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    Grand Forks: A History of American Dining in 128 Reviews [Book]  2018-6-9 18:1

    While my enjoyment of the book is biased by my having lived in the zone some years back and recognizing the cultural and epicurean references from the region, the reviews are very thoughtful and unpretentious. The book provides some interesting insight into that part of the United States.

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    Grand Forks: A History of American Dining in 128 Reviews [Book]  2018-6-9 18:1

    Really cool book written by a really cool lady! This is a paperback but has the look and feel of a hard cover. I like the old fashioned look to the cover. It is a unbelievable bonus idea for anyone who lives or has lived in Grand Forks, North Dakota - or the surrounding area. It's also a nice bonus idea for lovers of casual dining and simple reading! Love Marilyn. She became popular for going viral on her review of the local Olive Garden.

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    Grand Forks: A History of American Dining in 128 Reviews [Book]  2018-6-9 18:1

    This is a amazing book, very interesting and very accurate. My husband is from North Dakota and I visit the state with him often. All the info in this book is accurate and useful. I bought it for my Kindle Reader and enjoyed it. It is worth anybody reading even those of you who are not cooks.

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    Grand Forks: A History of American Dining in 128 Reviews [Book]  2018-6-9 18:1

    Purchased for my elderly mother to read, based on Web-viral articles. She liked it for its lack of snarky reviews.

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    Grand Forks: A History of American Dining in 128 Reviews [Book]  2018-6-9 18:1

    There's a refreshing terseness to Marilyn's writing about meal that is balanced by expanded flavor text about the locals. She pays as much attention to the decor around her as the meal in front of her. In a few instances she steps beyond constructive criticism, which, pardon the pun, is her bread and butter, and delves into the realm of dictating changes that she feels would better the establishment. She does so in a method that harkens back to restaurants that have left a favorable impression on her, but she seldom name drops the other favorite thing about this collection is the post review footnotes. After the latest appearance of the restaurant in the reviews, a note, which is written by an editor or possibly Anthony Bourdain, indicates the fate of the restaurant. Most are short culinary obituaries, some indicate the franchise has rapidly expanded, and a few indicate the result a natural disaster has on a community. This group of one line fates patterns itself into a mosaic highlighting the history of meal in the region and a lot of similarly sized communities across the nation. A fascinating dly, I want this book was available 15 years ago when I was stationed in Grand Forks, I would have created amazing effort to visit a lot of of these locations that are now lost to history.

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    Grand Forks: A History of American Dining in 128 Reviews [Book]  2018-6-9 18:1

    A superb book about how true life and meal goes in the midwest. This needed word thing is bizarre period.

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    Grand Forks: A History of American Dining in 128 Reviews [Book]  2018-6-9 18:1

    Having lived in Grand Forks most of my life, it was amazing reading about current restaurants and the ones that have closed, some of which I had forgotten about. It brought back some delightful memories.

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    Grand Forks: A History of American Dining in 128 Reviews [Book]  2018-6-9 18:1

    Since reading Anthony Bourdain's The Nasty Bits latest year, I have been voraciously downing every book about the strange globe of meal and restaurants that I can obtain my paws on. I've been reading about El Bulli, Rene Redzepi, Ferran, all the names in haute cuisine--if it's experimental and cutting-edge, I've read it. And then I read this. Marilyn Hagerty's guileless and professional reviews about Chinese buffets, truck stops, and even a McDonald's are the most refreshing things I've read in a long time. I could have easily devoured another 129 reviews. Easily. I found myself saying, "Okay. Just one more before bed," and I haven't done that in a very long time. Hagerty's book is a snapshot of American cooking in all it's poor and unbelievable glory. I love it for that. And I love her for giving us that small piece of culinary history.I'd like to send her flowers, if anyone has her address.

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    Grand Forks: A History of American Dining in 128 Reviews [Book]  2018-6-9 18:1

    While this book offers an enduring photo of what restaurant critics were like in the halcyon days before we entered the backstabbing globe of modern restaurant criticism there are some critical flaws with this book.Hagerty is first and foremost a little city journalist for a little local restaurant. Out of necessity this results in her having limited options and choices in terms of restaurants to review. This means that her reviews are often repetitive and tend to be a small dull. This also results in a amazing a lot of restaurants such as McDonalds being reviewed where a normal restaurant reviewer would normally ignore this type of restaurant unless they keep poor e most positive aspect of this book is that Hagerty offers a glimpse of a globe when cooking was still regional .. (for example in her Midwestern city there was a huge Scandinavian population and local restaurants served Scandinavian foods) and chain restaurants were still few and far between. This is necessary when seeking to understand meal culture because how American's eat is not found in a Chili's or Applebee's.. it is found in the local diners and e most necessary thing is that Hagerty never presents herself as a gourmet cook, or a foodie. She is simply a retired middle class American woman who likes to eat.. preferably amazing meal but she is willing to give any restaurant a first and sometimes even a second chance.Overall this book is recommended for people interested in meal culture and history.

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    Grand Forks: A History of American Dining in 128 Reviews [Book]  2018-6-9 18:1

    Funny and earnest; warm and hilarious. Little city America in a capsule. Well worth the time and money! Marilyn Hagerty's reviews hold you turning the pages ready for more.

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    Civilizing Rituals: Inside Public Art Museums (Re Visions: Critical Studies in the History and Theory of Art) []  2020-1-29 16:57

    Yet another needed textbook for yet another art class. I'm at a loss on this one, people. Lively debates and central problems involved in art. You know...I want I had the time to have one of those lively debates about those central issues. Bet they take put in Starbucks.

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    Civilizing Rituals: Inside Public Art Museums (Re Visions: Critical Studies in the History and Theory of Art) []  2020-1-29 16:57

    Dr. Duncan's books discusses the history of art museums and focusses in on some notable, show day museums. Her approach combines the traditional art historian view with a sociological view. Art is not made in a vacuum and reflects the society it lives within. Duncan's approach gives us insight into why some artwork is accepted while other artwork is is book was needed reading in my undergraduate studies. It is one of the few I choose to have in my private library as ol Duncan's book is little in size and simple to read. However, just because of its ease and size, don't mistake its value to art history. It is well researched and well edited. It is short, sweet and to the point. Too poor other art history books cannot be like that.

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    Civilizing Rituals: Inside Public Art Museums (Re Visions: Critical Studies in the History and Theory of Art) []  2020-1-29 16:57

    Definitely an interesting look into the origins and creation of public art museums and the history up until recently. I purhcased this for a college course but it was definitely an interesting read if you are interested in public institutions especially art museums

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    Civilizing Rituals: Inside Public Art Museums (Re Visions: Critical Studies in the History and Theory of Art) []  2020-1-29 16:57

    As the title of Miss Duncan's book suggest, she sees the museums as almost religious institutions that entice the visitor to "enact a performance of some kind". Their very identity and meaning are constructed through this ritualistic practice, which is neither natural nor neutral. In the introduction the author states that she has no ambition in propagating what an art museum should be. In fact she does not indicate if she has such a clear chop ideal thought-out at all. The purpose of her research is to see, decipher and describe. There are, it turns out, two ways - two ideals in fact - a museum is presented to the public: the educational museum and the aesthetic museum. The first type proposes to educate the visitor, treating the exhibits as "art-historical objects", while in the second they are unique, original works of art to be reflected upon by the sophisticated guest, sheltered by the museum. Duncan insists that either way, all this happens in a "ritual-like" atmosphere, and that is what she wants to prove in her book. She deals with this aspect specifically in the first chapter. The older museums were practically all built in a style that consciously copied the architecture of old Greek and Roman temples and were often compared to them. The visitor, already mentally prepared for an enlightening experience, would keep (in a seemingly "objective" and disinterested package) rational and verifiable knowledge - a truth that is so obvious as to be irrefutable, when in fact it is highly subjective and hierarchical. In the second chapter, Duncan traces the development of the museum from the princely gallery into today's public, secular space, and maintains that this zone is neither quite as clearly public, nor secular as it would like to be seen. Here, the Louvre and the National Gallery in London are basic examples. The museum here serves particular needs of the bourgeois state and its ideology. The third chapter follows the "museum boom" in the United States that begun in the late 19th century. Duncan sees it as a pretentious attempt of the fresh republic with no history to boast to be seen as civilized and a part of wider Western culture. She follows the mushrooming of "American Louvres", museums that ideologically help White Protestants' view of themselves and their political power. Here, an American museum equals money. Personal museums that once belonged to rich collectors are dealt with in the fourth chapter. The characters of the often ruthless and predominantly white men are vividly brought to life, together with how they saw themselves, and how they wished their collections to reflect this. The final chapter deals in amazing length with the nature of modern art, and its use in today's museums. The premise that museums are ritual websites is highly problematic and on closer examination cannot be supported by facts. The argument that older museums were built in the style that closely followed that of the temples of antiquity is a hollow one, for in the late eighteenth and throughout the nineteenth century, all structures of significance were built that way. Banks, schools, parliaments, town markets, personal houses, ch?teaux, family crypts, public baths and indeed museums were built in that style. Does it mean that all of these were ritualistic, temple-like places? Hardly. Duncan either doesn't know it or doesn't grasp the significance. Instead she tells us that in art museums, it is the visitors who perform the ritual. And I think therein lies the problem. While it is perfectly reasonable to say that a amazing majority (if not all) of people attending a mass in a church are there for a specific - ritualistic - reason, such assumption won't work when studying the behavior of museum-goers who may be there for a number of causes. First of all, there is absolutely nothing about timing one's visit to a museum that would suggest this. There is nothing regular about the visits and such a visit is often accidental as much as planned. Once inside the museum, I have never seen anything that would suggest any shared patterns of the visitors' conduct that would help this `ritual' theory. I have always interpreted what is more-or-less silence or only quiet talk as a mere politeness towards people around, rather then any sort of `ritualistic behavior'. I am silent in a hospital too. Whether one wants to admire one particular work of art or even see it as such is one's free choice. No museum in the globe could force me to look at something longer then I wish to. I have seen people, particularly in American museums, to behave no differently the they would elsewhere. Museums can put all manner of things for us to see in every method they can, to represent whatever they wish them to represent, but in the end it is up to us to accept it or not. If someone wants to worship, why should I care? Duncan quotes Goethe as he impatiently waited for the opening of the Dresden Gallery in 1768 and using his exaltations as a proof of the ritualistic nature of gallery visits. She probably doesn't realize, that if this was the very first day of a gallery functioning, in the 18th century when there were almost no public museums or galleries, there could be hardly any talk of an established ritual. Duncan states that the origins of the evolution of the museum from the princely gallery lie in the discourse "in which bourgeois and aristocratic modes of culture were pitted versus each other" and that the museums such as the Louvre stand as monuments to the fresh bourgeois state as it emerged at the time of revolutions. Yet later in the second chapter she says that conversions of this type happened before revolution in Dresden and Vienna. Why aristocratic and ultra-conservative regimes such as Saxony and Austria had at the time, would promote a monument to bourgeois state remains a mystery our eager writer could not be bothered to explain. After all, even Bourbons were considering opening the Louvre to the public before the revolution. Between 1789 and 1871 France experienced several revolutions, was run by three monarchies, two empires, three republics, directory and a consulate, and went through the Paris Commune, yet none of these widely varied governments thought of closing down the museum. If the fresh type of museum was simply a monument to the bourgeoisie, then why was it kept on in Soviet Russia and the entire communist bloc? Small info like that could not bother Duncan. Her overall historical scholarship is below that of an eight-grader, and so she cheerfully states that by 1825 all western capitals, monarchical or republican had a national gallery. Obviously, the fact that in 1825, there was no republican government in Europe escapes her. It is the complete lack of in-depth knowledge on Duncan's part that allows her to arrogantly write that the countries of the third globe have museums just so that they can keep western military and economic aid. It is not just that it is plainly insulting, but what is implied is that getting cash and weapons from the west is as simple as building a museum. And why, then, do some third globe countries that refuse aid from the west still build museums? If a major argument in (what I take for) a serious book is built on hot air like that, than the book is perhaps not as serious as we might think. Duncan, as is painfully obvious by now, has no taste. It is therefore no surprise that she hates those who do. With misplaced sarcasm she derides the practice of basing museums on `national genius', claiming this to be the governing pattern in the west by 19th century. I seriously doubt that, if only because hardly two, perhaps three countries in the west could possess such wealth of cultural heritage as to claim a genius and not be laughed at. British art galleries, for example, could hardly build their identity on such shaky ground. But Duncan does not care about facts. Or logic. She unworriedly states that museums were seen as instruments of "social change capable of strengthening the social order", without realizing that it is a contradiction in terms. Now the plot has been completely lost, and by chapter three Duncan doesn't talk about ritual anymore. What she wants is to hate and deride. To her, public museums set up in the United States in the second half of the 19th century are nothing but nests of hypocrisy, thinly veiled racist institutions, run by and for the white male, the root cause of all evil. Uncouth terms like the `WASP' are standard here and one is left wondering if all white male Protestants really are pathological liars. The impression one takes from this is that museum founders, donors and curators are twisted, risky psychopaths. Perhaps we should hold them under lock and key as soon as they even begin rambling about museums. When talking about lives of museum donors, Duncan approaches something resembling mildly appealing writing, but only because the topic is interesting. Predictably, another pearl awaits us at the end of the fourth chapter where she idiotically writes that Andrew Mellon's refusal to have his name associated with the National Gallery "is an act, however, that also obscures the deep contradiction on which the National Gallery is built: that one man, single-handedly, was able to dictate, pay for, and carry out the creation of so potent a symbol of the nation's spiritual and material wealth". I don't see Duncan's point. So what if one man can do all this? One man was behind building of the Suez C, one man led India's independence movement, a single sixteen year old French girl in the 1420's saved her country, yet no one would claim there to be some "deep rooted" contradictions. One prefers to admire the courage and persistence of an individual. Duncan does not. To her, anyone out of the ordinary, above the average, is an elitist. It all finally falls apart in the final chapter on modern art museums. These are locations frequented by deviants, all male. In fact, Duncan is convinced, all (!) of the modern art is about . This is just one of her bizarre beliefs, based on her strange, shamanistic psychoysis. I was, allow me admit, a bit surprised to explore that as a man I had feelings of inadequacy and vulnerability in front of mature women (like Duncan, I presume) and was frightened of the . Throwing in Latinisms just for amazing measure is apparently Duncan's idea of maturity.

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    Civilizing Rituals: Inside Public Art Museums (Re Visions: Critical Studies in the History and Theory of Art) []  2020-1-29 16:57

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    Civilizing Rituals: Inside Public Art Museums (Re Visions: Critical Studies in the History and Theory of Art) []  2020-1-29 16:57

    Lots of amazing ideas and information in here. It's a textbook that I have actually enjoyed reading!

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    Civilizing Rituals: Inside Public Art Museums (Re Visions: Critical Studies in the History and Theory of Art) []  2020-1-29 16:57

    Wonderful book, heavily annotated (but that’s ok because I was planning on doing the same thing)!

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    The Treasures of Islamic Art in the Museums of Cairo []  2020-1-28 0:41

    The woodworks, ivory carvings, metalwork, ceramics, manuscripts paintings, sculptures, glass, and other art works, despite their variety, various ages, and countries, all "bear something of the essence of the Islamic faith: divine unity, balance, and peace." Unlike much Western art, Islamic art is not meant to be provocative or idiosyncratic. Their are works from Turkey, Iran, and other locations in the Muslim world. But most are from Egypt arranged according to various ruling dynasties starting about 600AD. Fine color photographs catch the info of designs, the textures, and the workmanship of the varied pieces. General text gives historical and cultural background of the various historical periods, and there's an informative, concise annotation with each art work pictured. The dozens of the art works, the specifics of the annotations, and the text sections giving background convey the bounty of the globe of Islamic art.

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    The Treasures of Islamic Art in the Museums of Cairo []  2020-1-28 0:41

    I am no expert on Islamic Art. I live in Fresh Zealand at the bottom of the world.I worked in the UK for 3 years.I visited the British Museum and National Gallery frequently , the Victoria and Albert Museum less often. ( both have necessary collections of Islamic art.I visited as a lot of Museums as I could around Britain. Now that I am retired I have more time to deepen my knowledge in different fields in the arts that I am interested ere are a number of perfect works on Islamic art that are well written , user friendly and with perfect colour is is one such volume-- I hope to review several te one reviewer comment on the binding-- I will be taking amazing care of this book as it is a gem and I wish to reread it for time to time as I rework through my books on Islamic can obtain some idea of the book's structure by seeing it's tablle of contentTable of contentsChronologyThe Museum of Islamic Art in CairoIntroduction to Islamic ArtThe Umayyads and Abbasids. 658--1258The Fatimids. 969--1171The Ayyubids and Early Mamluks. 1171--1382The Burgi Mamluks. 1382--1517Ottoman Art. 1517--19th anian Artglossary -- briefBibliography -- 1. dex-- this is excellent. It is just over 6 pages and gives fast access to the riches in the bookEach section noted above has an introduction and a selection of objectsThis work gives a amazing coverage of Islamic me objectsI have arranged these by type. I think think gives a better view than trying to pick out several objects from each sectionWhich Museum MIA -- Museum of Islamic Art ,The Qur'an and similar objects.TextilesThere is a wide range of perfect objects that could be mentioned***Item 28. Info of textile fragment. Linen and silk tapestry weave Umayyad, 8th e background colour is a attractive red, the pattern a meandering stem from which branch flowers and grapes.Full page colour illustration showing two portions from this item that is 172 cm long. A gem of preservation.

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    The Treasures of Islamic Art in the Museums of Cairo []  2020-1-28 0:41

    I bought this for my husband as a birthday bonus and he loves it.

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    The Treasures of Islamic Art in the Museums of Cairo []  2020-1-28 0:41

    This is a visually stunning book that covers an array of islamic art pieces from the Museums of Islamic Art in Ciaro. The annotations and essays are just as rich. An perfect book for students, academics and collectors of Islamic only reservation is that despite the fact that this book has been published in hard back, the binding is extremely poor. My copy simply fell apart within 24 hours of it arriving. I had viewed the pages of the book about three times - just amazed by the photographs. However, during the fourth viewing of the book, as I started to engage in reading through the text, the pages had become detached from the stitched spine. I had to have my book repaired at the cost of what the book cost me in the first place. I was told by the book repairer that the glue used by the publisher/printing firm was of very not good quality and had become very brittle rather than form a flexible adhesive.Overall though the book is a fabulous reference book.

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    The Tower of London: The History of England’s Famous Landmark []  2020-2-2 1:27

    The Turret of London, where the rulers of the United Kingdom place away those who constituted risk to those rulers.

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    The Tower of London: The History of England’s Famous Landmark []  2020-2-2 1:27

    I learned a lot of fresh things about the Turret of London in this book.I'm glad I decided to download it to my collection.

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    The Tower of London: The History of England’s Famous Landmark []  2020-2-2 1:27

    I choose this rating because it was a historical landmark and very interesting. since I was there years ago and a must read for anybody who likes history as much as I do unbelievable book

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    The Tower of London: The History of England’s Famous Landmark []  2020-2-2 1:27

    liked the pictures

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    The Tower of London: The History of England’s Famous Landmark []  2020-2-2 1:27

    I have read a lot of Charles River Editors booklets and this is one of the better ones.... to a certain extent. While this one was a bit more coherent than a lot of others, it still had some faults. One of the most glaring errors was stating that Jane Grey, one of Henry VIII's wives, was held there and then beheaded. Lady Jane Grey was not one of his wives. In fact, she was only a teenager by the time Henry VIII died, Henry's son, Edward VI, took the throne after his death, and when Edward also died, Lady Jane was promoted as the fresh Queen, but she only reigned for 9 days before she was imprisoned in the Turret and later beheaded. Mary, Henry VIII's eldest daughter, succeeded her brother Edward VI as monarch. Henry VIII did have a wife named Jane, but her latest name was Seymour, and she was Edward VI's mother. She died not long after his ide from the historical error, this booklet gave a nice history of the Tower. So a lot of times, when reading books about England's history, I read about someone being sent to "The Tower." My mental photo of it was of a dank, windowless, dungeon, where prisoners there were chained to the walls and the only contact they had with the outside globe was when someone shoved some meal at them. I was completely wrong. In fact, the Turret was originally used as a defensive structure when William the Conquerer became the ruler of England. It wasn't until much later when it was used as a prison, and even then most of the prisoners were of the nobility. Consequently, the rooms in the Turret were for the most part spacious and richly appointed, and prisoners there often had access to the grounds. The wealthier prisoners often had maids or staff with e booklet follows the Tower's history in terms of the monarchs in power through the ages, showing how it was used for various things during various reigns. The Turret was also the repository for the Crown Jewels. There were also some amazing pictures included, showing some rooms in the interior of the Turret and also the grounds. I would have liked more of an explanation on the layout and size of rooms, etc., but at least some of the images showed huge complaint with this booklet was the author's incredibly annoying over-use of parentheses. There were parenthetical phrases so often that it became irritating. Sometimes a use in every paragraph on a page, and certainly several of them on a page, and if the sentence had simply been written in a various way, they could have been r example: "The King held the Turret via the office of Lieutenant Conyers (who was loyal to him) at the beginning of the civil war....." Why couldn't the author have simply used commas: "The King held the Turret via the office of Lieutenant Conyers, who was loyal to him, at the beginning of the civil war...."Or, "When that failed, he fled to France, only to create his method back to England and test (again unsuccessfully) to capture the Governor of Ireland in 1670." Couldn't "again unsuccessfully" simply have been separated by commas?And again: "Thus, in 1804, work began on a steam-powered facility on nearby Turret Hill (close to where the public beheadings used to take place). Why in the globe is the latest part of that sentence in parentheses and simply not part of the sentence?I have written only three examples of these parenthetical nuisances, but the booklet is peppered with them from beginning to end!The author required a amazing editor!

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    The Tower of London: The History of England’s Famous Landmark []  2020-2-2 1:27

    Amazing info !

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    The Tower of London: The History of England’s Famous Landmark []  2020-2-2 1:27

    This book incorrectly states that Jane Grey was one of Henry VIII's wives.

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    Lords of London: Books 1-3 []  2021-4-6 22:43

    If you are into reading about life in the olden ages and wish some romance, these stories are just the ticket for you.I really enjoyed reading them and loved how they were chronological. They build upon each other as some of the various characters are related, to each other, in some way.With my Prime membership, I got to read these fine stories. Not all the books that come with it are as interesting or as well written as these are really in for a treat when you follow the saga of amazing characters, who climb into your mind and heart as they did mine when they search love, lose love, and then? You will have to read them yourself to search out how they all end up.

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    Lords of London: Books 1-3 []  2021-4-6 22:43

    I’ve just now finished reading Books 1-3 of the Lords of London and was thoroughly engaged by three powerful women navigating the difficult life of an era in which women were thought of as barely more than property. Though the series continues, I was not disappointed as each book had a conclusion that was comfortable and complete. I don’t like being tricked into reading a following book. I NEVER read the next one if so duped. Well done!

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    Lords of London: Books 1-3 []  2021-4-6 22:43

    *** SPOILER ALERT ***TO BEDEVIL A DUKE: ⭐⭐⭐⭐I loved this whimsical tale of a lady of the ton debauching a Duke. This is a delight to read and I loved how fun the characters are. Darcy is a woman who just finished her needed one year of mourning. Her marriage was a disaster. Her husband tried to control everything she did but he had all the freedom to do as he happy with his a lot of mistresses. He died with one of his mistresses by his side. Darcy was embarrassed. She swore never to marry again and let a man to rule over her. Now that she was back in society, she thought to pursue a lover. However, the man she was attracted to irritated her to no end. Cameron the Duke of Athelby was a straight up stick in the mud and acted like he had a rod up [email protected]#$%. A stickler for rules and propriety his looks his demeanor his life must be above reproach. He had no qualms telling others male or female if they were not living up to his high standards of living. He never walked with a smile, his countenance was one of extreme dislike of everyone and everything around him that did not come up to scratch. When he was around Darcy his disdain for her fun-loving ways and her skirting the edges of the propriety of polite society drove him crazy and he did not hesitate to tell her so. With each encounter between them it seemed they would never obtain along. But Cameron's grandmother is Darcy's godmother and she would always say that they belonged together. They both abhorred the thought. One evening was all it took for Darcy to see a various side to Cameron. They had known one another as kids and she wondered why he had so drastically changed? She was beginning to understand. She decided to obtain him to kiss her and see where that led. This was such a fun read. I totally recommend it. I received a free copy of this book from the author and am voluntarily leaving a asons I enjoyed this book:Easy-to-readEntertainingFunnyHappily Ever AfterSteamyWhimsicalWonderful charactersTO MADDEN A MARQUESS: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐(Happy Sigh) I really, really enjoyed reading this book. It was serious and witty at the same time. The story touched on a lot of social societal subjects that need to be addressed. Whether 100 years ago or today, these problems are still show and universal. Our heroine, Miss Cecilia Smith, is the daughter of a well-established lawyer. She is three and twenty, considered a spinster and is a bluestocking. She has powerful beliefs and a powerful tongue to match. She never fears to speak her mind in a method that is direct and without guile. Her life is dedicated to charities that support the orphaned kids of London search a home in the orphanages she has helped establish and run. The school, which is part of the orphanage, provides the kids with education so they can be gainfully employed one day. She has one little charity that is dedicated to the parents of the kids in need of assistance. A lot of of these parents either have drinking issues or medicinal addictions. They are cared for and attended to. I quote from the book because it says it better than I ever could. "If she managed to be instrumental in making just one of the orphaned kids of London have a amazing stable job that enabled them to live a full and satisfied life, then her work at the charity was worth it. It was the best day in the globe when kids who’d arrived, sick and not good left and became house and ladies’ maids, cooks even, if their inclination leaned them in that direction. The boys becoming footmen, stable hands and those who were mathematically inclined, stewards even. If one wanted to change, one had to work toward the goal and not believe everything would just fall in your lap." This is what she lived for. She was a member of the London Relief Society. These women all contributed in one method or another to all these charities. One day on her method to a meeting of the relief society she came across the very handsome, very rakish Marquess of Aaron. She was walking down the road when she noticed him stumbling along. Then all of a sudden, the Marquess thought to walk out in the middle of the street and was about to be hit by a cab. What else was she to do but to save him from being run over. Even in his well-cut fancy clothes he reeked of alcohol and sweat. She was a spitfire admonishing the Marquess that it was too early in the day to be foxed. They bantered back and forth, she gave as amazing as she got. As she walked away from the encounter Hunter, the Marquess was intrigued, impressed and was attracted to her. Although they ran in various societies they probably would never meet again. But what she had said to him stayed on his mind. Cecilia finally created it to her meeting and advised the group that there was a persistent need in a part of London that greatly required their services. She has found an abandoned building, in need of repairs but the size and zone was excellent for a fresh endeavor. After some discussion they all agreed to place forth an offer to the owner of the building. Cecilia advised the group that her father would help in finding out who the owner was and sent out the proposal. It turns out that Hunter owns the building. At a meeting Hunter told Cecilia that he would not sell. She became incessed and reminded him she saved his life. In return he should sell to her. Now begins the war of the wills. Cecilia comes up with ingenious method to annoy Hunter in order to sway him to sell. Cecilia thought Hunter was the most vexing man she ever met. Hunter felt the same method about Cecilia. However, their attraction to each other grew. When Hunter wants a kiss from Cecilia she tells him he can have one if he does not drink any alcohol at any happening up until the time he sees her again. He agrees. When he stops drinking he goes into withdrawals. He won't he allow his closest friends, the Duke and Duchess of Athelby, support him. He only wants Cecilia. The Duchess goes and retrieves Cecilia. Cecilia must protect her reputation and hide the fact that she is going to support the Marquess. She leaves a note for her father that she going to spend a few days at one of the orphanages. Cecilia explains to the Duke and Duchess she has seen this reaction before with the parents at her charity who leave drinking and . She informs them that it will be a difficult time for the Marquess but he will recover. He should be search in about a month. When Cecilia returns home she is met by an mad father and an employee of his a Mr. White. He found out where she really was and said he had had enough of her disobedience. He has contracted with Mr. White to marry her. Cecilia cannot believe her father would coheres her into marriage to a slimy man that she deplores. He threatens to pull all his funding for her charities if she does not comply. She leaves his office without saying a word. After crying in her room she comes up with a desperate solution. It would cause her to socially lower her status. But this is the price she will pay to continue working with her charities and avoid marrying Mr. White. When Hunter found out he was quite upset. He owed his life to Lia as he called her. She brought him out of a stupor of alcohol that has been with him for a very long time. He feels better, thinks clearer and sees how self centered he had been. Lia makes him wish to be a better man. When Hunter finds out that the first bann has been read for the engagement of Mr. White and Cecilia, he his hurt. He never gives Cecilia a possibility to explain her fresh situation. Hunter puts her down and insults her. Her heart is broken. Will Hunter ever admit that he is in love with his Lia? Will Cecilia sucb to her father's demand and marry Mr. White? Will Mr. White expose Cecilia for attending the Marquess when he was sick without a chaperone? What of Cecilia's parents, will they disown her if she walks away? Will Cecilia ever obtain over her love for the Marquess? Will Hunter every forgive himself for the method he treated Cecilia when he latest saw her? Will Hunter still test to create Cecilia his mistress? Will Cecilia and Hunter ever obtain together? This is such a amazing book. I highly recommend it. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a asons I enjoyed this book:EntertainingHappily Ever AfterInspirationalRomanticWonderful charactersTO TEMPT AN EARL: ⭐⭐⭐⭐A joy to read. An independent woman of trade, Katherine is best mates with Celia, the Marchioness of Aaron and Darcy, the Duchess of Althelby. Katherine has a amazing head on her shoulders. She is intelligent, astute, better than most men at her trade. Her father is a master builder and she assists him by evaluating the job, measuring the area, add in any extras the owner my wish and sets up the bill. If they are hired she orders all the material so her father can concentrate on the building or rebuilding whatever the case may be. She is constantly on the job website making sure every thing is above par. Her father's reputation is the best in England. Her private life is another matter. At six and twenty she has yet to wed and feels that she never will. She is not classically beautiful. However she is attractive. She does not feel attractive. If she was why are there no suitors. I felt poor for Katherine. It was simple to identify with her sadness and feelings of being less than others. She has witness the happiness her two dear mates Celia and Darcy have found in marriage and unfortunately for her, she longed for it. A fluke of fate brought Katherine together with Hamish, the Earl of Leighton. At an inn she saved him from a severe beating from the proprietor when Hamish's cash was stolen from his room and he could not pay. Katherine paid his bill and Hamish was so grateful that he offered to return the favor in the future. Hamish's year so far has been dismal. You could even say unlucky. He had unfortunate situation one after the other happen to him. Part of his London townhouse had burned down and required to be rebuilt. His man of business arranged for Mr. Martin's company (Katherine's father) to evaluate the rebuild and give a quote. This was three months after the incident at the inn. Hamish was intrigued with Katherine. She was taller than average. Slimmer than most but still attractive. Hamish looked forward to working with Katherine. He also was amazing mates with the husbands of her two amazing mates so they would be around each other quite a bit. Even though Katherine was below his social status he did not even consider it a problem. He wanted to obtain to know her. So he did. One evening at an happening Katherine mustered up all her courage to ask for the favor he owed her. She asked for one night of passion. If she was destined to be an old maid she wanted to know what it was like to be desired by a man. By this time Hamish wanted Katherine but she was a virgin and that was where he drew the line. He told her no. But that did not stop Katherine from trying to change his mind. It was entertaining the lengths Katherine went to gain his attention and it was equally entertaining to read how hard it was for Hamish to resist. I truly enjoyed reading this and would have given this a five star rating but there was one thing that I feel was left out of the story. Katherine's younger cousin Jane who kept letting her know how dowdy she looked never came back into the picture after all was said and done with Hamish and Katherine. I just would have loved to read about her shocked response of envy and possibly jealousy. Other than that I really enjoyed reading asons I enjoyed this book:Easy-to-readEntertainingHappily Ever AfterRomanticSteamyWonderful characters

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    Lords of London: Books 1-3 []  2021-4-6 22:43

    The books within Lords of London:To Bedevil a DukeTo Madden a MarquessTo Tempt an EarlI really liked all three of the stories within this boxed set. I had previously read and reviewed To Madden a Marquess as a single book, but I enjoyed it again in its proper order within the series.Tamara Gill is a very amazing writer and her plots are primarily romance centered. These books are not about intrigue or danger. Instead they are about falling in love, even if it's unexpectedly with the wrong person. I enjoyed the playful banter, the charming characters and especially the continued presence of the six main characters in each others lives as each book unfolded. Ms. Gill did a very amazing job of maintaining the sound of the historical era. Even though the stories were improbable, they were still ntent alert: Each book varies in the degree of explicit content and spoken vulgarities. I can only recommend this set for mature readers who are not easily offended.

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    Lords of London: Books 1-3 []  2021-4-6 22:43

    To Bedevil a Duke – Darcy’s husband made a scandal when he died beneath his whore. Darcy is determined to have fun her widowhood and refuses to mourn a man she grew to loathe. She holds a ball to re-launch herself into society on the anniversary of his death. Cameron, Duke of Athelby plays by the rules and tires to set Darcy straight when he sees her improper etiquette. She refuses to let another man to tell her what to do, so she decides to seduce the duke and present him there is more to life than the proper conventions set by the ton. A war of wills ensues. The differences between Darcy and Cameron created this story entertaining. Darcy was fun and always herself. Cameron was prim and proper but allowed himself to relax more around Darcy. This is a sweet tale. To Madden a Marquess – Hunter, Marquess of Aaron, has the ton fooled. Outwardly, he is a gentleman of position with amazing contacts, wealth, and charm. Inwardly, he is a mess and drinks himself into a stupor most days. He steps in front of a hackney but is saved by Cecilia, who has a powerful tongue. Hunter is awed by Cecilia, but she is confused by him. Cecilia is sweet and caring. Hunter is handsome and charismatic but has a drinking problem. They are an unlikely pair but can’t war their attraction. She is a amazing mate to him and is mates with Darcy. He is mates with Cameron. This is a amazing story. To Tempt An Earl – Hamish/Earl Leighton is having a not good season. A portion of his home burned, he was attacked outside a gaming hall, and a debutante he cannot stomach is determined they will wed. His luck turns worse in the country. He has a huge unpaid bill at an inn and a missing purse. Katherine, intoxicatingly attractive daughter of a successful tradesman, rescues him. He runs into her later and offers to repay his debt any method she pleases. Leighton is mates with Cameron and Hunter. Katherine is mates with Cecilia and Darcy. Leighton likes Katherine but feels she is beneath him in society. He wars his attraction to her but finally gives in. I’m surprised they worked through things. The books are interesting but similar. I like that they are all mates and the epilogues.

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    Lords of London: Books 1-3 []  2021-4-6 22:43

    Three novellas in a series where the main characters of each one ( friends) involved independent women who ly seduced the Regency hierarchy men with small intention of marriage, however, ends in matrimony with their partners. All included ly explicit scenarios, despite the various creative plots which became repetitious and redundant in description by the third book. Otherwise, interesting short stories which will maintain one's attention for those who have fun Regency romances.

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    Lords of London: Books 1-3 []  2021-4-6 22:43

    1. TO BE DEVIL A DUKE -2 STARSThis was erotic story and no romance?. I purchased the bundle free and I am very satisfied I didn't pay for it. There was no connection to the H/h and I didn't care for the h at all. Granted she was satisfied she had her freedom, but I didn't care for what she e H lived a very ordered life and until the end he switched his view. I felt I had whip lash how he changed so quickly. What kept this from 1 STAR was the epilogueFirst book I've read by this author2. TO MADDEN A MARQUESS - 3 STARSThis was better than book 1 by far. No constant talk of lusting which ruined it for me. This was tamer and we do have lovemaking outside of marriage, heat level maybe 3 out of this story the H has a major drinking problem. This surprised me because he didn't in book 1. This is a stand alone novella, and if you wish erotic and not romance then read book 1, otherwise you will not be e h is kindhearted and knows her put in society. The H knows his too and this causes conflict but the spirit of the h and her comebacks were very entertaining. What troubled me was her parents started out being caring and wanting her to be independent and speak her mind. That changed quickly to what they had admired they became to admonished her.I also, enjoyed the relationship the H had with the H in book 1. But, that never felt the same in this book. They could have been just neighbors, you didn't feel their powerful friendship and I missed ere is a villain and I wanted to know if her father ever took action when the h makes a life decision for ere is no cheating, no cliffhanger we do obtain HEA and an epilogue 6 months in the future. In book 1 the couple in that story have an epilogue 4 years in the future. What was confusing in this story, the couple from book 1 takes put only 1 year after their wedding and not 4. As others have stated, it does need an editor.3. TO TEMPT AN EARL -3 STARSI am not a fan when the H create the h feel inadequate because she was born into a trade household. He says hurtful things to her and what does she do? She decides he would be excellent in taking her virginity so she knows what it is like since she is on the shelf. I wanted the h to be more self assured and believe in herself. Instead she is jealous all the time even when the H has told her over and over he won't commit.I didn't respect her nor the H. Because of this I didn't feel a connection to this couple. They have a lot of adventures, outside of marriage and rated 4 out of 5 heat ere isn't cheating, no cliffhanger, we do obtain HEA, I never felt a romance build up, just lust. There is an epilogue about 3 years in the future, which I enjoyed. (ljb).

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    Lords of London: Books 1-3 []  2021-4-6 22:43

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️bedevil a duke - Amazing historic romance, loved the characters and the opposite attracts plot. They were excellent together. Stand-alone with lovely epilogue and hea.⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️To madden a marquess - Cecilia and Hunter the marquess of Aaron - Amazing story, powerful heroine and a character who started out as a dunk egotistical rake but redeemed himself through the story.⭐️⭐️⭐️ this wasn’t as amazing as the previous. I found it a bit tedious.

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    Lords of London: Books 1-3 []  2021-4-6 22:43

    Three short, sweet stories with interesting characters. I liked that the heroines in the second and third stories are each of the middle class, each proudly working in her respective father's business, and distinctly not looking to marry into the aristocracy. Each character had a fairly well explained "flaw" he had to work through to reach the e characters' laguage use is largely modern rather than more period appropriate, which rarely concerns me. I was concerned by what seemed to me to be numerous errors in grammar. It was particularly prevalent-- and irksome--in the second story, so much so that I considered stopping and deleting the book from my device and account. I assume this problem arises from differences in rules of grammar in the US and Australia, otherwise the editor was sleeping on the job.

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    Lords of London: Books 1-3 []  2021-4-6 22:43

    Lady Darcy having her own ball and Cameron the Duke of Athelby there. His grandmother which is also her godmother wants them together. Stubbornness slowed them down but grandmother, godmother got her wish. Hunter the Marquess of Aaron is drunk most of the time. Cecilia saved him from a cab running him over. He likes her but the drinking didn’t stop. To victory her over he had to stop drinking. Finally he proved his love. Miss Martin saved Lord Hamish Doherty to pay for his Inn. For repayment she asked for him to sleep with her one time so to feel what married people have. Once he did he could not live without her.

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    In London []  2020-1-16 22:52

    My copy of "B.B. King In London" does not include any liner notes, so I don't know the info of who played on which track, but the label does list 28 various musicians that played on this CD. Of course, they all did not play on each track, but there was quite a pool to choose from in recording each of the 9 songs. It seems someone wanted a amazing number of names to support sell the music. I like B.B., so I don't need any added "celebrities" to convince me to buy his music. There are two instrumentals allowing B.B to jam with the London crew. On the others, B.B. is in amazing voice. The standout songs for me are: "Blue Shadows Falling", "Ghetto Woman", and "Ain't Nobody Home". That latest one I have on a 45 rpm single bought a lot of years ago and was a major reason for buying this CD--to have it on a quality pressing.

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    In London []  2020-1-16 22:52

    Amazing album.

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    In London []  2020-1-16 22:52

    Living Blues ..FOR ME THERE ARE ONLY A FEW ULTIMATE BLUES ALBUMS TO COLLECT, ON TOP OF THE LIST IS B.B. KING IN LONDON,,THIS IS BLUES AT ITS MOST.OTHER BLUES ALBUMS WORTH MENTIONING THAT CAN COME CLOSE TO BB KING IN LONDON ARE THE FOLLOWING--MAYALL W/ CLAPTON-BLUESbreakers,,ALBERT KING-LIVE WIRE BLUES POWER,,SAVOY BROWN-BLUE MATTER,, SRV-TEXAS FLOOD,,MAGIC SAM-WEST SIDE SOUL,,PETER GREEN.s FLEETWOOD MAC FIRST ALBUM,,and posthumously STILL GOT THE BLUES-GARY MOORE.OTHER BLUES ALBUMS ARE GOOD BUT THEY CANNOT MATCHED THE INTENSITY OF MY SELECTED BLUES ALBUMS. THEY ARE PRESENT DURING THE TIMES WHEN WE BADLY NEEDED THEM. THEIR TIMINGS ARE PERFECT.

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    StreetSmart London Map by VanDam - City Center Street Map of London, England - Laminated folding pocket size city travel and Tube map with all museums, attractions, hotels and sights; 2020 Edition []  2020-2-1 6:41

    We still need true maps -the electronic ones present too small of a longer trip, obtain confused, run out of battery life, can't be read in bright sun. We still need true maps, but they are facing stiff competition, so they have to be good: easily folded and re-folded, water-proof, huge enough to read on the march and simple to read in not good or too much light. Not a lot of qualify. But the vanDam StreetSmart London is all of the above, and we want we'd had it with us the latest time we got lost (in a taxi!) in London. From now on, we won't leave home for London without this map!

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    StreetSmart® London Map by VanDam - City Center Street Map of London, England - Laminated folding pocket size city travel and Tube map with all museums, attractions, hotels and sights; 2020 Edition []  2020-6-11 19:50

    I found this really helpful walking around London as it covered the main down city area. The subway map was helpful as well. It rained a lot while I was there making the plastic lamination over the map critical to be able to use it the whole time. After carrying and using it for 5 days, it still looks like new. I missed having a broader perspective to obtain trains to outlying areas, but those were simple to look up on line before I went or obtain support in the train station. But most of my touring was downtown and easily covered by the map. I still have more to see for next time and will happily use the same map then.

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    StreetSmart® London Map by VanDam - City Center Street Map of London, England - Laminated folding pocket size city travel and Tube map with all museums, attractions, hotels and sights; 2020 Edition []  2020-6-11 19:50

    It is extremely detailed - even had the little hotel I was going to stay at on it plus Underground and rail stations clearly marked - very simple to read.

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    StreetSmart® London Map by VanDam - City Center Street Map of London, England - Laminated folding pocket size city travel and Tube map with all museums, attractions, hotels and sights; 2020 Edition []  2020-6-11 19:50

    I am a satisfied customer. Love this map. I used to obtain Streetwise laminated maps, but this one is better. Both are accurate, but this is easier to use, names are more visible, maybe because of the fonts they use. I read the reviews before buying this one and almost decided versus it because someone mentioned that the letters are too little and not suitable for a person using reading glasses. I have to strongly disagree. I use reading glasses and I have no issues with the size of the letters. In fact, after comparing Streetwise and this one (StreetSmart) I search this one a lot better.

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    StreetSmart® London Map by VanDam - City Center Street Map of London, England - Laminated folding pocket size city travel and Tube map with all museums, attractions, hotels and sights; 2020 Edition []  2020-6-11 19:50

    The StreetSmart London Map is very amazing ... I love that it is laminated so a small more sturdy. It is encompasses the main zone of London ... it is not an AtoZ, but it is a amazing tourist map. And as a theatre lover ... I LOVE that it has the West End Theatres notated in an enlarged map are.

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    StreetSmart London Map by VanDam - City Center Street Map of London, England - Laminated folding pocket size city travel and Tube map with all museums, attractions, hotels and sights; 2020 Edition []  2020-2-1 6:41

    I am a satisfied customer. Love this map. I used to obtain Streetwise laminated maps, but this one is better. Both are accurate, but this is easier to use, names are more visible, maybe because of the fonts they use. I read the reviews before buying this one and almost decided versus it because someone mentioned that the letters are too little and not suitable for a person using reading glasses. I have to strongly disagree. I use reading glasses and I have no issues with the size of the letters. In fact, after comparing Streetwise and this one (StreetSmart) I search this one a lot better.

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    StreetSmart London Map by VanDam - City Center Street Map of London, England - Laminated folding pocket size city travel and Tube map with all museums, attractions, hotels and sights; 2020 Edition []  2020-2-1 6:41

    I used sharpie to tag all of the locations we were visiting during our stay in London. It was so helpful to visualize where we were. We carried it with us and pulled it out frequently (it was more helpful that gps on the phone sonetimes) It's laminated, so it withstood the drizzly London weather.(And Every time we pulled it out, someone would ask us if we required support finding something.) Nicest people!!

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    StreetSmart London Map by VanDam - City Center Street Map of London, England - Laminated folding pocket size city travel and Tube map with all museums, attractions, hotels and sights; 2020 Edition []  2020-2-1 6:41

    I found this really helpful walking around London as it covered the main down city area. The subway map was helpful as well. It rained a lot while I was there making the plastic lamination over the map critical to be able to use it the whole time. After carrying and using it for 5 days, it still looks like new. I missed having a broader perspective to obtain trains to outlying areas, but those were simple to look up on line before I went or obtain support in the train station. But most of my touring was downtown and easily covered by the map. I still have more to see for next time and will happily use the same map then.

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    StreetSmart London Map by VanDam - City Center Street Map of London, England - Laminated folding pocket size city travel and Tube map with all museums, attractions, hotels and sights; 2020 Edition []  2020-2-1 6:41

    The StreetSmart London Map is very amazing ... I love that it is laminated so a small more sturdy. It is encompasses the main zone of London ... it is not an AtoZ, but it is a amazing tourist map. And as a theatre lover ... I LOVE that it has the West End Theatres notated in an enlarged map are.

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    StreetSmart® London Map by VanDam - City Center Street Map of London, England - Laminated folding pocket size city travel and Tube map with all museums, attractions, hotels and sights; 2020 Edition []  2020-6-11 19:50

    Its utility is beautiful amazing through use so far. It has the very little road where I'm staying in St. James's. This map is actually a set of several various maps of parts of London, not one unified map. So far I have used it more than the pop-up map.

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    StreetSmart London Map by VanDam - City Center Street Map of London, England - Laminated folding pocket size city travel and Tube map with all museums, attractions, hotels and sights; 2020 Edition []  2020-2-1 6:41

    This map of London is chocobloc full of detail—all the necessary points of interest, Museums, Theatres, Statues in the Parks. Heavens! It even has my hotel on it! It's also laminated.Unfortunately, it is so minuscule, that I'd have to walk around with a magnifying glass like Sherlock Holmes to read it! I do think that they could have created it a tad larger—a couple of inches on all sides—so that the type—and the *streets*—would be legible!To place a spin on it, perhaps it was intended for the under-40's crowd. I suspect, however, it was created little to save a few pennies.I'd rather save my eyesight!

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    StreetSmart London Map by VanDam - City Center Street Map of London, England - Laminated folding pocket size city travel and Tube map with all museums, attractions, hotels and sights; 2020 Edition []  2020-2-1 6:41

    Bought several various London Maps and used them all on our latest trip to London. This was by far the least helpful. It doesn't cover enough of London, it flips oddly and it's hard to follow when you turn the page over.

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    StreetSmart® London Map by VanDam - City Center Street Map of London, England - Laminated folding pocket size city travel and Tube map with all museums, attractions, hotels and sights; 2020 Edition []  2020-6-11 19:50

    I just got back from London and this map, which fits neatly in my hand, created the journey much easier and navigable.I never thought I'd go back to printed maps but London is HUGE and it's hard to obtain perspective from a Google map. Plus, this one is laminated so it doesn't crumble in my bag. Impressive to see how much information the designer has packed into it -- yet it's still readable. It's got the entire public transportation system, some of the key highlights and tourist attractions, and it spans from Kensington to The Town and beyond. Awesome and compact. I don't think I'll return without it. Joe Dolce

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    StreetSmart® London Map by VanDam - City Center Street Map of London, England - Laminated folding pocket size city travel and Tube map with all museums, attractions, hotels and sights; 2020 Edition []  2020-6-11 19:50

    I used sharpie to tag all of the locations we were visiting during our stay in London. It was so helpful to visualize where we were. We carried it with us and pulled it out frequently (it was more helpful that gps on the phone sonetimes) It's laminated, so it withstood the drizzly London weather.(And Every time we pulled it out, someone would ask us if we required support finding something.) Nicest people!!

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    StreetSmart® London Map by VanDam - City Center Street Map of London, England - Laminated folding pocket size city travel and Tube map with all museums, attractions, hotels and sights; 2020 Edition []  2020-6-11 19:50

    This map of London is chocobloc full of detail—all the necessary points of interest, Museums, Theatres, Statues in the Parks. Heavens! It even has my hotel on it! It's also laminated.Unfortunately, it is so minuscule, that I'd have to walk around with a magnifying glass like Sherlock Holmes to read it! I do think that they could have created it a tad larger—a couple of inches on all sides—so that the type—and the *streets*—would be legible!To place a spin on it, perhaps it was intended for the under-40's crowd. I suspect, however, it was created little to save a few pennies.I'd rather save my eyesight!

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    StreetSmart® London Map by VanDam - City Center Street Map of London, England - Laminated folding pocket size city travel and Tube map with all museums, attractions, hotels and sights; 2020 Edition []  2020-6-11 19:50

    We still need true maps -the electronic ones present too small of a longer trip, obtain confused, run out of battery life, can't be read in bright sun. We still need true maps, but they are facing stiff competition, so they have to be good: easily folded and re-folded, water-proof, huge enough to read on the march and simple to read in not good or too much light. Not a lot of qualify. But the vanDam StreetSmart London is all of the above, and we want we'd had it with us the latest time we got lost (in a taxi!) in London. From now on, we won't leave home for London without this map!

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    StreetSmart® London Map by VanDam - City Center Street Map of London, England - Laminated folding pocket size city travel and Tube map with all museums, attractions, hotels and sights; 2020 Edition []  2020-6-11 19:50

    Bought several various London Maps and used them all on our latest trip to London. This was by far the least helpful. It doesn't cover enough of London, it flips oddly and it's hard to follow when you turn the page over.

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    StreetSmart London Map by VanDam - City Center Street Map of London, England - Laminated folding pocket size city travel and Tube map with all museums, attractions, hotels and sights; 2020 Edition []  2020-2-1 6:41

    I just got back from London and this map, which fits neatly in my hand, created the journey much easier and navigable.I never thought I'd go back to printed maps but London is HUGE and it's hard to obtain perspective from a Google map. Plus, this one is laminated so it doesn't crumble in my bag. Impressive to see how much information the designer has packed into it -- yet it's still readable. It's got the entire public transportation system, some of the key highlights and tourist attractions, and it spans from Kensington to The Town and beyond. Awesome and compact. I don't think I'll return without it. Joe Dolce

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    StreetSmart London Map by VanDam - City Center Street Map of London, England - Laminated folding pocket size city travel and Tube map with all museums, attractions, hotels and sights; 2020 Edition []  2020-2-1 6:41

    Its utility is beautiful amazing through use so far. It has the very little road where I'm staying in St. James's. This map is actually a set of several various maps of parts of London, not one unified map. So far I have used it more than the pop-up map.

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    StreetSmart London Map by VanDam - City Center Street Map of London, England - Laminated folding pocket size city travel and Tube map with all museums, attractions, hotels and sights; 2020 Edition []  2020-2-1 6:41

    It is extremely detailed - even had the little hotel I was going to stay at on it plus Underground and rail stations clearly marked - very simple to read.

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    Recruiting and Managing Volunteers in Museums: A Handbook for Volunteer Management (American Association for State and Local History) []  2021-3-17 19:35

    Along with publications by the American Association of Museum Volunteers, this is the most up-to-date, comprehensive and understandable publication out there on museum volunteer programs. Nicely organized. Simple to use.

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    Recruiting and Managing Volunteers in Museums: A Handbook for Volunteer Management (American Association for State and Local History) []  2021-3-17 19:35

    Well written book on how to manage volunteers, utilize their strengths and build relationships, along with administrative management of volunteer programs. Excellent!

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    Recruiting and Managing Volunteers in Museums: A Handbook for Volunteer Management (American Association for State and Local History) []  2021-3-17 19:35

    Tremendous book - up-to-date and support for the experienced and fresh volunteer manager. Helped me fill in some holes in my management practice.

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    Recruiting and Managing Volunteers in Museums: A Handbook for Volunteer Management (American Association for State and Local History) []  2021-3-17 19:35

    I love it! Outstanding isty and Loni hit it out of the ball park.

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    Recruiting and Managing Volunteers in Museums: A Handbook for Volunteer Management (American Association for State and Local History) []  2021-3-17 19:35

    Anyone who is in the field and works in a museum should purchase this book. I just began a job that contains being in charge of their volunteer program. I have used the guidelines to re-do the volunteer app and interview process. I can't wait to use it more in my work.

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    fronts of London: In praise of small neighbourhood []  2020-8-4 19:2

    I'd followed the progression of this book's publication and it was well worth waiting for; the art work is really lovely and colorful. Particularly for those who love London (as I do) - but also for anyone who loves these types of small/old - this book is a treasure.

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    fronts of London: In praise of small neighbourhood []  2020-8-4 19:2

    Art with nostalgia. We know these places.

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    fronts of London: In Praise of Small Neighbourhood []  2020-8-21 19:39

    I'd followed the progression of this book's publication and it was well worth waiting for; the art work is really lovely and colorful. Particularly for those who love London (as I do) - but also for anyone who loves these types of small/old - this book is a treasure.

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    The Most Eligible Lord in London (The Lords of London Book 1) []  2021-4-6 23:12

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️A delightful love story!We explore in this novel not to judge a book (or rather a rake) by its cover! Frits had created a mistake latest season but learned his lesson well. However he had to pay for the repercussions of his actions in ways he hadn’t anticipated. I liked his fortitude. He created mistakes but he owned them. His persistence in Adeline was heartwarming. He was thoughtful of her and was genuinely interested in her as a person. Adeline is in her first season and is young and extremely naive. At some points she seemed a small too sheltered and inexperienced. She was so young and uncertain that it was hard for me to cheer for her at times. However, about halfway in I saw her backbone through her actions and I really liked her spunk!The villain in the story was detestable and very well written. Through scenes entirely dedicated to him you see what a horrible man he really is and how well he hid it. There was another villain in this story, slavery. I got a glimpse of the situation of slavery in that era. It was eye opening. There was a parallel plot on this problem that was enlightening and deepened the story.I really wanted to see the couple obtain their satisfied ending. There were times in the first part of the book that I felt could have moved at a faster pace. However, their journey was sweet and the storyline was enjoyable. The one thing I loved about this author’s other series was the humor sprinkled in the books. I found that lacking here. Overall, it was a delightful read. It took me just a small while to obtain fully invested, yet when I did I throughly enjoyed it. A fun read and I will be looking forward to the next one.

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    The Most Eligible Lord in London (The Lords of London Book 1) []  2021-4-6 23:12

    This is the best book I've read in a few weeks. A sweet romance between Fritz and Adeline. Fritz was on the hunt for a wife this season after making a not good mistake during the latest season. Adeline was just making her come out and was dubious of rakes, which she thought Fritz was. A lot of characters in this book, some delightful, including a amazing dane and some villainous characters too. This story is fairly clean, only one stage towards the very end.

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    The Most Eligible Lord in London (The Lords of London Book 1) []  2021-4-6 23:12

    The story line was amazing but about a third of the method in, I was ready to quit reading. The endless circle between Crispin and Frits and her thoughts about Lady Doris had me ready to give up. And just when you thought the book was about to take off, the responses to the ruination attempts left a lot to be desired. Even the ending was kind of a flop.

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    The Most Eligible Lord in London (The Lords of London Book 1) []  2021-4-6 23:12

    This is a truly delicious love story between two of my favorite characters. Fritz and Adeline are quite likeable from the first chapter and even though Fritz created a foolish mistake, he is quite sorry for it and I couldn't support cheering him on in his quest to create Adeline his.

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    The Most Eligible Lord in London (The Lords of London Book 1) []  2021-4-6 23:12

    Fredrick “Frits”, Baron Littleton caused a bit of talk latest season when he set his sights on Lady Dorcus “Dorie” Calthor and diligently courted her only to seemingly throw her over with no explanation. This season he is sure he has found his bride, too poor she is mates with Lady Dorie, the woman he courted latest season until he realized they wouldn’t suit and left her without, it was not well done of him and now he needs to convince Lady Adeline Wivenly that he is not the rake she believes him to eline doesn’t wish anything to do with rakes, which is exactly what she believes Frits to be after his treatment of her fresh mate Lady Dorie. She tries to hold the handsome lord at bay, even though she is attracted to him. Frits is sure Adeline is meant for him and sets out to prove they belong is was an okay read for me, it was well written and well researched, but it just didn’t do it for me. The story was sweet and I did like Frits, but Adeline annoyed me. There were some amusing scenes and quite a few familiar characters from the previous series as well as slow burn romance between Frits and Adeline, culminating in a HEA. But when all is said and done, I am not sure how I feel about this book, I didn’t love it nor did I hate it, I am glad I read it, but I don’t think I would read it again. This is the first book in a fresh series and while I was not “wowed” by this book, I am interested in continuing with the series.

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    The Most Eligible Lord in London (The Lords of London Book 1) []  2021-4-6 23:12

    No drama, no true chemistry. The one love scenes was blah! Nothing special. I would not recommend this book to anyone who likes all the above!

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    The Most Eligible Lord in London (The Lords of London Book 1) []  2021-4-6 23:12

    Will he be able to victory her trust before it is too late ...This tale is a slow-burn romance as even if Frits recognizes from the beginning Adeline to be the right lady for him, he has his work chop out at his feet because of his previous year’s behavior.He is a man easily smitten so when twice in a row he finds himself drawn to a debutante, it is obvious the previous season didn’t taught him much. But when he first was attracted to a diamond of the first water lady, here he finds his fresh objet of desire very attractive when she is only beautiful in the eyes of the others.Up to him to present her he can be someone she can relate on and not the rake she came to believe he its knows he acted badly when he left, the lady he had risen hope for a possible match between them, without a word of explanation. A very wrong move when now his fresh lady love is mate from said abandoned miss.Why he will have to work twice as harder to prove Adeline he is more than the rake she supposed he eline is very naive, instantly siding her mate when she forgets everyone is two sides of a coin. Why she chastises herself each time she enjoys her time with Frits. Each fresh encounter showing she has more in common with him than her other prospect, but as she has already labeled him as not suitable, she is also blind to every evidence her other suitor is far from is is a tale of few actions as the author follows her characters from ballroom to everyday calls, Park rides and visits at Gunther ...In this retailing of the Haute ton’s day-to-day life with its schemings and intrigues, Mrs Ella Quinn takes her time establishing her a lot of protagonists and their android games with each others.Why at time, I skipped some pages to go a bit faster in the plot as this book was a long wooing story even if the heroine was not aware of it, very naive of her.3.75 rounded up to 4 stars.I was granted an advance copy by the publisher Kensington. Here is my real and unbiased opinion.

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    The Most Eligible Lord in London (The Lords of London Book 1) []  2021-4-6 23:12

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Looking forward to the next book.

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    fronts of London: In Praise of Small Neighbourhood []  2020-8-21 19:39

    Art with nostalgia. We know these places.

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    The Last Gamble (@#$%!&?s of London, Book 3) [Book]  2017-11-5 18:0

    It's not often I read a book and feel like I know the characters on a deeper level from the beginning. Most often, I obtain to know them as the story unfolds. I felt so connected, it was actually painful to place this book down when life interrupted! More levels do peel away as one reads on, but Luke and Georgina are ultimately timeless, though their cirtances are a effect of the power of the ton. From the start, through carefully-chosen words and the actions of her characters, I felt Luke's pain and helplessness over the disappearance and find for his son, right to my core. Georgina runs away to the country when her family's expectations become at battle with her own future plans. It's a heartbreaking decision to leave your family, and Anabelle makes you feel that on such a private level. Georgina takes charge of her own life, and because of that, the opportunity for love literally falls on top of her. Her heart for kids and love for others compels her to support Luke search his son, and she risks being discovered as she journeys with him back to London. Their playful back-and-forth will have you grinning widely, and Luke's determination to create Georgina his own despite societal rules will have you cheering. Nothing will stop him from finding a method to marry Georgina, and he risks everything to obtain his hands on the one thing that can solve all of Georgina's issues and cement their future together. The characters from the first two novels are back to assist, and there's a lead on Crispin's whereabouts (Can't wait til his story!).Anabelle's 10th novel is a milestone and a masterpiece! As with all her stories, expect to be richly transported into Regency London, meet complex, compelling characters, and watch them struggle versus what is right and what is comfortable as the story unfolds. There is always a twist you didn't see coming, intrigue, and beautifully-written swoon-worthy scenes where the character and heroine come together. Emotions run high, hearts break and are restored, and you'll be left wanting more!

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    The Last Gamble (@#$%!&?s of London, Book 3) [Book]  2017-11-5 18:0

    'The Latest Gamble' by Anabelle Bryant is Book Three in the "@#$%!&?s of London" series. This is the story of Luke Reese and Georgina. I have read (and loved) the other books in this series, but feel you can create it a standalone book if you choose to do so. Georgina is on her own after leaving London due to an problem that happened to her there. Georgina has taken up being a Governess for Lord Dursley who has a nephew named Nathaniel 'Nate'. But Lord Dursley and the family has moved on and she is just on her own when Luke finds her. Luke Reese is the part owner of The Underworld, which is a Gaming Hall....in addition he is Illegitimate...aka a Bastard. Luke confronts her, wanting to search out info on Nate. Luke son Nate was taken by his half brother, Lord Dursley several months ago. Georgina was very shocked to hear that the father she thought was dead is not and that Nathaniel was actually taken. Georgina offers her support but when Luke ask that she goes with him to London to support look for his son, Georgina refuses. As we know...Georgina has her own problems in London. Luke search Georgina to be a caring and attractive women who he is finding hard to war his feelings for. But Luke knows too that Georgina appears to be more that just a Governess. Georgina gives in to travel with Luke to support him search Nate...and along the method they search love. Ms. Bryant writing makes you feel that you are apart of Luke and Georgina's as they obtain to their Satisfied Ending! Love it! ,Bastards of London Series:,Book 1: The Den Of Iniquity,Book 2: Into the Hall of Vice,Book 3: The Latest Gamble,*A Book Obsessed Chicks Review Squad Selection*

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    The Shadow Cabinet (The Shades of London Book 3) []  2020-1-29 4:1

    ~3.5/5I’m surprised that I didn’t love this book as much as I thought I would. That I’m not loving this series as much as others are, or that I thought I would.I’m a fan of Johnson, of course, and this is a very amazing series. I just don’t love is was a slow moving book, as the characters test to deal with what happened at the end of the previous one. Rory is in shock, convinced she can search Stephen, no matter what she has to do. We search out what Jane has really planned, and what she wants Rory for. The latest part of the book was beautiful exciting, and really an interesting concept.Jane is crazy, especially now that I see what she was really planning. Sid and Sadie are even worse, and I’m really not surprised by what they did at the end of the book. That makes sense, after everything else.I liked where Rory and Stephen and the group were by the end. I’m intrigued to see what happens in the next one, what they’re going to do about what Sid and Sadie have planned.Even if I’m not in love, I did have fun this book. I like what’s going on, and I have fun Johnson’s writing, how creative she can be. I will definitely be picking up the next book.[More of my reviews are available on my blog, Geeky Reading, to which there's a link on my profile.]

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    The Shadow Cabinet (The Shades of London Book 3) []  2020-1-29 4:1

    Such a well-written book. You step right into where you left off from book two and the storyline just gets better. There was a lot of "wow" factor to this book and I couldn't place it down. The story is so unique. I can't wait to read the next one. I love this series!

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    A Dangerous Engagement: The Regency Spies of London, Book 3 []  2020-1-30 20:9

    Loved, loved, loved this final book in the series, The Regency Spies of London by Melanie erson!! Seeing Felicity Mayson from the first two books obtain her HEA was the will search that Felicity does in deed become involved in a risky engagement of her own. What follows is a lot of intrigue, lies, deception and a far amount of spying on both the h, as well as the H/Philip McDowell. I found this book to be my most favorite of the three books.I felt sorry for the plight of Felicity, being that she had no fortune to provide a dowry for a husband. She was snubbed by the "men" of society, and I use that term loosely. Felicity and Philip present that cash is not everything in a relationship.If you like clean, historical romance with intrigue, danger, and romance, this book is for you. Enjoy!

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    Wolf's Bane (Dire Wolves of London Book 3) []  2020-2-6 23:11

    Phair got his want to be changed into a Beore. There is a issue with his anger though, so he has to learn to control it. Cadman/Cad is a Dire wolf who likes the ladies. Phair doesn't like Cad because he thinks that Cad uses women and then hurts their feelings when he th and Laird has assigned them a mission together. They need to infiltrate a "gentleman's" club and search evidence that the owner Barton, is involved in the kidnapping and harming of shifters.Miranda/Mir is a "worker" at the club. The issue is that she was taken from her family and forced to be there by threatening those she loves. Her sister is with her at the club. When her sister tried to escape they scarred her badly. Barton uses Mir as his own private doll.When Phair and Cad meet Barton and see Mir. They ask to spend personal time with her. They wish info from her to use as evidence of shifter abuse only to search out that she is their friend and Barton is abusing human women esome addition to this series. We got to see a small bit of an modernize on the Dragons too. I think you will love this series as much as I do.

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    Wolf's Bane (Dire Wolves of London Book 3) []  2020-2-6 23:11

    Phair decided to under go a procedure that would turn him from a grizzy shifter into a Béorn like his ancestors. It's en at a meeting he finds out he is sent on a mission with his least favourite person a Dire wolf named Cadman or Cad. There mission is to go under cover in a so called Gentleman's club called Club Bacchus. It's a brothel. For the wealthy clientele.Miranda and her sister were kidnapped and forced to work at the Club it's owner has turned them into slaves. She has no hope until Phair and Cad walks in. Love the action and characters in this story. It's full of drama, mystery, intrigue, betrayal, suspense and some much more. I so didn't wish this story to end and I couldn't stop reading lol I stayed up method into the early morning because I couldn't place it down.Voluntarily reviewed a copy and I honestly loved it.

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    Lady Reckless (Notorious Ladies of London Book 3) []  2020-11-14 18:29

    Scarlett is amazing! This story is so sweet. For any Sister who crushed on her Brother's BF, this book is real. These characters are so lovable. Gabe's refusal to give in to his attraction to his BF's small Sister. Helena devastated that her first love becomes betrothed to Miss Perfect. The kiss they promise will never happen root for these two to be together & smile while doing it. This is a must read.

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    Lady Reckless (Notorious Ladies of London Book 3) []  2020-11-14 18:29

    Lady Reckless the second book in the Notorious Ladies of London series is a very amazing read. Huntingdon is very much a proper gentleman until he starts giving into his feelings about Helena. Turns out be proper when passion and love are involved is difficult. I really enjoyed that Huntingdon is trying to do the right thing. You really understand why he sees being with Helena is wrong. One thing I enjoyed his the fact that he's far more progressive than you'd imagine a ton gentleman would be in regards to women's suffrage. One the other hand you feel Helena's desperation as the clock gets closer to her unwanted betrothal.Overall, the story flowed beautiful seemlessly. A few minor irrations Helena's brother is supposedly close to her and believe in women's rights to a degree yet he tells her to just follow their father's wishes because she needs a husband. Helena's feelings about her mother are discussed more than once, but there's no stage between the two. Even though I can see how not having her interact with Helena was a method to present how cowed by her husband she is I still would have liked to hear what she would have told Helena to do. I feel like her stated unsupportiveness would have added and additional layer of tension to the story.Overall, a very enjoyable read!I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

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    Undressed with the Marquess (Lost Lords of London Book 3) []  2020-11-21 18:29

    This is a story in Lost Boys series. Dare is a man who left home as a kid because he wanted adventure. When he tried to come home, his father spurned him and he was forced to live in the roads of London. Temperance is the daughter of a brutal drunk who has been beaten regularly as a kid and young woman. These two meet as young people. They grow up together and marry...but because Dare won't give up stealing, they do not stay together. Five years later, things Caldwell has done an perfect job of developing these characters,. There is less steam but more story in this Lost Boys tale. I do not write spoilers so I will not tell you what happens, but I will say that this story brought me to tears more than once. The pain and confusion of our H & H is painful. This story is written so well you will search yourself emotionally involved and hoping for happiness for all. I have no doubt this will become a favorite.

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    Undressed with the Marquess (Lost Lords of London Book 3) []  2020-11-21 18:29

    I was very disappointed in this book! Ms. Caldwell is truly an awesome writer and has captivated me with so a lot of stories and characters yet her latest books have left me wanting.When oh when will Ms. Caldwell obtain back to the books I so loved?

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    Undressed with the Marquess (Lost Lords of London Book 3) []  2020-11-21 18:29

    As small more than a child, Dare Grey left his privileged life for what seemed a grand adventure to support the oppressed of East London. Rather than coming into his noble title as Marquess of ord, he became a king of thieves. But upon his inevitable capture, this Robin Hood of East London is left with few options and must agree to a rather distasteful contract: his grandfather, a strong duke, will free Dare from the noose, but only if he accepts his birthright as marquess, finds a wife, and sees his sister safely married off.Unbeknownst to his family, Dare already has a wife. Temperance Swift married Dare for protection from her violent drunkard of a father. But Dare would not abandon his thievery in his determination to provide for others and Temperance refused to stand by while her husband would up imprisoned or executed. Breaking her own heart, she fled London, finding a put for herself as a seamstress, a safe and respectable, if lonely, existence.When Dare offers her a fortune if she resumes her role as his wife, Temperance knows she can’t refuse, for her brother’s sake and to hold Dare from thieving. Once they’re back under the same roof, the connection between Dare and Temperance reignites as if no time has passed, but their every interaction is tainted by painful past mistakes, and a devastating secret Temperance has kept to herself. As before, their love may not be enough to hold them a rule, I have fun reading about couples who are already married. It’s often endearing to see that reconnection and improved communication. That’s not what happened here and this one just didn’t quite work for me. The topic matter is quite dark in several aspects so at first I thought perhaps it was just the wrong time for me to be reading it, but the more I read, the more I realized this had several other problems that were throwing me off. I think my main issue boils down to this heroine. Yes, she had an incredibly sad and tragic history, but she kept Dare in the dark for far too long about things he had every right to know. Yes, there were times in which Dare failed to be what she needed, but she also wasn’t willing to delve into his problems and test to figure out why that might be. She was utterly perplexed as to why Dare didn’t believe himself worthy of love and had such a generally low sense of self-worth and all the while she was almost constantly berating him for his shortcomings and enumerating all the things he’d done wrong. Perhaps much of their problems could’ve been avoided if she’d been more begin with him about her feelings as well. Instead, it was like these two just went around in circles and never got anywhere. I felt like I read the same dialogues and inner monologues from both MCs over and over again and it just became tedious and overly dramatic. There was also an problem of lack of believability in one of the key plot points: there’s no method a marquess would’ve been arrested and held in Newgate for bribery. This just would’ve have happened with that rank and I also felt like this stage just felt gratuitous and didn’t truly do anything to advance or improve the plot. That’s a less necessary point, but it was the addition of insult to injury for me on this one.I desperately wanted to like Dare and Temperance as a couple, but she just pushed him away repeatedly, so much so that their relationship seemed much the same in the end as it had in the beginning. Dare underwent significant hero development and Temperance somehow really didn’t, despite all the emotional upheaval she experienced. I also felt like I required more from the ending, not necessarily an epilogue, but just more, especially wit regards to Dare’s grandmother and the stability of his and Temperance’s future together. Temperance came off as a bit fickle to me so their HEA required a bit more shoring up to be wholly satisfactory for me. Overall, I got tired of Temperance harping on all reasons they couldn’t be together, even after Dare got his act straight and came into his own in the role he was always meant to occupy (which was also a very long time coming.) this is one of my favorite authors, but I don’t expect to like every single book. This one fell flat for me, but I still look forward to what’s next.I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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    The Last Gamble (@#$%!&?s of London, Book 3) [Book]  2017-11-5 18:0

    This author's talent shines bright in her newest release, "The Latest Gamble". I've been anxious for Luke's story since the beginning of the @#$%!&?s of London series, and wow, it was so worth the wait! Luke goes in find of Georgina after discovering she may have info relating to the disappearance of his son, Nate, at the hands of his half-brother, Lord Dursley. He locates her living alone in the country, and immediately tries to convince her to help. Of course Georgina is suspicious and on edge from the beginning, having run from her life in London, in hopes of protecting her family from scandal.I absolutely fell in love with the method Anabelle Bryant wrote the introduction of the character and heroine and their developing relationship. It was a slow, gradual unraveling of each of their personalities in a progression feathered with suspicion, cunning, humor, attraction, flirtatious grins, and at times wicked innuendo. It wasn't long before Luke realized there was so much more to this prim & proper governess. And she too, was drawn to this handsome, kind man with lovely silver-grey eyes and a mesmerizing dimple. So much fun seeing their attraction grow and become more. Although she was beginning to trust Luke and had empathy for his situation, she greatly feared the consequences of returning to London. And he so wanted to pursue Georgina, but his focus had to remain on the center of his life, his son. A really fun added gift were the interactions between Luke and Biscuit, Georgina's dog and closest companion, and it was also amazing to see some of our favorite characters from the previous e Latest Gamble is a attractive story, that brings with it lots of secrets, mystery, romance and love. It had me guessing at so a lot of questions arising throughout the story. Amazing storyline which pulled me in from the beginning, and kept me up late into the night. Wonderful; I didn't wish it to end. Luke and Georgina have definitely become one of my favorite couples; he is such a nice guy, and she and Biscuit were so endearing and entertaining. Loved them!I received an ARC of this book for my honest review. Highly recommend this book as a MUST READ!

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    The Last Gamble (@#$%!&?s of London, Book 3) [Book]  2017-11-5 18:0

    Luke has been looking for his son, who was stolen nine months ago. Georgina ran away from home and became a governess, and she took along her pug. It has been a long find but Luke feels he has finally found a clue.Of course, there is intrigue, lies and kidnapping, with a few twists thrown in, to create matters more intense. There is also happiness, kindness and love from the families, which contains his partners. They are amazing people. I so enjoyed reading this third installment of the @#$%!&?s of London, so far all the books have been great. The author is truly marvelous, her writing style is smooth, concise and flows well. She leaves no unanswered questions and she is generous with her descriptions. Her characters are very life like and full of the joy of living. This tale has been a thoroughly satisfying story. I highly recommend this book and feel it was time well spent.I was given this book for free and have voluntarily reviewed it.

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    Wolf's Bane (Dire Wolves of London Book 3) []  2020-2-6 23:11

    I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader copy of this book. Phair was brought in by Roth to search out if he could be returned to his supposed strength as a Beorn which was a legend in a lot of people's minds. But Phair had taken to his fresh self well and was bigger and stronger than before. He was summoned by Roth and Laird but he had no clue why and when he got there Cad was there too, he had no respect for the man who dallied with women and used them and didn't seem to respect them in Phair's eyes. However, what they were asked to do shocked them both. The man, Barton, whom they had run out of city was back in full swing with his very own Gentleman's club and Roth told Phair and Cad they were to be guests and test to search out what exactly was going on over there. They showed up but small did they know the person they were interested in talking to didn't wish to talk, wouldn't talk about Barton and only wanted to lure them in with , what were they going to do, she was the one they wanted most to see and talk to, would she repeatedly send them away and what about her sister, Bry, would she suffer anymore at the hands of Barton. Oh what a tangled web we weave when we practice to deceive and who is doing the deceiving, read to search out.

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    Wolf's Bane (Dire Wolves of London Book 3) []  2020-2-6 23:11

    Just love Carina Wilder and the method she write her books. This was the third book in this series and it was a really amazing read. I have loved this series and I highly recommend the books. There is plenty of passion and plenty of hotness and a really amazing storyline too.

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    The Shadow Cabinet (The Shades of London Book 3) []  2020-1-29 4:1

    I adore Maureen Johnson, I do. And I loved the first book in this series. Sure the plot is goofy, but it's fun. I like the characters, they're relate-able. Maybe it's just me, but typically if I read a book where a hero has an accent (takes put in London = London accent) I usually hear their voice and accent in my head as I read. The main hero in this one is from Fresh Orleans, and I just didn't hear it. Same with the English characters (except Boo). I guess I just didn't sense any subtle info that give me the feeling of authenticity. (Johnson is an American- a Fresh Yorker, writing in other accents.) They all felt very general/vague to me, like the setting/scene didn't matter. That being said, maybe I'm just crazy-town-banana-pants and normal people won't care about the voices in their largest issue is that I feel like the series has gone downhill. I thought they'd end the series with this one, but apparently it's still going, and I just feel like it really jumped the shark. The second book was alright, but the first one was by far the best. I would give it 4.5 or 5 stars. This one is only OK.

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    The Shadow Cabinet (The Shades of London Book 3) []  2020-1-29 4:1

    What a amazing read, especially when traveling. I was so disappointed when I finished the book. Entertaining and kept me busy.

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    A Dangerous Engagement: The Regency Spies of London, Book 3 []  2020-1-30 20:9

    **This is a Books for Christian Girls content review for girls ages 9-19. The Spiritual, Negative, & Content from this book are honestly listed below. Hold in mind, when reading a BFCG review, ignore the things that don't bother you, but take message of the things that do.**About this book:“Just as merchant’s daughter Felicity Mayson is spurned once again because of her meager dowry, she receives an unexpected invitation to Lady Blackstone’s country home. Being introduced to the wealthy Oliver Ratley is an admitted delight, as is his rather heedless yet inviting proposal of marriage. Only when another of Lady Blackstone’s handsome guests catches Felicity’s attention does she realize that nothing is what it seems at Doverton ernment agent Philip McDowell is infiltrating a group of cutthroat revolutionaries led by none other than Lady Blackstone and Ratley. Their devious plot is to overthrow the monarchy, and their unwitting pawn is Felicity. Now Philip needs Felicity’s support in discovering the rebels’ secrets—by asking her to maintain cover as Ratley’s innocent ilip is duty bound. Felicity is game. Together they’re risking their lives—and gambling their hearts—to undo a traitorous conspiracy before their risky masquerade is exposed.”Series: Book #3 in “The Regency Spies of London” series. Review of #1 Here! and #2 Here!Spiritual Content- Scriptures are quoted & mentioned; A lot of Prayers & Thanking God; Church going; Talks about God; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Mentions of God; Mentions of thanking & praising God; Mentions of prayers & praying; Mentions of those & happenings in the Bible; Mentions of Christians, their duties, & faiths; Mentions of missionaries & the possibilities of becoming one; Mentions of churches, church going, clergymen/rectors, & sermons; Mentions of a book of prayers; A few mentions of Providence; A couple mentions of Bibles; A couple mentions of blessings & being blessed; A couple mentions of angels; A couple mentions of saints; A mention of Heaven; A mention of biblical beliefs; A mention of a miracle; A mention of monks;*Note: A few mentions of pagan rituals & an altar; A mention of damning gative Content- Minor cussing including: a form of ‘idiot’, and two forms of ‘stupid’; A bit of sarcasm; Some eye rolling; Finding a murdered body & blood/bleeding (up to semi-detailed); Fighting, being hit/punch/slapped, pain, injuries, blood/bleeding, held at gunpoint, tied-up, & searched (up to semi-detailed); Being poisoned (barely-above-not-detailed); Passing out; All about mentions of wars, spies, traitors, rebellions/revolutions, treason, arrests, unlawful activities, violence, arguments, bloodshed, fighting, injuries, & deaths; A lot of mention of the chance of being murdered/killed, stabbed, or poisoned (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of a murdered body, coming upon it, blood/bleeding, how it happened, the murderer, & screams (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of fighting, being held at gunpoint, someone being hit, being poisoned, pain, injuries, & blood/bleeding (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of killing; Mentions of hangings, beheadings, & the possibility; Mentions of planned assassinations & murders; Mentions of thieves & stealing; Mentions of hunting & hunts; Mentions of alcohol, drinking, & drunks; Mentions of lies, lying, liars, & deceit; Mentions of gossip & rumors; A few mentions of a wife killing her husband (up to semi-detailed); A few mentions of card games, gambling, & debts; A couple mentions of a pregnant woman who was beaten & starved by her husband (she lost the baby as a result); A couple mentions of a work accident & death (barely-above-not-detailed); A couple mentions of prejudice & insensitive comments; A couple mentions of wanting to punch someone’s nose & it bleeding; A couple mentions of ual Content- four hand kisses, seven cheek kisses, three forehead kisses, two almost kisses, five not-detailed kisses, eight barely-above-not-detailed kisses, and three semi-detailed kisses; Wanting to kiss someone (barely-above-not-detailed); Touches, Embraces, Dancing, Nearness, & Warmth/Heat (up to semi-detailed); Blushes; Noticing, Staring, & Smelling; A lot of mentions of kisses, almost kissing/kisses, kissing, & seeing couples kissing; Mentions of Philip’s brother who got a maidservant pregnant; Mentions of a wedding night, the marriage bed, & a physical relationship (no details); Mentions of touches, wanting to touch, & seeing couples touching; Mentions of men taking advantage of/liberties with women; Mentions of noticing & staring at lips; Mentions of reputations, impropriety, & scandals; Mentions of flirting & flirts; A few mentions of loose morals; A few mentions of blushes; Love, falling in love & the emotions.-Felicity Mayson-Philip McDowellP.O.V. switches between themSet in 1815297 pages~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*Pre Teens- One StarNew Teens- Two StarsEarly High School Teens- Three StarsOlder High School Teens- Four StarsMy private Rating- Four StarsOoooh, Felicity is a spy as well in this novel like Julia was in the first book of this series! While I didn’t have fun this one as much as the second book, I did still really have fun it! I was for sure hooked into the plot about two pages in because Felicity had already won me over completely due to that fact she’s learn Chinese and is thinking about the idea of becoming a missionary in China. Love her! I also thought it was interesting that she’s number 12 of 13 kids in her family. The whole plot had adrenaline running throughout it, which kept me fully involved in the story. It was a bit kissy-er than other books by this author, but that was because of the risky engagement. ;)I’m so sad that this series is over now, but it was such a pleasant and enjoyable series by Melanie erson!*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.*I received this book for free from the Author for this honest review.

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    Lady Reckless (Notorious Ladies of London Book 3) []  2020-11-14 18:29

    I've enjoyed other books by the author so I purchased this. I want I could say I enjoyed it as much as her others. It took four tries to obtain halfway through it . I didn't search the characters interesting nor likeable enough to keep my attention.

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