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Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden:
Following the story of young Chiyo, this books depiction of becoming a geisha was both entertaining and fascinating. I thoroughly enjoyed the mixture of fact and fiction that was described through Chiyo’s young mind that drew me in and kept me turning pages until the end. Memoirs of a Geisha is definitely an oldie but a goldie, for anyone that would love an insight into the mysterious and controversial culture of the Japanese geisha. – Jenna
Florence Foster Jenkins by Jasper Rees & Nicholas Martin:
There are no other words for this book other than inspirational! Within the first few pages I was drawn in, not only because this book takes you on a roller-coaster of emotion, but because her story is the pure meaning of never giving up and hope never dying. For anyone who loves music, courage and history this book is the one for you. – Louisa
Gallery of the Dead by Chris Carter:
This is the 9th installment of the Robert Hunter series & once again the 9th time I am captivated by Chris Carter’s writing. His descriptive & in depth writing leaves you staying up way past your bed time to help solve the murders and catch the killer!
Detective Hunter & Garcia of the Ultra Violent Crime Unit are once again on the trail of a serial killer, but this time teaming up with the FBI as the killer crosses state lines. With no suspects, no link between the victims & the body count starting to pile up it is a race against time to stop this psychopath before his gallery is complete.
A book not for the faint of heart, but definitely for crime lovers! – Abbey
Breathing Under Water by Sophie Hardcastle:
Powerful is the word that comes to mind for this novel. Set in a sleepy ocean town, Hardcastle has created a character. who’s life is struck with tragedy before it has really even begun. While reading, you are taken on an emotional roller-coaster as Grace, the novels protagonist, deals with grief and regret after a terrible indecent tears her surf-loving family apart. If you love novels by authors such as John Green or Rainbow Rowell, this book is for you. – Aimee
The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart by Holly Ringland:
A beautifully written debut novel, set on an Australian flower farm. At the start of each chapter she has a picture of a beautiful Australian native with a small description of the plant. The story of Alice Hart will tear at your heart strings, as she uses the language of flowers to communicate the things she finds so hard to say. After suffering a terrible abusive childhood Alice finds refuge at her Grandmothers flower farm and finds the beauty of the flowers transport her to another realm. This enchanting novel is hard to put down as Alice transforms her life one tragedy after another. A must read for fans of beautifully written Australian drama. – Colette
We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver:
Everybody who has ever been a parent has at one time or another reflected on their choices be they good or bad. This novel is a narrative of flashbacks told by Eva, the mother of Kevin who murdered seven students, a cafeteria worker and a teacher at his high school. It is purely and simply superbly written! A perfect read for book club’s as I’m sure it will be the pre-cursor for many interesting discussions. – Yvonne
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton:
Kate Morton never disappoints! Windswept whispers of a little girl lost swirl around this cliff top garden as the present is linked to the past by a century old mystery. An unexpected inheritance finally leads to the truth being revealed. – Jan