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Mini Ultra Bright LED Lantern - Best Portable Camping Light! Flameless Candle Perfect for Camping, Hiking, Climbing, Boy Scout and More!
Mini Ultra Bright LED Lantern - Best Portable Camping Light! Flameless Candle Perfect for Camping, Hiking, Climbing, Boy Scout and More!

5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful little lantern that really delivers on all its promises!, 11 May 2015
The ShuoFang Cobblestone Ultra Bright LED Lantern is an impressive little multi-purpose household lantern. It's small (about the size of an orange) but mighty. Inside the box came a nice user manual and three AAA batteries, so I could begin using the lantern right away. I love it when manufacturers supply the battery - it's the sign of a conscientious company. The lantern is also resistant to dampness like splashes, so if you're camping and it's raining, it reassures that the lantern is durable. It was so easy to activate, that my 9 year old grandson installed the batteries himself. Made with a combination of polycarbonate and rubberized plastic, this lantern is light and attractive. There is a hook at the top that will allow the user to hang it, or it folds into the lantern so you can set it on a table top or chair or other hard surface. You can easily toss it into a bag or purse or the glove compartment of your car should you ever need it in an emergency.

What is truly amazing is the fact that such a small lantern can shed such a powerful light. It is an LED light which can be adjusted in strength. Depending on how bright you set it, the lantern will run between 10 to 160 hours. I have used this to read at night, or for extra light when working in the kitchen. It also makes an amazing little emergency light during power failures. It even comes with a 3 year warranty.

In summary, this is an incredible little lantern that is not only attractive, but really does all that it promises. Long lasting, durable, splash resistance, and with a multitude of uses beyond camping, I highly recommend this quality product. I am very, very impressed!


ShuoFang Cobblestone Ultra Bright LED Lantern - Brightness Adjustable Camping Light with Long Battery Life! Ideal for Hiking, Camping, More! IPX4 Water Resistant with 3 AAAs Included!
ShuoFang Cobblestone Ultra Bright LED Lantern - Brightness Adjustable Camping Light with Long Battery Life! Ideal for Hiking, Camping, More! IPX4 Water Resistant with 3 AAAs Included!

5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful little lantern that really delivers on all its promises, 11 May 2015
The ShuoFang Cobblestone Ultra Bright LED Lantern is an impressive little multi-purpose household lantern. It's small (about the size of an orange) but mighty. Inside the box came a nice user manual and three AAA batteries, so I could begin using the lantern right away. I love it when manufacturers supply the battery - it's the sign of a conscientious company. The lantern is also resistant to dampness like splashes, so if you're camping and it's raining, it reassures that the lantern is durable. It was so easy to activate, that my 9 year old grandson installed the batteries himself. Made with a combination of polycarbonate and rubberized plastic, this lantern is light and attractive. There is a hook at the top that will allow the user to hang it, or it folds into the lantern so you can set it on a table top or chair or other hard surface. You can easily toss it into a bag or purse or the glove compartment of your car should you ever need it in an emergency.

What is truly amazing is the fact that such a small lantern can shed such a powerful light. It is an LED light which can be adjusted in strength. Depending on how bright you set it, the lantern will run between 10 to 160 hours. I have used this to read at night, or for extra light when working in the kitchen. It also makes an amazing little emergency light during power failures. It even comes with a 3 year warranty.

In summary, this is an incredible little lantern that is not only attractive, but really does all that it promises. Long lasting, durable, splash resistance, and with a multitude of uses beyond camping, I highly recommend this quality product. I am very, very impressed!


Tides of Honour
Tides of Honour
by Genevieve Graham
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.93

5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant and Compelling, 10 May 2015
This review is from: Tides of Honour (Paperback)
France, 1916. When Audrey Poulin encounters a troop of Canadian soldiers, she gives them shelter and food for the night. Among them is Private Daniel Baker. An instant enchantment arises between them and by the time he has to depart, they are deeply in love with each other. As the war rages, the young lovers exchange letters and they promise to wed as soon as Danny can return. But destiny intervenes and Danny is severely wounded. He releases Audrey from her pledge to marry him. But Audrey's deep love for Danny won't allow it. She travels from France to Nova Scotia, a vastly different life and setting from the French countryside where she grew up, and there she falls in love with the village and her new family. The aftermath of war is far reaching and Danny grows ever more despondent, bringing conflict and loss into their lives. It takes a major Canadian disaster for the two lovers to find themselves once more.

This multi-layered novel and its intriguing subplots makes this one of the best novels I've read this year. It's more than a love story. The tale successfully incorporates World War I, the Halifax explosion, and two different countries and blends it with subthemes of love, art, family, loss, PTSD. Rich, compelling, and totally engrossing - this novel is definitely one to read! Historically accurate and brilliantly researched, the story is alive and vivid. Loved this novel and I highly recommend it to everyone from all nations, but especially to Canadian readers!


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5.0 out of 5 stars A high calibre supplement!, 28 April 2015
Everyone knows the importance of taking Omega 3-6-9 Fish Oil supplements because of its many health benefits - i.e. reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, brain and joint function, anti-inflamatory, and muscle-building and fat-loss. I wanted a really good capsule that had the proper amounts. For me, I have a problematic left knee and right angle. In addition, I live in Alberta Canada which has an extremely dry, harsh climate especially during the winter months. And because I spend a lot of time in the pool aqua-jogging, my skin dries out even more. I love this supplement. The packaging, a flat bottle, is easy to store and handle, and wonderfully creative.

Within two weeks of using this supplement, I noticed I had more energy, my mind seems sharper and more focused, and my skin is much less dry. This company is impressive as it is obvious it strives hard to produce a product of the highest quality. They ship internationally and were professional to deal with. I have found no product its equal here in Canada in my local pharmacies.

If you haven't yet started on an Omega 3-6-9 regime, I encourage you to try this product. It really does make a difference.
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A Desperate Fortune
A Desperate Fortune
by Susanna Kearsley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.63

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely spellbinding, 23 April 2015
This review is from: A Desperate Fortune (Paperback)
A Desperate Fortune is another winning novel by Susanna Kearsley. If you haven't read any of this author's books before, I encourage you to do so. Her novels are usual dual stories, one with a heroine in a contemporary setting, and the other in a historic setting.

In this novel, the year is 1732. Mary Dundas is a young woman who was abandoned by her family when she was young. She has a talent for breaking ciphers, and is soon asked to assist the Jacobite king. This catapults her into a dangerous adventure where she becomes embroiled with a man called MacPherson who helps keep Mary safe on her journey.

In contemporay times, Sara Thomas has been asked to decode Mary's old diary. Sara has Asperger's Syndrome, which renders her unable to understand emotions and feelings in herself and in others. As she discovers that she is in love, Sara struggles with several relationships.

As Sara's and Mary's stories entertwine, the reader is taken on a wonderful, insightful journey where these two heroines discover their potential, their love for their men, and their inner strength to overcome adversity. Susanna Kearsley's books never disappoint. Get your copy of this one right away. I promise you won't be disappointed.


The Dream Lover
The Dream Lover
by Elizabeth Berg
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.38

4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting bio, 21 April 2015
This review is from: The Dream Lover (Hardcover)
For female writers in the 19th century, it was difficult, if not impossible to get a book published. So many women used male names. This is exactly what Aurore Dupin did. She assumed the name George Sand to publish her books. But Dupin also liked to dress as a man while she hobnobbed with other famous persons who also lived in France at the same time.

Author Elizabeth Berg has written a comprehensive biographical fiction novel about this author's life. She sweeps the reader into the decadence of Paris, into illustrious salons and restaurants and houses. The novel moves back and forth through various stages of George Sand's life, from childhood, to a failed marriage, to the later years of her life.

The book is written by a talented author, however, I struggled a bit with the over abundance of characters and the slow pace at the start of the book. It was a good book, but it did not grab me as I'd hoped it would. For those who wish to learn more about this fascinating author, then the book will provide great insight into this talented and prolific writer's life.


The Shepherdess of Siena: A Novel of Renaissance Tuscany
The Shepherdess of Siena: A Novel of Renaissance Tuscany
Price: £1.25

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A girl, a horse, and the Palio of Siena, 16 April 2015
Author Linda Lafferty propels readers into the Italian Renaissance in the Tuscany Region. It is an epic saga and adventure, a wonderfully rich and complex story with many layers and fascinating characters.

The story surrounds a young, innocent shepherdess who develops a strong fondness for horses and an uncanny ability to understand them. The tale sweeps us into the heart of Tuscany and allows readers to get to know the royals of the era along with members of the Medici family.

The author has done a great deal of research into the era, especially concerning the popular sport, the Palio. She gives us a glimpse into the competitivemess, the politics, the training, and the passion of this equestrians port that is still played today!

There are plenty of twists and turns, and even though there is no terribly strong romance, there is a love connection. From the hills of Tuscany, to the streets of Siena, to the hidden abbey's and convents scattered throughout the area, this is one story that kept me spell bound to the very end. Betrayal, murder, kidnapping, love, and much, much more, fill every page. Definitely a tale for the horse lover in all of us


Decorum
Decorum
Price: £9.89

4.0 out of 5 stars A tale of New York's gilded age, 14 April 2015
This review is from: Decorum (Kindle Edition)
New York, 1890, and the glitz and glamor of the time and setting, are the backdrop for this novel about a young heiress who suddenly finds herself alone in the world. I loved how each chapter began with a rule of etiquette based upon the societal norms of the time. The story gave me a glimpse of what it would have been like to live among the wealthiest and most prominent citizens. Of course, all is not perfect, for the heroine must maneuver her way through treachery, greed, and scandal to find which of the two men in her life is her true love. I thoroughly enjoyed how the characters interacted, and how authentic they felt to me. Lots of wonderfully rich descriptions of places and gowns really brought the era to life. There were an awful lot of characters and this always causes me to struggle a bit to recall them all. At times, I had to flip back through the pages because some scenes did not make sense, and I wish it had been edited a little more to ensure clarity. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys New York in the Gilded Age. A good historical read!


At The Water's Edge
At The Water's Edge
Price: £10.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A marriage in difficulty, 9 April 2015
Maddie is married to Ellis who comes from a wealthy family. Hank is Ellis' best friends and the two are inseparable. Because Hank has flat feet and Ellis is color blind, they were not called up to serve in World War II. The Colonel is Ellis' father, and he believes the flat feet and color blindness are just an excuse to escape serving. After a terrible family fight, the trio travel to Scotland deterimined to photograph the Loch Ness Monster, something the Colonel had attempted to do many years prior. In this way, Ellis hopes to reconcile with his father.

It is when the three arrive in Scotland that matters begin to deteriorate. Ellis and Hank begin to drink very heavily. Maddie is often left alone at the inn where they are staying, where she is an outsider, and there is enmity towards any strangers. The heavy drinking begins to affect Maddie's marriage and Ellis' behavior turns cold and hateful towards her.

What is strong within this novel is how the characters change and develop over time. All three of the main cast undergo tremendous alterations in personality, motivation, and behavior. Sometimes, the changes happened so swiftly, that it was hard to believe. Having said this, the story is still very engaging and I was fascinated by it. The author writes well and the storyline kept my interest throughout. A little bit on the dark side, it has a very rich plot and strong characterization. A very enjoyable story.


Winter Siege
Winter Siege
by Ariana Franklin
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A novel about Matilda and Stephen and their battle for the crown of England, 9 April 2015
This review is from: Winter Siege (Hardcover)
The Siege Winter is a delightful historical fiction novel written by the late Ariana Franklin and completed by Samantha Norman, her daughter. It is set in the 12th century and begins with an abbot who lies on his death bed. Despite his frail health, he is clinging to life to reveal a murderous tale to a scribe before he dies. Through his narrative, we are taken from his death bed to scenes of his past. The voice is compelling, the story engrossing!

It is the tale of Matilda and her cousin Stephen and their long, drawn out battle for the crown of England. Well researched, gripping, and historically accurate, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel from start to finish. There is plenty to laud within its pages - strong women, battle scenes, treachery, greed, love, and even a touch of humor. Easy to read, it moves along at a good clip. The authors take us on a journey through 12th century England with all its dangers, treachery, murders. A wonderfully told story! Definitely recommended.


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