The Lonely Life: by Bette Davis

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If Bette Davis had been a ship, she’d have be a polar icebreaker. If Bette Davis had been a dog she’d have been a bull mastiff. If Bette Davis had been a flower I’d say she’d be the thorniest rose, you get the idea. ‘The Lonely Life’ by Bette Davis … Continue reading

The Light Between Oceans: by M.L. Stedman

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After WWI a lightkeeper named Tom falls for and marries a lovely full-of-life young woman named Isabel. Together they set out on the new adventure together of life and love on the tiny island the lighthouse is situated on. Sadly though their life is marred by one miscarriage after another, … Continue reading

The Girl on the Train: A Novel by Paula Hopkins

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First, what is this new trend with sticking ‘A Novel’ on the cover, I mean, is that really necessary? I know it’s a novel. Second, I saw a trailer for this briefly and it looked intriguing enough that I downloaded a sample. Third, I read the whole thing in one … Continue reading

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet: by David Mitchell

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The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet is a curious book set at the end of the 18th century in Japan. The Dutch had an arrangement with the Japanese to trade but were not allowed onto the islands themselves except in rare circumstances. So the Dutch built little offshore islands … Continue reading

The Shadow Queen: A Novel of Wallis Simpson: by Rebecca Dean

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At the beginning of the 20th century Wallis Simpson was just an ordinary girl from an affluent family in Baltimore. By the end of it she was a subject of infamy. The woman who stole the king. Was connected to Nazis. Caused the abdication of current monarch Elizabeth II’s uncle … Continue reading

Queen Victoria’s Mysterious Daughter; A Biography of Princess Louise: by Lucinda Hawksley

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Queen Victoria: the maternal dragon who gave name to the Victorian era had eight children and was none too fond of any particular one. In fact to one degree or another she managed to emotionally cripple each one well into adulthood. The child who may have given her the most … Continue reading