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Helpful votes received on reviews: 79% (34 of 43)
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Top Reviewer Ranking: 365,524 - Total Helpful Votes: 34 of 43
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Jojo's books have either worked or not worked for me. But I have enjoyed her enough to want to read all her novels and I actively look out for a new one coming along. This one blew me away. Obviously all the hundreds of 5 star reviews on here are not wrong - this is a tremendous achievement by a writer. Who knew she could tackle such a sad subject with such honesty, insight, and integrity and, more than anything, she'd researched her subject to a fault. After reading this book I found it hard to be captivated by another for quite a while. And it's probably the only book I've read this year that I can actually still remember in quite graphic detail. Thanks Jojo. You deserve all the success… Read more
The Summer House by Santa Montefiore
The Summer House by Santa Montefiore
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
This novel is Downton Abbey minus everything that makes DA great. Drab story line, dull dialogue, thinly-drawn stereotypes for characters who fail to convince me that they are real.... I tried really hard to stick with it, but 30% of the way through and there was still no evidence of any kind of plot, just a lot of people drinking sherry in a country mansion and little dogs running in and out. I should have known I'd hate this book when one of the main characters was called Phaedra Chancellor. What the summer house had to do with the story is a mystery to me too. It's barely mentioned, let alone carries enough weight to become the novel's title. I expected something totally different from… Read more
The Violets of March by Sarah Jio
The Violets of March by Sarah Jio
0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dire read, 13 May 2012
This book had a lovely title and cover. I hoped for an unputdownable read. I was wrong. It starts off with a separation - she leaves her marriage and goes across the country to the island. But then the marriage is barely referenced again, until the end. So how can I care what happens when I am given so little information? The story of the past and what she discovers was vaguely readable but then the end was plain ridiculous. The twist to the story relied on the characters all having gone by different names in their later life to the ones they were known by for the bulk of their lives! What a contrived plot, and completely implausible. I won't be reading more of this writer and I'm sorry I… Read more