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Book review: The Wounds of Time by SL Russell

The Wounds of Time is a stand-alone novel with a protagonist, Janet Clarke, first encountered in The Thorn of Truth by SL Russell. That second stand-alone novel is about a minor character from The Healing Knife which I reviewed here.. The earlier two books were published by Hodder, whereas The Wounds of Time is a KDP edition from Highstowe Books.

Cover of the Wounds of Time

I read a paperback copy, which I bought, rather than a Kindle e-book.

The Wounds of Time is set in 2017 with events of that year featuring strongly. It opens during Storm Doris. The book is well-written and well-researched. The story is gripping. I read it over a weekend. It contains much wisdom about relationships at work and in the family and reflects problems of the time. It is a story of redemption and reconciliation. For personal reasons I preferred the earlier books in the series and other books I have read by the same author. I know others have hailed this as SL Russell’s best book yet. It is her 9th novel.

There was a blog tour in March 2022 for The Wounds of Time allowing people to learn more about the book and the author. Participants (all members of the Association of Christian Writers like the author and myself) are listed below in no particular order.

Maressa Mortimer

Wendy H. Jones

Penelope Swithinbank interviewed SL Russell about her faith.

Liz Carter also interviewed SL Russell

CF Dunn

Deborah Jenkins

SC Skillman

Ruth Leigh interviewed SL Russell

Paul Trembling

I have read and reviewed two earlier books by SL Russell – A Shed in a Cucumber Field and A Vision of Locusts.

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Book review: Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

I began reading Braiding Sweetgrass shortly after I was lent the paperback book in September 2021. The subheading is Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants. Being divided into chapters, all beautifully written with much food for thought, it was easy to put this book aside and pick it up later. I finished reading it towards the end of March.

Although the plants in the book all grow in North America I cannot recommend Braiding Sweetgrass highly enough, no matter where you live. Robin Wall Kimmerer combines her people’s traditions with the knowledge she has gained through her scientific training. There are stories about places and people, traditional tales and warnings about taking creation for granted.

The world would be a better place if we all regarded the good things of the earth as gifts, respecting living things and not making monetary gain and material possessions our priority.

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Book Review: Maiden Voyages by Siân Evans

Maiden Voyages: Women and the Golden Age of Transatlantic Travel caught my eye in the library. I had already renewed it once before I began reading it, but once I began it I was hooked.

Siân Evans has done a huge amount of research to discover the stories of many women in the 20th century, who worked or travelled on transatlantic ships. Some of the stories are tragic; others have surprising outcomes in the way they have affected history.

While I was reading Maiden Voyages we heard the news of the P&O Ferries’ redundancies. This was another example of how badly seafarers have been treated historically. In the past there were no laws to protect workers. Now there is no excuse.

Before I had finished reading Maiden Voyages hubby began reading it. He is also finding it extremely interesting.

The strapline on American editions of this book is Magnificent Ocean Liners and the Women who Traveled and Worked aboard them.

Please note: For the month of April Sue’s Trifles will be participating in the Blogging from A to Z in April Challenge. There will be themed posts every day except Sunday. Read more about my A to Z Challenge 2022.