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The Hornbeam Tree [Kindle Edition]

Susan Lewis
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Just as celebrated columnist Katie Kiernan thinks life is over, it suddenly arrives on her doorstep in the shape of her sister Michelle, and all the intrigue Michelle brings with her. Friction, resentment and old jealousies make life in their house doubly challenging, as Katie struggles to cope with a rebellious teenager and Michelle longs for the man she has left behind.

After a devastating betrayal Laurie Forbes is trying to rebuild her relationship with Elliot Russell, when she is plunged into a whirlwind of passion that threatens to tear them apart completely.

Top journalist, Tom Chambers, the man Michelle left behind, faces the greatest challenge of his career when highly classified documents fall into his hands. Realizing how explosive the material is, Tom calls upon Elliot Russell to help with the investigation, and very quickly they are caught up in the deadly efforts to stop them going to print.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1185 KB
  • Print Length: 644 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0099453274
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital; Reprint edition (31 Aug. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00413PIOK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #29,651 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.5 out of 5 stars
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from Susan Lewis 23 Aug. 2006
By Kirsty
If you are a fan of Susan Lewis books you will love this one! On the other hand if you are new to Susan Lewis, this book is a great one to start with. This book centres on the relationship between Katie Kiernan, who is diagnosed with cancer, and her daughter and on the relationship beteen Katie and her sister Michelle, who comes to England to look after Katies daughter Molly after Katue dies. Fans of susan lewis will remember Michelle from previous books, michelle brings into Katies life intrigue due to michelles involvement with tom chambers who has been given explosive government documents. Other characters we have previously meet are elliot and laurie, this novel documents the developemts in their relationship. this ia a very good susan lewis book, read it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hornbeam Tree by Susan Lewis 22 Jan. 2008
By Lal
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Another brilliant book by Susan Lewis - I just can't get enough, she is a wonderful author and I just hope she continues to write cos I'm running out of her books to read.
I had a lump in my throat for most of this one and although you know the character is going to die shortly (won't give too much away!), I was pleased it wasn't written into the end of the book cos I don't think I would have stopped crying! Big softie huh!
Wonderfully written and another MUST read.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Susan Lewis Books 28 Feb. 2005
By A Customer
I've never read a bad Susan Lewis book, I've loved them all. I'm always looking out of the next one to come out so I was really pleased when someone bought this for me. As with all her other books I got into this one right away, and couldn't stop reading it. I like that most of the books have characters from previous books.
This book is about a mothers relationship with her daughter. If you read Susan Lewis you'll know a lot of her books are about journalists, so the mothers a journalist and her sister and her sisters boyfriend and her friends. These journalists always go further to find out the truth. You find out what happens when they search too far.
Well done Susan you've got me hooked, when is the next book out?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Almost top score! 18 Jan. 2013
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I have read most of Susan Lewis' books and although I'm having mixed feelings, she is such an amazing writer that I'm always drawn back to her work, even after misgivings.

As for "The Hornbeam Tree", this is absolutely one of her best books. It concentrates on the relationship between journalist Katie who is dying of cancer, and her daugther Molly, as well as Katie's sister Michelle. Furthermore the relationships between Michelle & Tom and Laurie & Elliot. The four latter all appearing in previous Susan Lewis books.
Both couples are investigating journalists and the book also goes into detail about a top secret political story Tom and Elliot are involved in.

However, as for the political story, the word "detail" is imperative. If one is not particularly interested in US and British Intelligence, terrorism and secret plots on the highest political levels, parts of the book are getting much too detailed and tedious to an average writer. As I have said about other Susan Lewis books, this part of "The Hornbeam Tree" is in need of some good editing.

But apart from that, the book has brilliant characterization and shows great insight into human relationships, especially in times of strain. As in other Susan Lewis books, also in this one there are too many sexual details. But then again, I am of the opinion that sexual activity, even between people deeply in love, is best hinted at, not desribed in great detail.

But all in all, this was a book it was sad to finish. All the main characters were easy to like and hard to leave. And that, I think, is one of the best things to be said about a real fine novel.
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I have been looking for a copy of this for some time after being recomended by a friend. I am reading it at the moment and am about half way through. I am finding it a great read as are all Susan Lewis novels. This one is particularly interesting as some of it is set in Wiltshire about 10miles from where Ilive. Looking forward to reading the rest.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Too much! 4 Jan. 2014
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What is this book meant to be? A sex novel? A human interest story? A thriller? This is the first (and last) novel I have read by Ms Lewis. I very much enjoyed her two memoirs, the second of which is a harrowing account of she went very badly off the rails in her teens after losing her mother, and whose father handled the situation very badly. But this novel - said by other reviewers to be among her best! - tries to do too much, and is far, far too wordy as well, needing to be cut to about half its length. It just gets boring, even the graphic sex. The plots are completely unbelievable, and although she makes a clear attempt to get the dialogue right according to age group and nationality, she betrays the fact that she lived for any years in the US. Just one example: she talks about an English person being accused of 'obstruction of justice'. In the UK the charge is 'obstructing the course of justice'. There are other annoying inaccuracies also, e.g. it's 'Médecins sans Frontières' not 'Frontiers'. I shan't be bothering to read any more of her novels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent choice . 13 Mar. 2015
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I gripping read. One of the best by Susan Lewis although I enjoy all of her books. You need your tissues handy but in a nice way as it is story but with up to date information about world affairs which are fictional but bordering on reality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 4 months ago by patsy
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic. couldnt put it down
Fantastic.couldnt put it down.
Published 4 months ago by A K Gray
4.0 out of 5 stars Had to skip a lot but basic story great.
A little too much political information. Had to skip a lot but basic story great.
Published 7 months ago by Betty Vickers
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good Book
Published 12 months ago by Margaret Parfitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Read
I choose to rate this book 5 was a book that took you on a journey of real life.
Published 13 months ago by Rose O'Brien
5.0 out of 5 stars great story
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book ... I love Susan Lewis stories they are so well written and I recommend them to anybody who enjoys a great yarn.
Published 18 months ago by Mrs E J Johns
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hornbeam tree
So gripping. Full of excitement, intrigue. The empathy and emotion this book provokes makes for a brilliant read. Read more
Published on 31 July 2013 by Purplepigeon
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hornbeam Tree Susan Lewis
Just what I wanted, very fast delivery, will use again and very good quality. It has been a great read and truely recommended. Thank you very much.
Published on 26 May 2013 by Mrs Maria Richard
4.0 out of 5 stars The Hornbeam Tree by Susan Lewis
This is the first time I have read a book by this author. Excellent read that kept me wanting to know the outcome. Well done and I already have another Susan Lewis book lined up!
Published on 21 July 2010 by Kathy
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