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Book Review: Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane

Book reviews By August 13, 2019 Tags: , , , , 2 Comments

Mary Beth Keane’s Ask Again, Yes is the story of two families, neighbours in upstate New York, and how life can change in an instant but may take a generation before things begin to heal. Gillam, upstate New York: a town of ordinary, big-lawned suburban houses. The Gleesons have recently moved there and soon welcome the Stanhopes as their new…

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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: 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: The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale

Book reviews, Giveaway By April 23, 2019 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

Robert Dinsdale’s The Toymakers has as its setting Papa Jack’s Emporium, a strange and magical toyshop that opens with the first frost of winter, and closes again when snowdrops appear. Do you remember when you believed in magic? It is 1917, and while war wages across Europe, in the heart of London, there is a place of hope and enchantment….

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Book Review: One More Lie by Amy Lloyd

Book reviews, Giveaway By April 17, 2019 Tags: , , , , , 4 Comments

Amy Lloyd’s second novel One More Lie takes a look at the human stories behind those evil monsters and animals people are dubbed by sensational newspaper headlines and in the public outrage voiced via social media comments. It makes for a gripping read. Charlotte wants a fresh start. She wants to forget her past, forget her childhood crime – and,…

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Book Review: Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey

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

Jasper Jones has been sitting on my bookshelf for a long time. I can’t even remember when or where I bought it, although I have a feeling that I wanted to read more Australian fiction while I waited for a new Tim Winton book to come out. I still didn’t read it back then but it leapt out at me…

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Book Review: Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Book reviews By April 4, 2019 Tags: , , , , 4 Comments

In Daisy Jones & The Six, Taylor Jenkins Reid charts the trajectory of a young woman who goes from hard-partying groupie to ubiquitous band’s frontwoman in 1970s LA. For a while, Daisy Jones & The Six were everywhere. Their albums were on every turntable, they sold out arenas from coast to coast, their sound defined an era. And then, on…

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Book Review: The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden (Winternight Trilogy #3)

Book reviews By March 22, 2019 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

Brimful of the deep-winter magic and folkloric elements I loved in her first two Winternight books, Katherine Arden’s trilogy culminates in a truly spellbinding finale with The Winter of the Witch. Moscow is in flames, leaving its people searching for answers – and someone to blame. Vasilisa, a girl with extraordinary gifts, must flee for her life, pursued by those…

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Book Review: The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden (Winternight Trilogy #2)

Book reviews By February 22, 2019 Tags: , , , , , 2 Comments

The Girl in the Tower continues the story of Vasilisa (Vasya) Petrovna which began with The Bird and the Nightingale. It sees Vasya far from her childhood home of Lesnaya Zemlya and alone in a world of warring factions. The court of the Grand Prince of Moscow is plagued by power struggles and rumours of unrest. Meanwhile bandits roam the…

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Book Review: The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden (Winternight Trilogy #1)

Book reviews By February 21, 2019 Tags: , , , , , 2 Comments

The Bear and the Nightingale had been on my TBR shelf for far too long but with the final book in the Winternight Trilogy out last month, I decided to spend some of my winter nights reading all three books. Here’s what the first one is about: In a village at the edge of the wilderness of northern Russia, where the…

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