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Greaders review Jan Feb 2013 book

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AnninGlos Report 6 Mar 2013 13:21

The Paula McClain book does sound interesting Tess but not at that price. I wonder, do people actually pay that for books?

Glad your books are in, hope you enjoy Thursdays in the park. Try and stay awake :-D


Mersey Report 6 Mar 2013 21:25

Thursdays in The Park - Hilary Boyd

I was pleasantly surprised at this book. A love story between a woman trapped in a loveless marriage and her own self discovery into finding herself. Jeanie the main character made me both laugh and annoyed at times .

Her life revolving around Thursdays and the feelings she had not felt in along time opening up a brand new world for herself.

Well written and identifiable features and feelings on some pages.

Hope this is ok Ann :-)


AnninGlos Report 6 Mar 2013 21:42

That is great Mersey, thank you for adding it. I thought it was a sort of gentle book in a way


TessAkaBridgetTheFidget Report 8 Mar 2013 02:47

Have got them! Will start reading as soon as I have finished "Poor Miss Finch" by Wilkie Collins. :-D


AnninGlos Report 8 Mar 2013 08:36

What is Poor Miss finch like Tess?


TessAkaBridgetTheFidget Report 8 Mar 2013 12:03

Poor Miss Finch is interesting .
The Miss Finch of the title is a beautiful, blind and lonely young woman. She advertises for a companion, and Madame Pratolongo answers the advertisement and gets the job.

The story is told through the eyes and voice of the widowed Madame Pratolongo, and is set in the South Downs.

The descriptions of the people in the story are first rate, making them appear as fully formed personallities, instead of just names on the page.

It is a love story, about the love of twin brothers, Oscar and Nugent for Drucilla, and that of Drucilla for Oscar.

But as the say "the path of true love never runs smooth" (or something like that!)
There are quite a few twists and turns to the story ...
As I have nearly one hundred pages to read, I don't know how it turns out, and yes, after reading two hundred and fifty paged I AM still interested.


AnninGlos Report 8 Mar 2013 12:06

Sounds a good story Tess, Wilkie Collin's books are always big aren't they?


TessAkaBridgetTheFidget Report 15 Mar 2013 16:34

Review for Thursdays in thePark by Hilary Boyd.

I quite enjoyed this book especially the descriptions of Ellie, the grandchild.

At times though I got rather frustrated by Jeanie's inaction when her husband wanted to move.

Anyone else in the room with me would have heard me mutter ... "For goodness sake woman, just say 'I am NOT going!' Forget about this 'I don't want to rubbish!"

However I do know that habits can be difficult to break, and don't know what I would have done in Jeanie's place.

It was also interesting to read about my generation having a libido (is that the correct word?) That a grandmother came actually 'fancy' a man (not just an unobtainable film-star etc.)

It was interesting to see how, once the upbringing of the husbands, of Jeanie, and Chanty, was revealed, that they became far more deserving of sympathy and understanding. (Had though, already thought that Chanty rather took her husband for granted re childcare).

This is an interesting first novel by formaer writer/journalist Hilary Boyd.


TessAkaBridgetTheFidget Report 15 Mar 2013 16:41

Ann, yes Wilkie Collins does tend to writ big books. Have ready read two of them
Woman in White (or was it Lady in White) and one other.

I have checked at Handsworth Library. The books from the (large) Central Library, are now out of circulation. So this is one of the reasons that books are unavailable or we have to wait a long time for them.

I think that the New Central Library will be opening in September. I'm really looking forward to it.

Will be able to do research there too. :-D


AnninGlos Report 15 Mar 2013 16:52

Glad you enjoyed Thursdays in the Park Tess. I agree Jeanni wanted a good shake, or seemed to.

I am not sure if I read Woman in White or not, I think it was a Greaders book way back. Obviously didn't make a good impression if I can't remember Lol!!