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Post  Journey2dfuture on Thu Oct 11, 2012 4:28 pm

Finished at 9pm last night Smile

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Post  x-Kell-x on Thu Oct 11, 2012 5:35 pm

Shell I did think oh crap when I finished it lol
Might just have to read it again if I start to forget! I'm off to look at amazon for some more free books I've got the reading bug again Smile

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Post  Jade on Thu Oct 11, 2012 7:14 pm

I'm always downloading the free books off amazon Wink

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Post  NikkiJayne on Thu Oct 11, 2012 8:38 pm

i'd love to join in but i dont have a kindle and dont have a library near by! the nearest one is in another village 6 miles away

let me know the next one and ill join in
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Post  Journey2dfuture on Fri Oct 12, 2012 2:03 am

I have a copy of the book on pdf to read on the computer if you would like a copy i can send it you

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Post  Jade on Fri Oct 12, 2012 3:25 am

why don't you download the kindle app on to your computer and download it and read it on there hun? lots of free books too Smile

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Post  Nicky on Sun Oct 14, 2012 7:25 pm

Finished
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Post  Shell_x on Sun Oct 14, 2012 9:05 pm

Updated the OP, think i should start reading this week as i got a busy weekend coming up.
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Re: Book Club - A Family Affair

Post  Jade on Tue Oct 16, 2012 7:42 pm

finiiiiiiiiished

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Post  Clarey+3 on Wed Oct 17, 2012 9:26 am

Finished Smile
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Re: Book Club - A Family Affair

Post  Shell_x on Sun Oct 28, 2012 5:10 am

DISCUSSION TIME

Just a quick post as i'm away atm but will come back on monday and properly write my thoughts but feel free to start the discussion... What did you think of the book?
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Re: Book Club - A Family Affair

Post  x-Kell-x on Sun Oct 28, 2012 7:35 pm

I really liked the book!! Ill go back and familirise myself with their names and write something this afternoon Smile
Hope you've had a good weekend away shell!

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Post  Clarey+3 on Sun Oct 28, 2012 9:25 pm

I loved it , will write a bit more when kids are in bed, x
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Re: Book Club - A Family Affair

Post  x-Kell-x on Tue Oct 30, 2012 3:41 am

Right had a look through!

I really liked the book but I found that it ended too abruptly and I was left wanting more!

Christine was a lovely character, loyal to her family and torn apart but everything that had been thrown at her!
It was difficult to feel angry towards Miriam and Lily, I felt more sorry for them loosing Charlie than I did for Christine's mum! That woman was a cow and although I was suprised to actually read it, I knew she was only in the relationship for the money and stature!
As much as I wanted to dislike uncle Harry for cheating and being a womaniser I just couldn't! I really liked that he was so maternal towards Christine! And that he was a decent guy deep down and did want to be a family man with greta!
I wanted to know whether Charlie or Harry was her dad though!
Nate I wasn't keen on until the very end of the book, I know he was just wanting to protect his mum and sister but I took the stance that Christine wasn't to blame for his upsets in life! But once he mellowed I liked him and was so glad him and Christine got together Smile

I would love to read a book based on Charlie's life! Why he did what he did and everything that came with it!

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Post  Shell_x on Tue Oct 30, 2012 5:59 am

I did enjoy the book but it didn't quite capture me like others have. I often found myself getting distracted or skimming a bit to get to the interesting bits. I found it a little cliche in some parts too, like i guessed very early Harry &Gloria had slept together and that he was probably Christine's Dad and I'd also guessed by the synopsis that Christine would fall in love with someone connected to her Dad's secret family. As for the main story and characters, as much as i said it was cliche and I was expecting there to be kids I didn't guess Lily was the child, and she'd have downs syndrome, i thought that was an interesting twist. Like Kell said as much as you want to hate Miriam for sleeping with a married man it's hard when actually she was the nicer character. I couldn't get myself to feel much sympathy for Gloria as she really did just seem to only care about herself and the money and stature she could have. She was constantly manipulating situations and she cheated also, with his brother so it's hard to feel sympathy for her. Also I was kind of horrified by the comments she made about Lily Sad
Nate was weird character in that at first it was really hard to like him cause he was horrible to Christine, when he didn't know her and none of it was her fault. I couldn't understand his reasoning, she was hurt and betrayed, how could he be so mean when she was only trying to understand who her father really was? I did warm to him though and did want them to be together.
Harry i didn't care about. I honestly wanted to skip every word concerning him as it just didn't interest me. I would have preferred more insight somehow into Charlie and how he came to have this other family and why he couldn't/wouldn't leave Gloria.
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Re: Book Club - A Family Affair

Post  libertytmk on Tue Oct 30, 2012 6:33 am

I completely forgot about this. Have been re-reading my In death books. Will read it tomorrow and then come and have a look at the discussion
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Re: Book Club - A Family Affair

Post  Shell_x on Tue Oct 30, 2012 6:35 am

Ok Smile You should find it quite a quick read, i read it in a few hours with the kids running around me lol
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Post  Clarey+3 on Tue Oct 30, 2012 8:42 am

I loved this book, totally engrossed, some of it was obvious but the twists were so unexpected that it balanced out.

I loved the character Christine, her pain and choices was clear and you felt them, I didn't like Nate and loved how their storyline untangled. Lily was a lovely addition to the book.

I too liked Miriam, more human than her mother and I quite liked Harry, although I thought there would be more to his story that the one throwaway line.

I actually didn't like the way the sex was written and thought it out of character for the story. But apart fom that loved it :-)
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Post  Shell_x on Tue Oct 30, 2012 9:19 am

Yeah i agree about the sex. it wasn't really needed. I feel like theres a bit of a boom recently in random sex scenes being put in stories just for the sake of having a bit of sex but a lot of the time it just comes off as a bit amateur
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Re: Book Club - A Family Affair

Post  Nicky on Tue Oct 30, 2012 10:48 am

I enjoyed the read and got quite engrossed. I also felt quite emotional as I felt some empathy regarding a family where there are secrets and the man is involved in more than one relationship. Though it turned out completely different to my experience. I liked the twists and turns but did guess them before they were revealed.
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Post  Nicky on Tue Oct 30, 2012 11:01 am

Can I vote for The Half Life of Hannah. Can't find the correct thread to do so properly.
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Post  Shell_x on Tue Oct 30, 2012 6:31 pm

You click the option at the top of the next book choices and poll thread but if you can't work it out i'll remember your vote Smile
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Re: Book Club - A Family Affair

Post  Nicky on Tue Oct 30, 2012 7:26 pm

I voted this morning and added some more thoughts on family affair. I didn't have a problem with the sex scenes. They didn't get in the way of the story.
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Re: Book Club - A Family Affair

Post  libertytmk on Tue Oct 30, 2012 7:44 pm

Right read it now.

I liked it. The characters didn't really grab me. I don't know if that's because I've been reading the In Death series and they're my all time favourite books or just the way it was written. I thought it was obvious from the start that Christine would end up prefering the 'other' life or that her and Nate would end up together and it all seemed to end up happening a bit too easily. I did like Harry and felt he was probably the best drawn character because most of the rest felt a little like stereotypes
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Re: Book Club - A Family Affair

Post  libertytmk on Tue Oct 30, 2012 7:48 pm

Read through the other bits now. I agree with the sex scenes. Did feel a little like they're a bit shoved on and there wasn't really a reason for them. I have to say that I couldn't really feel any sympathy with Charlie at all and he did feel gutless. He should have just chosen which he wanted
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Re: Book Club - A Family Affair

Post  x-Kell-x on Tue Oct 30, 2012 9:11 pm

Yeh I agree the sex wasn't needed really.

I really loved how lily was portrayed! Such a sweet girl!
I agree about Charlie being spineless! Thats why I think it would be good if there were a book before this one, I get the impression it wasn't suppose to be malicious him not choosing, I think it was because he didn't want to upset Christine

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