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Gravestones, Tombs and Memorials: Symbols, Styles & Epitaphs (England's Living History)
Gravestones, Tombs and Memorials: Symbols, Styles & Epitaphs (England's Living History)
by Trevor Yorke
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Graves, Tombs & Memorials by Trevor Yorke, 12 Jan 2012
Published as part of the Britain's Living History Series, this slim volume, for the book contains just 64 pages, yet contains a wealth of information. Written in a clear easy to read format with photographic illustrations and broken down into chapters complete with a concluding index.

This book encourages us to delve beyond the name and dates on the headstone, and to look further at the style of the Memorial, the graphics upon it and the even the types of stone used to make it. Readers are encouraged to get out and about and explore their local churchyard using the knowledge within the book to gain further information about those commemorated upon the stones.

The book further explores the how the churchyard and cemetery evolved within our Society, the styles of stones over the ages and how burial practices have changed with a the later section of the book dedicated to understanding the various carvings and what they mean, giving further information of the person they are dedicated to.

This book is a welcome addition to any genealogist and family historian bookshelf and really does encourage us to get out their and explore.

Book Review for Federation of Family History Societies book club November 2010.

Unraveling Ada
Unraveling Ada

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful escapism!, 12 Jan 2012
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This review is from: Unraveling Ada (Kindle Edition)
I was delighted when I spotted via Amazon just before Christmas. I had high hopes for the book and I wasn't disappointed. In fact I was only about a third of the way through the book when I checked if there was another in the series, which there was!

The series, opens with the introduction of the narrator Rachel, who with her husband Matt run a private investigator business. Rachel has a background in libraries and is a quilter looking for a regular American style quilting bee. Matt is an former military man. They are pretty much the business, although they do have a small team of employee who help them complete the various contracts.

Having looked for a quilting bee without success, the participants in one contact Rachel and invite her to join. Rachel does and is somewhat bewildered with the other members. Each one seems to have a story to tell and one to hide. By the end of the first evening, a member of the group ask Rachel if they can employer her to do some investigations. Rachel, agrees and leaves the quilting be clutching a diary,quilt, a family tree and lots and lots of questions....

The story that unfolds is not complex, but it is a story with lots of strands, much like the strands holding a quilt together. The strands come together, which culminates with Rachel being threatened. Her investigations are getting close to the truth......and generations of secrets are about to be told.

I loved this book. It has everything that I love, characters that felt like they were having a conversation with me, a good storyline and a complex genealogy.

I am currently reading the second book in the series and I hope there is more in the series to come.

Tracing Your Channel Islands Ancestors: A Guide for Family Historians
Tracing Your Channel Islands Ancestors: A Guide for Family Historians
by Marie-Louise Backhurst
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.41

5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Resource, 12 Jan 2012
Published as part of the, Tracing Your Ancestor Series. This volume contains a wealth of information within its 186 pages. Written in a clear, easy to read format with photographic illustrations and a concise index. The book itself is divided into 5 chapters.

Chapter one Internet resources and sources located outside of the Islands. Chapter two covers Jersey. Chapter three covers Guernsey, Herm and the less well known island of Jethou. Chapter four covers Alderney, and chapter five Sark. There is also a listing of Family History Societies, libraries and archives for the Islands.

Each chapter commences with a general discription of the georgraphy, history and the administration of the relevant Island. Followed by, a comprehensive look at the civil records, Church Registers and Surnames and Cemeteries. Also covered are property and other official records, military and migration, education, employment and crime.

I recommend this as a valuable text to anyone researching their Channel Island ancestry. It would make a useful addition to a genealogical library or for anyone who has an interest in the Islands.

Book Review for Federation of Family History Societies book club November 2011

Japanese Ukiyo-e 75+ Floral Paintings - Woodblock Prints
Japanese Ukiyo-e 75+ Floral Paintings - Woodblock Prints
Price: 2.61

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very relaxing...., 12 Jan 2012
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This is a beautiful collection of floral prints from 1868 - 1912. The collection does contain a few landscapes, but in the main most are of flowers. This is a purely visual experience.

Crime Fiction for Beginners
Crime Fiction for Beginners
Price: 1.92

4.0 out of 5 stars Has the potential for a new series!, 7 Jan 2012
This was a gentle and quick read, devoured in a morning accompanied by a cup of tea!

We enter the story with the murder already committed. The body identified by a fellow colleague. Readers are then taken along a journey of establishing what kind of character the deceased was, potential suspects, motive and then finally evidence.

Having established that the author works within the publishing business we are then presented with a series of strands. Strands that are represented as writings by would be authors and the reasons those would be authors would perhaps have for wanting this man dead. We get to know through various snippets the lives of the would be author's and with each snippet, just perhaps their individual motive builds......

I won't share more with you of the who done it, to find the answers you need to read it for yourselves! Except to say this. The strands that build up the storyline are good ones, the entrance from a character that I shall call Mr X was a very clever twist to the storyline.

The characters of the potential suspects I felt were real and I liked the depth given to them through there would be writing and the details of their domestics. The character of the victim shone through, and it was clear to see just what kind of individual he was. The characters who represented the police - Jim and Harriet, who set about solving the murder are felt to be solid and I think these characters have the potential to be developed further into a series involving the two police investigators.

All in all, I enjoyed the book and do hope the author develops the characters of Harriet and Jim.

Small print - I received an eBook copy from the author. I was not paid for the review and the review is my genuine opinion of the book.

Fading Scars
Fading Scars

5.0 out of 5 stars A Powerful Story, 31 Dec 2011
This review is from: Fading Scars (Kindle Edition)
This is the personal story of tragedy, strength, fear, courage and grief.

The concept of grief without a body and a funeral is difficult, but it happens. Not because an individual is lost to sea and/or unrecoverable, but because of an incident that changes the life of the injured and slowly-recovering forever. It is difficult to grieve for the person they were, and will never be again.

This is that story, that very personal journey.

Mark and Paige became a couple, following divorces. They were given second chances at happiness and love. There would be hard work. Bringing together two families, for a second chance is never easy; family members, emotions, memories and alike that all need to be incorporated, included and tolerated is never easy despite how much you love the other person and the will to do so.

Together, they were now raising Paige's children with hopes, dreams and aspirations for the future. Wiped away, within, almost the blink of an eye. There is that moment of disbelief that what has happened has in fact happened. Being in that situation is dreadful, but to work within a profession where you see this happen to other people is worse. You know the drill, what will potentially happen, the next stage of the journey and the words of encouragement that will follow in order to give you hope. You stop being that professional and become the relative where you hope for a miracle that perhaps might not happen.

In this journey the injured survived, and the need for courage to continue as best as possible on the family path kicks in. The grief that the person, who once was has gone only to be replaced with a new version of a familiar person. Thinking of the domestic issues on a different level, the involvement and inclusion that are needed to ensure that the loved one still feels that they are part of the family process, without too much disruption. There is also the journey that the family left behind travel along. The stresses of almost thinking for both adults. It sounds easy, but is tough and needs courage, resilience and support.

The remembrance that the family includes children who need their Mum, need her reassurance and continued love. It becomes a balancing act, juggling all the different balls that occasionally do come crashing down then the guilt, and frustration that follows.

This is an incredibly powerful story that could happen to anyone of us. It is an emotional read and despite experiencing something very similar, but with a different outcome in my personal life I could identify some of the emotions experienced, the questions and guilt.

This is a journey that will travel with me for a while yet and two quotes that support the powerful reading are:

"That promise I made to my husband was going to be the hardest one I ever had to keep"

"Our family is my silver lining"

Small print - I reviewed this book having received an eBook from the publisher. I was not paid for my review and the review is my genuine opinion of the book.

The 2011 Book Blogger's Cookbook (The Book Blogger's Cookbook)
The 2011 Book Blogger's Cookbook (The Book Blogger's Cookbook)
Price: 0.77

5.0 out of 5 stars The 2011 Book Blogger's Cookbook (The Book Blogger's Cookbook), 20 Dec 2011
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I recently became aware that this was available for the Kindle. My Kindle isn't available until after Santa brings it! but I downloaded the book and was able to read it via the iPad app made available by Amazon.

What a fantastic idea; I so wish I had thought of it!

The layout is clear and simple. Starting with a photograph of the book cover with the name of the author, then followed by a synopsis of the book. Next comes the recipe with photograph, inspired by the book and lastly a small list of what several bloggers said about the book with click able links to their respective blogs, which hosts their full reviews.

There are indexes of books, authors, contributing blogs and recipes which is great, as so many books of this sort don't bother with indexes and that is a pet hate of mine!

I have a couple of favourites - Rosemary and Lemon Roasted Chicken, which accompanies the book, Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. I also spotted a rather fun cozy mystery called Lemon Tart by Josi S Kilpack. Not too surprisingly, the accompanying recipe is for To Die For Lemon Tart!

This such a simple idea, yet a really enjoyable read, full of recipes to try, books to read and blogs to explore. Exactly what a book blogging cook needs! I loved this book and have signed up to take part in the 2012 edition.

My advice is sit with a cup of your favourite drink, a note pad and pencil and jot down the names of those books, recipes and blogs to visit.....I did!

My mom's toilet note (Korean Edition)
My mom's toilet note (Korean Edition)

1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 4 Dec 2011
What a shame, this seemed like an interesting concept and perhaps would be an amusing book, after all, what do we all think about in the bathroom? Alas not in English.

Christmas at Harrington's
Christmas at Harrington's

4.0 out of 5 stars Christmas at Harrington's, 30 Nov 2011
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I would have missed this book had it not been for an alert advising me of free ebooks for the Kindle. I downloaded it and managed to read the book within a few hours.

Not my usual style of book, but this was a nice and gentle read. It is the story of Lena Markham, dominated by her father, plans to leave the parental home, only to find that she marries a man similar to her father. A man that thinks nothing of deceiving her. Working part time for a church dealing with their accounts Lena notices an anomaly. Her husband dismisses the idea. A while after a major discrepancy is noticed by the Bishop and the issue is investigated. Lena is arrested and charged, while her husband looks on.

Visiting her in Jail her husband advises that the Police have found the culprit and plan to flush them out, but in the meantime, Lena needs to stay put. He husband then asks for her inheritance money, so that the real culprit can be flushed out. Needless to say, bells should be ringing, but don't and Lena is left in prison, charged with a crime she did not commit.

After her release from prison, Lena wants a fresh start. Divorced and alone she decides to move to another town and hopes to put the past behind her. With a little cash in her pocket and a small cache of belongings she boards a coach for pastures new and meets a friend. Having arrived in her new town, to temporary accommodation, Lena does find work and starts to build her life again and then she encounters someone from her past, who announces that she is a convicted felon. Will her plans all come to nothing?

This was a quick read. I would have liked the characters to have been developed more, and would like to have heard more of the story beyond the ending we currently have. A nice little story on the approach to the festive season.

Husbands May Come and Go but Friends Are Forever
Husbands May Come and Go but Friends Are Forever
Price: 3.72

5.0 out of 5 stars Husbands May Come and Go But Friends Are Forever by Judith Marshall, 27 Nov 2011
The book is set in the Spring of 2000 and centres around a group of women who have been friends for almost "forever" Each are caught up with their own lives, loves, fears and challenges and the initial scene opens with divorcee Liz as she prepares a redundancy package for a group of employees. The redundancies due to a business merger and Liz fails to see that just perhaps her own position is about to be removed. Having had a tough & emotional day with the redundancies, Liz is taken to dinner by her partner, Sam. Over dinner he announces that he has been offered promotion and would Liz go with him. Liz hides behind her children, now all grown up and her work and does not feel that she can commit to such a move.

Very shortly after, Liz is told that of her own redundancy; and takes the news badly. She turns to one of her closest friends Karen, a twice married and currently single women. Karen is a complex character. Brave and yet frightened, she is the pivotal character in the book with what unfolds next and as the story develops we see how the group of middle aged women pull together as they battle through a tragedy. I am not going to say any more about the storyline, which takes the reader on a journey of discovery, both in terms of what happens next and in terms of flashes of history between the women.

What I loved about this book was the realness of the storyline. We can probably all identify with friendships that are almost institution's in our lives. Friends with whom you can have fun with, a fierce debate with, turn to in times of heartache and worry, regardless of the time and distance. These are the friendships that mean you can start a conversation on one day and finish it months later. These friendships are the backbone of who we are as individuals and in many ways they are just as important as family.

Essentially, this is a book of love, friendship and self discovery and I highly recommend it.

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