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Gin and Tolstoy (Summer 2018): Book 7

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KeithLeMonde · 01/07/2018 17:36

Discussion thread for group 1, book 7

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iloveredwine · 02/07/2018 10:02

I chose this book as it was one I really enjoyed in an other book group. There is lots of characters that I found it very easy to love or hate and could imagine what it was like to live in the houses described. I hope you enjoy it!

tobee · 28/09/2018 17:38

I'd already read this before. I really enjoyed as a page turning read. It had an interesting panoply of characters, the author drew them very vividly. The location was also a clever idea.

I found the residents and their relationships recognisable or believable.

So overall, a pleasing mix of character and plot, both being strong. And exploration of childhood turning into the beginnings of adulthood.

KeithLeMonde · 04/10/2018 11:36

Just received this and read it in about 36 hours :) I've read a few Lisa Jewells before and always find her story-telling very gripping. And I agree with Tobee, she's good at characters - they were clearly drawn and believable.

Also, I've read so many awful psychological thrillers recently where the person with a mental illness turns out to be the "baddy". It was refreshing to have a different - more humane and more realistic - take.

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Heismyopendoor · 19/10/2018 19:19

I really enjoyed this book, didn’t realise there were threads to give feedback on! 😂 or rather I knew they were a thing but couldn’t find them!!

As I said, I really enjoyed it! I read it very quickly as couldn’t put it down! All of the characters were interesting and it certainly wasn’t the ending I was expecting!

Badtasteflump · 15/11/2018 10:14

This has been my favourite book so far! I read it over the weekend I received it as I couldn't put it down, it was a really addictive read.

I loved the characters and the setting - everything is described so vividly I could clearly picture every person and where they were. I also found the general feel of the book quite sentimental and made me reflect on aspects of my own childhood, in a good way.

I also enjoyed the ending, which I didn't see coming until towards the end, which is always a plus.

I will definitely be trying some more Lisa Jewell books after this.

diamantegal · 08/12/2018 21:23

A very quick read for me as well. I thought it was a book that drew you in - you're never quite sure if people are who they say they are and you're left wanting to learn more about them.

I found it very easy to read but engaging at the same time - good choice iloveredwine!

Fizzywinegum · 05/03/2019 10:58

I really enjoyed this book - I read it quickly (probably helped by being on holiday Smile). I found the story interesting and the characters engaging.

I don’t think I’ve read any Lisa Jewell since “Ralph’s Party” years ago. I can sometimes be a bit sniffy about “chick lit” but this book has made me realise that it can be good when it is well written and the characters and storyline aren’t made into cliches. I will definitely look out for some more Lisa Jewell books.

Thank you for choosing it @iloveredwine - do you want the book back?

iloveredwine · 05/03/2019 11:29

Glad you all seemed to enjoy this one. no please pass it on to someone or charity shop 😁

Fizzywinegum · 05/03/2019 14:00

Thank you iloveredwine - I’ll pass it on Grin

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