Crystal’s Song

This is Millie Gray’s third story set in wartime Leith, in which we meet a family surviving hardships at home and overseas. The author’s comedic writing pops its head through some of the dialogue, sometimes at odds with the story. Some important issues are covered here, when illiterate Tam is unable to write from his prisoner of war camp to say that he is alive and the family fears the worst. His attractive wife finds comfort in the arms of other men and produces a baby. Will Tam accept this stranger when he returns, in order to keep his beloved family together?

For me, this was as much Tam’s story, as he sets out to improve his lot and make the best of everything that comes his way. But is is also about three generations of his family. The Crystal in the story is a nickname which is given more than half way through the book by the boy that Senga fancies but who doesn’t return her love. (So why does he give her such an attractive nickname?) She too accepts her fate and gets on with things as best she can.

I don’t know if this book is supposed to be humorous, moving or just a good story but its authentic setting will appeal to those who have enjoyed the author’s previous two novels,In a Class of Their Own and In a League of Their Own.

Crystal’s Song is available here from Amazon

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Suse Coon

Suse Coon started life training to be an architect but ended up as a fashion buyer then civil servant. After some time out to bring up her family of three, she returned to what had been a hobby and entered the field of freelance journalism. After becoming regional correspondent, then editor of the orienteering magazine CompassSport, she formed Pages Editorial & Publishing Services. In this guise, West Lothian Life was launched, while Suse maintained a level of freelancing and wrote the award winning children's novel Richard's Castle. In 1999, Suse bought over CompassSport and found her time taken up pretty well exclusively with the two magazines. In 2004, West Lothian Life was expanded to form Lothian Life, however, the workload was too great. In 2006, CompassSport was sold and Suse concentrated on the web version of Lothian Life. Her hobbies include gardening, orienteering, sea kayaking and Tai Chi.

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