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My least favourite Anita Shreve. I am happy to read books about small lives,with small stories, ( I loved, and understood the thinking behind, 'Someth ...more
Jul 10, 2011
Jul 10, 2011
The Hand That First Held Mine
**spoiler alert** I enjoyed it, it was a quick read, a compelling read - I wanted to know. The language was poetic and original with a strong voice. T ...more
Feb 12, 2011
Feb 10, 2011
The Small Hand
Oh dear. I used to love Susan Hill - rated her as a must read and even wrote her a fan letter once upon a time. I am worried.....
I loathed the one Ser
Oct 30, 2013
Nov 01, 2013
Three stars says " I liked it". Examination would say that overall that is true, but closer examination would say that whilst that evaluation is a sum ...more
Nov 29, 2013
Nov 29, 2013
I'm Not Scared
Faultless - rare in a translation - not a clunk in view! I love this book - it perfectly depicts the strain and quiet, yet overwhelming, tension of th ...more
Oct 19, 2011
Oct 18, 2011
The Lives of Stella Bain
I found it a bit odd that nowhere in the blurb, or quoted reviews, in my edition was there a reference to All He Ever Wanted. It took a while for me t ...more
Oct 27, 2014
Oct 27, 2014
Doctor Sleep (The Shining, #2)
Rare for me to give a Stephen King book less that 4 stars and I suppose we all come to books from where we are, and where I am is unwell and tired, so ...more
Mar 23, 2014
Mar 23, 2014
Hideous Creatures
I was engaged early on - the tone of magical realism drew me forward, but not all the way. The writing was too dense, no light and shade, no pause for ...more
Sep 11, 2014
Sep 11, 2014
The Confidence Gap
Here is where I am coming from - I love self-help books, I have read a ton of them, and I try hard to believe in a benevolent Universe governed by, pe ...more
Jul 28, 2014
Jul 28, 2014
Lucky Spool's Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making: From Color to Quilting: 10 Design Workshops by your Favorite Teachers
The Quilter's Guild of Great Britain has just established a 'Modern Quilt' group, which unlike the 'Contemporary' Group focuses on creating quilts usi ...more
Jan 21, 2015
Jan 22, 2015
Hand-stitched Home: Projects to sew with Pendleton & other wools
Lovely to read a book that has something a bit different about it. There aren't many craft books that focus on using wool fabrics, yet they are so 'on ...more
Jan 20, 2015
Jan 22, 2015
The Other Hand
This was alright - just. The voice of Little Bee was consistent and the rhythm and texture of her language felt right.However - I was not moved as I s ...more
Mar 19, 2011
Mar 21, 2011
Boy In The Water
Poor Dobyns - on the back of my edition, Time Out is quoted...."Stephen King with a PhD. Knowing I am a fan of SK, this book was suggested to me and I ...more
Jan 27, 2013
Jan 27, 2013
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox
I wish I could speak more highly of this book, as the subject matter is of important issues well known to contemporary society in an historic context, ...more
Oct 2011
Oct 01, 2011
Angels Of Destruction
I am getting increasingly irked by underhand methods of selling and this edition has as part of its blurb comments from critics, which on closer exami ...more
Nov 11, 2012
Nov 11, 2012
The Long Afternoon
The title says it all. I should add a shelf here - the Why Did They Bother shelf. I understand that for the author, there is family history to explore ...more
Aug 28, 2012
Aug 28, 2012
The Snow Child
I wish this could have been a four star read as it has much to commend it in terms of theme and writing, but somehow, for me, it lacked a warmth and s ...more
Dec 10, 2013
Dec 10, 2013
After You'd Gone
Meh. I should have known as I gave the two other books by this author a two and a three star rating. I was hoist by my own petard, (embroidered with t ...more
Nov 16, 2013
Nov 16, 2013
Black Girl/White Girl
My second JCO and, apart from the protagonist's gender, very different. Still within the mood set by the text, the WASP in me thinks I should make som ...more
Sep 27, 2011
Sep 27, 2011
Handbag Workshop: Design and Sew the Perfect Bag
This book is a useful addition to your library if you have some experience of making cloth bags and would like to experiment with leather. There is pl ...more
Jan 18, 2015
Jan 22, 2015
Under the Dome
Best Stephen King yet - a page turner, a tour de force, an edge of the seat ride and any other flattering clichés you can throw at a genre novel. I lo ...more
Jan 21, 2011
Jan 15, 2011
The Chimes
You have to like Dickens' elaborate and indulgent sentence construction to enjoy this New Year tale, and you have to allow him waggon loads of sentime ...more
Jan 10, 2015
Jan 14, 2015
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
Nice to read a book with an older main protagonist. Despite the limited zone of activity, the narrative sustained interest. I was moved, but not great ...more
Feb 24, 2013
Feb 24, 2013
The Greengage Summer
This is one of those books that has been at the back of my mind for years as it seemed, always, to be being read on Woman's Hour when I was young. I f ...more
Oct 16, 2011
Oct 07, 2011
The Vows of Silence: Simon Serrailler Book 4
I wanted to love this because I love Susan Hill's literary fiction, and I also loved Family and The Magic Apple Tree, but this I skimmed and just abou ...more
Oct 2009
Dec 02, 2009
A Happy Pocket Full of Money: Your Quantum Leap into the Understanding, Having, and Enjoying of Immense Wealth and Happiness
Repetetive, but consciously so - in the manner of affirmation. I 'went' with the entire contents and can accept and absorb all the quantum physics, un ...more
Jul 27, 2010
Aug 09, 2010
The View from Castle Rock
I do get swept away by cover reviews and they only lead to disappointment! I was nowhere near as entranced as the reviewers, and despite being set up ...more
Aug 12, 2012
Jul 30, 2012
A Friend From England
If I were rating on the quality of the writing, this book would have to be given the full five stars, but on enjoyability alone, it would have receive ...more
Oct 24, 2011
Oct 24, 2011
Billie's Kiss
A good read, a romance and a bit of a who-dunnit. Evocative of its own bleak world, but not, I feel of the period or place in which it is set. The det ...more
Aug 15, 2010
Aug 09, 2010
The Evening Of Adam
I adore Alice Thomas Ellis. Always on solid ground and yet the territory is fresh, sometimes startling - always reconiseable, but ever through a glass ...more
Apr 24, 2011
Apr 24, 2011
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