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CindiB

Joined August 2020

My first memory is @ 3 & opening package of books my mother had ordered for me. Overwhelmed, I could not believe they were mine. 💕
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Amir, 9, follows his uncle/stepfather out of their apartment late at night and boards a boat. Without understanding, he becomes a migrant, stuffed into a rickety boat with others. They capsize and Amir is washed ashore, he flees and encounters a 15 year old girl Vanna. Going back and forth between Before and Now, the chapters are very short, building intensity and sweeping you along with this fantastic, gruelling, hopeful novel. 5/5

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Christmas Pudding | Nancy Mitford
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I really like this cover. I very much enjoy Christmas pudding. But I am not enjoying this novella and have abandoned it. For sure, it is not her best, but after reading half of the novel, I was not vested in any character or place. Boring. 1/5

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Sword Song. Bernard Cornwell | Bernard Cornwell
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Each time I finish one of these books, I tell myself I will take a break from the violence and read something else, but the next day I start the next in the series. Addicted and loving it! This was not my favourite book of the series, but it did introduce Osworth. 4/5

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Lords of the North | Bernard Cornwell
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I am so loving this series. Having read first book 7, I wanted to start at beginning. I find it interesting watching the relationships, bonds, and stories start and evolve. In particular, I was interested to see Finan introduced, as he was in this book. So good. 4.5/5

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The Fell | SARAH. MOSS
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It‘s November 2020 and Kate is in quarantine and she can‘t stand it anymore and goes for a walk, at dusk. She falls and badly injures herself. This novella was thought provoking, it demonstrates compassion, lack of compassion, it‘s witty and wise. Each chapter tells the story of the five characters and what I really liked was how none of their stories were neatly tied up at the end. It‘s all left hanging. Interesting; a definite re-read. 5/5

erzascarletbookgasm I‘ve got this stacked. Loved Sarah Moss. Great to know it‘s a five star read for you. 3w
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This was fantastic, intense-sitting-at-the-edge-of-my-seat- intense. Having read 7th in series first, I am now reading from the start of the series and it is interesting seeing the names referenced in Book 7 and how those relationships formed. So good. Writing and complexity of details deftly done. 5/5.

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No One Wins Alone: A Memoir | Jimmy Roberts, Mark Messier
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I really enjoyed this. It is written with warmth and not only tells the story of a remarkable hockey career, but of a remarkable man and leader. I have always been a fan of Messier, of his gritty, determined playing, and I have always appreciated what a wonderful ambassador he was for hockey and for my country too. I learned a lot and was inspired. 3/5

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The Last Kingdom | Bernard Cornwell
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I am late attending the Bernard Cornwell feast. Having first read The Pagan Lord and discovered Uhtred, I circled back to start at the beginning. This novel takes Uhtred up to the age of 20, marriage and fatherhood, and his first shield wall. Intense, interesting, and very well written. Looking forward to the ride, cozy on my couch. 4/5

LeahBergen I‘ve read several of these and have bought the latest each year for my husband (although the last has supposedly been published now). 1mo
CindiB The last one wasThe War Lord and I think that was published last year. 13 in total. 😄📚💕 1mo
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I couldn‘t put this down. It was engaging & beautifully written. There are many points in this book. Geographic. Faith. Infidelity. Community. The legacies our ancestors give us & the expectations too. The public versus the private. Huma Abedin worked with Hilary Clinton closely from the days she was First Lady & while many of those stories are interesting, what I loved was her childhood stories & her love of family & country. 4.5/5

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The Pagan Lord | Bernard Cornwell
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Year 910AD and England had been peaceful for 10 years, but the Danes and the Saxons are both plotting. Number 7 of 13 books in The Last Kingdom Series. This is my first book of the series and first Bernard Cornwell book. I loved it and Uhtred as a character. I am going to start at the beginning of the series. So happy to have found a new series. This book never stopped. The pace was tight and moved rapidly. The details. Astonishing. 4.5/5

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Intimacies | Katie Kitamura
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The above review gives the basics of the story. I did not read it in 1 day. It never drew me in. I am more inclined to believe the narrator is unsure of what to do next, then that she had explored levels of intimacy, as the title suggests. It is well-written, although distant as though related by a third party, when in fact the narrator is the main character. I guess I just don‘t buy the ending. It was unformed and a stereotype. Odd. 2.5/5

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This is a sweet tale, a feel good holiday love story. A simple and fast read, I read it in a day. The writing is good and the characters likeable. While predictable in some ways, this was worth the time. 3.5/5

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I liked this. It‘s not a linear family history but more a series of stories about selected family members. The one I was looking forward to reading was Gloria, but I enjoyed others too. Each is also a story of the impact of their wealth, the role of money and that was interesting too. The writing is a soft, gentle dialogue. 3/5

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The sequel to The Henna Artist, it was great to visit with Lakshmi, Malik, and Jay again, twelve years later. Loved this book. Joshi has such a warm, wonderful writing style. You feel like you‘re there in the room participating! I understand that this series is a trilogy, which makes me very happy. 4.5/5.

angieinwonderland Oooh a trilogy? That is exciting. I hadn't heard. Thank you for sharing. 2mo
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Two Women in Rome | Elizabeth Buchan
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When I finished this my first thought was - what a smorgasbord! Lottie moves to Rome after securing a job & marrying Tom. As a chief archivist, she discovers a box of files on Nina Lawrence, a young British woman,, who was viciously murdered in the late 1970s. As Lottie reads about Nina‘s life, the lack of justice & increasing similarities they share, leads Lottie to wanting to provide Nina with justice. So well written. Loved. 5/5

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I am in PEI visiting and plan to move here in the spring. I always love it when you visit a local bookstore and discover a book that you probably wouldn‘t have seen or noticed at home. Such is this book - the inspiring story of the Hadhad family. Successfully Syrian chocolatiers, they fled Syria to come to Canada, where they have become Canadian Chocolatiers. This is lovely, inspiring, poignant, warm and reminds us of what some suffer. 5/5

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Mrs March | Virginia Feito
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This book reminds me of an Alfred Hitchcock plot. Mrs. March is unravelling & slowly losing her mind. Untethered & unreal, Mrs. March exists in a world of expectations never met, while living a surface life with her husband, a successful author & their son. The surface breaks when she hears that her husband‘s latest character-an ugly, unlovable, prostitute-is based on her. This book moves slowly. My issue is that I never cared. 3/5.

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I was looking forward to this. The meet-cute seemed fun and sweet. I read this in one sitting and there was loads I liked - the characters - but it was predictable. Also, I think there was too much going on here and it was an overload that detracted from the story. 3/5

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This wonderful, wonderful book made me so happy. The above is one of the many gorgeous images that accompany the varied and interesting conversations between art critic Martin Gayford and David Hockney. Illustrations as talking points, demonstrating David‘s work as he lives in Normandy during the pandemic and lockdown. But it is not just David‘s work, it‘s the work of those he admires, his heroes. (More)

CindiB Added to this is Gayford‘s skill in showing a conversation that also breaks to insert background information. The moments where their conversation occurs is very real and you can imagine yourself there. This was fabulous. A view of an artist creating work, loving his subjects, and completely engaged. That plus the impact and effect too of the pandemic. So very interesting. Fabulous. It‘s breadth, hope, and passion made me happy. 5/5 4mo
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Set in 1970s London, we have 4 co-workers, 2 men & 2 women, with the women nearing retirement. All are alone & lonely. This novel is about coping & boundaries & while none would call the others their friend, the others frequently appear in their thoughts. It‘s messy. It‘s insular. Slowly as we get to know each, they form a community of sorts. It‘s an odd little novel. It‘s too sad to be charming, but it‘s good. I will re-read it. 4.5/5

LeahBergen Great review! This is a Pym that I still need to get to. 👍 4mo
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I read this in one sitting. It was such a joy. I loved the characters, the story, and the setting. A completely feel good, delightful novel that was fun to read. I don‘t normally put Christmas romance books on my keep shelf, but this one is going there. It was the perfect book for my mood last night. I am giving it too a 5/5.

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Assembly | Natasha Brown
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A deep internal dialogue through race, class, expectations, belonging, health, and hurt. This was wonderful. A short novella of 100 pages. I loved the flickering internal dialogue between health, work, and a country house weekend. Questions of what to do, the exhaustion of trying to hide from the brutality of never being allowed to belong. Stabbing ignorance and thoughtless righteousness. This novella packs a punch. 5/5

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The Cellist: A Novel | Daniel Silva
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I really enjoyed this book … & it‘s been a while since I said that about this series. I‘ve read every book & feel as though I know them all. Here, Silva returns to focus on Russia, hitting at a boyhood friend of Putin, an oligarch living in Zurich. The plot is lively, fast paced, & detailed. Britain, France, Switzerland, & Israel bide their time until the change-over of the uS presidency … topical, timely, & well-plotted. 4/5

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This Lovely City | Louise Hare
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I really enjoyed this novel. Immediately I was drawn to the characters Laurie and Evie & wanted to follow their story. I had never heard of the Windrush immigrants & so that was interesting to learn about. People‘s inhumanity & nastiness to others is always hard to read. But there was so much hope here too. Really lovely people … Laurie is wonderful. A family found & made. Work. Music. Love. Wonderful friends. This was well-written. 4/5

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Elizabeth Chadwick‘s trilogy on the life of Wm Marshall led me to search out this bio. This was good, well written and also clearly explained Wm‘s world, the evolution and value of knightly class and chivalry. I learned a lot. 4/5

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Templar Silks | Elizabeth Chadwick
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This was a very good tale, full of detailed adventure. Fantastical in many ways. The last novel in the Wm Marshall trilogy, this was my least favourite because it was so fantastical. It is hard to see the person in this woven tale. That is what I missed. Still, well written and a good read. 4/5

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The Scarlet Lion | Elizabeth Chadwick
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Loved this. The 2nd in the trilogy of the life of William Marshall, this was vibrant, lush, moving … magnificent. Loved every second. What an extraordinary and fabulous life. Chadwick‘s writing, character building, and portrayal of historic events, personalities, and day-to-day life is incredible. 5/5

MsMelissa Do you have A Place Beyond Courage? It‘s about William Marshall‘s parents and is excellent 5mo
TrishB Loved this too ❤️ 5mo
CindiB Not yet @MsMelissa. Good to have as it is considered the first I know in this series. Got the Irish Princess yesterday which is about Isabelle‘s maternal family and her Dad too. I am looking for A Place Beyond Courage and also want to get copy of The Scarlet Lion for myself, as this was a library book. I will want to reread this series! Love how different authors capture same details … bring them more to life. Love this time period. (edited) 5mo
CindiB I miss these characters already! 5mo
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Happy Litsyversary! | Special Events
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It‘s my first Litsy anniversary today. Can hardly believe it‘s been a year!🎂🎉🥳😄📚

Librarybelle Happy Litsyversary! 5mo
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Loved this. The 1st in a trilogy of William Marshall, this is one of my favourite time periods of medieval history. Elizabeth Chadwick is new to me & I got this book from a list of 100 best medieval books. I think I like Sharon K. Penman more, but this was fantastic. The characters, scenery & day to day life are vivid. She is more of a “romance” writer than Penman, but well worth the read & I am off to my library to get the 2nd book. 4.5/5

MsMelissa I love Elizabeth Chadwick and this is my favourite of her novels. I‘m so glad to see she has a new fan 😊 5mo
CindiB Yes @MsMelissa and there are several too which is nice! 5mo
MsMelissa @CindiB There sure are! I own a copy of all of her books, although I haven‘t read them all yet. 5mo
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Turn a Blind Eye | Jeffrey Archer
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This was very entertaining; Jeffrey Archer tells a good tale. Really liked a lot of the characters too…and there were a lot of characters. For sure there are several police investigations and story lines … from drugs to art, from police corruption to money laundering. The story kept a good pace. 3/5

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The Last Bookshop in London | Madeline Martin
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This was terrific. Lovely and hopeful and poignant and not at all syrupy. Really enjoyed this. 4/5.

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Not a Happy Family | Shari Lapena
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A wealthy couple are found murdered in their home. Was it a robbery gone wrong? Was it one of their 3 children? With established suspects and a couple more for interest, this book goes in circles because any of the suspects could have done it. A page turner for sure. This was really interesting and it‘s ending is neat and nifty. Bonus - I discovered a new Canadian writer. Good. Solid 4/5.

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I loved this unravelling passage of pain/regret/fear towards love. It‘s a perfect story & symbol for the promise of taking the first step, of following through, of perseverance & of allowing the journey to change. And what we find at the end may be beyond our beliefs. I love Rachel Joyce. I love how she crafts a story, creates lovable, incredible but ordinary flawed characters that shimmer & pulse with longing & hope. A superb writer. 4.5/5

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Olive, Again | Elizabeth Strout
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@TheAromaofBooks - time to shake things up again! 😱🎉

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 6mo
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Book 2 of 2 of the Arrowsmith series, this book follows Illesa and Richard, as a newly married couple. War once again intervenes and Richard is forced to go to Acquitaine, where he is captured and ultimately rescued by Illesa and an assortment of other characters. This was good. Rich presentation of daily life at their Manor Home and as a prisoner. Very interesting and I hope she writes another. 3.5/5.

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Our Woman in Moscow | Beatriz Williams
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I enjoyed this. I really like how the story unfolded, going back and forth between the main characters, in Rome in 1940, England in 1948, and NY and Moscow in 1952. It‘s a story about espionage, family loyalty, the destruction of secrets, and love. It was an interesting and entertaining page turner, well-written, with interesting characters and really good dialogue. It‘s going on my re-read shelf. 4/5

OutAndAbout Great to hear this! It‘s next on my audiobook list. 6mo
CindiB Luck you @OutAndAbout … good read. 6mo
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The Errant Hours | Kate Innes
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I like medieval historical fiction & discovered this book & Kate Innes on a list of 100 best medieval books. Set in Wales & the Welsh March…what could be better? This is a lively, engaging tale of a young orphan, whose real father is a priest & Chancellor of England. A skilled psychic, in her quest to find her brother & save their home & her adventures in between, the first 2/3 of this book was great & the last 1/3 was tame/boring. Sad. 3.5/5

Texreader @GingerAntics This one sounds like a good one for you! 6mo
Texreader Great review 6mo
CindiB Thank you @Texreader! 6mo
GingerAntics @Texreader that does sound good 6mo
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Olive Kitteridge | Elizabeth Strout
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What an interesting structure—a series of stories that reference the main character, Olive Ketteridge. Sometimes the reference is fleeting and in other stories, she is the focus. And at the end, you have a sense of the complete person: baffled by others, but consistently and unapologetically herself. I really enjoyed both this and Elizabeth Stroud‘s writing. 4/5

BittersweetBooks @CindiB Unapologetically herself 💛 love this book and this character! 6mo
TheLudicReader I loved this one, too. 6mo
CindiB It was great @BittersweetBooks and @TheLudicReader … looking forward to Olive, Again and Oprah‘s interview Interview with author for her second book club, available on Apple+. 6mo
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Book 4 of my spring Shakespeare & Co “A Year of Reading” bundle, where they send you 4 books/three times a year. This was a fascinating series of articles-well rounded, expansive, & thoughtful. She‘s a good writer. I never would have purchased this book, but I liked it. It is one of those situations where an article would have been great, but a book exceeded my interest level. But for those who are interested, I thoroughly recommend it.

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Bookshop by the Sea | Denise Hunter
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Love a story about a bookstore, but this was a miss for me. Syrupy, too Christian … not my cup of tea.

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The Land Beyond the Sea | Sharon Kay Penman
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What a feast! Covering the Kingdom of Jerusalem from 1163 to 1187, Sharon Kaye Penman weaves a lush & astonishing story of 4 kings, a sultan, their societies & the life of a warrior lord. Loved Balian, Baldwin, Maria, William & Anselm, the invented character. Penman‘s gift for “detailed details” amongst a riveting tale, good dialogue with a multitude of characters & changing landscape, shines here. This may be my favourite book of hers. 4/5

TrishB An awesome read 👍🏻 6mo
CindiB It really was @TrishB 6mo
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The Land Beyond the Sea | Sharon Kay Penman

Wanting a meaty historical saga, I picked up Sharon Penman‘s “The Land Beyond the Sea.” I am so enjoying it! Savouring it really. She weaves a thorough tale, truly a written tapestry. RIP Sharon and thank you.

Kdgordon88 I still can‘t bring myself to start it knowing it‘s her last book. Maybe in the fall. 7mo
CindiB I understand @Kdgordon88 but the great thing is that there is so much depth and details in her books that rereading is always a great thing. 7mo
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Newly married & a step-mother to a resistant 16 year old, Hannah married the love of her life. There‘s lots of things she doesn‘t know … her father, her mother, but a solid relationship with her grandfather & his gift of a craft, has sustained her. There‘s lots of things she doesn‘t know about her husband too. Then he disappears, leaving a note saying “protect her”. This is a well-written, interesting page turner. Finished it in a day. 4.5/5

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The Summer Cottage | Viola Shipman
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I just couldn‘t go on with this book. Almost made it half way. The plot - divorced women starts life again rescuing her family cottage and turning it into a b n b. I just didn‘t care. The writing and dialogue is stilted or gooey. 1/5

SilversReviews I LOVED this book. 7mo
CindiB That‘s the beauty of a book isn‘t it @SilversReviews . 7mo
SilversReviews @CindiB It is the beauty of a book. 7mo
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This was terrific. Without a job, her husband now living with her friend, Thea is at their former house packing when she is given a letter advising of a Scottish inheritance. What evolves is a lovely village and newfound home, a job in a bookstore, and a new love. Thea is a hilarious warm-hearted person. Not only do I want to be her when I grow up, I want to be her now! Entertaining, lovely and easy summer read I thoroughly enjoyed. 5/5

mcctrish I INHALED this book!!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 7mo
CindiB @mcctrish I know. Thea is a great character. I looked for more of Jackie Fraser‘s book and was surprised to learn this is her debut novel. 7mo
mcctrish Me too!!! I was prepared to do a massive book order 7mo
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There was a lot happening here & the problems the characters faced were traumatic. Realistically, there can‘t be that much trauma. This was well-written and I enjoyed it, but I was disappointed by the last 40 pages. Had that not happened, it would have been a better book. Trauma overload. Disappointing. 3.75/5

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Don't Tell Alfred | Nancy Mitford
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I had looked forward to this 3rd instalment of the Radlett‘s, but oh this is not worth my time. 1/5

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The Water Dancer: A Novel | Ta-Nehisi Coates
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This was magnificent. In its writing, pacing, imagining, depth of plot and of characters. I loved every second. 5/5

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The Light Keeper | Cole Moreton
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This was terrific. A real page turner. The two threads of this story are woven beautifully and the story slowly unfolds. There are many forms of grief and this is well explored. Also, the scenery and chalk cliffs of the Downs are vividly portrayed. Loved it; it is going on my keep shelf. 4.5/5

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This is the 2nd book from my spring Shakespeare & Co “Year of Reading” subscription. The cover explanation/review for why it was chosen is a very true representation of this book. Subscriptions generally do result in receiving books you never would have purchased and this is true for me here. Not to say I didn‘t enjoy it because I did. It was an interesting insight into Delafield‘s life with frequent hilarious asides/observations. 3.5/5