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This blog was developed to give me a space to give you recommendations of books that I’ve read and loved.  Hope you enjoy them as much as I!

The Boat People by Sharon Bala

A young Sri Lanka father risks everything to escape the civil war and bring his six year old son to Canada, to safety. The book tells the story of what he had to do to survive the terrorists before he fled and the story of the people who must listen to his story and determine whether or not it is safe to let him into the country. The beauty of the book is that it shows the complexities faced by all parties as they strive to understand each other. A beautiful and timely novel.

The Storm by Anwar Arif

The synopsis on the Ottawa Public Library put it far better than i can – but read this book – it’s beautiful!!! Shahryar, a recent Ph.D. graduate and father of nine-year-old Anna, must leave the U.S. when his visa expires. As father and daughter spend their last remaining weeks together, Shahryar tells Anna the history […]

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First Snow, Last Light by Wayne Johnston

Ned Vatcher is 14 when he comes home from school to find that his parents have disappeared. Years pass and Ned, who lives with his grandparents, Nan and Reg, and is in more contact than he’d like with his conniving Uncle Cyril, continues to dwell on the mystery of his parents’ disappearance. Father Duggan, a […]

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The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz

A wealthy woman is found dead six hours after planning her own funeral. A private detective hires a novelist (I wonder who?) to write the story of how he solves the crime. This is another story within a story by Horowitz – it’s funny and clever as was The Magpie Murders.

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The Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

Susan Ryeland is a publisher who must continue to put up with the unsettling behaviour of her star crime novelist, Alan Conway, if she wants to keep her job. Conway’s latest tale has Atticus Pund investigating a murder at Pye Hall, a local manor house. Yes, there are dead bodies and a host of intriguing […]

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The DreadfulWater Mystery series by Thomas King

This series takes place in a remote town where ex-detective Thumps DreadfulWater has found refuge after a terrible enduring a tragedy. Amid a cast of eccentric, lovable characters Thumps is attempting to rebuild his life as a photographer. Of course, fate keeps intervening by laying bodies at the town’s doorstep forcing Thumps back into the […]

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Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller

Frances is hired to write a report on the follies in the garden of an old dillapidated home in England. There she meets Cara and Peter, a glamorous, hedonistic couple who dazzle Frances offering her their unexpected friendship. As Frances becomes increasingly entangled in their lives she finds that their stories don’t always quite add […]

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All Things Consoled by Elizabeth Haye

This is a beautiful, wise memoir of Elizabeth Haye’s parents final years. She writes with her signature wisdom and humour as she broaches the devastating reality of losing a parent a little at a time.

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Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield

” On a dark, misty night in the small English village of Radcot, locals gather at the Swan Inn to cap their day with drinks and lore. Into the inn bursts a mysterious man, sopping and bloodied and carrying an unconscious four-year-old girl. But before he can explain who he and the child are, and […]

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Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

Eleven year old Washington Black is a slave on a sugar plantation in Barbados. When his master’s eccentric, abolishionist brother, Titch, chooses Washington as his manservant, Wash is introduced to a world of science and wonder. When a man dies there is a bounty placed on Washington’s head and Titch risks everything to save him. […]

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