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About Madeleine

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  • Birthday 06/05/1964

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  • Reading now?
    The Thief's Daughtere by Victoria Cornwall
  • Location:
    SE England
  • Interests
    Reading, walking, visiting places of interest, getting out of London.

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  1. What's the weather like?

    Saturday wasn't bad, alternating between sunny and cloudy, yesterday was much cooler and quite windy. Today started off sunny but by the time I go to the station it was very cloudy, meant to get really warm later in the week and then cool down again.
  2. What's Up in June? - 2018

    Did a nice walk on Saturday in Epping Forest, had a tea stop at 11.00 and then lunch by one of the (man-made) lakes and watched the bird families, marvelled at how good the parents were and watched a swan chase off a Canada Goose, and a couple of herons flying around as well. Very civilised and for once no muddy paths!
  3. Hello! I’m new!

    Hi Annie and welcome, do you have any favourite authors?
  4. Book Titles A to Z

    Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
  5. What's the weather like?

    Much colder today, so much for the heatwave!
  6. What's the weather like?

    We had a mixed bag over the weekend, Saturday was cloudy and alternated between warm and sunny and then cloudy, had a bit of rain in the evening. Yesterday was much nicer, quite hot and sunny and turned into a nice evening. This morning it was chilly first thing, quite warm now but the breeze is keeping the heat off. Definitely not as hot as they forecast.
  7. What's Up in June? - 2018

    I went bowling yesterday and made my usual dismal performance, got one strike but came last in both games ,with a score of 66. Went for a Chinese meal afterwards. Also did some gardening which was nice.
  8. What's Up in June? - 2018

    Bit of a mixed weekend here, yesterday was cloudy and windy, rained a bit in the evening, today much sunnier and warmer, a bit cloudy now though.
  9. Madeleine's Book Log - ongoing

    The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce - I haven't read any of this author's books before and read this as a BOTM read on another book forum. It's set mainly in the late 1980s and the main character is Frank, who owns a music shop in a run-down street in an unspecified English city. He claims to be able to match up any style of music with anyone who comes into his shop, so that a heavy metal lover might find his or herself being sent off with a Vivaldi album. One day a woman standing outside the shop faints, so Frank and his other customers bring her in to look after her, and Frank is instantly smitten. She turns out to be German, says she is engaged and has a job locally, and from then on a tentative friendship, in which she and Frank meet in a café whilst he tells her what music she should listen to, and why. He thinks she in unattainable as it becomes apparent that she has many secrets. Eventually, due to a misunderstanding, they part company and after this the book jumps forward to 2009 and circumstances have changed for everyone. I can't really say much more, and although many others rave about this week I found it quite twee and almost gave up a couple of times as I was so fed up with nothing happening, and the unbearable, almost child-like procrastination of the main characters, especially when the woman's secret turned out to be something relatively basic (is that it? was my immediate thought) and I really wanted to tell them to get a grip and get on with it! We also eventually gradually get Frank's background, brought up by a rather feckless, bohemian mother forms a lot of his character. It did remind me a bit of "Chocolat" with music, but that was much better. I would think of it as almost a modern fairytale, a bit like a frothy romantic comedy, especially given the ending. It didn't really do it for me, and my favourite character was the tattooist, Maud, who was the most vivid character for me. It did bring back memories of record shops though, the smell of all those records and the crackle which you don't get with CDs - the first part is set just as CDs where coming in and vinyl (which is now making a bit of a comeback) was on it's way out - Frank's stubbornness to stock CDs is part of his problem, but I think it does give a bit of a golden view of the recent past. 6/10
  10. What's the weather like?

    Just back from lunch, and it's quite sunny although still a bit windy and chilly in the shade.
  11. Madeleine's Book Log - ongoing

    You can only get L J Ross through Amazon, on kindle and paperback, as she self publishes, she has a website too.