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Madeleine

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  1. I think it falls into the easy read, page turning category, it doesn't pretend to be great literature, and the plot isn't really that original (it's a plot set up that writers like Nora Roberts have used for years ie someone coming home for some sort of gathering and uncovering old secrets).
  2. I usually aim for around 50, think I'm about halfway there now.
  3. Yes I suppose the Ellie storyline did feel a bit "tacked on", I agree that the family killings was a much better storyline, and the descriptions were great, the town almost felt like a character in itself. The second Falk book is quite good too, maybe not as strong as The Dry (and a different setting).
  4. Head over Heels - Tears for Fears
  5. Vanishing Acts - Jodi Picoult
  6. the third witch's part is rather politically incorrect now, to say the least Now I know where Alan Bradley got the title of one of his Flavia de Luce books though.
  7. HI Sue, welcome, do you have any favourite authors/books?
  8. Hope you're feeling better soon Meg, must have been scary.
  9. Hope you feel better soon Momac and your test results are OK. Knees can take a while to stop hurting! Stairlift sounds a great idea and a good solution, a work colleague has parents in a similar situation and as you say moving and downsizing would be way too stressful so they had a stairlift installed a few weeks ago and haven't looked back, they also use it for moving stuff up and downstairs, not just people! Good luck.
  10. All the best in your new home!
  11. Hi Rashel, I'm a fan of Cassandra Clare too. Welcome to the forum.
  12. Madeleine

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    Sorry to hear that Momac, my mum is similar with forgetfulness and going into a rant at the slightest thing, last night for example we discovered our landline wasn't working, so I only had my mobile and was on the phone to the landline company (premium rate call of course) and my phone ran out of credit! Got it topped up today and managed to get through again, turns out the problem is with the telephone exchange not our phone, so now waiting for them to fix it. Trouble is mum can't hear on the phone too well (me neither to be honest) so I was telling her what to say as she had to answer the security questions, and she couldn't hear what the guy was saying, but we got there eventually. Just trying to get anything done is a nightmare nowadays! Glad your daughter is doing OK, that must be a relief. Feel free to rant, it does help!
  13. Madeleine

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    Good point about GDPR.
  14. Madeleine

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    That's the point, I haven't opted in! And how the heck a surgery in Bristol got my number....although that seems to have stopped now.
  15. Madeleine

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    It seems that the NHS has somehow got hold of my mobile number - first of all, a few years ago I got occasional texts confirming my appointment at my doctor's surgery......in Bristol, but I live in London and apart from a couple of very brief visits have never been to Bristol. Now I've started getting texts from Barts Health Trust, which at least is almost the correct area, and yesterday got one asking for my feedback on my outpatients' appointment, which of course I didn't have (haven't been to the doctor since last October). I hope this ridiculous text service doesn't cost them anything, and if it does, then it's worrying that they can't get the right contact number, I hope no one missed an appointment because they didn't get the text reminder!
  16. Congrats Binker! She sounds very sensible, I agree weddings have become yet another industry, but she's showing it can still be done on a smaller, much more personal scale.
  17. There's also a TV movie of Plainsong, which pops up in the UK from time to time!
  18. Madeleine

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    Looks like they're still on, still haven't received our polling cards though.
  19. The Vanishing Box - Elly Griffiths
  20. I don't think that's to do with memory loss either, as Meg says, it's an automatic action to something you've got used to doing for a long time.
  21. I love the Poldark books - I've got 2 more to go! they're real comfort reads aren't they?
  22. Good luck with the lavender seeds! Went to a the lovely gardens at Wisley yesterday, rain held off most of the time and it was very enjoyable.
  23. I like the Brodie books, but tried one of her others - Emotionally Weird - and it was awful, I would have dumped it but it was a book group read. I think she's a Marmite author,
  24. Madeleine

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    I've just received an Autumn/winter catalogue from a well known casual clothing company, feel like sending it back and telling them to send it again in 6 months' time!
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