‘The Broken Road' is Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn's third novel. 'Unravelling' was published on 2010, and came second in The Rubery Book Award in 2011 and won the Wishing Shelf Independent Book Award. 'The Piano Player's Son' was published by Cinnamon Press in 2013, after winning their novel writing award. Lindsay also writes short stories and flash fiction, which have been published in various anthologies, including Fish, Cinnamon and Rubery. She has an MA in creative writing from Bath Spa University, and combines writing with her work as a creative writing tutor.
An engaging and satisfying family tale, full of drama and emotion. Brother and sister, Ollie and Louise have never quite met their father’s expectations, neither are happy, and while Ollie keeps a distance and attempts to save his marriage, Louise takes on the management of the family hotel. Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn breathes life into characters that have aching vulnerabilities. She occasionally frees notes of emotion that twang and jar and set your feelings on edge, consequently the characters are realistic and convincing. The writing flows, sometimes leaving unexplored pockets of what-ifs, just like life itself. Exploring love and relationships ‘The Broken Road’ is a compassionate and very readable family story. Click here to view a reading group guide for this book.
This novel focuses on family dynamics and the power struggles within; which can threaten even the strongest bonds. At the centre is a secret - kept by the parents from their four children throughout their apparently happy marriage. It is only after their father’s death that the secret unravels, with devastating consequences. Bringing people and places vividly to life, the author reveals the truths her characters are keeping from each other, and themselves. Click here to view the reading notes for this book.
Unravelling is a wonderful escapist read that will take you on a rollercoaster of emotions as you become totally embroiled in the passionate relationship between Gerald and Vanessa. But all is not quite as it seems and they part but Gerald finds it impossible to stay away and Vanessa is entrapped by his magic once again, which in turn triggers a chain of events that affect them both forever.