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VanessaCW

Joined April 2018

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A Tapestry of Treason | ANNE. O'BRIEN
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A fab read about Constance of York, Lady Despenser. I was quite captivated by her story. I think the author has done a brilliant job of bringing Constance to life. What a feisty, determined and ambitious lady she was. Plotting against King Henry IV being just part of Constance‘s life‘s rich tapestry. She‘s a great advert for the old adage ‘if at first you don‘t succeed, try, try and try again‘! Interesting, gripping and fascinating.

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A Shadowed Livery | Charlie Garratt
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I very much enjoyed this entertaining country house murder mystery. There is a plot within a plot - both are cleverly written and combine to make an interesting and intriguing read. The historical aspect is well researched and I loved trying to work out ‘whodunnit‘. There are so many twists and turns it was difficult to know quite what was going on.
Quite the page turner!

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The House of Secrets | Terry Lynn Thomas
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3.5⭐️
I definitely had to suspend my belief at times with this one as things very much go bump in the night and there are ghostly apparitions. It‘s a fun, entertaining and easy read. It has more than a hint of gothic and I liked the writing style. I found the the historical aspect with regard to food rationing and wartime lifestyle etc interesting and this seems well researched. I did find the ending quite predictable but overall I enjoyed it.

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Turn of the Key | Ruth Ware
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This is such a creepy and spine chilling read! There are nods to Henry James and Daphne du Maurier as the tension and sense of foreboding build up. It certainly had me on the edge of my seat at times. It‘s beautifully and atmospherically written. I loved the setting, it worked so well within the confines of this story. The descriptions of the Scottish mountains and countryside are vividly depicted. Superb and eerie stuff!

marleed I finished this yesterday and really liked it! 2w
VanessaCW 👍😁 2w
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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For an average sized book, Circe makes epic reading! I found it very interesting but confusing at the same time, trying to remember who all the various gods/mortals were. Glad I was reading it on my Kindle as I could look up info easily. It took me quite a time to read it!
4⭐️

Lucy_Anywhere I liked Circe, but I loved Song of Achilles even more 2w
VanessaCW Song of Achilles is on my TBR pile! 😊 2w
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A fun and entertaining read, a real rollercoaster of a ride. It gathers pace and never lets go until the end. I loved the mix of fact and fiction. There‘s a great sense of time and place and ‘The Terror‘ is vividly described. It‘s very well written with some humour thrown in, easy to read and kept me captivated from the the first page. There is more than a hint of James Bond in this story, it‘s action packed and full of ‘Q‘ worthy gadgets. 5⭐️

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Pigeonhole read. An entertaining and fast paced mystery with a little bit of horror thrown in. I was gripped from the first page and It had me on the edge of my seat at times. I never knew quite what was going on as the plot twisted and turned. It‘s menacing, full of tension and the sense of imperilment is very real. If you enjoy suspenseful and spellbinding reads with a hint of gothic, you‘ll love this one.

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Testament | Alis Hawkins
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It took me a little while to get into the flow of this book, but once I did I enjoyed it. It‘s definitely worth persevering with. The historical aspects were fascinating and the descriptions of the college being built, the political intrigue it caused and the religious beliefs it offended were very vividly depicted.

All in all a cleverly woven and researched dual timeline tale.

4⭐️

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Wonderfully evocative, beautifully written and well researched book. There is humour as well as sadness and the British fighting spirit really comes to the fore. The story touches on a variety of issues which kept me engaged and entertained throughout. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, a tale which shows our determination to survive, to stand up for what is right and to put one foot in front of the other with a brave smile on our faces
5⭐️.

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An easy, fast paced and entertaining read. The plot has plenty of twists and turns and kept me eagerly turning the pages. The characters are realistic and believable and there is a good sense of time and place.

The Family Secret is a captivating and absorbing historical murder mystery and is an excellent follow up to The Silent Woman. I look forward to reading Cat‘s next adventure.

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Tell Me Your Secret | Dorothy Koomson
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I thought this story was gripping, very much a page turner. It takes you on a tense, white knuckle rollercoaster of a journey with plenty of twists and turns, along with the odd red herring and featuring a cliffhanger or two, picking up pace as it heads towards a hair raising conclusion. The ending could be considered quite ambiguous in certain respects, maybe leaving it open for a sequel. An engaging, suspenseful and exiting thriller.

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Review for Another You by Jane Cable

I very much enjoyed this book. It touches on post traumatic stress and domestic abuse which were sympathetically and convincingly portrayed. I liked the characters, even the not-so-good ones. I thought they were well rounded and realistic. There are some wonderful and vivid descriptions of Dorset. I could almost feel and smell the sea and I could picture it in my mind so well. Great little story!

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Another You by Jane Cable

Set in Studland Bay on the Dorset coast in southwest England. Marie Johnson helps run the Smugglers pub alongside her husband, Stephen, from whom she has separated, and son, Jude. Celebrations are being planned for the 60th anniversary of D-Day and as Marie helps with the preparations, she meets a young American soldier called Corbin and begins suffering from disturbing migraines. However, not all is what it seems.

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Tudor Dawn by David Field, Book One, Tudor Saga

I thought this was a well written and researched book about Henry VII. It gives the nuts and bolts of the era, so I think anyone who has an interest in this period of time in history and/or who would like more knowledge of it, would find this novel very interesting. It did, at times, read a little like a biography with dialogue but even so, I enjoyed it. An easy and informative read.

3.5⭐️

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I‘m reading Tudor Dawn by David Field. It‘s not listed on Litsy hence the untitled option.

“Tudor Dawn is the first thrilling historical adventure novel in the Tudor Saga Series, chronicling the rise and fall of one of England‘s most powerful royal families.”

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Three Things About Elsie | Joanna Cannon
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This is a lovely story about life, friendship, hope and forgiveness. It has some laugh out loud moments. I love this author‘s style of writing l. It was such a pleasure to read.

“No matter how long or how short a time you are here, the world is ever so slightly different because you existed.”

5 big fat golden stars ⭐️

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Tell Me Your Secret | Dorothy Koomson

Reading this via the Pigeonhole app.

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The Silent Woman | Terry Lynn Thomas
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I thoroughly enjoyed this espionage thriller. It‘s fast paced and well plotted. I liked the writing style, it flows beautifully and is easy to read. There is a whole cast of interesting and likeable characters, my favourites being the leading lady, Cat Carlisle, and her trusty maid, Annie. Of course, there is the odd villain to add a bit of spice! A gripping and engaging mystery which I can highly recommend. It‘s quite the page turner.

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Set on the Cornwall/Devon Atlantic coast, a father falls to his death off the cliffs which leads to a mystery. I usually enjoy books set in this part of the world and featuring a house but this one disappointed me. It seemed a little surreal and it dragged for me. Daphne du Maurier it is not.

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Not Speaking | Norma Clarke
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A beautifully written book and a fascinating insight into a celebrity hairdressing family. Nicky Clarke‘s Greek mother, is very much the backbone. My opinion of her changed a few times but I think by the end I actually liked and admired her. I found the historical aspect about Greece interesting, but the parts concerning classical literature did lose me a little. “All families are the same and each family is unique” - I think that says it all!

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The Brief | Simon Michael
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I thought this was was quite the page turner. It‘s fast paced and action packed. It touches on the seedy side of criminal life and the Kray twins even have a cameo role. It gives a realistic and great insight into the British judicial system of the time which I found fascinating. I loved Charles as a character and was rooting for him throughout the story. It‘s well plotted, so much so that I was on the edge of my seat most of the time.

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Imaginatively and humorously written, this fourth book in the series definitely has things which bump in the night! It reminded me of an Agatha Christie mystery meeting a game of Cluedo with a bit of hocus pocus thrown in. There is still the ‘will they, won‘t they‘ scenario with the main characters but I‘m forever hopeful for them. If I‘m to be picky, I thought it did get a little long winded at times. Even so, it‘s still an entertaining story.

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Those Who Are Loved | Victoria Hislop
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I know very little about Greek history so I found this tale enormously interesting. It‘s really engrossing. Themis is a great character, she has such resilence. What she goes through is mind boggling. This is a wonderful story combining historical fact with fiction. It‘s well paced and kept me eager to read more, quite the page turner in fact. The writing is vivid and gives a good sense of time and place. I almost felt I was there.

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One Summer in Paris | Sarah Morgan
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Uplifting and lighthearted, there is also quite a serious thread flowing through this story. I thought it was a lovely, heartwarming tale. The characters are well rounded but also flawed as we all are, maybe a little stereotypical if I‘m picky. There are some quite convenient and predictable moments in the story, but all in all it‘s just a darn good, entertaining read. 😊
4⭐️

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The Disappeared | Amy Lord
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A thought provoking, compelling and disturbing dystopian tale. It‘s action packed and well paced, but be warned there is some violence and it also contains torture scenes (😱). It did have me on the edge of my seat at times, definitely on tenterhooks to say the least. There are some interesting characters, one or two of whom are really quite scary. You would not want to be in a locked room with them! Say no more. 4⭐️

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An excellent read about a dysfunctional family featuring hoarding. I really loved this one. I enjoy family dramas and this one hit the spot for me. I‘ve never read a book by Lisa Jewell before, either, so I will definitely be reading more. “You are all pebbles from the same beach. Look after each other.” Good advice!

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The Disappeared | Amy Lord

Reading this via the Pigeonhole app. 🔥

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Second in the Leo Stanhope series, amateur detective with a difference! All I can say, really, is that it‘s another fabulous story which I read via the Pigeonhole app. It contains all the right ingredients for an intriguing and fast paced thriller - plenty of twists and turns and the odd red herring, along with bags of atmosphere. It‘s well written and entertaining. In short, a gripping murder mystery which kept me engaged throughout.

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I‘ve just started this one. It‘s been on Mt TBR for a while. I‘m reading it along with my face-to-face book group. Enjoying it so far.

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The Deadly Fire | Cora Harrison
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I thought this was a good addition to this entertaining series and it should appeal to both children and adults alike. It‘s a fun and easy read, whilst at the same time giving a good description of what life would‘ve been like in the 19thC. There is a slight Dickensian feel to the story. It‘s fast paced with interesting characters and contains plenty of cliffhangers to keep the reader turning the pages. I enjoyed it.
4⭐️

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An emotional read which brought a tear to my eye! I liked the writing style, it‘s very easy to read. The characters are realistic and believable. The story flows well and kept me engaged. I liked that it ends on a note of hope.The Forgotten Sister is an excellent family drama. It‘s thought provoking and compelling. I was thinking about it for quite a while after I turned the last page. Remember, love is all you need! ❤️.

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The Montgomery Murder | Cora Harrison
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An entertaining YA mystery with just the right amount of suspense, gore and action to appeal to younger readers, whilst adults should find it a quick, easy and engaging read. The main characters are instantly likeable and reminded me a little of Enid Blyton‘s Famous Five! The sights and sounds of London are well described and give a good sense of time and place. An enjoyable and fun read with an interesting plot.
4⭐️

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An interesting, fascinating and compelling read. Well researched, it conveys a realistic and shocking interpretation of life in an asylum during the Victorian era. It‘s beautifully and vividly written. I think the author has done a fantastic job of filling in the gaps and elaborating on grey areas. The story isn‘t always dark - Beatrice gives the tale a little lightness in the shape of romance with an SPCC official. Highly recommended.

Kate.Braithwaite Thank you @VanessaCW! So very glad you enjoyed it! 💐💐 4mo
VanessaCW Really enjoyed it, thanks! A bit difficult to whittle down the review. Full one on Librarything & Goodreads. 4mo
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Blood On The Stone | Jake Lynch
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It did take me a little while to get into the story, but once I did I ended up loving it. It‘s very much the page turner. There‘s a great plot and some interesting, well drawn characters. I thought the sights and sounds of 17thC Oxford were wonderfully and vividly depicted. I was quite transported! The historical detail is excellent. A skilfully written, well paced and exciting mystery set during a fascinating time in British history.

led567 Thank you, I‘ve added this to my ‘to read‘ list 4mo
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4⭐️. Quirky, unusual story combining cookery with fiction in a magical way!

Amor4Libros One of my favorite books! 4mo
pdever I assigned that book to students in a writing about food class. I like it! 4mo
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ladyneverwhere This is one of my favorites! I think it's time for a re-read ❤️ 4mo
ElizaMarie I don‘t know why... but I really didn‘t like this one. And I know it‘s a fav among many 4mo
Drocchio03 Good idea! I read it ages ago and remember being completely transported. Enjoy! 4mo
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ApplesandSpindles I featured this in an essay I wrote about identity through literature. It is on the HerStories Project if you want to take a peek. Basically, this is the book I read my first night at the University of Texas and it broke open everything about my perception of my place in the world. 4mo
VanessaCW Thanks for that, Tanya. You‘ve written an interesting article. A lot can be learnt from books about life, other cultures, eras, etc. And they broaden the mind - it‘s a big world out there. I can remember having to read certain books at school which didn‘t really interest me at the time. Now my tastes have evolved, I find myself having another go for my own benefit and enjoying them. (edited) 4mo
VanessaCW I‘m not over keen on Mama Elena! 🙀. She‘s lethal with a wooden spoon. 4mo
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Loved this dual timeframe story! Cornwall is such a fab setting, too.. Descriptively written and the characters are well drawn and likeable. It‘s a moving love story, but it also touches on the harsh realities of living on a farm, especially during a war. It doesn‘t always hold back from the grimmer aspects of life but it does point out that there can be light at the end of the tunnel if one is only patient. Captivating.

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A story of love, loss, family and lions! A moving little tale which I mostly enjoyed apart from one too many coincidences! It‘s an easy read, however, and flows very well. 4⭐️

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A well written and researched story which imaginatively fills in the gaps of Lavinia Warren Bump‘s (aka Mrs Tom Thumb) life and her association with P T Barnum. I loved it.
5⭐️

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Good Enough Mother | Bev Thomas
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A beautifully written and emotional story which is quite dark in places. It gives a great insight into the world of the therapist and their patients. It‘s a slow burner and fairly intense in its telling with a gradual build up of foreboding and uneasiness. The characters are well drawn. A thought provoking, engaging, and moving read which I would recommend to those who prefer something a little different to your usual chiller thriller.
4⭐️

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Good Enough Mother | Bev Thomas

I‘ve just started this via Pigeonhole.

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TheNerdyProfessor I'm curious to know if you are liking this one! 5mo
VanessaCW Yes, I am enjoying it so far. Quite compelling and a bit foreboding in a way. I‘m expecting something menacing to happen. I‘m reading it in staves via the Pigeonhole app and have read five so far. Nine altogether so four to go. 5mo
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I was a little disappointed that a couple of the original ghost hunting team were absent but, by the end of the story, I found myself liking the new addition and thought she was a wonderful addition to the fantastic and diverse crew. There‘s an intriguing plot which had me eagerly turning the pages, the right amount of spookiness to keep me entertained (but not too much to have me running for the hills!) and a great little twist at the end.

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Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
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A wonderfully engaging story written very much like a fairytale. It flows along beautifully, meandering its way through each of the many characters‘ interlinking personal stories. The river is very much the main character. It trickled, ebbed and flowed through my mind just like the tale itself. An atmospheric, mysterious and enchanting read which had me totally absorbed. Just brilliant.

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Sunshine | Kim Kelly
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An engaging and well written story. There‘s a good sense of time and place and the descriptions are very vivid. The characters are well drawn and interesting. Some of the events which happen to them are quite heartbreaking. It‘s a short novel and a lot is crammed into it - I wish it had been a little longer. I was quite sad when it had finished, a sign of a good book! Read via the Pigeonhole app.

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The Girl Next Door | Phoebe Morgan
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This a gripping read, it‘s full of twists and turns, a few red herrings and a surprise ending. There‘s even a hint of creepiness. No-one is whom they seem and no-one can be trusted. The characters are mostly unlikeable but well drawn, so the reader can have a great love to hate relationship with them! It‘s definitely a page turner. Just don‘t be lulled into a false sense of security!

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The Firemaker | Peter May
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4 ⭐️

Interesting story. Liked the two main characters, I became quite invested in them. It seems well researched and well written. Enjoyed the history.

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This is a beautiful and moving story written by one of my favourite authors. It takes the reader on quite an emotional journey which is both heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time. It combines fact with fiction and highlights the need for more people to get themselves on the organ donor list. It‘s well written and researched with some realistic and likeable characters. It‘s also a tearjerker so don‘t forget your tissues!