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Book Review: No Good Brother by Tyler Keevil

Book reviews By July 25, 2018 Tags: , , , No Comments

Tyler Keevil was first published by the Welsh publisher, Parthian, which is how I discovered him. Having enjoyed all his previous books, including The Drive published by Myriad rather than Parthian, I was keen to read his latest novel. No Good Brother is the picaresque tale of two brothers partly set in and around Vancouver, another reason for wanting to read this one….

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Book Review: The Cliff House by Amanda Jennings

Book reviews By June 22, 2018 Tags: , , , , 4 Comments

Devastating and deliciously dark, The Cliff House is less wish-fulfilment and more of a clever and disturbing reminder that things are rarely (if ever) how they appear on the surface. Some friendships are made to be broken Cornwall, summer of 1986. The Davenports, with their fast cars and glamorous clothes, living the dream in a breathtaking house overlooking the sea….

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Book Review & Giveaway: Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon

Book reviews By January 11, 2018 Tags: , , , , 11 Comments

When a secret from the past resurfaces, Florence’s friends help her unlock the mystery in this gentle, moving novel about ageing, kindness, memory, identity… and the ripples our lives make. There are three things you should know about Elsie. The first thing is that she’s my best friend. The second is that she always knows what to say to make…

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Book Review: Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

Book reviews By June 30, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , 2 Comments

Eligible is the fourth retelling of a Jane Austen novel in the Austen Project series and arguably the hardest to do because of how well known and loved Pride and Prejudice, the source novel, is but I think Curtis Sittenfeld has pulled it off with aplomb.  The Bennet sisters have been summoned from New York City. Liz and Jane are good…

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Book Review: Persons Unknown by Susie Steiner

Book reviews By June 29, 2017 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

A darker, more addictive read, Susie Steiner’s brilliantly written Manon Bradshaw series gets personal when a murder case threatens characters and relationships so well established in Missing, Presumed, which I reviewed here. As dusk falls a young man staggers through a park, far from home, bleeding heavily from a stab wound. He dies where he falls; cradled by a stranger,…

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Book Review: Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner

Book reviews By June 27, 2017 Tags: , , , , 1 Comment

Having read and enjoyed Susie Steiner’s debut novel Homecoming, I was excited to read her second, Missing, Presumed, and the first in a new crime series introducing police detective Manon Bradshaw. Mid-December, and Cambridgeshire is blanketed with snow. Detective Sergeant Manon Bradshaw tries to sleep after yet another soul-destroying Internet date – the low murmuring of her police radio her only solace….

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Book Review: Five Go Glamping by Liz Tipping

Book reviews By December 4, 2016 Tags: , , , , No Comments

If, like me, you’ve ever longed for a romantic heroine who didn’t have perfect skin, an exciting job in the city, hardly any flaws and was totally lovely but inexplicably couldn’t find anyone to love her, then it might be time to download Five Go Glamping and escape to the countryside for a few hours.  Festival tickets Double check best Instagram…

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Tweeting Miranda Dickinson

Authors, Books By December 16, 2010 Tags: , , , , , 7 Comments

This time last year when I was still flailing around trying to figure out how Twitter worked, one of the first authors I started following was Miranda Dickinson. Her debut novel, Fairytale of New York, had just been published. For an aspiring author, it was fantastic to follow someone whose dream of publication had so recently come true and who was excited enough about that, let alone people’s positive reaction to her book and how incredibly well it was doing. (It was a Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller and shortlisted for the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2010.)

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Like Bees to Honey by Caroline Smailes

Book reviews, Books By August 13, 2010 Tags: , , , 8 Comments

You know that feeling you sometimes get when you step off an aeroplane in a Mediterranean country? When the warm air envelops you like a deep sigh? Your whole body relaxes and that’s the moment when you realise that you’re in a foreign country, and now properly on holiday. That’s how it feels to open the pages of Like Bees to Honey and start reading.

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The Dating Detox by Gemma Burgess

Book reviews, Books By March 19, 2010 Tags: , , , 2 Comments

I am fast coming around to the idea that I should either get my book recommendations from Twitter or work my way through the Avon Imprint titles for the foreseeable future. So far this year, I’ve read two of their books found through the social networking site (the first of which was Miranda Dickinson’s Fairytale of New York, reviewed here)…

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