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    As enjoyable a read as you can find.

    Just like the other two, it has lovely characters and good storylines.
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    Thoughtful and empathetic.

    Love Ruth Hogans style. A thoughtful book concerning the unintentional damage a parent can cause a child. There are times of sadness and pain but also of release and happiness. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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    Charming

    A delightful well written amusing story. Like her first novel, a mix of fantasy and reality that keeps the pages turning
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    Absolutely delightful!

    I absolutely adored this quirky, magical, funny, slightly sad book. One of those books I didn't want to read too quickly as it would be over too soon. Tilda has come to her Mother's home in Brighton to clear it out as her Mother has recently died. Tilda always had a very strained relationship with her Mother and after she'd sent Tilda to boarding school, and away from the only place she was ever really happy, their relationship was never the same. Tilda's Mother was a troubled woman who had been in an asylum and had electric shock treatment. There she had met Queenie, of the title of the book, and they had stayed friends. So when Tilda's Dad left to find work elsewhere and didn't come back Tilda and her Mother moved to Queenie Malone's Paradise Hotel in Brighton, and soon were part of the mad, dysfunctional (very funny!) group of people who lived there. The story flicked back and forth between when Tilda was younger and the present day. In the present day, while clearing out her Mother's paperwork, Tilda found a box of diaries which she slowly read through, and these explained what actually happened when Tilda was younger, why they moved to Brighton and why her Mother felt she had to send Tilda away to boarding school. Quite sad in places but very revealing. I don't want to say too much about the book and ruin things but there are definitely a few surprises along the way, more towards the latter half of the book. Tilda as a child was delightful and absolutely hilarious with her take on certain words and phrases. I was laughing a lot in this book! Bermondsey was one of my favourites - '... apart from dissecting my food with geometric precision, a phobia of boiled eggs, growing windmills in the back garden and believing that God sent sinners to Bermondsey, I was completely normal', just about sums up Tilda. I can't express how absolutely delightful, magical and funny I found this book, definitely a keeper.
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