The Reason You Walk by Wab Kinew

Title: The Reason You Walk
Author: Wab Kinew

My Rating: ♥♥♥

The Reason You WalkI read The Reason You Walk to discuss at my monthly bookclub. We choose two books per month, and this month it was this one by Wab Kinew together with The Secret Path by Gord Downie and Jeff Lemire (click the link to see my review of that one).

I was busy trying to read as many books as I could from the CBC Canada Reads 2017 Longlist, and so I didn’t get around to starting this one until a couple of days before the bookclub meeting. Luckily, I found it to be a pretty quick read. Continue reading

The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman

Title: The Light Between Oceans
Author: M.L. Stedman

My Rating: ♥♥♥♥

The Light Between OceansSPOILER ALERT: I found it impossible to write this review without giving away some aspects of the story that might be spoilers. You’ve been warned.

I first heard of M. L. Stedman’s novel The Light Between Oceans when the movie came out. I was busy at the time and missed the film, but then my book club announced that we’d be reading this book for January, so I decided it was my chance to get to know this story.

Tom Sherbourne has served in World War 1, and, back in Australia, he starts working at various lighthouses. He is posted to Janus Island, a remote rock in the middle of nowhere out in the ocean. It’s while he’s in a nearby town that he meets his future wife, Isabel, a joyful and somewhat naiive country girl.

They have a peaceful and private life on Janus, but their happy marriage is overshadowed by Isabel’s multiple miscarriages. They so want to start a family together, but unfortunately they have 3 miscarriages in a row. Then a mysterious boat with a dead guy and a little baby girl washes up, and their lives take a dramatic change… Continue reading

The Children Act by Ian McEwan

Title: The Children Act
Author: Ian McEwan

My Rating: ♥♥♥

The Children ActThe Children Act was the first book by Ian McEwan that I’ve read. I often see people reading his books on the subway and out and about, so I was happy that my book club assigned this one for our next meeting.

Fiona Maye is an almost-sixty-year-old judge in the family court. She has a dry and professional air about her, including when her husband decides to ask for an open marriage. While her marriage is crumbling around her, she throws herself into her work on a particularly difficult case of a 17-year-old Jehovah’s Witness boy who is refusing a life-saving blood transfusion. Continue reading