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East of the Sun (Orion)

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

Gentle but well written

This is a tale of 3 women who journey to India in 1928,the story of them on board ship & what happens when they arrive. The long sea journey to India allows us to get to know the characters & their hopes and plans for their arrival in India. The time in India develops these girls as well as giving some lovely descriptions of India of the time, particularly the difference in social class. The concept of send ...

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The Shack (Hodder Windblown)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Interesting.....

I have to say that this is an interesting and challenging book. One which I think has caused many strong reactions; both for & against. If you are looking for an actual story then this isn't for you. The storyline of this book is poor. The story is just somewhere to hang the interesting concept of God. The whole middle of this book tells of the meeting of Mack - an ordinary Christian American & God - as 3 ...

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Spider Light (Pocket Books)

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

Gripping

This is a particularly gripping tale of mystery & intrigue set round a mill, a big house & a lunatic asylum. This was a book I found hard to put down. There are several threads running though the book which occur at different times in the history of the small area round Twygrist. These do all come to a very satisfactory conclusion at the end. The characters are great particularly the Victorian Thomasina w ...

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The Shakespeare Secret (Sphere)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Good in Parts

This book is difficult to review as it had some excellent parts & some really not so good parts. It does zig zag round the world at top speed & I did struggle to keep with with where we were & who everyone was. The story did go on a bit longer than was absolutely necessary & some parts of it were rather more complicated than they need to be. However in general it was a good enough romp provided you were abl ...

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Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (Persephone Classics) (Persephone Books Ltd)

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

Cinderella for Adults

This was a wonderful book. It is set in the 1930's just before WWII. Miss Pettigrew is a down on her luck governess who has led a very dull life who suddenly gets transported into the glamorous social life of a film actress she meets by accident. This is a very light, easy going book which is easy to read. It flows well & you are itching to see what happens & just willing everything to go right for Miss Pe ...

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The Historian (Sphere)

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

Traditional Vampires

This is a well written adventure book which leads the reader on an adventure trail which ultimately leads to Count Dracula. This is not at all like the modern vampire books such as Twilight but more of a traditional story. This book is well written & travels along at a good pace to keep the reader interested but not too fast that you loose track of what is going on. The characters are well written & believe ...

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The End of Mr. Y (Canongate Books Ltd)

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

Odd but Compelling

I really enjoyed this book & found it hard to put down. However I must admit that I didn't understand everything that was going on & this was certainly a book I'd call odd. There are times when this book wanders off the story to discuss various authors & concepts - mainly psychological - not all of which I understood nor felt were necessary to the story. However this can be forgiven as the book does otherw ...

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The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox (Headline Review)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Offered Much But...

This was a book that offered mch but but for me it didn't quite deliver. The book was, on the whole, well written with good characters. It travels along at a slow amble but with enough to keep you interested & reading. The concept of an elderly relative turning up in an asylum & tracking down their history is interesting & this starts off well. However when I got to the end I felt very disappointed. I felt ...

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A Shilling For Candles (Arrow)

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

Classic Mystery

This is a good, solid detective story. There isn't too much in the way of exciting chases or violence & certainly no graphic descriptions of blood, guts & gore. What this has got, however, is a good plot which isn't too complicated & without an excess of wandering off the plot. The characters are good - maybe not amazing but well written. The story carries along in an interesting manner. I could put this b ...

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The Complaints (Orion)

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

Well Worth Reading

This was the first Ian Rankin book which I have read. I have been aware of his popularity, especially concerning his Inspector Rebus books, but had never got round to reading one myself. I did thoroughly enjoy this book. I liked the character of Malcolm Fox who had very recognisable characteristics. There are many twists & turns to the plot but I did feel able to keep up with them & they did all reach a ...

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A Dangerous Vine (Virago Press Ltd)

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

Wonderful

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is set in 1950's New Zealand - a country I know practically nothing about. Through the character of Margaret Rose, who comes from a refined middle class background, we discover New Zealand society as a whole. I had no comprehension of the land issues & social problems that the Maoris suffered during this time. We discover all of this with Margaret Rose as she explores lif ...

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Under the Eagle (Headline)

5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars  by Becky Willoughby

History with a bit of blood and guts

If you like your history with a bit of blood and guts then this is a good book for you! ? The first in a series of books about Macro and Cato and their experiences in the Roman army under Emperor Claudius. Plenty of historical information without interfering with the story. I found myself reading several hundred pages at a time as I wanted to carry on reading! Be warned an addictive series that will keep yo ...

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