Silversurfers Book Club – Autumn 2013

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Welcome to the Silversurfers Book Club!

Each season we will share a selection of popular book titles and new releases which you may like to read.  You can choose to read them on a tablet or as a paperback, and you can read them in your own time.  As and when you are ready, it would be great if you could write a review of the book at the bottom of our comments section and share your feedback with all who have read and reviewed them on Silversurfers, and give it a star rating from 1-5.

Below are six suggested titles to kick off the new Autumn 2013 Silversurfers Book Club Season… Simply select the title you would like to read, and if you would like to buy it or download it for your Kindle or other tablet, there is a link in the book title and image, which will direct you to Amazon, making it simple for you to buy.  Alternatively, you may wish to buy the book elsewhere, or borrow it from you local library.

SIMPLY CLICK ON THE IMAGE OF THE BOOK YOU FANCY AND YOU WILL BE DIRECTED TO THE BOOK ON AMAZON … all titles are under £4.00 to purchase and less on a Kindle!

If you have previously read another book, and would like to recommend it as a future read for the Silversurfers book club, please also leave the title and author in the comments section, with a brief synopsis, and your review.

 

The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

 

 

“It is never what you worry over that comes to pass in the end. The real catastrophes are always different – unimagined, unprepared for, unknown…” What if our 24-hour day grew longer, first in minutes, then in hours, until day becomes night and night becomes day? What effect would this slowing have on the world? On the birds in the sky, the whales in the sea, the astronauts in space, and on an eleven-year-old girl, grappling with emotional changes in her own life..? One morning, Julia and her parents wake up in their suburban home in California to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth is noticeably slowing. The enormity of this is almost beyond comprehension. And yet, even if the world is, in fact, coming to an end, as some assert, day-to-day life must go on. Julia, facing the loneliness and despair of an awkward adolescence, witnesses the impact of this phenomenon on the world, on the community, on her family and on herself.

 

Heartbreak Hotel by Deborah Moggach

 

 

From Deborah Moggach, bestselling author of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, comes another hilarious and romantic comedy, this time set in a run-down B&B in Wales.

When retired actor Buffy decides to up sticks from London and move to rural Wales, he has no idea what he is letting himself in for. In possession of a run-down B&B that leans more towards the shabby than the chic and is miles from nowhere, he realises he needs to fill the beds – and fast.

Enter a motley collection of guests: Harold, whose wife has run off with a younger woman; Amy, who’s been unexpectedly dumped by her (not-so) weedy boyfriend and Andy, the hypochondriac postman whose girlfriend is much too much for him to handle.

But under Buffy’s watchful eye, this disparate group of strangers find they have more in common than perhaps they first thought…

 

Never Coming Back by Tim Weaver

 

 

A secret that will change lives forever. It was supposed to be the start of a big night out. But when Emily Kane arrives at her sister Carrie’s house, she finds the front door unlocked and no one inside. Dinner’s cooking, the TV’s on. Carrie, her husband and their two daughters are gone. When the police draw a blank, Emily asks missing persons investigator David Raker to find them.

It’s clear someone doesn’t want the family found. But as he gets closer to the truth, Raker begins to uncover evidence of a sinister cover-up, spanning decades and costing countless lives. And worse, in trying to find Emily’s missing family, he might just have made himself the next target…

 

The Twins by Saskia Sarginson

 

 

They were identical in every way until the unthinkable tore them apart.

Isolte and Viola are twins. Inseparable as children, they’ve grown into very different adults: Isolte, a successful features writer for a fashion magazine with a photographer boyfriend and a flat in London, and Viola, desperately unhappy and struggling with a lifelong eating disorder.

What happened all those years ago to set the twins on such different paths to adulthood? As both women start to unravel the escalating tragedies of a half-remembered summer, terrifying secrets from the past come rushing back – and threaten to overwhelm their adult lives…

 

The Husbands Secret by Liane Moriarty

 

 

At the heart of The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty is a letter that’s not meant to be read . . .

Mother of three and wife of John-Paul, Cecilia discovers an old envelope in the attic. Written in her husband’s hand, it says: to be opened only in the event of my death.

Curious, she opens it – and time stops.

John-Paul’s letter confesses to a terrible mistake which, if revealed, would wreck their family as well as the lives of others.

Cecilia – betrayed, angry and distraught – wants to do the right thing, but right for who? If she protects her family by staying silent, the truth will worm through her heart. But if she reveals her husband’s secret, she will hurt those she loves most . . .

 

 

Natural Causes by James Oswald

 

 

“Natural Causes” is the first novel from James Oswald in the “Detective Inspector McLean” series. A young girl’s mutilated body is discovered in a sealed room. Her remains are carefully arranged, in what seems to have been a cruel and macabre ritual, which appears to have taken place over 60 years ago. For newly appointed Edinburgh Detective Inspector Tony McLean this baffling cold case ought to be a low priority – but he is haunted by the young victim and her grisly death. Meanwhile, the city is horrified by a series of bloody killings. Deaths for which there appears to be neither rhyme nor reason, and which leave Edinburgh’s police at a loss. McLean is convinced that these deaths are somehow connected to the terrible ceremonial killing of the girl, all those years ago. It is an irrational, almost supernatural theory. And one which will lead McLean closer to the heart of a terrifying and ancient evil…

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GORDON68
24th Nov 2014
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I recentlly read a book called Ice Cold Revenge by the author Sandy Brown , its a murder but a real tear jerker, I have read all 3 of her books now and they are all well written and thought provoking, check them out on Amazon and Kindle, I read the paperbacks as i prefer having something to hold, the others were called A Glass Bouquet and Angels Do Tell Lies which is an autobiography, I dont read a lot but I couldnt put these down once I started..
Shirley Coward
1st Feb 2014
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Just read The husbands Secret. Found the first couple of chapters hard going but once I got into it I couldnt put it down. Would give this a five
Silversurfers
1st Feb 2014
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Thank you Shirley 🙂
Jay Clegg
19th Dec 2013
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Maria's Papers and The Matthew Chance Legacy---both books by Stephen F. Clegg. Available from libraries or to buy in bookshops or at Amazon and Kindle.
Jay Clegg
29th Nov 2013
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Maria's Papers by Stephen F. Clegg is based on a true story of my husbands Great Great Aunt Maria. Synopsis of this book can be found at www.mariaspapers.com .It also has a film script written for it and is at the moment being looked at by Sony Films. His second novel The Matthew Chance Legacy is at present nominated for The Peoples book prize. .We personally made sure it was in all Libraries an of course it can be bought in book Shops ,online and in Kindle form. I hope you don't mind me recommending this book to you. If you look on his website www.stephenfclegg you will be able to read what fascinating story of coincidences led to the writing of these stories---all when he was retired
Russell Treasure
29th Oct 2013
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Sorry, just read above that it is ok to leave a recommendation on here:

http://www.jenny-melmoth.com/publications/of-dogs-and-cats-and-bear/

Here is the description from the web site but all I can add is that if you like animals, children and a bit of poetry and lovely illustrations, you will love this!

"This engaging memoir stirs laughter and tears. Highlighted with anecdotes, poems, and exquisite illustrations by France Bauduin, it is a book for anyone who loves animals and people, especially their interaction within the family setting.

Told with a light touch, the story opens in Jenny Melmoth’s wartime babyhood, showing an early bonding with dogs. It moves through childhood with stories of some eccentric relations and explores a growing love of cats against the odds of family antipathy. There are schooldays and first experiences in France, social work in south east London, followed by married life in Essex – then parenthood and a move to the present home in Cheshire.

Here, Jenny began to write and then enjoy sharing her poems with children and adults alike. Latterly, the book celebrates grandchildren, four cats, a dog and a mighty granite bear."

Enjoy and thanks!
Russell Treasure
29th Oct 2013
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Hi Pam, is it possible to recommend a book on here, written by a friend of mine? I think it is perfect for your fans.

Many thanks
Russ
Sandra Robb
27th Oct 2013
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Have just finished Natural Causes (Inspector McClean) by James Oswald. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Can't wait to read the next novel in the series - The Book of Souls!
Silverhairs
27th Oct 2013
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Thank you Sandra, glad you enjoyed it 🙂
kate simpson
21st Oct 2013
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I have just read 'Heartbreak Hotel' and found it entertaining - like 'The Marigold Hotel' it was as I read full of visual colourful characters and would make a lovely film. Well worth reading and leaves you feeling good with a smile. I recommend this book.
Silverhairs
27th Oct 2013
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Thanks Kate, so glad you enjoyed it 🙂
LorraineCridge
21st Oct 2013
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Have recently read "The Twins" and "The Husband's Secret" and both were fantastic reads! I preferred the first as it was a bit more up my street, but the latterwas a very pacey page-turner and even though I guessed fairly early on what the secret is, I still felt compelled to keep on reading to see how it would be resolved. I would highly recommend both of these books.
Silverhairs
27th Oct 2013
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Thank you Lorraine, glad you enjoyed both books 🙂
Deborah Thelwell
20th Oct 2013
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Just tried downloading Heartbreak Hotel. It's not available on Amazon US ! Oh no.
Rita Sefton
20th Oct 2013
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Am just reading Heartbreak Hotel and would recommend it, especially as it is by the author of "Exotic Marigold Hotel".
Maureen
20th Oct 2013
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Have just downloaded this and will give it a read -always looking for new authors to read.
gillian gorst
29th Sep 2013
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read "The Age Of Miracles" a couple of months ago and can recommend it. Areally good read. Just finished reading Liane Moriarty 's book "The Husband's Secret" , couldn't put it down! Definitely recommend this one.
Silverhairs
29th Sep 2013
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Thank you for both the recommendations Gillian
hilary Rudd
29th Sep 2013
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read the husband secret and could not put it down!
Brenda Mason
4th Feb 2014
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I've read The husbands secret and really enjoyed it although it took me a while to keep track of all the people in it.
Silverhairs
29th Sep 2013
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Thank you for the recommendation Hilary
Pam Phelan
29th Sep 2013
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I've read The Twins and loved it. It's quite an incite on being a twin.
Silverhairs
29th Sep 2013
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Thanks for the recommendation Pam
Sue Gale
29th Sep 2013
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Having read James Oswalds 2nd book I am really looking forward to getting my hands on Natural Causes.James Oswald is definitely one of the top ranking Scottish crime Authors up there with Stuart McBride,Christopher Broookmyre and Ian Rankin.
Betty Kirkland
26th Nov 2013
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Sue thanks for your comment. I will give this author a try. Have you read any of Quintin Jardine's book. They are based around a detective called Skinner an Edinburgh detective. The first book is called Skinner's Rules. I am just about to start the 5th book and can't wait

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