Mari Howard

Mari Howard, author, painter & storyteller
Helpful votes received on reviews: 53% (70 of 131)


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Inceptio (Roma Nova) by Alison Morton
Inceptio (Roma Nova) by Alison Morton
3.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced adventure, 11 Aug 2014
I read this as ALison is another ALLi author, and 'alternative hisotry' sounded intriguing.

However, I haven't read alternative history before, and hadn't expected it to be so much like James Bond (reminding me of being a teenager) set in partly in the USA and otherwise in Roma Nova which seemed like ancient Rome but with technology. For me, the central character Karen/Carina was unbelievable, her meteoric rise to being a feisty fighter with all manner of weapons a turn-off, and her attitude to sex (for example to fold up the feisty fighter into a little woman mode ready to be carried to a guy's bed without a murmur) was also off-putting. Everyone was ruthless, some more than… Read more
The Midwife's Daughter by Patricia Ferguson
The Midwife's Daughter by Patricia Ferguson
This is a wonderful story, very readable, good on the history. While enjoying the story itself, you pick up on how midwifery was practised and changing in the period (early 20th century) , on social attitudes towards women, and towards anyone who is different. Gracie (the midwife's daughter of the title) doesn't realise for a while that others viewed her as different along with the children who were physically disabled (a boy with a club foot), had learning difficulties, or were 'not like the rest' in any way - she was coloured - but hadn't seen herself as the same as this other group ... gradually, she does.

And then, after a bad fright that leads to tragedy, as she recovers,… Read more
Walkinmg the Labyrinth: A Spiritual and Practical &hellip by Sally Welch
Sally Welch's knowledge of labyrinths is obviously wide, and in her book she explains the possible history as known of these ancient symbols.Labyrinths are neither only "New Age" nor only useful for Christian worship, and although they are thought to have been used as a version of 'pilgrimage' in Medieval times, we can't really be sure of any details. Their beginnings are much more ancient and pagan.

However, this is a practical guide to Labyrinth Walking, so after a short history, we move on to how to make and to use a labyrinth. Labyrinths are full of potential, and the book includes both more liturgical uses and some very creative, indoor or outdoor uses, which can be… Read more