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Crosses from Violette Stickers
Crosses from Violette Stickers

5.0 out of 5 stars Delighted, 21 Oct. 2016
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High quality stickers with gorgeous vintage designs, which I am really enjoying using in my planner. Arrived very quickly - excellent value for both goods and shipping.


Halloween Witches from Violette Stickers
Halloween Witches from Violette Stickers

5.0 out of 5 stars Hallowe'en Fun, 21 Oct. 2016
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So pleased to have these in plenty of time for Hallowe'en! High quality stickers with gorgeous vintage designs, which I am really enjoying using in my planner. Arrived very quickly - excellent value for both goods and shipping.


Red Rose Angel from Violette Stickers
Red Rose Angel from Violette Stickers

5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous!, 21 Oct. 2016
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High quality stickers with gorgeous vintage designs, which I am really enjoying using in my planner. Arrived very quickly - excellent value for both goods and shipping.


Violette Stickers French Teacups
Violette Stickers French Teacups

5.0 out of 5 stars Delighted, 21 Oct. 2016
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High quality stickers with gorgeous vintage designs, which I am really enjoying using in my planner. Arrived very quickly - excellent value for both goods and shipping.


Violette Stickers French Desserts
Violette Stickers French Desserts

5.0 out of 5 stars Delighted, 21 Oct. 2016
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High quality stickers with gorgeous vintage designs, which I am really enjoying using in my planner. Arrived very quickly - excellent value for both goods and shipping.


The Lady of the Tower: A Novel
The Lady of the Tower: A Novel
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Juicy slice of court life, 18 April 2016
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From the very first page, Elizabeth St.John's powerful and evocative writing swept me into early seventeenth-century England along with her heroine and ancestress, Lucy St.John. Lucy tells her own story, and we follow her from an unhappy childhood, through an encounter with an aristocratic love rat, to a marriage that makes her mistress of the Tower of London. I really empathised with Lucy - she deserved happiness and I was absorbed in her struggle to triumph over her difficult family, Court intrigues and the limitations imposed on women of her time. The other character who jumps off the page is Lucy's manipulative sister Barbara - I loved to hate Barbara and cheered every time she made one of her entrances! Comparatively few authors have written about this period and I especially enjoyed the descriptions of Whitehall in the corrupt reign of James I (he was the king who invented the title of baronet in order to sell it). Elizabeth St.John excels at painting pictures and creating atmosphere, and every setting is described in crystalline detail. This is the perfect book for a snowy winter evening, hot summer afternoon or anything in between. I would especially recommend it to fans of Anne O'Brien, Joanna Hickson, Gillian Bagwell or Susan Holloway Scott. Looking forward to the sequel!


SAMSUNG GALAXY PRIME CORE WHITE PLAIN PU LEATHER WALLET BOOK FLIP CASE COVER AND FREE SCREEN PROTECTOR FROM GADGET BOXX
SAMSUNG GALAXY PRIME CORE WHITE PLAIN PU LEATHER WALLET BOOK FLIP CASE COVER AND FREE SCREEN PROTECTOR FROM GADGET BOXX
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good value, 13 May 2015
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Does everything I need it to! Protects my phone, flips so I can watch video, and also has pockets for money and cards. My Samsung Galaxy has quite a smooth slippery back and tended to get dropped or slide off things but having bought this case that's no longer a problem.


The Kingmaker's Daughter: 4 (COUSINS' WAR)
The Kingmaker's Daughter: 4 (COUSINS' WAR)
by Philippa Gregory
Edition: Paperback

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Philippa Gregory, 22 Aug. 2012
The UK edition of Philippa Gregory's latest release has the tagline, "The girl who would be queen." Not, "The girl whose father would that she were queen." Gregory veers away from the traditional depiction of Anne Neville as meek and mild, a pawn in the political games of her father, Warwick the Kingmaker. Anne begins her narration as a naive eight-year-old growing up in the shadow of her beautiful older sister Isabel. But like most medieval noble daughters, who were often married in their early teens or even before, she has to grow up fast. Warwick wants one of his daughters to be Queen of England - and he doesn't care which one. Fortune's Wheel spins wildly throughout this book, and Anne and Isabel are rarely at the top of it at the same time. Gregory is in her element with the depiction of sisterly rivalry against a background of court intrigue - it's the same recipe that made The Other Boleyn Girl a worldwide bestseller. She is an expert in portraying the claustrophobia of court life: the constant fear and insecurity which were inseparable from rank and power in the turbulent fifteenth century.

The Kingmaker's Daughter covers twenty years in the Wars of the Roses from Anne's point of view (first-person, present tense). Although it is the fourth in the Cousins' War series, it can be read as a standalone novel, as Gregory does not assume any knowledge of the period on the part of her readers. As Anne grows to adulthood, she learns more about the world she lives in, and the reader can learn with her. This would make a good introduction to the Wars of the Roses or to historical fiction. Although not aimed specifically at the YA market, with Anne a teenager for much of the book, I felt it was a natural fit for a YA audience.

While I enjoyed the characterisation of Anne herself and also of Richard III - he's very far from Shakespeare's villain but no milquetoast either - I felt other aspects of the book were underwritten. Elizabeth Woodville, queen of Edward IV and heroine of The White Queen, is a malign presence throughout this book, but although she functions effectively as an absent influence, I would have liked to read at least one meaty confrontation between her and Anne. Not necessarily an Alexis Colby/Krystle Carrington-style catfight - given the extent of Queen Elizabeth's power Anne would hardly be likely to shove her into a lilypond however much she might want to. But I would have liked to read a long, in-depth conversation between them where both women would put at least some of their cards on the table - or pretend to. Equally, at one point in the book Anne discovers that her husband has been rather less than honest with her about certain legal aspects of their marriage. The information comes as a shock for her and I was disappointed that she never brings it up with him.

Notwithstanding, The Kingmaker's Daughter is a fast, entertaining read which should please - and add to - Philippa Gregory's many fans.

3.5 stars.


The September Queen
The September Queen
by Gillian Bagwell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.97

9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A royal adventure, 11 Nov. 2011
This review is from: The September Queen (Paperback)
Was Jane Lane really Charles II's mistress? No one knows for sure, but what is known is that in the troubled years following the English Civil War, she risked her life to help Charles II, defeated at the Battle of Worcester, flee the country. Gillian Bagwell reimagines their relationship with insight and conviction: like Jason and Marie in The Bourne Identity, Jane and Charles find passion in the most dangerous of situations, where their only safety lies in trusting each other. Once they separate, the tension increases, as Jane, waiting to hear if Charles has reached safety, realises she has been implicated in his escape and may have to flee herself. Despite the pace of the first half of the book, it feels solidly researched, with a rich sense of place and atmosphere. The horselore in particular seemed very authentic - everything you might want to know about riding pillion is here!

Unfortunately, once past the halfway mark, the narrative drive which has built up rapidly dissipates as Jane moves from the centre to the fringes of the action. The topography of her continental exile is much less vividly portrayed and her life as a lady in waiting - about which not much is known - doesn't offer the requisite material for compelling fiction. I would have been quite happy to skip this part of her life and continue the story on the eve of the Restoration.

The final section has some of the most powerful and emotive scenes in the book as Jane has to come to terms with what she has given up for her king - and the realisation that she is only one of many women in his life. She tries to help Lucy Walter, one of Charles's early mistresses, now on a downward trajectory, while Barbara Palmer is glimpsed at a ball, triumphant in ice blue, at the beginning of her volatile liaison with Charles. Another of Jane's close friends is the ambitious Anne Hyde, a commoner royal mistress (of the future James II) who sets her sights on marriage. Jane's fate is different to all of them, and she herself has to determine the end of her story.

I can recommend The September Queen as a fast-paced, sensual chase and a tribute to a courageous woman who made her mark on England's history.

Review copy provided by the publisher.
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Lady Of The English
Lady Of The English
by Elizabeth Chadwick
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One queen, one empress, two very different destinies, 20 Oct. 2011
This review is from: Lady Of The English (Hardcover)
Elizabeth Chadwick's latest release tells the story of two women who at one point in their lives held the title of Lady of the English: Adeliza, queen of Henry I, and her stepdaughter, Matilda, Henry's heir.

Adeliza and Matilda are very different women. Adeliza plays the role of a consort to perfection, with one exception - she fails to provide an heir. This means that Matilda has to take on an impossible role - that of reigning queen at a time when women were considered unfit to rule. While Matilda struggles to wrest control of England from her usurping cousin Stephen, Adeliza, a widowed queen, has to find a way to rebuild her life.

As a contrast to the two queens, there is a wonderful gallery of royal men: the ruthless and calculating Henry I; Geoffrey of Anjou, Matilda's brilliant but volatile consort, and their son, the future Henry II, intelligent, restless and warlike, a golden prince who becomes the focus of Matilda's fight for the crown.

The book is rich in the texture of medieval life, pervaded with twelfth century imagery. Elizabeth Chadwick's writing is vividly descriptive. You will feel the chill of the snow, smell the venision stew, see castle walls rise out of the mist and hear the chanting of monks and the clash of swords.

The conflict between characters caught between their religious beliefs and the bloody civil war they have to wage is conveyed with understanding and conviction. These are people of their time. Matilda correctly predicts that her son will be one of England's greatest kings, and that his line will endure long into the future, but she can't see ahead to a time when women would be able both to reign and to rule.

My only complaint is that I would have loved the book to be twice as long, but that might have diminished the focus on Matilda and Adeliza which gives it its strength. As with Sharon Kay Penman's When Christ and His Saints Slept, which covers the same period, my favourite scene was Matilda's amazing escape from a besieged and snowbound Oxford castle. Matilda might not have been able to command an army in the field, but she would have coped fine with a wilderness survival course!

Lady of the English is recommended for anyone who wants to open a window to the horrors and glories of England's royal past.


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