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The ride of her life : a novel / Ride of her life. by Seilstad, Lorna,

Publication: Grand Rapids, Mich. : Revell, 2012 . 381 p. ; 22 cm. Date: 2012

Old fashioned love set in the 1900's. Good book. Added 28/09/2015 by

Total control / by Baldacci, David,

Publication: London : Simon & Schuster, 1997 . vi, 520 p. ; 24 cm. Date: 1997

Two men cross paths in an airport bathroom and come out as each other. So life goes in a different direction. One to death - the other is a guess. Good book. Added 28/09/2015 by

The collector / by Roberts, Nora,

Publication: . 483 pages ; 24 cm.

Murder, Art and Love. Easy read and human, really good book! Added 28/09/2015 by

Poseidon's arrow / by Cussler, Clive,

Publication: London : Michael Joseph, 2012 . 520 p. : 24 cm. Date: 2012

Definately a fab thriller. Unique and awesome read. Added 28/09/2015 by

Ancient Egypt : everyday life in the land of the Nile / by Brier, Bob,

Publication: . 312 pages : 21 cm.

Spectacular, inciteful, amazing and colourful! Added 28/09/2015 by

Crafting with kids : creative fun for children aged 3-10 / by Woram, Catherine,

Publication: New York, NY : Ryland Peters & Small, 2006 . 126 p. : 25 cm. Date: 2006

No expensive equipment needed. Great for younger kids. Added 28/09/2015 by

Nest / by Simpson, Inga,

Publication: . 296 pages ; 21 cm.

I picked up this book as part of the Reading Challenge at the library and found it a story which quietly drew me in. The descriptions of the birdlife around Jen's home, her relationship with her young student and the terrible event of a child going missing which raises so many memories for Jen. her best friend also went missing when she was at school and the day after her father left and never returned. Jen's art is her solace as she works through her inner demons. I would highly recommend this book. Lynne Added 14/09/2015 by Lynne

Close your eyes / by Robotham, Michael,

Publication: London : Sphere, 2015 . 392 pages ; 24 cm. Date: 2015

Excellent but needs to be read as part of a series. Added 14/09/2015 by Kath

The paper trail : an unexpected history of the world's greatest invention / by Monro, Alexander,

Publication: . 368 pages : 24 cm

A fascinating book which traces the history of paper beginning with the translators responsible for the spread of paper across the east as it was used by theologians, scientists and artists to spread information and ideas. Paper finally reached Europe in 1276 and was indispensable to the scholars and translators during the Renaissance and Reformation. Added 14/09/2015 by Heather

All the light we cannot see / by Doerr, Anthony,

Publication: London : Fourth Estate, 2014 . 496 pages ; 24 cm. Date: 2014

This book is really two parallel stories set during World War II, about two children, growing up in two different countries. In Nazi Germany, a young orphan boy named Werner lives in a children’s home with his young sister. He is exceptionally bright and curious with a knack for fixing radios. His talents in math and science win him a spot in a Youth Academy. This is his only chance of escape from a grim life working in a coal mine. In Paris, France there is a shy redhead named Marie-Laure who lives with her locksmith father who works at a museum. When she goes blind from a degenerative disease at the age of six, her father builds a detailed miniature model of their neighborhood, so she can memorize every street, building and corner by tracing the model with her nimble fingers. When the Germans attack Paris she and her father must flee to the coastal town of Saint-Malo. Added 14/09/2015 by Heather

Valley of hope / by Price, Sarah,

Publication: Morristown, N.J. : Price Publishing, 2012 . 258 p. ; 23 cm. Date: 2012

I found this book had a very slow start to it. It was interesting to me for the way it showed how pressure can effect people. The continued stress Samuel Lapp is under and how those effects spread through the whole community was quite illuminating. Added 01/09/2015 by Sharon

Polymer clay in a day : over 15 exciting projects, from gifts to accessories for the home / by Ralph, Emma.

Publication: London : New Holland. 2004 . 80 p.; 28 cm Date: 2004

Having never worked with polymer clay before, I found this book very interesting. I was surprised at the bright colours you can get. I found some of the projects quite interesting looking, but my favourite by far was the fluorite mokume eggs on page 48. A good read Added 01/09/2015 by Sharon

The rake's challenge / by Elliott, Beth,

Publication: Leicester : Thorpe, 2012 . 321 pages (large print) ; 24 cm. Date: 2012

I'm a fan of Regency romances with Georgette Heyer as my all time favourite author. This book is not as good as Heyer but a very entertaining and good read nevertheless. The heroine and hero have believable problems and the sense of period is well drawn. The little asides of humour add to the pleasure of this book. I would like to see more from Beth Elliott. Recommended.

Rose River / by Osborn, Margareta,

Publication: . 351 pages ; 24 cm.

This is a light weight, somewhat humorous, romance set in the Australian outback. There are lots of this sort of book being published these days and most are a fairly good read. This book is no exception with the plus of the gentle (mostly) humour. Despite its literary lightweight and the reasonably predictable outcome, I like this book as a good, easy, escapist read. The main characters are a city girl and a backblocks 'macho' guy and both are pretty well drawn and understandable. Not bad at all and I'll read more from this author.

Life after life / by Atkinson, Kate,

Publication: London : Doubleday, 2013 . 477 p. ; 24 cm. Date: 2013

A great book, beautifully written. A real page turner yet gentle. Can't wait to read her next book which follows the same family but in a different style. Added 01/08/2015 by Kaye

The invention of fire / by Holsinger, Bruce W.,

Publication: . 459 pages ; 23 cm.

This is a big book (459 pages) but the pace never slackens not the interest dwindle. Set in London during the reign of King Richard (fourteenth century) it features John Gower, a man who holds and sells secrets for a living. Also a poet and a friend of Geoffrey Chaucer. Asked to investigate an especially gory and different series of murders, he runs up against the politics of the day, much more personal and nasty than they are now. Dealing with the invention of a new 'handgonne' (handgun) and the uses to which it may be put proves to be dangerous and very, very devious. The author obviously know his history and brings out the flavour of medieval London, warts and all, until you are almost walking the streets with John. The characters are given to us with all their qualities and their imperfections and the story unfolds in a logical manner, even if this isn't always immediately apparent. This is Bruce Holsinger's second book and I hope the library has, or will obtain, his first one. A really good historical mystery and highly recommended.

Orphan train / by Kline, Christina Baker,

Publication: . 278 pages ; 25 cm

A novel which is well written and explores a chapter of American history when thousands of children who were abandoned by their parent or orphaned in New York were sent by train into the Midwest for other families to claim / adopt/ or use as free labour . Families were split up, babies and younger children were chosen first. The story follows one girl and the impact it had on her life. Running parallel is another story of a modern teenager also abandoned by her mother after the father died. When these two meet the first child is 92 years old. In telling her story she helps the other girl. I really enjoyed this story. Lynne Added 03/07/2015 by Lynne

A match for Marcus Cynster / by Laurens, Stephanie,

Publication: . 392 pages ; 24 cm.

Stephanie Lauren's never fails me for pure excellent escapism on a wet Friday . Once again she is adding to the Cynster clan tales this time with Marcus up in Scotland . His destiny is calling and the Lady Niniver his nemesis . she has been given the heavy mantle of Lady of the Carrick Clan and sworn not to marry as she is scared that she would loose her power and not be able to fulfil her promise to her father. Great story Added 03/07/2015 by Lynne

The dwarf who moved : and other remarkable tales from a life in the law / by Williams, Peter

Publication: . 304 pages ; 24 cm.

This book is a reminder of events that carried headlines in NZ news in their times. Peter Williams was involved as a lawyer and his comments and insights stir memories and offer explanations that are valuable as well as interesting. Added 06/06/2015 by Heather

The secret life of Luke Livingstone / by Norman, Charity,

Publication: . 374 pages ; 24 cm.

I am very glad I pick books by the author not the content, otherwise I would have missed this one. It's one of those books that everyone should read for the good of mankind. If you have ever sniggered at the thought of cross-dressers or transgender people you will find this book sobering and moving and a thoroughly good read. Added 04/06/2015 by Kath

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