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The End of Temperance Dare: A Novel (Lake Union Publishing)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Started Well with a Poor Ending

Eleanor Harper is heading for her first day as the new director of the Cliffside Arts Foundation. The previous director, Penelope Dare, was the last of the family who set up the retreat for people to work for a set period on a particular arts project be it writing, painting, photography or anything similar. As Eleanor settles into Cliffside House she becomes aware of a few strange goings on - noises in the ...

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Fingersmith (Virago Press Ltd)

5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars  by Anne

A complex and clever novel

This is a complex and surprising historical novel which kept me engaged all the way through. The story starts with Sue who is a thief and an orphan with a mysterious past who lives with a "family" of similar characters in a Victorian slum. Her mentor/mother figure Mrs Sucksby "farms" babies and other members o ...

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The Kept Woman: (Will Trent Series Book 8) (The Will Trent Series) (Century)

5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars  by Anne

A gripping read - especially if you already know the characters

You really mustn't start here if you are new to Karin Slaughter's novels because this book assumes a lot of prior knowledge so that you can follow the relationships between characters. In this novel the author has joined together her series featuring Sara Linton ( a doctor) and Will Trent (an Atlanta Detective) by moving Sara to Atlanta, having her start a relationship with Will, ...

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The Angels' Share (The Bourbon Kings) (Piatkus)

4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Anne

A saga of a dysfunctional and self-destructive family

This is very much the second instalment in a family saga and you are best served to have read "The Bourbon Kings" before tackling this one. It is also worth noting that this novel moves the overall story arc onwards but leaves a lot of stuff unresolved at the end - it is a serial rather than a series. This means that we now have to wait for the next book to be published to find ou ...

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William Wenton and the Luridium Thief (Walker Books)

5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Great Fun - Plenty of Action

William Wenton is a clever lad who can break codes. He and his parents are living quietly in Norway in hiding from what or whom William doesn't know. Then one day William breaks a code & they are discovered! What follows is a fast action story rather akin to a young Alex Rider or a very young James Bond. There are amazing robots, talking doors, carnivorous plants.......William's world is turned upside down! ...

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The Night Visitor (Quercus)

5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Struggled to Put it Down

Professor Olivia Sweetman has far too many balls in the air - an achademic career, the imminent release of her first book, a fledgeling TV career, three children one of whom is a teenage boy rapidly heading off the rails and a husband who is never there. Throw into the mix an au pair that she doesn't like much but is relying on and Olivia is barely holding onto her life. Then there is Vivian. A socially ine ...

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The Raven's Head (Headline Review)

4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Debra Found

A Gothic Mix of Dark History & Fantasy

I have read a couple of Karen Maitland's books in the past and was keen to give this a try when I spotted it in the library. Unlike the previous books I have read, this story includes tales of alchemy and an element of fantasy as well as the basic history. There are three main threads in this book which you will be glad to hear do join up and make sense in the latter part of the book. Each chapter takes on ...

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Rotherweird (Jo Fletcher Books)

4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Debra Found

A Marmite Book

Well - Rotherweird by name & Rather Weird by nature. This is definitely an unusual book. Rotherweird is a small town in England which is isolated from the rest of the country. The residents are not allowed to research their past and don't employ modern technology such as petrol vehicles, computers or even telephones. It is attached to a fantasy land via a series of magic tiles.  I won't attempt to further ...

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Joshua Cleans up (Austin Macauley Publishers)

4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Great for Showing Routine

This is a day in the life of Joshua - getting up, eating, playing, listening to stories, tidying up and so on. Nothing special goes on and I am sure it is a routine day that many under fives can relate to. The pictures are bright and eye catching without being garish. There is enough in the picture to make them interesting without them being too busy and taking a child's attention away from the text that i ...

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The Idea of You (Lake Union Publishing)

4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Light Reading - I Didn't Get Involved

This is the story of Lucy, a high flying executive who has a great marriage to Jonah, a great house and a job she loves. There is a little bit of tension with her mother but otherwise Lucy seems to have it all....except for a baby. Into this mix is thrown Camille, Jonah's 16 year old daughter from a previous marriage who comes to stay. I did enjoy this book despite it all getting a little sicky sweet in so ...

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Black Water Lilies (W&N)

4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Anne

A clever piece of storytelling

This is a mystery based in the small town of Giverny which is famous for being the home of Monet and where his house and the famous pond which he painted so often are situated. We are told from the beginning that this is the story of three women, all of whom are residents of the town, a girl, a middle-aged wife and an elderly widow. The story is told from the points of view of these women and also features ...

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Prep (Black Swan)

4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Anne

The American class system examined in depth

Lee Fiora comes from a small town but obtains a scholarship to an exclusive private school - confusingly for British readers called a prep school when she is actually a teenager. Lee has shone in her home environment but she is out of place at Ault in every way and she finds as she progresses through school that she is an outsider at school and increasingly at home as well. The st ...

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