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A Divided Inheritance by Deborah Swift
A Divided Inheritance by Deborah Swift
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Divided Inheritance, 30 Oct 2013
This is one of those novels which, as well as having a pacey storyline and complex and intriguing characters, is packed with fascinating historical fact. In less skilful hands, this can sometimes make for difficult reading, but Deborah Swift's stories always wear their research lightly. This book is no exception. I found out so much that I didn't know - about sword-fighting and Spain and the terrible excesses of the inquisition (her depiction of the expulsion of the Moriscos is really shocking at times), but for me, the overriding drive of the book is the antagonism between Elspet and Zachary and the unexpected inheritance which both unites and divides them. The gorgeous setting of… Read more
The Adventures of Tooki: The Secret of the Stones by Jamie Courtier and Vicky Kimm
The Adventures of Tooki: The Secret of the Stones by Jamie Courtier and Vicky Kimm
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite!, 8 Sep 2013
This is a gem of a children's book - one of those books which a child will relish now, and then will keep for their own children once they grow up. Exquisite artwork, a compelling narrative and a bunch of memorable characters. Don't miss it!
Summer of '76 by Isabel Ashdown
Summer of '76 by Isabel Ashdown
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sizzling hot read, 25 July 2013
Do you know - I'm starting to wonder if Isabel Ashdown has some magical way of affecting the weather ... Not more than a couple of days after I finished reading Summer of 76, having loved her evocation of the strange, oppressive atmosphere of that extraordinary year (I remember it well ...) then lo and behold - the weather turns and the heat wave begins! She has to be at least partly responsible!

This is a compelling story of intrigue and scandal, set in the small-town setting of the Isle of Wight, and the story is seen through the eyes of a (beautifully written) self-conscious teenager. Ashdown uses the weather to heighten the atmosphere to great effect.

A wonderful… Read more