The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

A quick rundown… Tony receives some money and a diary from his first girlfriend's mother on her death. This prompts reminiscence through his youth and trying to understand his friend's death years ago. Strengths: Barnes is an excellent writer and the voice of Tony is particularly authentic. Weaknesses: Tony sometimes just 'doesn't get it', which... Continue Reading →

The Debutante by Kathleen Tessaro

A quick rundown… Two stories running together: the story of Cate in the present, cataloguing the items of a deceased estate, and the Blythe sisters in the 1930s. Can Cate solve the mystery of the missing sister? Strengths: Interesting idea for a story, some interesting glimpses into fashion history. Weaknesses: Dreary, conjures up bleak images... Continue Reading →

Only Time Will Tell by Jeffrey Archer

A quick rundown…The story of Harry Clifton and his entanglement with the Barrington family. Part One of a trilogy. Strengths: Fantastic action and plot. Weaknesses: Hearing the same event from another character's point of view gets a bit boring. Why I read it: Enjoy historical fiction family sagas. Pages: 343 (ebook) Published: 2011 Publisher: Macmillan... Continue Reading →

Burley Cross Postbox Theft by Nicola Barker

A quick rundown… A novel about the residents of the small English village, Burley Cross told through letters stolen from the local postbox. Strengths: Unique perspective telling the story through letters. Weaknesses: Does anyone write letters anymore? Difficult to keep track of who's who at times. Why I read it: Liked the cover, sounded interesting.... Continue Reading →

Middlemarch by George Eliot

A quick rundown… The story of the people of Middlemarch, England. Strengths: A lot of characters with interesting quirks. Weaknesses: I forgot who some of the more minor male characters were at times. Why I read it: Had not read Eliot previously. Pages: 889 Published: 1871 Publisher: Vintage Setting: England Rating: 7.5 out of 10... Continue Reading →

The Decision by Penny Vincenzi

A quick rundown… Set in the 1960s and 70s, this book plots the events leading to a marriage and then its downfall. Strengths: Always entertaining, varied characters and attention to detail. Weaknesses: The book is quite large and therefore quite heavy. Why I read it: I've enjoyed Penny Vincenzi's other works. Pages: 768 Published: 2011... Continue Reading →

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 →

Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence

A quick rundown… The story of a woman, her two sons and the everlasting ties between them. Strengths: A different way of approaching a story with three sequential protagonists; Paul is an amiable character. Weaknesses: Dragged for me in places. Why I read it: Have never read D.H. Lawrence before. Pages: 544 Published: 1913 Publisher:... Continue Reading →

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