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The Reluctant Landlady by Bernadette Strachan
The Reluctant Landlady by Bernadette Strachan
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I would like to think that this book had been written for very young teenage girls - but then that would be insulting the intelligence of, well ... very young teenage girls. Yes, it's pure chick lit and probably intended as a light hearted holiday read but honestly, it is probably the most cliched book that I have every read. The characters are, as another reviewer said, totally 1-dimensional. The plot is paper thin and totally transparent (the supposed 'twist' at the end was screaming at you from just a few pages in!). There are numerous, far better books of this genre around - so do yourself a favour and please don't bother with this one!

BTW, I gave this one star only because… Read more
Tuesdays With Morrie: An old man, a young man, and&hellip by Mitch Albom
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The book chronicles one man's views on life from the perspective of the dying. Gloomy? Depressing? Not one bit! Just the opposite in fact. Morrie relishes the fact that he's been given a chance to tie up the loose ends, to say all of the things that he wanted to say to the people he cares about before being snatched away. For Mitch Albom, watching Morrie go through this is a chance for him to reflect on what's important in his own life. And isn't it interesting that the things that become important to us when we're stripped of our ability to enjoy all the frivolous trappings of our society are those very simple things that actually make us human ... love, family, friendship and so on… Read more
The Geographer's Library by Jon Fasman
The Geographer's Library by Jon Fasman
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The blurb dangles a tantalizing carrot offering an intellectual thriller with a gripping story line fluctuating between present day America and latter day Europe, USSR and the Middle East. The story is woven between the present and the past via alternating chapters in a way that could work but ... well, just doesn't. The chapters set in the past are fascinating and generally well written. The chapters set in the present follow our young sleuth reporter in the US who is, frankly, so unbelievably wet I'm surprised the author didn't mention the drip marks that I'm certain he left wherever he went!! I read to the end waiting for the climax that simply never arrived. Rather than a "wow" it was… Read more

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