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TessAkaBridgetTheFidget Report 5 Jan 2014 02:29

Vera, I read "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" around 4 years ago.

Was attracted to it because of the highly unusual name.

Loved it, and like you found it moving, funny, touching and an eye-opener.

Didn't realise till later that it was written by an American lady. It all seemed so real. Not sure if Mary Ann Shaffer wrote any more books of fiction.

Would highly recommend it. In fact I reckon it is about time that I read it again.
Thanks for reminding me of this wonderful book.


SuffolkVera Report 4 Jan 2014 16:51

Read "At Sea" by Laurie Graham. Someone on here mentioned it a while ago (BC perhaps?) and I thought I'd give it a go. Easy, light read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. While the characters were exaggerated of course they were mostly believable and I loved the main character Lady Enid.

Last night I finished "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" which was wonderful. It's a novel by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows and is in the form of letters to and from a writer and her publisher and in particular a number of characters on Guernsey. The letters are written in 1946 so soon after the end of WW2. I knew that the Channel Islands had suffered badly under German occupation but some of the stories that came out in this book were an eye opener to me. I felt the book was well researched. It is funny, moving and in spite of all the sadness it has a real "feel-good" touch about it.


TessAkaBridgetTheFidget Report 4 Jan 2014 12:39

Hi Everyone, haven't been on this thread for a while but have been reading quite a bit.

Among the books I've read are -
Wringland by Sally Spedding.
A mystery horror, ghost and love story all in one book. Set in modern times but the mystery/ghost part of the story takes the reader back to previous lives and times.

Suddenly Single by Sheila O'Flanagan
In contrast to the previous book, this is a light hearted book. An amusing take on things changing suddenly and unexpectedly.

Still Here by Linda Grant

Another author who was new to me. Set in Liverpool, the story harks back to pre-war Dresden. Don't want to say too much (don't want to spoil any of the surprises)- but would recommend this book.
What the family have been told (or believe) about the family is not always true! (As many of us know).

The above were all from the library, so should be easily available.

Have also read -
Making History by Stephen Fry

Found this book in a charity shop, and am very pleased that I did.

The story is about changing history - going back to the past and causing history to change.

Told in a light-hearted manner, this book raises issues of "if I could, should I"

Found it interesting, amusing, and thought provoking.
Highly recommended.

Hoping that my son and grandsons will be taking me to the library soon so that I can get my next batch of books.

Happy reading and Happy New Year.


Mersey Report 1 Jan 2014 18:45

Happy New Year Bookworms :-D :-D :-D <3

I hope 2014 brings us lots more interesting books and kindle reads for all..... :-) <3


SuffolkVera Report 31 Dec 2013 17:16

Just read Clare Balding's "My Animals and Other Family", her life from baby to adult but with each chapter devoted to her relationship with a different animal. I enjoyed this one.

I'm feeling a bit disappointed as I didn't get a book or a token this Christmas. It's the first time I can remember not getting either. I'm not ungrateful as I did get lovely gifts from my family but I do look forward to my Christmas book.


Mersey Report 29 Dec 2013 17:06

Thanks Emma for mentioning the book "Diamonds at Dinner, I have just downloaded it, there is a big difference in price in the kindle to the paperback....so thank you :-D <3


GoldenGirl1 Report 29 Dec 2013 14:44

Have finished Highland Surrender and will be
starting..Diamonds at Dinner- My life as a Lady's
Maid in a 1930's Stately Home. by Hilda Newman
priced 99p Amazon.



GoldenGirl1 Report 26 Dec 2013 14:47

Mersey good choice on The Railway Man, OH
read it awhile back and really enjoyed it. :-)


AnninGlos Report 26 Dec 2013 14:29

YEs, i had an Amazon voucher which I look forward to spending.


Mersey Report 26 Dec 2013 13:14

Hi Det.... :-) :-) <3

I hope you got a few vouchers I did..... :-D :-D

I am now reading Railway Man by Eric Lomax

This account of the author's experiences as a Japanese prisoner of war is, as you'd expect, a fairly harrowing one. But what lifts this remarkable tale is the book's humanity and compassion, and the tenderness of its narrative.
Whether Eric Lomax is re-living his childhood fascination with steam locomotives and trams, or describing the horrendous, inhuman acts of torture, the prose are consistently imbued with an almost poetic and innocent sense of wonder.
The details, observations and character sketches are authentically andvividly drawn. But it is the final passages of this book which document the author's determination to come face to face with one of his torturers, that make this extaordinary book so moving, compelling and ultimately uplifting.

it has now been made into a film staring Colin Firth ....


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 24 Dec 2013 22:43

Happy Christmas to all Readers.

May you find a book/kindle voucher/book token (delete as applicable) in your Stocking tomorrow. :-)


Mersey Report 24 Dec 2013 16:35

Emms ive just downloaded :-D :-D I like steamy with abit of mystery thrown in :-D

Thanks Emmikins <3 <3


AnninGlos Report 24 Dec 2013 16:04

I like steamy Emma :-D :-D


GoldenGirl1 Report 24 Dec 2013 14:38

I got it on kindle ages ago...but watch it Ann it's
a bit steamy in parts :-D :-D


AnninGlos Report 24 Dec 2013 14:32

That sounds a good read Emma :-)


GoldenGirl1 Report 24 Dec 2013 14:12

Highland Surrender by Tracey Brogan is what I'm
reading at the moment.
The Sinclairs and the Campbell's were friends years ago but
they ended up on the wrong side as the Campbell's backed
King James.
To try and bring the families together the Sinclairs married their
daughter off to a Campbell son.....and then the fun and intrigue
begins. Her mother had an affair with his father and his father is accused
of killing her mother, but did he?
Emma :-)

Merry Christmas all <3 <3


Mersey Report 24 Dec 2013 10:38

Have a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all Bookworms <3 <3

Thank you for all the postings and keeping our little thread going, you
are amazing :-D :-D mwahhh <3 <3 <3

Happy Reading for 2014 !!! <3 :-D


Mersey Report 19 Dec 2013 10:47

Thanks Ann.... :-)


AnninGlos Report 19 Dec 2013 09:31

Enjoy it Mersey, I did.

I have just read Wish Upon a Star by Sarah Morgan. A Fairly light read, a romance or rather two romances as it is two stories in one. Set mainly in the Lake District at Christmas in the snow. Christy is married to Alessandro but will she soon be? Their good friend Jake has always loved her by only wants her happiness, then Jake meets Miranda, single and pregnant. All work at the local hospital and 3 of them are involved with mountain rescue. A very well written book for a light read I thought and I enjoyed it.


Mersey Report 18 Dec 2013 21:57

Hellllloooooo lovelies :-) :-) :-) <3

I have just started reading Bay of Secrets - Rosanna Ley

Set between England and the Spanish Canary Islands, three women learn the truth about their shared past, and discover the importance of family.

Spain, 1939.

Following the wishes of her parents to keep her safe during the war, a young girl, Julia, enters a convent in Barcelona. Looking for a way to maintain her links to the outside world, she volunteers to help in a maternity clinic. But worrying adoption practices in the clinic force Sister Julia to decide how far she will go to help those placed in her care.

England, 2011.

Six months after her parents' shocking death, 34-year-old journalist and jazz enthusiast Ruby Rae has finally found the strength to pack away their possessions and sell the family home. But as she does so, she unearths a devastating secret her parents, Vivien and Tom, had kept from her all her life.