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 2nd Monday of each month  10am -11am


3rd Tuesday of each month 5.30pm-6.30pm

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We have recently read

Camilla Way-Watching Edie

Edie is the friend that Heather has always craved. But one night, it goes terrifyingly wrong. And what started as an innocent friendship ends in two lives being destroyed.
Sixteen years later, Edie is still rebuilding her life. But Heather isn’t ready to let her forget so easily. It’s no coincidence that she shows up when Edie needs her most.
Edie or Heather?
Heather or Edie?

Someone has to pay for what happened, but who will it be?

Reading Group Comments:

A good book club book;  provoking a lot of discussion about the 2 girls and who we had sympathy for.

A ‘page turner’-  we had to keep reading it to see what happened next

A strange ending; we felt Heather was creepy from the start – a controlling, obsessive character. Yet we were meant to be sympathetic towards her and not Edie at the end.

Thought it was either a poor ending or a very clever one!

Marks out of 10? ….7…

Recommend to a friend? ….Yes….

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A.A.Dhand-Streets of darkness

The sky over Bradford is heavy with foreboding. It always is. But this morning it has reason to be – this morning a body has been found. And it’s not just any body.
Detective Harry Virdee should be at home with his wife. Impending fatherhood should be all he can think about but he’s been suspended from work just as the biggest case of the year lands on what would have been his desk. He can’t keep himself away.
Determined to restore his reputation, Harry is obliged to take to the shadows in search of notorious ex-convict and prime suspect, Lucas Dwight. But as the motivations of the murder threaten to tip an already unstable city into riotous anarchy, Harry finds his preconceptions turned on their head as he discovers what it’s like to be on the other side of the law…

Reading Group Comments:

Well written, couldn’t put it down as needed to know what happened next. It gave a thought-provoking insight into the complexities of some Asian families and communities.

The characters are well developed and although the plot was complex it was fast-paced and gripped you from the start. Loved Harry and looking forward to reading the next instalment.

Marks out of 10? ….9…

Recommend to a friend? ….Yes….


Friday Morning Reading Group

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We have recently read

Christina Baker Kline – Orphan train

Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to “aging out” out of the foster care system. A community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse...    As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be.           A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance. Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life—answers that will ultimately free them both.

Reading Group Comments:

Historical details are fascinating, really interesting to read about this aspect of American history, that none of us were aware of.

The telling of two stories, decades apart, really works well and makes it an easy read.

Liked  the main characters but though some of the story was a bit improbable and the ending was tied nicely with a bow!

Marks out of 10? ….7 ½       …

Recommend to a friend? ….Yes….


Monday Morning Group

We have recently read

Hazel Osmond- The mysterious Miss Mayhew

Tom doesn't need any more women in his life. He already has a five-year-old daughter, an estranged wife who keeps blocking his efforts to get divorced and a mother who might be having an affair with the vicar. So when Fran Mayhew turns up - years younger and with all the tact of a dinosaur with its backside on fire - she's just another tricky person to deal with . . . And what's she doing in his remote part of Northumberland crawling around in graveyards anyway?
But soon Tom discovers that there's more to the mysterious Miss Mayhew than meets the eye - and that it's not just his heart he's in danger of losing.

Reading Group Comments:

A light-hearted romance, half of the group enjoyed it; the rest found it superficial and predictable.

Some found it humorous; others refused.


Marks out of 10?…..4 ½ ……

Recommend to a friend?.....Mixed response!……


Tuesday Evening Group

We have recently read

Chris Killen – In real life

For a while, Ian, Lauren and Paul shared the same friends, the same university, the same dreams and the same potential. Ten years on they are worlds apart. Call centres, charity shops and bedrooms that smell like cabbage were never part of the plan. The real world doesn't look quite like any of them imagined. But when Lauren, in a moment of nostalgia, cracks open a long-forgotten Hotmail account, she comes face to face with the people these three friends used to be . . . For two of them it will mean a new beginning to an old love story.

Reading Group Comments:

The characters were not engaging.

Negligible plot.

Very badly written.

None of us found it funny but we had a good laugh criticising it! 


Marks out of 10?…..3……

Recommend to a friend?.....No……