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Audiobook Review : Unbecoming by Rebecca Scherm

Title : Unbecoming Author : Rebecca Scherm Narrators : Catherine Taber Genre : Mystery/Thriller Publisher : Penguin Audio Listening Length : 13 hours 30 minutes Rating : 4.5/5 Narrator Rating : 5/5 Unbecoming is an unusual coming-of-age novel. It is told from the point of view of the main protagonist, young, amenable, sharp-witted Grace, who’s […]

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Audiobook Review : The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Title : The Girl on the Train Author : Paula Hawkins Narrators : Clara Corbett, India Fisher, Louise Brealey Genre : Mystery Publisher : Penguin Audio Listening Length : 10 hours 59 minutes Rating : 4.5/5 Narrator Rating : 5/5 This book is based on an intriguing premise – woman on passing train sees something […]

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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 Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

Title : The Husband’s Secret Author : Liane Moriarty Genre : Contemporary Narrators : Caroline Lee Publisher : Penguin Audio Listening Length : 13 hours and 44 min Source : Library Rating : 4.5/5 This is a story of three women. Cecilia Fitzpatrick is the Tupperware queen, managing her wholesome family and her flourishing business […]

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Book Review : Archetype by M. D. Waters

Title : Archetype Author : M. D. Waters Genre : Sci-fi, Dystopian Publisher : Dutton Pages: 384 Publish Date : February 4th, 2014 Source : Netgalley / Publisher ARC Rating : 3.5/5 Emma Wade wakes up after an almost fatal accident in a top-notch medical facility, to the relief of her devoted husband Declan. Try […]

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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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Book Review : Looking for Me by Beth Hoffman

Title : Looking for Me Author : Beth Hoffman Genre : Chick-lit, Women’s Fiction Publisher : Pamela Dorman Books Pages : 354 Source : Publisher Rating : 3/5 Country girl Teddi Overman has a penchant for antiques. When her mother wants her to take up a “dependable” profession instead, Teddi leaves home for Charleston, with […]

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Book Review : The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes

Title : The Girl You Left Behind Author : Jojo Moyes Genre : Romance Publisher : Pamela Dorman Books Pages : 369 Source : Publisher Rating : 3.5/5 The first half of the novel is Sophie’s story. Sophie is the wife of painter Edouard Lefevre, who has left to fight in World War I. Beautiful […]

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Book Review : Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Title : Me Before You Author : Jojo Moyes Genre : Contemporary Publisher : Pamela Dorman Books (Penguin) Pages : 369 Source : Publisher Rating : 4.2/5 Louisa Clark lives in a small English village and works at a local café. When she loses her job she must find another since her family depends on […]

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Book Review : Pastors’ Wives by Lisa Takeuchi Cullen (April 2013)

Title : Pastor’s Wives Author : Lisa Takeuchi Cullen Publisher : Plume Books Genre : Contemporary Fiction Pages : 359 Source : Publisher Rating : 3.5/5 Candace Green, Ginger Green and Ruthie matters are pastors’ wives. Their husbands work for the Greenleaf mega-church. Aaron Green is the senior pastor and his wife pretty much runs […]

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