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ALL OUR WORLDLY GOODS by Irene Nemirovsky, Book Review

ALL OUR WORLDLY GOODS by Irene Nemirovsky, Book Review

Irene Nemirovsky’s novel All Our Worldly Goods reminds us that even in the darkest of times, where this is a will there is a way.
There is a very appealing undertone of revolutionary zeal in Nemirovsky’s All Our Worldly Goods.
We follow the characters on their life journey in a tug-of-war between hope and obligation, through shocking loss and moments of joy. This novel explores love in its many forms, and ultimately the inspiration and steely determination that emotion can provide.

AN IMAGINARY LIFE by David Malouf, Book Review: Haunting

AN IMAGINARY LIFE by David Malouf, Book Review: Haunting

In An Imaginary Life author David Malouf tells a very big story in very few words.
The story is set in the time of the Roman Empire with the protagonist and narrating character the Roman poet Ovid. Ovid had lived a life of mischief and excess prior to his exile in a backwater called Tomis. He does not understand their language, nor do they understand his – he considers the people he lives with ‘natives’ and the tribes that attack the town of Tomis ‘savages’.

THE RETURN by Victoria Hislop, Book Review: Engrossing

THE RETURN by Victoria Hislop, Book Review: Engrossing

The Return (2008) is Victoria Hislop’s second novel. Her debut novel, The Island (2005) was included in The Times ‘100 Books That Defined the Noughties’. The Return Synopsis A captivating new novel of family, love, and betrayal set against a…

SIREN by Tara Moss, Book Review: A sassy, sexy thriller

SIREN by Tara Moss, Book Review: A sassy, sexy thriller

Siren is a sassy, sexy thriller. Tara Moss’s much anticipated fifth novel in her Vanderwall thriller series lives up to expectations and as always leaves her fans gasping for more. Although I do not know the author personally, her public persona appears…

La’s Orchestra Saves The World by Alexander McCall Smith, Review

La’s Orchestra Saves The World by Alexander McCall Smith, Review

Charming. Can any of us make a difference to the great events which determine our fate? That is the question Alexander McCall Smith explores in La’s Orchestra Saves the World. The story is set in Britain and told through the eyes of a young woman named Lavender (all her friends call her La).

THE HOUSEKEEPER + THE PROFESSOR by Yoko Ogawa, Review

THE HOUSEKEEPER + THE PROFESSOR by Yoko Ogawa, Review

BOOK REVIEW: Exquisite minimalism. I’ve always been a believer that good things come in small packages and this novel by Ogawa is a perfect example. The characters, a mathematics professor with special needs, his housekeeper and her son, are developed in an understated manner, through their actions. The mathematical concepts are explained with artful simplicity and woven into the telling of the story to great effect. I found Ogawa’s writing style refreshing – words are not squandered but chosen carefully to extract maximum value

Book Review – REFLECTING THE SKY by S J Rozan

Action-packed. This is the first novel by S J Rozan that I have read and it definitely won’t be the last. Rozan’s main characters private investigators Lydia Chin and Bill Smith are your classic odd couple, whose strengths and weakness fit together like a glove. They are a formidable team that readers barrack for. Lydia is feisty and outspoken and Bill is her rock, strong and loyal.

Joanna Hines’ novels, Surface Tension & Improvising Carla

Joanna Hines’ novels, Surface Tension & Improvising Carla

The Joanna Hines’ novels, Surface Tension and Improving Carla, are highly compelling reads that are worth looking out for at second-hand bookstores. Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller Surface Tension Synopsis In the scorching summer of 1976, six friends enjoy a blissful time…