Books

  • Book Review: Hood by Stephen Lawhead

    Jess McGlynn July 4, 2014

    Hood by Stephen Lawhead (Book One of the King Raven Trilogy) I have to admit that this review is going to be slightly biased as I absolutely adore Stephen Lawhead’s work.  From the Pendragon Cycle which is based on the myth of King Arthur to his forays…

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  • Book Review: Sparkles by Louise Bagshawe

    Jess McGlynn June 27, 2014

    Sparkles by Louise Bagshawe Diamonds are forever.  Secrets aren’t… I was sent this book by my lovely friend who instructed me to find a quiet place and get lost in the pages.  Ever one to oblige I waited until I knew I would have a…

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  • Book Review: Sealed with a Kiss by Rachael Lucas

    Jess McGlynn June 20, 2014

    Sealed with a Kiss by Rachael Lucas I am a sucker for a ‘feel-good’ story, you know, the type where you can block out the sound of everything else around you and just become totally absorbed in the story unfolding before your eyes.  When I picked…

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  • I’m Writing A Book…

    Jess McGlynn June 17, 2014

    You may have seen from occasional tweets and blog post references that I am writing a book.  I have spent my entire life dreaming of seeing my name in print but never really doing much about it. I’m a bit of an expert when it…

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  • Book Review: The Hive by Gill Hornby

    Jess McGlynn June 6, 2014

    The Hive by Gill Hornby Welcome to St Ambrose Primary School.  A world of friendships, fights and feuding.  And that’s just the mothers. This book has been published amongst much to-do.  Just a quick read on the internet showed that it was subject to a…

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  • My Shelfie…

    Jess McGlynn June 5, 2014

    When I saw the latest competition from Tots 100 in connection with Victoria Plumb, to show our ‘shelfies’ I knew I wanted to get involved.  I absolutely love nosing around other people’s homes.  Once or twice I have even been known to try and persuade my…

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  • Book Review: The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards

    Jess McGlynn May 30, 2014

    The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards Families have secrets they hide even from themselves… The story begins in 1964, when the wife of Dr David Henry goes into labour in the middle of a snowstorm.  David’s wife, Norah, delivers twins, a boy and a…

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  • Book Review: The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence

    Jess McGlynn May 16, 2014

    The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence A tale of unlikely friendship I was sent this book as part of the Book Swap being hosted by Jocelyn at The Reading Residence.  It was a book I had seen mentioned a number of times but…

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  • Book Review: Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld

    Jess McGlynn May 9, 2014

    Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld I have to first start this review by saying that I absolutely loved the premise.  Identical twins, Kate and Violet are polar opposites in every way except one; they both have ‘senses’ i.e. an ability to foresee the future.  Kate, our protagonist, refuses to…

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  • Book Love: The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

    Jess McGlynn April 11, 2014

    The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult Love and war.  Murder and mercy.  Betrayal and forgiveness.  A story that will change everything. I desperately wanted to read this book after reading the review over on Beth’s blog, Plastic Rosaries.  In the review Beth said there was very little…

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  • Book Love: The Blasphemer by Nigel Farndale

    Jess McGlynn March 28, 2014

    The Blasphemer by Nigel Farndale ‘He had always been scared of flying. Now, the fear is real. A plane crash. The water is rising over his mouth. In his nostrils. Lungs. As Daniel gasps, he swallows; and punches at his seat-belt. Nancy, the woman he…

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