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Greaders suggestions for aug/Sept 13 Jill?

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AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 21 Aug 2013 17:51

Two books as usual please.

Vote will be Friday or Sat 23 or 24th August depending when all votes are in.

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 21 Aug 2013 17:52

From Jan

genie and Paul by Natasha Soobramanien
a man is washed up on the beach. 6 weeks previously there had been a tropical cyclone...in London Genie wakes up in hospital to discover her brother Paul had disappeared. Her search takes her to Mauritius..will she find him and what will she find when she does, This is apparently a update of a French 18c classic Paul et Virginie. a love story with a difference, the story of a sisters love for her brother.
The Universe versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extense

a teenager drives off a Dover ferry, with an urn of cremated ashes and a bag of marijuana, turning up the stereo to avert an epileptic seizure and is taken away by the police. Alex, now a teenager,,had a bad accident when he was 10, having been hit by a meteorite,he feels chosen, but it leaves him with fits...a strange story that apparently draws you in...recommended to me by a friend.

TessAkaBridgetTheFidget

TessAkaBridgetTheFidget Report 21 Aug 2013 23:02

My suggestions this time are:-

Orphans of War by Leah Fleming.

When Maddy Belfield loses her family and home in the blizt, she is sent to live with relatives in the Yorkshire Dales.
En Route, Maddy befriends Gloria Conley and her brother Sid, abandoned by their desperate mother. Although Maddy and Gloria are chalk and cheese, they vow to be "forever friends".


Slowly Maddy adjusts to her new life.
Eager to help the war effort, her Aunt Plum has opened a home for 'difficult@ evacuees and Maddy and Gloria quickly become part of a motley crew, including headstrong Greg and flighty Enid.

The friendship endures into adulthood, until a tragic event tears them apart and Maddy flees to London.

Years later, fate reunites them all. But a visit back to Yorkshire reveals the truth about the past - a revelation that has unimaginable consequences.

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Inside Out by Mary O'Sullivan

A defiant son, a missing daughter and a workaholic husband turn Meg Enright's comfortable life into a waking nightmare.
Failing ro find the support she needs from John, her husband of twenty years, Meg turns to her friend and buisness partner, Lynn Rooney for help and advice.

But Lynn has problems of her own. She has harboured a secret love for a long time and now, it would seem, she can no longer keep her secret.

When Francine Keyes, receptionist at the company John manages, accuses him of sexual harassment, John thinks that things can not get worse. He is wrong. They do.

How will Meg, so sensitive and gentle, cope with the family upheaval? Will John pay the price the blackmailing receptionist is demanding for her silence? And just who is it that Lynn Rooney has loved so silently for more than half her life?

Tess

Persephone

Persephone Report 22 Aug 2013 03:49

The Cornish House by Liz Fenwick

When artist Maddie inherits a house in Cornwall shortly after the death of her husband, she hopes it will be the fresh start she and her step-daughter Hannah desperately need. Trevenen is beautiful but neglected, a rambling house steeped in history. Maddie is enchanted by it and determined to learn as much as she can about its past. As she discovers the stories of generations of women who've lived there before, Maddie begins to feel her life is somehow intertwined within its walls. But Maddie's dream of a calm life in the countryside is far from the reality she faces. Still struggling with her grief and battling with Hannah, Maddie is unable to find inspiration for her painting and realises she may face the prospect of having to sell Trevenen, just as she is coming to love it. And as Maddie and Hannah pull at the seams of Trevenen's past, the house reveals secrets that have lain hidden for generations. This gorgeously sweeping debut from Liz Fenwick is touched with romance and mystery, a perfect summer read.


Triptych by Karin Slaughter

In the city of Atlanta, young women are dying--at the hands of a killer who signs his work with a single, chilling act of mutilation. Leaving behind enough evidence to fuel a frenzied police hunt, this cunning madman is bringing together dozens of lives,crossing the boundaries of wealth and race. And the people who are chasing him must cross those boundaries too. Among them is Michael Ormewood, a veteran detective whose marriage is hanging by a thread--and whose arrogance and explosive temper are threatening his career. And Angie Polaski, a beautiful vice cop who was once Michael's lover before she became his enemy. But another player has entered the game: a loser ex-con who has stumbled upon the killer's trail in the most coincidental of ways--someone who may be the key to breaking the case wide open....

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 22 Aug 2013 09:53

One Damned thing after another by Jodi Taylor.
A story of History, time-travel, love, friendship and tea.

Meet the disaster-magnets at the St Mary's Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History, observing, documenting, drinking tea and, if possible, not dying.

Follow the catastrophe-curve from 11th Century London to World War 1 and from the Cretaceous Period to the destruction of the Great Library at Alexandria.

Discover History - The New Sex!(less)
From a review.
Max, our tea-drinking heroine has a Doctorate in history when her ex-headmistress contacts her about a position at a sister establishment to her old university. Pretty much from the interview with Dr Bairstow, the head of the facility when Max thinks that "Thinking carefully is something that happened to other people" before signing her life away, I was hooked. I stayed hooked throughout the whole book which is quite unusual for me. but it's very well plotted, structured and nicely fast-paced.

It's not often that I can write that a heroine was intelligent and witty but Max genuinely is. I think she would have got on well with Dorothy Parker!
She also has a wonderful line in snark and had me actually laughing out loud so many times that my partner asked, "What on earth are you reading?"

Sunshine and Showers by June Francis
Patsy Doyle is settling into her role as live in maid in the Tanner household, but her new job is not going smoothly. Caught between the warring Tanner spouses, Patsy becomes an unwilling confidante and a keeper of more secrets than she’d care to acknowledge.
Joy Kirk is planning her wedding. When her first love was killed in the war, she vowed she would never fall in love again. Now a little older and wiser, Joy realises that there could be some benefits to being a wife and, having spent many years working as Robbie Bennet’s cook and housekeeper, she finally accepts his proposal of marriage. But is she letting herself in for more than she bargained?


Pammy51

Pammy51 Report 22 Aug 2013 21:37

Put Out the Fires by Maureen Lee

September 1940 - the cruellest year of war for Britain's civilians as the Luftwaffe mercilessly blitz their cities. In Pearl Street, near
Liverpool's docks, families struggle to cope the best they can.

A nasty surprise for ever-cheerful dressmaker Brenda Mahon, and flighty Sean's love for little Alice, show how life goes on even when it appears to be falling apart. Yet while Eileen Costello tries to hide her ruined hopes of happiness with Nick and do her best by the husband she hoped had gone forever, Ruth Singerman returns, having escaped from Austria. Even the joy of seeing her father again cannot make up for the bitter loss of her children.

Rosings (Pride and Prejudice Continues) by Karen Aminadra

Trapped and cloistered in her own home.
Anne de Bourgh, wealthy heiress daughter of the inimitable Lady Catherine de Bourgh, yearns to be set free from her luxurious prison, Rosings Park.
Her life stretches out before her, ordered and planned, but it is a life she does not want. She wants more. She wants to be free. She wants to do everything that has been forbidden her, and she wants more than anything to fall in love with whom she chooses.

Lady Catherine de Bourgh has other plans for Anne.
Will Lady Catherine have her own way as always?
Will Anne succeed?
Can she break through the barriers of wealth, rank and duty?

Berona

Berona Report 23 Aug 2013 02:00

The Last Goodbye - Caroline Fennerty

Kate Flynn has spent her whole life running away. She reckons the best decision she ever made was to leave Ireland the day after she finished school. Having seldom returned since, she would be perfectly happy if she never had to go back there. She is happy in London where she runs a successful photography gallery with her best friend Nat, though their relationship is going through a rocky patch since Nat began an affair with a married man.

When Kate becomes pregnant and her partner Ben persuades her to make the trip home, she is forced to confront everything she left behind and memories of Eva, the mother she feels betrayed her. Kate finds it impossible to forgive Eva who chose to refuse cancer treatment while pregnant and died, leaving a young family motherless.


Watch Over Me – Daniela Sacerdoti

Eilidh Lawson’s life has hit crisis point. Years of failed fertility treatments, a cheating husband and an oppressive family have pushed her to the limits. Desperate for relief, she seeks solace in the only place she’s ever felt at home – a small village in the Scottish Highlands. There, Eilidh slowly begins to mend her broken heart but soon learns she is not the only one in the village struggling to recover from a painful past. Jamie McAnena, Eilidh’s childhood friend, is trying to raise his daughter Maisie alone. After Maisie’s mother left to pursue a career in London and Jamie’s own mother, Elizabeth, passed away, he has resigned himself to being a family of two. But sometimes there is more to a story than meets the eye. Despite their reluctance, curious circumstances keep bringing Jamie and Eilidh together. For even when it seems all is lost, help can come from the most surprising places.

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 23 Aug 2013 11:35

Just spent time advising how to find this board and they have reinstated it into the list on the left. Grrr!!

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 23 Aug 2013 11:56

Berona I assume you mean Caroline Finnerty??

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 23 Aug 2013 22:54

Sorry people, couldn't hold the vote still waiting for Jill and Mersey's suggestions.

not sure this board is a good idea, it can be out of sight out of mind! :-D

Mersey

Mersey Report 23 Aug 2013 23:36

The Girl Who Fell from the Sky - Simon Mawer



Marian Sutro is an outsider: the daughter of a diplomat, brought up on the shores of Lake Geneva and in England, half French, half British, naive yet too clever for her own good. But when she is recruited from her desk job by SOE to go undercover in wartime France, it seems her hybrid status – and fluent French – will be of service to a greater, more dangerous cause. Trained in sabotage, dead-drops, how to perform under interrogation and how to kill, Marian parachutes into south-west France, her official mission to act as a Resistance courier. But her real destination is Paris, where she must seek out family friend Clement Pelletier, once the focus of her adolescent desires. A nuclear physicist engaged in the race for a new and terrifying weapon, he is of urgent significance to her superiors. As she struggles through the strange, lethal landscape of the Occupation towards this reunion, what completes her training is the understanding that war changes everything, and neither love nor fatherland may be trusted. The Girl Who Fell from the Sky is both a gripping adventure story and a moving meditation on patriotism, betrayal and the limits of love.


The Novel in the Viola Natasha Solomons

Elise Landau, the youngest daughter of a wealthy Jewish family, flees Nazi-occupied Austria to work as a housemaid at Tyneford House on the Dorset coast. Elise brings with her Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management and her father’s manuscript, hidden inside a viola. At first the family hopes to be reunited, but as the months pass even the owner of the house, taciturn Mr Rivers, fears the worst. Elise gradually adapts to the punishing routine of domestic service. She falls for dashing Kit Rivers, Tyneford’s heir, and their upstairs-downstairs romance scandalises the household. Shortly afterwards, war is declared. Kit goes missing in action. Elise throws herself into the war effort, only to learn that her parents are dead. United in grief, Elise and Mr Rivers weather the loss of their families, the terrors and sacrifices of war, and even the demise of Tyneford House itself.



AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 24 Aug 2013 12:05

Thanks Mersey. I am wondering where Jill is, I have PMd her. Maybe she is away. :-(

Jill in France

Jill in France Report 24 Aug 2013 14:15

Sorry, nearly missed this as family staying xx

The English Assassin by Daniel Silva
Art restorer and sometime spy Gabriel Allon is asked to visit Zurich, to clean the work of an Old Master for a millionaire banker. But when he gets there he finds the corpse of his client in a pool of blood beneath the masterpiece, and discovers that a secret collection of priceless paintings – stolen by Nazis in the war – is missing.

With the Swiss authorities trying to pin the murder on Allon and a powerful cabal determined to make sure this wartime secret remains buried, the art restorer must use all his former spy skills to find out the truth. And with an assassin that he helped to train also on the loose, Allon will need all his wits just to stay alive …


Evening Class by Maeve Binchy
The Italian evening class at Mountainview School is like hundreds of others starting up all over the city. But this class has its own special quality - as the focus for the varied hopes and dreams of teacher and pupils alike.

Aidan Dunne needs his new evening class project to succeed almost as much as his pupils do. They too are looking for something more: Bill to find a way to keep spendthrift Lizzie at his side and Fran to make sure that young Kathy finds her way out from behind the kitchen sink.

The key to their success lies with the Signora. Her passion has drawn her from Ireland to Italy and back home again with a burning desire to share her love of all things Italian - and a secret hidden in her heart ...

Jill in France

Jill in France Report 24 Aug 2013 14:15

Sorry, nearly missed this as family staying xx

The English Assassin by Daniel Silva
Art restorer and sometime spy Gabriel Allon is asked to visit Zurich, to clean the work of an Old Master for a millionaire banker. But when he gets there he finds the corpse of his client in a pool of blood beneath the masterpiece, and discovers that a secret collection of priceless paintings – stolen by Nazis in the war – is missing.

With the Swiss authorities trying to pin the murder on Allon and a powerful cabal determined to make sure this wartime secret remains buried, the art restorer must use all his former spy skills to find out the truth. And with an assassin that he helped to train also on the loose, Allon will need all his wits just to stay alive …


Evening Class by Maeve Binchy
The Italian evening class at Mountainview School is like hundreds of others starting up all over the city. But this class has its own special quality - as the focus for the varied hopes and dreams of teacher and pupils alike.

Aidan Dunne needs his new evening class project to succeed almost as much as his pupils do. They too are looking for something more: Bill to find a way to keep spendthrift Lizzie at his side and Fran to make sure that young Kathy finds her way out from behind the kitchen sink.

The key to their success lies with the Signora. Her passion has drawn her from Ireland to Italy and back home again with a burning desire to share her love of all things Italian - and a secret hidden in her heart ...