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Down Station (Gollancz)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Anne

A new world with new rules

The idea in this book was original and really deserved more stars but, unfortunately, I found the characters and the writing rather let it down leaving me feeling unengaged with the book as a whole. A group of people find themselves in an underground tunnel in London including Mary and Dalip who are our main ch ...

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Lily Alone: A gripping and emotional drama (HarperImpulse)

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

Started Well Then Tailed Off

Three year old Lily awakes from her daytime nap and calls for her Mum. Mummy never comes. Lily is alone in the flat with just Archie, her bear. In a hospital not so very far away is a young woman is in a coma. Her last word was "Lily"........ This story started really well. We had various threads - Lily alone in the flat, the unknown woman in the hospital, the elderly lady in the flat below Lily and Lily's ...

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Two Lives (Abacus)

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

Exceptional lives

I found this an absolutely compelling read about the author's uncle and his wife. Shanti came from India to Germany to train as a dentist where he met Henny, a young Jewish woman. Eventually Shanti went on to London to work and eventually Henny escaped from Germany too and the pair married and made a life toge ...

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A Small Person Far Away (HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks)

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

A brilliant ending to this series - how Anna grew up

Judith Kerr's first autobiographical novel was "When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit" which is the story of her escape from pre-war Berlin with her family as a child. The book is very much told from a child's point of view and is normally marketed as a children's book although I think that any adult would find it compelling reading. In "Bombs on Aunt Dainty" the author tells of her life ...

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The Secret of Summerhayes (HQ)

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

Light Romance - Better Than Average

It is wartime & Beth is a companion to an elderly lady, Alice Summers, who lives in a country house with the army camped out in the grounds. Alice's daughter disappeared years ago but who is sending the mysterious letters? Will Beth fall for the local landowner or the young soldier whose past is mysterious? To be honest this isn't an original book and it is rather predictable. It didn't take long for me to ...

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Hush Little Baby: The most gripping domestic suspense you’ll read this year (Ebury Press (Fiction))

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

Believable - Good Twist at the End

Baby Oliver breaks his arm. No one is quite sure how it happened and social services step in. Oliver is sent to live with his Grandparents whilst the investigation takes place. This is a family with things to hide - Sally is exhausted and has a touch of post-natal depression, Richard is working a lot & teenage daughter Martha is getting herself into a mess and feels there is no one to turn to. They are a d ...

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The Vengeance of Mothers (St. Martin's Press)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Lacking Personality

Having read the advertising blurb once again, I am struggling to match it with the book I read. The blurb talks about great passion - I found the whole book quite unemotional & it certainly failed to evoke passion in me. The blurb also talks about exploring the relationships between wives, husbands & children in an outcast society which I have to say passed me by totally. As you may have gathered I struggl ...

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I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings (Virago)

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

Emotional but in the end uplifting

This is the first book of this author's autobiographical series and it is deservedly a classic. It is written with real emotion and conveys a life that is distinct from mine in a way that helps me understand what it must have been like and how the author experienced her life. The prose is elegant and the words obviously carefully chosen to convey much but it is easy to read. Parts ...

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Little Girl Lost (Coorah Creek 3) (Choc Lit)

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

Excellent light romance in Australian setting

This is the third of this series of books set in the Australian outback town of Coorah Creek but you don't need to have read the preceding two to enjoy this one. These are small town romances in a traditional style. The town is full of "characters" all of whom have a heart of gold. Outsiders don't really understand the town. People who come in and are part of the story bring large ...

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Deadly Election: Flavia Albia 3 (Falco: The New Generation) (Hodder Paperbacks)

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

The heart of the story is our heroine - and love

I loved the Falco novels by this author and am very much enjoying this new spin off series featuring his adopted daughter who is now making her own way as an informer in Ancient Rome. You don't have to have read the first two books in the series but you will enjoy them if you do and they will add a bit of background and depth to this book that will enhance it for the reader. Buy Book Now Read Review

 
 

Release (Walker Books)

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

Stuff Happens - You Can Get Through It

This is one day in the life of Adam Thorn. A fairly typical American boy who has rather extreme parents. Everything that can go wrong does and to top it all Adam nearly blows it with his boyfriend, Linus. Alongside this runs a supernatural story concerning a faun and a Queen seeking revenge for a recent murder. On the whole I did like this book. I felt for Adam who is struggling to live an ordinary life as ...

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Sister (Piatkus Books)

2.0 Stars2.0 Stars  by Anne

The twist in the plot spoiled it for me

Beatrice is writing a letter to her dead sister. She is telling her what happened since she came back to London to try and prove that her sister did not kill herself. She slowly discovers Tess's life as she visits places she has been and talks to those who knew her. She lives in her flat and even wears her clothes and through this she begins to understand who her sister was and ho ...

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