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Dangerous Ride
Dangerous Ride
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A dangerous liaison which had me hooked, 8 Feb. 2013
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I liked the layout of this story with the two perspectives of Clare and Mike continually set against each other. It's very voyeuristic in that Mike takes sneaky looks in Clare's diary and then writes his own responses, but this is highly entertaining for the reader, comparing how the relationship develops for each of them and how they each feel.
We get to see how the tension builds between the two characters, and then what happens when a third person steps in to upset their fragile equilibrium. I don't want to leave any spoilers here, but let's just say 'Dangerous Ride' pretty much covers it!
Well, I was hooked after the first few pages and couldn't wait to see how it ended - it would make a great TV drama too.


POEMS ABOUT STUFF VOL3
POEMS ABOUT STUFF VOL3
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4.0 out of 5 stars If you like laughing, you'll love these!, 5 Nov. 2012
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If you share a wry sense of humour and are not afraid to laugh at yourself occasionally, you'll probably find much to enjoy in this collection. Easy to read, but the hilarity stays with you long after you've read the poems, because Helen Mason seems to have her finger on the pulse of your funny bone and won't let go! This box of delights really brightened up my day, dealing with all kinds of topical issues about parenthood, beauty, kids, love, life and its absurdities, along with some more serious works too. A good mix, and well worth the money.


The Toffee Makers' Halloween Party
The Toffee Makers' Halloween Party
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mouth-wateringly imaginative!, 24 Oct. 2012
This is a nice addition to 'The Toffee Makers' book, with characters old and new and plenty of things to get your teeth into - especially at Halloween! My new favourite mode of transport is the pumpkin space-hopper, but the author has such a great imagination, it's hard to choose just one thing to single out from this little story. Children will love this as part of a Halloween celebration, I'm sure!


Turbulence
Turbulence
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and imaginative!, 10 Aug. 2012
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This is a great little story for those older children, or young teens, who are fairly confident readers and budding sci-fi fans. It's written in an original and imaginative way, and the main characters are convincingly portrayed and bounce off each other nicely. One of the stand-out things for me was the level of description (excellent!)which really painted pictures in my mind. I found it both down to earth and out of this world!


The Old Man's Trousers - Revised 2011 Kindle Edition
The Old Man's Trousers - Revised 2011 Kindle Edition
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky fun for older children!, 10 Aug. 2012
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This is a funny piece of children's fiction (I'd say 8 or 9 years old and over) which works quite well as crossover humour for adults too. It's amusingly put together and very 'British' in style, and the action moves along at a good pace. The story would work fine as bedtime reading for younger children who would probably enjoy the rollicking style too as there's plenty of opportunity for putting on silly voices and impersonating the varied characters. Lots of fun - but some more serious moments too - and a good introduction to Josh Rogan's work.


Fortune's Hazard
Fortune's Hazard

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I'd love to see this on film!, 6 July 2012
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Cate Charleston is a new writer to me - but what a great way with words she has! The description and detail of Regency England are meticulously brought to life here with Georgiana, an appealing and likeable heroine. Ms Charleston writes prose which is entirely convincing and very entertaining, and clearly well-researched.

I really think that 'Fortune's Hazard' would make a great screenplay as it was so visual to read. It's a very well imagined drama which highlights the dilemmas faced by a woman living in a man's world at this time.

I thoroughly enjoyed it and it kept me on the edge of my sofa, causing me to neglect several chores - always the sign of a good read!


Games People Play: The Psychology of Human Relationships
Games People Play: The Psychology of Human Relationships
by Eric Berne
Edition: Paperback

17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Game Over?, 24 Feb. 2010
A good guide and excellent introduction to TA (Transactional Analysis). Some of the language/scenarios do seem a little dated as well as rooted in American culture, yet this remains a classic analysis of human relationships. Why do we do what we do with other people, and why do we seem to keep on doing it? Berne looks at the reasons why we can become rooted in destructive patterns of behaviour, and offers us the awareness to break out of them.


Zennor in Darkness
Zennor in Darkness
by Helen Dunmore
Edition: Paperback
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Landscape of change, 22 Feb. 2010
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Deft depiction of an insular, remote community as seen through the eyes of characters who are questioning their roles in an ultimately permanently changed landscape. The backdrop of WWI only heightens the paranoia and xenophobia in Zennor. The main characters also serve as a poignant illustration of all that is lost to the Great War: their vibrancy and closeness to this coastal, rustic way of life acts as a startling counterpoint to its implied horrors.
I found the inclusion of Lawrence and his wife added depth to this overall picture too, but it never dominated the novel. Clare carries the main focus throughout, and leaves us with a sense of the future, and hope, despite all the tragedy. And I particularly liked the depiction of Clare's father who seems to undergo the most moving awakening towards the end.


Talking to the Dead
Talking to the Dead
by Helen Dunmore
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars A knot too tightly twisted to unravel ..., 15 Feb. 2010
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Written from the perspective of one of the sisters, the reader is thrown into the chaos of a confusing, broken family with dark secrets hidden in the past. With a suffocating summer's heat as the backdrop, it's apparent quite soon that the narrator's reliability as a witness to past events is questionable. The two sisters and their relationship need careful scrutiny by a reader at times confused, at times dazzled by the narrative, at times shocked and horrified by events. Disturbing and intriguing.


The Constant Princess: 4 (Tudor series)
The Constant Princess: 4 (Tudor series)
by Philippa Gregory
Edition: Paperback
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Philippa Gregory fan!, 10 Nov. 2009
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This was my first taste of a historical novel, and it simply blew me away! What a fantastic read. After getting the impression from school that Katherine of Aragon was nothing but a sad, unfulfilled, unloved encumbrance to Henry VIII, what an eye-opener! Nothing could be further from the truth ...and what an incredible woman.
Philippa Gregory writes with authority from the facts, and yet the book is never dry or dull; it focusses on the people involved - Gregory is very talented at authentic characterisation - but it made me want to learn far more about the Tudor period too.
I have recommended this to my daughter now; for both pleasure and educational purposes, it is hard to surpass.


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