Archives for women’s fiction

Book review: Marking Time

September 2, 1939: Germany has invaded Poland and, for the Cazalet family in London and Sussex, war seems imminent. The story is told from 1939 to 1941 from the viewpoints of three Cazalet cousins, teenagers Polly, Louise and Clary. Marking Time is second in the five-book series The Cazalet Chronicles by Elizabeth Jane Howard. We see them growing up quickly, forced to face war and death before their time, watch their parents struggle with ordinary life and relationships and health crises which continue despite the fighting. One day a German bomber crashes into a nearby field and Christopher, a pacifist, runs out to prevent the local men from shooting the injured Germans. Afterwards, Polly and Christopher go for a walk. Polly thinks “how odd it was that when one wanted everything to be good with somebody, one started not telling them everything.” They come to understand that their parents are not just parents, but people too with their own feelings and worries. Polly wonders if “concealment and deceit were a necessary part of human relationships. Because if they were, she was going to be pretty bad at them.” Louise is at acting school but struggles to play a character ‘in
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Book review: Kings and Queens

This is the first novel by Terry Tyler that I have read. It is the rollicking story of property developer Harry Lanchester. A property developer you may think, hardly your usual hero type? But he is not just any Harry, he is King Henry VIII updated to modern times. I started reading this after a heavyweight novel and being in need of light refreshment, and had already started then discarded one book on my Kindle after two pages.  This provided the page-turner my weary brain required, the story race along and is an ideal read for holidays, a long train or plane journey, or just when you want to cosset yourself. If you like Tudor-set novels, you will have fun with this. It is easy to work out that that Cathy is Catherine of Aragon and Annette Hever is Anne Boleyn, but I enjoyed recalling my Tudor history – and reading of Philippa Gregory novels – to work out the Tudor equivalent of the modern characters. Of course, as we know the story of Henry and his wives, we can work out what happens to Harry and his, though Tyler puts a modern twist on each story that draws you
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Book review: The Lightning Tree

Ursula grows up in a house of mirrors and though she tries to avoid looking at her reflection, she cannot. So it is apt that she is the chameleon of this story, changing her appearance, her style, her clothing, so that as the years pass she seems a different person. The Lightning Tree by Emily Woof is the twin story of Ursula and Jerry. She lives in Jesmond, a nicer area of Newcastle, and through her childhood she passes close to Jerry, who grows up in a flat at the rougher Byker Wall. When they do meet, there is a connection. Their lives run in parallel, twisting and turning, sometimes together, other times far apart. It is a love story, and an un-love story. How it is to fall in love as an adolescent and then see that love challenged into maturity, changing priorities, changing values, changing circumstances. Jerry, his nose always in a book, goes to Oxford and seems destined for politics. Ursula, less academic, goes to India where she undergoes something of a ‘Marabar Caves’ experience which is not really explained and which I still didn’t understand at the end of the book. Interwoven with Ursula and Jerry’s stories is
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Liz Loves Books reviews ‘Ignoring Gravity’

“I was intrigued by this one, the starting point being adoption, as an adopted child myself it appealed to me for that reason. Plus the hint of mystery tempted me in and what I found was a really good read, some great characters and an often emotive look at family relationships,” says book reviewer Liz Wilkins at Liz Loves Books. Read Liz’s review in full by clicking here. To read what other readers are saying about Ignoring Gravity, click here.   ‘Ignoring Gravity’ by Sandra Danby [UK: Beulah Press] Buy now And if you’d like to tweet a link to THIS post, here’s my suggested tweet: ‘The hint of mystery tempted me in’ #bookreview by @Lizzy11268 via @SandraDanby http://wp.me/p5gEM4-1q2
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Kate Loveton reviews ‘Ignoring Gravity’

“Danby gives us characters who are flawed. Choices made were sometimes made foolishly… or selfishly… or blindly. Very human decisions made by very human characters,” says writer Kate Loveton at Odyssey of a Novice Writer. Read Kate’s review in full by clicking here. To read what other readers are saying about Ignoring Gravity, click here.   ‘Ignoring Gravity’ by Sandra Danby [UK: Beulah Press] Buy now And if you’d like to tweet a link to THIS post, here’s my suggested tweet: Choices made foolishly, selfishly, or blindly: #bookreview by @KateLoveton http://wp.me/p5gEM4-1pv via @SandraDanby #books
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Suzy Turner reviews ‘Ignoring Gravity’

“I thoroughly enjoyed Ignoring Gravity. The depths of the relationships between the characters particularly set it apart although I thought Rose did seem to find (and fall in) love a little too easily. But other than that, it was a fabulous read. I found myself sitting on the edge of my seat desperately wanting her to discover the truth in all the twists and turns throughout,” says author Suzy Turner of Fiction Dreams. Read Suzy’s review in full by clicking here. To read what other readers are saying about Ignoring Gravity, click here. ‘Ignoring Gravity’ by Sandra Danby [UK: Beulah Press] Buy now And if you’d like to tweet a link to THIS post, here’s my suggested tweet: IGNORING GRAVITY #bookreview by @suzy_turner http://wp.me/p5gEM4-1py via @SandraDanby
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A Woman’s Wisdom reviews ‘Ignoring Gravity’

“I really liked this story.  Sandra Danby deals with the emotions surrounding grief, adoption and infertility with a deep understanding of the emotions involved,” says book reviewer A Woman’s Wisdom. Read the review by A Woman’s Wisdom in full by clicking here. To read what other readers are saying about Ignoring Gravity, click here. Buy Ignoring Gravity at Amazon UK and Amazon US.
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Cleopatra Loves Books reviews ‘Ignoring Gravity’

“I loved Rose’s desperation to find out more both through the diaries and by interviewing friends of her mother, again a reaction that felt natural. Even better the author allows the reader to put themselves into the character’s shoes, thereby allowing the reading to feel smooth without endless emphasis on how Rose is feeling, what she is thinking etc.” Read Cleo Bannisters’s review in full at Cleopatra Loves Books by clicking here. To read what other readers are saying about Ignoring Gravity, click here. ‘Ignoring Gravity’ by Sandra Danby [UK: Beulah Press] Buy now And if you’d like to tweet a link to THIS post, here’s my suggested tweet: IGNORING GRAVITY #bookreview by @cleo_bannister http://wp.me/p5gEM4-1pn via @SandraDanby
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Small Girl Big Dreams reviews ‘Ignoring Gravity’

“From the very first page I was hooked. It started off exactly how you would expect it to – calm and simple – however, as the story unfolds we are introduced to a series of constant enigmas.” So says book blogger Small Girl Big Dreams. Read the review in full by clicking here. Read what other readers are saying about Ignoring Gravity. ‘Ignoring Gravity’ by Sandra Danby [UK: Beulah Press] Buy now And if you’d like to tweet a link to THIS post, here’s my suggested tweet: IGNORING GRAVITY #bookreview by @BigDreams1993 http://wp.me/p5gEM4-1pf via @SandraDanby  
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Sophie Hedley reviews ‘Ignoring Gravity’

“The underlying theme throughout Ignoring Gravity is relationships – either family relationships or romantic relationships – and I thought the author’s writing was strong and sensitively done,” says Sophie Hedley at Book Drunk. “The adoption is of course the main theme here and I was fascinated with learning more about Rose’s real parents, why she was adopted and how her upbringing was affected. I can’t even begin to imagine how it must feel to find out your family isn’t actually your real family after all – though I do know I’d be a complete emotional wreck – and so I loved how, instead of it all being tears and drama, Rose quickly started using her journalistic ability to her strength and began investigating, to discover who she really was.” Read Sophie’s review in full by clicking here. Read what other readers are saying about Ignoring Gravity. ‘Ignoring Gravity’ by Sandra Danby [UK: Beulah Press] Buy now And if you’d like to tweet a link to THIS post, here’s my suggested tweet: IGNORING GRAVITY #bookreview by @SophieRTB via @SandraDanby http://wp.me/p5gEM4-1p8
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‘Ignoring Gravity’: paperback out now

The paperback edition of Ignoring Gravity is out now at Amazon. So why not give it as a Christmas present? Not sure if it’s for you, or your friend? To get a flavour, watch the book trailer  and read what other readers are saying. ‘Ignoring Gravity’ by Sandra Danby [UK: Beulah Press] Buy now And if you’d like to tweet a link to THIS post, here’s my suggested tweet: IGNORING GRAVITY: available as a paperback http://wp.me/p5gEM4-1qA via @SandraDanby #books
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Categories: Book Love and My Novel: 'Ignoring Gravity'.