The Fifth Gospel by Ian Caldwell #BookReview

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“2004. As Pope John Paul II’s reign enters its twilight, a mysterious exhibit is under construction at the Vatican Museums. A week before it is scheduled to open, its curator is murdered. The same night, a violent break-in rocks the home of the curator’s research partner, Father Alex Andreou, a Greek Catholic priest who lives inside the Vatican with his five-year-old son. When the papal police fail to identify a suspect in either crime, Father Alex, desperate to keep his family safe, undertakes his own investigation. To find the killer he must reconstruct the dead curator’s secret. But just as …

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The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle #BookReview

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

Probably you heard of it. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. As it was all the craze a few years ago when Oprah added it to her Book Club. I have to admit I had high hopes for it, but they were met, and more. It’s an amazing book. A journey to knowing yourself and towards a more peaceful self. As the title suggests it focuses on the Power of Now, of the Present Moment that we forget about. The power that we can find within and that unleashes our true self. And also ways to master it and …

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One Early Morning by Virginia Baily #BookReview

Early One Morning by Virginia Baily

A very interesting book. Amazing start, sending shivers down your spine from the first pages. Good writing indeed. I’m talking about Early One Morning by Virginia Baily. Amazing storytelling and great and powerful characters. Rome, October 1943 We start in a Nazi invaded Rome. A story that makes you think what would you do in that situation. And how would you move past it? A city and a beginning tormented by bombs, fear and “rubble”. I have to say again – amazing style of writing! You move back and forth from war era to a lifetime away. Questions and doubts haunting …

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The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain #review

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Beautiful! Just finished The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain and I have to admit it’s one of those books that you don’t want to finish. Very easy and enjoyable to read. It’s the story of Gustav, a Swiss boy we follow from kindergarten onwards. From meeting his first friend, Anton, we go through the most significant moments of his life. We follow them and enjoy their friendship. “Master yourself!” A very personal view of events and over the life in the Swiss Mountains right after the Second World War. We follow him and his family in a troubled yet happy …

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Stasi Child by David Young #review

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Stasi Child is an interesting thriller from David Young that starts with a body being found in East Berlin. We get in that world along with Karin Müller, the detective in charge of the investigation. And we soon learn it’s a tough world. Not many questions allow, and even fewer answers, as expected. The rhythm of the book is quite fast paced and nice to follow. We have two sides of the story that eventually meet up to reveal a dangerous story. Karin is a very good detective that wants to find the truth no matter what, and that proves …

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The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton #Review

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I had heard a lot of good things about this book before getting my hands on it. I was not disappointed, to be honest. A very interesting book, full of surprises and secrets. It’s a book that looks into the new life of Nella Brandt – a Dutch young woman who moves to her new home in Amsterdam. She enters a new world, a new society, a new way of doing things she thought were so simple. Her wedding gift is very interesting and amazes her and the reader as well. It’s very interesting to see how she adapts to …

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Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth #review

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A very exciting book from the author of the Divergent Series. Carve the Mark is set a new interesting world. We have nine planets, gifts, nations, war. A true page turner indeed. So I was interested to see how this book would turn out. A book filled with politics, diplomacy and murder. Isn’t it riveting? Secrets and oracles guide the characters through their fate. Some bound by it to actions they regret. They all possess gifts from the Universe they live in. Some are useful, some helpful, and some are painful, yet effective. We follow the action from two perspectives: Akos …

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