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Gripping story

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4 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-10-2019

An intriguing storyline spoilt for me by the narration. The Narrator had a high, girly voice that didn’t lend itself to this story. I had to skip some bits as I suffer from a snake phobia and there’s a lot of snake talk in this book.

Great story-shame about the narration

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5 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-09-2019

The story unfolded in brilliant Nicholas Sparks fashion. The Narrator was deadly boring and very annoying!

Enthralling

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-09-2019

I just could not put it down.
It’s hard to find the right words to describe the effect of this great piece of writing - it transported me back to that era, that music, those times and the characters, whether they be factual or fictional will always be with me.

Dreadful, awful, etc

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-09-2019

I spent the whole of this book wanting alternately wanting to shake my head at the glaring inaccuracy of the insight into the hospitality industry and shake the silly, shallow, selfish self congratulating main character- awful, awful, awful. I only finished it because I had paid for it and had no luck trying to return it. Don’t waste your time and money on this whilst there are so many good books out there.

Joanna at her best

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-09-2019

Great character development and a entertaining insight into a very different and difficult way of life.

Not her best

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-08-2019

The weakest of Milly’s heroines.
I spent a lot of the book rolling my eyes and thinking “oh please”.
A convoluted and unbelievable plot.
As previously mentioned...Not her best.

Excellent

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-03-2019

Dervish writes with a wonderful precision- no waffle no wasted words. Her characters are solid and human and her plots believable. Really enjoyed this book! Looking forward to many more, Dervla!

Terrific

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-02-2019

No wonder this is such an acclaimed piece of literary genius! Although the story doesn’t state as such it portrays the difficulty that autistic have in fitting into social circumstances and relationships. Loved it

Disturbing but factual

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-01-2019

As I was reading this book I was very aware that this could easily have been the story of myself and my brothers and sisters. After my father died in 1959 my mother walked away from us leaving us in care of various sorts. Fortunately her family put pressure on her and she collected us up and brought us to her brother in Australia. After a wobbly start involving again being put into care she remarried and finally provided a home for the younger children. We went to school with children from Fairbridge but were unaware of the substance of their daily lives. I wish we had known.
A very moving but disturbing story very well told.

Atrocious

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-01-2019

The characters were shallow and very annoying-the hero and heroine especially. The plot was insubstantial and all over the place. No coherent storyline. If I knew how to return it I would!