Helpful votes received on reviews: 82% (181 of 222)
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5 stars = Consistently excellent; worth 100% of your time & money.
4 stars = Recommended; very good; worth at least 90% of your time & money.
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I have a varied taste in books. I confess to reading an awful lot (and a lot of awful) historical romance novels, as my reviews will bear witness. But my favorite reading material is probably history; then biography and autobiographies. In the pas… Read more


Top Reviewer Ranking: 185,990 - Total Helpful Votes: 181 of 222
Princess Louise: Queen Victoria's Unconventional D&hellip by Jehanne Wake
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
This is a great biography - it hit all the marks. Well-researched, informative; sympathetic yet always professional, it lets you know Louise's character; the challenging marriage to the Marquis of Lorne (later the 9th Duke of Argyll) and her relationships with her extended family. It reads so well, I wish I could I find more books by this author. It might just be my favorite biography of any of Queen Victoria's children (although Charlotte Zeepvat's biography of Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany, is a very close second).
The Queen's Diamonds by Hugh Roberts
The Queen's Diamonds by Hugh Roberts
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
About fifteen years ago, an author named Leslie Field wrote a book about the personal and Crown jewels of Queen Elizabeth II. It was a great book - it may need some updating now, but for the time it was really excellent; the research was spot on; the photographs were lovely and the captions were very informative and well-written. This book, THE QUEEN'S DIAMONDS - I'm just not getting the same warm feelings. It's very professional, of course, and the photographs are stunning (who can hate looking at enlarged diamond jewelry?) But for me it just lacks the warmth and charm of the older book by Ms. Field. Somehow I felt that I learned more from Ms. Field's book than from this one. (I… Read more
Vera Drake [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Imelda Staunton
Vera Drake [DVD] DVD ~ Imelda Staunton
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Vera Drake is always cheerful, bustling around, working hard cleaning houses for 4 employers; caring for her invalid mother; visiting shut-ins; encouraging her plain, almost pathologically shy daughter and the daughter's equally shy suitor's budding romance, and enjoying her loving marriage. Oh, and by the way, she 'helps out' young women who need abortions. No questions asked, she'll just be there with her bulb syringe and her soap and disinfectant mixture at 5:00 p.m. on Friday. She doesn't even ask for payment. She's just "helping out" women who need a 'problem' solved.

The first part of this film is the most enjoyable and interesting part, at least to me (ironically, this… Read more