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The 19th Wife (Black Swan)

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

Fascinating

I really enjoyed this book which I thought was excellently written. It is set in two time periods  the present day and the nineteenth century. The modern narrative follows Jordan who has been rejected by his family who are a cult derived from Mormanism and follow polygamy (which is no longer acceptable in the mainstream church). His birth mother has been accused of killing her hu ...

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Love and Summer (Penguin)

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

Elegant Writing

Everything is decaying in this short novel set in 1950s Ireland. The book begins with a funeral at which a stranger to the village appears who is photographing the local cinema which is in ruins and preparing his family home for sale because he cannot keep it up. There are strained relationships, a marriage of convenience and an overall feeling of people living lives that are not ...

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Fade-Out (Bloomsbury Reader)

2.0 Stars2.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Old Fashioned Cold War Science Fiction

This book is set in the cold war period when the tension between Russia and USA is at its height.  This is a typical UFO book where we meet the high ranking officals in the USA government as they try to work out the UFO threat. Not only is this book written in the cold war era, the style is also of the time. We are introduced to large numbers of government officals at the start of this book with more adde ...

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Lost For Words: If you loved THE KEEPER OF LOST THINGS, you’ll love this (Zaffre)

5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars  by Sara Eames

One of the best books I have read this year

This book is high in the running for my best book of 2017.  I totally loved this book - it is a great story with believable characters and a strong plot.  I laughed, cried and empathised with Loveday Carew and the story she had to tell.  I cannot praise this book highly enough and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a story that draws you in and refuses to let you go until you have read the very last ...

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All Families are Psychotic (Vintage Canada)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Anne

Started well but became silly

This started as a novel about a seriously dysfunctional family who meet together as one of them is scheduled to go on a space flight. Each family member has an issue and they are all facing some sort of crisis. It is all a little far-fetched but written well, with plenty of witty prose, and you can identify to some degree with all the observations about family dynamics. Buy Book Now Read Review

 
 

Where Dead Men Meet: The adventure thriller of the year (Headline Review)

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

A Good Read

This is a thriller of a rather old fashioned type and it is all the better for that. It seemed to me to be reminiscent of "The Thirty Nine Steps" and similar novels. It is set in 1937 in Europe where Luke Hamilton becomes involved in a murder. He hasn't committed the crime but he finds himself on the run from the authorities and more shady characters. As with all good thrillers he ...

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The Rector's Daughter (Virago Modern Classics) (Virago)

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

Elegant writing - well observed

This is a story of loss and regret as Mary, the rector's daughter of the title, grows up plain and virtually unwanted, sees the possibility of happiness, tastes it for a brief moment and then has to live without it. It is a well observed book about the real plight of some women in 1920s Britain who are required to live a life constrained by the expectations of others. In places I ...

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Freedom’s Child (Harper)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Anne

A one-off read. Quick and easy

The writing style of this book is very "in your face", especially the bits that are told from the point of view of the main character Freedom/Nessa. She is a difficult woman with some real problems including drinking too much, starting fights and swearing. It is obvious from the beginning that she has experienced trauma in her life and that she is struggling to cope with things fr ...

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The Perfect Neighbours (Killer Reads)

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

Lots of Questions

Helen is the new wife who comes into a settled ex-pat community in Germany set around an international school. She quickly finds it all a bit overpowering and claustopobic. Her husband Gary is away teaching all day and she feels bombarded by Louisa, the headmaster's wife, to conform and join in all that she does. From coffee mornings to the school shop from the swimming club to the local outdoor pool, Louis ...

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The Dark Tower II: The Drawing Of The Three: (Volume 2) (Hodder Paperbacks)

4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Stephen Found

The creation of the Ka-tet.

The second volume of a series of seven. The Dark Tower is a fantasy story, set in another world. This story picks up from where book 1, The Gunslinger, finishes. At the end of the first book Roland learns that he must find three accomplices to help him on his quest to find the Dark Tower and this book tells us how that is done. We are effectively given three mini stories, two of which interlink and the mai ...

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The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger (Hodder Paperbacks)

5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars  by Stephen Found

Welcome to Rolands world

The first volume of a series of seven. The Dark Tower is a fantasy story, set in another world. The purpose of ths volume is to introduce us to Roland of Gilead, the last gunslinger in his world who is on a quest to find the Dark Tower. What the Dark Tower actually is we do not know and more importantly, neither does Roland. Roland just knows how to find it and that he has to do just that. We meet Roland w ...

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The Toymakers (Del Rey)

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

A Magical Book in a Magical Emporium

This is a magical story about a magical place. The Emporium sits in a quiet alleyway in London. It opens on the night of the first frost and closes at the flowering of the first snowdrop. Inside is a magical toyshop like no other. The building doesn't seem quite big enough to contain the many aisles and floors that exist on the inside. The toys are just a little bit more special and magical than real toys. ...

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