The Farm

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 An achingly poignant, speculative look at Motherhood, perhaps the ultimate in narcissism, or could it be the exact opposite - a no-holds-barred absorption of identity, choice, and being, into the single-minded pursuit of the well-being and nurturance of another. With mounting insight, the author examines the choices we make…

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River Clyde

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Wow. Lost in the afterglow of this book, sneaking up on you with its originality and quiet brilliance, until all of a sudden, whoosh, you’re basking in it so deeply there’s no escape till you’ve sucked in every last glimmer and ray. The fifth in the Chastity Riley series…

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The House in the Clouds

🌟🌟🌟🌟 A softly graceful look at what could be called destiny, fate, or simply the lucky encounter of two troubled Londoners, looking for escape, a second chance, and the healing embrace of a gorgeous (if somewhat decrepit) country mansion in the magnificent Sussex Downs. The first in a trilogy, this…

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The Rising Tide

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 As dependable a treat as the coldest, sweetest, ice-cream on a summer day, any book by Ann Cleeves, including this hot-off-the-press installment (#10) in the glorious #Vera series, will not disappoint. Vera, back with all the brash, brave, headstrong (and unabashedly offensively-leaning) determination she brings to any crime-solving venture,…

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The IT Girl

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Like sinking into the softest pillow, reading this book takes you into a world so compelling that you will find it impossible to leave behind. With a story told in an alternating β€œBefore” and β€œAfter” timeline, centering around a horrifying murder committed in the opening pages, this reader was…

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The Colour of Summer

🌟🌟🌟🌟 A gentle and charming book, the final in the trilogy, brimming with the bluest skies of summer; a houseful of noisy, dusty renovations; budding romances; troublesome tenants; family secrets, loss and grief, and last but certainly not least, forgiveness, love and the long-overdue tranquility of solace. Abigail Carey, winding…

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The Silent Brother

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 A gritty and haunting look at the ravages of shame and abuse extending from childhood into the life-long decay of self and identity, this book is somewhat reminiscent of the also magnificent β€œShuggie Bain”. A graceful and compassionate triumph - a brilliant book that will hurt to read -…

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The Sky Turned Black

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 The second installment of the Callum Burke series comes back with a wallop, every bit as intense, gripping and unputdownable as its brilliant predecessor. Rich with raw and well-drafted characters, this book (and this series) reads very much like an authentically gritty behind-the-scenes look at police procedure, banter, rivalry…

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Tell Me The Truth

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 A fascinating, insightful and oh-so-wise look at love, through the eyes of a master psychoanalytic therapist, long versed in the compassionate practice of rooting out β€œdilemmas we face in relationships, which draw couples together and tear them apart.” Through the composite sketches provided of thirteen semi-fictional couples, the author…

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The Man Who Came and Went

🌟🌟🌟🌟1/2 A captivating YA read, sparkling with starlight and magical realism, a tough and unmistakably tender heroine, an existential quest, and a whole townfull of lost and lovely souls. Welcome to Hadley, Arizona. Belutha, our main protagonist, is sixteen years old, a social misfit and an "invisible girl", who is…

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