Monday, June 22, 2020

  
How the Penguins Saved Veronica by Hazel Prior
Publication: June 16, 2020
Publisher: Berkley
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Rating: ★★★★


A heartwarming story about a curmudgeonly but charming old woman, her estranged grandson, and a colony of penguins that proves it's never too late to be the person you want to be...and that family is what you make it.

After a disastrous first meeting with the grandson she never knew she had, eighty-four-year-old Veronica McCreedy wants to find a worthwhile cause to endow with her millions. Although she has health, wealth, and wit, Veronica has been alone for a long time, her only connection to her past a box of diaries from when she was a teenager during WWII...and a locket filled with a strand of hair from every person she has ever loved and lost.

After learning about a research team studying endangered penguins in Antarctica, Veronica tells the scientists she's coming for a visit--and won't take no for an answer. Despite a discouraging first experience (a penguin attacks her favorite designer handbag), Veronica warms to the birds. She even convinces the team to rescue an orphaned baby penguin who swiftly becomes part of life at the base. Veronica's closed heart starts to open.

But when she becomes ill, her grandson Patrick comes to Antarctica for one last attempt to get to know his grandmother. Together, Veronica and Patrick--and even the scientists--begin to really learn what family, love, and connection are truly all about.


This is a moving and inspiring read. Life has not been kind to Veronica. Having endured all those losses, I am in awe of her resilience and strength to move on. It is no wonder she turned into a grumpy old lady, carrying all those bottled pain.

HOW THE PENGUINS SAVED VERONICA presented different themes, and I want to focus on two of the most significant: opening back to love and ecological preservation. They said that the journey to love is a journey to one's self. And that is true in any form of love. For Veronica, it took a locked-box, a locket, and a colony of Penguins to remind her where love is. And any heart will melt for Penguins. The number of threats to these adorable creatures is one of the major concerns for our planet at present. I am glad the author chose to echo this SOS.

Those Penguins, cute as they are, are not the only charming feature in this book. I like how Ms. Prior fleshed her characters out. The story unfolds beautifully as she gradually smoothed out the edges of the characters. These too-good-to-be-true characters are exactly what our societies need to reflect on right now. We need accommodating people who are always ready to listen -people like Terry, Gavin, and Eileen. I like them.

I believe this book fits nicely into the emerging genre called Coming-Of-Old Age. I highly suggest them. Please do give them a try. There’s plenty to glean from these kinds of stories.


About the Author:
Hazel Prior is a harpist based in Exmoor, England. Originally from Oxford, she fell in love with the harp as a student and now performs regularly. She’s had short stories published in literary magazines and has won numerous writing competitions in the UK. Ellie and the Harpmaker was her first novel.





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Book Review | HOW THE PENGUINS SAVED VERONICA by Hazel Prior

Monday, June 8, 2020

I am reading sporadically since our province declared a state of emergency last March 18 because of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Under normal conditions, I would portion any book I will read into (at least) five, and then I make sure to finish a portion each day. Rule. But since the lockdown, to pick a book up again was difficult. Oftimes it takes days to nudge me back.

The night used to be my best buddy because it is quiet, the ideal time to read. I already lost count the many times I told myself “just one more chapter” right after finishing the last one. But lately, the idleness of the day leaks into the night, and I would lie awake in bed, not reading at all, wishing the Sandman will be kind.

The last two months of winter were the most challenging as I cannot walk around the park or sit on a bench and read. The best I could do was taking the pup for a quick walk out on the sidewalk.

Boohoo, right? My husband said that it was from the stress of worrying, which is true. So, I thought of ways to bust these pandemic blues away and get my reading mojo back on track.


MORE AUDIOBOOKS

I’ve been reading with audiobooks before. Although I usually set them aside for walking and long bus rides, I now cling to them more often. I bought the audiobook copies of my most anticipated list from Google Play. I read along while listening as much as I could, but often, I switch to just listening. And those I could not go thru even in audio, I drop. I figured it is not the time to dawdle on things I cannot finish on the first go.


WHILE EATING

I work mostly from home, even before the lockdown. And so, weekdays leave me eating lunch alone. The house rule is no reading, or internet browsing, or phones while we are having meals together. Technically speaking then, reading while eating on my own isn’t breaking any rules.


WHILE SHOVELING

I’ve learned the art of heaping snow more efficiently during the lockdown. I’ve emptied all my worries and frustrations into it. Oh yes, that double-truck driveway and sidewalk were no match for me while I was listening to Brittany Pressley and January LaVoy.


WHILE OTHERS

I know people who also mastered the "reading while on treadmill" trick. Believe that you can do it too. I listen to audiobooks whenever or however I can squeeze them into whatever I am doing as well. I play them on speakers while cooking, folding the laundry, and (lately) gardening.


TWITTER STORIES

While some people make sure to stay away from social media to reduce stress, I go to Twitter and Facebook in search of people who share a story or two. Lucky days turn my searches into gold. Other days, my find could be an animal rescue story too. Then my faith in humanity is restored, and I am happy to pick up my book again.


TFG TO THE RESCUE

I joined the latest two online book discussions with my beloved book club. And it turned out my dear bookish friends was all I need to vanish this blues away finally. They made me realize again why I love to read. Nothing thumps the spark of lively chatter. I’ve missed them so much.


Now that the warmer months are here, and the province is phasing its way to reopening public places and the economy, I get to walk in the park longer, seat and read, and drink my coffee in tranquility again. 

My worries, of course, is not more valid than what others may have, and we battle them differently as well. I merely hope my undertakings during these difficult times will motivate you likewise to read your pandemic blues away too.



READ AWAY THOSE PANDEMIC BLUES

Monday, June 1, 2020


  

This list is prompted by the book club’s discussion of An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic by Daniel Mendelsohn. Well, more like the tangent discussion of Homer’s Odyssey due to the former book. The question of whether Odysseus is a true hero or not was brought forward, which made me thought of Penelope. A woman whose fortitude was well tested, not only by holding up the candle of hope for Odysseus’s return but also by her vigilance to hold the fort against the wolves who wanted to take Ithaca’s throne. Odysseus managed to fight his way home (though arduous and protracted) with his ability to think himself out of tough situations (and help from Athena), hence, winning back both wife and throne. Their love for each other is strong. True. Moreover, Odysseus and Penelope are two powerful individuals on their own, and even stronger together.

With Penelope and Odysseus in mind, I made a list of the fictional power couples I’ve met and liked -couples whose love stories are cheer-worthy. And likewise, they are forces to reckon with together or even individually. Forces that can either shape or knock down a kingdom (or something like that).


(5) Lindsey Boxer and Joe Molinari (Women’s Murder Club by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro)

Sgt. Lindsey Boxer is a homicide detective for the San Francisco Police Department, who has multiple solved-cases under her belt. She faced off with too many scumbags on record, crossed bullets, and survived them all. She loves deeply and fights fiercely for her own. Joe Molinari was former deputy director of Homeland Security and FBI agent. His CV is probably a hundred pages thick. He left his august position, to be near Lindsey and take care of their baby girl Julie, and now works as a consultant for different agencies. Aside from Lindsey’s group of lady friends, Joe is her topmost consultant on her active cases and everything else.

(4) Yelena Zaltana and Valek Icefaren (Poison Study series by Maria V. Snyder)

Yelena is a Soulfinder, a very rare magician that can capture or release human souls. She has remarkable equestrian and Bo Staff fighting skills too. Valek, on the other hand, is an assassin whose tracking, disguise, and knife skills are yet unmatched. I love their loyalty to each other, more so by their loyalty to their kingdoms and how much they are willing to sacrifice to find peace between Ixia and Sitia.


(3) Sophie Hatter and Howl Jenkins Pendragon (Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones)

Known for her shyness and gentle heart, Sophie came to be a determined individual after she was cursed into an old woman. After a while, it is discovered that Sophie is capable of talking life into objects. Meanwhile, Howl is a powerful wizard and can turn himself and others into any animal. Bound with Calcifer, Howl’s power is heightened. Together, Sophie and Howl took down a powerful witch and djinn. I love how these two can always find each other even in peculiar ways.


(2) Vesuvia Adelia Rachel Ortese Aguilar and Rowley Picot (Mistress of the Art of Death Series by Ariana Franklin)

Adelia is an Italian doctor from the renowned University of Solerno and well-versed in the "art of death". In Henry II’s England, when both advanced medicine and autopsy were but a myth, Adelia is an oddity for being a lady doctor. So she hid her true identity to fend off accusations of practicing witchcraft while answering to the King’s call to unravel murders and examine the dead. Sir Rowley Picot, is the Bishop of St. Albans. A knight and Henry’s most trusted fixer. His current position turned him into one of the most powerful people in England, opening many doors, and yet bound apart from Adelia and their daughter Allie. Together, they have foiled conspiracies and a war against Henry II and England.


(1) Hero Jarvis and Sebastian St. Cyr (Sebastian St. Cyr series by C.S. Harris)

Hero Jarvis is the only child of Lord Charles Jarvis, the Prince Regent’s cousin, executor, and the real power behind England in this series. Hero is the Lady after my own heart. She is determined and smart, even shrewd if she wants to be. And her social principles are to be replicated. Hero works on writing about the underprivileged people of London slums, bringing awareness to the opulent populace the true nature of their society. She never cringed away from danger and exposure if it means saving lives. Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin is the youngest son and heir of the Earl of Hendon. He also served in the royal army. Now, he serves the people by investigating murders and bringing perpetrators to justice. Picture him as James Bond in Regency England. With both Hero and Devlin’s influences and talents, they can move around circles no Bow Street Runner can and investigate.



I am sure there are more power couples out there to add to this list. I’ve yet to discover them so I’ll keep my eyes peeled. If you have any suggestions, give me a holler. 



Fictional Power Couples I've Read and Adored

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

   
Pay the Piper by Jane Yolen, Adam Stemple
Publication: June 27, 2006
Publisher: Starscape
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Rating: ★★★★
A rock 'n' roll band to die for . . .

When fourteen-year-old Callie McCallan scores a backstage pass to interview the lead singer of the famous band Brass Rat, she's thrilled. Peter Gringras is so cool. When he plays his flute, it's as if he has some kind of hypnotic power. But there is something strange about him, something Callie can't quite put her finger on. Then, on Halloween night, Callie's little brother Nicky disappears, along with all the other children in town. It's crazy, but Callie thinks she knows where the children have gone--and who took them. To prove it, and to rescue Nicky and the other children, Callie must journey to a mythical world filled with fantastical creatures. A world from which there may be no return. . .




On the 26th of June 1284, “came a colorful piper to Hamelin and led 130 children away…”

More interesting, of course, is the why of it all. And so, many tales have stemmed from this brief account. Tales that had been weaved and threaded to give reason to these unfathomable bare facts. I’m sure you’ve heard or read some of them. Still, there is no harm in giving way to one more, right? This time, however, the Piper came to Northampton, Massachusetts. Now the question is, “Who will pay the Piper this time?”

A striving school journalist and self-conscious middle child, Callie, might have the answer.

The title caught my attention instantly. It is undeniably very intriguing- A Rock ‘n’ Roll Fairytale. I love retellings. I love it whenever folklores and fairytales are given new twists and different endings. I love it when they come with new diverse heroes, because (as one would expect) it’s the complications that give retellings new life. This is a coming-of-age book that shows children the value of family, responsibility, love, and sacrifices with a very modern approach. Even for children, this is definitely a short and enjoyable read.

And by the way, middle children (ahem) absolutely rock.



About the Authors:

Jane Yolen is a novelist, poet, fantasist, journalist, songwriter, storyteller, folklorist, and children’s book author who has written more than three hundred books. Her accolades include the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Awards, the Kerlan Award, two Christopher Awards, and six honorary doctorate degrees from colleges and universities in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Born and raised in New York City, the mother of three and the grandmother of six, Yolen lives in Massachusetts and St. Andrews, Scotland.






I am a professional writer, poet, musician, web designer, and poker player, as well as an amateur artist, youth soccer coach, and skilled pinball player. In the past, I have worked in a warehouse, picked vegetables for two bucks an hour, rehabbed houses, golfed (poorly), traded options, arranged music for children’s books, got married, and raised two mostly grown children. - Adam Stemple






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Pay the Piper (A Rock 'n' Roll Fairy Tale #1) by Jane Yolen, Adam Stemple

Monday, April 27, 2020

  

The Secrets of Love Story Bridge by Phaedra Patrick
Publication: April 28, 2020
Publisher: Park Row
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rating: ★★★★★


A single father gets an unexpected second chance at love in the heartwarming new novel from the author of The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper.

It’s summer in the city and passions are soaring along with the temperature—for everyone but Mitchell Fisher, who hates all things romance. He relishes his job cutting off the padlocks that couples fasten to the famous “love story” bridge. Only his young daughter, Poppy, knows that behind his prickly veneer, Mitchell still grieves the loss of her mother.

Then one hot day, everything changes when Mitchell courageously rescues a woman who falls from the bridge into the river. He’s surprised to feel an unexpected connection to her, but she disappears before he can ask her name. Desperate to find out her identity, Mitchell is shocked to learn she’s been missing for almost a year. He teams up with her spirited sister, Liza, on a quest to find her again. However, she’s left only one clue behind—a message on the padlock she hung on the bridge.

Brimming with Phaedra Patrick’s signature charm and a sparkling cast of characters, The Secrets of Love Story Bridge follows one man’s journey to unlock his heart and discover new beginnings in the unlikeliest places. -Goodreads


This story reminds us that we have to be connected,
bridged with the people in our present.

Struggling as a single parent, Mitchell follows a strict schedule to function every day. And he needs more time taking care of his 9-year old daughter Poppy. So after quitting his architectural job, he now cuts padlocks from the bridges of Upchester as part of the city maintenance. For three years, since Anita’s death, Mitchell has been living with the ghost of the past and nursing guilt that prevents him from moving forward.

Phaedra Patrick is back with another heartwarming tale of family, self-forgiveness, and second chances. I love how she always gathers these engaging people together to tell their stories tucked in sumptuous mysteries. Mitchell saved a lady from drowning. Although he was hailed as a hero overnight,  he failed to get the lady's name or learn whatever happened to her after. Until he met the mystery lady's very peculiar sister.

We need more stories like this –straightforward and uplifting. It’s very interesting how each person carries a piece, like a puzzle, which connects with other people. They need not necessarily be alike. One could be a unicorn, and the other, a donkey. And that alone can make a new difference in the world.

THE SECRETS OF LOVE STORY BRIDGE is available on April 28 in the US and in paperback as THE SECRETS OF SUNSHINE on May 14 in the UK. Make sure to get a copy.


About the Author:
Phaedra Patrick is the internationally bestselling author of THE LIBRARY OF LOST AND FOUND, RISE & SHINE, BENEDICT STONE, and THE CURIOUS CHARMS OF ARTHUR PEPPER, which has been translated into over twenty languages worldwide.

Phaedra qualified firstly as a stained glass artist before gaining her professional Marketing qualifications. She has worked as a waitress, stained glass designer, film festival organizer, and communications manager. She enjoyed her first real writing success when she entered and won several short story competitions, and she now writes full time.

She lives in Saddleworth, UK, and is represented by Clare Wallace at Darley Anderson Literary, Film and TV Agency.


*Thanks to Park Row Books (Harlequin) for the advance review copy in exchange for this unbiased review.
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Book Review | THE SECRETS OF LOVE STORY BRIDGE by Phaedra Patrick

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

About the Book:

August 23, 2019
Stefen Farmer
On the inside, he built a new team. On the outside, he has success on his mind and will stop at nothing to capture what he's been envisioning during his lengthy prison stay. The S-man said he's going to do things differently this time, and he meant it.

While keeping his business secret from, B, the love of his life, who has a secret of her own, things heat up in the bedroom and in the streets. With his new contacts and string of associates, the money piles up. Meanwhile, kidnappings and robberies turn in to murder investigations.

But nothing can stop the flow of things being transported from one state to the other as promised. David has a nonstop supply of products and clients of his own. To keep every bodies hunger in check, work is put around the clock.


About the Author:

I was born and raised in Washington D.C., but I've lived in Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. I've seen a lot and have heard many different tails from the streets. My surrounding-influence my writing, because there's always so much going on. Every day there's a new experience to write about. I started writing at a very young age. I'm inspired by many authors. While serving a ten-year sentence in prison, I wrote eight novels and taught myself Spanish, which I use here and there in my stories. I also wrote plays for Ciaros. For me, writing is therapy. I can't remember exactly what triggered my desire to write stories, but my life has changed ever since. Life, with all it has to offer visually, makes me want to put what I see into words.

Read more about Stefen Farmer here.


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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

  

The Big Finish by Brooke Fossey
Publication: April 14, 2020
Publisher: Berkley
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Rating: ★★★★★




Meet Duffy, an old curmudgeon who lives in an assisted living home.

Meet Josie, a desperate young woman who climbs through his window.

Together, they’re going to learn it’s never too late—or too early—to change your ways.



The book opens to a day's schedule. For many, that schedule would be a very dull itinerary but for the residents of Centennial, that makes their daily existence.
We counted on stuff like this to keep us afloat,
and none of us took it for granted.
Carl and Duffy are roommates who seemed content living the rest of their monotonous life at Centennial,  an assisted home for seniors. Then, Josie appeared and tipped the balance off that monotony. I have to admit, I like Duffy from the first go. He is gruff and way too perceptive for his own good. And I love how this heartwarming community walks the extra mile to help each other. Often with the aid of a walker or a wheelchair, but they do get there.

I really appreciate how Ms. Fossey approached the heavy topics of alcoholism, abandonment, and the inevitable loneliness of old age with humor and lightheartedness. It is absolutely unique to find these characters bursting with excitement and interactions despite their advancing age and limitations. Moreover, here they are giving us a witty and profound lesson on family, community, and second chances.

THE BIG FINISH is a wonderful debut and I highly recommend it.


About the Author:
Brooke Fossey was once an aerospace engineer with a secret clearance before she traded it all in for motherhood and writing. She’s a past president and an honorary lifetime member of DFW Writers’ Workshop. Her work can be found in numerous publications, including Ruminate Magazine and SmokeLong Quarterly. Her debut novel, THE BIG FINISH is forthcoming in 2020 from Penguin/Berkley (US), and Piper/Pendo (DE). When she’s not writing, you can find her in Dallas, Texas with her husband, four kids, and their dog Rufus. She still occasionally does math.





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Book Review | THE BIG FINISH by Brooke Fossey

Monday, April 6, 2020

   
Who Speaks for the Damned by C.S. Harris
Series:  Sebastian St. Cyr #15
Publication Date:  April 7, 2020
Publisher:  Berkley
Genre:  Historical Mystery
Rating:  ★★★★★
It's June 1814, and the royal families of Austria, Russia, and the German states have gathered in London at the Prince Regent's invitation to celebrate the defeat of Napoléon and the restoration of monarchical control throughout Europe. But the festive atmosphere is marred one warm summer evening by the brutal murder of a disgraced British nobleman long thought dead.

Eighteen years before, Nicholas Hayes, the third son of the late Earl of Seaford, was accused of killing a beautiful young French émigré and transported to Botany Bay for life. Even before his conviction, Hayes had been disowned by his father. Few in London were surprised when they heard the ne'er-do-well had died in New South Wales in 1799. But those reports were obviously wrong. Recently Hayes returned to London with a mysterious young boy in tow--a child who vanishes shortly after Nicholas's body is discovered.



I look forward to this series every year as an annual event. I am so invested with the characters that I want to keep tabs on how their lives are moving on. This is the fifteenth book in the series, but Ms. Harris still manages to keep each mystery fresh and new every issue. Her research skill is so exceptional that the historical details in Regency England are weaved seamlessly.

A convicted murder, believed to have died in Botany Bay, was recently found… well… dead with a sickle on his back at Pennington Tea Garden. Knowing Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, a person’s death is not necessarily the end of the story. He was pulled into this investigation because of a young boy who went missing after Hayes’s death, and also because Devlin saw a mirror of himself in the victim. Nicholas Hayes’s murder stirred far too many old memories and quite several nobilities. And there’s nothing more intolerable for Devlin than a cold mix of nobles and their lies.

To decry injustice is merely scratching the surface. The issues that this sequel has in its arsenal can be overwhelming. And despite the setting, we can still spot these issues in these present times, if we look hard enough. Devlin and his wife Hero represent something far deeper than just “a power couple”. They stand for people who cannot stand or speak for themselves. Their views and hopes for the disadvantaged and neglected are something we, everyone, should aspire to.

These events took place in London, England, in 1814. The continent is celebrating Napoleon’s defeat and England is hosting events for the Allied Sovereigns. A time where opium smuggling was rampant and Lascars made England their new home.

Very rich in history, well-plotted, and deliciously peppered with red herrings, WHO SPEAKS FOR THE DAMNED will keep you at the edge of your seat from beginning to the end.



About the Author:
Candice Proctor, aka C.S. Harris and C.S. Graham, is the USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of more than two dozen novels including the Sebastian St. Cyr Regency mystery series written under the name C.S. Harris, the C.S. Graham thriller series co-written with Steven Harris, and seven historical romances. She is also the author of a nonfiction historical study of women in the French Revolution. Her books are available worldwide and have been translated into over twenty languages.

A former academic with a Ph.D. in European history, Candice also worked as an archaeologist on a variety of sites including a Hudson's Bay Company Fort in San Juan Island, a Cherokee village in Tennessee, a prehistoric kill site in Victoria, Australia, and a Roman cemetery and medieval manor house in Winchester, England. She loves to travel and has spent much of her life abroad, living in Spain, Greece, England, France, Jordan, and Australia. She now makes her home in New Orleans, Louisiana, with her husband, retired Army officer Steve Harris, and an ever-expanding number of cats.



*Thanks to Berkley for the advance review copy in exchange for this unbiased review.
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Book Review | WHO SPEAKS FOR THE DAMNED by C.S. Harris

Monday, March 23, 2020

   

Bells Of Prosper Station by Gloria Pearson-Vasey
Publication Date: June 14, 2019
Publisher: Victoria Hall Press
Genre: Historical fantasy
Rating: ★★★½




With Hallowmas approaching, time travelers, Azur Moonstorey and companions, exit Creekside's station library to board the midnight ghost train bound for nineteenth-century Prosper Station. Their mission: to rescue Azur's sister from the eerie dimension, Vapourlea.




This is one of those books that slipped-under-the-radar. Well, almost. BELLS OF PROSPER STATION is unexpectedly enjoyable and imaginative. I like the author’s take on Hallowmas, how the infamous train from hell could be a time-traveling machine, and oil-digging caused the mutation, not only on humans but with the supernatural as well. I enjoyed looking at the scenes from Victorian-era Canada –the community, their lifestyles, and the changes carried by the oil industry to the country- as much as I enjoyed all the local folklore incorporated into the premise.

And there’s, in fact, a good amount of sensible romance to fill the belly. I am glad that it never overshadowed the plot lines and the focus remained on the adventure at hand. I am not a fan of small talks on adventure books, honestly, those slowed things a bit for me. Although, there are very few tangent stories here and all loose ends were tied nicely together in the end.

The characters were suitably shaped, there is very little development, but they are charming. And after one of my recent read, I promised not to read another book where pets are featured, but Bleu is so interesting and fierce, I kept rooting for her. One of these days I’m going to see how things went for these characters, maybe they’ll be on the next book of Curious Tales from Creekside too.

I recommend this for readers who enjoy historical fiction, folklore, and adventure.

About the Author:
Gloria Pearson-Vasey is a storyteller, an author of suspense veiled in mystery and enigma. She weaves contemporary issues into her novels, writing stories that have authenticity along with hopeful endings.

A member of The Writers’ Union of Canada, Pearson-Vasey’s background includes nursing, psychology, music, journalism, and theology. Inspired by her autistic son’s unique sensory experiences, her writing reflects the hidden depths of things.

She lives in a picturesque Ontario town with her husband and one of four sons and enjoys reading, nature, country drives, and time spent with family.


*Thanks to Miss Gloria for sending the digital copy in exchange for this unbiased review.



Book Review | BELLS OF PROSPER STATION by Gloria Pearson-Vasey

Thursday, March 19, 2020


About the Book:

March 17, 2020
Salted Lightly
Funny, accessible and moving kids'-eye view of the Jesus story - aimed at pre-teens, though some adults have sneakily read and enjoyed it too.

Tammie's life in a quiet fishing town would never be the same. Her future wasn't looking good (*understatement!*) but things quickly went from bad to WICKED with the arrival of a strange grown-up with nice eyes.

And as for the business with Daniel's lunch or Dibs's roof...

JAIRUS'S GIRL will be part of The Young Testament, a series on the life of Jesus, but with the children and young people as the main characters.

Next up, a prequel: JOSEPH'S BOY - a kids'-eye view of the first Christmas!


About the Author:

Lynn Robertson Hay's writing covers a number of episodes for BBC TV, film, radio and theatre - winning an award from the Writers' Guild of Great Britain. As an actor, she's played parts ranging from Lady Macbeth to Mole, and was last seen wielding a rolling pin as Andy Capp's wife Flo. Her one-woman show has played in a variety of venues, including the only part of Glastonbury Abbey still standing (not her fault). Lynn's claim to fame is that she once won an episode of quiz show Fifteen to One.



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Book Spotlight | JAIRUS'S GIRL by L.R. Hay