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The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris by Jenny Colgan
If you like Chocolate, Paris and a good old fashioned love story you won't go wrong with this book. The characters are well developed and I was struck by the dynamics of the different relationships between the characters. There was a good dose of humour too - this would make a great film (although not sure they'd persuade any of Hollywood's leading ladies to lose 2 toes!)

My only criticism really is that it made me want to eat chocolate. A lot!!

This is the first Jenny Colgan book I've read but it won't be the last. Loved the recipes at the back and am looking forward to trying some of them!

So treat yourselves to this book, curl up with a hot chocolate (or… Read more
The Best of Our Spies by Alex Gerlis
The Best of Our Spies by Alex Gerlis
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
It's incredibly rare that I give a book five stars. But from three chapters in I was transfixed and have raved about this book to anyone who will listen. This is one of the untold stories of WW2 which I hope more people will now begin to learn about. It focuses on a secret mission to mislead the Germans about where the D-Day landings were to take place.

The level of detail and research that has gone into this book is impressive. You are transformed back to WW2 and feel the anxieties/concerns/realities of life from a number of characters' points of view. The story is littered with minor details which paint an engrossing picture and leave you feeling you have been transported back… Read more
The Thread by Victoria Hislop
The Thread by Victoria Hislop
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Seemed a bit rushed, 17 Aug 2012
I'm a big fan of Hislop's work, and there's no doubting that she is incredibly talented. She has also clearly carried out extensive historical research - and certainly this is woven in well.

The reader does get a wonderful sense of the city and the divisions within it, however some topics (e.g relations between people from different faiths) could have been explored in more depth.

In places I really got the sense that this book was somewhat rushed; without giving too much away there would be unexpected twists and turns in the plot which seemed momentous but didn't really take the story much further.

Not as good as 'The Island' but still worth a look.

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