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Cotton No Show Invisible Socks Liner Socks Footsies (Hearts) (S, Black)
Cotton No Show Invisible Socks Liner Socks Footsies (Hearts) (S, Black)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good product., 8 Dec 2014
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They fit well, are comfortable and do the job as advertised.


HOUSE OF SILENCE
HOUSE OF SILENCE
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Read, 4 Dec 2014
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This review is from: HOUSE OF SILENCE (Kindle Edition)
The characters in this story are impressive. They were 'large' enough to make me feel they were there with me in the room as the story unfolded. Linda has a way of making her characters totally believable and human. The themes of damaged families, love, mental illness, betrayal and loyalty are played out through the pages of the book. It has depth without being heavy. There's sadness and joy, humour and drama all balanced beautifully yet rising into a steady crescendo. I couldn't guess where any of the twists were heading and each drew me further and further into the drama. What a clever magician to weave such a plot so satisfyingly. The quilts that Hattie loved to make was a very interesting touch. I knew so little about this subject and it was fascinating to learn something about it. It's always great to discover an author whose books you want to devour. I shall add all of Linda's books to my reading list and look forward to a feast!


Honour & Obey
Honour & Obey
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, 2 Dec 2014
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This review is from: Honour & Obey (Kindle Edition)
Carol Hedges has a great talent for writing a gripping tale that comes at you from many different perspectives. The Victorian setting is a gritty and intriguing background for the clever array of characters. There's no telling where the twists and turns will take you, as you fly along on a roller coaster ride through the fog, grime and terror of a murder mystery set in the harsh days of Dickensian London. Along side all that is the run-ins between Detective Stride and his sidekick Cully's with a certain London press reporter. There are so many strands to the story but it's freshness keeps you focused and keeps you wanting to know more. Don't expect to get much sleep if you read in bed like I do! But it is worth it. Go on treat yourself!


Zenzoris Returns (The Sophie Radcliffe Series Book 1)
Zenzoris Returns (The Sophie Radcliffe Series Book 1)
Price: £1.93

5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling Sci-fi Adventure!, 10 Nov 2014
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It starts with action and boldly drawn believable characters. They compel you to follow through a rip-roaring adventure with them that keeps you in turn bewildered, intrigued and fascinated. Even if sci-fi isn't your usual genre to read this one will be. I couldn't forsee the ending or the twists. Well done Jenny Burnley and keep on writing so that there's another adventure to follow soon.


Peace Lily (The Katherine Wheel Book 2)
Peace Lily (The Katherine Wheel Book 2)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Peace Lily - Wonderful Tale, 7 Nov 2014
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Daffodils sequel Peace Lily is as enthralling and fresh as its predecessor. Characters, Katy, Jem, Cassandra and Douglas have moved into the aftermath period of WW1. Katy finds life frustrating and tedious. She'd been a mechanic maintaining much needed ambulances on the battle front in France. Now her skills are no longer needed. Life is a struggle for returning soldiers, especially Katy's disabled husband Jem, who cannot obtain work or a home for himself and Katy. Cassandra finds herself torn between her American fiancé, Douglas, and caring for her aging and difficult aristocratic parents. Douglas struggles to fit into post war Britain and its strange stultifying class system. At the same time he's floundering to cope with his insufferable future mother-in-law.
All this is contrasted with Douglas's home of New England and his overbearing father, self-serving sister, vapid mother and dutiful youngest sister. We get a window on life in this very different society and how life was lived there.
Throughout, the extensive research is well woven into the story giving it flavour and colour.
There is so much to enjoy in this story of struggle and courage. A vein of love, warmth, honour and steely determination threads through this early 20th century tale. The historical details, the setting and the characters meld together to create a wonderful atmosphere that draws the reader in and doesn't let go. I wanted to read and read, and yet I didn't want it to end. Peace Lily is a wonderful tale that I wholeheartedly recommend, and I'm waiting eagerly for Speedwell the next book in the series. I know it will be an absolute corker too!


The Winter Guest
The Winter Guest
by Pam Jenoff
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A story of love, survival and war, 27 Sep 2014
This review is from: The Winter Guest (Paperback)
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. There were some very clever and ingenious twists and turns and I really liked the characters. There were some aspects to the plot that could have been a little more carefully crafted and one or two scenes that I felt jarred. However, it is written so beautifully that I still found the story held me and kept me wanting to read on. The style is fluid and compelling. I'd recommend it as a good read!


Strength in Strangers: A true story of heartbreak, hope and courage
Strength in Strangers: A true story of heartbreak, hope and courage
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heart-stopping, 23 Jun 2014
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Two young people in love look forward to their honeymoon and to the future. They anticipate a wonderful life together. Then bang - Everything changes!

This is a very honest, courageous story of what happened to Andrew and Lauren at the start of their honeymoon in The Maldives and subsequently. Andrew's heart was damaged by a virus and in a very short time he was fighting for his life.

The shock, terror, confusion and disappointment are overwhelming but somehow this young couple with the support of medics, family and friends manage to cope. Their courage and indomitable spirit is truly put to the test, time and time again. Their hopes are raised and dashed so often it's amazing they got through it with their relationship strengthened. That takes generosity and courage.

It's a very touching read and I stayed up reading it unable to put it down. I finished it full of admiration for them and their loved ones. They are amazing.

I wish there was more information widely offered about transplants, so that the fears and worries that might prevent people from donating would be overcome. Maybe this story will go a long way to encouraging more people to seek answers and to become donors too. I hope so.


Prince of The City: The Cat's Whiskers (Prince of The City Series Book 1)
Prince of The City: The Cat's Whiskers (Prince of The City Series Book 1)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss this one!, 22 April 2014
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I was captivated with Prince of the City's protagonist, Vic Prince. The fact he is a black PI made it all the more remarkable for the Liverpool, war-time setting. There is a great atmosphere and many threads to the story. The variety of strong unusual characters provide depth, colour and intrigue to an exciting tale.
The story pulls you in through Vic's involvement in the mysteries that seem unconnected and his clients and colleagues who never fail to surprise or unfold new pieces of the intrigue. I thoroughly enjoyed this tale and would recommend it whatever your usual genre. I never choose detective stories but glad I didn't miss this one.


No One's Daughter
No One's Daughter
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5.0 out of 5 stars No One's Daughter, 21 Mar 2014
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The title is very telling. This story is about a child abused, unloved and deprived in so many cruel ways by a mother who has no feeling for her children. While it is heart-breaking to think of a child so lonely, hurt and neglected too it also illuminates Jasmine Bath's wonderful and courageous spirit under these terrible conditions. I kept thinking if only this one or that would open their eyes and see what's going on, they'd rescue her. However, even good people who did give some care and love sent her back to her miserable home again.

We all need to be aware of these things and never, never walk by on the other side of the road while a helpless child suffers such brutality. It shouldn't be necessary for a child to ever suffer like that. It's hard to imagine that there was nowhere for Jasmine to find peace as a child, even though her bruises and pain were easy to spot.

This book shows that help must come from family, friends, neighbours, teachers, doctors or anyone who has contact with a suffering child. My heart goes out to that lost, lonely little girl. I'm so glad that life is different now for Jasmine. I wonder how many other Jasmine's need our help out there. I hope this book helps more people to be courageous enough to make sure such little ones get the love and help they need. This book speaks up for them all clearly and eloquently. Well done Jasmine Bath.


Jigsaw Pieces
Jigsaw Pieces
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A memorable journey, 16 Mar 2014
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Annie, the main character in Jigsaw, is a delightfully honest young girl. She's grappling with the angst of adolescence, and yet in many ways she's already mature enough to see through the pretence and hypocrisy of world around her. She's Norwegian, and has come to England to live with her mother following the breakup of her parent's marriage. It's a difficult adjustment along with all the rest involved in finding her way in her school, and the world around her. Her classmates are spiteful in their teasing and lack of acceptance of her. When a teacher introduces her to the poetry of WW1, Annie becomes fascinated by the young poets and the terrible circumstances in which they poured out their anguish in their poetry.
When she finds she's been allotted a work placement in an old people's home, Annie is deflated but soon finds consolation in the staff, and a veteran of WW1 who doesn't speak. He always draws the same picture. It depicts the horror he witnessed when he served in the war.
There's an important thread running through the story of one of Annie's fellow student's who has committed suicide. Nobody knows why. There seems to be no motive. Annie is set on discovering the answer to this and becomes ever more drawn into the mystery, which eventually threatens her own life.
The story is complex and holds you through all the twists, turns, joys and sorrows of Annie's journey of self discovery. She's feisty, intelligent and caring, as well as uncertain of her own worth in a world that is bewildering to her. She finds the war poetry helps her through her own brand of war with the world. Finally, she comes to a place of peace through the solution of the mystery she's been trying to solve and by finding the last piece of the jigsaw of the war veteran she has grown to love.
This fascinating tale has so much to offer on many levels. It will keep you turning the pages long after you've got to a stopping place at the end of a chapter, so go to bed early or you'll look like hell in the morning. On the other hand it's worth it!!!


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