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Book Review: The Good Sister by Maggie Christensen @MaggieChriste33 #bookreview

This is Maggie Christensen’s latest book and it’s her best yet. It’s romantic, heart-warming and completely charming. I loved spending time with this novel’s engaging characters and, even although the story was brought to a satisfying conclusion, I was also left wanting to know what would happen next in the lives of these lovely people.… Continue reading Book Review: The Good Sister by Maggie Christensen @MaggieChriste33 #bookreview

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Book Review: Madness Lies by Helen Forbes @foreva48 @ThunderPointLtd #bookreview

Top notch crime fiction – a gripping and satisfying read This is the second book in the DI Joe Galbraith series. Having enjoyed the first one, Shadow on the Hill, very much, I had high expectations for this new one. I wasn’t disappointed. If anything Madness Lies is even better than its predecessor. And I… Continue reading Book Review: Madness Lies by Helen Forbes @foreva48 @ThunderPointLtd #bookreview

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26 Books in 2017 Book 23 – A book by someone younger than me

Book number 23 in the 26-books-in-52-weeks challenge has to be a book written by someone younger than me. So that’s a huge field to choose from. I’d guess most current authors are probably younger than me. Spoiled for choice doesn’t begin to cover it. In the end I decided to go for three of my… Continue reading 26 Books in 2017 Book 23 – A book by someone younger than me

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26 Books in 2017 Book 22: A Memoir or Journal

Book number 22 in the 26-books-in-52-weeks challenge has to be a memoir or journal. I enjoy reading books which come into this category. I like that they tend to follow a particular theme or a specific period of time in the author’s life. This makes them less dry than straight forward biography or autobiography. For… Continue reading 26 Books in 2017 Book 22: A Memoir or Journal

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Book Review: The Angel in the Stone by R L McKinney @BexMcKinney @sandstonepress #bookreview #MondayBlogs

Beautifully told story of grief, trauma and healing The Angel in the Stone is a life-affirming, beautifully told story where the themes are of love, acceptance and healing are woven into the fabric. Dealing as it does with bereavement, dementia and sexual assault a prospective reader of this novel might think they were in for… Continue reading Book Review: The Angel in the Stone by R L McKinney @BexMcKinney @sandstonepress #bookreview #MondayBlogs

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Book Review: Champagne For Breakfast by Maggie Christensen @MaggieChriste33 #MondayBlogs #BookReview

  My Review: I suspected I’d enjoy this book as I’ve liked earlier books by this author. And I was right. I enjoyed Champagne for Breakfast very much. I usually gauge how much a book has got me hooked by how late I stay up reading it. This one was took me into ridiculously late… Continue reading Book Review: Champagne For Breakfast by Maggie Christensen @MaggieChriste33 #MondayBlogs #BookReview

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26 Books in 2017 Book 20: A Book That Has Been Translated

The Millennium Trilogy by Steig Larsson. Unlike most of the other books in this challenge, number 20 was an easy choice and came to mind immediately. Originally written in Swedish and subsequently translated into English (the language in which I read them), this dark, psychological, crime thriller trilogy ranks amongst my most favourite ever reads.… Continue reading 26 Books in 2017 Book 20: A Book That Has Been Translated

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Book Review: My Name is Leon by Kit de Waal @KitdeWaal @PenguinRHUK #bookreview #MondayBlogs

Charming but realistic, moving but full of hope. The standard of the writing and storytelling in this book is so high, it’s hard to believe this is Kit de Waal’s first novel. And telling the story from the point of view of a nine-year-old child isn’t the easiest of things for an adult novelist to… Continue reading Book Review: My Name is Leon by Kit de Waal @KitdeWaal @PenguinRHUK #bookreview #MondayBlogs

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26 Books in 2017 Book 18: A Previously Banned Book

Lady Chatterley’s Lover – Prohibition did it no harm Book number 18 in the challenge has to be a book that was previously banned. Originally published privately in 1928, DH Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover wasn’t widely available until it was picked up for publication by Penguin at the end of the 1950s. But before it… Continue reading 26 Books in 2017 Book 18: A Previously Banned Book

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Book Review: Midwinter Break by Bernard MacLaverty @maclavertyB @JonathanCape #bookreview #MondayBlogs

Simply Superb Storytelling If I was about to be exiled to a desert island and I could take only three books with me MacLaverty’s 1998 novel, Grace Notes, would be one of them. It was my introduction to this author’s work and I’ve been a fan ever since. But being a fan of MacLaverty’s novels… Continue reading Book Review: Midwinter Break by Bernard MacLaverty @maclavertyB @JonathanCape #bookreview #MondayBlogs