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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Snowbooks (2 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905005997
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905005994
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 802,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 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.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Freya Pickard on 24 Aug 2009
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The Blue Handbag by Fiona Robyn is an excellent read. The novel is written in the third person present tense which took me by surprise. But it works so well. I was "in" there straightaway from the first page. The protagonist, Leonard, is an endearing widower who is so real and normal that I warmed to him straightaway. The plot twists and turns but you never flounder and think where's all this going? That there's a secret is obvious from the start. But what the secret is, is revealed very cleverly, layer by layer. The author has a couple of red herrings lying in wait and I found myself changing my mind just as Leonard does, as more information is revealed. It's almost a mystery, without a murder! If you like "solve it" type of novels, this would be one for you. But even if you're not into mystery novels, this is worth a read. The romance is tender, the pace, although "here and now" is actually quite fast paced. The reader sees things through Leonard's eyes and follows his train of thought as it goes off at a tangent - just like one's thoughts do in real life. But you have to keep reading. You have to find out what the secret is. A very neat, concise novel, an interesting cast of characters and a compelling plot that draws you along. Great for a holiday read or a back to work read - I rate this novel very highly indeed. And don't be put off by someone comparing Fiona Robyn to Joanna Trollope. Robyn is miles better than Trollope!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By brain candy on 16 May 2009
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I like her main character Leonard, he is very endearing. He has a wonderful character, I like the `buggers' and `loves' scattered through the narrative, the small inflections in his personality that give him depth and made me warm to him so. The story is a real intrigue. From the moment Leonard finds the blue handbag in the first chapter, I had such a drive to know more.

The Blue Handbag is such a lovely read. I really recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. E. Carver on 4 Aug 2009
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I thoroughly enjoyed meeting all the characters in The Blue Handbag - I couldn't put it down, I was so completely engaged in Leonard's search. Having discovered the plot, I am tempted to re-read this book to savour the observation and characterisation. I loved that Leonard, a gardener, needed to allow any new ideas to germinate and grow before dealing with the next phase. I chuckled at the humour of Pickles moments, Leonard's occasional flights of fancy, and the author's wry and witty turn of phrase, but life's less amusing realities underpin this layered and interesting book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. B. Smith on 20 Aug 2009
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What would you do if you suddenly found that the person you were married to for many years had a secret life, a life that didn't gel with you knew her/him to be? That is the premise behind Fiona Robyn's "The Blue Handbag". Leonard, still grieving for his wife Rose, finds a ticket in a handbag of hers that seems inexplicable to him. Leonard is a father, grandfather, friend, husband, and most importantly, a good man. Three years after his wife Rose has died, he is almost ready to move on until he discovers the mystery of the wife he knew so well. Weaving an intriguing plot with great characters, Robyn has produced a novel that is a fine read about people we'd like to know. It is definitely worth reading--check it out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Newton TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Sep 2009
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To deal with the death of his wife Rose must be hard enough, but when he discovers some items in her blue handbag Leonard, a gentle soul, has to contend with the possibility that he doesn't know his wife as well as he thought he did and that she may have been keeping secrets from him.

Gardener, Leonard, decides that instead of mulling things over and working himself up into a state he must take action, but peace of mind may not always lead to happiness. With the help of Lily, his wife's old school friend, he tentatively delves into uncovering secrets which have lain dormant for years. Will he be strong enough to cope with the consequences?

Fiona Robyn writes with remarkable perception about one man's tenacious search for answers and the knowledge that the truth may not be what he wants to hear. She strikes the perfect balance between a captivating, yet realistic plot, and the accurate portrayal of her characters' intricate lives and the relationships they build. As this story unfolds Robyn has captured the essence of what it means to have one's life thrown into disarray, and how it is possible to overcome life's obstacles with caring friendships and a loving family, even though they each also have their own issues to deal with. Pickles the dog is also a sweetheart and plays an important role in Leonard's life as his coping mechanism and faithful friend. This book made me smile, laugh out loud and shed a tear. Now, that's what I call entertainment!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kate Burton on 13 May 2009
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I really liked the way this book gently unfolds. It's not an action packed novel, but a restful read, intelligently written that moves you from page to page. I felt compelled to see the mystery revealed like a patient detective. It's a story of seemingly regular people and a reminder that what you see on the surface of people's lives is always different behind the scenes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C L Hawley on 17 Mar 2010
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A truly lovely book, gently incisive, witty and engaging, and nothing whatsoever like its cover!

The Blue Handbag by Fiona Robyn is utterly delightful. Leonard, a widower, finds a railway ticket in an old handbag belonging to his late wife Rose. The ticket to Didcot, together with a letter from an old school friend of Rose, set Leonard off on a trail of discovery. A closely observed portrait of an extended family, as well as a study in grief and identity, The Blue Handbag is vibrant and real. Leonard is lightly flawed and very likable as he deals with crisis after crisis without Rose's help and advice. Robyn highlights the double whammy that is every widow and widower's main tragedy: the dealing with grief and trauma without the help of the lost spouse. It is, as you would expect, touching, but it is far from soppy and makes you smile time after time.
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