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Book Review: Five Steps To Happy

Plot: When struggling actress Heidi has a life-changing accident aged 32, her world falls apart. Stuck in hospital and unable to walk, her only companion is Maud, the elderly lady in the bed next to hers. Heidi misses her flatmate, her life, her freedom – surely 32 is too young to be an amputee? ButContinue reading “Book Review: Five Steps To Happy”

Book Review: Lampedusa

Plot: Set in a sun-drenched Sicily, among the decadent Italian aristocracy of the late 1950s, Steven Price’s Lampedusa explores the final years of Giuseppe Tomasi, the last prince of Lampedusa, as he struggles to complete his only novel, The Leopard. In 1955, Tomasi was diagnosed with advanced emphysema; shortly after, he began work on aContinue reading “Book Review: Lampedusa”

Book Review: Love and Other Thought Experiments

Plot: Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2020 ‘Sophie Ward is a dazzling talent who writes like a modern-day F Scott Fitzgerald’ Elizabeth Day, author of How To Fail ‘An act of such breath-taking imagination, daring and detail that the journey we are on is believable and the debate in the mind non-stop. There are elementsContinue reading “Book Review: Love and Other Thought Experiments”

BookClub Reads: The Exorcist

Plot: The terror begins unobtrusively. Noises in the attic. In the child’s room, an odd smell, the displacement of furniture, an icy chill. At first, easy explanations are offered. Then frightening changes begin to appear in eleven-year-old Regan. Medical tests fail to shed any light on her symptoms, but it is as if a differentContinue reading “BookClub Reads: The Exorcist”

Book Review: The Minute I Saw You

Plot: When Hannah meets Sonny, she’s irresistibly drawn to him: he’s sexy and confident, but only in town on holiday. That’s fine with Hannah – she doesn’t do long-term relationships. And luckily for her, neither does Sonny. But before they can even so much as kiss, Sonny receives some shocking news and commits to makingContinue reading “Book Review: The Minute I Saw You”

Book Review: Unleashing Mr. Darcy

Plot: It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single woman teetering on the verge of thirty must be in want of a husband. Not true for Manhattanite Elizabeth Scott. Instead of planning a walk down the aisle, she’s crossing the pond with the only companion she needs her darling dog, Bliss. Caring for aContinue reading “Book Review: Unleashing Mr. Darcy”

Book Review: Miss Carter’s War

Plot: It is 1948 and Britain is struggling to recover from the Second World War. Half French, half English, Marguerite Carter, young and beautiful, has lost her parents and survived a terrifying war, working for the SOE behind enemy lines. Leaving her partisan lover she returns to England to be one of the first womenContinue reading “Book Review: Miss Carter’s War”

Book Review: Queenie Malone’s Paradise Hotel

Plot: Tilly was a bright, outgoing little girl who liked playing with ghosts and matches. She loved fizzy drinks, swear words, fish fingers and Catholic churches, but most of all she loved living in Brighton in Queenie Malone’s magnificent Paradise Hotel with its endearing and loving family of misfits. But Tilly’s childhood was shattered whenContinue reading “Book Review: Queenie Malone’s Paradise Hotel”

BookClub Reads: In Five Years

Plot: Where do you see yourself in five years? Type-A Manhattan lawyer Dannie Kohan has been in possession of her meticulously crafted answer since she understood the question. On the day that she nails the most important job interview of her career and gets engaged to the perfect man, she’s well on her way toContinue reading “BookClub Reads: In Five Years”

Book Review: The Dress Makers Secret

Plot: Italy, 1819. Emilia Barton and her mother Sarah live a nomadic existence, travelling from town to town as itinerant dressmakers to escape their past. When they settle in the idyllic coastal town of Pesaro, Emilia desperately hopes that, this time, they have found a permanent home. But when Sarah is brutally attacked by anContinue reading “Book Review: The Dress Makers Secret”

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