Saving Hope by Liese Sherwood-Fabre
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Book Review: Saving Hope-Liese Sherwood Fabre

Blurb In one of Siberia’s formerly closed cities, Alexandra Pavlova, an unemployed microbiologist, struggles to save her daughter’s life. When she turns to Vladimir, her oldest friend, for help, she’s drawn into Russia’s underworld. His business dealings with the Iranians come to the attention of Sergei Borisov, an FSB (formerly the KGB) agent. Alexandra finds herself joining forces with Sergei…

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Foreign Affairs by Alison Lurrie
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Foreign Affairs by Alison Lurie

Did I miss something as to why this book received a Pulitzer Prize? I struggled through the book. I refused to give up on it because it was a book club read. One word to sum it up: B. O. R. I. N. G! Three quarters of the time I kept asking myself where this book was headed. In summary…

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Things and Things in 2018

The last quarter of 2017 was a challenge for me in relation to blogging. First this site was hacked several times and the hosting account was suspended on a number of occasions. It was an interesting experience because I was forced by circumstances to learn a thing or two about internet security. The blog started off as a book and…

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The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
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A Review the Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

About the Nightingale Despite their differences, sisters Vianne and Isabelle have always been close. Younger, bolder Isabelle lives in Paris while Vianne is content with life in the French countryside with her husband Antoine and their daughter. But when the Second World War strikes, Antoine is sent off to fight and Vianne finds herself isolated so Isabelle is sent by…

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A tale of two cities Charles Dickens
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A Tale of Two Cities

About A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities portrays a world on fire, split between Paris and London during the brutal and bloody events of the French Revolution. After eighteen years as a political prisoner in the Bastille the aging Dr Manette is finally released and reunited with his daughter in England. There, two very different men, Charles…

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Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta
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A Review of Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta

About Under the Udala Trees Ijeoma comes of age as her nation does; born before independence, she is eleven when civil war breaks out in the young republic of Nigeria. Sent away to safety, she meets another displaced child and they, star-crossed, fall in love. They are from different ethnic communities. They are also both girls. When their love is…

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Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
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A Review of Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

About Year of Yes As a self-described introvert with three hit television shows and three kids at home, Shonda Rhimes had plenty of reason to say no. Then came Thanks-giving 2013 when Shonda’s sister Delorse muttered six little words at her: You never say yes to anything. Those six words became a wakeup call- and a challenge. She committed, for…

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Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
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A Review of Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

About Homegoing Ghana, eighteenth century: two half sisters are born into different villages, each unaware of the other. One will marry an Englishman and lead a life of comfort in the palatial rooms of the Cape Coast Castle. The other will be captured in a raid on her village, imprisoned in the very same castle, and sold into slavery. Homegoing follows…

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Cliques by Diana Gitau
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A Review of Cliques by Diana Gitau

About Cliques: Soila arrives at the new school filled with hope that this may be the place that will provide her with a second chance, a different place where she could fit in and make friends. The beautiful serene environment and warm reception from her principal and school sister convinces her that this time her story will be different. But…

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Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
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A review of Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

About Eat, Pray, Love In her early thirties, Elizabeth Gilbert had everything a modern American woman was supposed to want—husband, country home, successful career—but instead of feeling happy and fulfilled, she was consumed by panic and confusion. This wise and rapturous book is the story of how she left behind all these outward marks of success, and set out to…

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