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Published August 31st 2017
Spring into the sunshine and warmer weather with a book
After a long cold winter, we have finally arrived at the wonderful season called spring. spring is the perfect time for putting your feet up and having a lovely relaxing weekend read whilst enjoying the bluer skies, the sunnier days and the warmer weather.
Gwen Hill and her husband have brought up their family in leafy Green Valley Avenue and Gwen has spent her years designing and building her much-loved garden. When her long time neighbour passes away, new neighbours Frankie and Brandon move in with their young family and a dispute quickly ensues over privacy and the prospect of a new fence being built. Emotions run high and it soon becomes apparent that there are a lot more issues occurring in each characters life than just the fence issue.
It took me a few chapters to become engrossed in this one, but once I was intrigued I could not put the book down!
This wonderfully written book is an emotional story telling the tale of a fractured family through the eyes of the youngest member Jim, a little boy with autism. I was engrossed in this story as much as I was overwhelmed by the sheer tragedy of how easy a family can disintegrate. This book was also the winner of the highly regarded Miles Franklin Award in 2015.
Can seven steps really lead to happiness? Friends Lenny and Juliet decide to find out after Juliet hits rock bottom. Lenny, who is more than content with her life initially goes along with the plan to help Juliet out of her rut but finds as they immerse themselves in the process of finding happiness, the tables turn quickly between the friends. This is an easy lighthearted entertaining read.
Ruth Ware is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. Her thrilling story telling keeps you reading on edge at times. The Lying Games centres around four friends and one promise made in the past. Not everyone always tells the truth though and the past is now thrust into the present which is now making the present quite unsafe. A thoroughly recommended read which I could not put down easily.
This thought provoking novel explores the procedure of terminally ill patients making the decision to end their lives and the process of a team of medical professionals who can assist with this. In the novel, a law has just been passed allowing this procedure to occur.
Lead character Evan, deals with his own life day to day with the dramas that come with it which include an ageing slightly eccentric mother and his complicated romantic life, while working as a palliative care nurse, with the extra responsibility of being the person who hands patients their last drink. Despite the controversial premise of this novel, I found it an extremely captivating read.
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