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Ruby in the Dust
Ruby in the Dust
by Julie Farrell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Tea and cake, with a twist!, 13 Sep 2014
This review is from: Ruby in the Dust (Paperback)
This story takes you into the heart-warming world of the great English tradition of the cup of tea and cake!
Nicky's life changes forever as she flees to the relatively unknown town of Maidenhead in England (where I happen to live) from her homeland of Germany.
Her life takes unexpected twists and turns until she starts running her own café, 'Ruby in the Dust' - and then meets Alex, an unemployed qualified doctor.
As the story unfolds, the relationship between Nicky and Alex (somewhat frosty at first) intensifies - but the future of the delightful café isn't so good as it hangs by a thread, threatened with closure by a feckless, money-grabbing landlord. Can the combined efforts of Nicky and Alex save the café from its demise?

This is a wonderful, interesting and moving story with an unexpected twist at the end. It had me laughing and crying to the end!
So settle down with your favourite cuppa and indulge yourself in a modern, unusual and highly-entertaining love story.

How To Be a Woman
How To Be a Woman
by Caitlin Moran
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

5.0 out of 5 stars A woman's world, 11 May 2014
This review is from: How To Be a Woman (Paperback)
'How to be a woman' is a very funny memoir, but an also moving and open account with a feminist take. It had me laughing outright, but also had me feeling deeply moved as Caitlin answers questions every woman has on childhood, childbirth, adolescence, life and shopping to name a few!
I feel I know her inside out now! What a thought- provoking and hilariously funny book!!

Romancing the Real You: 2 (London Loves Series)
Romancing the Real You: 2 (London Loves Series)
by Julie Farrell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.00

5.0 out of 5 stars A Psychic Romance!, 11 May 2014
What a great read! I was gripped from beginning to end.
The story takes you into the world of psychics and sceptics in an absorbing tale of love, passion and deception.
As the story begins, we see Eva (a professional psychic who is in a relationship with her stage partner Victor Valentine) on tour around the country. All is going (predictably!) well, until a chance meeting backstage with Charlie, a stripper, turns her life upside down and changes the course of both their lives.

As you read on, and events unfold, this descriptive and intriguing story will keep you hooked on what could happen next. Julie has a way with words that ensures that you become immersed and involved with the characters very quickly, and see and feel events through their eyes.
I really loved this unusual and original story - and there's certainly no shortage of steamy scenes along the way to get the reader's pulse racing. Do read this exciting and romantic book and see for yourself!!

The Girl in the Park
The Girl in the Park
Offered by HarriBella.UK.Ltd
Price: £6.88

4.0 out of 5 stars Who's That Girl..., 24 Nov 2013
This review is from: The Girl in the Park (DVD)
This film is based upon a play by David Auburn, who also wrote the screenplay & directed this movie, in his debut as a film director.
Sigourney Weaver is on excellent form here as Julia Sandburg, a mother who remains traumatized by the disappearance of her 3-year-old daughter 16 years earlier, the mystery of which has never been solved. We see the girl's disappearance in the opening scenes (& Julia's futile desperation to find her in the park - every mother's nightmare), before the action then switches to present time in a single shot.

Julia is now getting on with her life, although her marriage has failed & she's effectively cut herself off from her the man who was the father of her (now grown-up) son & her long-missing daughter.

But when she inadvertently meets Louise (Kate Bosworth), a troubled young woman with a chequered past, she feels certain that she has now been reunited with her daughter. She then starts to spiral into irrationality as she desperately tries to prove to herself that this woman IS her daughter, as neediness seems to overtake logic. Could it really be true? And what does Louise really know?

It's quite a slow-paced film, but Weaver puts in a memorable & watchable performance as the disturbed Julia, & inspires sympathy & empathy from the audience as she begins to unravel as the story progresses.
A fair few characters are introduced, but never really developed, & the ending does seem a little abrupt.

Having said that, it's a good psychological drama that keeps you guessing throughout & while, not a classic, it is certainly well-worth watching.

Keep Calm You're Only 30
Keep Calm You're Only 30
by .
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £4.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Small book for a big day!, 22 Nov 2013
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As with other reviewers, I bought this book as a gift for a friend's 30th, & it made a nice, fun gift. It's probably more a book for someone to flick through on their actual birthday than to keep on a shelf, but it's certainly good for a quirky extra present on the big day!

Can You Keep A Secret?
Can You Keep A Secret?
by Sophie Kinsella
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

5.0 out of 5 stars Listen... Do You Want to Know a Secret?!, 20 Nov 2013
This review is from: Can You Keep A Secret? (Paperback)
I love modern romance books that have little coincidences built-in to the story that unwittingly develop into something much bigger (I've just read Driving Me to You by Julie Farrell, which uses this plot device really well, & is one I'd especially recommend if you like Can You Keep a Secret).

This book tells the story of Emma Corrigan, a spirited young lady, who, like many of us I'm sure, has a few secrets that she'd much rather keep to herself, & not wish to share with the whole world...

But all this changes when she inadvertently strikes up a conversation with the dark & handsome American sitting next to her on a plane, her flying phobia making her convinced their lives are about to end in a nasty crash.
Sensing that the end is nigh, she spills the beans on her past misdemeanours & escapades, divulging her darkest & most personal secrets to him in the process... only for the plane of course to safely land.
She then later comes face-to-face with Jack Harper, her company's elusive CEO, who just happens to be, yes - the man on the plane!

And, rather than crash, she seems to have developed a crush on Jack as well - not great as she is about to set up home with her boyfriend.

This book has a great premise - it's funny & original, & has many laugh-out-loud moments. It's full of suspense, intrigue & humour - & well-worth buying if you love a fun, easy-to-read & quirky modern romantic story.
Yes, it is a bit far-fetched - but we all love a bit of escapism in our lives, & this is certainly an excellent read that I would highly recommend!

Family Guy Super Heroes T-Shirt (medium)
Family Guy Super Heroes T-Shirt (medium)

3.0 out of 5 stars Not a printed garment..., 16 Nov 2013
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I bought this T-shirt as a gift & it looks good, but, as other reviewers have pointed out, the picture on the front is an 'iron-on' type & therefore nowhere near as durable as a printed T-shirt. It has the look of a transfer produced at home on a domestic printer, & not a factory-produced garment.

I'd urge anyone looking for a Family Guy T-shirt (that the wearer will want to get a reasonably good shelf-life from) to perhaps look elsewhere, & pay a few extra pennies to get something of better quality.

Champagne and Lemon Drops: A Blueberry Springs Chick Lit Contemporary Romance
Champagne and Lemon Drops: A Blueberry Springs Chick Lit Contemporary Romance
Price: £0.00

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Champagne Supernova of a Story!, 13 Nov 2013
I found out about this book by chance after reading Driving Me to You by Julie Farrell (an excellent read too & well-worth checking out) & wanting to discover even more contemporary authors in the romance genre.

As a debut novel from Jean, this is a highly-enjoyable & original love story - imbued with Canadian small-town charm & lots of humour. The story gets off to a cracking start as it centres around Beth (who was brought up by her older sister) & her idealistic dreams of marrying her fiancé Oz & starting a family of her own, the way she dreams it should be.
But Oz suddenly has cold feet, wishes to have a break to rethink the marriage expectations his father has planned for him, & Beth finds herself alone.

But she doesn't feel lonely for too long as she reinvents herself & goes back out into the world with renewed confidence. She then confides in Nash, the dishy new doctor from the big city, who sees her in a much different light to Oz & she plays along as her new, confident self as he starts to fall for her.

Now, torn between two men who love her, she needs to make an important life decision... not to mention dealing with the interference of the small-town community around her who seem to know what's best for her!

This was a story full of fun & feel-good moments, & lots of genuine laughs along the way. It's a very easy book to read, & very hard to put down once you get started.
You also get to find out the meaning of the title, but I won't reveal that here!
I'm now really looking forward to reading Jean's next book, Whiskey & Gumdrops.

Dracula Has Risen From The Grave [DVD] [1968]
Dracula Has Risen From The Grave [DVD] [1968]
Dvd ~ Michael Ripper
Offered by Springwood Media
Price: £12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Once Bitten...!, 13 Nov 2013
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This has always been my favourite of the Hammer Dracula films, & it seems to have all the elements for a classic story.
It follows on from events in 'Dracula - Prince of Darkness' (although the filming has now switched from Hammer's spiritual home in Bray to Elstree, where it would remain for the remainder of the series).

In an Eastern-European village at the turn of the 20th century, villagers refuse to attend Mass at the Catholic church because the shadow of Dracula's castle touches it. To bring an end to their fears, the Monsignor climbs to the castle to exorcise it...

I love this intro with the Monsignor climbing the mountain above the stricken village with a terrified local priest. He then makes a final bold attempt to 'exorcise' the castle by attaching a large crucifix to its front door... amid the usual thunder & lightning.
The priest flees in fright, falls & hits the rocks, the blood from his head-wound trickling through a crack in the ice in the direction of the corpse of you-know-who... which sets us up nicely for the once-again resurrected Dracula (with the priest now under his control) to resume his stranglehold on the village, as he seeks fresh victims.
Dracula is none-too-impressed with the unwanted cross on his door either, & is out for revenge!

Christopher Lee is characteristically mute for most of the film, but his very presence inspires menace every time he's on the screen. The music score is memorable & atmospheric, & the village & castle are well-realized, despite obvious budgetary restrictions. The forest itself feels foreboding too, & the sight of Dracula at the helm of his coach & horses by night is enough to strike terror into the hearts of anyone who's unfortunate enough to get in his way!

It's presented here too in widescreen format, although devoid of any extras.

Panasonic Lumix FS35 Digital Camera - Black (16.1MP, 8x Optical Zoom) 2.7 inch LCD (discontinued by manufacturer)
Panasonic Lumix FS35 Digital Camera - Black (16.1MP, 8x Optical Zoom) 2.7 inch LCD (discontinued by manufacturer)

5.0 out of 5 stars Life Through a Lens!, 13 Nov 2013
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I'm very happy with this lightweight & easy-to-use camera - it does everything I wanted, & delivers sharp photos of excellent quality. It's very easy to navigate around the settings & try out different functions, & isn't overly complex to use. The zoom is especially good too for a camera of this size.

It's good value at the price if you want a quality camera from a trusted brand.
Would definitely recommend!

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