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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful, wonderful read!, 31 May 2010
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Joseph Hall (Luton, UK) - See all my reviews
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Bonobo Handshake threads together the story of bonobos (the lesser known, high sex drive, peace & love version of chimpanzees), the wonderful people and terrible conflict of Congo, a very frank no-frills story of a marriage... and ties it all together by getting at the heart of human nature. What more could you want from a few hundred pages!

You may know nothing about bonobos (I didn't) but you'll fall in love with them.

You may know little about Congo (I've worked there and it rang very true) but you'll be hooked on finding out more.

You have probably never heard of this author (I hadn't) but she's really funny, profound and tells a cracking story.

This book made me laugh, cry, smile and think about the best and worst of this world. This is a wonderful, wonderful read -- you'll love it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended!, 4 Nov. 2010
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I agree with all the other reviews so far that have all given this book 5 out of 5. Where do I start - brilliantly written in a way that lets you really engage with the author, you learn about a species most people have never heard of - bonobos and about the conflicts in the DRC both now and in the past. I couldn't put this book down and enjoyed every minute of it - it was so interesting hearing stories from some of the people she worked with that had seen first hand the war in Congo, it is scary what is happening out there. I loved reading about Lola ya Bonobo Sanctuary (the only Bonobo Sanctuary with the aim to release them back into the wild) and all the different orphans and their different personalities. Vanessa explains the real deal of life at the sancuary, the hard work, danger but why it is all so worth it. She has now set up a website to help the sanctuary raise funds and donations. Anyone with a love of animals or an open mind - read it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bonobo brilliance!, 17 July 2010
Hats off to Vanessa Woods for this bonobo-tastic achievment!! A wonderful combination of memoir, cracking storytelling, politics and science education, plus a bag full of humour the bonobos would be proud of. Despite being our closest living relatives, bonobos have very much been left as the 'forgotten ape' that noone really knows about or has even heard of... this book is changing all that, raising the bonobo profile and highlighting what lessons they bonobos can teach us about primate evolution and what makes us human. I've also been lucky enough to spend time at the bonobo sanctuary where the book is based, and this book really captures the magic and frequent mayhem of the place. I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone, not only for its wondeful woven stories of both human and apey characters, but also for an insight into the psychology of our closest living relatives.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational, funny and insightful., 7 Sept. 2010
I also did't know much about Bonobo's or the Congo (DRC) and was grateful to learn so much whilst being so entertained. I couldn't put the book down and have also recently read her other book, 'It's every monkey for themselves' about a trip to research monkeys in Costa Rica, which I also recommend! The author is really inspiring, she writes very well and so openly that you are really let into her world and her adventures. I hope so much that this book helps to raise awareness for the Bonobo's as they sound like beautiful animals and are only found in this one country, the unstable Democratic Republic of Congo.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 3.75 stars-romantic tale, 26 Mar. 2014
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Sandy S. (Ontario, Canada) - See all my reviews
THE COWBOY OF VALENTINE VALLEY is the third full length storyline (fifth story) in Emma Cane’s Valentine Valley western romance series. This is cowboy/leather designer Josh Thalberg and lingerie business owner Whitney Winslow’s story. Whitney has returned to Valentine Valley eight months after approaching the town people about her desire to open up her third ‘Leather and Lace’ lingerie boutique and eight months following the kiss that has turned her dreams upside down. Although this is the third full length story it can be read without too much difficulty. Many of the previous storyline characters play an integral role in THE COWBOY OF VALENTINE VALLEY.

The focus of THE COWBOY OF VALENTINE VALLEY is Josh and Whitney’s building relationship and the drama surrounding small town mentality with the hopes of keeping the riff-raff at bay. When Whitney approached Josh about a designer line of leather collars for her shop, she had no idea the media fall-out that would occur when a few pictures of Josh showing his leather goods went viral on the social media networks. Add some enterprising ‘grandmas’ and the tabloid paparazzi and, Josh and Whitney will find themselves front and center in a small town scandal. Hoping to track down the people responsible, Whitney is surprised when the source of the problem is someone very close.

The relationship between Whitney and Josh is a second chance at love between two people who are perfect for one another but from different lifestyles and financial backgrounds. The romance is sensual and slow to build as our couple take the time to discover one another.

Emma Cane pulls the reader into a romantic tale set in a picturesque world where friends meet and fall deeply in love. It is a story (and series) where romance fuels the senses and love deepens the plot. The characters are colorful and approachable-they are people with hopes and dreams; heartbreak and sorrow; loves and dislikes. The world building continues as the Valentine Valley regulars draw in the reader for a peek at the past and the future storylines that have yet to be told.

I was gifted a copy
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great story, 19 Mar. 2014
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Another great story by Emma. The story lines follow the same characters as in previous books. The books are very easy to read and I love Emma's writing style. Looking forward to her next book.
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