Someone Else’s Conflict by Alison Layland

Someone Else's ConflictSomeone Else’s Conflict by Alison Layland

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Someone Else’s Conflict is contemporary read set in the English Dales. Jay Spinney is a street entertainer, a man whose past means he’s unable to settle in one place, he’s constantly on the move.

Marilyn stops in the market place to listen to the entertainer and has her purse stolen by a desperate young man. Vinko is an illegal immigrant who yearns for a place to belong. He knows his Grandparents live in the area, but will they ever accept him if he can pluck up the courage to visit them?

A huge storm blows through and causes a landslide up in the Dales where Marilyn lives alone, the electric and telephones are cut off for several days. Jay has camped in a field near by and offers to help Marilyn clear away the debris. She’s unsure of him, shouldn’t trust him, but she needs the help. They form a shaky friendship. Jay has nightmares, he shouts out in a foreign language and his past haunts him daily.

Horrors of war torn Yugoslavia stay with Jay and even though the war is over the fighting is not yet past.

This book grabbed me from the start and sucked me in, I knew very little about what happened to all the innocent people who were caught up in the war between the Croatians and Serbians. Like so many wars is pulled in people with their ideals, their beliefs, but things change, power takes over, anger and madness become the leaders and soldiers make decisions they later regret.

The reader is cleverly drip fed the storyline as it mixes with the lives of those who live today in the Dales, it worked really well. There are so many layers to Jay that get peeled away right up until the very end. Loved it.

This review is based on a free copy of the book give to me by Honno Press

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This Country Business by Max Hardcastle

Product DetailsThis Country Business by Max HardcastleMy rating: 4 of 5 stars   

This book got better as I got further in to it and all the many crazy named characters kept re-appearing, such as “Canary Mary, Thievin’ Jack and Fiery Frank”. The plot reminded me of the television series “Lovejoy” written by Jonathan Gash, which ran on the BBC from 1986-94 and followed the antics of an East Anglian antiques dealer who walked a thin line between right and wrong. “This Country Business” is set in one of my favourite areas, the Yorkshire Dales, where many of the characters would have fitted very well into Lovejoy’s world. The book is dedicated to the men who served in the Merchant Navy from 1939-1945 and there is a great piece written about ships for you to discover.

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