What the readers are saying... PROFESSIONAL CLARION REVIEW … Michele Sharpe Mary Capper’s mystical historical novel Sonnish represents a compassionate search for a family’s roots. Lyrical prose marks the gentle narrative throughout, which gestures toward compassion on the whole. Elegant figurative language embellishes the book’s movements, as with the early description of a day at the beach that is “sun-licked and still gritty with sand” and a moment of meditation that feels like a “giant cloche was lowered over … me and the tree.” Elsewhere, a spiritual presence descends, its entrance memorialized via synesthesia: “The rain from the night before had left the air fresh and fragrant; I inhaled the colour green.” Sonnish is a musing novel in which a genealogical search is used to show how knowledge increases empathy. ***
I have just finished this amazing book. Such a beautifully rich story. I found it hard to put down. You created memorable characters that I felt I knew. Your research was spot on and must have taken countless hours. I found I could identify with so many things as I lived through some of the times that Milly lived through. What a gift you have Mary. You must write another book! Start now! Flo Roy *** Mary is a natural storyteller. I so enjoyed getting to know Milly and the richness of her life. The vivid description of each new chapter of her journey through life makes you feel as though you're experiencing these windows into history and brings a real appreciation of the resilience and strength of women during this period. Great Read! Katrina Larocque *** Mary ... your book is wonderful, a truly heartfelt story through time. I enjoyed every chapter, some tear stained pages left behind ... so touching and relatable! I've given the book to my daughter, anxious to hear comments from the younger generation. Great work Mary! Cheers! I highly recommend this book to everyone who enjoys a good read. Lorraine Clausi *** This is a fascinating story! I couldn't put the book down. Luckily I was on vacation and had plenty of time to read! The fact that it was based on a family story only added to the interest. Thanks for sharing your story and your gift of writing it. I'm looking forward to book #2! Karen Schutt *** I just wanted to let you know that I finished Sonnish last night. I really was wrapped up in the story of Milly, Emily, Daniel and all the other fleshed out characters in the novel. Thank you for inviting me and the world into your story. I enjoyed the journey! Bev Nichols *** What a great read! Very hard to put it down and go to bed! Congratulations! Margaret Lavictoire *** I am so moved by the life stories you presented. I can almost smell the scents that must have been around them during the wars and the farms and all of the babies. Thank you for making me a new place to go to when I need my own version of the willow tree. Joan Ross *** I enjoyed this book very much. I especially enjoyed reading about Milly, and her war years. I wasn't sure I wanted to read another WW2 story, but the more I read, the more I enjoyed. Mary Capper has produced an interesting, well written book and her attention to detail is impressive. I'm sure this new author has more books in her, and I look forward to reading them. Eileen Braidwood *** My dear Mary, I can't say often enough how brilliant your writing is. I realized I'm 'sipping' it slowly to appreciate ... "I inhaled the colour green" ... Page 40 and 41 completely blew me away with its visuality. "Dust motes dancing sleepily in the swath of sunlilght" ... All I can say is supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
Helen King *** Congratulations on your book, Sonnish. I started reading it again this morning and am once again captivated by Milly's story. Suzanne Frederich ***