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Trains and Lovers: The Heart's Journey
Trains and Lovers: The Heart's Journey
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3.0 out of 5 stars A strange book., 12 Sep 2014
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Four strangers tell each other their life stories whilst on a train from Edinburgh to London. Very different lives, lived in different countries, told in an odd, disconnected way. I will probably not read this book again.


The Long Ride Home: The Extraordinary Journey of Healing that Changed a Child's Life
The Long Ride Home: The Extraordinary Journey of Healing that Changed a Child's Life
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5.0 out of 5 stars The healing continues., 21 Aug 2014
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The continuing healing of autistic Rowan makes a wonderful tale of the love Rupert & Kristen have for their boy, special in every way. This book takes the reader to a place of hope & inspiration, with gratitude that at last a way has been found to help children so badly affected through no fault of their own. When those who scoff at shamanism and natural healing understand that they know nothing, maybe this world will be a better place for all of us. Recommended.


The Horse Boy: A Father's Miraculous Journey to Heal His Son
The Horse Boy: A Father's Miraculous Journey to Heal His Son
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure inspiration., 16 Aug 2014
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There's no miracle cure for autism and it can affect any child in any family. The dedication and caring shown by Ru and Kristin to their lovely boy is truly inspirational. The dream trip to Mongolia is not for everyone, but they had the guts and belief to follow the dream & it paid off for Rowan. Recommended reading when inspiration is needed.


Shout At The Devil
Shout At The Devil
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant tale., 26 July 2014
One of the best from Wilbur Smith, this is a book of two halves. The first is funny, relatively light-hearted and somewhat superficial. The second half is deadly serious under the occasional humour, a tale of revenge set in the mangrove swamps of East Africa which enthralls and holds your attention. Most enjoyable and highly recommended if you like your war stories with a bit of a twist. A brilliant read.


That Kennedy Girl
That Kennedy Girl
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2.0 out of 5 stars A strange book., 19 Jun 2014
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The Kennedys have always been a tragic family, so much promise cut short without fulfilling their destiny, & Kick was no exception. A sad story, not particularly well told. The author writes as if she were there all the time, & the characters make speeches to each other. I don't think I'll be reading this again.


Croissants and Jam (a romantic comedy)
Croissants and Jam (a romantic comedy)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Very predictable tosh., 13 Jun 2014
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This story was quite amusing but really predictable from the time Bels met Christian on the plane. The only question was how many stupid situations they would get into before the final chapter, I did start to count but I lost the will to live half way through.
Why do some authors write a whole book in present tense? It's really annoying. I won't be reading any more of her books, and am deleting this one.


One Summer: America 1927
One Summer: America 1927
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4.0 out of 5 stars An informative & entertaining book., 11 Jun 2014
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Not the norm for Bill Bryson, but a good read nevertheless. I found the wealth of detail on the events of 1927 astonishing -who would have thought that so much happened in that year. I didn't understand a word of the baseball chapters, but I'm sure someone will! However, the story of Babe Ruth's exploits, both on and off the pitch, make today's "sporting heroes" seem a bit tame in comparison. Altogether an interesting, informative book, told with enough tongue in cheek to remind the reader that Bill Bryson reigns supreme. Recommended.


The Cobra
The Cobra
Price: 2.48

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant., 18 May 2014
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A very believable book, & a perfect solution to the drug problem. Frederick Forsyth has done it again, in his own inimitable fashion.


To War with Wellington
To War with Wellington
Price: 8.49

5.0 out of 5 stars A very readable history., 10 April 2014
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This book brings a new dimension to the Peninsula War and the lead up to Waterloo by using attributable quotes from the men who were there. This is not a dry history book, nor a collection of facts and figures; this is an account of a period of the early 19th century when almost the whole of Europe was ruled by Napoleon, and the gradual rolling back of his forces in Portugal and Spain masterminded by the brilliant Duke of Wellington, culminating in the great battle which finally routed Napoleon. The life of the soldier, with all its hardships, is simply told without sentiment and is the more compelling for it. A great book. Recommended.


Anything Considered
Anything Considered
Price: 2.43

5.0 out of 5 stars Peter Mayle does it again., 31 Mar 2014
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Another most enjoyable book from Peter Mayle, laugh-out-loud funny & a good story. As always the main characters and plot are well described but not over-drawn, leaving plenty to the imagination to keep you interested right to the last page. Another one I'll read again & again. Recommended.


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