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by Katie Fforde
After their Aunt Rainey dies, Sally and Gina inherit her spot in the French House, an antiques centre nestled in the heart of the English countryside run by brooding owner Matthew Ballinger. Running the stall seems like it should be easy enough at first but they soon realise they don't have the slightest clue about buying and selling antiques. So it's up to Matthew to help the sisters wade through the world of antiques, and the last thing either of them wants is to fall in love.
This was my first Katie Fforde book and I must say it is a really well written feel good story. I really enjoyed the pace of the book and found myself racing through to find out what happens next with Gina, Matthew and the French House. I particularly liked Sally's character – she's a creative genius who wears her heart on her sleeve, never afraid to say what she is thinking, and this adds a lot of fun to the story. After reading this book I am a fan and can't wait to read her upcoming novel, The Perfect Match.
I'm not a crime reader. In fact, I'd never read a single crime novel before getting my hands on this one, but it drew me in completely. The character of private investigator Strike had me riveted. It was incredibly entertaining to watch this gruff, crippled veteran who sleeps in his office and lives on pot noodles navigate the waters of glamour, stardom and fine dining while investigating an alleged suicide.
In a surprising twist worthy of the novel, Robert Galbraith turned out to be the pseudonym of JK Rowling. After reading this book I can't wait for the second volume, Silkworm to come out in the summer.
For me this book had all the ingredients that make it a perfect read - utterly compelling from start to finish, incredibly moving at times and shocking at others.
Best of all I found myself so wrapped up in the lives of Ursula Todd that occasionally I'd forget she was a work of fiction and have to remind myself that she didn't really exist and her fate was already sealed within Kate Atkinson's clever narrative.
I loved this story about 100 year old Allan Karlsson who decides he has had enough of living out his last days in an old people's home and goes on the run.
Pursued by the police and a bunch of inept crooks (think The Ladykillers or a Coen Brothers film), this is a hilarious tale of an honest, naive man at large who often leaves chaos in his wake as, Forest Gump-like, he gets mixed up in many of the key events of the 20th century. Life-affirming and warm, this will make you chuckle to yourself on the bus.
The Rosie Project is a novel I read, loved, and then passed on to a friend knowing that she would probably love it too. The main character Don will make you chuckle, cringe and by the end of the book you will be talking about him in conversation like he's one of your friends.
Although this is a debut, Graeme Simsion has really polished this novel to perfection with the right balance of comedy, romance and unusual behavior, which keeps your imagination guessing to the very last page.
Not being the target audience for Ratburger at first I was a little repulsed by pretty much the entire cast of characters! But changing my mindset to that of a (much!) younger reader the characters are well thought out and actively come to life through the rather revolting tale.
Zoe is a small girl of 12 picked on by everyone from her wicked prawn cocktail crisp munching stepmother to the school bully, but she finds her own solace in her new friend Armitage, a rather clever rat with potential.
Boys and girls alike will devour the wit David Walliams brings into his story telling. An easy read for children who love reading and those who are harder to encourage to start.
by Mary Berry
This is a very practical and usable cooking book for any fan of The Great British Bake Off, but it's not just cakes on the menu. From classic dishes to more exotic varieties perfect for entertaining, you'll want to find an excuse to try every one of the recipes featured here.
The book is very elegantly and clearly laid out with ‘Mary's wise words' on hand for tips on getting the best results. The mouth-watering photographs will really inspire you to work on your presentation and there's a nice personal feel to the book with an insightful chapter devoted to ‘Mary's Kitchen Wisdom'.