Flawless by Tilly Bagshawe

A quick rundown… A fun chick-lit set in the diamond dealing business. Sex, romance, intrigue, goodies and baddies all in one. Strengths: Light and easy, a bit of conscience thrown in. Weaknesses: Some scenes are a little clichéd. Why I read it: I like chick lit by Ms Bagshawe. Pages: 400 Published: 2009 Publisher: Orion... Continue Reading →

Next to Love by Ellen Feldman

A quick rundown… Three American women and what befalls them during WWII and after. Three different but plausible stories. Strengths: Easy to read, light and interesting. Weaknesses: A lot of pain and compromise. It's not always rosy. Why I read it: Reviewed for Net Galley. Pages: 320 Published: 2011 Publisher: Spiegel & Grau Setting: USA... Continue Reading →

My Last Duchess by Daisy Goodwin

I wanted to like this book. Really. Considering I had ordered it from halfway around the world, I wanted to enjoy it. I saw that Downton Abbey also has a American heiress called Cora; I wanted to enjoy this. But all throughout this book I was wondering, is this it? Where is the suspense, the moment... Continue Reading →

Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman

I was given this book for Christmas as part of LibraryThing’s SantaThing (secret Santa book giving). Thank you kismoody, who recommended this book based on my library. CeeCee (or Cecelia) is a young girl with a tragic past. It’s 1960s America, and her mother is suffering from an unspecified mental illness, causing her to believe... Continue Reading →

Ellis Island by Kate Kerrigan

I had heard Ellis Island being mentioned as ‘being a book you’d like if you enjoyed [Colm Toibin’s] Brooklyn’. I really enjoyed Brooklyn, so I thought I’d read it. However, don’t trust what you hear- although this book has vague similarities to Brooklyn (namely Irish girl goes to America), that where the comparison stops. Firstly, Ellis... Continue Reading →

The Ultimate Guide to Mad Men by Will Dean

This book offers excellent coverage of the first three series of Mad Men. It contains episode synopses, a review and critique by the author, followed by points to note (eg. pop culture, timelines) and comments from the ‘typing pool’. The typing pool are comments from the author’s blog (on the Guardian website) and are very... Continue Reading →

Glory Girl by Peter Yeldham

Glory Girl was yet another Christmas present I received. It had one of those stickers ‘love this book or your money back’ on it – I actively dislike those. Is it telling me that I’ll love this book with a passion? Or that the publisher is not that sure about it and willing to give... Continue Reading →

Naked Cruelty by Colleen McCullough

Naked Cruelty is the third in a series starring Captain Carmine Delmonico, detective in the Holloman police in the 1960s. The first book was the excellent On, Off, a truly creepy thriller, followed by Too Many Murders that had me throwing my hands up in the air in despair at the conclusion. (It was good,... Continue Reading →

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