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To My Best Friends
To My Best Friends
by Sam Baker
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.01

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit weak..., 9 Nov 2011
This review is from: To My Best Friends (Paperback)
This is the first book by Sam Baker that I have read - it is a very easy read, the characters all interact very well but you never really get to know them. I think the characters could have been developed a bit more - I never really cared about any of them. I thought that Nicci came across as a controlling person who always wanted things to revolve around her - I can't imagine having to spend every Sunday lunchtime with the same group of people. More could have been made of the relationship that Nicci had with her mother - it obviously influenced her personality but that was never really explored in much detail. Overall the book is worth reading but it's certainly not a page turner


One Day
One Day
by David Nicholls
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.95

2.0 out of 5 stars nothing special, 14 Sep 2011
This review is from: One Day (Paperback)
I really struggled to keep going with this book. Nothing really happens! The characters are weak and so predictable, the so called twist was over and done with in a sentence. The only reason I kept going with this book is because I expected it to get better - I can't see how it is managing to get so many 5* reviews. I really can't recommend this book to anyone - sorry!


The Woman He Loved Before
The Woman He Loved Before
by Dorothy Koomson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.59

4.0 out of 5 stars well worth reading, 31 Aug 2011
Yet another page turner by Dorothy Koomson. The plot was good and well paced, some of the diary entries seemed to be too long and this took away some of the enjoyment of the story - I found that I was skipping the longer parts of the diary entries so that I could get on with the story. The characters interacted very well although at times the dialogue between them didn't seem strong enough for what was going on. A book well worth reading but not quite as good as The Ice Cream Girls.


La Cafetiere Le Teapot, Apple , 2 Cup
La Cafetiere Le Teapot, Apple , 2 Cup
Price: 17.37

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, 22 Aug 2011
This is a lovely teapot. Good bright colour, comfortable handle and easy to clean after use. Although it says it is a 2 cup teapot you can actually get 2 large mugs out of a full pot.
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Stand By Me
Stand By Me
by Sheila O'Flanagan
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.61

3.0 out of 5 stars not a lot going on here, 22 Aug 2011
This review is from: Stand By Me (Paperback)
This book is ok - it's not bad but it's not great either. The plot moves along quite slowly and not a lot seems to happen. The characters are weak and the reactions of them when the 'twist' occurs is very mild. Whilst reading this book I was waiting for a big event to happen to help the pages turn but sadly it never did. I have read other books by Sheila O'Flanagan and have really enjoyed them. If you have not read any of her books before then I would suggest that you don't start with this one as it may put you off - her earlier writing is much better.


The Novel in the Viola
The Novel in the Viola
by Natasha Solomons
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.68

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ok..., 24 July 2011
This review is from: The Novel in the Viola (Paperback)
I had great expectations for this book based on the reviews I had read but sadly for me it was a bit of a let down. The book moves at a very slow pace throughout - it never really gets going. The relationship between servant and master/mistress is explored very well as is the social class system but as a story it just didn't work for me. The characters all seemed a bit weak to me and there were too many passages that were full of description rather than action. I recently read Hothouse Flower and The Legacy and both of these books were so much better than The Novel In The Viola. This is not a bad book it just didn't tick the boxes of a god book for me.
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The Mill House
The Mill House
by Susan Lewis
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.59

4.0 out of 5 stars A real page turner, 11 July 2011
This review is from: The Mill House (Paperback)
This book is a must read. The pages almost turn themselves. The story grips you from the start and draws you in to the very end. The characters are great and the dialogue between them all is very real. A very emotional plot which really pulls at the heart strings. Be prepared to put life on hold whilst you read this book.


Breaking the Silence
Breaking the Silence
by Diane Chamberlain
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.59

4.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing read, 30 Jun 2011
This review is from: Breaking the Silence (Paperback)
This is the third Diane Chamberlain book that I have read and it is just as good as her others. DC has a way of writing that draws you in to the book from the first page and keeps the pages turning until the end. Laura's father is dying and as he draws his last breath he asks her to look after a lady named Sarah for him. Whilst visiting Sarah Laura's husband kills himself and their daughter is left mute by the trauma of the situation. The story focuses on Laura's quest to find out the connection between Sarah and her father and at the same time trying to 'cure' Emma of her muteness.There are many twists and turns in the story one or two of them rely too much on coincidence but the rest are pretty realistic. DC handles the emotions of the characters extremely well and the interactions between the characters is very good. A slightly predictable ending but nevertheless it worked! A very absorbing read - a must read for all Diane Chamberlain fans.


Afterwards
Afterwards
by Rosamund Lupton
Edition: Paperback
Price: 3.86

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous, 25 Jun 2011
This review is from: Afterwards (Paperback)
Another great book from Rosamund Lupton - in her last book (Sister) RL explored the relationship between sisters, in this she explores the mother - daughter relationship. The plot was very well drawn out with good realistic dialogue between all of the characters, it is an emotive plot line and RL deals with it brilliantly and draws you in to the lives of the characters. The book takes us through the journey of a mother recognising that her daughter is growing up and how hard it is for a parent to 'let go' of their children whilst still wanting to keep them close and protect them. This book makes you keep turning the pages - a must read.


The Kite Runner
The Kite Runner
by Khaled Hosseini
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars An emotional roller coaster, 21 Jun 2011
This review is from: The Kite Runner (Paperback)
You will experience every emotion whilst reading this book, it takes you on a roller coaster ride through anger, sadness, joy, etc. The author manages to grab you by the heart and draw you right in to the book so you feel everything the characters feel. Relationships between father and son are explored very well along with friendships and loyalty.

This book stays with you long after you have read the final page. A must read for everyone.


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