a personal choice by Helen Hollick

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My Runner up choice is...

I love Ms Harlond's descriptive writing

And my selected Book of the Month is...
This debut novel needed some editing - but the author has realised her 'errors', and despite the novice
 'bloopers' I thoroughly enjoyed this novel - an author to watch I think!

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My runner-up choice is Seraphina's Song by Kathryn Gauci
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And my selected Book of the Month is...
I love stories of the Age of Sail, and this is one of the best (outside of my own series of course! LOL) that I have read in a long while. In fact, I'd go as far as saying this is better than even Patrick O'Brian for the simple reason that Mr Allan has brilliantly incorporated female characters into his stories, whereas their presence in many of O'Brian's novels is notable by their absence.  Bravo Mr Allan.
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Books Reviewed during MAY

 Runner Up  
Thoroughly engrossing and enjoyable:
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Book of the Month Winner
I'm not particularly keen on war stories, especially Hitler, the Third Reich etc - but I do like a good
 'who done it', something a bit different and an easy, enjoyable read (not that brutal murder is 
enjoyable! *laugh*.)  Zugzwang ticked all the boxes, so it is my wining selection for this month.
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I thoroughly enjoyed all novels on my 'shortlisted selection' this month, but I've selected Truly are the Free by Jeffrey K Walker as my runner-up because it was a pleasure to read, and enjoy, something different.

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And my selected Book of the Month is...
Yes - I'm matching our Cover of the Month: a superb book outside and inside! 

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I am starting to  wonder why I decided to do this 'Book of the Month' selection because Discovering Diamonds are receiving so many interesting novels now, it is becoming harder and harder to select those few I want to read (and have time to  read.) 

My personal runner-up choice for this month is Joan Druett's The Money Ship. I have the boxed set and enjoyed this nautical series very much for the nautical accuracy in particular.

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Ruth Downie's latest Medicus Murder Mystery came a very close second because this series is such fun and so absorbing to read.

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For my Book of the Month, however, I agree with our reviewer, Elizabeth St John ... this probably is one of the best WWI stories I have ever read!

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Although a short novella, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Ms St.John is a superb writer, and I think one of the reason this book has stayed with me is because I still haven't made up my mind whether I like the protagonist or not - such a refreshing change to meet a character who has the qualities (or non-qualities) of real, living people. I also enjoy novels that look at characters who apper briefly in other novels, then have the opportunity to strut their stuff on their own stage!
as a close second was Anna Belfrage's latest because it was a treat to read well-researched information regarding a period I know very little about.

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From our January Reviews

Now that we are receiving a substantial amount of novels to review I am finding my reading list also extending (which is a good thing!) I've had some delightful books to select my Book of the Month from - some sad, (the one about Charles Dickens' wife Catherine Dickens : Outside the Magic Circle by Heera Deeta as example. I confess I have never liked Dickens, the man or his works, maybe this is the reason why?) 

Others were exciting or intriguing - all were page-turners but I am obliged to select a 'winner' - except from this month I am also going to have a 'runner-up'.

So my runner-up 
because it made me laugh out loud :

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and the Winner of Book of the Month 

... because I enjoy novels about the 17th Century - and Mr Pepys, and this one was very good...

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< For a list of shortlisted titles see the sidebar (you might have to scroll down) 

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All books selected will automatically be short-listed for our 

Book of the Year Award

(to be revealed at the end of December 2018)

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