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Samantha rated a book 4 of 5 stars
White Gardenia by Belinda Alexandra
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If you are a fan of Victoria Hislop then you will enjoy this book which tells the story of a young girl whose family have fled Russia following the Russian Revolution and the tragic twists and turns her life takes following the untimely death of her ...more
Samantha rated a book 3 of 5 stars
The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
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As a huge fan of Harry Potter I read The Casual Vacancy with high expectations regardless of the mixed reviews I had read.

When I finished the book I was left feeling flat. It had not gripped me at all and half way through I did question whether it w
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Samantha rated a book 5 of 5 stars
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak (Goodreads Author)
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Fantastic book that is thought provoking and moving. Interesting to have a WWII book from a German perspective. Different views and an idea of what life in Germany must have been like was interesting. It explores the idea of loyalty, repaying a debt, ...more
Samantha rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Kashmir Shawl by Rosie Thomas
Kashmir Shawl
by Rosie Thomas
read in December, 2012
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Thoroughly enjoyed this book. The author weaves two tales separated by 60 years cleverly without loosing the plot which made a pleasant change. Both stories were good and I wanted to visit Kashmir for myself. Good balance of nostalgia and honesty. Ro ...more
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
"Several years ago, I worked at an art gallery here in Anchorage. Though I loved the art, I wasn’t much good at selling it. More often than not, I just chatted up the customers, who were from all over the world.

One night, four elderly people wander..." Read more of this review »
Samantha rated a book 4 of 5 stars
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
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Fantastic book which highlights the hardship experienced by Guernsey whilst being occupied during WWII by the Germans. The format of the book based on letters and cables in an era of instant telecommunications was quirky and quaint and added to the a ...more
Samantha rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Salmon Fishing In The Yemen by Paul Torday
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I did enjoy the book which was entertaining until the end which left me a little flat and disappointed especially with Harriet. However this might have been because I had seen the film which had a different, more uplifting ending. Still well worth a ...more
Samantha rated a book 2 of 5 stars
The Distant Hours by Kate Morton
The Distant Hours
by Kate Morton (Goodreads Author)
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Although I liked the two stories that were the focus of the book I thought that the editing of the book left a lot to be desired. Each section in the different times needed to be longer, just as you got into the story it suddenly switch to the other ...more
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Samantha rated a book 4 of 5 stars
The Last Letter from Your Lover by Jojo Moyes
The Last Letter from Your Lover
by Jojo Moyes (Goodreads Author)
read in September, 2012
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This is my first book by this author but definitely wont be the last. It was a fantastic book that is romantic but not corny. The two stories are told beautifully, intertwined without being confusing. All the characters are interesting and engaging. ...more
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