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The Tudor Bride
The Tudor Bride
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4.0 out of 5 stars fascinating and unusual take on the life of Catherine de Valois, 1 Feb 2014
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I couldn't wait to read this novel after having read the previous instalment of Catherine's story, 'The Agincourt bride". This continues on from that one and is told by the same character, Mette, Catherine's former wet nurse and confidante, a device that works wonderfully well as we see the life of the court throughout the eyes of a servant rather than a high born protagonist whilst seeing Catherine through another's eyes rather than her telling her own story.
The only gripe I have with this book is that, if one had read the previous novel, this one was slightly repetitive, especially at first, as the author retold some of the story and referred to events that had happened in The Agincourt Bride in order to set the scene for those readers who had not read that book, or remind those who had read it some time ago. Once that was done however, the pace improved and it was as gripping and well written as Hickson's other work.
It evokes the period well, with wonderful descriptive writing which does not slow down the pace of the story but adds to it. It was particularly interesting that this rendition of the History of Catherine does not end in mod air but takes us right throughout to her eventual her death….something have not read before.


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5.0 out of 5 stars fits well, stylish and good value, 1 Feb 2014
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This does what it says on the tin….fitted the Galaxy S2 well and looks stylish. Bought for my son, and perfect as it was difficult to find a case that wasn't either too 'girly'or had skulls or camouflage on it!


Sacred Hearts
Sacred Hearts
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars slow to start but gripping once it has you hooked, 1 Feb 2014
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I have to admit I didn't enjoy this novel as much as some of Durant's previous work…notably 'In the Company of the Courtesan'. At times it was hard not to skip some of the longer passages about the devotional masses and offices of the convent. However one could argue that these are essential to the atmosphere and setting of the story and although this novel is slower in pace and more thoughtful, Durant's descriptive writing and evocation of the period is, as usual, superb.


The Serpent and the Pearl (A Novel of the Borgias)
The Serpent and the Pearl (A Novel of the Borgias)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating evocation of Rome under the Borgias from a refreshing viewpoint., 1 Feb 2014
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I don't normally like novels where the protagonist changes every few chapters but this one had me hooked. All three characters who tell their stories are interesting, and it is refreshing to see Rome and the Borgia Pope's rule from three unusual viewpoints….that of his young mistress Giulia Farnese, that of a dwarf who gets mixed up with the family, and that of a Venetian cook with secrets of her own. As usual Kate Quinn's style draws you in to the action and her descriptive writing, evocation of the Rome of the period and her characterisation are superb. The only gripe I have is the ending… various parts of the action are unresolved, and it seems likely to me that Quinn is setting the story up to be continued in the next novel. If that is the case however, I can't wait for the next instalment to appear!


NPW Paint Job Sticker (Flowers)
NPW Paint Job Sticker (Flowers)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Did the job we wanted it for - granddaughter's bike, 27 July 2013
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These are pretty, quite large, flowers, all different colours, we used a whole pack on my 5 year old granddaughter's second hand bike to jazz it up and cover some scratches but half a pack would be sufficient for most purposes. They stuck really well and haven't peeled off yet(2 months on). Great!


Silentnight London Memory Foam Mattress, King
Silentnight London Memory Foam Mattress, King
Price: 410.00

9 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars very disappointing,developed dips,had to return, 20 Feb 2013
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This seemed like a good deal, especially since I had it on one of Amazon's lightning deals and it was originally more expensive.At first it was comfortable but within a fortnight it had developed deep dips where myself and partner lay, we are of average weight so not particularly heavy, so this was unexpected. The dips were getting worse and it was very uncomfortable so we returned it. To Amazon's credit they refunded with no quibbles but I wanted to write this to warn people about the mattress. One would thin that it would be good quality because it is made by Silentnight but this is not what we found.


The Midwife's Here!: The Enchanting True Story of One of Britain's Longest Serving Midwives
The Midwife's Here!: The Enchanting True Story of One of Britain's Longest Serving Midwives
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting life story with anecdotes, about nursing as well as midwifery, 22 Jan 2013
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This was a good read. I was expecting it to be more along the lines of the popular 'Call the Midwife" by Jennifer Worth, but this book is more of an autobiography and a lot of the book is taken up with Linda's journey towards becoming a midwife with her nursing training described. This may disappoint fans of the above mentioned book who might wish for more midwifery anecdotes and may find the book slow at the beginning. However if you are also interested in nursing then this won't matter, and Linda's story is an interesting one.


Cleo Zia Brief Women's Knickers Spot Print 18
Cleo Zia Brief Women's Knickers Spot Print 18
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely colours, 22 Jan 2013
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Well made,quality good, and the colours are much nicer than the photo, slightly brighter and really different without being garish.


The Scarlet Contessa
The Scarlet Contessa
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down!, 22 Jan 2013
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This is very well written. Just the right amount of Historical detail and description to make the reader feel they are in the period, without slowing down the story too much.I was gripped from the beginning, it wasn't slow to start as some novels can be. Great storyline, with references to many of the most important events of the period to keep History fans interested.Good to read as a sequel or prequel to The Borgia Bride, which features some of the same characters at a slightly later period.


Timex Ironman Men's Digital Watch with LCD Dial Digital Display and Black Fabric and Canvas Strap T5K413
Timex Ironman Men's Digital Watch with LCD Dial Digital Display and Black Fabric and Canvas Strap T5K413

3.0 out of 5 stars Nice watch but not sure about strap, 27 Nov 2012
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This is a Christmas present for my son and I don't yet know how it works etc as he hasn't used it, but on first glance it looks good quality and the face is attractive. However I was disappointed with the look of the strap, it is a kind of soft almost velcro type material on the outside, which i am worried will pick up threads and fluff, and which to my mind detracts from the look of the watch and makes it look a bit cheaper than it is. It is personal taste of course but it wasn't what I was expecting.


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