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The Beautiful and Damned
3.76
This is my equal favourite book of all time (tied with Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray) these are excellent companion books based on theme,...more
Jan 1999
Feb 17, 2011
 
Menagerie Of False Truths
3.38
I think this book deserves more than the 2 stars I gave it, that is often the peril of writing a brilliant book that is not enjoyable. I knew the whol...more
Dec 2010
Feb 17, 2011
 
Once a Grand Duchess: Xenia,  Sister of Nicholas II
3.87
Unfortunately I am very disappointed by this book which reads like an almost 300 page traffic report... truly... an account of who visited whom, at wh...more
Feb 28, 2011
Feb 26, 2011
 
Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog
4.09
The perfect representation of life with a difficult but lovable pet. I can entirely relate to the rollercoaster of emotions whereby we both love and d...more
Mar 24, 2012
Mar 23, 2012
 
Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir
3.91
If you're looking for the perfect book about arm condoms, turkey shit-offs, and cleaning deer - this is it. Even if you are not aware that you are loo...more
Jul 2012
Jun 27, 2012
 
The Remains of the Day
4.09
Life through the eyes of an aging butler...

I am both completely fascinated and profoundly saddened by the character Mr Stephens. Here is a man who be...more
Oct 2010
Feb 17, 2011
 
The Cleaner of Chartres
3.73
This book is so good, that it was able to win me back after I started reading it under the misconception that it was historic fiction - its not, its l...more
Apr 13, 2013
Apr 07, 2013
 
Her Highness, the Traitor
3.76
Susan Higginbotham writes excellent historic fiction with a talent for finding interesting figures who have not been endlessly written about and then...more
Jan 06, 2013
Jan 05, 2013
 
The Storyteller
4.24
**spoiler alert** What a fascinating and compelling read. I can see book clubs around the world haggling and scrapping over the issues in this one. Is...more
Jun 27, 2014
Jun 24, 2014
 
Her Fearful Symmetry
3.21
**spoiler alert** Wow, what to say? This was a seemingly very ordinary book, a piece of literature, then, rather late in the piece it became an outrig...more
Feb 26, 2011
Feb 24, 2011
 
Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China
4.21
An absolute triumph of the personal over the impersonal. What an amazing thing to witness the enduring love of this family in spite of the most terrib...more
Jun 2007
Feb 17, 2011
 
The End of Your Life Book Club
3.83
I loved reading this, it really reminded me of the kinds of conversations I had with my late, beloved friend who also sadly died of cancer. Before she...more
May 15, 2013
Apr 24, 2013
 
The Time Traveler's Wife
3.92
I love this book, I don't find it ridiculous at all, I find it helps me to understand the toll of dementia on human relationships, and is equally trag...more
Jan 2008
Feb 17, 2011
 
Jump! (Rutshire Chronicles, #9)
3.68
I think I'm bloody relieved to be finished this one. I think its taken me 5-6 months. It had 3 main things that stopped me from wanting to devour it a...more
Dec 28, 2012
Jul 25, 2012
 
Exit the Actress
3.83
From impoverished 'orange girl' to stage darling, to King's Mistress... what a journey! 'Nell' Gwyn dodged the family business of whoring, and determi...more
May 2011
Feb 22, 2011
 
A Dog's Journey
4.38
I think there better not be another sequel - I just can't cry any more!!!!

Honestly though reading A Dog's Purpose before I adopted my rescue dog, and...more
Apr 24, 2013
Apr 20, 2013
 
Virgin Widow: England's Forgotten Queen
3.81
This book had such a promising beginning that I was shocked by the difference in the quality of the writing once the characters arrived in France and...more
Jan 25, 2012
Jan 21, 2012
 
Sophie: Dog Overboard
3.41
Absolutely heartbreaking and heartwarming in one quick read.

I am amazed by the love,kindness and loyalty in the Griffith family and by the beautiful,...more
Mar 13, 2014
Mar 13, 2014
 
Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend
4.08
This book is as close to perfection as it gets. The voice of Budo, imaginary friend of Max Delaney came through crystal clear in a bewitching blend of...more
Apr 21, 2013
Jun 27, 2012
 
True History of the Kelly Gang
3.78
I couldn't put the adjectival thing down (lol)
Honestly I am very glad I decided to read this book, as a child I attended our local primary school whic...more
May 23, 2012
May 18, 2012
 
The Stolen Crown: The Secret Marriage that Forever Changed the Fate of England
3.72
It was wonderful to read about Katherine Woodville, a person I have not read about before other than the fact she was married strategically during the...more
Jan 16, 2012
Jan 14, 2012
 
Love Finds a Home (Love Comes Softly #8)
4.20
OOOOHHHHH its over! My journey through this amazing and inspiring 8 book series, ideal for anyone who loved Little House On The Prairie. I was hooked...more
Jul 21, 2011
Jul 16, 2011
 
At Home With the Templetons
3.66
I took quite a long time to read this book, it is not a difficult book to read, but in the beginning the interest I had in the book was in each of the...more
Jun 27, 2012
May 23, 2012
 
The Pillars of the Earth  (The Pillars of the Earth, #1)
4.25
Fascinating and Epic this is one book I will most likely read again. However, if I were able to communicate with the author I would tell him that the...more
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Jun 22, 2014
 
House Rules
3.97
This one is really hard to judge. It failed to surprise me - I knew every little secret immediately, so no last minute plot twists to shock and astoun...more
Jul 04, 2014
Jun 27, 2014
 
The Black Stallion (The Black Stallion, #1)
4.17
I loved this when I read it as a child, and the movies were exciting too, but it is definitely the thought of books that got me up early in the mornin...more
Jan 1985
Apr 11, 2013
 
The Original "Oz" Series (Oz, #1-15)
4.14
5 stars for The Wizard of Oz, 3 stars for the rest of the books.

I think everyone who wants to read these books imagines reading a beautiful, vintage...more
May 31, 2014
Oct 20, 2013
 
To Be Queen: A Novel of the Early Life of Eleanor of Aquitaine
3.87
Dear Mills And Boon,

I have found your runaway author. She was posing as a writer of historic fiction reasonably well except for the hysterically, hila...more
Jan 18, 2013
Jan 06, 2013
 
True Women
4.09
I picked up this book based on the mini series with Angelina Jolie in it, and the book has not disappointed me, it had everything I hoped for and more...more
Aug 23, 2011
Jul 23, 2011
 
Havisham
3.08
I would love to give another author a shot at writing this book - I wanted to be captivated by it, to be emotionally drawn in, but I simply wasn't. I...more
Aug 19, 2013
Jul 24, 2013
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