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Walk to Paradise Garden, by John Campbell

Posted in Book Club with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 2, 2012 by Kate Jack

This is the story of John and Evie, who meet at the front, during the First World War. He is a stretcher bearer, she is a nurse, and as far as John’s concerned, it’s love at first sight.

Walk to Paradise Garden spans the years between the early twentieth century, right up to the early 21st. Along the way, the reader enters the rich tapestry of John and Evie’s lives, woven with such depth and perception that one feels one can step through the pages and join them in their journey. John Campbell is a consummate writer. His prose flows and carries anyone lucky enough to come across this book into the three dimensional world he’s created.

I’ve added it to my Kindle library and will read it again and again, knowing I will never tire of the colour, the sadness and the happiness of its characters.

Kate Jack’s Book Club.

Posted in Book Club with tags , on May 18, 2012 by Kate Jack

Welcome to my book club. My first review focuses on Liverpool writer, Cath Bore.

Comprising of three short stories, this e-book is a little gem. Written with style, verve and imagination it’s like the Tardis, bigger on the inside than the out, offering the reader three very rich and diverse tales.

The first is Killing for Company. This is a superbly written, mini murder mystery. It opens in Liverpool’s bombed out church, St Lukes, and centres around the murder of a small boy. I don’t want to go into too much detail and spoil the twist in the tale, but I will say that the chilling theme of how frightening love can be is beautifully depicted.

The second story is called Say it with Flowers and is spun around one of Liverpool’s most famous figures, Eleanor Rigby of The Beatles fame. Highly original and entertaining, this little tale is full of pathos, eloquence and a touch of fantasy. The exposition, dialogue and narrative are wonderfully descriptive. It isn’t hard to lose oneself and muse along with Eleanor on life’s trials and tribulations.

The final story is The Picture Frame, a tale of a woman’s fight to break free of her oppressive marriage. The main character is skilfully depicted. She is an innocent young woman who enters the matrimonial state with stars in her eyes, but is swiftly disillusioned by the oafish behaviour of her husband. The touches of humour amongst the bleakness, lifts this story beyond the normal, offering inspiration and hope.



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