By Ali Gripper
Dr Sanduk Ruit was born into an impoverished family in Nepal. He became a gifted eye surgeon and has spent his life giving the gift of sight to thousands of poor and isolated people in the Himalayas and around the world. He was mentored by Fred Hollows . Like Fred he could have made a lucrative income as an eye surgeon but instead chose to serve the poor.
This inspirational story gives us courage to rise above hardships and achieve our dreams. I found the book jumped a bit in time which made it a little harder for me to read but was still very enjoyable.
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Eilis, a young Irish woman settles in Brooklyn New York in the 1950’s leaving her family behind. She quickly falls in love with a local boy called Tony. Her world is shattered when a family tragedy takes her home to Ireland where she must choose between the two countries.
Saoirse Ronan (Little Women, Ladybird) brings the character alive with her expressive acting. There are strong friendships between the young women in the hostel which reminded me of the movie Ladies in Black. Her romance with Tony is sweet and his Italian family bring some humorous moments to the movie.
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By Kelly Rimmer
Alice has plenty on her plate. She is juggling the demands of modern life which include a son with autism. Tragedy strikes when her elderly Polish grandmother has a stroke. The grandmother begs her to seek out their relatives in Poland. At first Alice is reluctant but quickly relishes the chance to travel and reevaluate her life. The story also deals with Alina who lives in Nazi occupied Poland. She is in love with Tomasz but he is on the run from the Nazis and they become separated. The two stories become entwined as Alice discovers a big secret in her grandmother’s past. I found this a moving and enthralling story and did not predict the ending.
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By Dianne Wolfer
This story is the adventures of a tiny dog born on a cattle station in Western Australia during World War II. The dog passes from person to person but longs to be reunited with his owner – Elsie. Historical fiction for animal lovers!
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By Jane Harper
This is a mystery family drama set in outback Queensland. Nathan’s brother is found dead amid mysterious circumstances. Nathan attempts to make sense of this while dealing with his own personal demons. This family tragedy has the harsh outback as a backdrop.
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By Ann Cleeves
These books inspired the BBC series “Shetland” featuring DI Jimmy Perez. An enjoyable murder mystery that kept me guessing until the end. The characters are well developed and the plot is well thought out.
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By Susanna Gregory
Matthew Bartholomew is a physician in medieval Cambridge when the Bubonic plague strikes. In addition he must investigate some mysterious murders. An absorbing mystery with great attention to historical detail.
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