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The Blue Handbag Paperback – August 1, 2009

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Fiona Robyn is a writer and a blogger. She writes to help herself and other people to pay attention, and because she loves to. She writes a daily blog at and a blog about being a writer at She collects other people's small stones at She lives happily in rural Hampshire in the UK with her cats Silver and Fatty, and her vegetable patch.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Snowbooks Ltd (August 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905005997
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905005994
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,800,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By flourchild on October 3, 2009
Format: Paperback
I had a good time reading this book. Having two skin cancer surgeries over the last two weeks, I think it actually got me through them. There is a lot of sitting in the waiting room to see if they got it all, and sometimes (like last time) they have to do it all over again if they didn't. The doctor was surprised I didn't mind at all and it is because I was unable to put this book down. I made it clear to him, however, that I leave when the book ends! At the beginning, I had a difficult time with British expressions (I think a jumper must be a sweater?) but I soon got into the groove and even learned some. I am always pretty good at seeing ahead and, at least at some point, can tell what will happen. Several times during this book, I thought I knew how it would unravel. WRONG! All wrong. Every time. It is about an older, rather quirky, gentleman whose wife has died after a long and happy marriage. He gets clues that his wife had an outside life of which he was unaware. I don't want to give away too much, so I will say it was well written and intriguing... no cliche ending and never disappointing. The main characters are lovable and I felt satisfied when I closed the book for the final time. I especially love the way the main character, the husband, Leonard, talks to his dog and asks his opinions. Most of us that own pets do that, but few admit it! In the midst of being entertained, I also learned a lot about gardening as Leonard was a gardener by occupation. I think this would be a great movie, and now that the book has ended, I've been occupying my thoughts with who would play the parts if that came about! I thought this would be "chick-lit" and I don't consider it so. There's no overt romance involved..just a truly lovely story of devotion and questioning whether we really ever know someone. Ms.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. B. Smith on November 15, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
What would you do if you suddenly found that the person you were married to for many years had a secret life, a life that didn't gel with you knew her/him to be? That is the premise behind Fiona Robyn's "The Blue Handbag". Leonard, still grieving for his wife Rose, finds a ticket in a handbag of hers that seems inexplicable to him. Leonard is a father, grandfather, friend, husband, and most importantly, a good man. Three years after his wife Rose has died, he is almost ready to move on until he discovers the mystery of the wife he knew so well. Weaving an intriguing plot with great characters, Robyn has produced a novel that is a fine read about people we'd like to know. Pickles the dog is a particular favorite character.It is definitely worth reading.
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To deal with the death of his wife Rose must be hard enough, but when he discovers some items in her blue handbag Leonard, a gentle soul, has to contend with the possibility that he doesn't know his wife as well as he thought he did and that she may have been keeping secrets from him.

Gardener, Leonard, decides that instead of mulling things over and working himself up into a state he must take action, but peace of mind may not always lead to happiness. With the help of Lily, his wife's old school friend, he tentatively delves into uncovering secrets which have lain dormant for years. Will he be strong enough to cope with the consequences?

Fiona Robyn writes with remarkable perception about one man's tenacious search for answers and the knowledge that the truth may not be what he wants to hear. She strikes the perfect balance between a captivating, yet realistic plot, and the accurate portrayal of her characters' intricate lives and the relationships they build. As this story unfolds Robyn has captured the essence of what it means to have one's life thrown into disarray, and how it is possible to overcome life's obstacles with caring friendships and a loving family, even though they each also have their own issues to deal with. Pickles the dog is also a sweetheart and plays an important role in Leonard's life as his coping mechanism and faithful friend. This book made me smile, laugh out loud and shed a tear. Now, that's what I call entertainment!
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