Tomato Girl by Jayne Pupek


A strange, sad and disturbing tale set in the American South in the late 60’s. Ellie lives with her father and mother, but her mother is mentally unstable and after a fall and Tess the ‘Tomato Girl’ comes to stay things steadily deteriorate for her mother and all involved.

Highly addicting reading, however, awful things happen to eleven year old Ellie, one after the other, and it sometimes appears a little difficult to believe, but it certainly makes for page turning stuff.

Ellie has an awful lot to contend with dealing with her mother , father and Tess and one wonders how such a young girl can cope with all that is laid on her shoulders. One minute she seems very young for her years but the next very old. It’s certainly a world that wouldn’t be wished upon such young shoulders and it can be very strange too; the tale of her brother is most definitely disturbing. Ellie definitely had much too much responsibilty for one so young. It shows the strength of her character, but then if one has to deal with an awful situation there sometimes are not many options. It certainly scars her although which is to be expected. Ellie has a good friend who tries to help along the way and also finds there are others out there who will try to help in anyway they can, even if this involves a little bit of magic. It was by no means a cheerful tale,but the ending was certainly fitting and I felt helped lift the story from some of the sadness involved.



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The Sunday Salon / Currently reading: Tomato Girl by Jayne Pupek

I’m currently reading this and thoroughly enjoying it. I’ve been a bit slack in updating the blog lately, but hopefully I will have more time to give to it soon.

Random stuff:

I want to get a decent copy of IT by Stephen King. It’s got to be in really good condition as I don’t like to read scruffy books. Why does that take away from my reading experience? Also why do I often forget to use a question mark at the end of a question and it’s only when I reread the sentence that I notice?!?!?!

Phil Rickman

I really like his books and I’ve recently read:  A Crown of Lights and thought it was superb – it’s the third book in the Merrily Watkins series, and I’ve also recently read another of his books written as Will Kingdom: The Cold Calling, yet again I loved this too! Can’t wait to get stuck into more of his books.

Other stuff:

I’m also currently reading The Broken Window by Jefferry Deaver – it’s great to get back into the Lincoln Rhyme series as I haven’t read any of these for a while and he definitely has been one of my favorite authors.

I will also soon have my review up for Gutted by Tony Black – the new Gus Dury novel that’s out in May/June. Will I love it or hate it?

Find out here soon!

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Unspoken by Sam Hayes

unspokenMeet Julie, her alcoholic husband Murray and her silent mother Mary. This thriller revolves around the search for the attacker of a local schoolgirl and was certainly one of those books that I wanted to keep reading. It was a joy to read as each chapter was told by the perspective of these three people and brought them and their story to life. I really enjoyed getting to the know the characters and really warmed to them all. It was good to see the black, the white and all the greys in between with the characterisation. I really enjoyed the  emotion of the thriller as well as the story as I find many thrillers lacking in this area and to bring them together I find very satisfactory. I would definitely recommend this to those who enjoy a thriller, but enjoy the emotional side of life too!

Will Work for Nuts by Matthew Cole

This is an entertaining book that allows people to arrange for certain wildlife, and the occasional pet, to take park in stunts / experiments. I would say most of the stunts require quite a lot of patience and some have a need for wildlife in your back garden. Teaching your goldfish to play football certainly looked interesting as shown by the video here. I have seen the squirrel stunts played out on TV, but most of the other ideas are all new to me. I have to say I can’t imagine myself entering my local wood with a battery powered drill! Read the book to find out more about this.

I would recommend this book as a stocking filler at this time of year and I believe it will entertain and amuse, dare I say, quite a few nature loving men, as I don’t see many ladies wishing to race slugs over razor blades. It’s written in a very humorous way and will lead to a few chuckles, but I would have liked a few more cute animal pictures, however I feel it’s a book more suited to the practicalities of playing out the stunts. One fact I did learn along the way was that if another woodlouse happens upon an upturned woodlouse he will help flip his pal over. It’s good to know even the bugs help each other out!

Overall an enjoyable fun book!


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The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Todd is the last boy of Prentisstown, who is shortly to become a man. Only men live in Prentisstown as the women have all died, and it’s an uncomfortable place as everyone’s thoughts can be heard by everyone else, otherwise known as ‘Noise.’

Todd’s parents are both dead and he’s been brought up by Cillan & Ben. Suddenly he finds himself being ordered from his home as Cillan and Ben feel it’s no longer safe for him. He takes with him Manchee his talking dog and takes off into the swamp, where he meets Viola, another orphan. They are destined to travel together on a hunt for Haven: the safe town! At the same time they are the hunted by the men of Prentisstown who will not let him just leave and Aaron, who has only recently become a man is also on their trail.

Great, dystopian, young adult novel, but I believe is suitable for us oldies too! It’s a real page turner! I haven’t read a story of this genre in a long time, but enjoy it I most certainly did. Its drama all the way through and just as you feel all will settle down the pace accelerates again. Every time I picked it up I found it very hard to put down. It’s a dark read and all told from the view that Todd has on his world. I thought the characters are all well drawn and I adored Manchee, the dog, and his funny ways. I was really sad to finish the book, with an ending I wasn’t expecting, but was very pleased to learn that this is only the first book of a trilogy. I can’t wait for more!


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Bookmarks are great!

Nothing better than choosing a new bookmark to print out and I’ve found some really lovely ones. Check out the links:

Birds, flowers and cats
Cool Cats
John Fisher bookmarks
Really cute bookmarks
Jan Brett
Dogs and cats