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Sense & Sensibility by Joanna Trollope
Sense & Sensibility by Joanna Trollope
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I don't enjoy giving Joanna Trollope's latest book a bad review as I really liked her earlier works (The Choir, A Spanish Lover, The Best of Friends). In these books, she shrewdly observes contemporary relationships and family life and writes with an emotional depth that keeps you reading. But this book I could not finish. Her characters were shallow, whiny and spoiled and I just couldn't sympathize with their plight one little bit. Belle Dashwood and her three daughters are forced out of the stately country home they had been living in for many years(for free), then are given the opportunity to live in a pleasant little house in rural Devon by a distant relative. All one of the… Read more
The Tuscan Sun Cookbook: Recipes from Our Italian &hellip by Frances Mayes
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I am not one who buys cookbooks. I have a few at home, and the one I go to the most is a fat tome of a book from the 1990's which has over a 1000 recipes. It is always reliable when I need an answer to the question "what can I do with the neck of lamb/glut of apples/tray of eggs that my neighbour gave me". Nothing fancy, but easy to follow. However, as someone who has read all of Frances Mayes' books, I bought this as soon as it was available. Partly for the recipes, and partly to read more about her life as a part-time resident in Tuscany.

For those unfamiliar with American author Frances Mayes, she wrote (almost 20 years ago) "Under the Tuscan Sun", a book about how she, in… Read more
Bringing Tuscany Home: Sensuous Style from the Hea&hellip by Frances Mayes
Another book by Frances Mayes, author of "Under the Tuscan Sun." In my opinion the cover of the book is a little misleading. I thought it would be a book on Tuscan interior design, but it only touches on the subject. I wasn't disappointed, as I love anything by Frances Mayes. So my advice would be:- buy this book if you enjoyed her memoirs and want to read more about her life in Tuscany, or you're a lover of the Tuscan lifestyle and want to escape for a few hours. Don't buy this book if you're redecorating your house and only want ideas on how to get the Tuscan look.

As with her other books, Mayes tells us a little about her life past and present in California, even including… Read more