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Greaders suggestions for May 2013

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AnninGlos Report 16 May 2013 09:50



AnninGlos Report 27 Apr 2013 09:01

River of Destiny by Barbara Erskine
The River is ready to reveal its ancient secrets. Secrets as old as time.
AD865, AD 1865, Today.
On the banks of the river Deben in Suffolk lie ancient barns dating back to Anglo Saxon times. Within whose walls secrets have lain buried for centuries.
New arrivals Zoe and Ken move into one of the converted barns, ready to start a new life away from the hustle and bustle of the city. To the outside world they seem happy, but they are growing ever more distan by the day. Meanwhile the strange presence Zoe feels within their home and the ghostly shapes she sees through the cloying mists on the river are getting harde to ignore.
Nearby the land is ploughed beside the river and human bones are found. Are they linked to the Victorian tragedy locals whisper about? What is the secret of the grassy mound which has remained untouched across many centuries, but has now been disturbed with seemingly devastating consequences.
The Evil power of the past is growing ever stronger.

The Weavers Daughter by Elizabeth Jeffrey
When Anna hears her father’s plans to marry her off to an old widower, she is determined to escape. Gathering together everything they own, Anna and her childhood sweetheart Jan board a boat from Holland to England. Heading for Colchester, the hub of the thriving cloth trade. Life is not easy for the young lovers, Jan falls terribly ill on their journey and they are shocked to find tensions between the English and the Dutch.
On the advice of the local church minister, Jan finds work in very poor conditions. Faring better, Anna is offered a place in the minister’s house. When the lecherous motives behinf Minister Archers generosity are revealed, Anna flees her new home. But with no money and nowhere to live, a perilous future for Jan and Anna is certain,
A romantic saga set in Colchester and Holland in the 1580s.


AnninGlos Report 27 Apr 2013 08:56

Right, shall now get my brain engaged and give myself a kick because I realise that mine are not on here. Sorry.


AnninGlos Report 27 Apr 2013 08:49

I will put the vote thread up this afternoon to give Helen time to reply but she may be away.

Jill in France

Jill in France Report 26 Apr 2013 20:42

Thanks Ann, Hope you have a lovely holiday xx


AnninGlos Report 26 Apr 2013 19:36

It is ok Jill you had the right date, as I said at the beginning I put the thread up early as I was getting stressed with the holiday looming. So no problem. Thanks for adding.

Jill in France

Jill in France Report 26 Apr 2013 19:08

Russka by Edward Rutherford
Through the life of a little town east of Moscow in the Russian heartland, Edward Rutherfurd creates a sweeping culture and her peoples--bleak yet exotic, brutal but romantic, land of ritual yet riddled with superstitious fears. From Russia's dawn and the cruel Tatar invasion to Ivan the Terrible and the wild Cossacks, from Peter, Catherine and the days of War and Peace to the drama of the Revolution and the extraordinary events of today--here is Russia's story in a spellbinding novel; history recreated with breathtaking detail and passion.

Jill in France

Jill in France Report 26 Apr 2013 19:06

The Kingmakers Daughter by phillipa gregory
Anne Neville and her sister Isabel are daughters of the most powerful magnate in 15th century England. Ever ruthless, always plotting, in the absence of a son and heir, Warwick sets about using his daughters as pawns in his political games. Anne grows from a delightful child brought up at the court of Edward IV and his queen, Elizabeth Woodville, intimacy and friendship with the family of Richard, Duke of Gloucester. Her life is overturned when her father turns on his former allies, escapes England and invades with an enemy army. Widowed at 14, fatherless, with her mother locked in sanctuary, and her sister a vengeful enemy, Anne faces the world alone. But fortune's wheel turns once again. Anne plots her escape from her sister's house, finds herself a husband in the handsome young Duke of Gloucester, and marries without permission, in secret. But danger still follows her. She finds that she has a mortal enemy in the most beautiful queen in England. Anne has to protect herself and her precious only son from the treacherous royal court, the deadly royal rival, and even from the driving ambition of her husband - Richard III.

Jill in France

Jill in France Report 26 Apr 2013 19:02

Sorry to be late but had wrong date (26th)up as reminder oops
Will sort out and post in a few mins xx


Greenfingers Report 26 Apr 2013 14:13

Titanic Love stores by Gill Paul

Did you know that there were 13 honeymooners on the ship ? Some just on a trip of a lifetime, others crossing to America with dreams of a new life. These are stories of love, tragedy,heroism and hope , and include multi millionaire John Astor with his much younger wife to Edward and Ethel Beane who had saved for 6 long years, before marrying and embarking on a new job in America, only to lose everything when the ship went down...rivetting tales


Greenfingers Report 26 Apr 2013 13:49

The Safe house by Chris Ewan

When Rob wakes up in hospital after a motorbike accident, he enquires after the woman who was with him, and is told what woman ? Enlisting the help of a female PI who has been employed by his parents to find his sister, he investigates , all set on the Isle of Man....yes the Isle of Man, the mystery deepens.

Be back with another later but before 3 pm Ann


Berona Report 26 Apr 2013 12:42

The Daisy Picker. Roisin Meaney

Lizzie seems to have it all: loving parents, a nice creative sideline in mouth-watering cakes, and the most eligble man in Kilmorris waiting to marry her. But one day she stumbles across something that will change her life, and soon she's chucked a backpack into her car and set off into the Wild West - of Ireland, that is - in search of adventure.

She's in for a few surprises - there's sexy Pete for a start, a charming new home, true friendship and an offer that will make her sweet dreams a reality. She begins to think that things could hardly be more perfect. And then she meets Joe, who's about to turn her life upside down…

The 100year old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared......Jonas Jonasson

After a long and eventful life Allan Karlsson is moved to a nursing home to await the inevitable. But his health refuses to fail and as his 100th birthday looms a huge party is planned. Allan wants no part of it and decides to climb out the window... Charming and funny; a European publishing phenomenon.

Sitting quietly in his room in an old people's home, Allan Karlsson is waiting for a party he doesn't want to begin. His one-hundredth birthday party to be precise. The Mayor will be there. The press will be there. But, as it turns out, Allan will not . . .

Escaping (in his slippers) through his bedroom window, into the flowerbed, Allan makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving a suitcase full of cash, a few thugs, a very friendly hot-dog stand operator, a few deaths, an elephant and incompetent police. As his escapades unfold, Allan's earlier life is revealed. A life in which - remarkably - he played a key role behind the scenes in some of the momentous events of the twentieth century.


Pammy51 Report 26 Apr 2013 12:20

You mean you haven't packed already, Ann?
By now i've usually packed and unpacked at least twice :-D


AnninGlos Report 26 Apr 2013 12:15

OK I have sent out a few PMs and also see that I said suggestions to be in by Saturday so I can wait now until they are all in and get on with sorting packing etc. :-)


AnninGlos Report 26 Apr 2013 12:07

Thanks for suggestions so far, will send out reminders now.


Pammy51 Report 26 Apr 2013 11:47


A Streetcat Named Bob by James Bowen

When James Bowen found an injured, ginger street cat curled up in the hallway of his sheltered accommodation, he had no idea just how much his life was about to change. James was living hand to mouth on the streets of London and the last thing he needed was a pet.

Yet James couldn't resist helping the strikingly intelligent tom cat, whom he quickly christened Bob. He slowly nursed Bob back to health and then sent the cat on his way, imagining he would never see him again. But Bob had other ideas.

Soon the two were inseparable and their diverse, comic and occasionally dangerous adventures would transform both their lives, slowly healing the scars of each other's troubled pasts.

A Street Cat Named Bob is a moving and uplifting story that will touch the heart of anyone who reads it.


Pammy51 Report 26 Apr 2013 11:43

First suggestion

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

When Harold Fry nips out one morning to post a letter, leaving his wife hoovering upstairs, he has no idea that he is about to walk from one end of the country to the other. He has no hiking boots or map, let alone a compass, waterproof or mobile phone. All he knows is that he must keep walking. To save someone else's life.


AnninGlos Report 26 Apr 2013 09:24

I really need the suggestions in by today or I won't be able to complete it this month. Shall have to send out to people if I haven't heard by lunch time.


AnninGlos Report 25 Apr 2013 22:45

nudge for the night birds.


TessAkaBridgetTheFidget Report 25 Apr 2013 16:47

My suggestions are.

Wife to Charles 11 by Hilda Lewis.

A gripping story of Catherine of Braganza, Charles 11's Portuguese queen set against the background of injustice and tragedy.

Catherine, the loving little Portugese Princess, entered into a Royal marriage to Charles 11 at a precipitious time in England's history. This is the remarkable tale of how a small gentle woman withstood every conceivable insult both from her king and her adopted country, and yet emerged victorious.

Charles lived a life intent upon pleasure, squnadering immense sums upon his misstresses and often abandoning Catherine to the cold comforts of forbidding royal palaces and unfeeling courtiers.

Hilda Lewis traces the temppestuous relationship between Catherine and Charles, the infidelities, the neglect, but also the passionate love and deep affection.

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Things to Make and Mend by Ruth Thomas

As teenagers, Sally Tuttle and \Rowena Cresswell were inseparable - united in teenage angst and scorn for needlework lessons - until a devasting incident destroys their friendship.

Now both single mothers in their early forties, they are haunted by memories of their lost intimacy.

When Sally, a faithful employee of IN Stitches repair shop, unexpectedly wins an embroidert prize and is invited to speak at a conference in Edinburgh, it seems that she has a chance to recapture something of her old, lost self .......