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The IT Girl

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Like sinking into the softest pillow, reading this book takes you into a world so compelling that you will find it impossible to leave behind. With a story told in an alternating β€œBefore” and β€œAfter” timeline, centering around a horrifying murder committed in the opening pages, this reader was…

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The Colour of Summer

🌟🌟🌟🌟 A gentle and charming book, the final in the trilogy, brimming with the bluest skies of summer; a houseful of noisy, dusty renovations; budding romances; troublesome tenants; family secrets, loss and grief, and last but certainly not least, forgiveness, love and the long-overdue tranquility of solace. Abigail Carey, winding…

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Call Me Lion

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 A pure delight from start to finish, this lovely children’s book cannot help but light up your day. Leo, our main protagonist, is a ten-year-old boy with puffy orange hair that has earned him the nickname of Lion (short for Dandelion). Leo, a solitary and troubled boy, suffers from…

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The Silent Brother

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 A gritty and haunting look at the ravages of shame and abuse extending from childhood into the life-long decay of self and identity, this book is somewhat reminiscent of the also magnificent β€œShuggie Bain”. A graceful and compassionate triumph - a brilliant book that will hurt to read -…

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The Sky Turned Black

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 The second installment of the Callum Burke series comes back with a wallop, every bit as intense, gripping and unputdownable as its brilliant predecessor. Rich with raw and well-drafted characters, this book (and this series) reads very much like an authentically gritty behind-the-scenes look at police procedure, banter, rivalry…

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Tell Me The Truth

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 A fascinating, insightful and oh-so-wise look at love, through the eyes of a master psychoanalytic therapist, long versed in the compassionate practice of rooting out β€œdilemmas we face in relationships, which draw couples together and tear them apart.” Through the composite sketches provided of thirteen semi-fictional couples, the author…

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The Man Who Came and Went

🌟🌟🌟🌟1/2 A captivating YA read, sparkling with starlight and magical realism, a tough and unmistakably tender heroine, an existential quest, and a whole townfull of lost and lovely souls. Welcome to Hadley, Arizona. Belutha, our main protagonist, is sixteen years old, a social misfit and an "invisible girl", who is…

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The Poet

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Wildly original, this all-verse rendering of an age-old story hits so many notes on so many levels that to attempt to define it would be to constrain it. Profoundly moving, lyrical and beautiful, tragic and infuriating - a feminist tribute to every woman (literally β€œevery” woman) who has been…

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The Only Exception

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 A beaker of β€œbubbly, fizzy happiness”, this gentle, uplifting marvel is so sweet and so endearing you will yearn for a sequel. Luckily, for this reader, there is a prequel, and another book by this talented author just waiting to dive into. Lucinda Green, a 40 year-old raven-haired beauty,…

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Do No Harm

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 A life for a life.One of which you dearly love. Could you make the selection? And act on it? A pulse-pounding ride, as much any parent’s worst nightmare as it is the most dastardly decision ever faced between the pages, this book will have you racing to read on,…

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