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Secrets of the Tides by Hannah Richell
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Jun 30, 12

Read in July, 2012

I really enjoyed this book. I expected it to be silly and to have a sickly sweet ending. It did not. The writing is wonderful and conjures up perfect imagery. For example:

"It’s a treat not to be in the office. Most people, she knows, will be safely stashed at their desks by now, beginning the daily grind, staring at computer screens, talking into telephones, doing their deals, making decisions. She doesn’t get to experience this side of London very often, the hours when elderly people creep out onto the streets and young parents push prams towards parks. She can hear the buzz of bike couriers weaving through the traffic and sees a group of tourists sitting in a cafe window, squabbling over a map and guidebook. She sidesteps a wan-faced nurse, still in uniform, returning home from her nightshift, and declines the advances of an enthusiastic charity worker wielding a clipboard and accosting unsuspecting people as they pass by. It’s the same city – still home – but it feels different somehow, as if suddenly steeped in a different light, imbued with a different pace. She supposes it’s a side she might see a little more of, when the baby comes."

I was right there with Dora after reading that paragraph.

A great read that kept me rapidly turning the pages from start to finish. I hope there are future novels from this debut writer.
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Kathy It's most definitely a book that will make us hold onto our little one's hands that bit tighter....


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