Tomorrow Brings Sorrow by Mary Wood

sorrowA beautiful tale of family ties, scandal and love, this story brings to us an array of characters. We read of incest, homosexuality, murder and suicide – a grand line up of issues dealt with great writing and precision.

Tomorrow Brings Sorrow is set at the beginning of World War II. We see fear in men’s eyes as they are drafted to fight and witness the deplorable aftermath. Sally is afraid of Billy but feels obliged to love him and marry him despite having feelings for someone else. A fit of jealousy sparks a chain of reactions which lead to crude and frightful moments in the lives of Megan, Sally, Theresa, Terence and the horrendous Rita. All are touched by Billy in some form or another.

I adore Megan and Hattie for their warm love and clarity and Jack for his vast fatherly nature. Mary Wood has written this story with a lot of patience and paid special attention to all her characters. She has dwelled deep into their hearts and brought out their rich personalities, whether bad or good. Her work shows compassion like no other and we, the reader are instantly drawn into each and every one of their personal conflicts.

Who is my favourite character? For me, Hattie for she is the fall back to these people and perhaps more. There are villains, victims and heroes, a fantastic recipe for a wonderful story!

I urge you to read such a brilliant book! You won’t regret it! Oh another thing I forgot to mention – if you like a little northern accent, you’re in for a treat!

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BLUFF by Lenore Skomal

bluffI am writing this review, moments after finishing reading it. I didn’t want to lose the thoughts that ran through my mind or lose the feeling of sadness, happiness and shock which is what Lenore’s BLUFF is all about.

This novel was given to me for review purposes and I am delighted that I had the great opportunity to read and review it. It is a simple. yet thought-provoking novel from start to finish.

Jude is in a coma and pregnant. We know she fell from a cliff; a mystery in itself. Was it attempted murder? The answer is not evident until just over half way; I was left guessing throughout. What is remarkable about the overall plot are the many turns and twists that are entwined with Jude’s life. We see Jude’s life in the first person when she talks about the people she loves and dislikes, sometimes bordering on hate. Sometimes she speaks from outside of the body and sometimes from inside as she lies on her hospital bed, unable to function without medical intervention.

There is only one person in Jude’s life who really matters to her and that is her best friend Frances.  We also meet her sister April, her mother who was hardly there and a few other people who are not directly related to Jude but somehow become so.

BLUFF is a rollercoaster of emotions and internal conflicts. Some religious questions are dealt with here that will make the reader question and appreciate the nature of Jude’s characterisation; how moral are the actions of the Church against her?

From all the characters, my favourite was of course the main star – Jude, for her quirky self but also for her insightful reasoning during her long stay in the hospital. We learn a lot about her and her life from that one room. My least favourite is Paul.

It is evident that a lot of research has gone into the novel; the quality and thoughtful sentences are written brilliantly bringing a joy to the reading. The pace was just right and there wasn’t a page where I got bored, every page was a page turner.

I would recommend this book for its great style and unique story.

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About the author:

Lenore Skomal wants you to eat her books. Her passionate desire is to touch your heart, inspire you, and luxuriate in the world of the written word. She is an award-Lenorewinning author with the single goal of resonating with others.

Winner of multiple awards for blogging, literature, biography and humor, her catalogue spans many genres. With 30 years of writing experience, 18 books published, a daily blog and weekly newspaper column, the consistent themes in her work are the big issues of the human experience and adding depth and voice to the intricacies involved in living a multi-dimensional existence.

She has won many Society of Professional Journalist awards, the Whidbey Island Writer’s Conference honorable mention for best fiction, Writer’s Digest 73rd Annual Fiction Contest, New York Public Library’s Best Books for Teens 2003, and most recently, the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Award for humor for “Burnt Toast.,” her first anthology of her award-winning humor columns. From journalism, to literary fiction, to humor and biography, her writing is consistent, if not in genre, then in message.

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