The Glassblower of Murano by Marina Fiorato

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Addition: Paperback Genre: Chick-lit Rating: 3 out of 5 Synopsis: Venice, 1681. Glassblowing is the lifeblood of the Republic, and Venetian mirrors are more precious than gold. Jealously guarded by the murderous Council of Ten, the glassblowers of Murano are virtually imprisoned on their island in the lagoon. But the greatest of the artists, Corradino […]

Only Remembered by Michael Morpurgo

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Addition: Netgalley review e-book Genre: History, non-fiction Published: 2014 Rating: 4 out of 5 Synopsis: 2014 will mark one hundred years since the outbreak of the First World War. To mark the date, this beautiful anthology will collect favourite extracts, images and poems from some of the UK’s leading cultural, political and literary figures.     Poems, short stories, personal letters, newspaper […]

2014 Reading: #33 Michael Morpurgo’s Only Remembered

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I received this book from Netgalley to provide an honest review. I like Michael Morpurgo and I like history, so when I saw the two combined, I was quite excited. However, this book isn’t written by Morpurgo, it is edited by him. This is a collection of memories and reflections from celebrities on World War […]

2014 Reading: #27 Katharine McMahon’s The Crimson Rooms

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Book number 27 is Katharine McMahon’s The Crimson Rooms. This isn’t the first novel by McMahon that I have read. Back in 2008 I read The Rose of Sebastopol, which I remember enjoying. I’ve had The Crimson Rooms on my shelf for a while. This wasn’t part of my TBR Challenge, but I thought I […]

The Silent Tide by Rachel Hore

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Addition: E-book Genre: Fiction Rating: 5 out of 5 Synopsis: The new novel from bestselling author Rachel Hore, much loved for her stories in which past and present are grippingly entwined.When Emily Gordon, editor at a London publishing house, commissions an account of great English novelist Hugh Morton, she finds herself steering a tricky path […]

The Beauty’s Beast by E. D. Walker

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Addition: Review e-book from Book Lovin’ Bitches Genre: Historical, fantasy romance Rating: 4/5 Synopsis: Lady Kathryn’s father has sent her to court to find a husband, but being penniless and disinterested doesn’t bode well for her success. Bored by the petty intrigues of court, she finds her loneliness is eased when the king charges her […]

The Piano Teacher by Janice Y. K. Lee

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Synopsis from Amazon: Ambitious, exotic, and a classic book club read, ‘The Piano Teacher’ is a combination of ‘Tenko’ meets ‘The Remains of the Day’. Sometimes the end of a love affair is only the beginning! In 1942, Will Truesdale, an Englishman newly arrived in Hong Kong, falls headlong into a passionate relationship with Trudy […]