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Three Days in Vienna – John Steinberg

 3.7/5 Intro A rollercoaster of emotions, set in the late 90s. Political intrigue and controversial families spanning London and Vienna. Synopsis Elizabeth McCreary’s mother Lillian Frankl was a child of the Kindertransport – but she refuses to speak of the past. Determined to learn more, Elizabeth flies to Vienna on the start of a

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It All Comes Back to You

 5/5 Intro A book that does historical points of view and two narrations is often hard to do but Beth Duke has done a wonderful job with ‘It All Comes Back to You’. Synopsis Alabama, 1947. War’s over, cherry-print dresses, parking above the city lights, swing dancing. Beautiful, seventeen-year-old Violet lives in a perfect

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Discerning Grace – Emma Lombard

 5/5 Intro An audiobook about a stowaway refined lady who causes all sorts of trouble on board a Royal navy vessel? Yes, please!  Synopsis As the first full-length novel in The White Sails Series, DISCERNING GRACE captures the spirit of an independent woman whose feminine lens blows the ordered patriarchal decks of a 19th century tall

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Thunder on the Moor – Andrea Matthews

 5/5 Intro I really enjoyed Andrea Matthews’ book that I reviewed earlier this year – The Cross of Ciaran. So when I was contacted by Love Books Tours about a new book from her, I knew I had to review it. I was not disappointed!  Synopsis Maggie Armstrong grew up enchanted by her father’s

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Hollywood Bilker – Leopold Borstinski

 4/5 Intro The sixth book in the Alex Cohen series and it is another fantastic thriller.  Synopsis Is building a casino worth dying for?  Jewish gangster, Alex Cohen returns to America and settles in 1960s California to build a drug and prostitution empire in LA. When he gets a call from the mob to help

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Replaced Parts – Stephanie Hansen

In the year 2163 a corrupt World Government controls everything on our planet and beyond.

Sixteen year-old Sierra has been so caught up in her own world of saving animal test subjects and her father’s disappearance, she hasn’t paid much attention. When she finally finds his location, she and her friend set off on a covert interplanetary mission to rescue him, she begins to see the corruption first hand.

Discovering that her father has been on the front lines secretly trying to save human test subjects inspires her to join a revolution. But she is afraid of the collateral damage of hurting the people she loves. Will she find the strength to make a deal with the mad scientist Cromwell to save not just her friends and family but everyone?

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The Map Maker’s Daughter – Caroline Dunford

Sharra's world is a terrifying place. 
Violent seismic 'Shifts' and outbreaks of an all-consuming black fire radically alter landscapes on
an increasingly frequent basis. Only the Map Makers can predict where the Shift will fall, and
Sharra, daughter to one of the most famous Map Makers, yearns to join their ranks and break a
cultural taboo that forbids female cartographers.
Sharra's father, Lord Milton, is one of the few to challenge the current order, but his shadowy
past limits his political reach and his second wife, Lady Ivory, is determined to manipulate him to
ensure a privileged future for herself and her daughter, Jayne. 
The main obstacle standing in Ivory's way is Sharra.

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The Significant Others of Odie May – Claire Dyer

Any one of them could have murdered her… but who did?

On the night Odie May and her married lover are due to celebrate him leaving his wife, Odie goes out to buy a bottle of his favourite wine and, on her way home, is murdered by a woman in a lime green coat.

The next thing Odie knows is that she’s in a waiting room and there’s a man called Carl Draper saying he’s her Initial Contact. He is carrying a clipboard and invites her into an interview room.

Over the course of her interview, Carl and Odie track back to the significant others in her life to date to try and work out where she’s gone wrong, who might have killed her, and why.

In the meantime, Carl also shows Odie what’s happening in the life she’s left behind as her mother and her lover, Michael, learn of her death and manage the tricky days that follow it.

But nothing is as simple as it seems. Although Carl has it in his power to return Odie to the moment before she was killed, this comes at a price she may not be able to pay.

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Love, Hope by Juliet Ann Conlin

An unexpected letter. An unlikely friendship. A chance to start again.

Ever since she first picked up a violin, Hope Sullivan dreamed of going to music college, joining an orchestra and travelling the world with her best friend Janey. But when her parents were killed in a car accident on the way to one of her recitals, she gave it all up to look after her younger sister, Autumn. Ten years later, Janey is living their dream on her own, Autumn is flourishing as a doctor and Hope’s life is smaller and less musical than ever.

Arnold Quince had the happiest of lives – until he lost his beloved wife Marion. Once the life and soul of the village, he withdrew into his grief and pushed all his friends away. Now, five years on, he is sick, lonely and just counting down the years until he can be with Marion again.

When Hope and Arnold are pushed into writing to one another, neither has any idea how much their life is about to change.

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All That We Carried – Erin Bartels

Ten years ago, sisters Olivia and Melanie Greene were on a backcountry hiking trip when their parents were in a fatal car accident. Over the years, they grew apart, each coping with the loss in her own way. Olivia plunged herself into law school, work, and an atomistic view of the world—what you see is what you get, and that’s all you get. Melanie dropped out of college and developed an online life-coaching business around her cafeteria-style spirituality—a little of this, a little of that, whatever makes you happy.

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