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The Hidden Palace

🌟🌟🌟🌟 Lushly illustrative, in many ways, of the works set in motion by Rosamund Pilcher, this sweeping cross-generational family saga follows the lives and loves of two key women: Florence Baudin, a naive yet sensible young woman (dealing with a horrific past), and her long-estranged aunt, Rosalie Delacroix, a glamorous…

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Forgive or Forget

🌟🌟🌟🌟 A quick and interesting read, this story has the feel of a longish short-story - a fable of sorts - telling the tale of a complicated family, steeped in love, sacrifice, loss and ultimately redemption, but of a form as unexpected as it is long and exceptionally overdue. Told…

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Love Marriage

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 A gorgeously-written emotional mine-field, so impeccably crafted these characters will sit with you, telling their stories and holding your heart, long after the final reading. Told from alternating third-person POVs, the story opens us to the world of our main protagonist, Yasmin Ghorami, a London-based junior doctor of Bengali…

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Charlie and the Tire Swing

πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸ’« A sweet and touching children’s picture-book, illustrated with charming and whimsical images, that tells the story of our main protagonist, Charlie, and his special relationship with his Grandpa Jack. Sharing a cup of cocoa, Grandpa Jack reminisces in answer to Charlie’s observation and question about the giant oak tree…

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A Boring Wife Settles the Score

🌟🌟🌟🌟 The sequel to the hilarious β€œAutopsy of a Boring Wife” (a book this reader adored) this edition follows the further adventures of Diane, a middle-aged housewife, deserted by her cheating husband in the first book, and now, two years later, working to regain some of her footing in her…

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Life and Death Decisions

🌟🌟🌟🌟 πŸ’« An insightful, inspiring and alarming look at Public Health, in some of the most remote, challenging, and impoverished areas of the world, through the eyes of a medical expert - one who is both a fearless advocate for first-hand patient care, as well as a tireless advocate for…

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The Personal Assistant

🌟🌟🌟🌟 Thick with menace and foreboding, this creepy and stylish thriller is a modern-day techno-horror parable - a warning that any individual’s life, in the virtual arena, is as malleable as the imagination (and motivation) of its digital author (be it benevolent or dastardly). Alex Hutchinson is living the dream.…

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Chance in a Million

🌟🌟🌟🌟 A sweet and sensitive story, centering on grief, and isolation, and terrible loss, - and that elusive chance in a million - that unimaginable happening, encounter or person, that finds a way to slip into a life despairing and stagnant, and just like that, open the door on a…

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The Accidental Detectorist

πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸ’« What happens when a middle-aged travel-writer, home-locked due to the Covid pandemic, discovers the world of metal-detecting - initially dismissed as somewhat outlandish, but somehow, an itch that takes hold, and must be satisfied. Searchers, seekers, hobbyists, all of them falling captive to the allure of the hunt -…

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Song of Comfortable Chairs

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Mma Precious Ramotswe, Botswana-based owner of the longest established, most reputable and only local detective agency entirely run by ladies, is back in fine form in this latest installment of the always-wonderful #1LadiesDetectiveAgency series. With her gentle goodness, old-school Botswanan morality and β€œability to see the whole thing as…

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