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Gifted and Talented
Gifted and Talented
by Wendy Holden
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.27

5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking Comedy with some serious undertones........................, 24 May 2015
This review is from: Gifted and Talented (Paperback)
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'Gifted and Talented' by Wendy Holden is a romp through academia that I thoroughly enjoyed. Jasper de Borchy is the son of a newspaper magnate - handsome, charming, and utterly unscrupulous. He attends St Alwines and is the leader of the infamous Bullinger club - rich in drug-taking and depravity, along with his 'hooray henry' chums. Amber Piggott is an 'It girl'. She is beautiful, but lazy, intent on enjoying everything that life has to offer, regardless of who she has to step on to do so. Isabel is beautiful, clever,............and ordinary. She is studying at Branston College when Amber shows up, and finds herself totally taken over, and submerged in the chaos that surrounds both Amber and Jasper wherever they go. Olly is handsome, funny - and poor. He has recently graduated from St Alwines (wino's as it is affectionately known) and is in search of employment. Olly is a good guy, and Jasper................well, he isn't. Add into the mix Diana, a recently divorced mother of one child, who takes up the post of college gardener at Branston, and Richard, the new Master, who is abrupt, a loner, and is mourning the death of his much loved wife, and you have all the ingredients for a cracking comedy with some serious undertones! I like Wendy Holdens' work very much, and Gifted and Talented delighted me! I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and happily recommend it.


Leifheit Linomatic M400 85245 Rotary Dryer
Leifheit Linomatic M400 85245 Rotary Dryer
Offered by Rossi Paolo Megastore
Price: £107.24

5.0 out of 5 stars Large, but lightweight............................, 18 May 2015
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I am so impressed with this product!! The Leifheit Linomatic M400 85245 Rotary dryer has made my life SO much easier!! No more clothes lines stringing across the garden for me!! The product itself is large, but lightweight and easy to move/manoeuvre. It is made of aluminium, so will not rust or turn an unsightly colour, and has 4 large, retractable arms. It is easy to retract the arms when not in use, having a red toggle that is simply pulled. The arms are large, and the rotary dryer itself can carry up to 4 loads of washing - including bedding and towels - and the arms lock into place and stand firm, so no more sagging, dragging and drooping! No more wiping the lines before use either, as this is not necessary because once retracted, the line disappears into the arm itself, so stays nice and clean. The dryer comes with a ground socket, and cementing this into the ground is recommended. You can leave the dryer out/take it in, as you wish. The ground socket has a handy cover, so that it doesn't fill with rain, which is brilliant! Don't be put off by the size of the dryer, because it really is lightweight and compact. It folds away beautifully, so it is easy to store, and is completely weather-proof. This is a great product, I am very happy with it, and highly recommend it.


Three Little Words: They mean so much
Three Little Words: They mean so much
by Jessica Thompson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, moving and beautiful......................, 16 May 2015
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I LOVED this!! I had read Jessica Thompsons' previous book, 'This Is A Love Story' and loved that, and so had great expectations of 'Three Little Words: They mean so much'. I was NOT disappointed. This book is SO beautifully written, the characters are perfect, the storyline is extremely well thought out, and I love the way the lives of the characters link together! Jessica Thompson has a talent for writing books that dig deep into the soul, that make you THINK!! This book is so powerful, so thought-provoking, and so utterly beautiful, in my opinion. I would have given it more than 5 stars, had the option been available! I was just so moved, so touched, by this life-affirming story of 3 women whose lives are all altered on one unforgettable evening by one life-shattering event. The fall-out from that event impacts on all three of the women, making them re-evaluate their lives, their loves, and the things that shape them into the people that they are. I just LOVED this book, and highly recommend it.


The Eco Friendly Medium Beco Ball, Blue
The Eco Friendly Medium Beco Ball, Blue
Price: £4.29

5.0 out of 5 stars great little product.........................., 16 May 2015
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Have had this ball for a few days now, and am very impressed by it! Usually, our Basset Hound finds a way to destroy any ball that we get for her within hours (minutes sometimes!) but she has not been able to wreck the Eco friendly Medium Beco Ball so far! It doesn't look too sturdy, having an indentation in it (a hole that goes part way through) and it is a little oddly-shaped - not exactly round - and it is quite flexible to the touch, but it clearly IS sturdy, as Dolly has not stopped playing with it/chewing on it, and hasn't been able to damage it at all!! If you throw it hard enough and far enough, it does emit a whistling-type noise, which really intrigued Dolly, sending her chasing after it madly, but she's equally content just to carry it round in her mouth, and then drop it into her basket! The fact that it is made from non-toxic, eco-friendly rice husk rubber is a definite bonus - it's good to know that nothing chemical or nasty will be getting into her system if Dolly DOES manage to chew it up. I would be happy to check out other products in the range on the strength of this, and am happy to recommend.


The Chaperone
The Chaperone
by Laura Moriarty
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Small town girls in the Big City........................, 14 May 2015
This review is from: The Chaperone (Paperback)
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It took me a little while to settle in to 'The Chaperone' by Laura Moriarty - but I'm glad that I persevered! It is set in 1922, in the days of prohibition, and it's a story of Louise Brooks, who was to become a silent film star, and her time in New York with her chaperone, Cora Carlisle, when Louise was 15. Louise was born to be a star, she's beautiful, talented, feisty and an adolescent nightmare! She is desperate to leave Wichita, her hometown in Kansas, and go to New York City to hit the big time. Her mother, Myra is not at all maternal, and is happy for Louise to take her chance. However, she realises that a 15 year old girl cannot arrive in NYC alone, and is seeking a lady to chaperone Louise for a month, until she finds her feet. Cora Carlisle takes the job. She is married to Alan, has twin sons who are working away from home, and time on her hands. She also has her own agenda for wanting to be in New York. Cora accompanies Louise and takes her duties as chaperone very seriously, much to Louise's horror. Whilst Louise trains at the Denishawn Dance Company, and improves her craft, Cora searches out the information that has been withheld from her for so long. Life for both Cora and Louise will never be the same after their time in New York - one will find fame (and infamy) and the other will find acceptance, and love. I really enjoyed this book once I got into it, found it to be interesting and intriguing, and enjoyable.


AcuLife Neti Rinse Nasal Irrigator
AcuLife Neti Rinse Nasal Irrigator
Price: £8.35

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars messy - but does work., 9 May 2015
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The AcuLife Neti Rinse Nasal Irrigator is a product that I was intrigued by when I read the description, and was looking forward to trying out. My first impressions of the product were that the syringe was quite frightening to look at, being very large, and the nozzle is also very big, leaving me wondering whether it would fit into my nostrils! Within the box are the syringe, the nozzle, 10 sachets of salt, and instructions. To use the solution, you need a bowl, 8oz of previously boiled and cooled warm water, or warm distilled water which is stirred into the salt, making the saline solution. You then fill the syringe with the solution, put the nozzle on the syringe, insert into your nostril, and slowly squirt into your nose. BE AWARE that the solution will then come down the other nostril, and in my case, also down the throat, causing me to gag. You really need to be over a sink/bowl when irrigating, otherwise it will go everywhere. 1 sachet of salt per nostril - therefore with this pack you get 10 sachets = 5 full treatments. You should gently blow your nose, as the irrigation can affect your hearing (it did for me). It states quite clearly on the instructions that you must NOT block nasal passages completely, as this will cause too much pressure on the eardrums. I think that this product DOES work - it did clear my head and my nose, however, in my opinion, it is a hassle having to make up the mixture, and go through all the rigmarole of filling the syringe etc, when there are products on the market whereby you simply squirt a ready made solution straight up the nose - end of.


Dance of the Dark Heart
Dance of the Dark Heart
by Julie Hearn
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Dark obsession................, 7 May 2015
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I really liked this! 'Dance of the Dark Heart' by Julie Hearn is aimed at the Young Adult market, but I think it is a book that can be enjoyed by adults also, as it tells a dark, disturbing story of Jack, a foundling baby who is left with Old Scratch, a goatherd, and then taken into the home of the Huckle family to be brought up with their daughter Janet - and so begins his dark obsession. From the beginning, 'Ja' and 'Ja' have a relationship unlike any other, with Jack only being content when he is with Janet. As they begin to grow up, Annie Huckle, the matriarch of the family, begins to have serious concerns over Jack - his personality disorders, his total dependence on Janet, his 'dark side'. Annie tells her husband, Sam, that Jack must leave, and it must be immediate. Jack finds himself back with Old Scratch, just waiting for the day that he can be reunited with Janet again, a compulsion that drives him through the intervening years. Jack's obsessive love for Janet knows no bounds, will not be stopped, and no price is too great to pay to be with his 'Ja'. Interwoven in the story is the court of King Henry VIII at the time of his marriage with Katherine Howard, and all the intrigue and clandestine trysts that were part and parcel of court life. Jack finds himself becoming embroiled in courtly affairs, through his talent for playing the fiddle. He leaves the court, having been well rewarded for his services, and returns to find his 'Ja'.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is easy to read, the story is compelling, and the characters are well thought out. It is not a long story, but is full of compulsive page-turning, and a fascinating glimpse into a tortured soul, in my opinion. Very happy to recommend.


Dew Sterling Silver and Gold Plate Rise and Shine Sun and Moon Necklace 45.7cm 9465GD
Dew Sterling Silver and Gold Plate Rise and Shine Sun and Moon Necklace 45.7cm 9465GD
Price: £15.05

5.0 out of 5 stars Delicate and pretty................, 6 May 2015
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I am absolutely delighted with this!! It is so delicate and pretty, and beautifully presented in a lovely little box, complete with card. It comes with a long (18ins) chain, which is light and consists of tiny little links, and is altogether a delightful piece of jewellery - just perfect as a gift maybe, or even better, as a special treat for yourself!! I wasn't expecting the Dew Sterling Silver and Gold Plate Rise and Shine Sun and Moon Necklace to be as chic and pretty as it is, and was very pleasantly surprised! It would complement any outfit, in my opinion, and is going to be a very welcome addition to my jewellery collection! I hadn't heard of Dew before, but having received this lovely item, I am very happy to highly recommend them!


Prisoner of Night and Fog
Prisoner of Night and Fog
by Anne Blankman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling glimpse into a twisted mind............................, 3 May 2015
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I was so impressed by this novel!! 'Prisoner of Night and Fog' by Anne Blankman is marketed as Young Adult fiction - but I am a mature reader, and thoroughly enjoyed it, and was fascinated by it!! Gretchen Muller is part of Adolf Hitler's 'inner circle' - her father died protecting him, and Hitler is Gretchen's 'Uncle Dolf' - watching over her family, with their best interests at heart - allegedly. He has indoctrinated the Muller's with his policies - convinced them that the Jews are dragging Germany down, and that they need to be 'resettled' in the East. Of course, there was to be NO resettlement, he was talking about the extinction of the Jews. I found it horrifying how he literally 'brain-washed' people into believing him, and doing what he wanted. As the story unfolds, Gretchen's sense of unease becomes more apparent, and she finds herself questioning the circumstances surrounding the death of her Father, and whether 'Uncle Dolf' has ulterior motives. She meets Daniel Cohen, a Jewish reporter, a person who has always been anathema to her, and slowly begins to realise that the Jews are not 'sub-human' as 'Uncle Dolf' would have her believe. With the help of Daniel, the scales begin to fall from Gretchen's eyes, and she finally confronts what she has suspected all along - her Father's death was NOT that of a hero, a martyr who died protecting his friend and leader - it was in fact murder. Her 'Uncle Dolf' is not the kind-hearted, generous friend to her family that she thought he was - he is a raving psychopath who intends to destroy life for anyone who does not 'fit his criteria'. Gretchen has a choice to make, and she and Daniel have to find the courage and strength to defy the odds and escape Hitler's clutches - or die. This is a brilliantly written and plotted book, one that has me asking SO many questions, and has left me greatly anticipating the next novel! Highly recommended.


What She Left
What She Left
by T. R. Richmond
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £6.49

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alice's aftermath............................., 28 April 2015
This review is from: What She Left (Hardcover)
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Started this yesterday and read it all in one sitting - absolutely could not put it down! 'What She Left' by T.R. Richmond is the story of Alice Salmon - her life, loves, friends, family, and ultimately, her death. We only ever know as much about a person as they wish to reveal to us, and this becomes apparently clear in Alice's story. Dealing with the aftermath of her death leaves those who knew her reeling - what really happened.............and why?
I think that whenever we lose someone, there's the guilt, the blame, the helplessness, the 'what-if's', and as the story unfolds, there are so many unanswered questions, so much unsaid, undone, unfinished. There is media intrusion, twisted words, obsession, darkness, love, hate, torment - and ultimately, one inescapable fact - Alice is dead. This book scratches away at the surface and reveals the dark side, the hurt, the self-loathing, that lies within, and leaves an ache in my heart for Alice that I can't ignore. There are twists and turns galore in this superbly written book - I thought I had it all worked out, but I was so wrong. I hurt for Alice, I hate the way she became public property after her death, that people could speculate and criticise and basically destroy her, when they never even knew her is just so wrong to me. This book has left me with much to think about, and I know it is one that I will return to again. Highly recommended.


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