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INTERNMENT - A Love Story (A Colchester Law World Novel Book 1)
INTERNMENT - A Love Story (A Colchester Law World Novel Book 1)
Price: 0.77

3.0 out of 5 stars Legal love story is a real page-turner, 9 April 2013
This romantic novel by Julie Langham about the upward career and tangled love life of a beautiful post-graduate intern in an East Anglian solicitor's office is just the thing to take on a weekend break when all you want is a good entertaining read.

The book is written in the style of a short story in a modern women's magazine. This is not to damn it with faint praise, however; in fact, very much the opposite. Langham has used the best features of the magazine style - steamy sex scenes, the `F' word and all - to produce a real page-turner. The sentences are simple and short. The vocabulary is plain and functional. The dialogue is sharply observed and contemporary.

Julie Langham has a good ear for modern slang, and the exchanges between Ali, the bright young intern, and colleagues and friends sound very natural and authentic.

The author's own background is in the legal profession, and her familiarity with the world of the solicitor's office, the court of law and even the police interrogation room is a great advantage, giving the story a feeling of solid reality. Langham is also clearly familiar with the way that relationships develop between lawyers and their colleagues and clients. The romantic links, the constant gossiping and the occasional "golly gosh" moment of drama are handled deftly and confidently.

Above all, she keeps the plot moving briskly along by weaving some genuinely interesting and ethically challenging legal cases into the story. While the ups and downs of Ali's love life proceed along fairly predictable lines, the legal cases do give this romantic tale a bit of gravitas, inviting the reader to ponder on such deep issues as the moral frailty of human beings, and the ethical ambiguity of the lawyers who do their best to get them off.

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Maw Broon's But An' Ben Apron
Maw Broon's But An' Ben Apron
by Maw Broon
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Where's Maw Broon?, 25 Jan 2011
I guess I should have looked more closely at the advert, but I thought I was buying a full-colour apron with a cartoon drawing of Maw Broon.

What I got was a rather unexceptional white cotton apron with pretty basic bit of artwork in chocolate brown.

I was all set to return the item, but it was a present for my partner, Liz, and she decided to keep it because it's practical in the kitchen.


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