If Only You Knew

Helpful votes received on reviews: 77% (84 of 109)
Location: Stroud, Gloucestershire


Top Reviewer Ranking: 88,744 - Total Helpful Votes: 84 of 109
I Know Where I am When I'm Falling by Amanda Holmes
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This book tells an unusual and difficult story and does so in a style which elegant, readable and warm. The writer creates a whole world which is utterly believable. The central relationship which lies at the heart of the book is puzzling, challenging and sad. It is a real tribute to the writer that she doesn't shy away from the complexity of the situation she unravels. The book asks complicated questions about why love and goodness sometimes just aren't enough and why we sometimes fail to see those things which are right in front of us. I definitely recommend this book and am waiting for the next one.
Emma's War: Love, Betrayal and Death in the Sudan by Deborah Scroggins
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended, 18 Aug 2013
I absolutely loved this book and would definitely recommend it. I read it as one reads a good novel - turning the pages quickly and feeling a sense of loss as the story ends.

I am a mother with young children and so, although I'm really interested in knowing more about Africa, in reality, I am not going to read a thick history book about the Sudan. So this book was just right for me in that it does actually give a huge amount of information about the Sudan but it also tells a strong and interesting human story.

The character at the centre of the book is endlessly intriguing. On the one hand she is naive, self centred and deluded. But she is also incredibly unusual,… Read more
True To Both My Selves by Katrin Fitzherbert
True To Both My Selves by Katrin Fitzherbert
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 18 Aug 2013
This one of the best books I have read in a long time. It taught me so much that I didn't know about Germany and England through two World Wars. Having read this book I feel that I understand much more about why many people in Germany supported Hitler. The book is not only a fascinating story of ordinary lives disrupted by the great events of history, it is also beautifully written. The writer's account of the Hitler Youth is particularly candid and fascinating and shows that whole period of history in a new light. I was also amazed and moved by the author's courage and the courage of all her family. The book serves of as a reminder of the tenacity of the human spirit and how… Read more

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