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A sad but hope filled love story

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

Reviewed: 17-06-2020

A very well read novel with realist characters based in a realistic time period. I personally felt disheartened that so many men could easily relate to the doctor’s experiences. That’s sad, just as is the sad tale of love that engulfs the reader searching for a hopeful ending. A worthwhile read, but not in my top 20 books by any stretch.

A fun light hearted read

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

Reviewed: 29-05-2020

This book is full of swearing, has some funny and also unrealistic characters. Raph is a bit of a non character who is every woman’s dream man. A very unbelievable character at that. He was rough, manly, beastly, rich and also refined. Sex with him was quick and the sex scenes were very brief on detail maybe due to their brevity. The female characters are all funny. This is a romantic tale which places men in the background throughout and fun women to the fore. Completely fictional and very much unbelievable. I loved reading it, but...

some good ideas, but..

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

Reviewed: 06-02-2019

Paul has some good ideas for the everyday classroom. This is an account of a Male American teacher who is applying his interpretation of 21st century lessons to his teaching. His ideas are flawed in so many ways, but are great in others. I really struggled to listen to it all, as it just went on and on and on. I could write all the ideas presented in a two page blog, easily. I won't recommend this book to anyone, but there are parts that were good. I simply dont understand what so many were raving about. There are far better roads in education. Dweck, Deci and Ryan, Tomlinson, just to name a few. the biggest critique I have is Paul's complete lack of research. His ideas are dangerous, loose and not well stated, at best. Yes..give students control...very little differentiation happening on his classroom and no account whatsoever for struggling, gifted or culturally diverse learners. His lack of knowledge on Bloom's ideas are an indictment on a poorly researched book. The people who do recommend this book obviously know little and havent read widely, especially on the topic of individualized and inclusive instruction.

A twisted and perverted novel

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

Reviewed: 22-12-2018

This is a captivating, yet sick perverted novel contains convoluted ideas that would surely be classified as ridiculous futuristic psychological fiction. I read it only because so many speak of it as if it to be a reference book. It is a psychological thriller and the man who wrote it, surely is a twisted genius with problems. It makes you think and the rest, I would hope to forget.

This isn't the book Odd Thomas

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

Reviewed: 22-05-2018

The book Odd Thomas is over 40 chapters. This is a six chapter book. Was okay, but you don't end up with a lot of storyline or depth in 6 chapters. Not in this book anyway.

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An unforgettable treasure of a novel.

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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: 13-05-2018

This was a work of unforgettable humble beauty. I will read it again and again.

Not so great

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

Reviewed: 05-05-2018

There's something that is wrong about falling for someone shortly after ending another relationship. Worse than this, she flirted with Jack while still with Richard. It's not a love story as much as it is a story trying to fool readers that the grass is greener elsewhere. I didn't like Emma or Richard. It's a love triangle that's just wrong. Three stars is because I love Dani Atkins style, but didn't like this story line.

Unforgettable

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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: 30-04-2018

She was a white in a sea of grey. She was Ruth. An incredible powerhouse of humility. An unforgettably brilliant novel of redemption and grace.

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Love is worth waiting for

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

Reviewed: 03-04-2018

Not my favourite Austin novel. The ending was so dissatisfying. Yes, he came to his senses and found himself, but let us learn of their love, their happiness, their quarrels and trials. Wouldn't recommend this work, but as always, Austin writes so well.

An amazing experience

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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: 08-09-2016

It is rare to find true love, and here again, we hear the story of a man (this time), who found true love, but didn't recognise it until it was too late. What an amazing girl, Tess is. You fall in love with her from the moment she is introduced. Frustrating at times, but a true hero in every sense. A fantastic memorable read.