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Laura Tolomei’s
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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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Review by LallaGatta – That Guy What Kill Topsy by Peter Wood Cotterill

That Guy What Kill Topsy Online Book Clhb Simply delightful! I must confess that short stories aren't my usual cup of tea. I like to delve into a plot and get lost in it, something best accomplished in lengthier works. I have been, therefore, pleasantly surprised to read such a ...
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Review by LallaGatta – One Way or Another by Mary J. Williams

One Way or Another by Mary J. Williams Online Book Clhb Whilst it doesn't spark for originality, One Way or Another by Mary J. Williams is more than a mere romance and is written in a flawless style that proves to be a real page turner… Read full review on ...
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Review by LallaGatta – Apropos of Nothing by Woody Allen

A truly honest insight! As a fan of Mr. Allen's movies, I have grabbed his autobiography as soon as it came out, and I haven't been disappointed. This is no hollow celebration of a talented man, no sharpened axe to grind against anyone, no sterile retaliation against false accusations. This ...
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Review by LallaGatta – Above the Bay of Angels by Rhys Bowen

Rich and vibrant, a real enjoyment! Above the Bay of Angels: by Rhys Bowen is a great read. Written with an almost flawless style, I love the atmosphere Mrs. Bowen creates apparently without any effort yet with such historical precision that I felt like I was living right at the ...
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