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The Secret of Lakeham Abbey
The Secret of Lakeham Abbey
Price: £1.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I liked the way the story was told through different narrators ..., 26 May 2016
Well-paced and intriguing. I liked the way the story was told through different narrators - not always an easy trick to pull off - and the sense of period was clearly drawn. A very satisfying ending, too.


The Daughters Of Red Hill Hall: A gripping novel of family, secrets and murder
The Daughters Of Red Hill Hall: A gripping novel of family, secrets and murder
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 21 May 2016
Every bit as good as The Pearl Locket. Romps along: a cracking tale with a strong sense of period.


HP DeskJet 3630 All-in-One Printer, Instant Ink Compatible
HP DeskJet 3630 All-in-One Printer, Instant Ink Compatible
Price: £34.38

17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely beyond any doubt the worst printer I've ever owned, 9 May 2016
Absolutely beyond any doubt the worst printer I've ever owned. Since day one it's kept claiming it's offline, and won't be persuaded back on. My computer searches for it and can't find it, even though the thing's lit up like a Christmas tree just a few feet away. Oh, it might hook up for maybe a day, and then it takes itself off again and can't be used.

As soon as I've bought a different printer I'm going to take this one into the garden and kick it round the lawn.


Bright Stars
Bright Stars
by Sophie Duffy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.83

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captures a Time, 15 Oct. 2015
This review is from: Bright Stars (Paperback)
Loved this book! It took me right back to my own student days, and really captured not only that decade but also the agony of being on the cusp of adulthood, and the desperate need you have then to impress and to fit in. The plot bounces along and there's a clever mix of light and shade - some funny moments but also some achingly sad ones. It felt very true to life. I was pleased and satisfied with the ending, too. Thoroughly recommended.


The Pearl Locket: The best historical fiction novel for your summer holidays
The Pearl Locket: The best historical fiction novel for your summer holidays
Price: £3.49

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweeps you along!, 10 Oct. 2015
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A brisk-paced tale of romance and loss across two time zones. I loved the assured writing, especially in the wartime sections, and the characters felt very real. This mix of bitter-sweet, coupled with family mystery, is compelling. A really good read.


Madam, MBA
Madam, MBA
by Perry Gretton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A World I Knew Nothing About, 26 Sept. 2015
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I had no idea what I was getting with this novel, but it was really interesting and well done. Gretton describes the world of the brothel in a way that's adult without being in any way sniggery or smutty. The background feels well-researched, and it helps that the main character is an outsider looking in, so her view effectively mirrors our own. What surprises her, surprises us. But her pragmatic approach to running a business based on prostitution sets the cool tone of the story, and keeps the narrative from becoming sensational or sentimental. I think the subject is terrifically well handled - frank without ever being offensive - and I feel I learned a lot about a subject I previously knew very little of. And I do love a book which does that!


A Year on Fire Mountain: An Occupation Diary
A Year on Fire Mountain: An Occupation Diary
by Anna Habibti
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Total eye-opener, 9 Feb. 2015
This feels, in some ways, like the most important non fiction book I've ever read. Habibti's diary of her time in the occupied Palestinian territories is written in a friendly, down- to earth and engaging style, but its subject matter is uncompromising. She describes, using a clear-eyed manner and without sentiment or preaching, the daily struggle of ordinary people in that land. Simply, she records what she saw, and her reaction to it. And since what she witnessed goes mostly unreported outside the borders - is unknown even to Israelis living a few dozen miles away - her stories become crucial in helping us understand some of the key aspects of the conflict in the Middle East. On so many levels 'A Year on Fire Mountain' is a must-read: for its honest attempt to explain complex and charged politics, for its forays into the history of the region, and for its plain humanity. I cannot recommend this book enough.


Diamonds & Dust: A Victorian Murder Mystery
Diamonds & Dust: A Victorian Murder Mystery
by Carol Hedges
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, strong characters, 28 Jan. 2015
A jaunty style and a fast-moving plot make this a very readable thriller. Good, strong characters, too. Recommended!


The Testament of Vida Tremayne
The Testament of Vida Tremayne
by Sarah Vincent
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Would make a great TV drama, 7 Jan. 2015
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Really enjoyed this. There's a strong sense of place and atmosphere, and the tension's cranked up quite subtly as the plot develops. I can imagine it being adapted for television and preferably shown as a spooky Christmas drama.


Give Up Ironing - A Writer's Guide to Time Management
Give Up Ironing - A Writer's Guide to Time Management
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The style is encouraging and the information's broken up and easy to assimilate, 2 Jan. 2015
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Another friendly, genuinely helpful book for writers. Helps you set out clear goals for yourself (even if you're not a natural planner) and enables you to spot the areas of your routine where writing might slot in regularly. The style is encouraging and the information's broken up and easy to assimilate. You can tell this guide has been written by someone who is herself a busy author, and has learned through hard graft and practice.

The only addition I'd make is to recommend a slow-cooker - honestly, it's been a boon for me because it means that the evening meal's prepared from first thing in the morning, leaving the rest of the day free at least from cookery. And t your listhe more domestic tasks you can tick off, the more time is left to write!


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