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About Madeleine

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  • Birthday 06/05/1964

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  • Reading now?
    "The Likeness" by Tana French & "My Lemon Grove Summer" by Jo Thomas
  • Location:
    SE England
  • Interests
    Reading, walking, visiting places of interest, getting out of London.

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  1. What's the weather like?

    It's a Bank Holiday weekend, and meant to be hot, which is lovely after a generally rubbish summer - a few hot days does not a summer make! Hope everyone enjoys the long weekend if you have one.
  2. Madeleine's Book Log - ongoing

    It wasn't bad, typical holiday read.
  3. Madeleine's Book Log - ongoing

    No it's not that common a setting , but after visiting the area last year it's nice to read books set round there, plus it's a little bit different to the usual locations!
  4. Madeleine's Book Log - ongoing

    A Summer Reunion by Fanny Blake - Amy Green is approaching her 60th birthday, but instead of feeling like celebrating, she feels more like crying, as her husband has not only run off with her colleague and close friend, but has stolen £200K from the design business which they had set up together and run for decades. Feeling betrayed, she also starts to mull over incidents from her school days, when she was expelled for supposedly stealing a teacher's watch, after she'd accused him of improper conduct. She's always suspected that the watch was planted, and she's convinced that one of her group of friends was really responsible. Now, as all four women approach the same milestone birthday, she decides to find out what really happened over 40 years ago, and to that end invites them all to spend a long weekend at her house in Majorca. Much to her amazement, they all accept and they are also at a crossroads - Linda, a librarian who's never married but had a long, now defunct, affair with a married male colleague, is facing redundancy and an uncertain future; Kate is a happily married farmer's wife with 4 children, but is feeling taken for granted, especially when she sees what her husband has bought her for her birthday; and then there's Jane, a highly respected cancer doctor who is now facing a tribunal, and who was always the ringleader in their little group. Have they changed? Will Amy finally find out who really caused her to be expelled from school, and thus miss out on her own dream of becoming a doctor? Old secrets come tumbling out, and a chance (and highly coincidental) encounter on the island results in many revelations, and old schools being settled. This was an amiable enough read, with a beautiful setting and it was nice to see some more mature women taking the lead for a change! Although some of the outcomes are a little unlikely, the story at least doesn't always take the usual, expected turn, and the main characters were generally believable, although I wouldn't like to have been friends with Jane! Not a bad holiday read. 6.5/10
  5. Ah yes probably going too quickly, getting my dragons mixed up!
  6. Never Ending Book Titles

    Time's Legacy - Barbara Erskine
  7. A Dance with Dragons - George RR Martin
  8. Never Ending Book Titles

    The Time Traveller's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  9. Never Ending Book Titles

    The Tiger who came to Tea - Judith Kerr
  10. Could it be Magic - Take That
  11. I vaguely remember reading the first book at school. I watched the TV series but felt the later series focussed too much on Louisa's love life, and also the scams of his brother, maybe they really did get up to those antics, but they got a bit boring after a while and felt like "padding".
  12. What's the weather like?

    It poured yesterday morning, then was windy and sunny for most of the afternoon, then we had another downpour around 8.00. Meant to get a bit warmer but there was a definite chill when I left this morning.
  13. What's the weather like?

    It poured this morning, now sunny and/or cloudy, quite warm in the sun. Still windy as well.
  14. New name, new me.

    Hi Quinn, sorry to hear about your injury. I don't remember you from before so welcome back!