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After forty years of happy marriage, Leonard thought he knew his wife Rose as well as he knew himself. It's only after her sudden death that he finds her old handbag, which contains a mystery he can't ignore. Accompanied by Lily, his wife's childhood friend, Leonard becomes a reluctant detective as his whole life starts to unravel...'The Blue Handbag' is steeped in a quietAfter forty years of happy marriage, Leonard thought he knew his wife Rose as well as he knew himself. It's only after her sudden death that he finds her old handbag, which contains a mystery he can't ignore. Accompanied by Lily, his wife's childhood friend, Leonard becomes a reluctant detective as his whole life starts to unravel...'The Blue Handbag' is steeped in a quiet poetry which reminds us to take pleasure from the ordinary details of life - reading stories to our children, sharing silence with our friend over a beer, enjoying the plants Leonard tends for a living - and never to take anything for granted....

Title : Blue Handbag
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ISBN : 9781905005994
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 361 Pages
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Blue Handbag Reviews

  • Donna
    2019-05-31 13:57

    What would happen if you suddenly found your life full of mystery? What if that mystery involved your deceased spouse, someone you loved more than life itself? Three years after the death of this wife, Leonard has that happen to him when he finds a blue handbag with a mystery ticket inside. Why did Rose have a ticket to Didcot, a place he didn't know she visited? At first Leonard puts it out of his mind but then Lily appears and he finds there is so much about Rose that he didn't know. Together they embark on an investigation to figure out the missing pieces of Rose's story. At times Leonard is confused, at times amazed, and at times he wants to stop; but he needs to know the truth.Thank you, Fiona, for a wonderful book. I was captivated with this book and its characters. They were easy to get to know and like. I found it difficult to put the book down because I wanted to help solve the mystery. Once you pick up this book, you will want to help Leonard too!

  • Michael
    2019-06-14 12:46

    On the morning that Fiona Robyn emailed me to tell me I’d won a signed copy of The Blue Handbag I also got another unexpected though pleasant surprise. A Greater Spotted Woodpecker was seen in my garden… or so I’m told. I didn’t see him myself. I missed him. I’ve seen them before on my travels but never in my own garden. Maybe he’ll come back.A few days later the book arrives. There is still no sign of my elusive new visitor and the weather has gone to clouds and showers, turning the garden into an unfit place for either bird watching or book reading. I start the book anyway and begin to get acquainted with the main protagonist. I like Leonard almost from the start. He has a quality that reminds me of my Grandad, who was probably one of my most favourite people in existence. But Leonard is far too fanciful, and on occasion silly, for that comparison to stand much scrutiny. I soon realize that a closer mark for comparison might be myself. The clowning about, the wandering imagination and sadly the Ta-da! moments are all things I’ve been guilty of. The paragraph about Leonard not being able to stop himself mimicking accents even elicited a 'Bloody Hell!' of self recognition from me.The characterisations throughout are one of the books strengths. The book never overloads with too many characters at a time. You can imagine these people having a life beyond the last page of the novel. I caught myself wondering what Leonard thought of the new bloke on Springwatch this year. And was he missing Bill? Was he drawn to the science or the aesthetics of nature? Probably a mix of the two I conclude. I’m glad he learnt that ducks aren’t just for kids. Ducks are great.The mystery that begins with a blue handbag takes it’s time to unfold, small clues are uncovered as the months pass and the seasons turn. I like Fiona’s writing. Some of the passages seep into your head like a cool balm straight to the brain. The only time my eyes started to slightly glaze over was the penguin sequence.It was such a shame that the weather remained dull over the weekend when I read this because it would have been a perfect read in the garden book. I haven’t read The Letters yet, so I’ll just add that to my to-read list after I finish up here. Maybe by the time I read it I’ll have caught a glimpse of that woodpecker. The tree he landed on now has a new birdfeeder. He’s out there somewhere - probably in the wood further up the hill. One day he might come back. An uncut version of this review resides here: Badelynge

  • Alison
    2019-06-15 09:13

    Oh I loved this - a book chosen at random from the library because it looked new and was a nice shape to hold - and it was great. There was something about the writing and the attention to detail that made me want to savour it. It's gentle and tough at the same time. Great. I'll definitely be looking for other books that she's written.

  • Sharon
    2019-06-02 16:09

    What a riveting novel. The secret that was hidden all the years this couple were married is astounding. Only after her death does her husband begin finding little clues about his wife's deception. Loved this book!

  • Angela
    2019-06-13 08:09

    very good holiday read,Leonard takes you on the journey with him to find out the answers to the mysteries.couldn't put down until i finished.

  • Andrea
    2019-06-18 15:12

    I loved this book. The only thing I can think to write is "Love endures all things".

  • annie
    2019-06-14 14:16

    reviewed on my blog

  • Carol
    2019-06-08 12:55

    I had a good time reading this book. Having two skin cancer surgeries over the last two weeks, I think it actually got me through them. There is a lot of sitting in the waiting room to see if they got it all, and sometimes (like last time) they have to do it all over again if they didn't. The doctor was surprised I didn't mind at all and it is because I was unable to put this book down. I made it clear to him, however, that I leave when the book ends! At the beginning, I had a difficult time with British expressions (I think a jumper must be a sweater?) but I soon got into the groove and even learned some. I am always pretty good at seeing ahead and, at least at some point, can tell what will happen. Several times during this book, I thought I knew how it would unravel. WRONG! All wrong. Every time. It is about an older, rather quirky, gentleman whose wife has died after a long and happy marriage. He gets clues that his wife had an outside life of which he was unaware. I don't want to give away too much, so I will say it was well written and intriguing... no cliche ending and never disappointing. The main characters are lovable and I felt satisfied when I closed the book for the final time. I especially love the way the main character, the husband, Leonard, talks to his dog and asks his opinions. Most of us that own pets do that, but few admit it! In the midst of being entertained, I also learned a lot about gardening as Leonard was a gardener by occupation. I think this would be a great movie, and now that the book has ended, I've been occupying my thoughts with who would play the parts if that came about! I thought this would be "chick-lit" and I don't consider it so. There's no overt romance involved..just a truly lovely story of devotion and questioning whether we really ever know someone. Ms. Robyn is not very old and yet she has made some astute observations about life. I would highly recommend you get a copy of this book from the Book Depository (postage to the U.S. is free). At the back of the book is an excerpt of her next book. I enjoyed that as well and now have to wait, begrudgingly, until 2010 to get my hands on it. Well done, Ms. Robyn!

  • Kate
    2019-06-09 08:02

    The first thing that has to be said: The cover what were they thinking!! Really!! I have heard that we should not judge a book by its cover - especially in this case. The Blue Handbag is a good book with a nice slow build and well paced.Leonard is a very pleasant kind of guy grappling with issues he wasn't prepared for. After his wife dies he learns all is not as it appears. We are treated to his meanderings and thought processes around how to cope. Relationships are explored and real mental health stuff examined, I really enjoyed the insight and sensitivity of this book.The back blurb suggests that she could be compared to Joanna Trollope (I think not). Fiona Robyn has her own style which is different yet equally readable, I will certainly return to her at a later date. These kind of books require space between each or they become a bit samey (not sure if it's a word but you know what I mean)

  • Sue
    2019-06-12 13:55

    This is the kind of gentle, slightly mysterious yet sweet book that my mother loved. I think she would have especially loved the setting - stories set in England were her favorites. Unfortunately, that's the only thing that detracted from the story for me - many of the phrases and descriptors that are most likely common jargon in England were unknown to me, and I had to go look them up! I don't remember this happening in other "set in England" books, and I found that it slowed my reading of the book.Other than that very minor annoyance (which is quite likely a reflection on my personality, not the book), this was a lovely story and as one other reviewer stated, would have been enjoyable in warmer weather in the garden, or on the deck, or at the beach.

  • Kathy
    2019-06-26 10:16

    While at times the book seemed to move a bit slowly (probably due to the gardening descriptions and me not being a gardening person), overall it was an excellent read. Robyn has the ability to draw the reader in to the characters' lives and create interest in and concern for them. I loved the premise of the book about a secret being discovered due to an item found in an old handbag that was about to be thrown out. Leonard was just the right amount of practicality and compassion. He's a good man but not too perfect.

  • Theresa
    2019-06-15 11:15

    This was not as fast paced as I've have liked, but it was pretty suspenseful! It did take some time though I felt to get invested in the story and characters. I enjoyed it over-all though, liked the ending, I guessed it shortly before it happened, but not too early to spoil the fun. I did end up liking the characters and some of the side-stories going on.

  • Kathleen
    2019-06-02 13:12

    Fiona has this way of sending me places inside myself that I don't always want to go.Each of her books that I've read have put me in this predicament. Having said this, I am always glad (not necessarily happy) to have traveled there.Another fine novel. I thank you.

  • Philippa
    2019-05-26 10:07

    Riveting, mysterious and thoroughly enjoyable. I liked getting to know Leonard, I thought he was a dear old man that I'd love to have for a neighbour :) Fiona Robyn is a master of delicious detail, her writing is gorgeous and her characters so finely drawn.

  • Eileen Holmes-ievers
    2019-06-18 07:49

    I really enjoyed this book. It was gentle and engaging and I found myself caring about the characters, which is always the sign of a good book. Must say, I sort of guessed the 'mystery', but it didn't really spoil the ending.

  • Nancy Brady
    2019-06-05 12:05

    Excellent book about a good man who has lost his wife of many years. He thinks he knows all about her, but when he finds a blue handbag of hers with a ticket stub inside, his life is forever changed as he figures out the secret life his wife led.