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Helpful votes received on reviews: 90% (9 of 10)
 

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Minette by Melanie Clegg
Minette by Melanie Clegg
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Now I love good historical fiction but as I was brought up on Jean Plaidy my standards are high! I had met Melanie briefly at the Hampton Court sleepover in September and followed her on twitter but hadn't realised she had written books until I went onto her website. I admit I adored the covers! She recommended I started with Minette and I am so glad I did. This is a beautiful book. I know very little about the Stuarts in France - my research is based primarily on James I and Charles I pre-civil war as I do a lot of stuff on Buckingham in 1620s. So this was a fairly new topic for me and so enjoyable. The way Clegg writes about the family interactions and relationships really draws you in… Read more
The Gin Lane Gazette by Adrian Teal
The Gin Lane Gazette by Adrian Teal
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Its not everyday the Ravenmaster at the Tower of London recommends you a book and such a delicious naughty book at that but thats exactly what happened on a cold Good Friday whilst discussing ravens (of course!); executioners (what can I say); and various historical studies when suddenly the Gin Lane Gazette was mentioned as something that may interest me. Now I am a student of 16th/17th century State letters (albeit on a part-time basis - my real job is too dull to mention) and I rarely stray beyond 1700 as I always thought all those Georges were a trifle dull. How wrong I was and what a fabulous recommendation this turned out to be.
The Gin Lane Gazette has stories of Gin Hags (I… Read more