Dorothy E. (islandflower) - Reviews

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Agnes Browne
Agnes Browne
Author: Brendan O'Carroll
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/1/2007
Helpful Score: 1


Absolutely wonderful! The characters are warm and believable. They are barely getting by, but are still able to laugh, and find richness in their lives. The author's style is direct and very readable. I think he must love this Irish life of which he writes. This book also has an alternate title: The Mammy.


Alison's Automotive Repair Manual
Alison's Automotive Repair Manual
Author: Brad Barkley
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 1.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/24/2007
Helpful Score: 1


It was an o.k. read; nothing spectacular . Basically a love story with the added twist of car repair.


Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
Author: Dai Sijie, Ina Rilke (Translator)
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/1/2007
Helpful Score: 1


wonderful read.. lots of information about China's cultural revolution from the point of view of 2 young men....some love interests, some humor.


Bel Canto
Bel Canto
Author: Ann Patchett
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/1/2007
Helpful Score: 1


The prose of this book reads like an aria; it is a little mysterious and very beautiful. Unfortunately the plot doesn't hold up as well as the author's skill with words. Ok for the most of the book, but gets rushed and kind of pointless as the end.


Blue Shoes and Happiness (No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Bk 7)
Review Date: 5/13/2007


Another enjoyable, quick read in the series.


Child 44 (Leo Demidov, Bk 1)
Child 44 (Leo Demidov, Bk 1)
Author: Tom Rob Smith
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/7/2011


Lots of suspense and thrills. The real pay off here is the information on the Stalin and post- Stalin years give the reader good insight on the horrifying ways that the ordinary (as well as the politically priliviged) people had to live in order to survive. A little gritty as far as plot, but great story line!


A Common Life: The Wedding Story (Beloved Mitford, No. 6)
A Common Life: The Wedding Story (Beloved Mitford, No. 6)
Author: Jan Karon
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 3/21/2007


liked it very much...heartwarming. Good clean fun.


Cut to the Quick (Julian Kestrel, Bk 1)
Cut to the Quick (Julian Kestrel, Bk 1)
Author: Kate Ross
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 3/10/2007
Helpful Score: 2


a very enjoyable read, as was each of her four books.Lots of information about Regency social classes and life in general. The author died far to young...she will be missed.


Death in the Garden
Death in the Garden
Author: Elizabeth Ironside
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/7/2007
Helpful Score: 3


A peek into upper-class British doings. The lady who wrote this mystery is, in fact, a lady . The wife of the British ambassador to America, so she knows where of she speaks. For me, the book has too many long, involved, prose passages and not enough dialogue.


Eureka Street : A Novel of Ireland Like No Other
Eureka Street : A Novel of Ireland Like No Other
Author: Robert Mcliam Wilson
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.4/5 Stars.
 10
Review Date: 3/6/2007
Helpful Score: 1


Great read! Learned a lot about the "trouble" as the civil conflict is called in Belfast. At times funny, at times, sad, but always the characters real people ...lots of depth and detail. Ending is a little weak, still a memorable book.


Friends, Lovers, Chocolate (Isabel Dalhousie, Bk 2)
Friends, Lovers, Chocolate (Isabel Dalhousie, Bk 2)
Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 3/6/2007


light, fun reading... no blood and gore here. Setting: modern day Scotland. The first book in the series was :The Sunday Philosophy Club, and the author also wrote the series that began with the book, The #1 Ladies Detective Agency.


In the Company of Cheerful Ladies (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Bk 6)
Review Date: 5/10/2007
Helpful Score: 3


I really liked this one. I think it was as good or even better than the first in the series. The story is still, characteristically, warm and engaging, but the story line seems a bit more involved and the real-life problems of the region are also given some notice- lightly, but at least the author does recognize that everything is not peaches and roses.


The Italian Secretary: A Further Adventure of Sherlock Holmes
The Italian Secretary: A Further Adventure of Sherlock Holmes
Author: Caleb Carr
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 3/15/2007


From the back of the book:"Caleb Carr's newest tale begins when Sherlock Holmes reveals an encrypted telegram he has recieved to Dr. Watson; the famous detective has been summoned by his brother , Mycroft, a royal advisor, to invesigate a pair of murders that resemble a grisly killing froom three centuries earlier."


A Light in the Window (Mitford Years, Bk 2)
A Light in the Window (Mitford Years, Bk 2)
Author: Jan Karon
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 3/21/2007
Helpful Score: 1


Fun read; nothing mind boggling here just quick, pleasant reading..a real holiday.


Mercy
Mercy
Author: Jodi Picoult
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/7/2007


Picoult, as usual, presents a lttle romance, a lttle moral delimma and , here, a little history...of Scottish history and culture.


The Mermaid Chair
The Mermaid Chair
Author: Sue Monk Kidd
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/6/2007
Helpful Score: 1


not as good as The secret Life of Bees, but it was well written and I enjoyed it.


Morality for Beautiful Girls (No.1 Ladies Detective Agency, Bk 3)
Review Date: 5/3/2007
Helpful Score: 1


Not as strong as the first two in the series, but still good.


The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (No 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Bk 1)
Review Date: 5/3/2007


great little story. Very warm and homey.


Ragtime in Simla (Detective Joe Sandilands, Bk 2)
Ragtime in Simla (Detective Joe Sandilands, Bk 2)
Author: Barbara Cleverly
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 3/12/2007
Helpful Score: 2


great historical mystery- this is 2nd in a series. The setting is during the 1920's in India , at the end of the British rule...the Raj. The main character is a detective who had been a military officer in the British army. "Filled with intrigue, suspense, and characters skilled in the art of deception...perfect for historical mystery fans" - Booklist


Restoration
Restoration
Author: Rose Tremain
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.1/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 3/17/2007


I only read this book half way through. It is very rich in historic detail, but the main character was not believable to me.


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