52 in 52 week 46, 2020: The Printed Letter Bookshop

by Katherine Reay, fiction This story of friendship, forgiveness and finding one’s passion unfolds beautifully as three women face challenges from choices they’ve made. Sometimes the pacing/timeline was slightly confusing with multiple points of view, but overall this is well told and made me miss independent bookstores, want a shop like the one these characters inhabit.

52 in 52 week 41, 2020: Maisie Dobbs

by Jacqueline Winspear, fiction Winspear’s thorough attention to historical detail showcases interesting and wonderful characters who are real and believable. This beautiful and heartbreaking tale pulls back the curtain on the realities and repercussions of war while leaving room for the reader to discover parts of the story without each and every detail being spelled out.

52 in 52 week 37, 2020: Eragon

by Christopher Paolini, fiction A lengthy read, this epic fantasy includes rather dark and disturbing moments, especially for its intended audience. Though not brilliantly written, fans of fantasy, adventure and bloody battles should find this engaging. Packed with lots of detail, this could have been a briefer story with less over-explaining, and therefore perhaps more satisfying.