Simply Nigella

Simply Nigella

Every second recipe I cook in my every day life is a Nigella recipe. I own almost every one of her books. This one however, I borrowed from the library instead of buying, and there is only one recipe that I will use regularly. Has she changed, or have I? I’m not sure, but it just doesn’t grab me. The recipes are a bit “healthier” than those in earlier books – chia pudding, pickled vegetables – but there is a big sweet section. If you have a pomegranate tree, you need to borrow this book, but I prefer Feast, Forever Summer and Kitchen.

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The revelation code

The Revalation Code - Cynthia

I am always a little bit sad when the next book in a favourite series disappoints. I have enjoyed the thrills and runaway action of this series featuring Nina and Eddie. The latest offering in this series still had these trademark elements but I did not enjoy it as much as previous books. I think it was because Nina was pregnant – and it was a major part of the plot, being mentioned very often. It was too big of an obstacle for me, as I read Nina being flung around and facing bullets. It will be interesting to see how Andy McDermott will continue this series with Eddie and Nina being parents.

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Sharon - Thirst

Despite the implausibility of two children surviving in an Australian desert I enjoyed this story. 14 year old Karanda’s character was raw and unlikeable on the outside, but her vulnerability built as she grew to accept the presence of Solomon. This book opened my eyes to the necessities of life; not only food and water, but if children are to thrive and become resilient adults we also need family and love. Not recommended to adults who will focus on the inadequacies of the setting but targeted more to juniors eight years and older who will recognise themselves in the characters.



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Safe harbour

Cynthia Safe Harbour

The story carried me along at a fast pace straight from the beginning chapter when a yachtsman is rescued from the ocean by Darcy. Over the next couple of days we find out who the stranger is and what danger he places Darcy in. Darcy’s family has secrets as well which come crashing out. Tie in some romance and it makes for an enjoyable story.

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The bungalow

Cynthia Bungalow

Another great read from Sarah Jio. I was immediately transported into the story of Anne who shares her story with her grandaughter. Anne trained as a nurse and goes to serve on an island in the Pacific during World War 2. What happens there is life changing for Anne. Sarah looses one star in the review for the way that the ending of the story quickly wraps up – all very neatly. Bungalow is a lovely story of enduring love that I enjoyed reading.

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The debs of Bletchley Park

Amy - Debs of Bletchley Park

My Granny was somehow involved with Bletchley Park, Churchill and MI6, before marrying my Australian grandfather. Reading personal stories of the English codebreakers during WWI is always going to bring the history to life, but especially so when there is a family connection. This book is about the women who worked at Bletchley and its outstations, in an extraordinary climate of near equality, a sense of real achievement and camaraderie that so many look back on fondly.

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A man called Ove

A Man called Ove

This book will become one of my almost universal recommendations. It’s funny, sweet, poignant and moving. Ove is a curmudgeonly old neighbour, barely putting up with those around him, who slowly finds new purpose in his life. There’s nothing new here, and at the end I felt it added up to a bit too much, but A Man Called Ove is an uplifting book about friendship, loyalty, community, belonging and love, and I enjoyed it very much.

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