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The House We Grew Up In

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The House We Grew Up in, Lisa Jewell, book review

Lisa Jewell is one of my favourite authors and I have just delighted in reading her latest book, The House We Grew Up In. It is an absorbing tale that tells the story of the Bird family who grew up in the house mentioned in the title.

Once they were a happy, thriving family; that was until a devastating tragedy befell them that they felt that they would never be able to cover from. From that day forward the family starts to be estranged from each other with each member choosing their own destructive course to follow.


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Before I Met You

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Before I Met You, Lisa Jewell, book reviewI love Lisa Jewell’s style of writing and always look forward to her new books with relish. I’ve just read her latest book, Before I Met You, and I have enjoyed it just as much as all her others. What I particularly liked though was the fact that it was also very different from her other books and was a really refreshing read.

Before I Met You tells the story of two women – Arlette and Betty – who belong to different generations. Arlette was Betty’s step grandmother who she was devoted to and cared for until the day she died. After Arlette’s death though, Betty and her family are surprised, when the will is read, to learn of an unknown beneficiary. With very little to go on, Betty moves from her home in Guernsey to Soho to try and solve the mystery.


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The Making of Us

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The Making of Us - Lisa Jewell, book reviewLisa Jewell is one of my favourite contemporary women’s authors and I have loved reading all of her books. Her latest, The Making of Us is just as readable and compelling as all of the others, and I was hooked in to the absorbing storyline from the very first page.

The Making of Us is about a set of disparate people who have never met but who are intrinsically linked by a twist of fate – they all share the same father. This would not be so unusual were it not for the fact that their mothers had never met their father either; the reason for this being that they were all conceived through sperm donation. Their father, Daniel Blanchard was a French medical student who had his own reasons for making the donation and never intended to ever meet his children.


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Thirty Nothing

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Thirty-nothing By Lisa Jewell, book reviewI have recently become a huge fan of the writer Lisa Jewell and I am now on a quest to read as many of her books as I can. Hot on the heels of reading ‘One Hit Wonder’, which I absolutely adored and couldn’t put down, I was able to get a copy of Thirty Nothing which I have just finished reading. It had a lot to live up to after One Hit Wonder, but Lisa Jewell has done it it again with this book and has written another fantastic book that I really loved reading.

Thirty Nothing features two main characters – Dig (short for Digby) and Nadeen – who have been best friends ever since they were at school together and are now just entering their thirties – hence the title!


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After the Party

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After the Party By Lisa Jewell, book reviewLisa Jewell is one of my favourite authors and I always love reading new books from her. I was particularly looking forward to reading After the Party as I realised that she was picking up the lives of characters that she created in her first book – Ralph’s Party – back in 1999. I had really loved this book and it was great that she was picking up on the story eleven years later even though I have to admit to being a bit hazy about the original storyline as I read Ralph’s Party quite a while ago. It didn’t matter though. And it won’t really matter if you have not read the first book either. Although events from before are alluded to, it does stand as a story in its own right, and any necessary references to the past are explained.


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One Hit Wonder

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One-hit Wonder By Lisa Jewell, book reviewI have read a couple of other novels by Lisa Jewell which I very much enjoyed but none have come near the absolute pleasure I have recently derived from reading One Hit Wonder which I think is a wonderful novel! Before I started reading it I did wonder whether it would live up to the praise heaped on it on the back cover – ‘will keep you up all night in a sweaty addicted reading frenzy (The Times) and ‘stands out from the mass of chick-lit like a poppy in a cornfield’ (Nova) – but having read it I have decided that it is certainly worthy of this praise and more!


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