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The Illegal Gardener (Greek Village Book 1)
The Illegal Gardener (Greek Village Book 1)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gentle Story, 6 July 2014
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I thought the book got off to a slightly implausible start. However, it soon began to function as a believable story in its own right. It was a beautifully gentle tale of affection that bordered on passion. Three different cultures were brought together for the Illegal Gardener - Greek, English and Rural Asian - and the writer allows each to play it's part without dominating the others. Lovely bright and eventually optimistic book.


Red Love: The Story of an East German Family
Red Love: The Story of an East German Family
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1.0 out of 5 stars Sadly disappointed., 10 May 2014
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You know, I really fancied this book as a way of experiencing life of ordinary folk in the GDR. Sadly it wasn't. The people featured here are those of the upper-middle classes : those with responsible positions in local and national government and those who have enjoyed the benefits of Party membership - education, housing, jobs. Sure they may have eventually fallen out with the body politic, but no way can you get a feel of ordinary life in the GDR from the reflections of those who initially at least we're happy to be part of the system.
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The Gypsy's Dream (Greek Village Book 4)
The Gypsy's Dream (Greek Village Book 4)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sensory Delight!, 15 Feb 2014
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The writing in this book was so good that via its words the smells and images of Greece were superbly concocted. The characters were alive and assumed their own distinct identities. Stavropol - for example - was so well described and created that I'm sure I'll bump into him next time I visit Rhodes.
Simple story line that is quite inspirational for those who are or feel oppressed by the ostensibly more powerful in our world.
Yia mas !


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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good., 18 Jan 2014
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These appear - at this stage, at least - to be very useful in putting a niggling injury to bed. Resting the foot may be the main way to gain a full recovery, but these certainly help.


The Love of My Life
The Love of My Life
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, no - very good!, 18 Jan 2014
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Lovely book. Excruciatingly evocative in its portrayal of a women who is in some ways a victim of circumstance. Louise Douglas shows Olivia (the main character) poignantly falling foul of the matriarch of the main business family in a small English seaside town.
Having lived in town similar to Olivia, I found the writer's detail of life in such a place to be spot on. Few books have made me comment out loud on the bus to work, but this was one of them. These places can be crushingly claustrophobic and potentially depressing in the " Off " season, especially when coated in a grey drizzle.
One of the few negative points was that I became a little geographically lost as the Author created the setting for most of the story. Waterford - the town in question - was not set on the English South Coast, but exactly where It was I was never sure.
Anyway, good read and an interesting overview of life in such a place.
Mark.


Pennance
Pennance
Price: £2.39

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read., 29 Dec 2013
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This review is from: Pennance (Kindle Edition)
I knew that this book was for me when the description of an early winter Cornwall - the village and footpaths - rang so true to my own experience of the area. The grey and at times claustrophobic nature of living in such a village was superbly portrayed by the author.
Lucy, the main character , finds herself caught in a all consuming Web of grief after losing her partner Jake in a car accident. Her life is on a downward spiral - compounded by the over-bearing mother of Jake, the proximity of the man who "fixed" the car in which Jake met his end and the house she lives in with all it's memories of the life she spent with Jake.
Lucy's only escape is her blossoming emotional and physical love for Karen, who now lives with her children in the house that Lucy passes by on her walks and runs along the coastal path.
The author skilfully bring all the strands of the story together into a explosive final few pages. The whole book is tantalising and I read it in a day which is a record for me.


Allies at Dieppe: 4 Commando and the US Rangers (Digital General)
Allies at Dieppe: 4 Commando and the US Rangers (Digital General)

3.0 out of 5 stars Intricate, 9 Nov 2013
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I got rather lost in the extended detail of what unit was where and who commanded what in the raid. Basically I wanted to get to the nitty gritty rather than hovering around the structural peripheries of the subject.


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