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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2 What fun! The stories in this wonderful book are all “backstories” - they tell the tale of someone we know; someone who is famous, (or infamous), for some talent they have, or something they may have accomplished, or in some cases, something that was done to them -…

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In Other Words

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I had no idea what to expect on approaching this book - and ended up being totally blown away by it. A collection of eight stories created by the unique voices of a set of authors on the spectrum for autism, this book represents an exciting foray into a…

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Miller Street SW22

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2 Like sinking down on a pillowy featherbed, from the very first pages this book enveloped me. Layered with richly textured characters, (and reminiscent to me of reading Joanna Trollope, or even Kate Atkinson) this lovely book reminds us of the power of emotional connection to heal us, and…

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What We Carry

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ An intimate and emotional character-driven saga that works it’s way deep inside your heart - “What we carry” is a heart-wrenching story of grief, of loss, and of the patterns we learn early in life to manage our pain that can distort and warp our line-of-sight to healing. Sometimes,…

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The Secret War

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A “miasma” of espionage, bio-terrorism, murder, and intrigue, this book is a wild, somewhat wacky, and deeply chilling (and I fear, only mildly fictional) journey into modern day socio-politics. The third by this author in the Karen Andersen series, this novel easily stands alone ( I read it without…

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Finding Freedom

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ What if you were to take everything wonderful in raising a child - the unconditional love; the the delight in the magic that is your child; the fears; the hopes; the wonder of watching this little person grow and blossom - and well, what if you were to do…

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The Blue Hour

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Ever since I read my first novel by Rosamund Pilcher, decades ago now, I have been in love with books based in Cornwall. This book is no exception. Introducing Tilly Barwise, one of the most endearingly original “battle maidens” of WWII, and our first protagonist. Tilly’s story begins in…

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Right to Kill

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Right to Kill is an intense, intelligent, and totally absorbing British police procedural - one of the very best I’ve read in a long while. From the first pages of this book we are dropped into a situation that quickly unleashes a horrifying and deeply chilling homicide, told from…

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Lost in Translation

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Charlotte is the perfect wife. She bakes, she scrubs hard water stains from the sink, she cooks gourmet meals for her family and never, ever says any of the resentful things that she can’t help but think, more frequently, now, as she feels her relationship with her husband Dom…

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Astral Travel

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ My stop today on the #RandomThingsTours blog tour for #AstralTravel by @ElizabethBaines Stories. Within Stories. Within other stories. This brilliant book is about the stories we tell ourselves, how we learn to handle the realities we cannot escape from, and exactly how much of our truest selves we are…

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