A Time to Remember by Anna Jacobs is a gorgeously told contemporary historical novel set in Britain's Lancashire region during world war two. TheA Time to Remember by Anna Jacobs is a gorgeously told contemporary historical novel set in Britain's Lancashire region during world war two. The author has cleverly focused her characterisations within the three months between the conclusion of the European theatre of the war and before the pacific theatre's dramatic finale. Hence the immediate life threatening dangers of day-to-day existence and the necessity to pull together to defeat the enemy has been lifted from the shoulders of Anna Jacobs's characters while the harsh austerity measures required to wage war still remain firmly in place.
Ms Jacobs does a marvellously moving job of documenting, though her characters, the frustration of being victoriously freed, only to become aware that everyone is now required to weigh the costs and repay the financial burden the previous half-decade of unimaginable destruction has produced.
Anna Jacobs, as always, sides with her women, who, together with men brought out of retirement, have been running the cogs that turn Britain while the fit and healthy males have been absent plotting and waging war. Yet now, it would seem the new focus is on returning to normality as it was before the war. Women at home tending the needs and whims of their husband who have been locked in a violent time warp, while the people at home have been educated by necessity and produced a new normality that perhaps shouldn't easily be undone.
A Time to Remember stands alone as an intriguingly entertaining, intelligently crafted visual escape into a masterly realistic setting full of graciously loveable, and a few not so cuddly, characters that will quickly etch their way into the reader's emotion.
This novel is the first of Anna Jacobs newest historical series, 'Rivenshaw'. I have no idea where the following books will lead but I'm happy to follow as I'm sure they'll be my perfect reading companion.
A Time to Remember by Anna Jacobs, five stars and a personal thank you to the author for reminding me what my parents actually went through to help me arrive at this place I can take for granted....more
Peppercorn Street is a wonderfully written fictional slice of modern life. A story that grows from disconnection, where the majority isolate themselfPeppercorn Street is a wonderfully written fictional slice of modern life. A story that grows from disconnection, where the majority isolate themself in boxes lamenting what they may. While the few who are mean or generous compete on the same turf for access, for reasons relating to what they need for themself.
Peppercorn Street is a beautiful story that draws upon hope as it matures.
The story is satisfying and appears simple, yet below the surface it’s cleverly written to read like an historical novel; the protagonist is Peppercorn Street. With no voice or point of view the street’s changes are documented and lamented in terms of better days and yet as the novel develops so too does Peppercorn Street, her community returns along with the hopes, dreams and needs of the novel’s characters and readers.
I’m stupid enough to take Anna Jacobs on her word. I used Google maps to find her Peppercorn Street. It wasn’t there, yet via this act I realised it is there. I live in Peppercorn Street. I suspect we all do.
This novel is the very best of Anna Jacobs. It will remain with you long after the reading experience is complete.
Death in Malta is entertainment plus, a character driven, focused story that soaks into the psychic drawing the readerDeath in Malta by Rosanne Dingli
Death in Malta is entertainment plus, a character driven, focused story that soaks into the psychic drawing the reader into a multi-layered search for purpose that exists within the characters’ perception rather than the unravelling mystery.
Rosanne Dingli is a pleasant, polished writer with a wonderful sense for timing and expression. She deserves to be read widely and rewarded richly for her highly original, creative writing style.
The story told is simple. A guy goes off seeking a location to discover past creativity and finds a trace of buried skeletons to focus his inspiration. However we soon discover, from his thinking, the real search for skeletons is the protagonists past and mindset, not the garden.
I loved this story. It’s a feast of intellectual layered love or hate, encouragement or distraction, kindness or cruelty plus attention or neglect. Nothing graphic, just beautifully written prose, that twists within the reader’s perception, as the story bubbles along.
A big five stars from me, with a promise to read more of this author. ...more