Saturday, September 10, 2016

Be Careful What You Wish For (The Clifton Chronicles, #4)Be Careful What You Wish For by Jeffrey Archer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The saga continues but got a little plodding in the middle of the book. Thought for a minute or two I was done with the Clifton's but he ending left me hanging enough to go on with the story. On to book five. This must be a tribute to the writing of Archer. His characters are rich with realism and emotion. One can almost feel they have met them. Even minor characters seem to have three dimensions. Worth reading.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Best Kept Secret (The Clifton Chronicles, #3)Best Kept Secret by Jeffrey Archer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The master of surprise endings. Great to know there is another of these, in fact several more. Archer develops characters and story lines that are intriguing and eminently believable. His characters don't seem to get old, they seem to mature and become multi-faceted. I am totally enjoying the series.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Circling the SunCircling the Sun by Paula McLain
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a selection for my book club and I enjoyed it very much. I must say its like a great meal or wine. Nuanced and subtle. I took a long time to read it because it was delicious. The writing is beautiful and thought provoking. The story is bigger and broader than a single person or continent. The author manages to reveal the complex nature of the character in ways that I found universal to people around me and myself. None of us are simple and our actions affect all of those around us. These complex relationships were so beautifully shown in a tender and loving way.

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Friday, July 29, 2016

The Black Widow (Gabriel Allon, #16)The Black Widow by Daniel Silva
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a great author. Its like he wrote the book last night. The plot is wonderfully presented but best of all when Silva writes I feel as if I'm there. His descriptions of places and events are so real that you can smell the exhaust from the cars and feel the grit on your hands. I take too long to read his books because each word is to be savored. He outlines the background so beautifully and with a great deal of sensitivity. These are complex locations and issues and he navigates them with grace.
I'm glad he kept Gabriel in his books and look forward to his next adventure.

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