Author signing

AN author whose first novel has been nominated for a national award will be signing copies in Morpeth.

Barbara Morris will be at Waterstones in Sanderson Arcade on Saturday.

The author, who grew up in Langholm, Dumfries and Galloway, and now lives in Northumberland, will sign copies of her book One Missed Step, which has been nominated for the People’s Book Prize.

The session will run from 2pm to 4pm.

Review

When Kate and Hazel Wilder’s mother dies tragically, the two young women finally meet her estranged Canadian husband David and realise that their mother’s dying wish was for them to get to know their father better. Faced with this knowledge they prepare for an extended visit to Canada and quickly settle into their new life with him and their charismatic grandmother, Rose. But David has some shocking revelations that he needs to share with them that will alter their lives irredeemably.

Set partly on the beautiful island of Skye and partly in the remotest Canadian wilderness, this is the moving story of a family shattered by tragedy and forced to confront some uncomfortable truths.

I was captivated by this deeply-affecting novel.

The two daughters are well characterised — feisty, angry Kate, who feels let down by her father’s absence in her life, and Hazel, whose fond young memories of her father stir up deep resentment from Kate. Barbara skilfully weaves tension right into the narrative in a way that keeps the reader guessing right up until it is all revealed.

It’s no wonder that she has been nominated for the People’s Book Prize for this tightly-woven novel.

By Caroline Dominey