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Melissa Rose

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Astounding Story!!

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Évalué le: 2021-10-29

Due to poor mental health reasons, 2021 has been a year where I struggled to read a single book as none seemed to capture my attention enough to finish; that is until my book club started reading Lion.

Simply put, Saroo Brierley was a fantastic storyteller, and I was unable to put Lion down, struggling to not read ahead of my book club; it was a remarkably inspiring story about survival, adoption, and never giving up.

In terms of narration, Vikas Adam did an astounding job telling this incredible story. As an avid audiobook listener, I have no complaints.

Overall, I cannot recommend Lion by Saroo Brierley enough; it was an astounding tale, and I am so glad that my book club forced me to finally read this work.

Decent Beach Read

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2021-09-06

Attracted to the cover like a moth to a flame, I took on “My Big Greek Summer” in my search for more light-hearted reading for the Summer months.

“My Big Greek Summer” is a second chance novel featuring Mandy, who, after discovering that her husband is having an affair, is looking for an escape; landing her on the Greek village of Thakos. During her time in Greece, Mandy makes friends with all sorts of locals (including the hunky, Costas); even attempting to help restore the village’s economy.

You know, despite a slow start to the novel, I believe that I found myself enjoying my time with the characters in “My Big Greek Summer.”

Of course, the story had a few flaws, for instance, I felt that the author had taken too long to explain Mandy’s background, and introduce the main plot points. I have to admit; I did find myself losing attention a couple of times

Also, I particularly hated Danny's character; it seemed as though he assumed that Mandy owed it to him to forgive his indiscretions, and that rubbed me the wrong way. Similarly, I felt that Mandy's father's visit to encourage Mandy to forgive Danny was a bit ridiculous. It is hard to trust a cheater again.

In terms of the narrator, Katie Villa did a reasonable job; it took me awhile to warm up to her voice, though. To me, it sounded like the sound equipment being used to record wasn’t the best quality.

However, despite these few irks, I’ll be damned if I am not a sucker for a fluffy ending and a pretty cover … and this book delivered in that respect. I loved reading about Mandy’s time in Thakos (and Costas; the descriptions of the tiny village were gorgeous and made me want to pack my bags and head to Greece.

Overall, while “My Big Greek Summer” wasn’t my favourite book, but I definitely didn’t hate it either. I did have a good enough time reading it. I would probably recommend this novel to my fellow chick-lit fans.

Not perfect, but I still found myself smiling

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2021-09-06

Hmmm, I have complicated feelings about this book. To be honest, I almost gave up a quarter of the way through. Personally, I felt that Faye, the main character, was bitter, immature, narcissistic, and incredibly selfish in the beginning. Additionally, I strongly disliked Faye’s granddaughter, Rosie, who was overly precocious and behaved in a way that no toddler would. These two characters made the first part of the story a touch stressful and unpleasant to read. Perhaps the fact that I hadn’t read the first instalment of this series contributed to my initial lack of connection with the characters.

Nevertheless, after pushing through, the narrative did pick up halfway through, and I found myself starting to enjoy the idyllic Australian setting as well as the relationship between Faye and Dan.

I struggled to rate this novel; if you'd asked me at the start, I would’ve given this book a one-star review. However, now that I've finished this book, I believe that I'd give the book three stars; it wasn't perfect, but there were still key moments where I found myself smiling. Maybe, I will now go back and read “Love, Lies and Lemon Cake” to see how Dan and Faye's story all began.

What a beautifully done story

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4 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2021-09-06

What a beautifully done story!!

I initially picked up Lucy's Little Village Book Club in the search for lighthearted Summer listening. However, I hadn't expected the depth and emotion in this novel and its subplots; I was delightfully surprised.

The characters in this world were realistic and flawed; developing beautifully throughout the course of the novel. However, out of all the characters, I adored Oscar the most. As someone who is also a birth parent, I connected with his character and could really empathise with his grief.

Furthermore, as this was an Audible book, I should add that Alison Campbell did an excellent job narrating this book - she was pleasant to listen to and brought the Emma Davies' work to life.

Overall, Lucy’s Little Village Book Club is a beautifully executed novel about friendship, loss, love, and achieving dreams. I would be lying if I said that I didn't tear up at least once while listening to this audio book. I would definitely recommend adding this book to your reading list.

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A true gem of a novel

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2021-09-06

This is officially my second time reading this book, and I loved it as much as I did the first time; I was captivated.

Based on a real apartment in Paris, the Paris Time Capsule was the perfect combination of mystery and romance - invoking a writing style that was reminiscent of Kate Morton.

In terms of the setting, author Ella Carey was brilliantly descriptive. The images of big city Paris and rural France contributed beautifully to the overall elegance of the novel; I was about ready to hop on a plane, myself.

As for the characters, I believe Carey did a fantastic job of creating a believable cast of characters. The author excelled in making you feel something for each of the characters in this novel; whether it was a good feeling or a feeling of disdain.

Finally, in regards to the narrator, I believe that Emily Sutton-Smith excelled in bringing life into Ella Carey's characters. As a listener, I have no issues at all with any aspect of this novel's performance.

Overall, "Paris Time Capsule" is a beautifully written and delightful gem - complete with a stunning cover. I treasured every moment of this book, and I can see myself reading it (yet) again in future. I look forward to checking out the other books in this series.

A delightful, cheerful story

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4 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2021-09-06

The Little Cottage on the Hill is the second book that I have read by Emma Davies, and I can say with absolute confidence that I am now a huge fan.

Set in the breathtaking Shropshire countryside, The Little Cottage on the Hill is very much a novel about breaking down facades and discovering your true self.

In terms of the characters, I believe that Emma Davies had written an incredibly dynamic cast. For instance, I initially took a strong disliking to Seth and Maddie; I felt that they were both incredibly stubborn and unwilling to communicate properly. However, throughout the novel, I grew to love them as they both took shape and discovered themselves. Just goes to show you that first impressions aren't always correct.

As for the setting, is there really anything better than an idyllic English countryside for one to escape to from the hustle and bustle of city life? Enough said.

Finally, as with any audiobook, what made The Little Cottage on the Hill even more indelible was the narration. Alison Campbell did an outstanding job bringing this book and its characters to life, and I have no complaints whatsoever.

Overall, The Cottage on the Hill was a very lovely and cheerful read that felt much like a nice, cozy hug.

Decent Summer Reading

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3 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2021-09-06

The Road Trip was my first experience reading a book from Susanne O'Leary, and it was a delightful enough novel about friendship, dreams, and letting go of the past.

The premise of this novel is perfect for Summer reading. Basically, two friends, Maddy and Leanne, win the lottery and decide to go on the trip of a lifetime - a road trip around Europe. Both girls have something that they are seeking along the way. Maddy is looking to escape a dead marriage and find a past fling in Paris, and Leanne is looking to break free from an overbearing mother and reconnect with her long-lost father.

Following Maddy and Leanne on their trip, as a reader was entertaining and thrilling. I found myself enjoying their mishaps and experience. The descriptions of each city and hotel were simply gorgeous.

Time to win a lottery, methinks …

Nevertheless, I only rated this book a 3 out of 5. I chose this rating as a few of the situations seemed almost outlandish. Additionally, I found Maddy's character to be temperamental and slightly irritating ... especially towards Erik. I mean, I understand where the character's attitude came from, but, as a reader, I still found that it irked me.

Overall, despite some caveats, I did enjoy reading "The Road Trip." It was a nice, light-hearted read that was perfect for patio reading in the sun. I will be sure to check out the next instalment, "The Boat Trip."

Disappointed

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2021-09-06

After seeing Shopping for a Billionaire on Audible for a good price through Whispersync, I decided that it couldn't hurt to give this series a try; after all, I do love a good chick-lit novel.

I was extremely disappointed with the results.

It isn't that the novel was awful per say, it was more the fact that the story lacked perspective; I felt like most of the plot took place in Shannon's head, where she spent much of her time objectifying and mentally undressing Declan - it got tiring and hard to follow after awhile. Additionally, I found that the comedic moments in this "romantic comedy were over the top and more awkward than funny.

Overall, despite having high hopes for this series, I was greatly disappointed. I believe that the concept behind the story was intriguing but poorly executed in this case. I would not recommend this particular book unless you are already a fan of the author's work.

Better than the first

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2021-09-06

I must’ve been in the mood for Shannon and Declan because, after book one’s disappointment, I found that I actually enjoyed the slice of life that was Shopping for a Billionaire two. While it isn't a novel of epic proportions, I found that this sequel was a quick and quirky read/listen with Tanya Eby doing a great job narrating the story. I have to admit that I giggled when it came to the company cars.

However, while I enjoyed the novella, my biggest complaint was Shannon’s overbearing, sex-obsessed mother; I found her incredibly annoying to read about and often wished that she would go away.

Overall, I had a fun time listening to Shopping for a Billionaire two; it was obvious that Julia Kent's writing ability had improved since the first book. I look forward to the next installment.

An eloquently insightful and intelligent book

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5 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2021-09-06

Honestly, what more can I say about this book other than it is an eloquently insightful and intelligent read that discussed the background of the March for Our Lives movement as well as the organization’s hopes for the future.

As someone who doesn't usually go for political books, I found it interesting to hear David and Lauren's feeling and experiences as a result of the Stoneman Douglas attack on February 14th, 2018. I would be lying if I said that I didn't shed at least a few tears while listening to the book.

Furthermore, I applaud David and Lauren’s excellent job at narrating this book; you can hear how determined they are to create change.

Overall, I would highly recommend #NeverAgain to anyone who enjoys following politics or reading non-fiction accounts; you won’t regret it.