My mum has given me books to borrow which she thinks will give me a chance of escapism. However during a degree where a significant amount of reading is set, I don’t always get a chance to read them. Quarantine giving me more time for reading, I have finally got to my mum’s picks.
The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart by Holly Ringland
This is a sad story so you definitely need to be in the right state of mind to read it. We follow our protagonist through her childhood with her abusive father and loving mother then her relationship with her grandma and the flowers she grows, each with special meanings. We see her discover her own identity in adulthood and the issues that come with that. Beautiful imagery is created through the landscape and flowers. I have to give a trigger warning for the intense scenes of domestic abuse.
Three Things about Elsie by Joanna Cannon
This is a mystery in a care home. It doesn’t sound particularly exciting but it is brilliant. A man our protagonist was sure was dead turns up in her care home, bringing back the events of a hit and run incident when she was younger. She is determined to unravel the mystery as her memory is failing her, leading to unexpected reveals and a big plot twist.
The Other Half of Augusta Hope by Joanna Glen
This is not the most memorable book for me but it was an interesting story. It is about family, breaking out of expectations, loss and learning to live after tragedy. There is another narrative alongside Augusta’s that eventually links the two together of a immigrant’s search for a better life. It is story of growth and overcoming which at times is heartbreaking.
Is there anyone in particular you take recommendations from?