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Offline Ray Kingfisher Reading No, Writing.
29 Apr 2013, 01:31 PM | Post: #11

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RE: 2 new reviews for Matchbox Memories

Many thanks David/Kew/Ignite. You're all too kind by half.
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Offline Kath Middleton Reading Hell, yes!
29 Apr 2013, 02:45 PM | Post: #12

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RE: 2 new reviews for Matchbox Memories

I aim to be too kind by three quarters. I'm missing the mark somewhat! Wink
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Offline Kew Reading Black Butterflies by Sara Alexi
03 May 2013, 09:17 AM | Post: #13

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RE: 2 new reviews for Matchbox Memories

Congratulations, Ray!

I've noticed that your book has been given an "oak tree recommendation" on the UK Amazon Kindle Forum on goodreads. You've been given three acorns, which is the highest number given and means that your book is a "must read". Here's a link to the appropriate thread.

http://www.goodreads.com...

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Offline Ray Kingfisher Reading No, Writing.
03 May 2013, 10:40 AM | Post: #14

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RE: 2 new reviews for Matchbox Memories

(03 May 2013 09:17 AM)Kew Wrote: Wrote:  Congratulations, Ray!

I've noticed that your book has been given an "oak tree recommendation" on the UK Amazon Kindle Forum on goodreads.  You've been given three acorns, which is the highest number given and means that your book is a "must read". Here's a link to the appropriate thread.

http://www.goodreads.com...

Big Grin

Thanks, Kew. I occasionally search on my books but wouldn't have found this without a Kuffer pointing it out. I don't know where it will lead but I'll keep an eye on it.

Sometimes I wonder what I'd do without Kuffers.

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Offline Ray Kingfisher Reading No, Writing.
06 May 2013, 03:00 PM | Post: #15

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RE: 2 new reviews for Matchbox Memories

And two more - don't know whether it's a result of goodreads or just my recent promotion but I'm certainly smiling in sunny Hampshire today:


5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended, 6 May 2013
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ElaineG (uk) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Matchbox Memories (Kindle Edition)
This is the story of a family who all have secrets that they are keeping from each other. When Harry is taken into hospital, Ian has to travel north to look after his adopted mother, Ruth, who is suffering from Alzheimers. Anyone who has spent any amount of time with someone suffering from Alzheimers will know what its like when the sufferer starts talking about someone from the past who you have never heard of. Are they confused with someone from the TV? Are they making it up? Or is there something we don't know about? What follows is an extremely well written story showing the relationships between each member of the family, as they all seem to tiptoe around each other trying to keep their secrets hidden.
Whilst some of the things that Ruth says and does are funny, the author has not made her into a figure of fun. He has dealt with the topic of Alzheimers in such a way that she still retains her humanity and every now and again she comes out with some wonderful little pearls of wisdom. He also shows the strain of caring from someone with Alzheimers and how wearing it is, yet at the same time not forgetting that the sufferer is someone who is loved by the carer.
It is a read that is funny and sad at the same time, with realistic characters. A highly recommended read that, despite its subject matter, is not depressing at all.



5.0 out of 5 stars Memorable, 5 May 2013
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I'm having difficulty choosing exactly what I liked best about this book.Was it the clever plotting or the social relevance of the narrative? No, In my opinion it was the relationship between mother and son which captivated me. As Ian copes with the frustrations of Ruth's illness and delves deeper into the family history to expose the secrets of the past what could have been a sombre tale is, thanks to the skill of the author instead a clever,witty and compelling read.


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Offline Jonathan Hill
06 May 2013, 06:31 PM | Post: #16

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RE: 2 new reviews for Matchbox Memories

Well done, Ray! Is that a new book I spy on your signature? I like the swearing barometer! So you use the word 'flip' 72 times then? Thanks for the warning!
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Offline Ray Kingfisher Reading No, Writing.
06 May 2013, 08:39 PM | Post: #17

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RE: 2 new reviews for Matchbox Memories

(06 May 2013 06:31 PM)Jonathan Hill Wrote: Wrote:  Well done, Ray!  Is that a new book I spy on your signature?  I like the swearing barometer!  So you use the word 'flip' 72 times then?  Thanks for the warning!

Nice to see someone's on the ball, Jonathan.
Yes, something I thought I'd try as a marketing tool. Perhaps 'Easy Money - full to the gills with foul and abusive language' would have been more imaginative.

Like you say, nobody can say they weren't warned. And, of course, I only use bad language in the interests of artistic flippin' integrity.

RK.

PS - it's obviously worked! I have one purchase already!
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06 May 2013, 09:27 PM | Post: #18

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RE: 2 new reviews for Matchbox Memories

And a very satisfied customer too Big Grin
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Offline sujay Reading The Glass Guardian by Linda Gillard
07 May 2013, 08:43 AM | Post: #19

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RE: 2 new reviews for Matchbox Memories

I have to agree with the others, a brilliant read. It has everything, humour and full on emotion and sadness in one book. You never know which way things are going, but deep down is a message to us all that Alzheimers is a disease that not only takes the life of the one suffering, but can have devastating effects on the surrounding family and carers as well.
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Offline Ray Kingfisher Reading No, Writing.
04 Jun 2013, 08:25 PM | Post: #20

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2 more 5* reviews for MM and a new cover

I got 2 more great reviews for Matchbox Memories, to go with the new cover and fresh proof read out today:

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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent holiday read. 3 Jun 2013
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This review is from: Matchbox Memories (Kindle Edition)
I will look for more books by Ray Kingfisher as a result of downloading this light hearted mystery book free and enjoying reading it on holiday.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent story. 2 Jun 2013
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This review is from: Matchbox Memories (Kindle Edition)
If it hadn't been endorsed by the UK Kindle Users Forum, I probably wouldn't have read this book, as it's not the sort of story that would have attracted me. That said I really enjoyed this book.
Ian Greefe is returning to his `parents' home in Cumbria. With this, the scene is set for family revelations. Harry is in hospital and Ian has to tend to Harry's wife, Ruth, for a week. Ruth is a real handful that lands Ian in lots of scrapes, not just with the authorities, but also his siblings.
The story is revealed in a careful and considered manner. The use of Alzheimers was used carefully, being neither treated as a joke, nor used as a device for distress. The characters were very believable and were well crafted.
Whilst I saw many of the revelations coming, some still came as a surprise to me.
All in all, a very good read. Highly recommended.
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And yes, I went with the graveyard cover - and also the lamps one, which I'll swap in at some stage to see which makes the most difference. Thanks to those who helped me (almost) make a decision.

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