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Mysterious coincidences and a surprising ending

Daisy’s Vintage Cornish Camper Van by Ali McNamara 

Having previously owned a similar vintage VW camper to Daisy-Rose, I was intrigued by this book from the outset. It starts on a rather sombre tone – the early death of a dear friend – but I was soon drawn in to share Ana’s mixed emotions and her encounters with a variety of unusual characters in a far corner of Cornwall.

Two people whose lives have been shattered by devastating experiences set out to trace the mysterious previous owner of an ancient, decrepit camper van. Curious assistants and enigmatic signs help them in their quest, which culminates with a couple of surprises. In the process they experience emotional healing and the chance of a new start in life.

Well developed characters and an entertaining storyline keep one in suspense to the end, but the uncanny denouement will not satisfy all readers.

Ein einzigartiges Familiendrama

Der Duft von bitteren Orangen, von Claire Hajaj

5 Stars

Wer Eltern hatte oder selber eine Familie, der weiss, dass es früher oder später zu Meinungsdifferenzen, Spannungen oder sogar Konflikte innerhalb der Familie kommen kann. Wie, aber, wenn sprachliche, religiöse, kulturelle und vor allem ethnische Faktoren mitspielen? Oder kriegerische Auseinandersetzungen zwischen den Herkunftsvölkern?

“Unsere Familien werden niemals akzeptieren, dass wir zusammen sind.”

A delightfully ‘old-fashioned’ tale

The Little Village School by Gervase Phinn

5 Stars

A new head teacher turns the village on its head – in the nicest possible way. Wayward kids are tamed and emotionally wounded kids find healing through her loving care. Even the most die-hard traditionalists – with the exception of Miss Sowerbutts – warm to her rather quickly.

What will happen when the local doctor finds a sprig of mistletoe on her desk after the school Nativity play?

All Things New by Pete Hughes

Joining God’s Story of Re-Creation

Pete Hughes stands back from both traditional historical accounts and selective Bible passages to concentrate on the story God has been unfolding over the centuries.

Chapters such as ‘Creation and the Image-Bearers of God’, ‘From Slavery to the Promised Land’, ‘Jesus, the Gospel and the Kingdom of God’ and ‘The Resurrection and the Birth of the New Humanity’ trace the biblical story in a refreshingly contemporary manner. Interwoven with these theological considerations, we witness some very personal experiences – highs and lows – as the the young Anglican Vicar follows God’s leading to plant and nurture what is now known as KXC.

The Peregrine’s Odyssey by Michael Kleinfall

During the first 20 years of the second century AD, Gaius Segusiavus Peregrinus is torque-bearer of the Gallic clan based near Lugdunum (Lyons). As master of the family’s cereal and luxury goods shipping enterprise, he constantly roams Mare Nostrum, visiting the trading posts in Ostia (Rome), Carthago, Alexandria, Antiochia and Ephesos. His faithful wife Fionna delights him whenever he is back at the Villa of the Three Crows, but his sons and nephew disappoint him. Will anyone prove worthy of inheriting the family torque when he dies?

Herz auf Eis von Isabelle Autissier

5 Stars

Zwei Abenteuer sind in diesem Roman zu finden: ein kaum zu glaubender Überlebenskampf auf einer eisigen unbewohnten Insel im Südatlantik und die Seelenreise der sich selbst suchenden Hauptdarstellerin, Louise. Dazwischen noch ein Abstecher in die Sehnsüchte und das Unbehagen des etwas leichtlebigen Ludovic, als er verzweifelt versucht das vorbeifahrende Kreuzfahrtschiff einzuholen (Seite 88f).

Zwei alte Frauen von Velma Wallis

Als Legende, ist diese Geschichte lehrreich. Es ist eine harte Entscheidung des Häuptlings, die zwei alten Frauen, die ja für nichts anderes gut scheinen als ständig zu jammern, um das Überlebenswillen des ganzen Volkes zu hinterlassen. Bei der Tochter und dem Enkel der einen bilden sich besonders schwere Gewissensbisse.

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