What readers are saying about Butter and Whiskey:The Ballad of Maggie Doyle

From United Kingdom

LizzieB 5 out of 5 stars Breathtaking and compelling Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 March 2021 – I was mesmerised from the start. The in depth detail of the catholic church, Ireland, the 80s, London, art and the burden of guilt all made this tale compelling to me. The quality of language was also impressive (apart from an overuse of certain expressions such as “ she drank in….”. The characters mattered to me as actual people. The intensity of the narrative caused emotional turmoil in me until the end….I waited for the inevitable and, when it happened, it was very different from what I had expected. Congratulations, Judith Glover, on this fist novel. I look forward to more.

Alison T 5.0 out of 5 stars A good read Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 1 March 2021 This is a thoroughly good read. I highly recommend this book. It’s a page turner that you want to read to the end.
The story starts with a bit of magical realism, then follows a woman journey in dealing with a trauma and learning to live a full life. This is interwoven with a pursuit by the catholic church. It’s unusual-but works well. My book group read it and it provoked a really good conversation.
I really cared about the characters, particularly Maggie, and wanted to know what happened to her and was moved by her ups and downs.
London is painted very vividly– which I really enjoyed as its where I spent my youth.
Hope to see more of this author and to hear about the next chapter in Maggie’s life.

Ms A C Dancocks 5.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully written book which will leave you wanting to read the sequel Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 February 2021 I loved this book and fell in love with Maggie, the main character. It is beautifully written and takes you back in time to London in the early 80s. It is a story of guilt and remorse and takes us on a journey of salvation. The book touches on psychiatry, the art world and the catholic church and how they are all brought together in an attempt to find redemption. I am looking forward to reading the next chapter in Maggie’s life.

Hils1066 5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Original Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 March 2021 A highly original, well written novel, exploring the mental and physical complexities of life, relationships and self discovery against the background of a supernatural event and archaic belief. The main character, Maggie Doyle is sympathetically and affectionately written, which drew me in and enabled me to emphasise with her. All is not what it seems – or is it? A compelling read. I really enjoyed it. Recommend.

Sarah j fox 5.0 out of 5 stars Magical Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 7 March 2021 This is a beautiful magical book set in the 1980s that takes you on a wonderful journey of heartache, love, friendship and mystery. I was enchanted by Maggie and all the characters actually. I simply couldn’t put this book down and look forward to reading more from this talented writer. One person found this helpful

Robert M 5.0 out of 5 stars An author to watch Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 1 April 2021 A great read – well-written prose is so hard to find these days, this author will go far.

Maggie Doyle’s journey is vividly described as are the locations – 1980s Ireland and London. You get immersed into the worlds of art, therapy and the Catholic church, but not in that order!

Maggie is an ordinary, extra-ordinary character made real by an exciting new author.

Published by tintinwa

Judith S Glover lives in Tasmania with her husband and two cats.

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