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15 February 2014
Finally, my 8 books from the Richard and Judy Book Club have arrived today. For the non-UK readers here: this is a book club similar to Oprah in the US. They are a couple who used to present Daytime TV here in the UK and now are known for their book club. As so often with these things, once a book is chosen by Richard and Judy for their book club, they are 'made' as they would of course, get plenty of exposure. Now if someone can tell me please where I can purchase the time for reading them :) as my own reviews get priority. 

For Spring 2014, these are the 8 books chosen (with blurbs from the covers)



The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

For seventy years, Josef Weber has been hiding in plain sight. He is a pillar of his local community. He is also a murderer. When Josef decides to confess, it is to Sage Singer, a young woman who trusts him as a friend. What she hears shatters everything she thought she knew and believed. As Sage uncovers he truth from the darkest horrors of war, she must follow a twisting trail between terror and mercy, betrayal and forgiveness, love - and revenge. 



Longbourn by Jo Baker
Pride and Prejudice - The servant's story. 
It is wash-day for the housemaids at Longbourn House, and Sarah's hands are chapped and raw. Domestic life below stairs, ruled with a tender heart and an iron will by Mrs Hill the housekeeper, is about to be disturbed by the arrival of an new footman, bearing secrets and he scent of the sea.



The Never List by Koethi Zan
Never go out alone after dark. For years, Sarah and Jennifer kept the Never List: a list of things to be avoided at all costs. Never get in the car. But one night, they broke their own rules - with horrifying consequences. Never take risks. Sarah has spend ten years trying to forget her terrifying ordeal. But is seems the killer has not forgotten her. Never trust anyone. 



Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty 
Yvonne Carmichel has a high-flying career, a beautiful home and a good marriage. But when she meets a stranger she is drawn into a passionate affair. Keeping the two halves of her life separate seems easy at first. But she can't control what happens next.



The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
Love isn't an exact science - but no one told Don Tillman. A handsome thirty-nine-year-old geneticist, Don's never had a second date. So he devises The Wife Project, a scientific test to find the perfect partner. Enter Rosie - 'the world's most incompatible woman' - throwing Don's safe, ordered life into chaos Just what is this unsettling, alien emotion he's feeling?



A Commonplace Killing by Sian Busby
London, July 1946. A woman's body is found in a disused bomb site off the Holloway Road. She is identified as Lillian Frobisher, "a respectable wife and mother" who lived with her family nearby. The police assume that Lillian must have been the victim of a sexual assault; but when the autopsy finds no evidence of rape, they turn their attention to her private life… How died she come to be in the bomb site, a well-known lovers' haunt? Why was her husband seemingly unaware that she'd failed to come home on the night she was killed?



Sisterland by Curtins Sittenfeld
For identical twins, Kate and Violet are about as unlike as two peas from the same pod can be. Except in one respect - they share a hidden gift. But after Kate inadvertently reveals their secret when they are thirteen years old, their lives are set on diverging paths. Twenty years later Kate, a devoted wife and mother, has settled down in the suburbs to raise her two children. Violet is single, and lives a much more flamboyant and eccentric existence. Then one day Violet ignites a media storm by predicting a major earthquake in the St Louis area where they live. As the day Violet has announced for the earthquake draws nearer, Kate must attempt to reconcile her fraught relationship with her sister, and to face truths about herself she has long tried to deny. 



Rage Against the Dying by Becky Masterman
Remains found. Confession secured. Case closed. Or at least that's what the official FBI channels believe. But Bridgid Quinn - a retired agent with a bloody secret of her own - doesn't think so. They've got the wrong man. Which leaves only one question: what would make you confess to a murder you didn't commit?