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Beneath an Irish sky / by Connor, Isabella,

Publication: Camberley, Surrey : Choc Lit Ltd, 2013 . 414 pages ; 20 cm. Date: 2013

Isabella Connor is the pen name for a writing duo and quite new to me. This book chronicles the storyof the wealthy and almost aristocratic Stewart family and their involvement with the Kiernan family of Irish tinkers or travelling people. Jack Stewart's wife, a Kiernan, had left him shortly after their marriage some twenty years ago and now has been killed in a road accident, leaving a 20 year old son, Luke, who hates his putative father, Jack Stewart. With a few, easily followed, flashbacks we slowly come to understand the reasons for the strong feelings which both these men hold. With the help of friends, especially an Irish counsellor, the difficulties and misunderstandings are slowly resolved. Well written in a style easy to follow, this is a very believable tale. I will be looking for more from this author (s). Well recommended

Around India in 80 trains / by Rajesh, Monica,

Publication: London : Nicholas Brealey, 2012 . xix, 248 p. ; 22 cm. Date: 2012

This book is a delight! Monisha has largely grown up in England, but returns to India to embark on a 40,000km adventure in all sorts of trains - city commuter-crowded, rural hospital, mountain tiny, large luxury - all sorts! She meets all sorts of people too and they tell her all sorts of stories. Well-written, witty humorous and enjoyable . Added 19/11/2014 by Heather

Blackpeak Station / by Ford, Holly,

Publication: Auckland, N.Z. : Black Swan, 2012 . 312 pages ; 24 cm. Date: 2012

Holly Ford is a new author for me and I quite enjoyed this book of hers. Set in the South Island high country, it tells the story of a high country station and, in particular, the daughter of the family who only wants to be a farmer, despite difficulties. Add in the usual problems encountered on a sheep station plus quite a dash of romance, a villain you just know is not honest and you have this book. Well written and either well researched or, perhaps, Ms Ford knows the high country. Recommended to all those who like books set in NZ.

Ultimate celebration cards : over 200 card designs for special occasions throughout the year /

Publication: Cincinnati, OH : David & Charles, 2008 . 184 p. : 28 cm. Date: 2008

I enjoyed leafing through and choosing designs to try. Not all the occasions likely to be relevant ( USA book ) but plenty to think about. Added 22/10/2014 by

Bugs / by Hereaka, Whiti,

Publication: . 242 p. ; 19 cm.

I longed for the 3 young people to realize their potential. I waited in fear as they put themselves in danger. I was grateful for some good news at the end. Some interesting and hard-hitting insights. Coarse language warning. Added 22/10/2014 by

The fault in our stars / by Green, John,

Publication: New York : Dutton Books, 2012 . 318 p. ; 22 cm. Date: 2012

I knew what was coming at the end. SAD! But can't help wondering what happens to Hazel and Issac? Loved the book! Added 21/10/2014 by

Heartland / by Pattrick, Jenny,

Publication: . 328 pages ; 24 cm.

A heartwarming tale set in Heartland NZ. Manawa, a small rural settlement in the shadow of Ruapehu. It used to be a bustling logging town but now seems to be inhabited by the sad remnants of modern life. They battle bureaucracy, weekend 'townies' and the weather but look out for each other in their own brand of community spirit. A reminder of how things used to be.

New Zealand and the First World War : 1914-1919 / by Fenton, Damien,

Publication: . 111 pages ; 30 cm

Sad that it should have happened. Added 20/10/2014 by

The redeemer / by Nesbø, Jo,

Publication: London : Vintage, 2009 . 571 p. : 20 cm. Date: 2009

Confusing: No flow. Added 20/10/2014 by

Stolen / by Pearse, Lesley,

Publication: London : Michael Joseph, 2010 . 386 p. : 28 Date: 2010

A bit far fetched in some parts. Added 20/10/2014 by

Takedown twenty / by Evanovich, Janet,

Publication: [New York] : Random House Large Print, 2013 . 352 p. (large print) ; 24 cm. Date: 2013

This is the funniest book I think I have ever read. Enjoyment was great. Added 20/10/2014 by

Beyond the state : New Zealand state houses from modest to modern / by Stevens, Andrea,

Publication: Auckland : Penguin Books, 2014 . 288 pages : 28 cm. Date: 2014

Documented changes through the years. Interesting, good photographs. Added 20/10/2014 by

Storm / For young adults. by Kemmerer, Brigid,

Publication: Crows Nest, N.S.W. : Allen & Unwin, 2012 . 343 p. ; 21 cm. Date: 2012

Remarkably Good. Added 20/10/2014 by

Silent witnesses : a history of forensic science / by McCrery, Nigel,

Publication: . 264 pages ; 20 cm.

Better than a who done it. Added 20/10/2014 by

Red dust / by McDonald, Fleur,

Publication: Crows Nest, N.S.W. : Allen & Unwin, 2009 . viii, 350 pages ; 20 cm. Date: 2009

An insight into rural life in another country and the problems they have. Added 20/10/2014 by

A song for Issy Bradley : a novel / by Bray, Carys,

Publication: . 399 pages ; 20 cm.

I had to keep reading to find out how everything was resolved - or not. It was compelling. Added 20/10/2014 by

A perfect life : a novel / by Steel, Danielle,

Publication: New York : Delacorte Press, 2014 . 306 pages ; 24 cm. Date: 2014

Sort of knew what was going to happen before I turned the page. Still enjoyed it though. Added 20/10/2014 by

Dark road / by Rankin, Ian,

Publication: . 214 pages ; 23 cm.

Would be easier to see the play. Added 20/10/2014 by

Unlucky 13 / by Patterson, James,

Publication: London : Century, 2014 . 368 pages ; 24 cm. Date: 2014

Action packed read filled with love, suspense and thrills. Really nice read. Added 09/10/2014 by

Came a hot Friday / by Morrieson, Ronald Hugh,

Publication: Auckland, N.Z. : Penguin, 1981 . 234 p. ; 18 cm. Date: 1981

A blokey "Barry Crumpish" type of book filled with an excess of drinking and smoking. It's a complicated book that didn't gel. The heavy drinking and smoking throughout the book is distasteful. Added 09/10/2014 by

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