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Victoria_Clyne

Victoria_Clyne

Joined January 2017

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The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
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A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson
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Ladies in Black by Madeleine St John
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A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
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The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
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Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
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Lilac Girls: A Novel by Martha Hall Kelly
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Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
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4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster
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Hold by Kirsten Tranter
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The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin
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Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
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The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin
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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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1. Coming home to a warm house.

2. Educated - still thinking about this one.

3. New releases followed by fiction.

4. @Eggs @Joanne1 @Ireadkidlit @LitLeonardo

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This is one of those charming books full of quirky but lovable characters that warm the heart.

After exchanging letters (mostly about books) Sara travels from Sweden to a small town in Iowa, America to meet her pen pal Amy only to discover that she has past away. The town is on the verge of disappearing but the townfolk take Sara under their wings.

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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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The true story of Tara who grows sheltered from society by her survivalist parents. Tara is an impressive individual who has sacrificed for her education and made her own mind up about the world. How no one in her family ended up dying I'll never know. A well written and engaging memoir.

MrsMalaprop I really liked this book, but I know lots of people found her to lack credibility. It‘s fascinating to me how we all perceive books so differently 🤔. 5d
Victoria_Clyne @MrsMalaprop I really liked this one too. I found it to be credible but given what she and her family survived I can understand not being convinced. I also find it fascinating that you can have a different perception depending on when you read the book and what's going on at the time. 4d
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Too Much Lip | Melissa Lucashenko
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Set in Northern New South Wales, Kerry returns to the hometown she fled because her grandfather is dying. Escaping from her past, problems and the law, only to discover that there is a development plan on their sacred family land. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. The language was interspersed with slang and dialect, it evoked great imagery. The characters were real and flawed and mostly very likeable.

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Swimming Lessons | Claire Fuller
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This story is told in two parts. The first is the story of Flora and Nan twelve years after the disappearance of their mother, still dealing with the ramifications and now their father's health is failing. The second is the story of their parents relationship told through a series of letters their mother wrote and hid in books. I enjoyed this book but found it a bit long in parts. I probably loved the story of the relationship more.

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Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward
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Jojo is a 13 year old boy coming to terms with life. His grandmother is dying, his Dad is in jail, his mother is a drug user and he's doing his best to cope with all of that and look after his little sister. Add to all this he sees and can talk to ghosts. I really enjoyed this. I really felt for Jojo, he's taken a lot on his young shoulders. It was beautifully written and very vivid in its descriptions.

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Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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This is a multi-generational story about two branches of the same family. I quite enjoyed this one though I did get a bit confused with the characters. I listened to the audiobook but apparently the physical book has a family tree which would have made it easier. Really interesting characters and story line touching on history I wasn't that familiar with.

Sace I read the physical copy and I referred to the family tree often. 1mo
Victoria_Clyne @Sace I thought it might come in handy. 1mo
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Lily and the Octopus | Steven Rowley
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The story of a man fighting for his aging dog, the love of his life. I was with this book for most of the way but it lost be a bit when they were on the boat in the thunderstorm.

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Wimmera | Mark Brandi
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What a great read. I really enjoyed this one. I grew up not far from where this is set so the descriptions really brought home images of my childhood. Great characters and descriptions. Really looking forward to reading another Mark Brandi book.

Joanne1 You should try his second one. It‘s quite different. 22h
Victoria_Clyne @Joanne1 stacked. Thanks for the recommendation. 20h
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Little Gods | Jenny Ackland
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A coming of age story of a curious girl trying to uncover her family's secrets. I found Olive to be brave and intelligent. Unfortunately I figured out the end. I loved the way the characters were written and the adult females all seemed to be battling their own trauma.

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Wonder | R. J. Palacio
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This is the lovely story of a young deformed boy who starts school for the first time. Its told over the course of a year from various points of view as August struggles trying to fit in and finally gaining acceptance. Its a beautiful book and I can't wait for my kids to be old enough to share this with.

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Ache | Eliza Henry-Jones
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This is the story of Annie and her daughter trying to overcome the grief and trauma of surviving a bushfire. I found this quite evocative and it had me thinking of Black Saturday. I'm not sure if it was the way it was written or the narrator but I found the voice of the daughter annoying, which detracted from my enjoyment.

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The Dogs and the Wolves | Irne Nmirovsky, Sandra Smith
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I fell in love with Irene Nemirovsky when I first read Suite Francaise. And whilst I didn't enjoy this one quite as much it was still a really great read. I love the language that Nemirovsky uses. I find her books beautifully written and evocative. This one is the tragic love story of Ada and Harry and I wished it had a happier ending for Ada.

Lcsmcat ❤️ her books. I didn‘t know this one had been translated. Now I can recommend it to all my friends. 😀 3mo
Victoria_Clyne @Lcsmcat I've always wondered what they would be like in French and how much is lost in the translation. 3mo
Lcsmcat I‘ve read her in both languages but never side by side, so I don‘t know. But I think her translator does a good job. 3mo
Victoria_Clyne @Lcsmcat I agree. I think the tanslator does a great job. 3mo
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Spinning Silver | Naomi Novik
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This is modern fairytale loosely based on Rumplestilskin. I liked the way that the main characters were females who were underestimated yet determined. It is well written with great imagery. A bit of a slow burn but a great read.

Asthecroweflies One of my favs!! ❤️❤️ 3mo
Victoria_Clyne Its the first Naomi Novik I've read. I'll definitely be giving another of her books a go. 3mo
tpixie @BrainyHeroine You might like this retelling! 2mo
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Another in the Phryne Fisher series. I love a bit of Phryne. She is great for getting you out of the book doldrums. A good fun mystery.

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The Little Prince | Antoine de Saint-Exupry
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I enjoyed this book but I'm a little disappointed that I didn't love it. I sometimes find with classics that I'm left wondering whether I've missed something because I didn't love it. I read this while commuting so potentially I did miss something as I kept nodding off thanks to my 19 month old who doesn't sleep through. The message was sweet and I loved the dedication. My copy also included Letter to a Hostage which I found moving.

DivineDiana I felt the same way. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 3mo
tpixie Sometimes I think it‘s just the timing of when we read it. This book has moved me so much and I don‘t know why and it still evokes very strong emotions from me as a 79-year-old woman. Oh my God I‘m 59! Lol. I loved a wrinkle in time is a child but when I read it as an adult before the movie came out it did not grab me like it had previously. 2mo
Victoria_Clyne I totally agree @tpixie The first time I read The Inheritance of Loss I didn't really enjoy but the second time around was a different story. 2mo
tpixie @Victoria_Clyne isn‘t that interesting? I guess that means we are different people at different times of our lives. Having our experiences mold us differently along the way. ♥️😊📚♥️ 2mo
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The Widow | Fiona Barton
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I wasn't sure how I was going to go with this book given what the husband was accused of but I quite enjoyed it. I liked that it was told from several characters point of view and that it covered how Jean felt then and now. I listened to this and there was an interesting interview between the author and narrator at the end. Looking forward to reading the next one in the series, the series is about Kate the reporter.

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The Angel's Game | Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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I think that I read this book at entirely the wrong time. It was an extremely busy time and I couldn't focus on the storyline enough to enjoy this to the fullest. The language was beautiful and I will definitely consider rereading this when my mind is a little less preoccupied.

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Standard Deviation | Katherine Heiny
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I really enjoyed this one but I'm not sure why. Its the story of a couple and their son from New York, nothing dramatic happens to them, they're just living their ordinary lives. I don't usually like books like this but this one was very readable. Its told from Graham's perspective. I loved his insights into his family and life in general. Reading it felt a bit like a guilty pleasure.

squirrelbrain I really like this one too and, like you, I don‘t know why! 4mo
Victoria_Clyne @squirrelbrain I know this type of book normally bores me, its right up my sister's alley though. I think it says a lot about the writing. 4mo
LeeRHarry I laughed out loud a couple of times in this one, would be keen to read more from this author. 😊 4mo
CarolynM I'm a fan of this book too. 4mo
Victoria_Clyne Me too @LeeRHarry and @CarolynM. Its quite the find. 4mo
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The Widow Of Ballarat | Darry Fraser
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To be honest I'm not sure why I picked this book, I usually avoid romances. But as romances go this is fairly mild and I found it quite enjoyable. An easy read with clearly defined heroes and villians.

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Twelve Years a Slave | Solomon Northup
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I want to say that I enjoyed this book but it feels wrong to say that about a book on slavery. It was a well told biography. I did this on audio book and the narrator (Hugh Quarshie) was fabulous.

Joanne1 It doesn‘t read like a book written over 150 years ago does it. 4mo
Victoria_Clyne @Joanne1 it certainly does not sound like it was written 150 years ago. The language is very accessible. 4mo
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IN THIS MOMENT | Karma Brown
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I think this only a So-So for me because I found it a bit long winded at times. I can understand and have empathy for the amount a guilt Meg felt but I did spend parts of the book screaming (in my head) about the choices she was making. I think this kind of investment in the characters is a sign of good writing.

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I read this at the same time as 'The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters' which I think was a mistake. There are similar elements with both books which made it hard not to compare. And in my opinion Secret Lives was better. Having said that its a good read.

seaves582 It make me feel good you rated this the same as me. I read this not right, but close after another Indian book - The Golden Son. This one just didn‘t hold up. (edited) 4mo
Victoria_Clyne @seaves582 that's exactly how I felt. It makes me wonder if I would have enjoyed it more if I had read it first. 4mo
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This was a good fun read. I loved that it was told from each of the sisters points of view. They all had different and individual voices. The descriptions were great as I visualise what was happening.

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It has been so long since I last posted, I'm so far behind with reviews. Thankfully work seems to be finally slowing down. And hopefully I'm coming out of my slump. Hooray!

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Paper Bag Princess | Robert N Munsch
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And I just love buying books for the kids.

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All I can say is #blameitonLitsy.

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This is a charming novel. Its been years since I watched the movie which I loved and will now have to rewatch. I think having seen the movie made it easier to follow the story given all the jumping in time. Having said that I thought the the author made it very clear where you were in time. I enjoyed all the little side stories that didn't make into the movie and the different devices used to tell the story (newsletter, news paper articles, etc).

Nebklvr This is my bookclub‘s selection for this week. Need to get on it 7mo
Jeg Loved this book when I read it just after it was published. 7mo
Victoria_Clyne I hope you enjoy it @Nebklvr 7mo
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Goodwood | Holly Throsby
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Set in a small country, life is quiet until two residents go missing within the space of a week. How the town copes and mystery unfolds is told from the point of view of seventeen year old Jean. I quite liked the story and way it was told, though there was a bit of teenage angst.

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I Am Brave | Jen Porter
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This little one decided to have a read this morning.

Jeg 😍😍 7mo
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Sally goes to bed one night and wakes up the next morning in the back of a taxi hundreds of kilometers from home with no idea of how she got there. This sounded like a great psychological thriller but I was somewhat disappointed. I picked the ending early on and it felt too bogged down in domesticity. And if I'm honest Sally being home two young children and fighting to get all the sleep you can for the youngest is a little too close to home.

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My little ones decided they wanted to read this afternoon.

CarolynM 😍 7mo
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I finished this one a while ago (behind again with my reviews), coincidentally I read it whilst the George Pell trial was going on. Father Frank Docherty returns to Australia to speak at a conference on abuse by the clery only to have two victims reveal themselves and their stories to him. An interesting read with being horrific but maybe a bit too light given the subject matter.

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I'm a Dirty Dinosaur | Janeen Brian
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And the kids' book haul. I was fortunate enough to get the tagged book signed up the illustrator.

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My book haul from Clunes Booktown. Only went for a day this year, it was a lovely day.

Suet624 So fun to have a stack of new books. 😊 7mo
Victoria_Clyne I know @Suet624 And I don't do it very often but I always make the most of Booktown. 7mo
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The story starts when Alice leaves her home as a young girl after a family tragedy and follows her as she grows into her own person. Along the way she discovers long held family secrets and strengths she didn't know she had. The descriptions of environment and the flowers were beautiful and evocative. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Will definitely be reading more by Holly Ringland. And I love the cover.

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Salt Houses | Hala Alyan
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An interesting novel of an Middle Eastern family told by various members of the family at key historical points in time. I liked reading about their everyday lives and the impact of or reaction to the historical events but overall felt that it was too slow for me.

Kshakal Completely agree 8mo
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Ambulance, Ambulance! | Sally Sutton
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The kids and I went to the library today to swap books over. And whilst we didn't get to see our favourite librarian, Auntie Jo, the kids were so excited by their new books they had to read them on the way home. Lachie was so engrossed in his book he also read it at lunch.

TrishB Lovely ❤️ 9mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 9mo
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This is look at the investigation and trial in the aftermath of the 2009 Black Saturday fires at Churchill. Hooper takes an in depth analysis of incidents in Australia and tries to present both sides. In this one part one is from the point of view of the police, the second the defence attorney and the third is a summary. This is the second book of hers I've read and its just confirmed how much I enjoy her work.

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This is look at the investigation and trial in the aftermath of the 2009 Black Saturday fires at Churchill. Hooper takes an in depth analysis of incidents in Australia and tries to present both sides. In this one part one is from the point of view of the police, the second the defence attorney and the third is a summary. This is the second book of hers I've read and its just confirmed how much I enjoy her work.

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An utterly charming story of a boy trying to find his way in the world through trying circumstances whilst on a boys own adventure. Not that Alex realises that they are trying, he only seems to see the good. The story is told through a series of audio recordings. I did this as an audiobook and I think it enhanced the experience. A great read.

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Final Girls | Riley Sager
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Quincy survived an horrific massacre making her a Final Girl. Final Girls, Lisa is found dead and Sam shows up on Quincy's doorstep. The story of what happened to Quincy is slowly revealed as Quincy gets to know Sam. A real page turner, I did not pick the ending.

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This is book of email correspondence between Bob and a variety of email scammers. I can't believe how far Bob went in his emails. A funny read if a bit repetitive. I did this as an audiobook and I think the narrator added to the experience.

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American War | Omar El Akkad
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Now this was an interesting read. Its set in the future where today's climatical concerns have been realised. Causing the American borders to change and civil war to break out. The premise makes you sit back and take stock of the current situation. It was well told, I loved the descriptions (had very clear images) and found the characters fantastic ( I wss concerned for them).

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All the Missing Girls | Megan Miranda
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I seem to be on a bit of a thriller bent at the moment. This one is the story two girls from a small town go missing ten years apart. The story is told a day at a time but in reverse order. I really liked how this teased out the details, left you wondering what was going to happen next. A great read.

Joanne1 Audio? 10mo
Victoria_Clyne Yep, borrowbox. 10mo
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The Marriage Pact: A Novel | Michelle Richmond
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The story of newlyweds who join an exclusive group whose intention is support and strengthen their marriage. An thrilling read that had me on the edge of my seat. Will definitely be reading more by this author.

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Shylock Is My Name | Howard Jacobson
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This is part of the Hogarth series where they retell Shakespeare. This one is based on the Merchant of Venice which I haven't read. I'm not sure if its where my mind is at the moment or if its the book but I struggled with this one. It felt very philosophical and I couldn't work out if Shylock was a real person or Strulovitch's conscience. I did it as an audio and loved the narrator.

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Eligible | Curtis Sittenfeld
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This is a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice. Whilst I enjoyed it and struggled at times to put it down, to the be honest I think I would have enjoyed it more if I didn't know it was supposed to be a retelling. Personally I didn't agree with some of choices the author made in modernising the classic. Reading reviews there seems to be a real divide between people who loved it and those that didn't. I will be reading more of the Austin Project.

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Breathing Under Water | Sophie Hardcastle
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This is the story of how a family survives the loss of their son and brother. Set in a small Australian coastal town I loved the descriptions. A great read if a little long in the middle.

Lizpixie I loved this book! Made me cry 😢 11mo
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Are You Sleeping | Kathleen Barber
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Oh my gosh this was such a good book. Had me on the edge of my seat, couldn't wait to pick it up to continue reading. I'd borrowed this a couple of times before starting and something else always came up. Can't believe I waited to read it.

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