Mary Ann Peden-Coviello


I'm a writer, a wife, a mother (both of natural and unofficially adopted sons) in no particular order.

I have a preference for a lot of British spelling. Shoot me.

My humour is a little dry, a little caustic, a little bit on the punny side of the street.

I'm a Christian but don't believe in battering people over the head with my religion. Just don't batter me with yours and we'll be fine.

My politics are a little to the left of centre.


This member has not published any books.

Smashwords book reviews by Mary Ann Peden-Coviello

  • Among Women on March 12, 2011

    This book looks at first glance as though it's "woman's lit," but it's much more than that. True, the cast of characters is mainly female but the depth of writing and the insights into human nature take this way beyond "woman's lit." The main character, Pearl Caldwell, learns so much about herself and about the other women she meets and you will find yourself wondering about the people you meet in your own life. What has brought them to this point in their journeys? The writing is also outstanding, literary in the best sense of the word. J.M Cornwell never talks down to the reader and writes with fire and passion. Among Women is a book that will stay with you. I loved it.
  • Pillow Talk on June 16, 2011

    This is a twisted little tale. A dystopian futuristic situation and a flawed, damaged narrator leave the reader gasping in the last few sentences. The writer, using a pen-name here, is masterful in leaving clues all throughout so I said, "Of course!" when I came to the end. I didn't feel cheated or tricked. The ending was still a stunner, but made perfect sense.
  • White Christmas Pansies on Dec. 04, 2011

    This is a tender, well-written love story. It doesn't start out as much of a love story as the narrator's opening line is along the lines of "After Christmas, I'm going to leave my husband." There is a lot of heart, a lot of insight into human nature and husband and wife dynamics. It's a short story, quick to read. It's apt to linger in your heart long after you finish it. I enjoyed it very much indeed.