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If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin: Intense, Rhetorically Charged Love Story

Rating: 5 stars

Category: Romance

Synopsis: For childhood best friends Tish and Fonny, becoming a couple in adulthood seems like the easiest, most natural thing in the world. Until Fonny is jailed for a rape he never committed, just before Tish announces she is pregnant with his baby. Two families must cling to each other in the turbulent struggle for justice that ensues against the institutional racism of America. Continue reading If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin: Intense, Rhetorically Charged Love Story

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Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley: Thought-Provoking Romance

Rating: 4 stars

Category: Romance

Synopsis: Sarah and her sister Ruth are among the first. The first black students to attend formerly all-white Jefferson High School. The first to endure protests by white students against integration. The first to read bitter articles in the school magazine denying them their right to be there.

When the author of these articles, Linda Hairston, steps between Ruth and a group of bullies, Sarah is one of the only witnesses. Both Sarah and Linda find something has changed in them, as everything they thought they knew about each other is overturned… Continue reading Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley: Thought-Provoking Romance

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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern: Fantasy World to Sink Into and Savour

Les Cirque des Reves, or Circus of Dreams, can only be entered between sunset and sunrise. Until one evening when it will disappear as suddenly as it arrived, only to reappear in another city, another country. The acts are familiar – acrobats, fortune tellers, mirror mazes, illusionists – but not as they have been seen before.
The performers seem to belong to another world, one where the boundaries of reality widen. When dark occurrences begin to blight the circus, an unprecedented force at its centre is finally revealed to them.

Because the circus is not the event – it is only the venue… Continue reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern: Fantasy World to Sink Into and Savour

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Anuanna by Madeline McQueen: Fun, Light-Hearted Fantasy Read

When Anna starts to hear strange voices that no-one else can, at first she thinks she is going insane. However, the cause starts to emerge after she connects these voices with her family pets…

Anna has the ability to communicate with animals – she is a member of a race with powerful gifts. Realising them will require her to navigate an entire world she could never even have imagined. Continue reading Anuanna by Madeline McQueen: Fun, Light-Hearted Fantasy Read

Archive Nostalgia: Half of the Human Race by Anthony Quinn

Rating: 4 stars

Category: Historical, Romance

Synopsis: Constance is a suffragette with ambitions to become a surgeon and a deep aversion to following her sister’s footsteps into domesticity. Will is the rising star of county cricket, whose values are far more ‘traditional’. When the two fall in love, each finds their views of the world irrevocably shaken at their foundations. However, with war on the horizon and British society clinging to the ideals that are about to be torn apart, will their affection be able to overcome the gulf of circumstance that separates them? Continue reading Archive Nostalgia: Half of the Human Race by Anthony Quinn

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Half of the Human Race by Anthony Quinn: Historical Romance with Absorbing Depth

Rating: 4 stars

Category: Historical, Romance

Synopsis: Constance is a suffragette with ambitions to become a surgeon and a deep aversion to following her sister’s footsteps into domesticity. Will is the rising star of county cricket, whose values are far more ‘traditional’. When the two fall in love, each finds their views of the world irrevocably shaken at their foundations. However, with war on the horizon and British society clinging to the ideals that are about to be torn apart, will their affection be able to overcome the gulf of circumstance that separates them? Continue reading Half of the Human Race by Anthony Quinn: Historical Romance with Absorbing Depth