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Peaceful Countryman Goes to Town

Advantages: Lady Jane and her family are brought to life.
Disadvantages: Philosophical discussion slows the tale down.

...*** The Author *** The author has a good educational background but both this, and his experience in the workplace, had been in the world of commerce, until he turned to writing. He was born in Wales in 1941 and now lives in Devon where he writes, ...

luckyarchers 12.04.2008 · Read full review
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Review of In the Shadow of Lady Jane - Edward Charles

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Shadowy Deeds and an Implausible Hero

Advantages: Competent, enjoyable historical novel set in a turbulent time.
Disadvantages: Slow start, somewhat clichéd and unrealistic.

...Historical novels tend to fall into one of two categories: they are either extremely rigid, sticking to the bare facts and losing any entertainment that might have been found in the story, or full of conjecture and implausible occurrences. In the Shadow o ...

DoubleFantasy11 10.03.2008 · Read full review
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Review of In the Shadow of Lady Jane - Edward Charles

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Approach with Caution!

Advantages: Quite a good story overall
Disadvantages: Chapter III

I wanted to read Caligula by Douglas Jackson, as I am a big fan of the 1970s television series I, Claudius which introduced me to the brutal Emperor Caligula, there played brilliantly by John Hurt. Reading the book, it was John Hurt's face who popped into ...

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Review of Caligula - Douglas Jackson

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Happy Campers

Advantages: A really good read
Disadvantages: none

...may not have heard of her, Jennifer Chiaverini has written a number of books, called the Elm Creek Quilts series. I have read and enjoyed all the others so I had to get this one. This book is actually a prequel to the others. It ...

Madge11 17.09.2006 · Read full review
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Review of The Sugar Camp Quilt - Jennifer Chiaverini

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Shadow and Light Across the Face of the People

Advantages: unique setting, interesting characters and cultures
Disadvantages: too open-ended and cluttered to be truly satisfying

The Northwind people have been strong, have provided good leadership, and have kept their own people and ways united throughout generations. The Northwind People demand tributes for providing valuable information twice a year to the prolific others, and f ...

Entwife 18.11.2006 · Read full review
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Review of People of the Raven - W.Michael Gear, Kathleen O'Neal Gear

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