Review: Scotland’s Stories of Home

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Scotland's Stories of Home
Scotland’s Stories of Home by Alan Warner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Some great short stories. I liked the pot of soup reminding of home, the horrid rainy day out leading to meeting her future husband and Oor Street which I enjoyed reading aloud to sound like a Scot! I never spoke Scottish before. With the help of phonetic stories, I sounded Scottish! Hilarious! It’s good to try out with friends.

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Review: Elizabeth Is Missing

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Elizabeth Is Missing
Elizabeth Is Missing by Emma Healey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really liked the book at the beginning when Maud was getting confused and driving the police, her friend’s son and her daughter mad with her “Where do you plant marrows?” and “Elizabeth is missing” as a way of trying to figure out and communicate how her sister died after the war. Towards the middle of the book I was anticipating what kind of mishap Maud’s disintegrating mind would create. By the end of the book, it was getting ‘sameish’, predictable and I was getting impatient to find out how Sukey died and who killed her, but the mystery remains open-ended.

It’s a great perspective of a character with Dementia and I do empathise with those who have this common condition. Ordinary things are so hard for them and the book expresses that well. The book displays ‘showing’…

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Review: Changeling

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Changeling
Changeling by Philippa Gregory
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Really enjoyed this first book of the YA series The Order of Darkness set in Renaissance Italy. The cast of characters are individually distinctive and interesting, especially the two support characters Frieze (the annoyingly talkative and interfering man-servant)and the no-nonsense action girl Moor, Ishraq.

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Review: Dreaming the Eagle

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Dreaming the Eagle
Dreaming the Eagle by Manda Scott
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I liked that the tribes were meritocratic and not based on gender. Tribal leadership went from mother to daughter. The relationships between Breaca and her brother and two lovers is interesting. The Dark ages that followed were truly dark and limited!
The book was a bit boring and repetitive in places with all the wars. The book was too long. But I am going to persevere with the series.

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