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The Birth Of Venus
The Birth Of Venus
by Sarah Dunant
Edition: Paperback

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great historical fiction, 13 Dec. 2004
This review is from: The Birth Of Venus (Paperback)
This book, set in 15th century Florence, is told through the eyes of the main character Alessandra, a 14 year old girl who has led a sheltered life and who longs to paint. She possesses a strong mind and tells the story with such grace and humility that even the most distasteful parts still read like fine poetry. Alessandra comes from a wealthy family and due to the turbulent times ends up married before she is even 15. She befriends a painter and boldly challenges him to review her work.
I especially loved the references to art and faith, and feel this is a story many will quickly jump in and sail along with. I found myself anxious to find out what would happen next, as the book is not only written with a beautiful voice but has the added interest of history, realism, and mystery. Quite simply, you want to find out what happens to this girl.
I would recommend this for a great long weekend. Turn off the phone and snuggle in for a great story.
From the author of The Difference Now.


Acoustic Soul
Acoustic Soul
Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: £6.58

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soulful and poetic, 13 Dec. 2004
This review is from: Acoustic Soul (Audio CD)
I've had this CD for several years now and still listen to it quite often. Its soulfulness is mesmerizing, and the songs reflect a strong spirit that I find refreshing. This artist is comfortable in her own skin and encourages us all to be the same. I found the songs "Beautiful" "Video" "Brown Skin" "Promises" and "Ready for Love" especially heartfelt and inspiring.
I get a lift every time I listen to this one, and you will too.
From the author of The Difference Now.


Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
by Helen Fielding
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.79

5.0 out of 5 stars Bridge is back...., 10 Nov. 2004
Bridget is back in this sequel and she's just as hilarious as before. I liked this book a bit better than the first, as it picked up where the first book left off and swept you right into the story. Bridget has matured a bit in this one (a small bit) but her antics are just as silly as before.
I thought the weakest part of the book was the interview with Colin Firth. But the other characters remain true - Bridge' mother provides comic entertainment even better than before, Jude and Shazzer remain loyal friends full of bad advice and problems of their own.
All in all, this is a must read for Bridget fans as you will find yourself delightfully entertained for hours. If the first two books are any indication, the follow up will be much anticipated!
From the author of The Difference Now.


Deception Point
Deception Point
by Dan Brown
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars another great thriller from dan brown, 10 Nov. 2004
This review is from: Deception Point (Paperback)
I give this book four stars only because Dan Brown outdid himself with the Da Vinci Code and I read that one first. This story is just as fun to read, although not as tightly knit at Da Vinci. Still, it will not disappoint. Sure, the plot lines seem outrageous, but Brown does so much research that even the formerly unthinkable plots become believable. Reading this one in an election year made it all the more plausible. Dan Brown has developed a reliable style and does not disappoint. He sets the pace for this genre.
From the author of The Difference Now.


Riding the Bus with My Sister: A True Life Journey
Riding the Bus with My Sister: A True Life Journey
by Rachel Simon
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars well done, 10 Nov. 2004
I read this book after a recommendation and at first, I'll admit, the story line did not interest me. However, I soon found this to be a uniquely told story of the challenges of having a mentally-challenged individual in one's life. While the main story line is about a mentally-challenged sister, the underlying story line consists of the author's revelation that her sister seems to have a more well-adjusted life than her. I enjoyed her honest revelations and the skillful way she described each bus driver and of course, her sister.
From the author of The Difference Now.


CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun for CSI fans, 10 Nov. 2004
For the fans of CSI this game is a hoot. Collecting evidence to give to Greg is a lot of fun. Some of the things about the game are frustrating, however. One is that if you follow a difficult route to solving the crime the computer will not let you move forward to bring in people for questioning or collect DNA evidence. Another is that it seems to have a hiccup when you leave a game (and save it) it goes back to the very beginning when you log on again. This means you have to go through each game to get to the one you want to finish. Still, enjoyable. The game moves quickly and you'll be left wanting more.
From the author of The Difference Now.


Almost French: Love and a New Life in Paris
Almost French: Love and a New Life in Paris
by Sarah Turnbull
Edition: Paperback

41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well done, 10 Nov. 2004
"Almost French" is the story of a woman who goes to France to visit a French lawyer she has only met a couple times before and barely knows. Of course, she gets caught up in the romance of the city and stays on to live there. Despite this description this is not some drippy love story but rather a wonderfully observant series of accounts told from a journalists point of view. For those who have visited Paris, and those yet to make the trip, this book will amaze and entertain you. Turnbull comes to the realization that despite the fact that she will never fit in perfectly in Paris, her life is in and of itself perfect.
I especially enjoyed the day to day accounts of regular everyday life - dinner parties, meeting friends, finding employment, traveling, cooking, shopping, etc. The accounts of her dog are very amusing. I hope to see a follow up book from this author!
From the author of The Difference Now.


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