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Deals of the Moment- April 2019


Every month amazon has a set of kindle monthly deals. Whenever there are deals of interest I post on here. Links are associate links but money goes back into the blog.

So I’m going to briefly talk about the books I’ve read which are on offer, and those that I have bought myself. Why I liked them/bought them, and what they are about. End links are to the amazon page, any other links are to my reviews.

Please note prices are correct at time of publishing and may be subject to change.

The 8th gen. kindle is also currently on offer for £49.99

and the Paperwhite for £99.99


Grief is the Thing With Feathers- Max Porter

Is a strange, sad, and beautiful book about a family comforted by a crow after the death of their mother/wife.

Buy it for just £2.59



The House at Riverton- Kate Morton

The Story surrounding the suicide of a poet and family secrets. An engaging mystery which I really enjoyed

You can buy it…here (only £0.99)



Moab is my Washpot- Stephen Fry

The first of Stephen Fry’s autobiographies detailing his childhood years. I love Fry’s wit and comedy so this was a really enjoyable one for me, although I possibly prefer his second.

Buy here (only £0.99) 



Oddjobs- Heide Goody and Iain Grant

The government knows the apocalypse is coming, but they want it to go smoothly. That’s why they set up an agency for it.

This is a funny book with its share of excitement. Plus it’s set in Birmingham, which is always a plus!

You can buy it…here (only £0.99)


Like Water for Chocolate- Laura Esquivel

I remember very little about ‘Like Water for Chocolate’ except that it was strange, about love, and had recipes in it. I must have enjoyed it though because I still have it even after my move

Buy it…here (only £1.99)


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The Lake House- Kate Morton


Synopsis

Whilst on enforced holiday police officer Sadie Sparrow stumbles across an abandoned house that holds a secret. 70 years ago a young child went missing and was never found. Sadie decides to revisit the case and see if she can solve it.

Reveiw

I really enjoy Kate Morton’s books, I like the combinations of mystery, history and relationships. The Lake House is a little bit different, it has more of a ‘standard’ mystery story about it, mainly because it involves an unsolved crime and the actual police where her others are generally more about the people who are involved in the mystery. It still definitely had her personal element, looking at the way the past had affected people now. From how Sadie’s own past had an effect on her to how the child’s own family had been affected by his disappearance.

There were a lot of theories banded about, at first I thought that maybe ‘The Lake House’ was an earlier book by Morton which had been republished because I always felt I was one step ahead of Sadie. Thinking about it a bit more closely though I think that made me be more closely entangled with what Sadie was thinking, and I had more information than Sadie as the book would shift between times, and included sections where you saw into the minds of different people involved.  This gave not just a good look into the mystery, but also a look at the lives and minds of those involved.

There were a couple of things I disliked I thought that (highlight for spoiler) Constance’s killing of Mr LLewellyn just didn’t seem like it was really needed for the story and I found that (highlight for spoiler)Bertie actually being Theo was just a bit too convenient, it fact it slightly spoiled the end of the book for me, maybe I just like a few loose ends.  It didn’t quite hold my attention as well as other Morton books either.

3.5/5

Buy it:

Kindle (£4.74)

Paperback (£5.59)

Hardback (£14.99)

Other reviews:

The Book Musings

Silver’s Reviews

Did I miss your review? Leave me a link in comments and I will add it here

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Deals of the Moment- June


Every month amazon has a set of kindle monthly deals. This in the post where I talk about any books which are of interest.

So I’m going to briefly talk about the books I’ve read which are on offer, and those that I have bought myself. Why I liked them/bought them, and what they are about. End links are to the amazon page, any other links are to my reviews. Amazon links are affiliate links but any money made goes back into the blog (e.g. for giveaways)

Please note prices are correct at time of publishing and may be subject to change.


1,411 QI Facts To Knock You Sideways

I’ve read a few QI books and they are interesting whilst still being easy reads. I’ve not read this one, and the fact books are good for a quick flick (although probably better in hardcopy) so I will probably buy it.

Buy it…here (only £2.59)


The Distant Hours- Kate Morton

I really like the gothic feel of Kate Morton books, and for a long time The Distant Hours was my favourite by her. It’s a bit of a mystery story about three sisters.

You can buy it…here (only £1.49)


The Princess Bride- William Goldman

Lots of people love the film ‘The Princess Bride’ but I’m more of a fan of the book. It’s just funny, and adventurous, and a little romantic. I’m concerned that the footnotes (which are a bit part of the humour) would get jumbled in the ebook version though, they’ve never quite worked in ebooks in my experience.

You can buy it…here. (only £1.59)


Fallen Angels- Tracy Chevalier

On one of my previous deals of the moment posts I considered a Tracy Chevalier book, but in the end didn’t buy it. I still sort of want to read another one after reading and liking The Girl With the Pearl Earring. This one is about friendship in the Victorian age

You can buy it…here (only £1.99)


The Elements of Eloquence- Mark Forsyth

I’ve spoken before about how much I love Forsyth’s books about language. The Elements of Eloquence is about constructing your writing, and should be on the school syllabus, it’s interesting, knowledgable, and readable

You can buy it…here (only £2.59)


 

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Deals of the Moment- December


Every month amazon has a set of kindle monthly deals. Usually I tweet about the interesting deals and leave it at that, but a couple of months ago I decided to try sharing them more widely. There was nothing of interest last month but this month they have holiday offers too and there are a few interesting offers there

So I’m going to briefly talk about the books I’ve read which are on offer, and those that I have bought myself. Why I liked them/bought them, and what they are about. End links are to the amazon page, any other links are to my reviews.

Please note prices are correct at time of publishing and may be subject to change.


 

The Humans: An A to Z- Matt Haig

This is one I bought. A ‘guide’ for being human

I bought this one because I loved The Humans. You can buy it…here (only £0.99)


The Forgotten Garden- Kate Morton

The Forgotten Garden was my introduction to Morton from my pre-blogging days. I’ve since read all of Morton’s books, and whilst this is no longer my favourite (That’s probably The Distant Hours) it’s still one of her best. It looks into the mysteries in the past of a family and has Morton’s usual slightly gothic feel. You can buy it…here (only £1.79)


Bodies of Light- Sarah Moss

I’m interested in Bodies of Light because I enjoyed Moss’ other novel Night Waking, The two stories are linked with the main character of Bodies of Light being the sister of the main character in Night Waking. In Bodies of Light the main character is constantly striving to impress and gain affection from her mother. I’ve not bought it because I am unsure of the story itself. You can buy it…here. (only £2.49)

 


The Horologicon- Mark Forsyth

I really love the language books by Forsyth. I’ve read and loved The Etymologicon, The Horologicon and The Elements of Eloquence and thoroughly recommend them all. They’re smart, witty and humorous.

You can buy The Horologicon…here (only £0.99)


Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet- Jamie Ford


Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is one of my favourite novels set during wartime. (It’s even in The List). It’s about Japanese-Americans during the second world war. You can buy it…here (only £0.99)



The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Trilogy in Five Parts- Douglas Adams

I must admit I think this one is a real bargain. Funny, geeky, quirky, I love The Hitchhiker’s Guide which follows Arthur Dent a guy who occidentally goes hitchhiking across space when Earth is destroyed. You can buy it…here (only £2.29)


 

 

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The Distant Hours- Kate Morton


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Synopsis (from Amazon)

Edie Burchill and her mother have never been close, but when a long lost letter arrives with the return address of Milderhurst Castle, Kent, printed on its envelope, Edie begins to suspect that her mother’s emotional distance masks an old secret.

Evacuated from London as a thirteen year old girl, Edie’s mother is chosen by the mysterious Juniper Blythe, and taken to live at Millderhurst Castle with the Blythe family.

Fifty years later, Edie too is drawn to Milderhurst and the eccentric Sisters Blythe. Old ladies now, the three still live together, the twins nursing Juniper, whose abandonment by her fiancé in 1941 plunged her into madness.

Inside the decaying castle, Edie begins to unravel her mother’s past. But there are other secrets hidden in the stones of Milderhurst Castle, and Edie is about to learn more than she expected. The truth of what happened in the distant hours has been waiting a long time for someone to find it . . .

Review

Well I must say this kept me on the edge of my seat right to the very end. At one point when I thought we would never find out all the secrets I was actually shouting at the book “But what happened?!” It may have been better if one of the secrets wasn’t revealed (highlight for spoiler) If one wasn’t I would have chosen Juniper’s secret about the blood on her clothes simply because what I thought it would be it wasn’t and it was the one that had me shouting at the book. It would have added a bit of a puzzle for the reader to try to work out if not all the secrets were revealed, but seeing as I was getting frustrated when I just thought a secret wouldn’t be revealed maybe it is a good thing there was nothing left to wonder about.

I found the way Kate Morton wove the different secrets into the story was really clever. A number of times I was convinced I had worked out a secret only to find that everything I thought had been evidence really wasn’t. It was clever the way Morton walked the reader down  one path only to suddenly veer off in another direction, which I at least never expected.

I found the characters quite engaging. Only real problem was that there seemed to be to many similarities between Saffy, young Meredith and Edie. I could understand with Edie and Meredith, I imagine that some of Meredith would have rubbed off on Edie, even though Meredith had changed by then.

I can’t say I really liked Percy, although there was something about her strength and her loyalty that I admired, and I certainly found her an interesting character to read. In some ways Percy was the hardest character to figure out. Immediately she seemed quite straight forward but as more secrets were revealed the reader is made to challenge their perceptions. . She seemed very controlling, but her intentions, at least, were good.

I found Juniper’s character very interesting too, although I found her more likeable than Percy. I’m still not entirely sure I have her figured out.

Only real problem I had with The Distant Hours is that it took a while to get going. Despite the fact that I had been really looking forward to reading it I had started planning a disappointed review by the end of the first chapter. I’m glad everything changed.

4.5/5

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The House at Riverton- Kate Morton


Synopsis (from Amazon)

Summer 1924: On the eve of a glittering Society party, by the lake of a grand English country house, a young poet takes his life. The only witnesses, sisters Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other again.

Winter 1999: Grace Bradley, 98, one-time housemaid of Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making a film about the poet’s suicide. Ghosts awaken and memories, long-consigned to the dark reaches of Grace’s mind, begin to sneak back through the cracks. A shocking secret threatens to emerge; something history has forgotten but Grace never could.

A thrilling mystery and a compelling love story, The House at Riverton will appeal to readers of Ian McEwan’s Atonement, L.P. Hartley’s The Go-Between, and lovers of the film Gosford Park.

Review

I remember seeing The House at Riverton around a lot when it was first released, I picked it up a few times to look at but always found something I was more sure about to actually buy. I was interested in the story but it sounded a bit more like something my Mum would buy than me (our taste does overlap somewhat, and it means I often look at books which might actually be more up her alley than mine). It wasn’t until I read and enjoyed The Forgotten Garden (also by Kate Morton) that I actually added the House at Riverton to my wishlist, and it’s taken me two years to actually read it (due to my habit of buying books I spot in the shop rather than books that are already on my wishlist).

Part of me does wish I had read The House at Riverton when I first saw it, although maybe my approach would have been less positive then. I did enjoy it very much and it kept me guessing right up to the end, at one point I thought I had the end figured out but then it twisted away from me- I was all ready to write a review saying that it was enjoyable and mysterious but turned out to be a little predictable! I think it was quite clever how Morton made the reader think they had everything figured out only to snatch t from them at the very last minute. It’s a little difficult to review without giving the game away but I think it was quite romantic, although not in the way of a traditional romantic novel. I liked seeing the different types of romances and how they contrasted with each other. I liked the way Grace’s own romance seemed very simple but seemed somehow like the most deserved (highlight for spoiler) and ultimately the most successful. Hannah and Robbie’s romance might have been more like ‘movie love’, against the odds and star-crossed, but it was interesting to see how dramatic love is not necessarily the best kind.

As far as the characters went I really liked Grace, maybe simply because she was such and honest storyteller and was the character we got to know best, but I admired Hannah up to a point and I would have liked to know more about Emmeline.

I wouldn’t call The House at Riverton a literary great but I enjoyed it, and it was an easy but engaging read.

4.5/5

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