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Tanya Ralph

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Keeps giving

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 01-11-2020

This is a long audio book (16 hours) and there were many times during the story where I thought it was wrapping up only to look at how long was still left in surprise. It didn’t drag, instead it just kept delivering. There is so much that happens to this “ordinary family” many skeletons in the closet that come out, but it is the way that they deal with them that shows the reality in the story. I really enjoyed it.

The perfect romcom

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Reviewed: 02-09-2020

I don’t know if I would have picked this book up if I hadn’t seen the hype floating around Instagram, but I’m so glad I did! Leon is looking for a flatmate to share his inner London flat and Tiffy is trying to find somewhere to live that she can afford because she’s still living with her now ex boyfriend. The only catch is... there’s only one bed! It’s not weird though....Leon works nights and Tiffy works days so they basically get the flat for 12 hours at a time... they never actually see each other. This book is the perfect rom com, I just adored it! I listened to it on audible with two narrators reading the alternate chapters in Tiffy and Leon’s perspective. The only downside to this was the end made me cry...and I was driving at the time 😢 I finished it this morning and have walked around in a high all day. I will definitely follow up with Beth O’Leary’s next book “The Switch”.

So good!

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Reviewed: 24-08-2020

This book got me in from the minute I started reading it. I found myself finding jobs to do just so I could pop my headphones in and listen to it! I had heard the hype and boy it lived up to it! The sexism the protagonist faced in the firehouse really grated on my nerves but she dealt with it well. I am already looking for my next Katherine Centre read!

Surprisingly funny!

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Reviewed: 17-08-2020

This book wasn’t one that I would normally chose to read. I don’t really like Sci-fi, but when audible offered it as the Editor’s Choice I thought I would be the perfect choice for a road trip with my husband, especially as Wil Wheaton was the narrator, knowing he was a huge fan. In truth I began the book and expected to be “taking one for the team”, just hoping that it would be mildly entertaining while I encouraged my husband to listen to audiobooks together. I was so surprised, it was so funny! Wil Wheaton’s narration adds to the dry, sarcasm of the narrative and we found ourselves laughing at many spots. There are a LOT of mathematical calculations in the book, they need to be there, but it can be heavy going, I think listening to it would be a bit easier than reading it. Overall a really enjoyable read which we followed up with the movie. The movie leaves out a lot of information, but what I did find interesting is that the book and movie have different endings and I liked both 😀 All in all I would recommend!

Feel good rom-com /chick lit

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Reviewed: 12-08-2020

I absolutely loved this book! I listened to it on audible and just devoured it! It is the perfect rom-com/chick lit. Laura’s husband drops the bombshell that he wants a divorce and she finds herself needing a place to rent while she finds a property to buy. She rents an annex over a garage in an exclusive area “The Close” where the “one percenters” live. Laura finds herself on the outer very soon when the leader of the pack, Stella, thinks she has designs on her fiancé Al. Laura, in trying to clear her name only finds herself delving deeper into a web of lies and deceit. This book reminded me of the good old days watching Desperate Housewives, with a lot more plastic surgery thrown in for good measure. A feel good read 🥰

An eyeopener

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Reviewed: 05-08-2020

"In 2017 a migrant died every 21 hours along the United States - Mexico border, that number does not include the many migrants that simply disappear each year. Worldwide in 2017, as I was finishing this novel, a migrant died every 90 minutes, every hour and a half... so 16 migrant deaths for each night I tucked my children into bed." - Authors note, Jeanine Cummins, American Dirt. This book while based on much research and fact was fiction, but told about something that is continually happening around the world. I know that there is a lot of controversy about this novel. Whether the author is "too white" to be writing the story I am not one to judge. But what I can say is that it has opened my eyes to something that I was not aware of before. Whether it is an accurate portrayal or not, I am not an expert to comment, however if it starts me thinking, surely this is a good thing? I suppose I have allowed myself to not really consider the plight the South American migrants take, with me being safe and well in Australia, so very far away, not only in distance but in life circumstance as well. This book opened my eyes in so many ways. Naively I imagined the thousands of migrants attempting to enter the US illegally each year just coming from a few kilometres away in some little town near the border, not walking through harsh deserts for many many days, being so determined to make it that robbery, rape, the threat of death and so much more does not stop them in their journey. This book tells the story of Lydia, who's whole family is massacred with the exception of her young son, and her courage and determination to get him to a safe and better life in "el Norte"

A story that will stay with you

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Reviewed: 12-07-2020

Yet another brilliant Australian Author! This book will make you stop and reflect. Based on the life of Cilka Klein, it tells the story (with some piecing together of the facts where needed with some fiction), a 16 year old Slovakian Jew who is taken to Auschwitz and endures horrible brutalities. On arrival she has to place her own mother on the death cart and is the only member of her family to make it out alive some 3 years later. She manages to keep herself alive by becoming a piece of Nazi property where she endures sexual brutality night after night. Heather Morris speaks in her author's notes at the end of the book how interviews with survivors of the camps for many years dont speak of the rapes that so many endured, finding it impossible to speak of with family members and partners and not until female interviewers in recent years would specifically ask these questions were they able to speak of such brutalities, uncovering a deep shame they have lived with for so many years. Once the camp was liberated and Cilka thought she would be freed the Hell only began again, she was tortured and charged as "sleeping with the enemy" and spent 10 years in a Soviet Gulag in Siberia, north of the Arctic Circle. The novel switches between the two time lines as Cilka tries to once again survive and also deal with the demons of the past.

A little drawn out

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Reviewed: 19-06-2020

I enjoyed this book, the premise of a predator among a polygamist society who keep to their own and don’t want to involve the police was interesting. It became even more interesting when it becomes evident that the investigator they call in cut ties from her family and their extreme religious belief systems. I found the book was a little drawn out toward the second half but over all a good read, it didn’t capture me enough to make me want to continue with the series.

Give it a go!

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Reviewed: 21-05-2020

I had heard the buzz around the novel although the premise of a father keeping scents in bottles to arouse memories didn’t sound like it could make the best story, butI figured I’d give my fellow readers the benefit of the doubt and give it a go. Wow! So glad I did! This book is so immersive, the language, the scene, it just takes you along the journey. It’s a beautiful ride. It is by no means the same as The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah but it gave me the same sort of vibes, and I loved it as much. Definitely worth reading! Thankyou to all who recommend it to me!

Not worth the download

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Reviewed: 16-05-2019

I persevered with this book as I figured I had to find the point of it eventually... I never did! By the time I realised I never would I was past the point of no return... even the ending just faded off... not one I would recommend

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