Mari’s Book Club

If you're looking for something extra to read (as well as Baby, Baby and The Labyrinth Year, which we hope you’ve bought and read!) some reviews of others you may enjoy, from Mari Howard… 

Mari HowardJune 13, 2019

Shadow Doctor: the Past Awaits
by Adrian Plass

Hodder & Stoughton, 2019

Hardback: £16.99
Paperback: £9.99 (Amazon)
Ebook: £9.99 (Amazon)

When I met Adrian Plass recently, I had to restrain myself from calling him Doc. Of course, Adrian hasn’t taken up a bachelor existence in the middle of a Sussex wood, nor does he go out intermittently on mysterious errands of mercy. No, this side of the Shadow Doctor more resembles a famous sleuth who… Read More

Mari HowardJune 12, 2019

Out of Silence
by Annie Try

Instant Apostle, 2017

Paperback: £8.99

I have enjoyed this warmly told story about a struggling psychologist’s journey towards his own healing through taking on the case of a ‘selective mute’ migrant. Each of the two main characters, Dr Mike Lewis and ‘Johnny Two’ have problems of fear and denial reactions to traumatic events, and we follow their parallel journeys towards… Read More

Mari HowardMay 23, 2019

Destiny's Revenge & Destiny's Ruin
by Philip S. Davies

Books to Treasure, 2018

Paperback: £8.99

by Philip S. Davies Books to Treasure (2018) Paperbacks £8.99 I’ve just completed reading this author’s Destiny series of novels for Young Adults, featuring Katelin, the reluctant and somewhat rebellious young Queen of Anestra. These second two books, very different from one another, complete the story of how Katelin, having succeeded to the throne on… Read More

Mari HowardMay 9, 2019

by Rachel Held Evans

Thomas Nelson, 2018, printed & published in the U.S.A.

Paperback: £7.91 (Amazon, U.K.)
Ebook: £6.99 (Kindle, U.K.)

This is a long overdue review of a fantastic book by an inspirational author. Rachel Held Evans, born into Southern U.S. evangelicalism, began questioning the ‘givens’ of Biblical faith and lifestyle as she grew into a young adult. Rather than giving in to those in her community who sidelined or justified her concerns about faith… Read More

Mari HowardJanuary 15, 2019

In the Blink of an Eye
by Ali Bacon

Linen Press, 2018

Paperback: £9.99
Ebook: £4.79 (Kindle)

About the author: Ali Bacon lives near Bristol, where she’s actively involved with the local writing community. She has read her short stories at many literary festivals. I met Ali when we were both reading from our work at the first Hawkesbury Literary Festival (in 2015) and we both hope to be there again this year, reading and… Read More

Mari HowardNovember 27, 2018

Girl with Dove: A life built by books
by Sally Bayley

William Collins

Hardback: £14.99

About the author: Sally Bayley now teaches English at several Oxford colleges … but she grew up in a dreary, dilapidated house on England’s south coast, in a strange dysfunctional family. In this literary memoir, she attributes her  successful escape to the books she read – each of them a ‘classic’ of  its time and… Read More

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