Book-Review:…The-Adulteress

The Adulteress was my second Noelle Harrison read.  After reading girl across the sea, also by Harrison, I was expecting an entertaining read.

However, I knew things were going south during the prologue which I feel must have been the longest I have ever read, and which did nothing for the book in my opinion.  I found it so waffly that I nearly put the book down as a bad joke about halfway through the prologue before I commenced reading chapter one.

I was very disappointed with the writing and storyline and the long-winded descriptive narratives.  In fact, on reflection, I think it could have cut The Adulteress back to a short story.

In short, The Adulteress is about a family (two sisters) and their wants, needs and woes, as children, married teens and as adults.  And whether it was a want, need or woe, it was described in great detail.  Often so much detail that I found it easy to forget exactly what the topic was at beginning of the chapter.

 

I rated

The Adulteress

as a Two-Star read

simply because I finished the book.

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At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

The Adulteress

an average of 3.61 stars,

from 150 ratings and

20 reviews.

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The Adulteress

can be purchased online at 

Booktopia, Fishpond and Amazon

 

Book-Review-Seven-Perfect-Things


Seven Perfect Things

by

Catherine Ryan Hyde

A litter of seven puppies, a thirteen-year-old girl (Abby) who talks to strangers (Elliot) and domestic abuse combine to create a heart-warming story that features Seven Perfect Things/Puppies.

Author, Catherine Ryan Hyde, has set her novel in the Sierra Nevada foothills where life is hard for Abby and her mother (Mary) thanks to an abusive father/husband.

Abby rescues a bag full of puppies that have been thrown into a river and immediately falls in love with every one of them.  She knows one puppy is out of the question, let alone seven, so she decides to leave them at an apparently abandoned cabin in the foothills. 

All is well until the owner (Elliot) turns up.  Elliot is grieving the very recent death of his wife and finds Abby and her puppies a welcome distraction from his loneliness.

After a slightly rocky beginning, Abby and Elliot’s friendship grows to a degree that Abby is thinking of him as her father.   As we arrive at this point, Abby returns home one night to her home in chaos as her father Stan packs minimal belongings and moves, family and all out of the district.

Abby and her mother, Mary, successfully plan to return to their hometown and from there, move to the city.

 

Seven Perfect Things is another novel that fits the ‘page turner’ category.

 

I have rated

Seven Perfect Things

as a

read.

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At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

Seven Perfect Things

an average of 4.40 stars

from 15,597 ratings

and 1,053 reviews.

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Seven Perfect Things

can be purchased online at 

Booktopia, Fishpond and Amazon

 

 

 

 

 

Help

 

As mentioned last week my copy of Picasa has gone to God.  After I shifted some image folders around it has thrown its hands I the air and told me to find my own photos.

I have tried PhotoScape X, inPixio and Photo Elements 14….none of which have a built in search function…that I can find.

Why Google retired Picasa I do not know.  It is/was brilliant I my opinion searching by name, tags, or number.

I suspect that many bloggers have many photographs in their archives/computers that need frequent searching.

Any thoughts or help with locating a photo editing program with a search function would be appreciated.

FOWChallenge-Direction

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direction

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A Hobbit movie set signpost indicating

the direction of East and West Farthing

and maybe the Tuck shop.

 

Generally signposts indicate two or three

directions to travel and are not as

busy at the tourist destination

signposts such as this one in York.

However, these tourist signposts

make it easier for weary travellers

to find their destination

in a new town or city.

*****

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Fandango’s One Word Challenge:…Direction

Jez’s-WWE-PC-Swan-Bay

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Cee’s-Hunt4Joy-Wear-Bright-Colours

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This was a difficult challenge for me…

…because I generally don’t point my

camera at people.

I have managed to find suitable background

and bright colours…..


…along with some long range surfing brights.

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Perhaps my favourite surfing shot

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Cee’s-Hunt-for-Joy-Challenge:  Wear-Bright-Colors