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Death of Kings (The Last Kingdom Series, Book 6) (The Warrior Chronicles/Saxon Stories)
Death of Kings (The Last Kingdom Series, Book 6) (The Warrior Chronicles/Saxon Stories)
Price: £4.99

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Master Writer At Work, 7 Oct. 2011
Set at the end of the ninth century as King Alfred is dying and England is under threat of open warfare and compete anarchy. Alfred wants his son, Edward, to succeed him but other renowned Saxons are laying claim too. Against this backdrop is the position of Viking-raised but Saxon-born warrior, Uhtred, who is loyal to Alfred but not the Saxon cause. Uhtred has his own ambition to reclaim his lands and castle in the north but ultimately he holds the key to uniting England as Alfred's wishes or alternatively dividing and destroying society. I found `Death Of Kings' to be an amazing and gripping read - Cornwell rights so fluidly and with such historical accuracy that I was truly spellbound.


The Orphan Child
The Orphan Child
Price: £4.49

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Written Victorian Saga, 29 Sept. 2011
This review is from: The Orphan Child (Kindle Edition)
I really loved the writing in this book; Catherine King makes an excellent plot work so well through such well drawn characters and very descriptive prose that brings the Victorian era to life. Had me hooked from start to finish.

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Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights
Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Great, 14 Sept. 2011
Jane Eyre is an orphan in the care of her horrible relatives, who dislike her intensely due to an outspoken character. Eventually she is sent off to the grim boarding school of Lockwood. Jane is the narrator and the best part of the book is when Jane works as a governess for the brooding Byronic Rochester. The writing becomes so dramatic and full of tension in describing the relationship between Jane & Rochester - and it is here that books transcends in to true greatness.

A great addition to any Kindle library and now so topical as the subject of two feature films.

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The Complete Novels of George Eliot
The Complete Novels of George Eliot
Price: £1.50

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 5 Sept. 2011
Incredible value for such an amazing collection of some of the best writing in the English Language

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The JARROW LASS: a powerful novel of passion and heartache (The Jarrow Trilogy Book 1)
The JARROW LASS: a powerful novel of passion and heartache (The Jarrow Trilogy Book 1)
Price: £1.99

48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful Writing, 2 Sept. 2011
This is the first book of a trilogy (based on the life of Catherine Cookson's grandmother) perfectly capturing the feel and harsh reality of forging a living in northern Victorian England. The writing is a good tribute to Cookson herself, tugging at the hearty strings as our heroine (Rose) fights against the odds to save her family from destitution amid her dreams to escape the grime and live the life of the opulent society of the great estates.

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Caribbee
Caribbee
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A SuperbYarn, 2 Sept. 2011
This review is from: Caribbee (Kindle Edition)
A very well researched, and written, tale set in the 17th century Caribbean amid the colonists fight for independence against the English. The plotting is excellent in pulling together real historical events into the framework of an excellent tale, full of gritty realism.

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Hue and Cry
Hue and Cry

27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good historical context, 17 Aug. 2011
This review is from: Hue and Cry (Kindle Edition)
After 6 years of studying Law in Paris, Hew Cullan returns to his home in St Andrews, Scotland and becomes embroiled in investigating the events surrounding the death of a thirteen year old boy. This is truly an absorbing murder mystery set in 16th century Scotland, encapsulating the period perfectly with good research and the right level of social commentary. There is just the right level of complexity in the plot to underline and retain the reader's intrigue up to the last page.

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Shadow of the Serpent (Inspector Mclevy Mysteries)
Shadow of the Serpent (Inspector Mclevy Mysteries)

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime, 10 Aug. 2011
Shadow of the Serpent is a Victorian detective novel set in Edinburgh. It is written at a good pace with some lovely descriptive passages the captures the mood and feel of the 19th Century, The characterisation is excellent and the whodunit plot expertly drawn. Highly recommended for Victorian period lovers.

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No Name : Complete and Uncensored
No Name : Complete and Uncensored

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars His Best, 27 July 2011
Magdalen and Norah Vanstone are living a content and privileged life, but then they become orphans and learn their parents were never actually married. This scandal means they are disinherited and shunned as illegitimate, changing from rich ladies with admirers to being poor and friendless. Both sisters deal with this hardship in different ways; Norah finds work as a governess and slowly regains her standing; however Magdalen is full of bitterness and is determined to regain their inheritance by whatever means possible.

This book is so well plotted and written with such a high degree of suspense that you just have to keep reading.

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The King's Speech [DVD]
The King's Speech [DVD]
Dvd ~ Colin Firth
Price: £2.49

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Such Great Acting, 25 July 2011
This review is from: The King's Speech [DVD] (DVD)
Did not know if I would like this film but the acting is so good (Firth, Rush, Bonham-Carter) that you get drawn into a very simple but effective plot; King George VI building an unlikely relationship with Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue as he overcomes the adversity of his stammer. Very Good indeed.

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