Category Archives: Fiction

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

I first read Lolita when I was much younger – before I was married, in fact.  Vladimir Nabokov is such an amazing novelist that I wanted to read it again, but I was reluctant.  Lolita is, after all, the story … Continue reading

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The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

I wanted to love this book, I really did.  Anyone who loves books as much as I do, would certainly be charmed at the idea of a bookseller who calls himself a book apothecary, and prescribes the correct book for … Continue reading

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The Wreckage by Michael Crummey

Wish Furey is a young Catholic man making his way in Newfoundland, off the coast of Canada, at the outset of World War II.  His world is turned upside down when he meets Mercedes (Sadie) Parsons.  Deeply in love, the … Continue reading

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Emma by Jane Austen

At this point there isn’t a Jane Austen novel I haven’t already read, but such joys should never be experienced only in the singularity.  So it was with anticipation that I picked up Emma after many years of first experiencing … Continue reading

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Call The Nurse by Mary J. MacLeod

In this charming memoir, Mary J. MacLeod shares stories of her experiences living on a remote Scottish island as a district nurse in the 1970’s. Coming from London, MacLeod’s family certainly had adjustments to make, and the inconvenience of living … Continue reading

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Five Quarters Of The Orange by Joanne Harris

The author of Chocolat, Joanne Harris, presents a mesmerizing work of historical fiction with Five Quarters of the Orange.  Framboise Simon (nee Dartigen) returns to her home village in France to set up an eatery using her mother’s recipes.  The … Continue reading

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The Blighted Troth by Mirella Sichirollo Patzer

Set in the early 18th century in Quebec, The Blighted Troth is a work of historical fiction.  At the outset, Emilie, a virtuous young woman, is betrothed to Robert, the town’s goodhearted miller.  In New France, a quasi-feudal system exists, … Continue reading

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