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Mercy Snow
Mercy Snow
by Tiffany Baker
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.31

5.0 out of 5 stars Rich in detail and beautifully written, 8 Feb 2014
This review is from: Mercy Snow (Hardcover)
Mercy Snow is a wonderfully atmospheric and beautifully written novel which centres on the families living in the small town of Titan Falls. The Androscoggin River, a long-troubled stretch of water, beautiful on the surface but poisoned underneath, sulphur dioxide escaping from the paper mill which dominates and employs most of the towns people.

The mill owner's wife June McAllister is still considered (even after 20 years) an outsider because she 'tries too hard'. Head of the local ladies Sewing Circle she is manipulative and feared by the other ladies.

When 19 year old Mercy Snow and her back woods siblings arrive in Titan Falls looking for their long dead father, they are met with distrust and dislike from the townspeople. The Snows had a reputation for being elusive on the best of days and downright shady on the rest of them.

Life hasn't been easy for Mercy and her family, making their living from the land, picking herbs, fungi and plants, killing and eating wild animals, travelling from town to town getting work wherever they could, never settling anywhere until they arrive in Titan Falls.

When the local bus crashes in a ravine, killing a young girl, the local people suspect Mercy's brother, Zeke, of causing the accident, the loudest accusing voice belonging to June McAllister.

Mercy was the most amazing character, she was not bitter or jealous, she tried hard to scrape a living for herself and her little sister, did not make any trouble, and she was determined to clear her brother's name. Secrets and lies come to the surface, and Mercy has her own of sweetening the whole town!

This is the same slowly flowing style of descriptive writing as Tiffany Baker's debut novel The Little Giant of Aberdeen County, the same sort of quirky characters in a small town, though Mercy Snow is a little darker.

I was totally engrossed from start to finish, I sympathised with Mercy and her sad life, wanted her to be happy, I felt like I lived in the town due to the richly detailed writing. I feel that Tiffany Baker has written another best seller and I heartily recommend it.

Bolse® 12W Portable smart NFC bluetooth stereo speaker 8 hour Rechargerable Battery with Built-in Speakerphone
Bolse® 12W Portable smart NFC bluetooth stereo speaker 8 hour Rechargerable Battery with Built-in Speakerphone
Offered by T.M. Enterprise
Price: £49.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Sound, 8 Feb 2014
This is a sensational speaker boom box.
Very quick to charge, quick and easy to sync.
It is a lovely looking speaker with a really small footprint. There are no obtrusive buttons with this. It is very very smart.
The sound is something else. The speaker delivers fantastic sound. The rich base tone is something to behold.
Use this using bluetooth with your phone. Easy peasy.
I can also use it with my pc via the jack plug. It is really, really good, though my one small complaint is that the audio line is very short.
I have used a very expensive speaker in the past, with a name not to dissimilar. This speaker beats it hands down.
At the price currently on Amazon this is a bargain not to be missed.
I received this product in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

The Babylon Gene
The Babylon Gene
by Alex Churton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.30

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I Liked this book, 8 Feb 2014
This review is from: The Babylon Gene (Paperback)
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This is a book with loads about it.
It has seeds in Middle Eastern politics. That says it all.
The author is well versed in this subject which in my opinion is what is needed to make the book interesting.
The subjects matter contains spys, terrorism, conspiracies, murderers etc.
This book is not for everyone, but for sheer adventure and intrigue it is a good read.

Vengeance (Quirke Mysteries)
Vengeance (Quirke Mysteries)
by Benjamin Black
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thriller, 8 Feb 2014
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Mystery and resolve are the order of this book.
This is a series of books, but each one can be read individually without anything being lost.
I have read better, but I have also read worse.

Tuesday's Gone: A Frieda Klein Novel (Frieda Klein 2)
Tuesday's Gone: A Frieda Klein Novel (Frieda Klein 2)
by Nicci French
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Tuesday's Gone, 8 Feb 2014
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This book is part of a trilogy.
A book with a twist.
An easy read. Nicci French rocks it.
Recommend this.

Proof of Guilt: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery (Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries)
Proof of Guilt: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery (Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries)
by Charles Todd
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.52

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Detective Novel, 8 Feb 2014
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This is a really good detective novel. Set just after the first world war, you can feel the atmospherics.
Suspense and pace abounds.
This is an easy read. Difficult to put down

The Silent Wife
The Silent Wife
by A. S. A. Harrison
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

4.0 out of 5 stars Fabulously Written, Nicely Paced Story, 2 Feb 2014
This review is from: The Silent Wife (Paperback)
As long as Jodi's life is orderly and predictable and things are running smoothly, she can put up a front, go through the motions, be silent.

She has a good life, living in a lovely apartment overlooking a lake, no children, no demands on her time, works from home as a Therapist with a couple of clients a day, she can turn a blind eye.

As long as her partner of 20 years, Todd, comes home from work every day, takes the dog for a walk, puts the trash out, pays her credit card bills, she can act as if all is well.

But when Todd changes the rules by falling in love with his best friend's young daughter and threatens her neat and precise life ..... this becomes a blow to her orderly daily routine and she finds that she now has to do something.....

Each chapter is by either Him or Her, it's not in the first person, but we get to know their thoughts and feelings in quite a detailed way. I enjoyed reading their trivial details but I can see how this could make for boring reading to some.

I couldn't really sympathise with Jodi, and I didn't like Todd too much either, he wanted his cake and eat it!

The writing was smooth and flowed easily, I liked the Him and Her chapters and I thought it was an interesting read overall.

Season of the Witch
Season of the Witch
Price: £1.83

5.0 out of 5 stars A Magical Mystery Ride, 27 Jan 2014
Season of the Witch is a book that you either love or hate. It's full of magic, mysticism, murder, mayhem, sexual tension and I loved it!

Gabriel is a remote viewer which means that he can see through people's eyes, see what they see, feel what they feel. When he is asked to find his ex-girlfriend's stepson he discovers something that scares and fascinates him when he scans his mind - the young man is slowly being drowned in a pool after he's been through 'The House of a Million Doors'.

Gabriel's search takes him to an old rambling house called Monk House which has a swimming pool:

"Monk House was the only Victorian house in an entire street of elegant Georgian buildings. It sat bulkily on the corner: square, brooding and defiant in its otherness. The brickwork was deep orange and there was more than a hint of Gothic in the pointed gable and the oriel window bulging from the house's flank. It was late afternoon and the sun glinted redly off the tiny leaded panes, creating an impression that inside a fire was burning."

The inhabitants of this house were the two beautiful Monk sisters, solar witches, red-haired Minnaloushe, an academic in Maths and Philosophy, the thinker: dark-haired Morrighan, an environmentalist, an eco-warrior, the do-er.

As Gabriel gets drawn deeper into their world he is confronted with obsession, high magic, mystic symbols, the ancient Art of Memory, Memory Palaces, alchemy and the frightening 'House of a Million Doors' (where each different room is full of weird images such as hundreds of clocks, broken violins, carnivorous plants, a blind monk). But what and where is it? He hacks into their computer, reads a diary that is poetic, haunting and evocative, becoming captivated by the person behind the words, she was keeping him spellbound and bewitched -- but which sister is it writing the words? And is she a killer?

I too was spellbound by Natasha Mostert's story, I found it compelling, moving, descriptive and one of the most unusual novels I've ever read. It will stay with me for a long time.

Rick Frost & the Alaskan Adventure
Rick Frost & the Alaskan Adventure
by Todd Bush
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.33

4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Debut Novel with Non-Stop Action, 18 Jan 2014
Rick Frost and the Alaskan Adventure is the first in a new series of adventure books featuring likeable 14 year old Rick Frost and I thought it was a terrific debut novel. The story centres on why and who would want to kill a 16 year old Hollywood actress by shooting down her plane and hunting her. Rick and his friend Ben save the life of the ungrateful and spoilt Alexis and travel deep into the Alaskan wilderness while a team of mercenaries with automatic weapons pursue them.

Thanks to Rick's knowledge of the terrain they try to outwit them while Alexis annoys him teasing him about being so young and constantly moaning about having no food while climbing up and down hills. Their bickering and put-downs were a fun element to the storyline and I enjoyed following their relationship almost as much as their adventures!

This is a thrilling read which I was engrossed in throughout. It was full of great characters, who were easy to relate to, exciting encounters from native Inuits to an angry bear and almost non-stop action.

I'm sure this would appeal to young teens as well as older age groups.

Max Factor Whipped Creme Foundation - 55 Beige
Max Factor Whipped Creme Foundation - 55 Beige
Price: £6.60

4.0 out of 5 stars It is OK, 16 Jan 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This product is just ok.
Yes it is non greasy, which is a plus for a foundation.
It is more expensive than other brands I have used, and I really cannot find the difference in the quality.
When using you only need a small amount for good results.
The main problem is the fragrance. HORRIBLE would describe this.
I am sorry, I expected more, both in quality and susbtance for the price.

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