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Christina L. Andlaw "TheWebWriter" (Gibraltar)

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The Last Gift
The Last Gift
Price: £0.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No ordinary historical drama, 16 Dec. 2012
This review is from: The Last Gift (Kindle Edition)
This book is amazing. The author takes you right there, into a tragic tale of survival set in the slums of Victorian London. Once there, I was consumed by the strength of the main character, Maggie and her struggle for survival and peace against all odds. The story heated up at such speed half way through that it became completely impossible to put the book down - always the sign of great book! Just as everything spirals into hopelessness, Maggie receives a letter to take her to America and a last gift changes everything...certainly one of the best books I've read this year.

by Cherie Burns
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Frank and sensible approach to all your fears about step mothering, 16 April 2010
This review is from: Stepmotherhood (Paperback)
This book reassures you, in an American way, that step motherhood is not easy and you are definitely not alone in feeling excluded and undervalued in your role. Many a line from this book could have been taken from my own lips as a plaintive custodial step mother. Cherie Burns identifies all the problems that arise and allows us to focus not only on re-addressing them from a new angle, but also reminds us of the importance of keeping equal focus on the valuable relationship we have with our new partner/husband. In parts, the book could have gone into more detail or offered some practical exercises to follow. There should have been more information for step parents, each with their own custodial children,as it is increasingly the case that fathers too, become custodial parents.

The Step-Parents' Parachute: The Four Cornerstones of Good Step-parenting
The Step-Parents' Parachute: The Four Cornerstones of Good Step-parenting
by Flora McEvedy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, insightful, a great help, 16 April 2010
As a mother with my own daughter plus step-son living permanently at home (ages 7 and 8), I thought I was heartless for not feeling any love for my stepson - but Flora McEvedy reassures that this actually normal. She hits the nail on the head with her frank, no nonsense account of the difficulties that arise in a household where child and step parent who ideally wouldn't chose to share their lives together must co-exist happily for the sake of a peaceful home. Different ideas on childrearing emerge when 2 families are put together, blended with a good deal of over-compensating along the way, and sadly your ideas don't always coincide with those of your new partner/husband. Flora reveals sensible viewpoints and considerations to allow you to think from a new angle, allowing you the freedom to feel as you feel, then arrive at practical ways to combat your fears and anxieties on being a step parent. Thank you, this book has also helped me to improve the way my partner and I view the whole situation. It has relieved the pressure to 'get it right' all the time.

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