Book Review : Bartholomew by Mimi Black

Bartholomew is a Novella that tells the story of a young woman, Haley, who befriends a man who is a little different.  He is mysterious and a bit quirky,  he has a thing about apples and hats.

I know that I have not written a great synopsis but its the first time that I’ve read a novella and I really don’t want to give too much away (and I’m still new to this book review lark).   I am a slow reader and if I’m not enjoying a book then I read slower but this story kept me turning the pages.

Mimi Black gives us a book where each paragraph is vital, there is no filler anywhere which I’m glad of because I think it would have not complemented the story at all.  I know that I could not write a story with the pacing that Bartholomew has and it had that mysterious element straight from the beginning. The ending has a nice twist which I can safely say I did not see coming, it changed the entire tone of the story for me if I’m honest and left a couple of questions hanging. I can’t say why without spoiling the ending so I’ll shut up about that bit.

My biggest grievance was that there was not enough!  I want to know more of where Bartholomew came from, what got him to the little coffee shop where he met Haley?  Why did he find her so intriguing.  What’s with the apples?

If you havent guessed I enjoyed this story, a lot, and I will no doubt read it again soon.  I enjoyed the way Mimi Black writes and I must find out  if she has anything else out there that I can read.

Please go and have a little look at the first chapter which you can do so for free at the link posted below 🙂


The next book that I will be reading is a true classic; The War Of The Worlds by H.G. Wells.  My granddad recently gave me this book and I am a little ashamed to say that this will be the first time that I will have read it!

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