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Sleeping Beauty (Avon Romantic Treasure)
Sleeping Beauty (Avon Romantic Treasure)
Price: £2.49

1.0 out of 5 stars Am I the only one with a massive issue with the heroine being a prostitute?, 4 July 2016
Call me idealistic but the thought of ANY woman having to sell her body sickens me to my very core at the mere thought of her physical exploitation and emotional murder! Dramatic much? Maybe but TRUE nonetheless! So a heroine who is supposed to be such a beauty and so intelligent and all she can find to do is sell her body to multiple men? And we are actually supposed to applaud her 'code of honour' that she doesn't spill the bedroom secrets of each cabinet minister she happens to sleep with? The hero, idealistic, solid and SEVERAL years younger than her....well if positions were reversed and the hero were a much older male prostitute and the heroine were young and innocent I would find it repulsive. Frankly she is taking gross advantage of him, his innocence, his naiveté and his rosy view of the world (not that that would bother her since she had NO qualms about bearing the child of a married man and hoping he would dump his invalid wife for her) so yes...not really heroine material in my opinion......


Watch the Wall, My Darling
Watch the Wall, My Darling
Price: £4.68

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Highly disappointing, 31 Oct. 2015
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Frightfully idiotic and incoherent.
I began this book with high hopes. Christina is an american who returns to her ancestral home in england only to discover her cousin Ross is the leader of a gang of smugglers (why a gentleman would feel it necessary to do so is justified by improbably showing it as a cover for his being an agent for the British govt) The fact that his own family is blissfully unaware of his being either a smuggler or a spy does raise the question as to WHOM this smuggler cover is is supposed to delude. Her parsimonious grandfather tells her to inherit the ancestral mansion she must marry either Ross or her foppish cousin Richard. The rest of the plot is wildly chaotic with Ross disappearing for most of the book and when he does appear its simply to pass some cryptic comment of self pity. Ross appears to be so bumbling and inept that Christina is always falling into some predicament of his making and she is perpetually having to save herself since he conveniently disappears each time. Not content with that, the murderous gang of smugglers he rules is so little in his control that they are constantly trying to set fire to the Grange (his house) or murder Christina. Throughout all of this the hero and heroine are constantly saving themselves AND warning the smugglers and permitting them to make a quick getaway so they cannot be arrested by the coast guards. Why the devil he feels he owes them any sympathy or loyalty when they ignore his instructions, bloodthirstily try to set fire to his home and family and finally attempt to murder the heroine when she is warning them of a trap set for them, is utterly beyond me. It is infuriating because while initially he is depicted as calm, ruthless and in full control suddenly half way through he lapses into a careless moron who never plans things through, always makes a mess of things, disappears for months on end leaving Christina to handle things in his absence and then when he finally does return instead of falling at her feet in gratitude dissolves into maudlin self pity and muttering about how 'death would be the best' for such as him.....before disappearing AGAIN for the umpteenth time!! By this time i was wondering how this book could possibly have received the rave reviews it had. If you want a good romance on smugglers read Heyer's Unknown Ajax which I can't help but suspect this book is definitely derived from. I ordered another book from this author but now I wish I hadn't. Probably just as much of a time waste.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars They look very pretty but when I received them several stones have dropped ..., 9 Mar. 2015
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They look very pretty but when I received them several stones have dropped out so I'm disappointed with this product


Magic Fairy Stories from Many Lands
Magic Fairy Stories from Many Lands
by Susan Taylor
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Must have for all children’s libraries, 1 May 2014
I received this book as a present from a dearly beloved aunt when I was a child many years ago. This rapidly became one of my most precious books. The stories are original,unusual, beautifully written and extremely gripping. Funny, interesting,adventurous and thought provoking this book has classic timeless appeal, since now my own children adore reading stories from it. The enchanting full length illustrations greatly enhance the stories since my son loves pouring over them as well. The stories in it are Foolish Francis, Elf Boy, Rich Widow Poor Widow, The Glass Box, Three Oranges, Rain Woman and Lady Luck and Mr Money among others. All the stories in this book are stories which I have never encountered in any collection of fairy stories for children so this really a book well worth buying.


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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just a tad disappointing!!, 25 Feb. 2014
I was ecstatic when I placed the order, euphoric when I received the delivery and sadly disappointed when I opened it. You see I had perhaps somewhat naively assumed it would be studded with diamonds, (half carat ones of course, I don’t belong to the nouveau riche you know!) and since it wasn’t it clashes dreadfully with my harp, violin and lute all of which are exquisitely shimmering with diamonds.
Secondly i had assumed that the parcel would contain delivery men who would help set it up because naturally a lily of the field such as myself who fulfils a purely decorative function in life and can barely muster enough energy to stretch forth a slender, perfectly manicured hand to lift my bohemian crystal glass which has titanium straws and hand carved ice cubes (Beyonce attended one of my at-home events and got the idea from me!), well anyway how am I supposed to set it up?
So all in all NOT one of my most successful purchases but anyway I need to order the Damien Hirst that I clicked in my shopping cart so must be off! Toodle o darlings!!
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The Perilous Gard
The Perilous Gard
by Elizabeth Marie Pope
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.38

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So fascinating that I only wish such books were not as rare as fairy gold dust!!, 12 Feb. 2014
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Most of the reviewers have described the story so I will move onto the book itself. Elizabeth Marie Pope was an english literature professor who apparently wrote both Perilous Gard and the Sherwood Ring to demonstrate different writing styles to her students. She is such a brilliant author that I wish she had written dozens of books! This book is so chilling and sinister in its plot implications, so magnificent is the craftsmanship and the characters are so beautifully fleshed out with each nuance delicately explored that one is utterly enraptured. The Fairy Queen is one of the most terrifying personalities and the twists in the plot are such that one is genuinely unsure of what will happen next. To sustain the reader’s tension at fever pitch is shattering to one’s nerves :) but a fabulous demonstration of how gifted Pope was. The book is deliciously satisfying and fulfils one’s expectations since it keeps delivering right until the very last page. A must read for anyone who adores reading. Both her books will become among your most prized books


Robinsheugh
Robinsheugh
by Eileen Dunlop
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting, eerie and exquisite, 12 Feb. 2014
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The previous review explains the story so I will be brief in my synopsis. 12 year old Elizabeth is sent to stay with her aunt, Kate, a young Oxford scholar for the summer while Kate researches the family papers of the aristocratic family Melville. They lodge at the cottage of the historic family seat Robinsheugh, situated in Scotland. Elizabeth is seething with bitter fury and resentment at her aunt’s intense preoccupation with her work and her supposed neglect of her niece, all the more so as they used to be exceptionally close earlier on. Elizabeth discovers an ancient tarnished mirror and begins to slip back into the 18th century where she lives the life of Elizabeth Melville, the family’s oldest daughter. As she becomes more and more obsessed with the past, her parallel existence becomes lopsided as she begins to lose sight and memory of who she truly is. And there is sinister consequences which begin to loom up.
The relationships between the people in the story are beautifully and subtly displayed with each nuance fully explored. Each character is fully fleshed out which is why none of them really grate upon the nerves. Personalities which are consistently detached or being rude or self absorbed rapidly become one dimensional to read about. But the author is exceptionally skilled and it was sheer joy to read her work. So deftly does she spin her story that the personalities unfold softly, naturally and with the inevitability of a rose unfurling its petals. The sheer technique and knowledge which must have gone into this book is remarkable.
After countless books with wooden characters, stilted un natural conversations and weak plots, to read a book which is soaked with the time period being described, written so beautifully and yet with such intense passion that you are sucked so deep in the book that you feel as if you were personally witnessing the events is utter bliss. The last time I so enjoyed a book was when I read Elizabeth Marie Pope’s books which are absolutely magnificent. Difficult to get hold of but infinitely worth the effort to get it.


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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly enchanting! A must have for all children, 1 Feb. 2014
The concept is adorable. A child wakes up in the morning and realises he/she has forgotten his/her name. The child sets off on a journey where he encounters a number of magical creatures, each of which offers the first letter of their name and in the end the child has found his/her name! Personalised for the child’s name YOU give, the book becomes a story that each child particularly relates too. When my four year old started realising that each new letter being given to the hero of the story matched his own name, words can’t explain his surprise, proceeding to astonishment, to disbelief and finally wild excitement that this book was truly about him. For which other book belonging to him ends with his very own name printed in capital letters? Needless to state its his favourite book and each time he laughs, claps his hands and even occasionally blushes at the compliments paid to the hero of the book because by now he knows that this book is all about him :)


One Good Earl Deserves A Lover: Number 2 in series (The Rules of Scoundrels series)
One Good Earl Deserves A Lover: Number 2 in series (The Rules of Scoundrels series)
Price: £3.99

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadfully moronic heroine, i deleted it from my kindle because it was too stupid to continue reading!!!!!!!, 28 Jan. 2014
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It is always irritating to read of a heroine who is supposed to be intelligent and is instead clearly a fool. When, in this case, everyone proclaims her to be brilliant while she merrily waltzes around doing such remarkably stupid things that to merely qualify her as a moron is being kind it ceases being irritating and becomes infuriating. This woman ten days before she marries a man, marches inside a notorious gambling den and asks one of the owners to educate her sexually, when he tells her to go home then she opens to front door to a man who is clearly a lecher and a blackmailer, proceeds to ask similar questions from him and even informs him her fiance is an earl so he understands that here is a goose ripe for plucking. As this point I deleted this book from my kindle. It is so stupid, she has THREE married sisters. Why can’t she ask any one of them about sex?? Is it believable that a woman of her background and breeding in that age would a) go to a gambling den b) be allowed inside c) roam around freely until she wanders in to where the hero is sleeping half naked??? d) suddenly all the staff disappear so she HAS to become the door man! e) this den is supposed to be so very exclusive and private, at this rate anyone could walk in, rob them blind because since she is even able to access their ACCOUNTING LEDGERS thereby giving her the opportunity to correct some addition of the hero and prove how brilliant she is ANYONE could go through all the club’s private papers!!! So many holes in the plot its ridiculous! Oh and the obscene terminology she uses, informing him she is interested in his private parts, and instead of being repelled by her excessive vulgarity as any fastidious man would be, the hero starts swooning over her ‘INNOCENCE’. So do yourself a favour and DONT ORDER THIS BOOK!!!!!!


The Fire Rose (Elemental Masters Book 1)
The Fire Rose (Elemental Masters Book 1)
Price: £3.74

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hated the ending, 8 Dec. 2013
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I was thoroughly enjoying this book BUT the ending ruined it. Spoiler alert!! The main thing about fairy story adaptions is that they are SUPPOSED TO HAVE HAPPY ENDINGS! And I'm sorry but a beauty and the beast re-telling in which the hero, who is a perfectly adequate hero btw, REMAINS a beast, a wolf, does not in my opinion classify as a happy ending. The heroine supposedly finds him extremely handsome when the author has been at pains to describe his fangs and hairy paws and even he thinks how he is like a huge alsatian! What the heck is Lackeys playing at? And how come her readers instead of marching in the streets over this ending, have posted such glowing reviews thereby deluding innocent fans of this genre into ordering this frustrating story, spending two days happily reading it only to start having a growing suspicion that the hero was NOT going to change back into human, brushing aside that suspicion only to realise dully at the end with a sickening thud that she has indeed left the hero as A WOLF!! WHO EATS RAW MEAT, WHO LOOKS TERRIFYING AND HAS HUGE FANGS STICKING OUT!!!!


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