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Girl, Woman, Other – Bernardine Evaristo

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January 15, 2020

The optimal way for me to experience this novel was to go into it knowing nothing about the story. I only knew that the author was British, a woman, and black. Girl, Woman, Other unfolded for me without preconceptions. Evaristo’s novel explores the lives of people of color, mostly…


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Historical Fiction Literary Fiction

How Beautiful They Were – Boston Teran

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January 10, 2020

Performance

How Beautiful They Were is a beautifully crafted story of adventure through the historical theatre period in England and the United States during the 1830s, 40s and 50s. Packed with drama, racism, revenge, vulnerability and ingenuity, this is an outstanding novel.

John James Beaufort is a talented actor who joins the…


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Literary Fiction Short Stories

The Lion’s Den – Anthony Marra

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December 28, 2019

Fortitude

The Lion’s Den is a beautifully written short story that is fascinating, clever, and insidiously probing. Packed with dark humour and satirical prose the observational settings that are painted are vivid and highly revealing. This is a story of a troubled relationship between father and son, with multiple side reflections…


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My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Picoult

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December 5, 2019

Emancipation

My Sister’s Keeper is a hugely compelling novel that explores an agonising moral dilemma of doing everything possible for your child – but can you choose between your children. It is heart-breaking, sensitive, compassionate and superbly written to bring a serious illness and portray it through a novel.

The premise is…


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Fantasy Genre Literary Fiction Reviews Supernatural Young Adult

Esme’s Wish by Elizabeth Foster

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December 2, 2019

Today I am reviewing a book filled with magic, mystery, and charm. The name of this lovely novel is “Esme’s Wish” by Elizabeth Foster, and I found this book charming. Elizabeth kindly asked me to give this an honest review, and she sent me a copy to read.

To…


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Literary Fiction

The Weight of a Moment – Michael Bowe

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November 15, 2019

Wherewithal

The Weight of a Moment is an absorbing novel that is psychological stimulating. The story explores the personal fallout that a moment’s action can have on the lives of two men, Tom Corbett and Nick Sterling. We are also treated to intriguing character development, touching on their past and exploring…


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A Simple Heart – Gustave Flaubert

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November 6, 2019

Sincere

A Simple Heart is a heartrending sincere story of a maid, Félicité Barette, and her kind-hearted and forthright life, even when faced with abuse, poverty, loss and loneliness. Gustave Flaubert wrote this short story under encouragement from his good friend and author George Sand, to create the main protagonist that…


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Fantasy Literary Fiction Young Adult

Feathers and Fae by Crystal L. Kirkham

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November 4, 2019

Hello, my friends, and I welcome you to the spectacular month of November. To start our journey into the holiday season, I bring you the much-anticipated release from Crystal L. Kirkham. For those of you who have read my reviews for over a year, I have reviewed three of…


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Literary Fiction Romance

Finding Henry Applebee – Celia Reynolds

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November 1, 2019

Quest

A train journey, a journey through time and a journey of discovery, Finding Henry Applebee is a beautifully written story that delightfully enchants and reminds us that it’s never too late to pursue our dreams or right our wrongs.

Henry Applebee at eighty-five years of age and with the help of his…


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Fantasy Humour Literary Fiction Reviews

There and NEVER EVER BACK AGAIN: A Dark Lord’s Diary by Jeff Mach

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October 31, 2019

Welcome to the week of All Hallows Eve, and for this spooktacular book time of year, I offer you a review on something a little different. Today I am reviewing “There and NEVER, EVER BACK AGAIN: A Dark Lord’s Diary:” (A Memoir and Manifest for Villains and Monsters) By…

Peter Donnelly
Ireland

Founder of The Reading Desk, supporting readers, authors, publishers and book industry. Top Reviewer on Amazon, Goodreads, and NetGalley peter@thereadingdesk.com

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