‘Blessed Assurance’ by Stewart Ennis – ARC Book Review

Blurb from Vagabond Voices website "The fact of the matter is Joseph Kirkland was afraid. Afraid of not being Saved. Afraid of being Saved. Afraid of the transformation that would occur the moment he uttered those words, Jesus! God! I want you to come into my heart!" Blessed Assurance is a coming of age novel.  … Continue reading ‘Blessed Assurance’ by Stewart Ennis – ARC Book Review

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‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads With effortless grace, celebrated author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie illuminates a seminal moment in modern African history: Biafra's impassioned struggle to establish an independent republic in southeastern Nigeria during the late 1960s. We experience this tumultuous decade alongside five unforgettable characters: Ugwu, a thirteen-year-old houseboy who works for Odenigbo, a university professor full … Continue reading ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Book Review

‘Reservoir 13’ by Jon McGregor – eARC Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads Midwinter in an English village. A teenage girl has gone missing. Everyone is called upon to join the search. The villagers fan out across the moors as the police set up roadblocks and a crowd of news reporters descends on what is usually a place of peace. Meanwhile, there is work that … Continue reading ‘Reservoir 13’ by Jon McGregor – eARC Book Review

‘Chemistry’ by Weike Wang – Book Review

Blurb Three years into her graduate studies at a demanding Boston university, the unnamed narrator of this nimbly wry, concise debut finds her one-time love for chemistry is more hypothesis than reality. She's tormented by her failed research--and reminded of her delays by her peers, her advisor, and most of all by her Chinese parents, … Continue reading ‘Chemistry’ by Weike Wang – Book Review

‘Brooklyn’ by Colm Toibin – Book Review

Blurb Young Eilis Lacey dreams of life beyond the confines of her tiny Irish village, but unlike her beautiful sister, Rose, Eilis' gifts are of a more practical nature: she has a head for numbers, and is a loving and dutiful daughter. Yet her ambition cannot be hidden and soon is noted by the Parish … Continue reading ‘Brooklyn’ by Colm Toibin – Book Review

‘Behold the Dreamers’ by Imbolo Mbue – eARC Book Review

Blurb A powerful and timely story of marriage, class, race and the pursuit of the American Dream. Behold the Dreamers is a dazzling debut novel about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness – and of what we’re prepared to sacrifice to hold on to each of them. ‘We all do what we gotta do … Continue reading ‘Behold the Dreamers’ by Imbolo Mbue – eARC Book Review

‘My Dark Vanessa’ by Kate Elizabeth Russell – eARC Book Review

I am blown away by the powerful nature of this novel. This is one of the best written books I have read in years. Be warned, this book deals with dark subject matter, that of child grooming and protracted sexual abuse. 2000. Bright, ambitious, and yearning for adulthood, fifteen-year-old Vanessa Wye becomes entangled in an … Continue reading ‘My Dark Vanessa’ by Kate Elizabeth Russell – eARC Book Review

‘House of Names’ by Colm Toibin – Book Review

Blurb 'They cut her hair before they dragged her to the place of sacrifice. Her mouth was gagged to stop her cursing her father, her cowardly, two-tongued father. Nonetheless, they heard her muffled screams.' On the day of his daughter's wedding, Agamemnon orders her sacrifice. His daughter is led to her death, and Agamemnon leads … Continue reading ‘House of Names’ by Colm Toibin – Book Review

‘Lanny’ by Max Porter – Book Review

Blurb There’s a village sixty miles outside London. It’s no different from many other villages in England: one pub, one church, red-brick cottages, council cottages and a few bigger houses dotted about. Voices rise up, as they might do anywhere, speaking of loving and needing and working and dying and walking the dogs. This village … Continue reading ‘Lanny’ by Max Porter – Book Review