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Village Rumours (Turnham Malpas 18)

Village Rumours (Turnham Malpas 18) [Kindle Edition]

Rebecca Shaw
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

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You can't escape your past. At least that's what the residents of Turnham Malpas would say...

While clearing out the rectory's loft, Reverend Peter Harris makes an unsettling discovery and a dark secret is exposed that soon sets tongues wagging in the village.

Having received a letter from the sons she hasn't heard from in 15 years, local gossip Greta Jones is delighted at the prospect of seeing them after all this time - despite her husband's misgivings. And Craddock Fitch's unruly grandchildren, newly arrived in the village, are causing not a little trouble for the townsfolk.

Meanwhile Fran Charter-Plackett has a difficult decision to make. Her parents would like to see her settled with kind and reliable Alex Harris. But when Chris Templeton, the man whom Fran once lost her heart to, returns to the village, it seems he is all set to steal her affections once more. Is Chris really a changed man? And will Fran finally go with her heart or her head?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2132 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (28 Aug 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,250 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Kathryn
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I was a bit apprehensive and more than a little curious to read this book having read the other, mainly negative, reviews....

I have read all the Turnham Maplas books after being introduced to the series by my mother about five years ago. I had read the reviews before buying the kindle version of the book and was a little wary that one of my favourite series had been changed beyond recognition. Having now read the book I can honestly say that I felt it was in the same style as all the previous ones in the series so if there was a ghost author involved, I didn't notice. I agree that some of the earlier stories were perhaps better but in my opinion this was still a really good read. I thoroughly enjoyed the story although I would have liked there to be a bit more about Alex... maybe that will come in the next book. It would also have been nice for Caroline and Peter to have had a larger role in the story. However I did not feel that there was too much emphasis on Fran as some other reviewers had claimed.

All in all a very good light hearted read about village life and I am looking forward to the next instalment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Last in series and it's probably a good job. Don't know who wrote this but it's nowhere near the quality of 1- 16. The last one was poor in inconsistencies - this one is just dreadful. How can you write about an event in the village store happening at 9.40am and then in the next sentence say it's dark outside because it's 4.30pm. It's just shoddy writing and it's annoying to pay good money for something so awful. I wish I'd stopped at 16 and not read the final two books. They are dreadful.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not to be taken TOO seriously. 1 Oct 2014
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Having read all 18 books in the Turnham Malpas series (at the time of writing this is the last) it occurred to me that an author does not reach an 18th installment without building up a stream of loyal followers. So it does grate somewhat that either the author or her editors are too sloppy or too lazy to sort out some of the glaringly obvious continuity errors that this series has. It is almost as though they are treating the reader with contempt by assuming that they are too unintelligent or too inattentive to notice.
Previous reviewers have complained about the prose being repetitive to the point of being irritating and I have to admit to inwardly screaming when yet another character has 'tapped the side of their nose' or 'twinkled their fingers' or added 'and not half!' to the end of a sentence. The dialogue is sometimes too schmaltzy with too many 'darlings' for my liking. Miss Read this ain't.
However whilst it is easy to be critical we should take these books for what they are. They are not Booker Prize entries but the literary equivalent of comfort food. Books to curl up with and allow the reader to be part of this fictional village with a cup of tea on a rainy afternoon. Bear that in mind when considering this series and you won't go far wrong.
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What a disappointment. I have been getting crosser with each book about the inconsistencies in story lines but this book is riddled with them and it is infuriating. Greta Jones is called Greta Flatman when her ancestors are being dug up from the plague pit - in this book she is renamed and given a ridiculous and frankly, anticlimactic back story. New characters are brought in for no reason, why do we need people from her Vet series moving into here? We never discover who the blackmailer is or why, and never find out who Ben saw declared dead. I wish the new Templetons would move out, life was much more interesting in Turnham Malpas with the old familiar characters.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Woeful 8 Sep 2014
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Agree with other reviewers that this book may have been written by a different author, it is truly dreadful. Clunky dialogue and storylines that neither fit together or flow. Some of the issues with the characters are simply pointless - i.e., when Dottie goes to see Peter at the end of the book with an issue that's just come out of the blue, they have a short conversation and he drives her home, just pointless! The relationship between Fran and Chris was drawn out in too much detail in the last book and is the main feature in this book too...and the signs are that the author thinks that we will want more of the same in her next book, there's a hint - but not this reader thank you! I have read all of Rebbeca Shaw's previous books - her most recent one, (which is not a Turnham Malpass story) was also way below her usual standard and I do wonder if another writer's work is involved here. There is absolutely none of the warmth or charm in the characters that I have come to know and enjoy from her previous works. Wooden dialogue and characters who bear little resemblance to earlier Tales from Turnham Malpass. Woeful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Sue
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Would agree that this is disappointing and reads as though it was written by a completely different author. Very odd.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Village Rumours 13 Sep 2014
By mary
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Once again Rebecca did not let me down, I have waited a while for this next in the series of Turnham Malpas books to appear and I was not disappointed I feel as if I now know these people, and have visited the village on several occasions (18 times now) so now looking forward to the next. Thanks again Rebecca Mary
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Absolutely brilliant as usual a real good read. Love this set of books. Well written didn't want to read this as I have to wait again for another. Would recommend this author not just for this set of books but others that she has written.
Delivered straight to my kindle what could be better.
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