Archive for October 1st, 2007

The Swan by Andrew F. O’Hara

October 1, 2007

The Swan — tales of the Sacramental Valley — is a most unusual drift of stories.
In this world of haste, self-concern, obsession with wealth and celebrities, O’Hara’s stories reveal a deep human divide within society. And yet glimpses of a singular care for those at the bottom of the heap.

All the stories in The Swan are unusual because they pull the reader into the tale and allow him to draw his own conclusions. They are so ‘human’ and down to earth, but with a quality that is ‘other than’. In these tales, O’Hara looks into the human heart and reveals what he sees.

I have enjoyed reading The Swan. The stories are well constructed and the print is easy on the eye. The book’s cover is brilliant in every respect. Light and shade giving depth and meaning — so like the book’s contents.

You can get a free read of O’Hara’s The Swan by visiting
Of course, you can do as I did and get this beautiful book to grace your bookshelves.
The online Jimston Journal is also a quality read — and free! (You will meet O’Hara there)

Passionate Affairs

October 1, 2007

Ah a title to stir one’s imagination in erotic directions!
Passionate Affairs is the title of a book by Ann Moore (otherwise known as Michael Allen.) If I had not known Michael had written it I would have guessed — his own particular style is so individualistic, ‘my dears’!
I enlisted my husband in the reading of the book (as most folk know, I can only read a little at a time even with the excellent clear print of all Michael’s books.) Since my hubby normally reads thrillers it says something about Michael’s writing that he stayed with it, enjoying every page. We had a good laugh in places, was stirred in others and generally read on when we should have been doing other things. In other words, the book is a page turner.
To some extent, it took us a bit down memory lane to the fifties and 1960. But entering into a boys’ boarding school was indeed a new experience. Although I do recall an old film, “Tom Brown’s Schooldays”, and “Goodbye Mr Chips”. But I’m pretty sure there were none of the goings on we ‘experienced’ in this book!
At times hilarious, at times poignant, but always entertaining, the book kept us enthralled to the very end. Young illicit love is rarely explored, especially between partners of such disparate ages. Is it possible for a mature woman of 39 to fall in love with a boy of 18 and he to be desperately in love with her? Would an 18 year old girl indulge in a love affair with a schoolboy of 14? Well, the author inspires us to believe in such possibilities, as the sexual and emotional vulnerability of young males, especially one who appears to be a ‘man of the world’, are explored in depth.
In truth, the author kept us entranced in the dilemmas of these lovers right up to the very end.
Shortly we will be starting on Michael Allen’s thrillers (his Patrick Read books) and it will be interesting if he keeps to the same style of writing — witty, neat and to the point. Always easy to read too.