Review : Circumstances of Childhood by John Howell

Helen Valentina is a wonderful poet and storyteller. She has given Circumstances of Childhood a warm and thoughtful review which needs to be shared. Helen never fails to move me with her work and now has moved me immensely with this review. Thank you, Helen.



It’s always a pleasure to read a novel written by John Howell. He has a way of mixing action, thriller level excitement, real world politics, intelligent discourse and detail (much of which feels ripped presciently from today’s headlines), all wrapped up in believable, relatable, and importantly – likeable – characters.  And it’s all his own – the John Howell style – immediate, engrossing and always great fun.

This time the author notes some autobiographical parts, and an homage to great friendships. And this is what surrounds the novel – a great, true friendship from life and beyond life, adding a paranormal element that is warming and comforting rather than frightening or strange.  It is a testament to John’s writing skill that you accept the supernatural premise immediately and naturally. Of course such a strong friendship, which is more like a family tie than just companionship – of course it survives…

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  1. Looks wonderful,, John. Another to add to my TBR list. Congrats!!

    1. Thank you, Audrey.

  2. Congrats on another well-deserved outstanding review.

    1. Thank you, Michelle. It was a welcome one. 😀

  3. Just added to my TBR list. 🙂

    1. Thank you, Rhonda. I hope your like it. 🙂

  4. What a wonderful review. Oh, for more time to read!

  5. Excellent review and I’m definitely looking forward to another great read from you! xo

  6. This is non-fiction: you’re a great author! This is a great REVIEW! ♥

    1. Thank you, BillRay. Yours was great as well.

  7. A fabulous review, John. Bravo! 🙂

    1. Thank you, Natalie.

  8. Congratulations on this great review, John. 🙂 — Suzanne

    1. Thank you, Suzanne. 😀

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