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Two books I have recently really enjoyed

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Floradora9 Thu 22-Mar-18 13:11:18

Thanks to my local library I can order up to 24 books at a time . I had two really enjoyable ones this week
Joanna Trollope....An Unsuitable Match
Very typical of her writings but I think her main characters are ageing as she is and yes the main character did have an agga .

The Only Girl in The World by Maude Julien
In places this is not an east book to read. The author was in fact a designer baby for her father and he kept her away from normal life until she was 18 . Now 60 she still suffers nightmares about him. She overcame her demons to become a therapist herself.

Ilovecheese Thu 22-Mar-18 14:20:28

Thanks for this FloradoraI've just been online and reserved the Joanna Trollope. I am 8th on the list!

Telly Thu 22-Mar-18 15:21:55

I have just discovered Richmal Crompton. Really enjoyed Frost at Morning published 1950 and have just started another. She wrote Just William, and a lot of other things it would seem. Very well written, bought mine from Amazon for Kindle. Worth a try.

kittylester Thu 22-Mar-18 15:28:01

I always enjoy Joanna Trollope and have just read her latest - I think it's called City of Friends but can't check as I've passed it on.

I am rereading Georgette Heyer too - they are all good!!

JerrySherer Sun 25-Mar-18 10:16:03

Thanks for sharing. I will also look forward to this.

NanKate Mon 02-Apr-18 07:57:22

I came across ‘The Tea Planter’s Wife’ by Dinah Jefferies and have just loved it. Very atmospheric and has put me in the mood to read more books set in the 20s and 30s.

Also read Elly Griffiths’ last Ruth Galloway book (name of book forgotten sorry) set mostly in Italy and it didn’t disappoint. She is one of my favourite authors.

Kittye Mon 02-Apr-18 10:49:50

Just finished 'An Unsuitable Match' ..I really enjoyed it. Be glad of any recommendations of other books to read.

Maggiemaybe Mon 02-Apr-18 11:40:59

Telly, I loved the Just William books, and can remember us all collapsing with laughter when I read them to my DC. Of course there’ll be parts that are unacceptable nowadays, but they were so well written. I’ve never read any other Richmal Crompton, so thanks for the recommendation.

MichaelDismukes Fri 11-May-18 08:35:35

Thank you friends for sharing your view about your good reads. Well i have read Midnight falls by John Evans and it is also good book covering fantasy.

DanniRae Fri 11-May-18 09:04:11

Have just read The Jeweler's Wife by Judith Lennox. I had put it on my Kindle a while ago - I really don't remember why I chose it BUT I loved it. Now I must check to see what else this author has written.

GrannyLondon Wed 16-May-18 22:17:29

I am enjoying the Ruth Galloway novels by Elli Griffiths. I’m only on book 5, so I can’t wait to find out how she ends up in Italy.
My children read William books when they were young & I have put them on my IPod read by Martin Jarvis. Wonderful.

Jalima1108 Wed 16-May-18 22:36:38

Is 'The Only Girl in the World' by the French woman - her father picked a young woman to be the mother of his child Flordora?

nanaK54 Wed 16-May-18 22:39:02

The Light Between Oceans

Day6 Wed 16-May-18 22:48:36

She wrote Just William

Thanks Telly. I really enjoyed the Just William books when I was younger. There's a blast from the past! Will see if I can get Richmal Compton on Kindle.

NanKate I read and enjoyed the Tea Planter's Wife too. I was quite surprised. I think I may have got it as a fee Prime read.

Lovetopaint037 Sat 26-May-18 08:43:20

Also loved The Light Between Oceans. Just finished Eleanor Oliphont is Completely Fine which I really enjoyed. It was at the top of the best seller list in the Times for ages and is now back to number two again.

lemongrove Sat 26-May-18 09:27:27

I have just finished reading Eleanor Oliphant too....marvellous book by Gail Honeyman.
Also just read Dark Matter by Michelle Paver, another good book, set in the past, in the arctic, and unsettling, a ghost story ( or is it?!)Must read her other book Thin Air when I can get hold of it.

midgey Sat 26-May-18 09:38:11

I have just finished Eleanor Oliphant, a great book. Joanna Trollope is a favourite with me too.

TerriBull Sat 26-May-18 10:56:26

Loved, loved, loved "The Heart's Invisible Furies" John Boyne. I've mentioned it before on other forums but can't recommend it enough. Brief synopsis, set in Ireland, starts in 1945, young girl gets pregnant aged 16, kicked out of her home village by parish priest, makes her way to Dublin, her baby boy is adopted by worldly, wealthy couple, growing into an adult with the realisation that he is gay. Set against the backdrop of a harsh, unforgiving time. It's essentially his journey through life and the love and losses he experiences along the way on a path that occasionally coincidentally crosses with that of his birth mother, to an eventual more tolerant and a less judgemental Ireland of recent years. Sublime!

Other than that just finished Ruth Jones's first novel, "Forever Greener" which I enjoyed. Married actress re visits an affair she had with her first love married teacher.

I also very much enjoyed 4th book in "The Seven Sisters" series, "The Pearl Sister" by Lucinda Riley. Slightly barmy premise, millionaire adopts female babies from around the world and names them after the astral Seven Sisters. Each book is devoted to an individual sister discovering her roots. This one delves into 4th sister who has aboriginal origins in Australia. The narrative switches between early 20th century Edinburgh and Australia and Thailand and Australia in the early part of the 21st century. Fast paced escapism.

TerriBull Sat 26-May-18 10:58:25

Oh sorry just realised it was supposed to be "two" books, never mind!

Willow500 Sat 26-May-18 11:06:54

I've just read Nomad by James Swallow - not something I would normally read but really enjoyed it so have moved on to the next one in the series Exile.

I loved Just William when I was young - both the books and the tv series - Violet Elizabeth Bott - I'll thcream and thcream until I'm thick grin

Blinko Sat 26-May-18 18:28:38

I love Georgette Heyer! Well written, plotted and researched. The best of this genre. These Old Shades and the Devil's Cub are among my favourites.

Not that I'm lightweight or anything wink

Greyduster Sun 27-May-18 09:16:40

I have just read ‘Life Class’, by Pat Barker, a novel of set at the time of the First World War, which was recommended to me by another Gransnetter and was both enjoyable and moving. Also ‘Song of Achilles’ by Madeline Miller, who brings Ancient Greece to life almost as consumately as the late Mary Renault.
Willow I downloaded Nomad onto my kindle ages ago and haven't got round to reading it. I will do so.
Terribull I read John Boyne’s ‘House of Special Purpose’. He’s a very good writer.

Fennel Sun 27-May-18 11:43:20

Not long ago I re-read the Just William books - 2nd childhood?
And I'm currently re-reading selected short stories by I B Singer. He wrote historical fiction mostly, about Jewish life in Poland and Russia before WW2.
For some reason I can't read a whole novel these days, prefer short stories, and not too sad. Modern literature seems a bit depressing to me.

Fennel Sun 27-May-18 11:46:53

Just remembered - I did read a novel my daughter lent me -
Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon. Very well written, but the blurb said very funny but it didn't make me laugh.

littleflo Sun 27-May-18 12:52:49

The Mitchel and Markby books by Ann Granger are great fun. Favourite, never fail authors, Marcia Willett, Edith Wharton, Rachel Hore and Rosamunde Pilcher.