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‘North Of Supposed To Be’ by Marcia Ferguson

So as not to show any spoilers I have not included a synopsis, however, if you want to find out more about the story, just click on the book image, or to read more about both book and author go here.

If you don’t really want to read any major spoilers, then you can tease yourself a little more, by reading the first few lines of the story … here.

The day had begun with blissful perfection. Laurent offered homemade doughnuts and chicory coffee. It was chilly and tendrils of mist curled along the runway. Giordano began the take-off as Bronwyn and Laurent strapped in and exchanged grins. The plane flew low enough to see white church steeples punctuating the landscape, and colorful boats dotting the water; a glorious infusion of color tucking into their souls. The flight path along Maine’s sunny coast offered magnificent views of reds and golds accenting the blues of the water – a visual rhapsody.

Walking down the hilly street toward the harbor, Bronwyn gestured and looked around. Laurent noticed her intensity and did the same. People were friendly to Bronwyn, but some were almost reverential. Bronwyn was nonchalant, but Laurent felt his chest puffing up. It was a shared glory, bestowing good things to the town. He knew he had no part in it, but just being with her felt rewarding.

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As this was an author invitation to read and review, a complimentary Kindle download of ‘ North Of Supposed To Be’, was gifted to me by its author, Marcia Ferguson.

This will in no way influence any comments I may express about the book, in any blog articles I may post. Any thoughts or comments will be my own personal opinion and I am in no way being monetarily compensated for this, or any other article.

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Yvonne

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16 comments
  • Your teaser leaves me filled with many unanswered questions, especially about Bronwyn (a name I’ve always liked). I’ll admit I was surprised to see they were in Maine. After the comment about chicory coffee, I assumed the setting was New Orleans. The two areas do have a close, French connection, though.

    Here’s mine, a snippet from To See the Moon Again by Jamie Langston Turner:

    “Julia had to admit that the detour had turned out much better than she expected. She had almost forgotten how much was lost when traveling by interstate – all the local color of small towns and the surrounding countryside, such as the ramshackle diner named The Big Bad Wolf’s Barbecue Pit and the backyard clothesline on which were hanging a half dozen of the largest men’s jockey shorts she had ever seen, plus one pair of jumbo boxers, black with red lips printed all over them.”

    • Hi Kelly,

      Let’s just say that Bronwyn is a very complicated and confused character!

      There are many facets of her personality which raise more questions than answers and I have no idea what kind of meltdown might be facing me at the end of the story!

      Just because the action is set in Maine, don’t be too fooled. this is a very special community, which is made up of a very diverse mix of multi talented, multi cultural people, from a wide ranging set of backgrounds, so chicory coffee is really no surprise!

      I love your teaser lines this time…. This sounds like some sightseeing trip! I am wondering if the the extra extra large boxers and jockey’s belong to ‘The Big Bad Wolf’ of said Barbecue Pit? I have visions of a six feet odd giant, with long unkempt hair, covered in tattoos and a wife who is half his size, but who definitely wears the trousers in that house!!

      Thanks for sharing and taking part this week.

    • Hi Valentina

      Bronwyn is a Welsh-derived feminine given name, an anglicized variant of the Welsh name Bronwen. Because the suffix -wyn is grammatically masculine in Welsh, this variant spelling is generally only used in the English-speaking world outside of Wales.

      Bronwyn means ‘White Breast’ or ‘Fair Breast’ ‘Dark and Pure’

      Bronwyn is supposed to have a deep inner desire for a stable, loving family or community, and a need to work with others and to be appreciated. People with this name tend to be creative and excellent at expressing themselves. They are drawn to the arts, and often enjoy life immensely. They are often the center of attention, and enjoy careers that put them in the limelight. They tend to become involved in many different activities, and are sometimes reckless with both their energies and with money.

      As this just about sums up Bronwyn McCall so exactly, I guess that author Marcia Ferguson has been checking out the same sites as I just did!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, I appreciate it.

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      The alluring cover is very relevant to the story, if Marcia’s descriptions are anything to go by. I can almost imagine myself in some of the locations and scenes, as well as eating some of the lovely food she describes in great detail.

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by, I always value your comments.

    • Hi Laura,

      Thank you for stopping by Fiction Books today. I love ‘meeting’ new people, so your visits will always be welcome and your comments always appreciated.

      You are not the first person to show surprise at the location of my teaser lines, however when taken in the context of the overall storyline, Maine makes perfect sense, although I spent quite some time working it all out and am still not convinced about the viability of the project.

      I am still only half way through the book though, so I am still prepared to offer the benefit of the doubt.

    • Hi Sandra,

      The writing is nothing, if not very eloquent, beautifully descriptive, totally immersive and packed full of energy, enthusiasm and emotion.

      After getting to about half way through the book, which is something of a chunkster at almost 600 pages, I have finally begun to get the messaging and plot behind the storyline. Although as yet, I have no idea what the final outcome is likely to be, it has been great fun getting so far down the line and discovering more about the life of Bronwyn McCall.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, I appreciate and value your views.

    • Hi Naida,

      There are lots of lovely descriptive references to food, throughout the story. In fact food does seem to feature quite heavily in Bronwyn’s life, so much so, that if any one of us were to consume quite that many enjoyably gooey calories, we would be as big as a house, whereas Bronwyn sounds as though she still has the perfect figure!

      I am quite enjoying the book so far, although at just shy of 600 pages, I do perhaps feel that it is a tad too long!

      Thanks for the excellent comments and for taking the time to stop by.

  • Unlike the teasers you shared I have to admit that neither the cover nor the title appeal to me enough that I’d have picked this one up. A shame really as I did enjoy the extracts you shared.

    I’ll be back tomorrow to share a teaser from my latest read, Patient Zero, with you.

    • Hi Tracy,

      Marcia wrote a great guest post some time ago, where she offered up an explanation as to her choice of the book’s title. Her reasoning is both logical and sound, although I do tend to agree with you, that it doesn’t immediately conjure up a picture about the storyline, even now I am actually reading it!

      https://www.fiction-books.biz/meet-the-authors/guest-post-by-marcia-ferguson-author-of-north-of-supposed-to-be/

      The cover art on the other hand, does fit with the storyline quite nicely, so no complaints there!

      The writing itself, as you can probably tell from the teaser extracts, is very eloquent, descriptive and packed full of emotion, with no gaps or lapses in continuity of style and phraseology.

      That being said, this is certainly a book which is everyone’s cup of tea, although personally I am thoroughly enjoying it.

      Thanks for taking the time to add to the discussion, even though you feel this isn’t a book for you, I appreciate you sharing your thoughts and views.

      I would love to share your teaser lines from ‘Patient Zero’. I did try to get ahead of the game by checking out the book, but there are several books of the same name, but written by different authors, so you have me stumped!

  • Hi Yvonne … I thought you’d like to know that I’ve had reader feedback from readers who got my email from your site, and my ‘guest post’. This morning, I finally decided to Google and see where they’ve been, and was delighted to revisit your blog and thoroughly enjoyed seeing your reader comments as well as your own responses.

    Sometimes you may not get ‘comments’ but obviously you have a great readership. And deserved. There’s nothing quite like the joy of reading and when you can share books with each other, it’s a special thing.

    This past weekend, I was in little Lititz Pennsylvania … not far from Philadelphia, and named the ‘Coolest Small Town in America’ … for good reason. Aaron’s Books is a typically atypical independent bookstore (they’re the best, aren’t they?) with a store dog, racks, tables & shelves of carefully selected titles, and an enthusiastic staff.

    I love books; I love reading; I love writing. And I tip my hat to readers everywhere, particularly your group of readers who so enthusiastically share … and to the small town book shops, everywhere.

    Wishing that you each discover new books and new authors to brighten your days!
    Marcia

    • Hi Marcia,

      It is great to catch up with you again, I hope that all is well with you and that you have been pleased and heartened by the excellent reviews and ratings ‘North Of Suppoed To Be’ has been attracting.

      I have often wondered about the sense of a blog which is typically only commented on by fellow bloggers. So to know that there are indeed independent readers out there, who do discover, peruse and value Fiction Books, but who, for whatever reason, decide not to comment, restores a little of my faith!

      I had great fun checking out Lititz and Aaron’s bookshop, both of which look delightful. Independent bookshops are a dying breed here in the UK, although we are lucky enough to live near the beautiful City of Bath, where there are two excellent and very active independent booksellers ‘Topping & Company’ and ‘Mr. B’s Emporium’ and our own home town of Frome, which is a very arty crafty place and home to ‘Hunting Raven Books’.

      I have been honoured and pleased to have been approached by so many new and upcoming authors, seeking the opportunity to have their books introduced to the wider reading audience and I think that this is the single most fulfilling element of the blog and that which makes it, alongside reading of course, the most treasured way to pass my free time.

      Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and leave such valued feedback, it somehow makes it all worthwhile 🙂

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