Fiona Cullen-Skowronski

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  • The Girls of Bridge High - Encounter a Spy

    5 stars for the first 21 pages. Can't wait to read the rest when my work is done.

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    Have just begun reading it and find the beginning intriguing. I love mysteries and suspense like this. what is on the fifth page? How long will you keep us guessing? This looks like being a novel written for older children but appropriate for all ages.

  • Instructions for an Inexperienced Lover

    What a beginning

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    My goodness, what a beginning. That book cupboard. Didn't think I could read romance, even about a fiction about romance, knowing it's an illusion, but this beginning really draws you in. can't write a full review yet, but to get the treader's attention with that book cupboard is brilliant.

  • Black Shoes

    Hoping for a sequel

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    When Black Shoes arrived last Saturday morning, I thought I'd just glance at the first page and then catch up with all the work I was behind with. I ended up reading the whole book, without even pausing to feed my caffeine habit. It is fast-paced but also thoughtful. I became very fond of the main characters and missed them when I finished the book. An apparent hardness and uncaringness in two of them is clearly a very thin disguise for breaking hearts. And even the wronged girlfriend is not drawn as a perfect person. She is slightly controlling. I never expected to get so involved in a story featuring people in their twenties. It is an age whose concerns I left long ago. Normally I like reading stuff that is not about affairs of the heart, or if it is, then it should be about how illusory such things are - you know, Madame Bovary, that kind of thing. It is hard to write this review without giving too much away. I found the exploration of prejudice interesting. The best line reveali...When Black Shoes arrived last Saturday morning, I thought I'd just glance at the first page and then catch up with all the work I was behind with. I ended up reading the whole book, without even pausing to feed my caffeine habit. It is fast-paced but also thoughtful. I became very fond of the main characters and missed them when I finished the book. An apparent hardness and uncaringness in two of them is clearly a very thin disguise for breaking hearts. And even the wronged girlfriend is not drawn as a perfect person. She is slightly controlling. I never expected to get so involved in a story featuring people in their twenties. It is an age whose concerns I left long ago. Normally I like reading stuff that is not about affairs of the heart, or if it is, then it should be about how illusory such things are - you know, Madame Bovary, that kind of thing. It is hard to write this review without giving too much away. I found the exploration of prejudice interesting. The best line revealing prejudice is when a possibly 'East European accent' is heard (Albanian, an Illyric language? Polish, a Slavonic language? Romanian, a latin language? Hungarian...? It reminded me of when a Ghanaian friend was talking in Serbian to his Angolan colleague on a Belgrade bus, and a passenger asked them, 'Why are you speaking our language? Dont you Africans have your own language?')By the way, the book is explicit without being pornographic. (more)

  • FATSO

    The secret

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    Wrote what is below some days ago. Have since ordered the book It is so good to read about a young woman and her concerns and to feel for her even though I'm a lot older. And the way the feelings are reflected in the animals makes total sense. I keep interrupting my work to nip over to Completely Novel to read a bit more. Have just started reading Fatso and have got loads to get done away from the computer, so am going to spend the rest of today wondering if am right about the secret at the beginning. Is she pregnant? And will it turn out that Chinelo feels that the Adams of the world are guilty of most of the trouble in the world? Looking forward to getting back to this novel. I love suspense.

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Find me at: www.completelynovel.com/fiona-cullen-skowronski

My Website: http://www.englishfor...

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  • Amanda Leduc
  • Anna Lewis
  • Michael Obiora
  • Kate Nivison
  • Chinelo Ibekwe
  • Ruth Benjamin