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Audiobook Review : 11.22.63 by Stephen King

Title : 11.22.63 Author : Stephen King Narrators : Craig Wasson Genre : Feminist Publisher : Simon & Schuster Audio Listening Length : 30 hours 44 minutes Rating : 4/5 Narrator Rating : 4.5/5 I picked up this book because this was described as a time travel story, which it is. Stephen King is also a great […]

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Audiobook Review : The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

Title : The Paying Guests Author : Sarah Waters Narrator : Juliet Stevenson Genre : Historical Publisher : Penguin Audio Listening Length : 21 hours 28 minutes Rating : 4.5/5 It is the 1920s and Frances Wray and her mother live in genteel poverty in their South London home. Their financial situation has forced them […]

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Audiobook Review : The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty

Title : The Chaperone Author : Laura Moriarty Narrator : Elizabeth McGovern Genre : Historical Publisher : Blackstone Audio Listening Length : 13 hours 18 minutes Rating : 4.5/5 I must confess that this book caught my attention because I thought the author was Liane Moriarty. I realized my mistake soon enough but by then […]

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My Top 5 Books of 2013

I resolved to read at least 30 books in 2013, and I’ve read (or listened to) 39! Yay, Well Done Me, etc. etc. You have probably read my reviews on all of them here, on Goodreads and on my Facebook page . In no particular order then, here are my Top 5 Reads from among […]

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Audiobook Review : Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns

Title : Cold Sassy Tree Author : Olive Ann Burns Narrator : Tom Parker Publisher : Blackstone Audio Listening Length: 12 hours and 54 minutes Source : Library Rating : 5/5 This novel is situated in the fictional town of Cold Sassy, Georgia. It is told from the view-point of 14 year old Willis Tweedy. […]

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Book Review : Teatime For The Firefly by Shona Patel

Title : Teatime for the firefly Author : Shona Patel Genre : Historical fiction/Romance Publisher : Harlequin MIRA Publish Date : September 24, 2013 Source : Netgalley/Publisher ARC Rating : 4.5/5 Layla Roy is an orphan who’s been brought up by her progressive grandfather. An influential, well-read man, he is Dadmoshai to Layla. He has […]

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Book Review : Equal of the Sun by Anita Amirrezvani

Title : Equal of the Sun Author : Anita Amirezvani Genre : Historical Publisher : Scribner (Simon & Schuster) Pages : 464 Source : Publisher Rating : 4/5 Anita Amirrezvani’s previous novel “The Blood of Flowers” wove an intricate story of a female carpet-maker who must make her way in a strongly patriarchal world. The “Equal […]

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Audiobook Review : Persuasion, Sense and Sensibility (by Jane Austen)

Although my foray into audio-books started as an attempt to make my walks more interesting and to tempt me to go walking even, I have to say that I am hooked. And for that I credit the narrators. I’ve been lucky enough to listen to three of the best, Frederick Davidson in my first book, […]

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New Books : Age of Desire by Jennie Fields

I’m excited to be previewing “Age of Desire” by Jennie Fields. A review will follow shortly. Meanwhile here is a little about the book and a Q&A with the author. The Age of Desire transports the reader to Edith Wharton’s life in the Gilded Age: glamorous salons and literary banter in Paris and parties with Henry […]

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Book Review : A Lady Cyclist’s Guide to Kashgar

Title : A Lady Cyclist’s Guide to Kashgar Author : Suzanne Joinson Genre : Women’s Publisher : Bloomsbury Pages : 384 Rating : 3.5/5 The book has two parallel tracks, each running independently until the later half of the book where we begin to glimpse tenuous links. In the first in 1923, Evangeline has set […]

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