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    This is the story of Jane Eyre as you have never read it before. Jane Stubbs has subtly and engagingly retold the events at Thornfield Hall in a new way perfect for today: the language in keeping with the setting but accessible to the modern reader, the story weaving effortlessly above and below stairs in a way to make Downtown Abbey jealous. If you haven’t read Jane Eyre, or seen any of the film adaptations, you could still enjoy this book but I think you wouldn’t understand how great it is. ...
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    I was very kindly given Treason's Daughter by Antonia Senior to read and review.

    The story begins in London in 1640, just before the English Civil War breaks out, and it follows a well to do girl called Henrietta through the course of the war, as the civil war affects both her life and those of her loved ones in many different ways.
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    I was not too sure what it said about my reviews, or attitudes, when I found out the title of the book I had been allocated on an ad hoc basis, rather than the more usual requests that issued from me on such subject matter as chocolate, politics or light novels. I didn’t know whether to be offended at the thought that I was well placed to review this book (Victorian implies old and uptight…..) or laugh out loud at the thought that the subtitle, which reads Desire & Deviance in the 19th Century, had lodged itself mysteriously in the mind of the book allocator and they thought that I would have the correct ‘take’ on it – whatever that might mean!

    Whatever the truth of the thought processes that brought this book to my attention, I found that my preconceived ideas about what it would contain were well and truly flung out of the window – even if I was unsure of my fellow commuters reaction to such a book title at 6am. Mind you, it might well have set them up for the day!

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    Set in 1930’s Paris this book tells a story of the deceit and passion for everything haute couture. Alix has a dream to become the world’s most renowned designer but her life has other ideas and Alix does not end up where you initially think she will.

    When I first received this book my first thought was ‘I know nothing about fashion’ and to be honest I dreaded flicking through the pages and actually reading the book. Well, a few days later I headed off on my holiday, ‘ripped the plaster off’ and started to read the book. From there I was hooked. I ignored my husband and children for two days and followed Alix Gower’s life adventure.

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    There are two worlds in Venice...the real world and the underworld known as Carnivia...

    On the surface a kidnap story of an American teenager...but it transpires to be far darker. There are smatterings of conspiracy theories and this makes it a book that would appeal to those who may prefer a darker take on the old faithful Dan Brown.

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