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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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    When I first received this book, I was a little concerned as historical novels really are not my normal reading material, however, I decided to give it a go with an open mind, and I'm really glad I did.

    The story of Elizabeth 1, the virgin Queen, a Protestant Queen seen by the Catholics as a traitor and a heretic in a patriarchal society where men subjugate women. This woman, Queen by birth and not by choice, who is afraid of a Catholic uprising to remove her from the throne and in her place put Mary Queen of Scots, a Catholic Queen, constantly looking over her shoulder for would be assassins and never at ease.
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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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    The Story of Before centres around a young girl named Ruth and her family. Ruth notices things, she sees and feels the little things that the others miss. From the outcome of a tv programme to what they'll be having for dessert that evening, Ruth can see them coming. She can predict them so accurately her brother and sister declare that she must be psychic. Ruth doesn't believe them, she just can't understand how they don't see the clues for themselves. It all begins as Ruth and her family move into a new home immediately following the birth of her new baby brother. It's New Year's Eve and as the snow blankets the street in white Ruth knows something bad will happen this year, something really bad. Something that will break time itself into the before and the after and this is the story of the before.

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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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