Night Train to Lisbon by Pascal Mercier #BookReview

One man’s escape from a humdrum life in search of passion and spontaneity. Night Train to Lisbon tells the story of mild-mannered, middle-aged Classics scholar Raimund Gregorius. When, one afternoon, he walks out of his class while in the middle of giving a lesson, his uncharacteristic impulsiveness surprises him as much as his students. ThisContinue reading “Night Train to Lisbon by Pascal Mercier #BookReview”

Face the Wind by Caren J Werlinger #TuesdayBookBlog

Kathleen Halloran has never been happier. She and Molly Cooper have built a life together, living in her grandmother’s cottage. The family drama of the past has calmed down. She and Molly will soon be aunts. Life on Little Sister Island is everything Kathleen could wish for… until the island begins to send ominous signalsContinue reading “Face the Wind by Caren J Werlinger #TuesdayBookBlog”

The Silver Dark Sea by Susan Fletcher #amreading #bookreview

“I heard that there is hope on a coastline, it was my own self, speaking – me, as my comfort, trying to keep myself afloat.” “There were so many stories on that island that it felt like they came in on the tide.”  “The Silver Dark Sea” is perhaps the most significant character in thisContinue reading “The Silver Dark Sea by Susan Fletcher #amreading #bookreview”

Transcription by Kate Atkinson #TuesdayBookBlog #BookReview

 Transcription opens in 1981 when Juliet Armstrong is involved in an accident. As she lies on the ground, injured, her mind goes back to 1940 when she started work in the offices of MI5 and then to 1950 when she was a BBC schools programmes producer. A witty but unemotional protagonist she seems to be recountingContinue reading “Transcription by Kate Atkinson #TuesdayBookBlog #BookReview”

Spies by Michael Frayn #ThrowbackThursday

I’m borrowing the #ThrowbackThursday meme from It’s Book Talk to share a book I read several years ago.   Blurb  A mesmerizing novel about secrecy, imagination, and a child’s game turned deadly earnest The sudden trace of a disturbing, forgotten aroma compels Stephen Wheatley to return to the site of a dimly remembered but troubling childhoodContinue reading “Spies by Michael Frayn #ThrowbackThursday”

Goddess of the Rainbow by Patrick Brigham #FridayReads #BookReview

  Goddess of the Rainbow gives, in 16 chapters, the interconnected stories of the community of a small town in Northern Greece when constant rain threatens imminent flooding.  The goddess of the title takes the form of Iris, a DHL courier, who like her namesake is a messenger.  The other inhabitants of Orestiada include anContinue reading “Goddess of the Rainbow by Patrick Brigham #FridayReads #BookReview”