What I read in March (Part 2)


This post is about three fiction books. It may be the last book review post for a month as Sue’s Trifles is taking part in the Blogging from A to Z in April Challenge again this year. There will be posts every day except Sunday for the whole of April.

What Magic is This? by Holly Bourne is a young adult book about thirteen-year-olds. It is an easy read, being printed in a very clear dyslexia-friendly format. The issues dealt with in a fictional setting include whether magic spells work, death of a pet, mental health problems, divorced parents and boy-girl friendships. The three main characters learn during the story, supporting each other through some difficult issues. It is a hopeful book, which I borrowed from the library.

An Unsuitable Match by Joanna Trollope is a romantic novel in which two newly-single people in their sixties and their grown-up children are woven into an interesting story. All of them learn new things about themselves. I thoroughly enjoyed this book set in England and the United States of America.

Towers in the Mist by Elizabeth Goudge is another young adult book. It could not be more different from the other YA book in this post. It was first published in 1938. I reread the copy, which I first read at about the age of the characters in Holly Bourne’s book. It is a historical novel set in Oxford during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. The history of Oxford at other times, both earlier and a little later, also features in the book. There is Elizabethan literature heading each chapter. Many of the characters are famous people of their time, who are still remembered nowadays for their achievements.

Although I regard this as one of my favourite books, I had forgotten the details of the story. I began reading it slowly (for me) savouring all the description and wonderful writing. I interspersed this with the other two books in this post as I intended to return them to the library quickly. However events intervened and the libraries are now closed due to the pandemic.

The young people in the story were all living in an age when Christianity was the normal way of life, but the differences between Roman Catholicism and Protestantism had led to all kinds of suffering. I made notes on each chapter and intend to write a more detailed post about the structure and story for publication on the More than Writers blog, perhaps in May.