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Unsettled Ground – Claire Fuller

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5 July 2021

This novel based on the story of an impoverished rural family kept me reading. The writer’s skill at character development is masterful. The stories of each member of this family reveal themselves gradually and we discover strength in Jeanie, reportedly the least capable, great weakness in Justin, her twin,…


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How Beautiful We Were – Imbolo Mbue

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7 June 2021

This exceptional novel brings to life the impact of exploitation of natural resources in developing countries. It begins in the final decades of the 20th century and moves into the 21st. The resource is petroleum, and in this case, the companies extracting this mineral wealth are American. The country…


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Contemporary Fiction Humour

The Echo Chamber – John Boyne

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23 May 2021

Fabricated

John Boyne is one of my favourite contemporary authors and I know I’m biased from the outset, but he has been that good to get me there. JB is very astute, with a deep understanding of plot, themes, characters and relationships, so from the beginning when you encounter awful…


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The Final Revival of Opal and Nev – Dawnie Walton

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3 May 2021

Rock-Duo

Opal and Nev are the most unlikely of partners who could not be more different. With such a range of personalities, image, background, culture, race and behaviours, they provide such a fascinating contrast in an industry that is always seeking the new outrageous star. The development of their journey…


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Contemporary Fiction Womens Fiction

The Dining Car – Eric W. Peterson (Audible Review)

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4 April 2021

Today’s Audiobook adventure comes from the mind of Eric W. Peterson. Today I’m reviewing “The Dining Car,” and I purchased this myself from Audible. One of the reasons that this book grabbed my attention is the cover. I don’t often talk about book covers, but I liked this one….


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Contemporary Fiction Humour

The Car Share – Zoe Brisby

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31 March 2021

Alex advertises for a car share from Paris to Brussels and Maxine is to be his companion. He’s young, very depressed, she’s 90 something but young in her head. He’s going to Brussels to find a friend from a while ago and she’s going to end things before Alzheimer’s…


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Contemporary Fiction Mystery

Sorrowland – Rivers Solomon

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28 February 2021

Crossbreed

Rivers Solomon is an author who crafts stories about those marginalised, those seeking a voice, and those who experience inequality and intolerance. The writing is poetic and edgy, as Rivers Solomon uses a style to add another dimension to a very unique story. I was really enthused from the…


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Contemporary Fiction Humour

Going Green – Nick Spalding

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15 December 2020

Repairing

Nick Spalding has a winning formula in his novels, he grabs contemporary issues and adds drama and humour to create entertaining and thought-provoking stories. He seems to be on a quest to address as many of the outstanding matters in modern life as possible. In Going Green the cause…


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Idle Hands – Cassondra Windwalker

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3 July 2020

Oh my goodness, this book is amazing! Perdie is struggling with a dilemma which many victims of domestic abuse face. Should she leave her violent and manipulative husband Matt and risk her children (Hannah, Rachel and Tad) growing up in the possible poverty of a single parent family struggling…


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The Weight of Love – Hilary Fannin

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3 July 2020

This is a first novel that doesn’t read like a first novel. The author is clearly an accomplished writer, a journalist and playwright in Ireland, and now a novelist. The prose of this novel captivates the reader from beginning to end. It is not simply the skilled use of…

Peter Donnelly
Ireland

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