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Joseph Joseph Roll-Up Baking Mat - Green
Joseph Joseph Roll-Up Baking Mat - Green
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compact baking mat, 2 Mar. 2015
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Bought for its compact size it serves its purpose very well. Items rolled on the surface are easily removed.Cleaning is simple and it is easily re-rolled after cleaning yet lays flat for use.


Magic Molly Book 1 The Mirror Maze
Magic Molly Book 1 The Mirror Maze
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magical Indeed, 29 Jun. 2014
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On the surface Molly is like any other soon-to-be-nine year old, going to school, having friends (and enemies) and living an uneventful life. But Molly's family life is far from ordinary and leads to this, the first of her adventures as a young witch.
Molly has to face a series of challenges unaided when her parents, a High Witch and a magician, disappear when a trick goes wrong on the eve of her ninth birthday. True she has a grandmother, whose magic can have unpredictable results, to point her on her way and she does acquire a wand of her own, albeit one that has seen better days and requires special skill to overcome his "Wonky" shape.
As in the best quest stories each achievement is met by a further setback and it seems that Molly is set to fail in her endeavours to find her parents, now lost in the Void, before the deadline but Molly' perseverance and eventual mastery of Wonky stand her in good stead. Just what those challenges are and how Molly deals with them are things you will have to find out for yourself. No doubt you will find yourself looking out for the next adventure very soon.
Magic Molly and the Mirror Maze is one of those tales that is timeless, appealing to adults as well as children making it ideal for the child to read alone or to be shared as a bedtime story.


Bella's Betrothal
Bella's Betrothal
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rogues and Romance, 27 Jun. 2014
This review is from: Bella's Betrothal (Kindle Edition)
Charles Lindsay is left under no illusions that Bella, Lady Isabella Wormsley, might be some mawkish miss as she attacks him with a poker on their very first meeting.

Escaping from a supposed scandal to stay with relatives in the Scottish capital, Bella shows her mettle on more than one occasion, trying the patience of both family and rescuer into the bargain. The etiquette of the day is stifling for such a free spirit as Bella who longs to ride her mare and experience the countryside once more but here lurks danger as well as beauty.

From sedate walks in city gardens to headlong gallops in the hills around the pace of the action keeps the reader eager to discover the fate of Bella in a story where the plot has as many twists and turns as the alleys of Edinburgh.

Anne Stenhouse’s well-researched novel enables the reader to enter early nineteenth century Edinburgh, to imagine the darkness of the streets, the sounds of the music tempting people to dance and the smell of the horses. Like any city there is a darker side with brawling and even murder all complicating Bella’s story. Constantly changing fortunes prove once again that the course of true love is subject to many peaks and troughs.


Risking It All
Risking It All
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wartime drama, 17 Jun. 2014
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The pace of this novella enhances the drama of a very dark time in our history. Lynne and Billy each have their part to play in the overall picture but their relationship is focused on the drama on station and the inexplicably high rate of lives lost. Lucy Oliver has captured the "live for the moment" atmosphere and all the heart-stopping moments that each action entails. Well-researched background wraps seamlessly around a very personal story. A great read.


Mariah's Marriage
Mariah's Marriage
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing Regency Romance, 24 May 2014
This review is from: Mariah's Marriage (Kindle Edition)
It’s a while since I have ventured into reading historical romance but I am delighted to have made the acquaintance of Mariah and her suitor, Toby. The story moves at a spanking pace thanks to some snappy dialogue and it is no surprise to learn that Anne Stenhouse comes to this, her first historical novel, with a background in stage plays. Attention to historic detail ensures that the reader is totally absorbed into the period but although the setting is recognisably Regency the story has some unusual aspects with the heroine far from a swooning, weak woman and the hero just a little out of the ordinary, too. The villain of the piece gradually reveals his true colours as the tale unfolds, his exploits woven into the web of mishaps and intrigue that keep the reader turning the pages.
Skilfully drawn characters, attention to detail and strong dialogue make this a thoroughly enjoyable read and I look forward to reading more from Anne Stenhouse very soon.


Philip's Navigator Britain 2011 (Road Atlases)
Philip's Navigator Britain 2011 (Road Atlases)
by Philip's
Edition: Spiral-bound

5.0 out of 5 stars A first class atlas, 7 Jan. 2014
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Bought to replace an earlier version of the atlas which had fallen apart through constant use (but needed an up to date version anyway) I was not disappointed with this updated tome. The spiral binding can be a little fragile if not handled with care but is in fact easier to use than the perfect binding of the earlier edition. For anyone wanting to explore the smaller roads of our Isles the scale of these maps is ideal. We have used the atlas is many parts of the UK and find it preferable to reliance on a SatNav in rural areas.


Capable of Murder (A Belinda Lawrence Mystery)
Capable of Murder (A Belinda Lawrence Mystery)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Cosy Crime novel, 7 Jan. 2014
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Belinda Lawrence is invited to visit her aunt in an English village but on arrival she meets with a shocking discovery. Despite the view of the police that the death is accidental Belinda sets out on her own enquiries and soon becomes entangled in mystery gardens, secret rooms and a host of characters who may or may not be on her side. The story is well-rounded and the pieces of the jigsaw fit well together but on occasion the plot moves a little hesitantly and the reader feels ahead of the game. Belinda is a believable charcater, however, and I look forward to seeing how her sleuthing abilities deveolp through the series.


His Songs and Poems
His Songs and Poems
by Max Boyce
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Old favourites, 7 Jan. 2014
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This book from his early performing days contains many of his best known songs and poems. It is illustrated with cartoons drawn by Gren of the South Wales Echo and these add to the enjoyment of the book. Bought as a gift for an avid fan of Max Boyce, the book was well received by one and all.


Back to Creative Writing School
Back to Creative Writing School
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brush up your writing, 7 Jan. 2014
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An excellent book to get you started on writing or to kick start your writing after a slow patch. There are short chapters, each with its own group of exercises and at the end of the book you should have plenty stored away in your notebook ready to get going. I initially read the book straight through without doing the exercises but it would be a mistake to only do this. The value lies in doing the exercises and getting the writing muscle into working order. You soon find yourself champing at the bit to get going on the actual writing.


Losing Lucy
Losing Lucy
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4.0 out of 5 stars Every parent's worst nightmare, 25 Oct. 2013
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It is every parent's worst nightmare to lose a child and abduction leaves so many unanswered questions of hope and despair which has been expressed well in this tale. I did find the story moved a little slowly at times although this may have been to give an idea of how much time does indeed pass in these circumstances without any action and at times I found having the stories of several sets of characters within a single chapter made it a bit disjointed but on the other hand it allowed us as readers to keep the stories in parallel in "real" time as it were. I found the whole scenario plausible and the characters were well woven together so that the whole gelled into a very readable tale.


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