What Reviewers Say About
"This book boasts a number
of wonders...a fast moving plot, a tender love story, sly humour, and honest,
generous, fully-drawn characters. How delightful. How refreshing. McNaughton
is an author who takes telling stories seriously."
Kathryn Welbourn, [St. John's]
"...McNaughton plots her
course to the book's conclusion with apparent effortless ease. Just one
of her strengths is characterization..."
Susan Perren, The Globe
"One difference between a
well and a poorly written book is the quality of the life that goes on
around the main action. McNaughton's creativity and skill make the whole
fabric of the book delightful."
Alison Sutherland, Books
"It is almost axiomatic that
sequels in the area of realistic fiction rarely have the freshness of the
first book... However, Make or Break Spring is marked by a vigorous
quality due to the emotional tension inherent in Ev's problems. The St.
John's background is as vital as in the first book...The writing is clear
Sheila A. Egoff, Quill
Make or Break Spring
"Despite her stubbornness,
Ev is extremely sympathetic. In fact, one of McNaughton's most attractive
qualities as a writer is in how real her characters become through the
course of the novel, and how attached we get to them as a result."
Margaret Poole, [Halifax]
"McNaughton's evocation of
wartime St. John's...is funny, poignant, and sharply accurate...Ev is as
remarkable as that other Maritime orphan, Anne Shirley, and McNaughton's
use of language is as delightful as Lucy Maud Montgomery's, with the added
bonus of Newfoundland's rich outport speech."
John Burns, The Georgia
"Make or Break Spring
reawakens memories of a first heartbreak, and the ways we learn to by happy
again after suffering a loss."
Virginia Beaton, Atlantic
"Not only are [McNaughton's]
plots intriguing and many-layered, but she has an incredible gift for making
distant eras come alive. Her stories are shaded and defined with unobtrusive
historical detail...McNaughton's characters are always robust and very
definitley flesh and blood."
Cathy MacDonald, [Halifax]
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