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The Confession

Dr. Linda Hancock Book Reviews Fiction

It seems that John Grisham just never runs out of wonderful stories that make it to the New York Times Bestseller list! The Confession, published in 2011, is one more page-turner that truly captures the reader's total attention. The Reverend Keith Schroeder had no idea that one of the men in his Sunday service would end up changing not only the events of the next few days but also of both of their lives. When the fellow turned up at his office and told him that he was dying, the minister was not shocked as hearing about people's problems was...

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Forbidden Places

Dr. Linda Hancock Book Reviews Fiction

In 1995, Penny Vincenzi, published her 507 page novel but every word is as fresh today as when it was written. The fact, that the story is set in wartime England and the author skillfully sets the scene by providing accurate historical context. The main characters are three women who are each caught in a number of relationships between the years of 1938 and 1995. Some of them are very pleasant and others are difficult. Each of them is married but the demands of war place strains on them. The fact that the men are away for long periods of...

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The Distant Hours

Dr. Linda Hancock Book Reviews Fiction

Kate Morton is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors. In "The Distant Hours," published in 2010, Ms. Morton captivates the reader through a complex plot that involves interesting characters. She uses a very unique style in which she moves from one decade to another and back again in order to weave details that unite the five parts of this book into a comprehensive whole. The story narrator, Edith "Edie" Burchill, is a young woman who works for a book publisher. As a child, her mother gave her a copy of "The True History of the Mud Man" by Raymond...

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The Forgotten Garden

Dr. Linda Hancock Book Reviews Fiction

"The Forgotten Garden" written in 2008 by Kate Morton, is a fictional mystery that tells the tale of a woman from her childhood through to her death and the characters who she encounters. The story begins when the main character, Nell, is a young girl. She is hiding on a ship in obedience to the woman who instructed her to do so. When she arrives in Australia she finds herself alone and, when the dockmaster decides that she has been abandoned, she is taken in as part of his family. Her memories of this are blurred and she even forgets...

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The Help

Dr. Linda Hancock Book Reviews Fiction

Even though the "The Help" movie has only recently been released, the book on which it is based was actually published in 2009. This 530-page work, written by Kathryn Stockett, relays not only the socio-economic and cultural divisions between white and black people that were prevalent in the past, but also captures the personal perspectives of the individuals who are introduced to us as we read. Skeeter, the main character, was raised in Jackson, Mississippi by a black maid who worked for her Caucasian family. This situation was similar to that of her friends who were also raised by staff...

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Betrayal

Dr. Linda Hancock Book Reviews Fiction

Fern Michaels is a number one New York Times bestselling author whose writing skills intrigue the reader with this thought-provoking tale of betrayal, hurt and suspense. The main characters, Alex and Kate Rocket, seem to be blessed with almost everything that a couple could want - everything except a child. Their marriage, however, is a comfort to both of them. They love their home and work. And they care very deeply about their good friends Don and Debbie Winter and their two children. In fact, they usually look forward to having Sara and Emily frequently come to stay with them...

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Rainbows

Dr. Linda Hancock Book Reviews Fiction

"Rainbows" is a fascinating tale about two sisters who seem so different from each other yet each has creative ability and the desire to bridge the emotional gap that has grown between them from the first day that they met. Alexa Taylor is the older of the two and has gained notoriety as an actress. Her beauty and abilities have given her a high-profile position in society that opens doors to admiration from individuals in both the political and entertainment realms. Her younger sister, Catherine, is an accomplished pianist who is opposite in that she has a shyness and innocence...

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All Those Things We Never Said

Dr. Linda Hancock Book Reviews Fiction

Marc Levy has written a number one international bestseller that is highly unusual but, at the same time, very thought-provoking. "All Those Things We Never Said" begins as the main character, Julie Walsh, is preparing for her wedding. She is convinced that her father, who has been estranged from her for a long time, will not attend or will disrupt her special day, and, just as she predicted, a telephone call from her father's secretary interferes with the ceremony just three days before it is scheduled to occur. Her father has died! Julie is shocked when a large box is...

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No Angel

Dr. Linda Hancock Book Reviews Fiction

Penny Vincenzi never ceases to amaze me with her powerful fictional tales. In this one, which is the first in a trilogy, she introduces the readers to an extremely interesting set of characters living in the Edwardian era. Edgar Lytton had risen from poverty to build a respected publishing house which he left for his daughter, LM and son, Oliver to run when he died. The brother and sister team, along with their staff have tried to honour the father's passion for excellence by choosing authors and works to meet their high standards. When Lady Celia was not supported by...

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Eighteen Acres

Dr. Linda Hancock Book Reviews Fiction

If you are interested in reading a unique novel by an author who has great insight into the setting where she places her fictional characters, I believe you will enjoy "Eighteen Acres" by Nicolle Wallace. Ms. Wallace has been a political commentator and analyst, communications director and campaign advisor to the presidential level. Because of this, she has been able to write a plot that is very detailed and extremely realistic. One of the main characters of this story is Charlotte Kramer who is the first female president of the United States. Her White House chief of staff, Melanie Kingston...

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Life's A Beach

Dr. Linda Hancock Book Reviews Fiction

Life's a Beach is one of six books written by Claire Cook. It is also a reminder to me of why this author is quickly rising to the top of my favourite author list. The main character, Ginger Walsh, finds herself in her forties living in a small apartment above the garage owned by her parents. She is very hard on herself as she has not been as successful as her sister, Gerri, who married a childhood sweetheart, has a large house and career as well as three beautiful children. Ginger has moved from one job to another without feeling...

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The Double Comfort Safari Club

Dr. Linda Hancock Book Reviews Fiction

Alexander McCall Smith's newest edition for the No. 1 Ladies' Detectives Agency Series has done it again! He has taken the interesting characters who he introduced in the first book and sent them on more exciting adventures in this one. Mma Precious Ramotswe, who is the owner of the Botswana Detective Agency shows her wisdom as she helps clients, friends and family members to solve the difficulties in their lives. Her Assistant, Mma Matusi, experiences a number of emotions including jealousy,fear, pain and worry about her relationship with the fiance who, in this work is injured in a horrible accident...

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Ford Country Stories

Dr. Linda Hancock Book Reviews Fiction

John Grisham has done it again! His latest book was so captivating that I read it in one sitting! Clanton Mississippi is the scene for seven separate stories that each deal with topics that are often difficult for individuals to think about. The first deals with young men who make immature choices on their journey to give blood for a resident who has had a work-related injury. Chapter two describes the horrible situation that a family faces when they take their mother to prison where their brother is scheduled for execution. "Fish Files" involves lawyers who plan a settlement for...

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All Roads Lead to Manyberries

Dr. Linda Hancock Book Reviews Fiction

If you've every sat in a small-town bar and discussed politics, you will enjoy this book. Manyberries is a farming community in southern Alberta with a population of nearly one hundred residents. The six main characters of the book have built relationships with each other through their daily loyalty to the "happy hour" at the "Just One More Saloon" in their town. Each day, except Sunday when the establishment is closed, the five men meet to discuss news events and share the alcoholic beverages that are dispensed by Hazel who is the inn's owner/operator. The rule is that the person...

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Robin Killer

Dr. Linda Hancock Book Reviews Fiction

Jana Pruden was a newspaper reporter and columnist in Medicine Hat Alberta. When she was in that employment she wrote "Robin Killer" which is a collection of twenty-four articles. This short book of eighty-four pages is rather unconventional. It doesn't have a Foreward, Introduction or standard formatting that you might expect in a book. Even the cover is non-traditional in that all the quotes seem to be from the author's family members. The whole time I was reading, my mind seemed to be searching for connection between the stories and even when I had finished the final page I was...

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