Book Review · Nonfiction · OnlineBookClub

Granny’s Stories by Margaret Henderson


Genre: Non-Fiction
Number of Pages: 130
Publication Date: August 9, 2016

Rating: 3-star-review out of 5
OBC Rating: 2 out of 4 stars
To Learn More About the Book, Click: Granny’s Stories on OBC Bookshelves

*This was part of the Book of the Day Program*

downloadMargaret Henderson has compiled several stories of her youth in this short read. Originally meant for her granddaughters, she decided to publish it in a book form to share her stories with others.

This feisty woman has had adventures, met interesting people, and has had experiences that many don’t experience.


The general concept of the book is sweet and a nice recollection of one woman’s life. She has stories from her times in France, Berlin, Sudan, Scotland, East Africa, Malta, Zanzibar, Sweden, Italy, and more!

It is clear to the reader that Henderson has lived a very fulfilling life while finding time to get married and have children among her adventures.

Though the writing is simple, I found the read pretty uninteresting and challenging to connect with anyone. It is clear these are just snapshots of Henderson’s life, but due to the brevity of each story, all of the people she has meet are all blurred. With the exception of “Big Duncan”, her father, Henderson’s experiences are also blurred since there are so many included.

I found myself needing to slow down because I just wanted to finish the read. Perhaps if the author included why these specific events were so significant in her life or a bit more historical facts, then it might have been a more engaging read.

Overall, a sweet concept, but there were too many stories without much detail that none really stick out.

Sure. To those who would like to read short stories about one woman’s journey around the world.

2 thoughts on “Granny’s Stories by Margaret Henderson

  1. Thank you for taking the time to read and review my little book. A fair assessment for I am aware of its shortcomings. I used other people who left an impression on me to chart my own life – I felt that this was a modest means of telling my story. People in my own age group, British people in particular, will appreciate the historical background.
    I am happy to have achieved my goal of writing a history for grand-daughters, Thanks again for your time and efforts. Margaret Henderson

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Absolutely! I do appreciate the historical background. I think some were a bit too quick for me. But, I think it’s great that you were able to accomplish your goal of writing a history for your granddaughters and for others.

      Thank you for sharing your stories and taking the time to read my review and commenting! 🙂
      – Heidi


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