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The Girl You Left Behind
The Girl You Left Behind
by Jojo Moyes
Edition: Paperback
Price: 3.85

5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book, 15 Jan 2013
This is an interesting book, with the first half of the story being set in WW1 France. The story follows the cafe owner and her family during a period of Germabn occupation. You get a sense of the daily struggle as well as the pressure to avoid becoming a 'collaberator'. You feel sympathy for Sophie and her dealing wiht the German officer who becomes attracted to her through a painting by her husband.

The second half of the story arrives in Mordern London, and follows a widow, whose last link with her husband is the painting of 'The Girl you Left behind'. she also faces a battle to hold onto this link through the challenge of the courts over the painting.

It is a well written tale of love, hate, struggle and determinatrion in various forms and although not a joyful read, is a thought provoking book,

The Pacific (The Official HBO/Sky TV Tie-In)
The Pacific (The Official HBO/Sky TV Tie-In)
by Hugh Ambrose
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.16

3.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable over view, 6 April 2012
Interesting factual story of the US Pacific campaign that supports the TV series of the same name.

The book is very similar in style to Band of Brothers and concentrates on the human side of the war, with some horrific details of encounters with the Japanese.

This is more of an 'overview' history book rather than a detailed historians interpretation, but a good companion to the TV series.

The Book of Summers
The Book of Summers
by Emylia Hall
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An emotional roller coaster, 6 April 2012
This review is from: The Book of Summers (Hardcover)
An enjoyable book about growing up in a separated but multi-cultural family .

Erzi and her father have a 'damaged' relationship. When he springs a surprise visit on her, he brings a parcel from Hungary which causes untold strife to both people.

as the book progresses, we become part of Erzi's childhood and youth in both Britain and Hungary. When the story's secret is revealed, you can feel the anger and hurt so strongly.

This book is very descriptive and well written, pulling you into the bright Hungarian summers, while understanding the lonliness of the British lifestyle.

Well worth a read.

Torchwood: First Born
Torchwood: First Born
by James Goss
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.11

4.0 out of 5 stars What a Torchwood novel should be, 17 Sep 2011
This review is from: Torchwood: First Born (Paperback)
This was the best of the 3 most recent Torchwood novels, and one of the better of the whole series.
It contained all the ingredients of a good Torchwood tale, mystery, suspense and aliens. What more do you need. On top of that, it was a great tale that filled in the gaps for Gwen between Children of Earth and Miracle day. Rhys gets a bit more of a role than usual too. Worth a read

Go To Sleep
Go To Sleep
by Helen Walsh
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.39

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars frank and honest, if a bit disturbing, 30 July 2011
This review is from: Go To Sleep (Paperback)
I read this book wondering how the issue of PND would be tackled, having suffered a few years ago from it. It was an honest account of the slow slide to despair coupled with the denial of having any problems. It was easy to connect with the questions of being a good mother etc. It does seem to deal with the more extreme psychosis depression, but does so without sensationalising. Not a comfortable read, but an insightful one, and one that opens up many questions and conversations about the issue of PND.

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