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Yazilind jewelry Collar Necklace Lolita Goth Victorian Cameo Copper Bow Floral Black Lace Handmade Necklace for Women Length: 17in
Yazilind jewelry Collar Necklace Lolita Goth Victorian Cameo Copper Bow Floral Black Lace Handmade Necklace for Women Length: 17in
Offered by YAZILIND JEWELRY LIMITED
Price: 5.76

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous, can't quite believe how good it is!, 26 Mar 2014
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Love this necklace, really wasn't expecting it to be great for the price I paid, but it's really eyecatching, well made, and comfortable to wear.


Womens Ankle Boots Coffee Shoes HB-CN173 (8 UK)
Womens Ankle Boots Coffee Shoes HB-CN173 (8 UK)
Offered by Happy Bargains Ltd

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous boots, 15 Mar 2014
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Lovely well made boots with attractive side detail, the colour is a little lighter than it appears in the photo though.


LADIES STRETCH TROUSERS PACK OF 2 BOOTLEG STRETCH RIBBED TROUSERS BLACK SIZE 8-26 (24, BLACK REGULAR (30"))
LADIES STRETCH TROUSERS PACK OF 2 BOOTLEG STRETCH RIBBED TROUSERS BLACK SIZE 8-26 (24, BLACK REGULAR (30"))
Offered by MISSY Boutique
Price: 14.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant value, 15 Mar 2014
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Incredibly comfortable, and can be washed and worn with no ironing. Was looking for some trousers that were cheap yet smart for starting a new job, and these fit the bill perfectly.


Colossal Cleavage Bra Black - Size 22
Colossal Cleavage Bra Black - Size 22
Offered by No1Brands4You
Price: 1.49

5.0 out of 5 stars My norks look amazing, 15 Mar 2014
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My boobs look great. Admittedly, they look great anyway, but this bra makes them look huge. Great quality for the price and very smart looking, though may benefit from some instructions on how to wear, as I was a little baffled at first.


Ava Loves Control Booster Basque Nude - Size 24
Ava Loves Control Booster Basque Nude - Size 24
Offered by No1Brands4You
Price: 1.50

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value for the price;, 15 Mar 2014
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I was very suprised with how high the quality of this item was, given the very low price. It fit wonderfully, looked good, and had a real flattening effect, though it's definitely a gentle control garment rather than one with firm control. It's also surprisingly comfortable.


Right Guard Women Xtreme Invisible 72H Anti-Perspirant Deodorant Roll-On 50ml
Right Guard Women Xtreme Invisible 72H Anti-Perspirant Deodorant Roll-On 50ml

5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 14 Jun 2013
I received this free to try from Bzzagent, and I have to say I've found it fantastic at stain prevention. Not only does it dry on the skin very quickly enabling me to get dressed immediately rather than waiting to dry, but it has never left any marks on my clothes. It smells lovely, and lasts all day even on days when I've been to the gym, though I've not been brave enough to try out the 72 hour claim yet. Fantastic product, highly recommended.


TOC 2 Sided Worded Love Necklace On an 16" Chain FJ34
TOC 2 Sided Worded Love Necklace On an 16" Chain FJ34
Offered by eurosparkle
Price: 11.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Really lovely gift for my daughter., 13 Jun 2013
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Absolutely stunning necklace, and excellent quality. Good chain length, not too long. Really shiny, and a nice weight to it, looks and feels much more expensive than it actually is.


DIGIFLEX Ultra Powerful Red Laser Pen Pointer Beam Light 1mW
DIGIFLEX Ultra Powerful Red Laser Pen Pointer Beam Light 1mW
Offered by Digiflex
Price: 3.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Misleading product photo, item not as shown, 1 Jun 2013
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The item I recieved was not at all like the one shown above - it was a long pen like item, made of incredibly cheap plastic, with a battery compartment lid that did not screw on securely. It came in no sealed packaging, and did not include any instructions or safety markings.


Innocent Traitor
Innocent Traitor
by Alison Weir
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Into your hands I commend my spirit, 18 May 2013
This review is from: Innocent Traitor (Paperback)
I'm a big fan of history and historical fiction, especially the Tudor period, but the 9 day rule of Lady Jane Grey is something I knew very little about. I knew some of the basics from various things I had read, such as that she was married against her will and had no desire to rule, but that was about as far as my knowledge went .

Written by historian Alison Weir, this is the authors first historical fiction novel, although she has written many good historical biographies. I was very interested to read this, as with the author being a dedicated historian I was confident that the book would be well researched and as accurate as possible . While a certain amount of artistic licence is always used in historical fiction, its always good to be sure of how much is truth, how much is contemporary rumour, and how much is a convenient but not necessarily accurate addition. Satisfyingly, at the end of the book is a short note from the author explaining where she has used artistic judgement in adding a little detail to the known facts .

Lady Jane Grey was born into an incredibly dangerous era in time, a time when the succession was a hot topic, especially as religion was a very important issue at the time. Henry the VIII had drastically reformed the church for his own convenience during his rule, and with only one sickly male heir and two daughters he'd declared bastards, the future safety and religious policy of England was in doubt. Whilst Henry's heir Edward was a child of the religious reformation, his tutors had educated him in secret in the protestant religion. His sisters , due to follow after him in the result of his dying childless were Mary, first in line and a strict Catholic (despite catholic practice being illegal) and Elizabeth, a girl with no strong religious beliefs content to take the path that is easiest.

With the future religion of the country in danger, many high-placed members of the nobility sought for some way to keep the religion of the country protestant, with the easiest way of doing this being after Edwards death, to bypass Mary and Elizabeth altogether on the grounds of their bastardy, and instead choose and heir from the line descending from Henry VIII's sister Mary's line - with the obvious choice being the young and hopefully biddable Lady Jane Grey .

The book follows her life from her early childhood, growing up at the often violent hands of an uncaring mother, her developing awareness of the events at the court of her great uncle Henry, including the wedding and beheading of wives. The young Jane begins to question not only the judgement of her elders, but also religion, in particular questioning the logic of bread and wine literally becoming the body and blood of Jesus . She realises that this is simply too odd to accept, and sets out secretly learning of the protestant religion, aided in secret by tutors, with the burnings of Protestants as heretics at the stake only serving to strengthen her faith .

When Henry dies and Edward becomes king, she begins to be able to follow her faith openly - and this makes her the target of scheming by various people keen to not only increase their own influence in the kingdom, but also determined to keep the country in the protestant faith . People scheme first to have her marry the King, and then later when he becomes ill, to have the king name her as his heir .

Throughout all this Jane is beaten and coerced into following other peoples orders - not only in how she must behave, but also on how she must dress, and the path she must follow. She finds herself married against her will to a rough and violent youth who rapes her , and finds herself suddenly thrust into the position of Queen against her desires, making it clear she had no desire to rule . However, when Mary marched on London, she found herself imprisoned in the tower, and urged to change her faith to save her life .She refused, and died a martyrs death on the block.

The book itself is written diary style from various perspectives - not just that of Jane herself, but also from her maid Mrs Ellen, her mother, and various scheming men . This diary style writing allows for lots of knowledge of the characters and a certain degree of intimacy, as shocking events are revealed in plenty of detail . As someone with only a basic beginners knowledge it was fascinating to me to see the scheming of those in power, and the way they would use an innocent young girl (she was only 16 when she died) as a pawn in their power games without her knowledge.

The novel is well paced, and constantly interesting with the changing viewpoints . We see how a woman's bitterness at not having male children leads her to mistreat her daughters. We see how exceptional Jane's education was at a time when women were largely expected to fill their time with ladylike pursuits such as needlework, music, and dancing, and how this education led to her becoming a strong minded individual with her own firm beliefs. I like that she wasn't portrayed as perfect , having her naughty and stubborn moments like any child, but I felt great sympathy for her being used as she was, and having other peoples actions put her life in danger.

This is a fascinating book that filled a gap in my knowledge with a high degree of accuracy, without being a dull trudge . I enjoyed every page, and found myself feeling sad when the book ended, not just because of the sympathy I felt for Jane and a couple of other central characters whose lives were affected just as much, but also because I had to go and find something else to read.


Wedlock: How Georgian Britain's Worst Husband Met His Match
Wedlock: How Georgian Britain's Worst Husband Met His Match
by Wendy Moore
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An incredibly interesting book, 18 May 2013
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I'm a big fan of Historical Fiction, although usually I tend to read books about well known figures - Kings, Queens and suchlike. However, recently I read a review on Dooyoo of the book 'Wedlock' , which made me decide to try something a little different.

Wedlock tells the story of Mary Eleanor Bowes, one of the richest heiresses of the time, and her marriage to 'Captain' Andrew Robinson Stoney (from whom we get the phrase 'Stoney Broke'.

Mary had an unusually good upbringing - a loving father, an uusually good education for a woman in those days, and lots of money as well as good looks ensured she married well , if for convenience rather than love, to the Earl of Strathmore. She had several children with him, however, when he died, leaving her a young widow, she found herself suddenly enjoying the freedom that only widows could really have - free from her fathers rule, and from the rule of a husband, she entered a merry social whirl, flirting, entertaining friends, and generally enjoying life.

However, despite vowing never to marry again, when one of her suitors was 'mortally' wounded fighting a duel for her honour, she felt obliged to grant his dying wish by marrying him - only for him to make a miraculous recovery and turn into a tyrant, asserting his control and dominance over every aspect of her life, beating her black and blue, and leading people to believe she was mad. This story tells us of what she suffered, and how she ultimately escaped.

This exciting biography brings to life a woman whom many people probably wouldn't have heard of (although it's worth noting that the Queen Mum was a direct descendant) and gives an illustration of what Georgian times were like for a woman . These were times when a man could legally beat his wife, so long as he used a rod no bigger than the width of his thumb.These were also times when divorce was a big tabboo, when servants could be easily bribed to keep quiet about abuse they'd witnessed, and when men with power and money could get away with an awful lot .

Using information from contempory accounts, including Mary's own 'Confessions' (forced out of her by her husband) and notes from the court case, we get to learn a lot about Mary, who was by no means perfect herself. We learn not only about the abuse she suffered, but are given a balanced portrayal that includes accounts of how Mary cuckholded her first husband, had multiple abortions , and bore at least one illegitimate child .

The book is well written with plenty of information, but is not at all dry and dusty to read - in fact, in places I found myself so swept up that I almost could have believed it a novel, so easy was it to read. There is a small section in the middle of pictures, including a picture of Mary during her marriage to Stoney, and one some time after she escaped his clutches. Tne contrast is amazing - in the first she looks drawn, tired, and thin, whilst in the second, she looks confident, happy, and healthy.

There is a useful bibliography at the back, as well as some very interesting questions for book groups. There is also an index that makes it easy to refer back to specific parts of the book .

I would certainly recommend this book - I went through plenty of different emotions reading this - shock, horror, fear, disbelief, and joy. I also learned a lot, not only about Mary, but about Georgian times in general.

Fab book, recommended.


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