Sample Saturday – choices, monogamy, and a plane

Sample Saturday is when I wade through the eleventy billion samples I have downloaded on my Kindle. I’m slowly chipping away and deciding whether it’s buy or bye. This week, three that appeared on 2020 ‘best of’ lists.

Olive by Emma Gannon

Summary: When friends’ lives start to branch towards marriage and motherhood, Olive knows there’s something different ahead for her.

I’m thinking: No (it’s a style thing).

Monogamy by Sue Miller


Graham and Annie have been married for thirty years. When Graham suddenly dies Annie is lost. Then, while she is mourning, she discovers a ruinous secret, one that will force her to question whether she ever truly knew the man who loved her.

I’m thinking: Yes (also a style thing – instantly hooked).

The Flight by Julie Clark

Summary: A chance meeting at an airport prompts two women, both wanting to escape their lives, to switch tickets. They believe the swap will give each of them the head start they need to begin again somewhere far away. One plane crashes.

I’m thinking: Maybe (it might be my thriller pick for 2021).

6 responses

  1. Hooray for Monogamy! One of my favourites from last year. You won’t regret it. (Though it’s a shame that you learned a major plot point from the summary. I went in blind, and I’m glad I knew nothing, not even that. It meant Miller could surprise me, again and again.)

  2. Monogamy was one of my books of last year. Sue Miller is one of those unsung, excellent writers who slips under the radar. Like Rebecca, I’m sorry the summary makes a revelation which delivers an emotional punch in the gut if you’re not already aware of it.

  3. Hmm those last two sound pretty good, and I’d never heard of Monogamy, sounds like it’s got a few fans here! Is the revelation the fact that the husband dies? I’ll just wait a while, I’ll forget 🙂

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