in slow degrees, as the contemporary narrator investigates her family\’s past.
I gave it a well deserved five stars and my review, with the link to the book, is below:
<a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18014357-changing-patterns\” style=\”float: left; padding-right: 20px\”><img alt="Changing Patterns" border="0" src="https://djgho45yw78yg.cloudfront.net/assets/nocover/111×148.png\” /><a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18014357-changing-patterns\”>Changing Patterns by <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3295663.Judith_Barrow\”>Judith Barrow
My rating: <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/736019127\”>4 of 5 stars
Judith Barrow is the mistress of the family saga. Having read Pattern of Shadows I was keen to find out what happened to the complex characters set up by the previous book. It was a richly satisfying experience to have all the loose ends tied up in \’Changing Patterns\’. Love abounds but there is no soppy romanticism. This is real love, warts and all, amongst working class families. There are no grown ups, no-one knows all the answers to the dramas that confront them. Everyone finds their own way through betrayals, terror and abduction. Everyone is believable in this gritty, down to earth story. Recommended reading if you want to become totally involved in lives you can relate to.
Judith also excels in the atmosphere of the period after the second world war. Rationing still competes with money for currency, the lavatories are still outdoors with scratcy Izal toilet paper; babies are exchanged without social workers filling in a ream of forms, tin baths still have scum around their edges and you can smell the cigarette smoke and the drains. Through it all the compassionate humanity of people struggling to cope shines through and this is ultimately an extremely uplifting story with a feel good finale full of hope and optimism for a different, brighter future which beautifully encapsulates the fifties.
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I\’m finding the research about the English Civil War fascinating. It was a complex time of political manoevrings between King and parliament before the war eventually broke out. With the gift of hindsight it seems obvious and inevitable that the power struggle would end in conflict. Charles 1 was an arrogant king destined to clash with his Parliament but I suspect no-one would have wanted it to end up with his head severed from his diminutive body. As in today\’s ebook revolution, there was also an explosion of information spread throughout the country with the advent of printing. As our generation is also experiencing, there is nothing like information being exposed for the first time to get you thinking.
This crucial time in British history set the precedent for much of our parliamentary procedures today. It was the first democracy in the world and, as with all compromises, wasn\’t perfect. I\’m enjoying learning more about this revolutionary era, even though I have to converse with ghosts to fully understand it….but more of that later!
Here\’s a picture of the new King James Bible, printed in 1613: