The Hidden Palace

🌟🌟🌟🌟 Lushly illustrative, in many ways, of the works set in motion by Rosamund Pilcher, this sweeping cross-generational family saga follows the lives and loves of two key women: Florence Baudin, a naive yet sensible young woman (dealing with a horrific past), and her long-estranged aunt, Rosalie Delacroix, a glamorous…

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The Bleeding

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 A gothic triumph - drenched with atmosphere, and saturated with fascinating characters and dastardly deeds, contributing to an undercurrent of evil so thick you may find yourself as unable to stop shuddering as you are to stop reading. When Lieutenant Maxine Grant, just finishing up a maternity leave, must…

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Five Little Indians

πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸβž• Like waves on an ocean, inexorable and relentless, this brilliant and devastating book washes over you, forcing an acknowledgement, a look squarely in the eye, of a time when the shattering abuse of First Nations parents, and their innocent and helpless children, was not only prevalent, but systemized as…

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The Boat People

🌟🌟🌟🌟 1/2 A gut-wrenching and horrifying look at the atrocity of war, the insidiousness of intolerance, and the frailty of human life, this beautifully-written book is both a compassionate plea and a not-too-gentle reminder of the capriciousness of power. Told from the 3rd person POV perspective of three main protagonists,…

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The Hidden Child

🌟🌟🌟🌟 1/2 An absolutely riveting ride, from start to finish. With its ominous pacing, vivid characterization, and alarmingly-charged plot, the author achieves an intensity of menace and foreboding that never lets up. Dealing with infamous events that took place, for the most part, in the year 1965, situated on and…

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The Wolf Den

🌟🌟🌟🌟 1/2 Richly immersive and entirely disturbing, this beautifully written book is destined to fascinate as much as it will horrify readers as unfamiliar up-close with this subject matter and historical time-period, as was this reader. Set in the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, in the year AD 74, this…

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Champagne Widows

🌟🌟🌟🌟 1/2 β€œIn victory you deserve champagne. In defeat, you need it.” (Napoleon) An engrossing and illuminating look at one of the most fascinating female entrepreneurs to grace the pages of history - Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin Clicquot - who in the early eighteen hundreds, went on to build Veuve-Clicquot Champagne from…

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The Language of Food

🌟🌟🌟🌟 1/2 β€œWhy should a recipe book not be a thing of beauty?” Perhaps not such an outrageous concept - but in the year 1835, in a town such as Tonbridge, Kent, where poverty, disease and the harshness of scratching out a living can overwhelm much of the populace, while…

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Blind Man’s Labyrinth

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 What is β€œgoodness” when everyone around you is β€œevil”? With a tone, a message, and a story, that feels remarkably authentic - heartbreaking, bloody, terrifying and poignant - set in an ancient and barbaric time of history, when war, conflict, hate, violence and religious tyranny reign supreme, is there…

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Finding Edith Pinsent

🌟🌟🌟🌟 1/2 Who do we fall in love with, and why? A question no-one can really answer, least of all our two main protagonists, whose life stories criss-cross time and generations in this poignant and compelling story. Netta Wilde, a fifty-one year old divorced mother of two, has recently purchased…

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