Julie Ryan

Top Reviewer Ranking: 9,118
Helpful votes received on reviews: 82% (45 of 55)


Top Reviewer Ranking: 9,118 - Total Helpful Votes: 45 of 55
Going Upside Down: Finding the Answers on the Othe&hellip by Elise Williams
This book is where ‘rom com’ meets a travel guide. It’s a whirlwind tour of Australia as Lori Malone visits Australia with her Yorkshire family for a wedding down under. I loved the descriptions of Australia as they vividly brought alive a country I would love to visit one day. Elise Williams also treats the subject of the native Aborigines with great sensitivity without being at all preachy. Running throughout the book are Lori’s romantic encounters as she can’t decide between her cousin’s friend and a Doncaster lad she meets on her travels. Will she stay in Oz or return to the UK? You’ll have to read it to find out. I did get a trifle confused at all Lori’s family’s distant relations but… Read more
What's So Funny About Murder: 7 complete humorous &hellip by Ellie Campbell
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I enjoyed this book from the start. Cathy is a person that most of us can relate to. She’s stressed and tired, stuck at home bringing up two children while her husband works all hours. She would quite like to go back to work but tells herself she’d rather be at home as she lacks confidence.
The title intrigued me. We’re never quite sure who ‘LaLa’ is but the anonymous letters telling Cathy that her husband is having an affair keep us guessing as to the identity as we see all her friends through new eyes. Then there is the intrigue at her husband’s work, not to mention the ‘ Save the toilet’ campaign that she inadvertently takes on.
The setting and characters are the books great… Read more
The Vineyard by Karen Aldous
The Vineyard by Karen Aldous
4.0 out of 5 stars A great debut novel, 28 Aug 2014
I was drawn to this book by its title and the cover, especially since I am a Francophile. The exquisite descriptions of France didn’t disappoint and I was immediately transported there.
The difficult relationship between Lizzie and her estranged mother is well described, so much so that you begin to wonder if it’s based on first hand experience.
Lizzie’s three -year old son, Thierry, is a delight and a complete contrast to his father who seems to have no redeeming features. The style carries the story along with Lizzie’s friend Sophie always there in the background.
Although it is explained how Lizzie has her own beauty salon in Cannes, it still seemed to be stretching the… Read more

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