Archive of: relationships

And the Birds Kept On Singing

And the Birds Kept On Singing

Simon Bourke

Pregnant at seventeen in 1980s Ireland. Do you keep your baby and be a single mum, or would your boy have a better life if he was adopted by an English couple? This book shows two ways this dilemma could pan out. It is funny, poignant, heart-breaking and insightful. The writing from the points of view of the main characters is outstandingly good.


Vinny's Wilderness

Vinny's Wilderness

Janet Shepperson

This is a quick and readable tale somewhat lacking in detail and well-rounded characters. It is about a single mother working hard for her daughter, and about the boy she tutors and his mother. It is about friendship and trust, the haves and the havenots. With a backdrop of an overgrown garden, I liked this book but I didn’t love it as I wanted to.


Plain Jane: When does being stuck become ... unstuck?

Plain Jane: When does being stuck become ... unstuck?

Kim Hood

Kim Hood’s second book is even better than her first. It is realistic, with believable characters with whom the reader can empathise. It deals sensitively with mental and physical illness and explores relationships of many kinds. Sixteen-year-old Jane is a great character whose point of view we see throughout the book. It is superbly conceived and written, and although sold as YA is a book that any age from 13 upwards could enjoy.


Daughters of the Lake

Daughters of the Lake

Jane Riddell

A novel about contemporary relationships. Four siblings gather at their mother's request for the fortieth anniversary of the family hotel next to a lake in Brunnen, Switzerland. There is plenty of family tensions and each of the characters has a secret. Although there is plenty of drama, this is a fairly gentle and largely satisfying read, even if sometimes you will want to give some of the characters a good talking-to.


Clay

Clay

Melissa Harrison

This is a book to be read slowly and every sentence savoured. Three lonely people live in an uncaring city, their lives coming together occasionally because of their love for the little park they live around. This is a book about nature and how we interact with it, or not; how even in the city the natural world continues its cycle, largely unnoticed by those who live next to it. It is a book about violence and suspicion, families and community. I loved it.


Letting In Light

Letting In Light

Emma Davies

This relationships/romance story couldn’t half do with a spit and polish and redesign. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed it. The tone of the writing is warm and engaging and the storyline not quite what you’ll expect.


The One Saving Grace

The One Saving Grace

Julie Houston

This is a light and amusing escapism book, which nevertheless touches on some serious subjects. It is about families and friendships and loyalties. It's an enjoyable read.


Goodness, Grace and Me

Goodness, Grace and Me

Julie Houston

This is a light and amusing escapism book, which nevertheless touches on some serious subjects. It is about families and friendships and loyalties.


Butterfly Barn

Butterfly Barn

Karen Power

This is an ambitious first novel that is an emotional but in many ways an uplifting read. There are strong themes of friendship, hope and love (not just of the romantic kind) and an ending that will leave you wanting more.


After the Sucker Punch

After the Sucker Punch

By Lorraine Devon Wilke

This book is all about how a daughter, thirty-six-year-old Tessa, comes to terms with finding out what her recently deceased father thought of her when she was a young woman – and after the sucker punch that turns out to be Tessa has a great deal of soul searching to do.