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Ratings and Book Reviews (11 51 star ratings
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    Beautiful and uplifting book

    I loved this book. Hours passed as I was reading without me realising, and even when it reached the small hours of the morning, I could not stop. I wish I could put my finger on what makes this book so brilliant. The writing is gorgeous, vivid, and visual. It seems redundant to say the characters are well developed. They weren't characters to me. They were real people, with all the hopes and dreams, fears and foibles of real people. I shared in their pain, their uncertainties, their unexpected joys. The book succeeds because its foundation is a study of human life, and watching four generations of a family succeed and fail. It's also a book about nostalgia, sentimental but never mawkish. It's about how toys can make us feel like children again, and the trials of one family trying to bring some joy into a troubled world. But it's also about magic. The ordinary magic of love and hope, and the extraordinary magic of what might happen if, just if, a toy were to one day come to life.
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    Brilliant

    A really beautiful story - loved every character
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    A bit of a let down

    The book had a great start - right up until 1917.From there it seemed to go rapidly downhill - and was downright unpleasant for most of the remainder. The very last chapter was better, seeming to reclaim some of its earlier magic - but it was a case of too little, too late for my taste.
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    Nostalgic

    I really enjoyed this, it took me back to being a child and on. The characters were well crafted and I thoroughly enjoyed it. But the ending could have been slightly more concise.
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    Immersive

    A wonderful atmosphere throughout the entire span of the tale.
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