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Child of the Phoenix
Child of the Phoenix
by Barbara Erskine
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a real page turner, 10 Aug 2010
big fat volume, and truly enjoyable from cover to cover. So much value for your money, so to speak! the story covers an entire lifetime, but it's so full of events and adventures that it's hard to believe these are not 3 or 4 women's lifetimes... Everything is described with great detail, be it a dress, a castle or an emotion. I always love Erskine, but this is one of her best!!!


The Falcons Of Montabard
The Falcons Of Montabard
by Elizabeth Chadwick
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars great story in Outremere, 10 Aug 2010
this is not one of her very very best of all times, but it comes within the range of "good seconds", and it truly deserves attention. The story unfolds in an exotic place and has the usual twist and turns before true love can win. But the plot is very well designed and it doesn't lack in "coup de teatre" here and there. True, the idea to have them getting married because they are obliged to do so and it really was their hearth desire, well, it may seem trite. But a pleasing story it is and all in all enjoyable.


Wolf To The Slaughter: (A Wexford Case)
Wolf To The Slaughter: (A Wexford Case)
by Ruth Rendell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars less than expected, 10 Aug 2010
I had great expectations about this authoress, I love thrillers and such. So it's been a disappointment for me: I'm not saying that I only enjoy simple whodunnits with no psychological sides and turns, on the contrary, I appreciate that the characters may have some depth. But I could find no rhyme or reason here: I could't figure out who the leading character is and got muddled up beetween police inspectors and detectives and so on. The end is so very banal and the characters depth leads them to do unreadable things; their motives are not so clear. In the end you do not breath clean air, but feel very let down beacause when the mistery is unravelled you think, well, is that all it is to it?


The Running Vixen (Wild Hunt)
The Running Vixen (Wild Hunt)
by Elizabeth Chadwick
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.79

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting, 2 April 2010
good book, enjoiable. It is less intriguing than other books the same authress has written, but I'm afraid I haven't read the book this is a sequel to, so it's partly my fault I'm sure.
I think the psychology is less complex than it could be: how comes that you start with brotherly love and all of a sudden you change your mind, I wonder. But minor faults these are. The details are accurate and the plot is fascinating: Chadwick always keeps her standards!
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The Winter Mantle
The Winter Mantle
by Elizabeth Chadwick
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.49

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Parent/children relationships as well as history and a 2 lovestories, 14 Jan 2010
This review is from: The Winter Mantle (Paperback)
I greatly appreciated this book: the historical period has been portraited with this writer's usual competence, and if you've read something else by her fully know that she makes you appreciate the look and feel of history without being boring or bookish. You find yourself into the story and when something or someone drags you out you wonder what cars and fridges and traffic lights are, if you get my meaning...
It's the same with this book too: with the added bonus that at first you think your hero and heroine are Judy and Waltheof, and can't believe he's not going to come out unscathed from the difficult situation he has created (you are halfway through the story, after all, the hero must stay alive and well till the end, there are lots of pages to go...). Then you discover that there is entirely another story, and a brand new hero whose character is much more complex and intriguing than the first.


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