“Arcadia” by Iain Pears

  "Arcadia" by Iain Pears is a long, complex novel which defeated several members of our group. However, three valiant women succeeded in completing the saga. The prose is easy reading but the book contains several anachronisms which at times confused the story line. The novel is extremely convoluted with ten very clearly defined characters being followed through three separate […]

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The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle by Kirsty Wark

  The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle by Kirsty Wark Kirsty Wark is the respected BBC television presenter. This, her first novel, was mostly a disappointing read for the Page Turners. We are introduced to Elizabeth as a nonagenarian who harps back on her single life and some love but little excitement. She bequeaths her house on the island of Arran […]

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A Love Story by Maureen Richards

True Love by Maureen Richards Sitting quietly on a rocking chair in the corner of the old farmhouse kitchen, resting her weary bones, Beatrice warmed her cold calloused weathered hands, near the log burning stove. The candlelight fell gently across the room, catching a glimpse of her ageing frame. Although time had fetched its cruel grooves of life experiences onto […]

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Ice Trap by Kitty Sewell

  Ice Trap by Kitty Sewell Published 2007 Dafydd Woodruff, a young surgeon, experienced the horror of making a near fatal mistake on the operating table. Very shaken by this he takes a locum position in Northern Canada in a remote community Moose Creek to help overcome the guilt he suffered. He returns to Cardiff and fifteen years later he’s […]

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Stone’s Fall by Iain Pears

  “THE PAGE TURNERS” Stone’s Fall by Iain Pears Pears has inverted the chronology of his tale so that, as the puzzle becomes more intricate, we move backwards from Edwardian London to Paris in 1890 and finally to Venice in 1867, in search of reasons for Stone's death? The use of 3 characters to tell the story was quite intriguing. […]

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The Invention of Wings

The Invention of Wings Sue Monk Kidd Set in the American Deep South “The Invention of Wings” unflinchingly describes the brutality of slavery in vivid and precise detail. The book is the fictionalised history of the Grimke sisters, Sarah and Angelina (Nina), who were at the forefront of the abolitionist and women’s rights movements, wound around the intriguing life story […]

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Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf This book follows a single day in 1923 in the life of Clarissa Dalloway, an upper class London society hostess, preparing for a party. The day interweaves her thoughts, reflections on the past, life choices and actions, with several other characters, including Septimus Smith (a war veteran, suffering from post traumatic stress) and Peter Walsh […]

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January’s Book Choice

  This month we all read a book of our own choice. Coming ‘Highly Recommended’ were a variety of novels: ‘The Dry’ by Jane Harper. ‘And the Mountains Echoed’ by Khaled Husseini. ‘Nutshell’ by Ian Mcewan ‘Such a Long Journey’ by Rohinton Mistry ‘The Devil in the Marshalsea’ by Antonia Hodgson Also, ‘Eggs and Anarchy’ by William Sitwell, a bio-graphical […]

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The Muse by Jessie Burton

The Muse by Jessie Burton The Muse is a follow up novel to Jessie Burton’s very successful first novel The Miniaturist, which has previously been reviewed by the Page Turners. The story is told in two timelines and centres on two creatively gifted young women, Olive Schloss an artist in Spain in the l930’s at the time of the Civil […]

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‘The Quality of Silence’

‘The Quality of Silence’ by Rosamund Lupton Yasmin who is an Astrologist, and her daughter Ruby, who is deaf from birth, have flown to Fairbanks to meet up with her husband Matt, who makes documentary wildlife films. They were met by a policeman who explained that Matt had been staying in Anaktue, a village north of the Artic Circle where […]

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