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Fantasy Historical Fiction

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell – Susanna Clarke

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March 10, 2020

Lifeless

The overwhelming feeling after finishing this book is a sense of relief and then puzzlement that I committed so much time to complete the task. I found the book Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell a great disappointment on various levels, and for once I have to say that the TV production…


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Mystery Womens Fiction

The Tea Planter’s Wife – Dinah Jefferies

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March 10, 2020

Secrets

The Tea Planter’s Wife is a very intriguing story, of secrets that are harboured within a relationship and are destined to be revealed, but at what cost. Gwen is 19 years old and marries Laurence, a widower and tea plantation owner. The background to Laurence and what happened to his…


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Literary Fiction Science Fiction

Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro

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March 9, 2020

Inconsequential

A highly acclaimed best-selling novel that has now been made into a film, so I expected a lot from it. The concept from Kazuo Ishiguro is interesting with a slight twist from other science fiction books in this space. The focus is on Kathy and primarily her relationships with…


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Literary Fiction

The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde

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March 8, 2020

Consequence

The Picture of Dorian Gray, apart from being a classic work of literature written by one of the greatest writers of all time, it is a book that has readers searching for meaning. It seduces us into examining the value of appearance over substance and opens up a debate…


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Literary Fiction Mystery Romance

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet – Jamie Ford

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March 7, 2020

Cherish

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is an absorbing story of hope and love. It is set against the politically tumultuous period of World War II, where we experience the alienation forces between the Chinese, Japanese and America people as they live together in the United States. Henry…


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Fantasy Mystery Young Adult

The Sky Weaver – Kristen Ciccarelli

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February 29, 2020

Enchanted

The Sky Weaver is a spellbinding novel that is full of fantasy adventure in a world that is animated with beautiful writing and clever plotting. Across multiple vividly portrayed landscapes, the wonderful array of characters bring this world of myths, Gods, pirates and dragons to life. The characters are well…


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Business

Think Outside the Building – Rosabeth Moss Kanter

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February 28, 2020

Expansive

Think Outside the Building: How Advanced Leaders Can Change the World One Smart Innovation at a Time, while a mouthful for a book title, it does combine terms that set the focus for what is covered in the book.

Firstly, to Think Outside the Building sets the framework of the scale of the…


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Literary Fiction Mystery

State of Wonder – Ann Patchett

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February 27, 2020

Discovery

State of Wonder is a story that conveys a wonderful adventure of stunning scope and scenery. Marina Singh is sent into the isolated regions of the Rio Negro to investigate the death of one colleague and meet up with her former professor and team leader Dr Swenson. Dr Swenson has…


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Crime

Outlaw MC by Dwayne Clayden

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February 24, 2020

Welcome back everyone to another Mrs. Y Review. Today I take on the sequel to “Crisis Point” and I’m reviewing today “Outlaw MC: A Brad Colter Novel” which is the second in the series by Dwayne Clayden. Full disclosure, I was given a Kindle copy of the novel for…


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Contemporary Fiction Literary Fiction Thriller

The Keeper – Jessica Moor

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February 23, 2020

Vulnerable

Poignant, probing and beautifully written, The Keeper will remind us how we have a duty to protect and support the vulnerable and abused in our society. A police investigation thriller that reveals a range of colourful characters, their unique stories and the multiple perspectives people have on domestic abuse.

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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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