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Riveting & Fanciful

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-06-2020

The masterful narration by Marisa Calin plunges us into this fanciful story of Xanthe’s mission to clear the name of a girl wrongfully imprisoned for theft in the early 16th century.
The time travel elements are key to the story but not as convincingly realised as in the Outlander series. Some of the plot twists and encounters are implausible. But we’re carried along by the charming characters and brilliant narration.

Generous, delicious, delightful utterly courageous

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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: 08-03-2020

I love, love, love this wonderful book! What a generous gift Claire Bowditch has crafted for all of us as we face the inner struggles of our path in life. And what a humble, down to earth person she is - nothing like you would expect an award winning singer, actor, presenter to be. And funny, even through recounting her darkest times.
Bonus for audio book listeners - Claire sings phrases from the relevant song at the start of each chapter, and best surprise at the end - introduces her mum to give the recipe for her amazing Dutch Apple Tart. Ten stars. I’m now a dedicated fan.

A magic carpet ride

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-03-2020

Lush prose, engaging characters and a compelling plot kept me intrigued and the setting in (16th Century?) Turkey - Anatolia was captivating.
Inspiring smart female lead character as always and a moving love story - this tale has it all. A fitting sequel to Wildwood Dancing but could be read independently.

Thrilling & enthralling

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-01-2020

Great to have the next instalment of the enthralling tales of Eiliannnan dedicated to the adventures of Finn the Cat. Forsyth weaves yet another bold and daring female lead character with a colourful turn of phrase and mischievous charm.

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Smart strong women rule this magical land

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-01-2020

Satisfying to have so many clever, talented, sassy women - as protagonists and antagonists.
Love the mix of herb lore, magical skills and physical prowess. A complex imagined world drawing on European mythical creatures with Forsyth’s own alien variations. Great story structure and charismatic characters.

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Intensely captivating

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-12-2019

This is a fantastic trilogy and very satisfying conclusion. The characters Blackthorn and Grim are brilliantly conceived and realised - such unique characters overcoming huge odds with integrity and grit. The creation of the fey world and characters is also enchanting and suitably eerie. I loved the voices of the actors, they felt very true to the characters, once I got used to the American accents.

Gripping and enchanting

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

Reviewed: 27-12-2019

Blackthorn and Grimm have grown on me - such brilliant gruff characters with hearts of gold and unwavering loyalty to truth and each other. I love that they are detectives solving mediaeval age mysteries.
I found the American accents off putting at first, but the readers are so good that I don’t mind now - but it makes it harder to believe they are in ancient Erin.

Insightful and visionary

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-12-2019

Who knew there was so much more to say about why men don’t take parental leave. Annabelle leaves no Sturm unturned with her wry sense of humour provides insight and mirth. Get those men home and we’ll have happier families, better adjusted kids and get closer to equal pay for women!

Riveting and distressing

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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: 02-11-2019

Ronan Farrow guides us through his meticulous journalistic process of breaking through the decades of cover ups of Harvey Weinstein’s arrogant and shocking abuse of hundreds of women, and reveals the practices of media companies like NBC and The Enquirer of similar abuse (making women who are victims of sexual harassment sign non-disclosure agreements) and complicity.

Brilliantly imagined and crafted

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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: 25-10-2019

I’m in awe of Kate Forsyth, a truly masterful weaver of magical tales with meticulous historical research. I fell in love with both Vivienne and James - both their circumstances and journeys are so intriguing. Listen to the ABC Conversations interview of Forsyth with Richard Fiedler where she tells the background to the story of how an English envoy to China may have brought the ‘ever blooming red rose’ to France.