Bidford on Avon  reading group had very diverse opinions on George Eliot’s  Middlemarch but said it was “ interesting”. Reading between the lines, it seemed they found it long for a reading group monthly read. It certainly needs some commitment, in time and concentration, but this is true of most classics. It is such a well-worth book, one of my very favourites, and with a local flavour too.! If you haven’t tried it, then I would urge you to do so, you won’t be disappointed. ( and do send in a review)

Bedworth, Bulkington & Nuneaton U3A  group has reviewed Vivien’s Heavenly Ice Cream Shop by Abby Clements.  Here is what they said :

We universally found it very trite, with no real storyline and all totally unrealistic, with a sickly sweet “happy-ever-after” ending. The plot, such as it was, was very predictable, so reading enjoyment was much reduced

They scored the book as “ poor” and would not recommend it, as there is no substance to read or discuss.

This is the worst review of any book to date. If you have read it, then please let us know your opinions . We are aware that it is very light-hearted, but in the spirit of the reading group collection, we try to offer a broad range of books. Hope you all have a better read next time!


Our last review is from Bulkington Reading Group, who have read Summer at Mount Hope by Rosalie Ham

The book discusses the changing roles of women. The group thought the characters were very two-dimensional , and that it would make a good film or play. It had a clearly defined storyline, but didn’t initiate much discussion..

They would recommend it, found it easy reading and enjoyable. It was “ good”


Thanks for all your reviews- they are much appreciated. Do remember to include detail, as well as whether you liked it or not ( but no spoilers please! )

Happy Reading


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