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

The Angry Tide: A novel of Cornwall 7: by Winston Graham

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I’m going to keep this one short. As evidenced by the title, results are starting to pour in from all corners of the novel as sins of the characters’ past catch up with them. Despite, or because of Demelza’s brief interlude with another man, she and Ross continue to dance … Continue reading

The Four Swans: A Novel of Cornwall 6: by Winston Graham

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‘The Four Swans’ is the SIXTH Poldark novel taking place in Cornwall, England just before the year 1800. At this point in the saga, everything could be going better. This novel is strange and dark, dealing with themes of adultery, despair, suspicion and jealousy. [Skip to the end if you’re … Continue reading

The Black Moon: A Novel of Cornwall 5: by Winston Graham

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I know I said I was ‘over’ these books, but I’d already ordered this one in the mail and I had nothing else to read…and who am I kidding these are addicting like a soap opera. Winston Graham took a cruel twenty year break in the writing of the Poldark … Continue reading