The story is set in South Africa and beautiful Namibia largely and brings up it's murky past- South WI have to say that I thoroughly loved this book.
The story is set in South Africa and beautiful Namibia largely and brings up it's murky past- South West Africa's war for independence coupled with the fighting in Angola involving the Russians and Cubans. Rhino poaching is a hot topic with rhino numbers being pushed aggressively towards extinction and this too is sewn into the story amidst the historical conflict that they reflect on.
I admired the main character Sonja Kurtz, she is really kick-ass and ballsy and although she is a fictional character, I as the reader, got great satisfaction hearing how she takes out the enemy and was just so empowered!
Sonja's story parallels with another character's named Allchurch. Sonja is searching for her daughter Emma, who is on an archaeological dig and is needing her mum's input and Allchurch is searching for his son Gareth, who disappeared 30 years earlier when flying a Dakota under an Apartheid Regime. The plane disappeared and Allchurch wants to find out what has happened to his son.
If you have visited Namibia, Tony Park takes you through a wonderful readers tour of the country. The author is an Australian but he had everything in the book spot on : the way people speak and dress, he describes the contrasts of Namibia beautifully and really spins a unique story around an actual war.
A solid historical-inspired and adventure lovers novel!
I've read all the Harry Potter titles and was given this book as a birthday present.
I was quite surprised when opening it, to discover that the storyI've read all the Harry Potter titles and was given this book as a birthday present.
I was quite surprised when opening it, to discover that the story takes the form of a script/dialogue. I initially thought this may have been a mistake, only to discover that the book was actually written as a West End play. I was concerned I may not follow the plot in this format but found it very easy to get accustomed to the format and really enjoyed the continuation of Harry's story.
The book picks up almost 2 decades later: Harry is married to Ginny and has two school-going children. I would say the book surrounds his relationship with his son, Albus and the difficulties they have as father and son, bonding and just getting on. Harry has been the hero in all his books but struggles with his relationship with Albus as I mentioned. If you think about it, Harry didn't have his parents as role models and certainly his aunt and uncle did not offer sufficient guidance in this arena either. It reminds the reader just how human Harry is.
After the Battle of Hogwarts, history is written but there are those who would like to change it. The book surrounds that theme without giving away spoilers. There are interesting friendships as well as twists and turns in the plot.
I could definitely see this as a movie - I think JK Rowling has done an excellent job writing a follow-on to all her other best sellers....more
A lovely storyline, easy reading with short chapters and perfect for holidays.
Hallie has Cystic Fibrosis and is on the list for a pair lungs from an oA lovely storyline, easy reading with short chapters and perfect for holidays.
Hallie has Cystic Fibrosis and is on the list for a pair lungs from an organ donor. She also fancies her GP. Will she find a donor in time and who will it be? I kept trying to guess, thinking it would be so obvious but it really wasn't, the author kept the plot unpredictable.
At the same time, there are another 2 characters Flo and Tasha and the story divides between the three ladies and the events in their lives. They don't know each - you'll need to read the book to see how it all comes together in the end...more
This book had an interesting and attractive cover. The thought of some early,light Christmas-themed short stories really appealed to me.
The book startThis book had an interesting and attractive cover. The thought of some early,light Christmas-themed short stories really appealed to me.
The book started off well with the writer's foreword - her amusing and frank anecdotes about the characters really captured my imagination.
The book is made up of an array of short stories. Each is a "stand alone" tale, however the characters in the book do overlap one another in their relationships as friends, partners etc as the stories evolve.
I have to say I was disappointed because the mood of the book was generally downcast and the characters were forgetful along with the plot. It sadly didn't strike a lasting chord with me. ...more
I enjoyed the Fifty Shades trilogy but found this to very unoriginal.
The book is a "his version" of their story but essentially a duplicate copy of thI enjoyed the Fifty Shades trilogy but found this to very unoriginal.
The book is a "his version" of their story but essentially a duplicate copy of the original. For me it didn't add nearly enough insight into Christian and his complexities. I found his inner thoughts (the opposite of Ana's inner goddess) distracted me from the flow of the book and ultimately it was annoying.
Disappointing. I thought EL James would do something more creative and original with this complex character....more
This book did not encapsulate the magic of the previous one for me sadly. As I got into it, I started to feel a disconnect.
The topics of women's freedThis book did not encapsulate the magic of the previous one for me sadly. As I got into it, I started to feel a disconnect.
The topics of women's freedoms and rights are all important but for me the divide in distance in the book (America and Afghanistan) and different stories just didn't blend as nicely as in the first novel....more
A very easy and sweet story about two sisters, Rachel and Becca who pull together when adversity faces one of them.
The story is a classic reminder thA very easy and sweet story about two sisters, Rachel and Becca who pull together when adversity faces one of them.
The story is a classic reminder that there is never a better time than now to make amends with somebody else or give them a second chance. It's also a reminder that things are not always what they seem from the outside or from your impressions of someone you seemingly know well.
"After You" is the sequel to "Me Before You" and the books must be read in order otherwise the story looses effeThis was simply an outstanding read!!!
"After You" is the sequel to "Me Before You" and the books must be read in order otherwise the story looses effect. The first book was amazing but I really have to say that I enjoyed this one much more and I'm thrilled to say it. Its not often that a sequel exceeds expectations!
Louisa was left shattered after Will's death and while he had made some financial provision for her, his death left a profound absence in her life. The story picks up about 20 months after Will's death. Louisa has bought herself a flat in London with the money that Will left her and is living a partial existence between her grief for him and the dead-end job she is working in at the airport.
A serious accident ushers in the introduction of two new characters who breathe life back into Louisa. Without giving away the plot, one is a link that ties her to Will and the other is a potential love interest. I loved these new characters, the drama and intrigue, ups-and-downs that JoJo saw fit to weave around them makes for interesting reading. I also find that Louisa is more proactive and in control of her life in this book. In "Me Before You" she was too naive, innocent and almost defeated so it was great seeing some real backbone in this book with the added perspective of events that have taken place.
Will Louisa be able to deal with her grief ? Can she rise above her insecurities of people she loves who leave her ? Will she rise up beyond the life and potential that Will always saw in her and take the opportunities sent her way?
Is there a happy ending for Louisa? Get reading to find out, you will not be disappointed!...more
Nadia Hashimi writes about two generations of women in the same family, who through circumstance, adopt the accepted tradition of Bacha Posh. The taleNadia Hashimi writes about two generations of women in the same family, who through circumstance, adopt the accepted tradition of Bacha Posh. The tale is set in Afghanistan.
Rahima along with her sisters make up five children in their family present day. Their father who works for a warlord in the province, becomes addicted to opium and the family start to suffer when he doesn't meet his obligations.
There is no other male in the house to step in, so the decision is made to allow Rahima to become Rahim, the Bacha Posh. Society will accept the girl-boy with her male clothes and short hair in school as well as fulfilling any other male dominated activity in their conservative culture. Rahima relishes this as it means certain freedoms not afforded to women e.g. schooling, playing outside, not being covered in a burqa etc.
During this time, her aunt Khala Shaima encourages her niece to attend school and educate herself as much as possible. She is the storyteller in the family and tells her nieces about their great-great grandmother Shekiba who was also a Bacha Posh.
As the story unfolds you alternate between Rahima's story and Shekiba's. The author doesn't hold back on describing a traditional household where there are multiple wives, jealousy thrives, abuse in many forms is a norm and where the value of a woman's life seems to be very little.
Rahima and Shekiba are only characters but my heart went out to them. The sadness, circumstance, cultures and traditions that these women live under and are dominated by are appalling by modern contrasts -it's eye-opening. ...more