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Book Review: The Most Difficult Thing by Charlotte Philby

Book reviews By July 21, 2019 Tags: , , , 1 Comment

Charlotte Philby found the inspiration behind her debut novel in a question that arose from her grandfather’s notorious defection to Russia in 1963: what kind of person walks out on their family? On the surface, Anna Witherall personifies everything the aspirational magazine she works for represents. Married to her university boyfriend David, she has a beautiful home and gorgeous three-year-old…

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Book Review: The House of Hardie by Anne Melville

Book reviews By July 20, 2019 Tags: , , , , 4 Comments

The House of Hardie is the first book in a series by Anne Melville and tells the story of two sets of siblings from different classes, who meet in Oxford and whose lives quickly become entangled. Midge and Gordon Hardie have grown up as the children of a wine merchant. But their lot in life, to inherit The House of…

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Book Review: Then She Vanishes by Claire Douglas

Book reviews By July 19, 2019 Tags: , , , 1 Comment

Then She Vanishes opens with an uncharacteristic and shocking act, no clear motive behind it, but as Claire Douglas soon shows us, things are rarely that straightforward, especially when it comes to family. Heather and Jess were best friends – until the night Heather’s sister vanished. Jess has never forgiven herself for the lie she told that night. Nor has Heather. But…

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Book Review: Beneath the Surface by Fiona Neill

Book reviews By July 17, 2019 Tags: , , , , 1 Comment

As a local archaeological dig unearths harsh burial rites and customs, secrets in the Vermuydens’ own more recent past threaten their fragile equilibrium in Fiona Neill’s latest novel. After a chaotic childhood, Grace Vermuyden is determined her own daughters will fulfil the dreams denied to her. Lilly is everyone’s golden girl, the popular, clever daughter she never had to worry…

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Book Review: The Unmaking of Ellie Rook by Sandra Ireland

Book reviews By July 11, 2019 Tags: , , , , No Comments

What starts as one young woman’s summons home in the aftermath of her mother’s death at a local beauty spot, steeped in legend, quickly becomes something altogether darker and more troubling. A single phone call from halfway across the world is all it takes to bring her home . . . ‘Ellie, something bad has happened.’ Desperate to escape her…

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My #20BooksOfSummer 2019

Books, Reading By June 11, 2019 Tags: , , 6 Comments

Not having blogged since finishing the #AtoZChallenge in April and just over a week in, I’m joining in with the 20 Books Of Summer challenge hosted by Cathy who blogs over at 746 Books. All you need to do is read 20 books (or even 15 or 10, if you’re feeling pressed for time) between 3 June and 3 September….

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Book Review: The Zoo by Christopher Wilson

Book reviews By April 30, 2019 Tags: , , No Comments

I was browsing the shelves in Cardiff Waterstones after book group on Sunday afternoon when I came across Christopher Wilson’s The Zoo. Although I already had a book lined up for Z in the A to Z Challenge, this satire really appealed, so here we are. Meet Yuri Zipit. A boy who’s had a bang on the head in a…

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Book Review: You Think It, I’ll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld

Book reviews By April 29, 2019 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

Curtis Sittenfeld’s You Think It, I’ll Say It is a collection of eleven short stories looking at our perception of not only others but ourselves as well, and just how often we get it wrong. In ‘The World Has Many Butterflies’, a married woman flirts with a man she meets at parties by playing You think it, I’ll say it, putting…

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Book Review: Exhibit Alexandra / His Perfect Wife by Natasha Bell

Book reviews By April 27, 2019 Tags: , , , , No Comments

I am cheating ever so slightly with the book for X in the A to Z Challenge by choosing Exhibit Alexandra which came out in paperback last month retitled His Perfect Wife. Alexandra Southwood has vanished. Her husband, Marc, is beside himself. It isn’t long before the police are searching for a body. But Alexandra is alive – trapped, far…

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Book Review: The Woman in the Dark by Vanessa Savage

Book reviews, Giveaway By April 26, 2019 Tags: , , , , 3 Comments

Vanessa Savage’s debut novel The Woman in the Dark was one of my most-anticipated releases of 2019. I have to say that this is partly down to us both being in a regional group of writers who meet up occasionally. I’ve followed Vanessa’s progression to thrillers with interest. Here’s what this first one’s about: For Sarah and Patrick, family life…

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