NOOK Reader Reviews
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31st October 2023
'River Sing Me Home' by Eleanor Shearer
Review by Dana Kampa
20th September 2023
'The Bookbinder' by Pip Williams
Review by Penny Compton
"I was really looking forward to reading 'The Bookbinder' by Pip Williams, as I had loved her previous book 'The Dictionary of Lost Words'. Both books are set in the same time period, 1914-1918 - only this time we are exploring the other side of the printing press – the book binding section.
Peggy and Maude, twin sisters with very different personalities, live on a narrow boat in Oxford and work in the bindery at the university press. Their mother died young but always encouraged Peggy’s curiosity and voracious reading habit. However, Maude is vulnerable with learning disabilities, so Peggy feels obliged to look after her and quashes her desire to attend Somerville College, the women’s arm of Oxford University and be a “gown”, not a “town”.
After Germany invades Belgium an influx of refugees arrive in Oxford – one of these is Lotte who has lost everything but works with Maude and helps her become more independent. Peggy befriends Bastiaan when she volunteers to read to patients in the hospital. His face has been severely disfigured from burns but by the time his bandages are removed they are very close, and it doesn’t seem to matter to her.
I enjoyed the whole book very much indeed and even had to reach for the tissues once or twice! Peggy is the focus of the story, and it is told from her point of view. Luckily she's an easy to character to like and admire.
Pip Williams writes really well and has a great knowledge of her topic. I had no idea how books were bound and found that process fascinating. There are some great characters throughout the book – I particularly liked Tilda and Lotte who supported the girls in achieving their dreams. This was a great read and I highly recommend it."
26th August 2023
'Not a Happy Family' by Shari Lapel
Review by Gevonie Percival
"NOT A HAPPY FAMILY by Shari Lapena, WHAT A BOOK!! This is the first book I’ve read by this author, and I absolutely loved it! Its suspenseful scenes transformed me into a detective as I tried to solve the murders of Fred and Sheila Mercer, the extremely wealthy couple that lives in a beautiful luxurious house in an elite neighborhood. The brutal murders all happened after an Easter dinner with their three dysfunctional adult children and their partners, all of whom stand to inherit millions and a taste for revenge.
I loved the plot and the way the author leisurely released details that made me second-guess each time I’d come to a verdict. The entire family is corrupt and delusional which creates many hilarious commotions. All the characters in this book are petty, malicious, and vindictive thus ensuring it was difficult to assume who the murderer was. I especially loved Audrey, Fred’s sister. She was told by Fred that he was changing his will and leaving her half his fortune, except he didn’t, thus sending Audrey into a comical and hysterical frenzy trying to figure out who murdered her brother but more importantly who stopped her from becoming rich. It’s such a twisted narrative as the siblings stuck together yet threw each other under the bus while still being satisfied that one of them did the deed.
This book is perfect for anyone seeking an intense murder mystery as you’re immersed in loads of lies and secrets among all the characters, even the housekeeper/nanny. There are tons of shockers thrown in throughout the book, keeping me hooked until the very end. An ending, by the way, I was not anticipating at all. It is an absolutely gripping book, one that kept me up late at night reading."25th July 2023
The Book of Magic by Alice Hoffman