The Other Side of Loss

  • Title: The Other Side of Loss
  • Author: TomVaughan
  • ISBN: 9780993050923
  • Page: 376
  • Format: ebook
  • The Other Side of Loss When the Revd Robert Melton first arrives at St Mungo s his initial enthusiasm quickly turns to despondency until the biggest jackpot in US lottery history triggers a series of uncanny events that th
    When the Revd Robert Melton first arrives at St Mungo s, his initial enthusiasm quickly turns to despondency until the biggest jackpot in US lottery history triggers a series of uncanny events that throws him, and the seemingly unconnected lives of people on both sides of the Atlantic, into a vortex of questioning, self doubt and the search for truth For all of them, trWhen the Revd Robert Melton first arrives at St Mungo s, his initial enthusiasm quickly turns to despondency until the biggest jackpot in US lottery history triggers a series of uncanny events that throws him, and the seemingly unconnected lives of people on both sides of the Atlantic, into a vortex of questioning, self doubt and the search for truth For all of them, try as they might to escape it, the past remains a constant presence.From the run down despair of Robert s dying inner London parish to the yearnings for love and physical contact of the city s social outcasts and from the money driven hubris of Manhattan s financial elite to the home spun wisdom of rural New England The Other Side of Loss is a modern day parable of loss and redemption, of despair and triumph, of human weakness and the life affirming salvation of human strength in all its meanings Any novel that weaves a high tension narrative out of two priests, prostitution, and a lottery ticket has to keep you turning the pages Gyles Brandreth Zounds Not since Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein has a colourful story come from a surprising source Tom Vaughan is a very imaginative soul George Butler, film producer, The Endurance, Roving Mars, Tiger Tiger

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    About TomVaughan


    1. My twin brother Richard and I were born and raised in the family home of Courtfield in Herefordshire, UK The family moved to the Cotswolds, where for a while we lived in a rambling establishment, The Manor House at Bourton on the Water Within a couple of years we were on the move again, this time to the other extreme, to 7 1 2 Smith Terrace, a tiny house in Chelsea A little later we made a third move and, for a while, settled in a substantial family home at 2 Cambridge Place.I married in 1979 and raised three wonderful children with my wife in our house on Pembroke Villas, London We have now moved back to Herefordshire only a few miles away from my family home, Courtfield.


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    1. I could not put this book down, I enjoyed all of the twists and turns. Being from New London, I couldn't get enough of the local references. Tom's vision of religion was refreshing and familiar. My book club invited Tom to attend the night that we discussed this book, and I loved hearing his many stories about the characters that he developed and who they related to in his life. Read this book, you will not be disappointed.

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    2. 2.5 stars out of 5The Other Side of Loss is at turns sentimental and at other times a sensational story. Tom Vaughan takes the reader on an emotional rollercoaster which falls flat because his unconvincing characterisation forces the plot along to where it needs to go in terms of the story but without the heart to move the reader to feel they share it alongside the characters.Initially, the book seems that it will follow the lives of two London based characters: Robert Melton is the newly appoin [...]

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    3. I think I'd have to call this a novel of ideas. Tom Vaughn has come up up with an intriguing plot and some potentially fascinating characters. The ideas in question include those of right and wrong, religion vs spirituality, acceptance vs rejection. I do think the book might have benefitted from more stringent editing, not least from the point of view of continuity. For example, the chief protagonist seems to be about 40 during the main part of the novel, yet his grandmother appears to be in her [...]

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    4. I started reading this book because it involved my town, New London, NH. But it quickly became one of the most interesting stories I've ever read. It's view of religion, particularly priests, is very thought provoking. I sent a copy to my brother who is very involved with his church so we could discuss it. It makes no difference what your belief is or whether or not you do it's a very good read, you'll enjoy it.

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    5. Well, I have to say, this is the book club pick that took me the longest amount of time to finish. That is, of the ones that I actually finished. It was quite a story. While it had its redeeming qualities, on the whole, it was not my favorite book club pick. It sure did give us some interesting topics of discussion during book club - but this is not a book I would have read on my own.

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    6. This is truly one of the worst books I have ever read. I'd be annoyed at the author but its my fault for persevering. Body-swerve if you can.

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    7. I had the privilege of reading this book free through a Giveaway. Overall, I really enjoyed the book. It was an uplifting story about the corruption of money and the search for the good things in life, with commentary on religion and spirituality. The characters were mostly likable, and in some cases highly inspirational, and it's a book that definitely made me think about my priorities and my relationship with God. That being said, I had a few problems with the book. First of all, the narrativ [...]

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    8. Vaughan creates an utterly gripping novel from the most extraordinary characters, places and using an amazing plethora of knowledge. The way he makes you feel for the characters and empathise with them, on every level, is heart-wrenching. I found myself willing them on on a number of occasions. The descriptions will transport you to each and every location and give you the noises of New York and the sweet serenity of New Hampshire with a crystal clear portrayal of West London along the way. This [...]

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    9. This book had be so gripped that I frequently almost missed my bus stop as I was so absorbed! The fact that I was happy to carry the rather hefty paperback in my handbag for my commute says a lot about how much I enjoyed reading it! A thoroughly good read, with interesting characters and descriptions of New Hampshire. No dull moments! I look forward to reading more from the author!

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    10. ok. interesting story. bit convoluted but enjoyable read.

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    11. Daughter LOVED it! Great job Tom!

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    12. This book was a little different to what I usually read, but made a refreshing change. On the whole a great read. I won this book in the recent First Reads Giveaway.

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    13. Hmm.I enjoyed this, but at times the dialogue annoyed me - too contrived, in order to get information across to the reader, and really, the number of unbelievable coincidences was hard to swallow.

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    14. Good read and messages. Liked the references to the New London area. Thought-provoking contrasts. Really liked this book.

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