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Out of Love
Out of Love
Price: £4.19

3.0 out of 5 stars An intelligent chick lit, 9 Jun. 2015
This review is from: Out of Love (Kindle Edition)
Although the two main characters, Daisy and Min, are in their mid 30s this is essentially chick lit - albeit with an intelligent twist. The childhood friends are reunited after a fifteen year estrangement and Daisy visits Min's chaotic family household. The book poses the question, what would - or indeed, should - you do "out of love". Holding the fort and organising the household whilst your best friend is injured is acceptable - but falling in love with her husband certainly isn't. How this conundrum is resolved is the crux of the book. The book is littered with literary references - it certainly makes it seem more intelligent! - and the background cast of characters are many, varied and pretty stereotypical. It's a light entertaining read, if unrealistic and over descriptive at times; a modern attempt at a genre mastered better by previous authors such as Dodie Smith, Stella Gibbons and Angela Thirkell.


Pom Pom Loom x Set of 3
Pom Pom Loom x Set of 3
Offered by HaberCrafts
Price: £2.98

1.0 out of 5 stars Tempted? Don't be!, 21 April 2015
Identical in design to the Classic Knit Pom Pom Loom and with equally unclear instructions! I tried to make the smallest size Pom Pom and although the semi circle at the inside of the lom was full to bursting, the resulting pom pom was very sparse and loose - in fact it was more like a hemisphere than a whole sphere! The 50 year childhood kit I rediscovered in a cupboard works much better - but if you haven't got one, don't bother with this, you'd be wasting your money.


Mistletoe and Murder (A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery Book 11)
Mistletoe and Murder (A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery Book 11)
Price: £4.49

2.0 out of 5 stars Even sillier than normal!, 26 Mar. 2015
This series provides light, easy reading - you mustn't expect credibility in any of the Daisy D books - but this has has to be the worst episode of the series so far. Set in a Cornish manor house (based on National Trust's Cotehele, which is well worth a visit), murder ensues on Christmas Eve and Daisy and Alec's presence means, of course, that he is put in charge of the investigation and she helps figure out "whodunit" - with the assistance of the two children and a dog! The motive for the murder is unlikely in the extreme and the events surrounding it are even more contrived than normal. Disappointing - and I only finished it because it was short.


The Awakening of Miss Prim
The Awakening of Miss Prim
by Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Did I miss the point?, 19 Mar. 2015
Three or four stars? For much of this book, I would have given it four because it seemed to be leading somewhere interesting, but the last section was something of a let down, somehow, so three it is.

The highly (if conventionally) educated and aptly named, Miss Prudencia Prim takes up a job in a village full of intellectuals and eccentrics. They challenge her preconceptions and beliefs at every turn - especially her boss, The Man in The Wingchair, for whom she develops romantic feelings.

The book requires an intelligent response, with references to philosophies and classic texts etc. which sent me scuttling to Google to try and understand the ideas the author was trying to develop. In the end, her conclusion, as I saw it anyway, seemed rather simplistic; but then, maybe I missed the point completely! There was also the matter of the translation - sometimes it felt poetic but often it verged on stilted. Overall, this book could have been brilliant, but it missed its mark.


Carrots: A Shelby Nichols Adventure
Carrots: A Shelby Nichols Adventure
Price: £2.86

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1.0 out of 5 stars Inane, 13 Dec. 2014
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A particularly inane short story for which I am glad I didn't pay anything!


Where There's Smoke
Where There's Smoke
Price: £0.49

1.0 out of 5 stars A hook for her next book, 23 July 2014
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Started well, ending abrupt and disappointing, but then this short story was really fishing for readers of the author's next book, wasn't it? Sorry, Jodi, it's not worked for me!


Death In The Truffle Wood
Death In The Truffle Wood
by Pierre Magnan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

3.0 out of 5 stars It's very French!, 7 Jun. 2014
A slightly stilted phraseology - and a sudden use of the first person plural to describe the weather! - shows the problems of translating a story from its native language. I was always conscious I was reading a translation.

Commissaire Laviolette arrives in a wintery village in upper Provence to investigate why several hippies have mysteriously disappeared in the area. We are introduced slowly to the local characters and the area and It's the end of chapter XIII before the first body is found, After that the plot speeds up with more corpses and another murder before Laviolette discovers the clues which lead him to a rather nondescript but vicious murderer. Best character, Roseline, the clever truffle hunting pig! Truffles and good food inevitably feature - yes, it's very French!


NRS Healthcare Blue Floral Morris Folding Walking Stick
NRS Healthcare Blue Floral Morris Folding Walking Stick
Price: £16.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Slim and pretty, 23 May 2014
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I bought this for my octogenarian mother to compliment her outfit at her granddaughter's wedding.It has a smaller diameter than her other sticks and we had to shorten it slightly - it would be good to have a little more adjustability, but apart from that it was just the ticket and she was very pleased with it!


Jacobean Crewel Work and Traditional Designs
Jacobean Crewel Work and Traditional Designs
by Penelope
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For keen embroiderers, a classic, 23 May 2014
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This was a treasure on the shelves of the person who taught me crewel embroidery with beautiful illustrations of pieces showing the stitch directions and shadings clearly. I was delighted to find it again and add it to my stitching library.


A House Unlocked
A House Unlocked
Price: £3.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Social history more than autoobigraphy, 23 May 2014
This review is from: A House Unlocked (Kindle Edition)
Memories of her grandparents’ home, Golsoncott in Somerset, its contents and garden trigger intelligent explorations of 20th century events and the changes they brought to society and the way we perceive things now. Thus, rather than an autobiography, it is more a social history, a reflection that the place the author remembers as an unchanging constant haven, which is ‘now safely stashed away in the mind, complete and inviolate’ was in fact as much affected as anywhere else by outside evemts. This book requires an intelligent, thoughtful and interested response from its reader but is well worth the effort.


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