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Chocolat (Black Swan)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Anne

A fable about men's religion and women's magic

Viane settles in a small French town and opens a shop selling chocolate and other luxury treats. There is a lot of opposition to what she is doing from the local priest especially because it is the beginning of Lent. As the book develops you see Viane standing for life, love, indulgence, kindness and generosity and the priest representing dryness, bitterness, judgement and cruelty ...

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The Secret Art of Forgiveness: A feel good romance about coming home and moving on (Carina)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Anne

Not quite as predictable as I first thought

Emily lives a great life in New York and her boyfriend has just proposed marriage when she is called back to her childhood home in England to care for her ailing stepfather. While she is there she discovers that success is not always what is important and that forgiveness is necessary for everyone to move on. F ...

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The Fifth Rule of Ten: A Tenzing Norbu Mystery (Dharma Detective 5) (Hay House Uk)

2.0 Stars2.0 Stars  by Anne

I got confused

I really struggled with this book and it may be because I haven't read all the earlier ones in the series and also because I don't know much about Buddhism. Ten was a Buddhist monk and then became a member of the police service. He then left them and has become a private investigator. He has a girlfriend and so ...

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Small Gods: Discworld Novel 13: A Discworld Novel (Discworld Novels) (Corgi)

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

Religion - the Discworld way

In this book the author moves away from his well known characters and creates a new "hero" in the form of Brutha, a novice in the religion which follows the god Om. As it happens, Om has materialised in the form of a tortoise and needs Brutha's help but Brother Brutha is being used by the religious authorities in political games. In the course of the book the author shines a clear ...

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The Red House (Vintage)

2.0 Stars2.0 Stars  by Anne

I never engaged with this book

A family decide to spend their summer holiday with relatives that they don't know. Angela and Richard are brother and sister who have avoided each other for years and have recently had to be in touch because of the death of their mother. I think that the idea of having a holiday together is intended to help them connect after the years of estrangement. Both siblings bring their fa ...

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Crosstalk (Gollancz)

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

Clever idea

Briddey has an operation at the behest of her fiancé Trent. This is supposed to make them more empathetic to one another before their marriage (although you work out pretty easily and quickly that Trent must have another agenda because he is so obviously not a nice man - goodness knows what Briddey sees in him). What really happens is that Briddey can suddenly read minds and her ...

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Pan)

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

Compelling reading

This is an unusual book and an eye opening one. Henrietta Lacks was a black woman who died of cancer in Baltimore in 1951. She had grown up in poverty, married a cousin, moved to the city and battled cancer. She suffered from an aggressive form of cervical cancer and did not have the money or the opportunity to recover. What makes her story different is that the cancer cells which ...

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At the Sign of the Sugared Plum (Bloomsbury Publishing PLC)

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

Written for younger teenagers

This is a book for young teenagers and has the restrictions that writing for that age range requires. It is a short and easy read for an adult and not very satisfying if you are looking for complexity or depth but I think that younger teenagers would enjoy it and I have rated it accordingly. The book is about H ...

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The Woman in the Wood (Penguin)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Poor Language

15 year old twins Maisy & Duncan are sent to live with their stern & disapproving Grandmother. Their Father is emotionally as well as physically distant and their Mother has been committed to an asylum. Maisy and Duncan settle into life in the New Forest taking lessons with a private tutor and making friends. Then disaster strikes and Duncan goes missing. I struggled with this book for three main reasons. ...

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The Book Thief (Black Swan)

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

Quirky style hides a harrowing tale

Liesel is taken into a family in a small German town when her mother can no longer care for her. It is the period of Nazi rule in Germany and people are forced to do terrible and unlikely things to survive - this is a constant theme in the book as Liesel lives her new life in her strange family, makes friends, adapts to having a fugitive living in the basement, and begins to defin ...

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The Dark and Hollow Places (Forest of Hands & Teeth 3) (Gollancz)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Anne

Disappointing

This is the third in this series and I felt that it was the weakest. The three books are all connected and there is a sort of story arc between them but they don't form a true trilogy. The first book ("The Forest of Hands and Teeth") featured Mary who escaped from her village through the zombie infested forest. The second book ("The Dead Tossed Waves") featured her daughter. This ...

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Indian Summer (Corgi)

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

A Comfortable Read

I have read books by Marcia Willet in the past & found her a very relaxing writer. Her books tend to lean towards the "cosy" style with a little bit of an extra twist. This book lived up to this style and was very enjoyable. The story is set around a very small community of people consisting of aging actor, Sir Mungo and his houseguest Kit, Mungo's brother Archie and his wife Camilla and the young army wif ...

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