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The Mother-in-Law – Sally Hepworth

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This is a well-written thriller that explores the family dynamics in an Australian setting. Having lost her mother at the age of 13, Lucy has since longed for a mother figure in her life. The Mother-in-Law examines the complicated relationship between Lucy and Diana, her mother-in-law.

The story is told from the perspectives of Lucy and Diana, and alternates between the past and the present, finally revealing the truth about Diana’s death. Good storyline with interesting characters. Overall a good read.

  • Pages: 352
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Press ( 23 April 2019)
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The Fifteen Wonders of Daniel Green – Erica Boyce

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The Fifteen Wonders of Daniel Green is a beautiful story of family, forgiveness and love.

Daniel makes crop circles. He travels across the country, creating intricate patterns in farmers’ fields that baffle people. Though he belongs to an anonymous group of crop circle artists, he prefers to work alone. He has come to Vermont to fulfil a dying man’s wish: create a crop circle on his farm.

There, we meet Sam, his wife Molly and their children; Nessa and Charlie. We follow their journey as Daniel sets out to create the crop circle. Soon we are drawn into the lives of these characters. As the story progresses, we observe the change in family dynamics and it’s not long before Daniel gets drawn into their family struggles.

The story is told through multiple viewpoints and interspersed with backstories of the characters. The characters are genuine and sympathetic and there were moments of difficulties that made me feel close to them.

Little details through Daniel’s perspective draw the reader into the setting of this small town:

Sometimes, I think the size of a farming town should be measured not by the number of horses or stoplights but by the number of old men sitting outside the general store. Munsen’s a pretty small town, so it has three, with pants pulled up over their bellies and big owl eyes behind their glasses.

I enjoyed the suspense in this book and I was left wondering whether the crop circle would be finished. The ending was quite satisfying and uplifting. Overall, a very enjoyable read, fitting title and a gorgeous book cover. I would highly recommend!

  • Pages: 336
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (2 April 2019)

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Sweet Remedies: Healing Herbal Honeys – Dawn Combs

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Sweet Remedies is packed with lots of information about honey. It is filled with recipes and combinations of honey and herbs for medicinal purposes. It introduces us to how honey is made (how bees produce honey), properties of honey, and tips on how to harvest honey.

This book gives a fascinating insight into the history of the healing properties of honey. It also covers various healing traditions around the world; tips on blending herbs and honey to make Herbal Honey Soda, Infused Herbal Honey, Oxymel (a blend of Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey), and more.

Sweet Remedies features some honey recipes including honey spreads, Honey Coated Granola, smoothies, as well as ideas for using infused honey. The author also guides the potential beekeeper on how to grow their honey and presents the best practices to ensure sustainable beekeeping.
Recommended to everyone.

  • Pages: 224
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (2 April 2019)

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Ida and the Whale – Rebecca Gugger

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“What lies behind the sun, the moon, and the stars?”

What a delightful story for children! The illustrations in this book are stunning and whimsical. We follow Ida on her amazing journey with a flying whale. Ida and the Whale takes you on a fun adventure and it’s easy to get lost as we see the world through Ida’s eyes. Highly recommend!

  • Pages: 32
  • Publisher: NorthSouth Books ( 2 April 2019)

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Muddy: The Raccoon Who Stole Dishes – Griffin Ondaatje

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Muddy: The Raccoon Who Stole Dishes is a cute story about a racoon named Muddy, who is a picky eater. Muddy doesn’t eat racoon food—instead, he prefers combing through garbage for leftover food. Moreover, he likes to eat on plates. I liked the illustrations and enjoyed the story—though the ending was a bit abrupt. Overall, an enjoyable read.

  • Pages: 32
  • Publisher: NorthSouth Books (2 April 2019)