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Four Blondes by Candace Bushnell - Book Review

Four Blondes by Candace Bushnell

Fiction-Net Rating 3 Star Rated Book

Four Blondes charts the romantic intrigues, liaisons, betrayals and victories of four modern women. Candace Bushnell also wrote the book Sex and the City which spawned the TV series of the same name. In the case of the TV show, the style is fast, sassy and unafraid.

The snappy style was certainly in place and instantly recognisable. There were cocktail parties, movie stars, money and drugs. But underneath the glamorous veneer, there is a dark underbelly, which Candace Bushnell isn't afraid to reveal.

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Inconceivable by Ben Elton - Book Review

Inconceivable by Ben Elton

Fiction-Net Rating 4 Star Rated Book

Lucy desperately wants a baby. Sam is determined to write a hit movie. The problem is that both their efforts seem to be unfruitful and given that the average IVF cycle has about a one in five chance of going into full production, Lucy's chances of getting what she wants are considerably better than Sam's.

The tone of Inconceivable is best described as bittersweet. The humour of Ben Elton is a strong presence and the jokes flow thick and fast. Even so, at times this is a deeply sad book about a love-filled marriage that is struggling against nature's design.

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Jewel by Brett Lott - Book Review

Jewel by Bret Lott

Fiction-Net Rating 4 Star Rated Book

In the backwoods of Mississippi, Jewel and her husband Leston are blessed with five healthy children. All this changes with the birth of Brenda Kay in 1943. This is the story of a woman's devotion to a child who is both her burden and her blessing.

While it is a powerful novel, especially in light of the fact that it takes place during a time when there was little support for families with special needs children, I still felt that there was something missing between the interaction of the various family members. Lott's character, Jewel, does leave us with a feeling of well-being because we all know that there are women out there who will rise to the challenges of life and we are all the better for their presence.

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Dead Souls by Ian Rankin - Book Review

Dead Souls by Ian Rankin

Fiction-Net Rating 2 Star Rated Book

A call from an old friend brings back memories and more than a little guilt for DI John Rebus of the Lothian and Borders police. Suddenly it seems Edinburgh's streets are crowded with the lost and forgotten.

The character of DI John Rebus should come with a cliché warning attached. The same could be said for other characters - his stuffy superior, the slimy journalist, the battleaxe mother from the flats and any number of the male characters, running around with vendettas and scores to settle.

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