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review 2021-07-19 22:46
Emma - Jane Austen,Fiona Stafford
3.5 Stars

Some of this book wasn't really interesting to me because there was a lot of talking about things relating to rank in society, but other things that were more personal pulled my attention. Emma wasn't one of my favorite characters, but I didn't dislike her either. I wouldn't excitedly tell someone that this is a favorite must-read of mine, but I do recommend it. It's like you just can't help getting caught up in their gossip and wonder the who's and what's.
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review 2020-09-22 21:36
The Hostess, the Actress and the Duchess...
At the Stroke of Nine O'clock - Jane Davis

Another triumph from indie author Jane Davis in this gloriously gritty novel that engages head-on with a post-war London struggling to re-boot itself and wider society, amid ongoing privations. Against this authentic backdrop, the dawning realisation that Britain needed to change and to challenge former ingrained inequalities, particularly the structural disadvantage of women, is deftly explored by the author, through the lived experiences of three fictional women in the 1950s. Moreover the reader discovers that Caroline, Ursula and Patrice are each held hostage by their very different respective circumstances and perceptions of duty to family (parents, children, husband). Such traditional values are also cleverly juxtaposed with the tragic real-life story of Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in the UK. The sensationalised accounts of her crime carried in the press at the time (Ellis shot her lover, killing him) succeeded in vilifying Ellis, but drew a veil over the scandalous and violent behaviour of the ‘innocent’ male victim.

 

The format of the book reflects multiple points of view and rotates between the key characters’ perspectives. Indeed, it sounds like the start of a joke, the hostess, the actress and the duchess, but despite the disparity in their social positions, their common experience of abuse (financial, emotional and physical) at the hands of men, is something of a leveller. But for quirks of chance, all three might not be so far removed from the fate awaiting Ruth Ellis, yet they are drawn inexorably together, bonded by a shared sense of being social misfits. The intertwining of their journeys also offers touching examples of support, without judgement.

 

Far from being a tale of ‘doom and gloom’, the writing is sumptuous and though perhaps not intended as a feminist commentary on the period, the author has provided the reader with a genuine depiction of a society in transition and three strong and courageous female characters equal to their time. 

 

Indeed, time, as measured for the nation by the iconic notes of ‘Big Ben’, provides a wonderful symmetry to this book. From August 1949, when the bongs failed to appear on cue, to July 1955 when sections of London held their collective breath in anticipation of the nine o’clock salvo, the author locates each of the women and enables the reader to follow their discrete but convergent journeys. It is true there are no male role models to speak of, which perhaps begs the question whether the period also presided over the demise of ‘gentlemanly’ conduct, or leastways diminished capacity to do the ‘right’ thing? But, the dilemmas the book exposes and the moral conundrums posed make for a fascinating and stimulating read, irrespective of the reader’s gender.

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review 2020-08-11 12:25
A Walk In The Park by Jane Green
A Walk in the Park - Jane Green

A descrepency, but it didn't ruin the story. You, as a reader, have to be willing to look past the little things. Like whether the dog had stitches or not.
Still this was short and sweet!
I definitely am left wanting more, and wanting to know how this relationship develops further between Bill and Olivia. 
In such a short time I was able to see what a talented writer Jane Green is. She pulled me right into their chaotic and funny world, and left me pining away!
Gotta go find more from this author right away!

 

 

Source: www.fredasvoice.com/2020/08/a-walk-in-park-by-jane-green-42.html
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review 2020-07-15 16:27
An Exiting Win - Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton @kirajanewrites
Hollow Kingdom - Kira Jane Buxton

I was soooo excited when I won a fabulous signed hardcover for Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton and a paperback copy with a pile of goodies for Colel by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff.

 
Hollow Kingdom

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MY REVIEW

 

Kira Jane Buxton has definitely delivered on this original, unique glimpse into her zombie world where animals are the saviors and humans are the ones in need of saving. They can’t do it as individuals, it takes a murder to save a village. Hollow Kingdom is filled with every emotion I can think of, terror and fear, sadness and happiness, lost and found, tears and smiles, despair and hope.

 

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos 4 Stars
 

 

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review 2020-07-10 02:04
Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers
Whose Body? - Dorothy L. Sayers,Jane McDowell

Series: Peter Wimsey #1

 

I'm really terrible at reading books in a series close enough together that I remember the characters, so when I landed on a square where I had to read a book published before 1950, I thought it might be a good time to revisit this series via audio. I did kind of remember how the mysterious body had gotten into the bath, but not all the details, so it was interesting to revisit that.

 

And I have to say that Peter's mother is a really good sport for managing to go along with the story about asking businessmen to make speeches at the church bazaar without any warning from Peter.

 

ETA: Apparently this isn't even the first time that I've reread this book via audio, although at least it was a different version this time. I really need to get better at reading series.

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