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Friends of Bookends review THE WOMEN WHO RAN AWAY by Sheila O’Flanagan

‘I haven’t read any of Sheila O’Flanagan’s novels before, but now I’ll be searching for them in my local bookshop. Ostensibly it is about a journey taken by two women who have both experienced a […]

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Friends of Bookends review It Started with a Secret by Jill Mansell

Angela OK, so a book review of a light-hearted novel by Jill Mansell is probably not the most appropriate place to mention politics. So I won’t. Except to say that,as always when I need comfort, […]

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Friends of Bookends review Last Christmas

Halloween is officially over so we’ve got one thing on our minds – CHRISTMAS! Cue us mulling all drinks in a 3 mile radius, bedecking everything in sight with tinsel and fairy lights and spending […]

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Thursday Nights at the Bluebell Inn by Kit Fielding | Friends of Bookends Reviews

Each week, six women of different ages and backgrounds come together at their local pub. There they form an unlikely darts team, but it is their hidden stories of love and loss that in the […]

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See what our Friends of Bookends reviewers had to say about The First Time I Saw You by Emma Cooper!

Francine This is a gem of a novel. The theme is of love and loss, is explored brilliantly. Emma Cooper encapsulates the raw emotions of grief and  pure joy in her main characters, and her […]

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Friend of Bookends Angela recommends The Paper Wasp…

The summer is hotting up and if you’re searching for your summer reading recommendations look no further! The Paper Wasp by Lauren Acampora is an electrifying debut novel of two women’s friendship, a haunting obsession […]

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Tell Me Your Secret by Dorothy Koomson | Friends of Bookends Reviews

“Personally, my favoured books always have strongly defined characters. Having read several Dorothy Koomson novels before, I was eager to read Tell Me Your Secret and experience the deeply thought-out characters I have come to […]

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The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary | Friends of Bookends reviews

We asked the Friends of Bookends panel what they think of Beth O’Leary’s debut novel, The Flatshare. Here’s what they said… Jen I really enjoyed this book! Basically it is about Tiffy and Leon who […]

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When You Read This by Mary Adkins | Friends of Bookends Reviews

Iris Massey is gone. But she’s left something behind.   Funny and moving in equal measures, When You Read This is a sparkling novel about love, life, and all the emails you really wish you’d […]

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The Girl in the Letter by Emily Gunnis | Friends of Bookends Reviews

A heartbreaking letter. A girl locked away. A mystery to be solved. 1956. When Ivy Jenkins falls pregnant she is sent in disgrace to St Margaret’s, a dark, brooding house for unmarried mothers. Her baby is […]

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The Six Loves of Billy Binns by Richard Lumsden | Friends of Bookends Reviews

We asked our Friends of Bookends panel what they thought of The Six Loves of Billy Binns, the debut novel by Richard Lumsden. This is what they said . . . Linda H. I’m going […]

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When All Is Said by Anne Griffin | Friends of Bookends Reviews

Five toasts. Five people. One lifetime. At the bar of a grand hotel in a small Irish town sits 84-year-old Maurice Hannigan. He’s alone, as usual – though tonight is anything but. Pull up a […]

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