Reviews

CAREFUL MISTAKES:


4.0 out of 5 stars An exquisite novel of mothers and daughters, life and love. 11 May 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
A Twist of Light is a beautifully paced,
multi-layered novel of mothers and daughters,
life and love, light and dark. In this second
novel, Mandeville once again holds the reader
captive, laughing aloud, and hoping for the best
even as the tears begin to flow. This juicy read
twists and turns as only real life can do.

Mandeville's rendering of the sixties in
California's Central Valley is a superb portrait,
reminiscent of Steinbeck's take on the Salinas
Valley and no less convincing. She takes her
main charachter, Lizzy, just as convincingly to
the UK, the author's current home, where Lizzy's
life is every bit as gracious and predictable
as it was mean and chaotic in California.

This is a good read. It leaves the dust of
the Central Valley on the tongue and salt tears
on the chin. It left me deeply moved and curiously
satisfied. It left me wanting more out of
Joyce Mandeville. 

By Síle Post - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Whenever you find responsibilities weighing you down, pick up one of Joyce Mandeville's novels for witty, yet helpful insights and solutions to life's boggy bits.

While each novel in her new e-collection offers entertaining, light-hearted, yet inspirational stories, if you love narratives driven by punchy dialogue and sassy characters, you will love Careful Mistakes.

Despite the, —at times—, overarching responsibilities of acting appropriately as the daughter of a renowned Episcopal Bishop, Jilly harbors a spirited soul and passionate heart within her outwardly restrained persona. She has acted as expected, —married well, mothered well, and has served her community well.

But life happens despite her best intentions. When confronted with a series of unexpected events involving all people dear to her, she must decide how to navigate through the 'perils of outrageous fortune' in which she finds herself—despite her best intentions and behavior. Will she continue to act in line with the expectations long ago established by her father, husband and daughter, or will she 'light out for the territories' in Huck Finn style by following the dictates of her own heart?

Careful Mistakes deals with life’s major issues, —death, pregnancy, and desire— in the most witty and insightful of ways.

Now available as an e-book, this digital version reads easily, thanks to the special care the editors at Little Brown have taken with preparing the electronic manuscripts from their original printed versions.

Long-standing fans of her fiction await even more works to be available from the digital pen of this impressively talented, spirited writer, published by the formidable Mt. Everest of houses, Little, Brown book Group, —home to some of the best commercial women's fiction published today.

Devotees of Joanne Harris, as well as American authors Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Weiner, will just love Joyce Mandeville’s Careful Mistakes.

5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful, warm, witty novel. 3 May 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is one book where the book jacket delivers on the promises. The natural crises of life and death do seem like a good time. The book opens with a death bed scene with snapshots from life that are both amusing in their perceptive observation of family sub-text conversation, and outright funny. Not that the subjects are taken lightly- death, religion, abortion are serious topics. But here they are explored in a wonderful life-affirming way. This book is neither fluffy, or stuffy; neither light, or heavy. Mandeville captures the real stuff of women's lives, the turning point events, and gives them a thorough yet enjoyable exploration. I recommend Careful Mistakes highly

A TWIST OF LIGHT:
 Most Helpful Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Tell the Truth, but Tell it Slant—’, June 28, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Emily Dickinson's timeless advice applies perfectly to the theme of author Joyce Mandeville’s light-hearted, yet emotionally poignant must-read of the season, A Twist of Light. This lively account chronicles the adventures of a woman who sees auras, organizing her life and relations by the twists of light she sees both in others and herself.

A highly entertaining journey through life’s ups and downs from California to Sussex sets the fictional stage for a witty, yet deeply heartfelt narrative of an utterly indefatigable woman endowed with remarkable insight and perseverance, who forges ahead with grace and aplomb, —despite the various 'twists of fate' life throws in her way.

This novel chronicles the story of Lizzie, a remarkably kind and open-hearted woman, who, —after a terribly calamitous childhood—, manages to create for herself and her loved ones a happily, however unique, functional family life amid the quaint Sussex countryside. While this part of the narrative would more than satisfy the majority of readers for an entertaining and thought-provoking story, the author goes even farther in her depiction of the wonderfully spirited Lizzie. When her aura reading produces some very disturbing visions of herself, she exudes tranquility amid discordance, thereby offering an inspirational message to all who feel the weight of life's burdens. A Twist of Light is certainly a must-read, not only for summer, but all-season reading.

Now available as an e-book, this digital version reads easily, thanks to the special care the editors at Little Brown have taken with preparing the electronic manuscripts from their original printed versions.

After a bout with her own 'twists of fate', (proving that 'truth is stranger than fiction'), author Joyce Mandeville is back, —with new energetic, witty, and delightfully spirited insights into life's quirky bits—, through her new electronic collections of three novels, available on Amazon, as well as on all major ebook platforms.

Long-standing fans of her fiction await even more works to be available from the digital pen of this impressively talented, spirited writer, published by the formidable Mt. Everest of houses, Little, Brown book Group, —home to some of the best commercial women's fiction published today.

Devotees of Joanne Harris, as well as American authors Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Weiner, will just love Joyce Mandeville’s A Twist of Light.

 Meeting a woman who is wild, kind and funny with a past June 18, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
The writing in this book was so good I just wanted to lap it up. I haven't laughed so much in a long time. Many of the issues in the book are hard and serious issues: the main character is brought up initially by a mother who was totally unprepared to have a child. Then she was thrust into a wild escape with her older sister which ends up in disaster leaving her very emotionally scarred. But, as she heals she gains a voice and the voice is often very funny, very innocent, and very touching. The style of the book is not as a straightforward narrative, rather, each section starts with a letter, either from Lizzy to her daughter, or later in the book from Lizzy's daughter to her boyfriend. Lizzy slowly is revealing the history of her youth which her daughter had never heard. After each letter there is a section about what is happening in the contemporary time period followed by part of the story of Lizzy's youth. Though there are the hard issues of life discussed here, I am really glad to have met Lizzy, a woman who is wild, kind and funny with a past.

5.0 out of 5 stars memorable and beautifully written June 2, 2014
Format:Paperback
Joyce Mandeville’s A Twist of Light is a rich and multilayered pleasure. The captivating narrative unfolds through delightful, revealing letters from an English housewife to her student daughter, who is retracing a path her mother had once traveled herself; and vivid flashbacks of the older woman’s horrific childhood. This beautifully written, engrossing novel provides not only a poignant exploration of how the past shapes and defines us, but a life-affirming illustration of how love and hope can help us escape its hold. 

5.0 out of 5 stars A Powerful story that was hard to put down! May 19, 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Right from the start I found myself absorbed in this story. Joyce uses a very interesting writing technique, keeping three story lines going throughout the novel. They work perfectly together, are easy to follow, and make perfect sense. Each chapter reveals a litte more, not too much, but just enough, to make me want to go on reading and reading. The characters are deep and the reader is easily able to sympathize with certain ones, while feeling disdain for others. I became emotionally caught up in the plight of these characters. Joyce paints her story in such deep colors that I felt that I was in the background watching the words come to life. While not vulgar, there is nothing prissy about Joyce's writing. This story combines drama, adventure, mystery, romance and family all into one page-turning novel. I loved this book and highly recommend it.

GLORY DAYS:
  enchanting and magical June 2, 2014
Format:Paperback
In the wake of what might be a miracle, real change begins in the lives of characters stuck in the ruts of their difficult lives. But it takes a child’s vision and hope to bring these miracles into play. Glory Days is a superbly written novel, full of gentle wit and keen observations – an engaging story of transformation and renewed hope, peopled with characters you will long remember. 
Another powerfully written story by Joyce Mandeville!,
May 20, 2014

This review is from: Glory Days (Paperback)
Again Joyce has written a solid story with strong, interesting characters. The style is much different from her last novel, A TWIST Of LIGHT, but again the reader has no trouble becoming absorbed in the story, due to the vivid descriptions and the background information that is well placed along the way. The time period is earlier...depression era, but the novel is by no means depressing, but quite often rather up-lifting. I wanted to read on and on! I loved that the reader was not left hanging, and that closure was provided for all the main characters. I hope that Joyce will be providing this reader with another novel in the near future. Her first three have been thoroughly enjoyable!

5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, painful, full of wonder . . . . June 5, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This beautifully written novel is set in a quirky and utterly believable small town during the Great Depression. Artfully developed, the adult characters are original and painfully imperfect. Each struggles with their own private sense of loss, regret and isolation. In their midst, a confident child, full of hope, attuned to possibilities and, most importantly, a believer in miracles, becomes a catalyst for a series of remarkable changes. Absolutely magical! I read it twice.