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Carolyn’s Books of the Month – March 2017

carolyns-books-of-the-monthCarolyn reads a variety of genres so you’re bound to find something that resonates.

Best Read : The Last Painting of Sara De Vos by Dominic Smith

Crime : Home by Harlan Coben

Australian Author : Blame by Nicole Trope

General Fiction : Leave Me by Gayle Forman

Thrillers : The Couple Next Door by Shari Larpena  and The Watcher in the Wall by Owen Laukkanen

Saga/Romance : The Sound Of Glass by Karen White

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Carolyn’s Books of the Month – November 2016

carolyns-books-of-the-monthBest Read : A History of Loneliness by John Boyne

Crime : Hide Away by Iris Johansen

Australian Author : Evergreen Falls by Kimberley Freeman

General Fiction : The Other Child by Lucy Atkins

Thriller : If She Did It by Jessica Treadway and Saturday Requiem by Nikki French

Saga/Romance : The Shoemakers Wife by Adriana Trigiani

Man Booker Prize announces 2016 shortlist

manbookershortlist2016These are the six shortlisted novels for this year’s Man Booker prize. The shortlisted books were announced by 2016 Chair of judges, Dr. Amanda Foreman, at a press conference at the offices of sponsor Man Group.

man-booker-thing The shortlist features a variety of voices, from new names to award winners. The books cover a diverse range of subjects, from murder in 19th century Scotland to classical music in Revolutionary China.

The 2016 shortlist of six novels is:

Paul Beatty  – The Sellout   (Read about the book and author here)
Deborah Levy – Hot Milk   (Read about the book and author here)
Graeme Macrae Burnet – His Bloody Project   (Read about the book and author here)
Ottessa Moshfegh – Eileen   (Read about the book and author here)
David Szalay – All That Man Is   (Read about the book and author here)
Madeleine Thien – Do Not Say We Have Nothing   (Read about the book and author here)

The shortlisted authors each receive £2,500 and a specially bound edition of their book. The winner will receive a further £50,000 and can expect international recognition.

The 2016 winner will be announced on Tuesday 25 October in London.

Carolyn’s Books of the Month – August 2016

carolyns-books-of-the-monthBest Read : The Lace Balcony by Johanna Nicholls

Crime : Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Australian Author : The Things We Keep by Sally Hepworth

General : The Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin

Thrillers : Wink Murder by Ali Knight and Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica

Saga/Romance : The Separation by Dinah Jefferies

Carolyn's best

Water from my heart by Charles Martin

Cover image for Water from my heart : a novel.Water from my heart by Charles Martin

Publication Information: New York : Center Street, 2015.
363 pages.

Found on the Adult Fiction shelves at MARTIN

New York Times bestselling author Charles Martin’s breathtaking novel of love and redemption.

Plot Summary : Charlie Finn had to grow up fast, living alone by age sixteen. Highly intelligent, he earned a life-changing scholarship to Harvard, where he learned how to survive and thrive on the outskirts of privileged society. That skill served him well in the cutthroat business world, as it does in more lucrative but dangerous ventures he now operates off the coast of Miami. Charlie tries to separate relationships from work. But when his choices produce devastating consequences, he sets out to right wrongs, traveling to Central America where he will meet those who have paid for his actions, including a woman and her young daughter. Will their fated encounter present Charlie with a way to seek the redemption he thought was impossible–and free his heart to love one woman as he never knew he could? (Source : Fantastic Fiction)

Review : A new author for me and one I will chase up for his earlier books.

It was beautifully written, his characters so real as well as being so moving and touching.  Lovely book!

Reviewed by : Carolyn

The Tea Planter’s Wife by Dinah Jefferies

Tea planters wifeThe Tea Planter’s Wife by Dinah Jefferies

U.K. : Viking, 2015.  421 pages.

Found on the Adult Fiction shelves at JEFFERIES

Plot Summary : Two newlyweds: practically strangers, deeply in love, and each hiding a secret from the other . . .

Nineteen-year-old Gwendolyn Hooper steps off a steamship in Ceylon eager to begin her new life as a married woman. But the husband who greets her is distant, secretive and brooding. Laurence is forever away working, leaving his young English bride to explore the vast tea plantation alone. Wandering into forbidden places, Gwen finds locked doors, trunks filled with dusty dresses, a tiny overgrown grave – clues to a hidden, unspeakable past.

Gwen soon falls pregnant and her husband is overjoyed, but in the delivery room she is faced with a terrible choice – one she must hide from Laurence at all costs. When the time comes to reveal the truth, how will he ever forgive what she has done? (Source: Publisher’s summary on Library Catalogue)

Review : A lovely historical novel set in colonial Ceylon, easy to read and poignantly written.

Reviewed by: Carolyn

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