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The Forgotten Garden

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

In books read on June 7, 2011

This is a tangled up tale that goes back and forward in time connecting up the life of Nell, who was found abandoned on a ship from England to Australia as a four year old in 1913. Nell traces her own past to Cornwall in the 1970s, and then her granddaughter Cassandra follows the trail after Nell's death in the 2000s. I found it a bit slow going to start with but it quickly turned into a real page turner. At times the crossovers between the timelines of the story become a little too twee, and information seems to fall into people's hands a little too easily, but overall it's well paced. There are still surprises to be had in the final pages and they didn't feel like they came out of the blue. Nice book to lose yourself in for a while.

This was a kindle eBook.

The Janus Stone

The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths

In books read on June 7, 2011

This is the second book in a crime series that so far I like pretty much everything about. Ruth Galloway is a strong central character with some complicated relationships that bode well for storylines over several books. As an archaeological expert on bones she can get dragged into police investigations without it seeming too convoluted. This was a one day holiday read and I enjoyed it a lot.

This was a kindle eBook.


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The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

In Uncategorized on June 5, 2011

Grace Williams Says It Loud

Grace Williams Says It Loud by Emma Henderson

In books read on June 2, 2011

I was a bit dubious about reading this to start with as it sounds all a bit gimmicky, but actually thought it was fabulous. It's narrated by Grace, who is - I forget the exact details - but born with some kind of mental disability and then gets polio aged six which withers an arm and leg - she's considered to be 'ineducable' and at the age of ten is institutionalised by her family. The author has managed to tell the story of someone who could never tell her own story.

The story is basically all about her friendship with a boy called Daniel, who has no arms. Though I think the depiction of Grace's family through time is the best bit: watching how her parents and siblings relationships with her change over the years. I thought the relationship between Grace and her younger sister Sarah who was born after she went into the home was very well portrayed. Grace's parents were more or less told to forget about Grace and try again with another baby.

It's a sad story really, but full of uplifting happy bits and I'm pleased I read it.

This was a kindle eBook.

Cambridge Blue (DC Gary Goodhew Mystery #1)

Cambridge Blue (DC Gary Goodhew Mystery #1) by Alison Bruce

In books read on June 1, 2011

The first installment in a new crime series. I found DC Gary Goodhew a bit too good to be true, and I thought there were a couple of holes in the mystery plot (or perhaps I was just missing things). But overall I enjoyed reading the book, it was a quick holiday read, and I will probably read another in the future.

This was a kindle eBook.

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