Search Results: "Mary-Rose MacColl"


BOOK REVIEW

IN FALLING SNOW by Mary-Rose MacColl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"MacColl's narrative is fortified by impeccable research and her innate ability to create a powerful bond between readers and characters. Well done."
A chance discovery about a hospital established by women during World War I results in a well-crafted U.S. debut by Australian author MacColl. Read full book review >

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BILLY, COME HOME by Mary Rose Callaghan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 14, 2007

"Family is the real mystery in this deft novel."
A faithful sister fights for her mentally ill brother's rights in Callaghan's latest (The Visitors' Book, 2001, etc.), originally published in Ireland. Read full book review >

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PAPER STAR by Mary-Rose Hayes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 27, 1991

"Patently ridiculous, utterly 2-D, though it might attract a high school readership, since it's the sort of book adolescents would be tempted to hide behind their algebra texts."
A half-baked pop-fiction casserole by Hayes (The Winter Women, Amethyst) about three brat-packish bosom buddies who come of age in the eye of a veritable tornado of outlandishness. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1994

"The book has an air of tabloid TV, but the human drama here remains powerful."
Social worker Evans' gives a compelling account of a client's recovery of a childhood laced with physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. Read full book review >

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I MET A MAN WHO WASN'T THERE by Mary Rose Callaghan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"A witty and appealingly wry protagonist overwhelmed by a story that has more plots and subplots than an afternoon soap."
In Callaghan's latest (Mothers, 1984, etc.), the real turns surreal as an emotionally distraught Irish novelist and teacher, stalked by the ghost of her long-dead Irish-American grandfather, investigates an old crime only to get into more contemporary trouble. Read full book review >

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WHAT SHE HAD TO DO by Mary-Rose Hayes
FICTION & LITERATURE

"An enthralling, well-written family novel."
In this quiet, intense novel, a woman returns to England to comfort the dying mother she rejected long ago. Read full book review >

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A BIT OF A SCANDAL by Mary Rose Callaghan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 21, 2009

"A beautiful story of doomed love, marred only by an unlikable main character."
A woman looks back on her forbidden romance 30 years later. Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"The romance between characters with relatively modern sensibilities makes for a pleasurable portal into an historical event which is practically a Gothic novel even without the addition of fiction. (Historical fiction. 12-14)"
Regency romance blends enjoyably with historical fiction, with a plucky heroine for each mode. Read full book review >

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A TIME TO RUN by Barbara Boxer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"Short on subtlety and insider dish, this political page-turner will nevertheless rally the blue and annoy the red."
California Senator Boxer's first novel follows the fortunes of a young children's advocate and her politically polarized swains. Read full book review >

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THE MAN WITH BAD MANNERS by Idries Shah
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"No source note. (Picture book folktale. 6-8)"
This wry but heavily stylized folktale may amuse young readers, but it's not going to convince them of anything. Read full book review >

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ALWAYS EMILY by Michaela MacColl
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 8, 2014

"Equal parts gothic melodrama and Nancy Drew derring-do. (Historical fiction. 12-16)"
Reimagined as detectives, the Brontë sisters kick-start their writing careers by solving a mystery in this detailed if dubiously grounded novel. Read full book review >