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Laura Tolomei’s
Reading Reviews & Thoughts

 

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Review by LallaGatta – Country Cottage Mysteries by Addison Moore

Terrible, just terrible! I'm sorry. I'm not charmed by Country Cottage Mysteries. Not one bit. If the concept behind this series isn't half-bad, its realization is awful. The way the authors make their animals think, tells me that they've never had a pet in their lives. Seriously, how can you ...
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Review by LallaGatta – In Pale Battalions by Robert Goddard

Not a bad read, but… I have some issues with In Pale Battalions by Robert Goddard that have diminished my enjoyment of the book. The language and writing style is one of the things I've least appreciated. They are convoluted, old-fashioned, and pompous. I think the story would've been more ...
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Review by LallaGatta – The Weeping Woman of Putten by Alyce Bailey

The Weeping Woman of Putten by Alyce Bailey Online Book Clhb The wretchedness will seep into you until you drown in unforgettable sorrow. The Weeping Woman of Putten by Alyce Bailey portrays the tragedy that has been Nazi Germany in all its cruelty, with torture made more vicious by ...
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Review by LallaGatta – A Good Marriage by Kimberly McCreight

A real page-turner, I couldn't put it down! I love this book. I've read it in one day. That's how I hooked I've been. No, actually, I've devoured it and have had to finish it right after I started it. The characters, the plot, the style—it all works out perfectly ...
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Review by LallaGatta – Shadowplay by Joseph O’Connor

Enthralled from the first page… I couLd not put it down until I reached the end! “[…] there is a kind of shadowland where the Other always lives. Or at least, never dies. Just goes on. Hard to stumble into happiness if you don’t leave your shadowland behind. The above ...
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Review by LallaGatta – 31 Bond Street by Ellen Horan

Unputdownable! Simply amazing, 31 Bond Street by Ellen Horan is well researched, well written, craftly developed and most enjoyable. The setting is magnificently conveyed. The soot and grime of the expanding New York is a great backdrop to the horrific tales unfolding before the reader's eyes. The characters are so ...
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Review by LallaGatta – Memoirs Of The Senator’s Wife by S. M. Ford

Terrible, in a very bad way! I can't begin listing what I didn't like about Memoirs of the Senator's Wife by S. M. Ford. First and foremost, the characters. Xavier and Estella are so two-dimensional that they hardly feel real. Nothing makes sense about their lives except perhaps their motivations. But ...
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Review by LallaGatta – Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

Disappointing, but still… True! Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee is nowhere near the excellence of her first book, To Kill a Mockingbird. But then, more than 60 years have passed between the first and the second novel. So, in a way, the Scout who is the protagonist of ...
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Review by LallaGatta – To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

It's one of the best books I ever read! The world and the atmosphere of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee are both shocking and terrible, but that's not the worst part. What I can't get over is that this story could just as easily have happened today as ...
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Review by LallaGatta – The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

So poignant, it made me cry. The Perks of Being a Wallflowerby Stephen Chbosky has deeply touched me. Maybe it's the letter style that makes it so like stream of consciousness. Or maybe it's the innocence of Charlie, the protagonist. Either way, the emotions here are raw and go straight to the ...
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