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The Twilight Hour
The Twilight Hour
by Nicci Gerrard
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars I would highly recommend this book, 4 Nov. 2014
This review is from: The Twilight Hour (Paperback)
Eleanor Lee is in her nineties. Her family are worried about her living alone in the family home. After a near miss involving a fire, Eleanor's family decide that action must be taken and that Eleanor is not safe to live alone any more. Peter is employed to sort through Eleanor's possessions. Eleanor is adamant that a stranger do this job.
Every evening Peter sits with Eleanor and listens to her story. The chapters are divided into the present day story of Peter cataloguing Eleanor's books and sifting through her paperwork, and the Second World War, a very important time during Eleanor's life.
I would highly recommend this book, it is a compelling read.

The One Plus One
The One Plus One
Price: £4.99

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The One Plus One., 29 April 2014
This review is from: The One Plus One (Kindle Edition)
This is the story of the Thomas family, an average sort of family who are on the verge of crises.Jess is a single mum to Nicky and Tanzie.†Nicky is a teenage Goth who just doesn’t seem to fit in anywhere. The Fishers, the local bad family, make his life hell.Tanzie is an eleven year old Maths genius. Tanzie is so good at Maths that she has been offered a scholarship to the local private school.Ed is a young, handsome IT geek who has been accused of insider trading.†Jess encounters Ed Nicholls first in her guise as a cleaner, and then in her role as a barmaid at the local pub. Jess has to work two jobs as she is struggling to make ends meet.Jess needs to get to Aberdeen so that Tanzie can win the Maths Olympiad to enable Jess to make up the remainder of Tanzie’s scholarship.Thus begins an extraordinary journey for the Thomas family, Ed and Norman the smelly family dog.Jo Jo Moyes is the queen of the higher end of the chick lit market along with Marian Keyes and Jane Green. This is another fantastic offering, which is compulsive reading. It is simultaneously heart breaking and funny. I loved “Me Before You”, but was a little disappointed by “The Girl You Left Behind”. I think that Moyes is definitely back on form with “The One Plus One”.The book isn’t fluffy or sugary. It is a hard hitting read about a family in trouble. Jess Thomas is only just managing financially and emotionally, and it doesn’t take very much for her to go under. Moyes writes well – her characters are beautifully formed and very believable. I really wanted things for Jess to work out well and the long journey in the literal and emotional sense is well worth reading.Real Readers provided me with a proof copy of this novel.

Another Cup Of Coffee
Another Cup Of Coffee
Price: £0.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic read., 26 Oct. 2013
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Congratulations to Jenny Kane on her fantastic new novel. I really enjoyed this light hearted romance with believable characters. I particularly enjoyed the references to song titles that kept popping up throughout the book. I wanted Amy to have a happy after ending. Does she? You will have to read the book to find out!
Hopefully this is book number one in a long line of successful novels for Jenny Kane. Looking forward to the next book!

by James Long
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ferney and The Lives She Left Behind., 2 Oct. 2012
This review is from: Ferney (Paperback)
Ferney by James Long.

Mike and Gally Martin move to Somerset to renovate a dilapidated cottage in the village of Penselwood, which has a mysterious attraction to Gally. Gally is in a vulnerable state of mind having recently suffered several miscarriages. Mike feels very protective towards Gally and is wary of Gally's increasing friendship with an elderly man called Ferney. Ferney knows much about the cottage's history and Mike does not like the way that Ferney spends so much time with Gally. The novel turns out to be about two people who are destined to always be together throughout many different lifetimes.
I found the book very boring in places and considered giving up on it several times. The lapses into historical detail did not hold my interest and I found that they detracted from the story which was rather loose and lacking in plot. I found the characters lacked depth and found Ferney and Mike to be extremely irritating although I very much liked Gally. I read to the end of the book but found the ending a let down.

The Lives She Left Behind by James Long.

It was with some trepidation that I embarked upon reading the sequel to Ferney. I was therefore pleasantly surprised by how much better I found this book. I really enjoyed it and whizzed through it in a weekend.
Although the three original characters are present in this book, there are four new characters - Luke, Jo, Ali and Lucy. Jo, Ali and Lucy embark upon helping out with an archaeological dig in the village of Montacute when Luke literally falls from the sky into the trench they are digging. Thus begins a chain of events in which Ferney and Gally are once again re-united. Mike Martin's past is brought back to him uninvited and he becomes embroiled again in the love story between Ferney and Gally.
I found this book had much more of a pace and a plot line to it which made it far easier to read. My interest was maintained throughout the book. There were still lapses into historical detail but these were shorter and I found them much more interesting to read.
I am really glad that I persevered with Ferney as The Lives She Left Behind would probably have meant much less if I had not previously read Ferney. The book could be read as a standalone but is definitely enriched by reading Ferney first.

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