The Flat Share by Beth O’Leary

The Flat Share by Beth O’Leary

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Tiffy and Leon share a flat and a bed. They have never met. Leon works nights and Tiffy works days. They never have to meet. They build up a friendship through notes left for each other. Throw in a brother in prison, a jealous ex, a mad crochet woman and two friends- a lawyer and counsellor respectively.
This has Rom Com splashed all over it.




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The Night She Disappeared by Lisa Jewell.

The Night She Disappeared by Lisa Jewell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Night She Disappeared



A thriller of the absolute first degree. A narcistic bohemian family, a handful of spoilt rich kids, a teenage mother with her controlling boyfriend, a detective writer… all make for an explosive story that was addictive and unpredictable up to the very last word. Moving between the past, present and future and ending, with a shock, in the present. Thriller story writing at it’s very best.



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The Salt Road by Jane Johnson

The Salt Road

The Salt Road by Jane Johnson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I enjoyed this journey through Morocco- deserts and amulets, mysterious dark strangers and people of the veil.
Clever storytelling, with descriptions of the desert journeys, tracking the hot, shifting sands of The Salt Road that were so vivid they were tangible and an ending that brought me up short.

A trip to Morocco is firmly on my bucket list for the not too distant future!





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The Good Pilot Peter Woodhouse by Alexader McCall Smith.

The Good Pilot Peter Woodhouse by Alexander McCall Smith

The Good Pilot Peter Woodhouse by Alexander McCall Smith

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


A lovely gentle wartime romance. Best line of the novel that I’m going to make sure I use somewhere- and this is an approximate quote:

‘…the type of girls that would do anything for a tin of peaches…’

Those American airmen stole our girls hearts.





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Elizabeth and Margaret: The intimate world of the Windsor sisters by Andrew Morton.

Elizabeth & Margaret by Andrew Morton

Elizabeth & Margaret: The Intimate World of the Windsor Sisters by Andrew Morton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


‘Closest of sisters, best of friends.’
A queen living her life as one would expect of the monarchy, putting her country above herself and her family. A sister, self-centred and used to getting her her own way.
A queen demure and low key in her personal life, preferring the country estates for her leisure time. A sister who is a glamorous, party going city girl.
One lives her life by the rule book, the other breaks every rule in it.
A highly compelling account of contrasts in the British Royal family.

Best comment from Margaret agreeing with the stopping of the debutante season:

‘…good job, every tart in London was coming…’



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The Lucky Eight by Sheila Bugler.

The Lucky Eight

The Lucky Eight by Sheila Bugler

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


The latest from my favourite Sussex crime writer- Sheila Bugler. The Lucky Eight- or not so lucky eight, depending on which way you look at it. Eight people survived a plane crash- the fault of a drink/ fly pilot. A crash which has long lasting consequences- as do the events leading up to that fatal flight. Had an initial problem sorting out the characters- who was with who and did what, but once I passed that I loved this thrilling crime thriller.



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Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie.

The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


The first Miss Marple! Having spent the Christmas holidays playing Cluedo, I fancied an Agatha Christie murder mystery to listen to while I decorated my hallway. Loved the fact the murder was in the study (in the vicarage) with the pistol, but who did it? Typically I guessed wrong- and I was so sure…



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Are We Having Fun Yet? by Lucy Mangan.

Are We Having Fun Yet?

Are We Having Fun Yet? by Lucy Mangan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I started this and was going to ditch it after the first chapter. I like books that relate to my life now, not something I left behind years ago- this was more suitable for my son with his young family. However the writing is sharp and witty. It made me laugh out loud and took me back to times past and feelings that, at the time, I tried to repress on more than one level. Now I know it was all just fine! I loved this book.



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Ghosts by Dolly Alderton

Ghosts

Ghosts by Dolly Alderton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


‘Ghosting: ‘The practice of ending all communication and contact with another person without any apparent warning or justification and subsequently ignoring any attempts to reach out or communication by said person.’- A theme, but this novel is so much more. I enjoyed spending time with Nina and Lola and their relationships, both with each other and various members of the opposite sex. A funny and sensitive look on how we live our lives.



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This Heart Within Me Burns by Crissy Rock.

This Heart Within Me Burns by Crissy Rock

This Heart Within Me Burns by Crissy Rock

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


I was looking for a book on Benidorm and this came up in the search results. Having watched the Benidorm box set recently, although not quite what I was looking for, I was interested to read about Crissy Rock, one of the main characters in the early series. A true tale of triumph over adversity- of struggling through thick and thin and coming out on top.



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Daughters of War by Dinah Jeffries.

Daughters of War (Daughters of War, #1)

Daughters of War by Dinah Jefferies

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Daughters of War is the story of a small village in the Dordogne area of world war two German occupied France in the second world war, told through the perspective of three sisters. The struggles to survive when the Germans took everything, the terror and horror of their treatment at Germans hands and the bravery of the Resistance fighters. and woven into this backdrop a family secret that devastates all three sisters.
Told simply but with clarity- Dinah Jeffries at her best.



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