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By Eliza Graham The One I Was [Paperback]
By Eliza Graham The One I Was [Paperback]
by Eliza Graham
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I really cared about the characters, hidden identities, dual time narrative, guilty secrets, 18 July 2015
I think I have read all of Eliza Graham's novels and I've loved and enjoyed them all, including this latest novel.

I love her simple writing style, her individual characters and the way she makes you care about them.

The One I Was begins with Rosamond's arrival at Fairfleet to nurse terminally ill Benny Gault, a German refugee who now owns the large house that belonged to the family who took him in in 1939.

I was absorbed from the start and wanted to know what Benny's guilty secret was, how does Rosamond know Fairfleet and what is her guilty secret?

The story goes back and forth in time for both Benny and Rosamond's early years to the present day.

Benny and I had both known early trouble. And we'd both found ways of insulating ourselves from discomforting echoes: he in this old country house with its sweeping views and fine furniture, me in my minimalist flat with its few starkly fashionable pieces.

As Benny opens up to her about his life at Fairfleet during the war, Rosamond also starts to unburden herself of her guilt. This is a story of hope, hidden identities, friendships, redemption and forgiveness.

There were a couple of inconsistencies in the story that annoyed me, although it didn't spoil the overall storyline it did make a difference to how I felt about the book overall, it is more a four star than a five star.

Ending on a positive note, I learned some interesting facts about the war and, especially about the women pilots (which I had not know about before) who flew planes from airfield to airfield to supply the RAF against Hitler as he moved across north-west Europe.

If you're looking for an easy read, set before and during WWII and present day, has believable characters with secrets, an old country house, a story full of suspense that will intrigue and fascinate you, then consider adding this to your list.


Premier Womens/Ladies Poplin Long Sleeve Blouse / Plain Work Shirt (20) (White)
Premier Womens/Ladies Poplin Long Sleeve Blouse / Plain Work Shirt (20) (White)
Offered by COOZO
Price: £9.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely work shirt, 17 July 2015
I bought this for work.
It is a lovely clean and crisp white fitted shirt.
I feel smart wearing this shirt.

I like it.


Vobaga Women's Big Wheels Printed Chiffon T shirt Batwing Loose Blouse Casual Tee Tops XL
Vobaga Women's Big Wheels Printed Chiffon T shirt Batwing Loose Blouse Casual Tee Tops XL
Offered by FASHION STOREVVV
Price: £4.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Print, 17 July 2015
Lovely print on this beautiful T shirt. It is very distinct and different from the high street.
I wear it with trousers.
It fits very well, and washes with ease.

Love this top


Bright Starts Light Up Lagoon Activity Gym
Bright Starts Light Up Lagoon Activity Gym
Price: £49.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, 17 July 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The look on my friends baby's face said it all.

Bright beaming, chuckling smile.

This is a very well made play gym, which you will have good confidence with baby playing with/on/in.

The play mat is machine washable which is good.

The light bar and the sounds emitting only add to the experience for the baby.

I like this.

Recommended


Rexel JOY 20 Sheet Stapler - Pretty Pink
Rexel JOY 20 Sheet Stapler - Pretty Pink
Price: £8.80

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big and Bright, 16 July 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a big, bold and bright stapler.

You certainly will not miss this stapler when you are looking for it.

It is not a heavy duty stapler, and I would be wary of stapling 20 sheets of paper together, as the blurb says it will do.
However for my needs, in a busy office is is great.

I like it and I will use it daily.

Recommended


VTin Relaxer Waterproof Bluetooth 4.0 Shower Speaker, FM Radio, LCD Display Design, 8-10 Hours Playing Time, Built in Mic with Suction Cup For Shower/Home/Outoor - Blue
VTin Relaxer Waterproof Bluetooth 4.0 Shower Speaker, FM Radio, LCD Display Design, 8-10 Hours Playing Time, Built in Mic with Suction Cup For Shower/Home/Outoor - Blue
Offered by VICTECH
Price: £27.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Bluetooth Speaker, 15 July 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This has to be one of the nicest speakers I have had.
Not just in appearance, which is so cool, but in the sound that it delivers.
So crisp, with a decent bass line.

It is so easy to pair up to my phone or laptop.

Other reviewers have gone into detail about the buttons to press etc.
Simple to use is all I will say.

Brilliantly designed.
Beautiful in appearance.
Delightful sounds.

And if that is not enough it has an fm radio and you can listen to your music in the shower.

A win, win, win.

Fabulous.


VicTsing 120ml Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser Portable Ultrasonic Cool Mist Aroma Humidifier/Air Purifier With Color LED Lights Changing and Waterless Auto Shut-off Fuction for Home Office Bedroom Room
VicTsing 120ml Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser Portable Ultrasonic Cool Mist Aroma Humidifier/Air Purifier With Color LED Lights Changing and Waterless Auto Shut-off Fuction for Home Office Bedroom Room
Offered by VICTECH
Price: £35.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Diffuser for any household, 15 July 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This is a truly lovely Diffuser, that will sit well in any room in any house.

It is very well made and delivers on all levels.
It is such a cool looking object.
As it dispenses beautiful aromas around the room, as dusk settles it sets a really relaxing and lovely setting with the changing light modes.

With some humidifiers you get a loud hissing sound as they work.
With this one though there is near silence.

At the moment I use this with a rose scented oil, that is simply beautiful.
The whole room has a lovely scent of spring. It is so natural.

A lovely object and something that I use all the time.

Thoroughly recommended.


Wahl Hot and Cold Gel Pack Massager
Wahl Hot and Cold Gel Pack Massager
Price: £9.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Relief, 15 July 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I got this massager/pad for pain relief and general discomfort with my shoulder.

It is a problem I have had for some years now.

I have tried everything, so far without success.

With this pack I have used it Hot, and it does appear to work.
It sits nicely on my shoulder without any discomfort and after a period of time the suppleness of my shoulder does get better.
It is a constant use though, to alleviate any pain.
This is not some panacea, but really a help.

I will continue to use this pad and update this review in the future. I do hope I have some positive news.

So far so good.


Chinese Unchopped
Chinese Unchopped
by Jeremy Pang
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Great Chinese Cook Book, 14 July 2015
This review is from: Chinese Unchopped (Hardcover)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is one of the many, many cookbooks to savour.

A truly good, remarkable and useful cookbook for anyone who likes chinese food.

With help and advice on not just recipes, but on the knives and utensils that are best to use, this cookbook delivers on all fronts.

I had never heard of Jeremy Pang before, but I shall look out for him now on TV.
I have followed Ching He Huang for some time with some success, but I now have another superb chinese cook to follow.

There are lots of recipes in this book, most with a nice glossy picture.

I loved the Clay Pot Chicken and Mushroom Rice with Chilli and Garlic.
If you do purchase this book, and I would encourage you to do this, then try this recipe.

You will love it!!!!!

Recommended


Ben Cohen Grooming Tools Hand Nail Clipper
Ben Cohen Grooming Tools Hand Nail Clipper
Price: £9.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Just Nail Clippers, 14 July 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
These nail clippers cost just shy of 10 quid.

Truly an outrageous price.

Take off the endorsement and you would get them for £2.

Yes, they work.
Yes the packaging looks good.

But......I mean 10 quid.
No thanks.


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