Saturday, 28 March 2009

Another go at catching up...still in March

Nobbut a Lad by Alan Titchmarsh
A pleasant memoir of childhood - made me smile and think of things my mum and dad would say!

Acting Up by Melissa Nathan
Good, quick, fun chick lit based on P&P...predctable, but warm and fuzzy when you got there!

Crazy as Chocolate
Interesting, but not completely sure...the back story of two girls and their manic mother was intersting, but the sister in present time was simply annoying. Maybe I missed the point?

The French Gardener by Santa Montefiore
So, in typical vein, it's another doomed love over many years...but she does do it well! have been disappointed by a couple of her books in the past, which seemed a bit writing by numbers...but this is a much more and I throughly enjoyed it, despite being fairly predictable. Sympathetic characters and beautiful settings. Lovely!

The Miracle at Speedy Motors by Alexander McCall
Mma Ramotswe is a complete star. More gentle stories from Botswana...I find these books really relaxing and reminiscent of a gentler time.

Take a Chance by Sarah Webb
Disappointing...a great idea, particularly with all the focus on Mama Mia and Abba, but it doesn't live up to the blurb. The twist was completely obvious from early in the first chapter and the characters ween't well developed enough. A light read, but felt it was a missed opportunity.

Daughter of Venice
Got this due to recommendation from Amazon and didn't realise when I bought it it was a "teen" book. Given this I really enjoyed the historical side of the book and the background of noble Venetins was well done...however, the overall plot and characterisation was a bit thin. Just because it's for "younger readers" doesn't mean they can't take more complicated ideas.

Mum's the Word
Bought on the back of the psychic detective books and although it was okay, I didn't find it as intersting as the Abby Coper books and the main character is far less sympathetic. Won't bother with the rest of this series.

Better Read than Dead
The second of the psychic detective series and enjoyable...just wish they were a bit cheape and easier to get hold of from Amazon! Abby remains an interesting chracter and the developments with Mitch show promise.