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Pop-up Things That Go! (Walker Books)

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

Great Pop-Ups

This is a pop-up book which is ideal for younger children of approximately 14 months upwards. The book measures approximately 4.5" by 5" by 1.75" which is ideal for slipping into a bag, pushchair or car. Although the pop-ups are in quite firm card this is obviously going to be a potential for damage. Unfortunately that is just the way it goes with these types of book. Each double page has a picture of some ...

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The Temptation of Gracie (Simon & Schuster UK)

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

A Great Read

Gracie is a mousey & quite woman who is actually very efficient. In her Devon village she is greatly overlooked but in reality she enables many events to run smoothly. It comes as an enormous surprise (and great inconvenience) when the village discover Gracie is planning to go away for a holiday - to Italy on a cookery course of all things! It comes as a shock to her excessively busy daughter & teenage gran ...

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Shelter: Tales Of The Aftermath (Solaris)

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

Great Post Apocalyptic Book

Set sometime in the future following an asteroid strike civilization is starting to evolve. In The Parish there are large farms each supporting several families. This is a simple barter system. However, life is not so relaxed elsewhere - is there unrest in the Cotswolds? Is the fortified city state of Guz (aka Plymouth) seeking to take over other areas and what is going on in Margate? As post-apocalyptic b ...

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Fried Green Tomatoes At The Whistle Stop Cafe (Vintage)

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

Lovely story

What can I say...I loved this book.  It is one of the best novels I've read so far this year.  The characters were well-written and the plot moved at a steady pace.  I enjoyed the way it jumped from past to present and back again and found it very easy to follow.  It is a poignant, bitter-sweet story with plenty of humour and excellent characters that I will, almost certainly, read again.

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Call of the Curlew (Doubleday)

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

Very Atmospheric

Set on the isolated saltmarshes during WWII, this is an atmospheric, gothic style mystery novel. Virginia is 10 when Clem & Lorna Wrathmell collect her from the orphanage. It doesn't take her long to feel the undercurrents between Clem and Lorna as well as those with Max Deering. Widower Max owns the manor and likes to feel that he owns other things besides. One New Year's Eve a German bomber comes down out ...

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A Gathering of Ghosts (Headline Review)

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

Thorough Historical Research

I have been a fan of Karen Maitland's books for a while now having read several. I was so pleased when the opportunity arose to read this one. Set in 14th century Dartmoor, we see the clash between the Church and the old ways. The sisters of the Knights of St John have taken over the pagan well & dedicated it to St Lucia. Pilgrims come from far & wide to take its water & look for healing. On the moor Morwe ...

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The Love Letter (Pan)

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

Good Read But a Bit far-Fetched at the End

James Harrison the famous actor has died. At his funeral an elderly lady feels unwell & asks a young journalist, Joanna Haslam, to take her home. What follows is a twisty tale of intrigue and love. Jo ends up tangled up in a complicated story which affects, and possibly even threatens, her life. This book was headed for a five star review but during the last quarter the author got a bit carried away and pu ...

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Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe) (Walker Books)

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

Slow Start - Good Last Quarter

This is the second book in the "Arc of a Scythe" series. The first being simply called Scythe. Unfortunately I didn't feel that this gripped me in quite the same way as the first book. In this book we continue to follow the lives of the people we met in the first book, primarily Rowan & Citra. Rowan is now an outlaw having escaped from the Conclave at the end of the last book. Citra is now Scythe Anastasia ...

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Grist Mill Road (Macmillan USA)

2.0 Stars2.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Couldn't Engage

I tried to like this book but it just didn't happen for me. In 1982 three youngsters are out for the day, on their bikes, playing like most children did. They are just on that cusp between being children  & seeing playing games as beneath them. Hannah gets tied to a tree and shot with a BB gun by Matthew. Patrick doesn't try to stop it. This is quite a gruesome opening to the book and is described in deta ...

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The Forgotten Room: a gripping, chilling thriller that will have you hooked (HQ Digital)

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

Well Construced Plot

Maura Lyle takes up a post as a nurse for an elderly gentleman, Gordon Henderson. He lives in a crumbling manor with just a daily cleaner for company. Although Gordon is not a particularly nice man & the manor is not a welcoming house, the job is not difficult. Just over the fields a new estate is being built on what was once the land belonging to the manor. That is until unearthed bones stop the work. Grad ...

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The Silent Girls (Carina)

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

Well Constructed - Great Read

Edie returns to Coronation Square to clear out her Aunt's house. It was a place of mixed memories from her childhood - her gentle Uncle Dickie who liked to make clockwork toys, her fearsome Grandmother Beatie and her strange Aunt Dolly. Edie has more recent memories she is also trying to escape as she finishes the split from her abusive husband. The house is disgusting - filled from top to bottom with rubbi ...

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Another Mother (Bloodhound Books)

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

Slow Start but Interesting Read

Lu is a young lady whose life has stalled. She gives up her dead end job and, following the sudden accidental death of her Mother, is at a loose end. Her days revolve around supporting her Father and supposedly looking for jobs. A chance comment by a helpful neighbour sets her on a trail to find her birth mother. Once contact has been made, Lu seems prepared to settle for a while in the quiet Cornish villag ...

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