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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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What I read in May 2020 (Part 1)

There are two book reviews in this post.

The Healing Knife Could revenge cut her free? by SL Russell was published in March 2020.

I bought this book from a local bookshop, which was able to send out books during the early stages of lockdown. It is a novel about a female heart surgeon. Although it was almost possible to guess some of the twists in the story, others were completely unexpected, including some amusing ones. The writing is good and the author draws on her experience of places to set the scene for parts of the story, which is divided into four parts rather like the acts of a play with the setting changing between each. It was a completely different story from two earlier books of hers, which I have read and reviewed. I enjoyed it.

I have met both the author and Wendy H. Jones, who interviewed her in a podcast about writing medical thrillers.

I bought Picked for a Purpose Bearing fruit through times of hardship by Mel Menzies from the author’s website. She has a special offer during the lockdown and purchasing her books is a way of supporting The Prince’s Trust. I was impressed by the speed with which the book arrived and the communications regarding its dispatch. I have read and reviewed a few earlier books by Mel Menzies. Picked for a Purpose is an autobiography with a difference. After each chapter there are questions about the reader’s response to various issues, raised through events in the story. These can be helpful in finding new ways to approach the difficulties in our own lives and perhaps letting go of damaging or hurtful things from the past. Then there is a reflection on how the Bible helps in a specific relevant manner. The analogy of a Christian life being like a plant is carried through the book with chapter headings and Bible verses.

I found the book particularly interesting as some of the places were familiar to me. I had even attended one of the same schools as the author, but some time later!

In spite of (or perhaps because of) some very difficult times in her life, Mel Menzies’ aim is to comfort others with the comfort she has received. This is a book, which has the potential to help readers understand themselves better and to give them hope no matter what problems they are facing in life. I intend to reread it to consider more deeply some of the questions with respect to my own life.

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What I read in November 2017

This title is a little misleading as I read one of the books at the end of October!

The Death Beat by Fiona Veitch Smith is the third Poppy Denby Investigates novel. This one is at least as good if not better than the earlier two books in the series. The historical and geographical settings seem authentic and well-researched. There is suspense and unexpected twists in the plot. The whole story with its sub-plots hangs together well. Poppy has grown in experience and confidence through the series. It is a page-turner.

A Vision of Locusts by S.L. Russell is a book aimed at the young adult market – a genre I enjoy but am sadly too old for! I read it from cover to cover in a day. It is a page-turner with authentic historical and geographical settings. This book affected my emotions. I really enjoyed it.

I have also been reading the books mentioned in a previous post and the French version of The Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling. To save having to use the dictionary too much, I have an English copy to hand. I am fascinated by the way some of the names of people and places have been altered (or not).