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Eight Hundred Grapes: A Novel
Eight Hundred Grapes: A Novel
by Laura Dave
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $15.71
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better Than Average Romance Novel, August 1, 2015
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EIGHT HUNDRED GRAPES is an above average romance novel. It's a quick, easy feel good book that is compelling enough to keep readers involved until the end. The basic premise is heroine LA attorney Georgia is about to be married to her long time beau and while being fitted for her wedding dress sees him pass by with a beautiful woman and a four year old girl who comes him "Dad". Shocked and still wearing her wedding dress Georgia flees to the wine country of Northern California where she was raised and her parents and her two brothers still live and finds out some shocking family secrets as well as learning what she really wants from life during her stay. This is not great literature but a quick fun way to pass a few pleasant hours. And you can learn something about the California wine country and vineyards along the way. I am not surprised J. Courtney Sullivan recommended EIGHT HUNDRED GRAPES as it is similar in style to her latest novel THE ENGAGEMENTS.


The Book of Evidence, The Sea (Everyman's Library (Cloth))
The Book of Evidence, The Sea (Everyman's Library (Cloth))
by John Banville
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $14.90
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5.0 out of 5 stars Two Excellent Short Novels In One Well Produced Volume, August 1, 2015
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Everyman's Library publishes excellent literature and these two short novels by Irish author John Banville are very worthy additions. The physical book is of high quality and should hold up through many readings and looks well on the book shelf. There is even a little ribbon bookmark included which is a lovely touch. The two novels are both brilliantly written and though short in length are not quick reads but thoughtful, intelligent ones that the reader will want to linger over to enjoy the language and appreciate the clever way Banville expertly reveals characters and plot.

In the BOOK OF EVIDENCE we have a narrator, Freddie, who has committed a horrible crime and in his retelling of the events that led up to and followed it we learn a lot about him as well as other characters in his life. I was surprised to learn that the plot was inspired by an actual Dublin crime. THE SEA is also narrated in first person by an older man, Max, who has lost his wife recently and returns to a hotel where he spent a very memorable summer as a child years ago and encountered unexpected tragedy. The novels are set mainly in Ireland and art plays a part in each as in the BOOK OF EVIDENCE Freddie's crime starts with the theft of a painting and in THE SEA the narrator is an art historian. Both books are excellent, rich in universal themes and illustrate why John Banville has won the Man Booker prize and many other accolades in his long career.


Remington D3190A Damage Control Ceramic Hair Dryer, Purple
Remington D3190A Damage Control Ceramic Hair Dryer, Purple
Price: $19.96
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Hair Dryer For The Price, July 30, 2015
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Wow this is a great hair dryer at a very attractive price. It will dry your hair quickly and has features that will help control damage from blow drying often. There are three heat settings and two speeds available. I was a bit skeptical about this hair dryer when I saw how low the price is but it works very well and I highly recommend it.


Haier Chromebook 11 (11.6-Inch, 16 GB Storage)
Haier Chromebook 11 (11.6-Inch, 16 GB Storage)

5.0 out of 5 stars Good Chromebook, Great Price, July 30, 2015
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This is a very good chromebook at a great price. It is easy to set up and use and performs remarkably well. I use it with my home Wi-Fi and connections have been fast and clear. I don't think it is the only internet accessible device I would want to own but as a very portable device and an additional resource for family members to go online it works amazingly well especially considering the price. I have only been using this for about a week but so far I highly recommend it and will report at this review if I have any problems.


Suave Professionals Spray, Sea Mineral Infusion Texturizing Sea Salt 6.8 oz
Suave Professionals Spray, Sea Mineral Infusion Texturizing Sea Salt 6.8 oz
Price: $4.48
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4.0 out of 5 stars Decent Spray To Give Hair That "Beachy" Look, July 27, 2015
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This is another affordable hair product from Suave that works almost as well as more expensive brands. This spray is designed to give hair waves and textures or a natural "beachy" look. As an added benefit it also seems to fight frizzy hair. There is a scent which I personally find very pleasant and reminiscent of happy days at the beach. Sea minerals seem to be in fashion right now and this particular spray is infused with them. Like all suave products this is very affordable if not perhaps as luxurious as more expensive brands.


The Gates of Evangeline
The Gates of Evangeline
by Hester Young
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $12.85

4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Satisfying Suspense Set Mostly In Louisiana, July 26, 2015
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Well written, solidly plotted and with sympathetic characters THE GATES OF EVANGELINE is a satisfying new suspense novel with elements from the Southern Gothic tradition. Recently bereaved single mother Charlotte "Charlie" is a Manhattan based writer living in Connecticut. She has the opportunity to travel to Louisiana to write about an unsolved kidnapping of a toddler that occurred some thirty years before at a wealthy, prominent family's historic home "Evangeline". Charlie is invited to stay at a cottage on the victim's family's impressive property and there she meets the dying matriarch of the family, the oldest son who has many secrets, the handsome estate manager, manipulative twin sisters, some servants and a landscaper from Texas with ties to the family who becomes her love interest though she is not sure she can trust him. To add to the suspense ever since the sudden death of Charlie's only son she has been having mysterious dreams where she is shown accidents involving children before they happen. Can the new dreams she is having in Louisiana be leading her to solve the mystery of the kidnapping several decades ago?

THE GATES OF EVANGELINE kept me turning the pages and Charlie's new found psychic ability adds an interesting element. There are some twists which are fairly predictable but some I also did not see coming. This is an above average novel for those who enjoy the genre of psychological suspense especially with a Southern flavor and a romance for the heroine.


Zone Perfect Perfectly Simple Nutrition Bar, Bing Cherry Almond, 1.41 oz, 30 Count
Zone Perfect Perfectly Simple Nutrition Bar, Bing Cherry Almond, 1.41 oz, 30 Count
Price: $35.58

4.0 out of 5 stars Good Tasting Cherry Almond Meal Replacement Bars, July 26, 2015
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OK I admit I like chocolate in my meal replacement bars and probably wouldn't have ordered these if I had known these were just cherry almond flavored. That said these are tasty little bars that are very filling especially when you consider they have under 200 calories. At the current unit price of $1.19 per bar these are fairly economically priced as compared to other nutrition bars. Protein seems to be the big trend in dieting now and each of these bars will give you 10 grams of that nutrient.


Mrs. Sinclair's Suitcase
Mrs. Sinclair's Suitcase
by Louise Walters
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $13.34
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3.0 out of 5 stars Romance Novel Set In Present Day England And The 1940's, July 22, 2015
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MRS. SINCLAIR'S SUITCASE is one of those two stranded historical romances where a woman living in the present day with some romantic challenges herself finds out through old letters about another woman's love life from years before. In this book we have Roberta a woman in her early thirties who lives alone and works in a bookstore. She has a grandmother Dorothy who is well over one hundred years of age and Roberta has always believed her grandmother was married to a Polish pilot during World War II who died in the war.The truth about Dorothy's rather unlikely 1940's romance is unfolded in the story. In the 21st century storyline after some misunderstandings and mistakes our other heroine Roberta finally gets her own Prince Charming. I never really believed in either woman's story as both seemed forced and unrealistic.

MRS>SINCLAIR'S SUITCASE is an OK romance (not literature and fiction as Amazon has is categorized) told partly through letters and e mails for some reason. The plot goes back in time between the present day and the start of World War II and sometimes the plots intersect. Neither Dorothy or her granddaughter Roberta seem to have much to offer the perfect seeming men who fall madly in love with them which made the story tough for me to believe and recommend.


Natures Bounty Pumpkin Seed Oil 1000 mg Softgels, 100 Count
Natures Bounty Pumpkin Seed Oil 1000 mg Softgels, 100 Count
Price: $17.06

5.0 out of 5 stars Not Just For Prostate Health, July 19, 2015
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Pumpkin seed oil is well known as a remedy for prostate and other male urinary tract woes. It has also been shown to help women with menopausal issues, fight inflammation and promote healthy sleep patterns in people of any age. These 1000 mg capsules are an easy way to get the many benefits of pumpkin seed oil on a daily basis. Two capsules a day are the recommended dosage. Natures Bounty is a respected producer of high quality nutritional supplements I have come to rely on and trust.


Zenna Home 35644SS, NeverRust Aluminum Double Curved Tension Shower Curtain Rod, 50 to 72-Inch, Chrome
Zenna Home 35644SS, NeverRust Aluminum Double Curved Tension Shower Curtain Rod, 50 to 72-Inch, Chrome
Price: $68.86

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Looking Product With Some Good Features, July 18, 2015
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What really appealed to me about this shower curtain rod was that the curved design provides some extra elbow room and no drilling or special tools are required. While you get six extra inches of space at the top it is slightly less down below where the elbows reside. So it does give you more room but not a huge amount. The satin finish of the bar looks good and the "never rust" is a big plus.

As far as assembling the rod all the parts are very well labeled and the instructions were very good. It took about thirty minutes to assemble. The actual installation was difficult for one person and the instructions for actually installing it in to the shower stall were lacking. It was difficult to measure the shower stall to the exact quarter inch as instructed so when I tried to install it the length was off so I had to take it apart and adjust it by trial and error. Getting the two rods to hold was also awkward for just one person. The installation took from five - ten minutes.

The extra rod can be used as a towel/ clothes rack. The second rod can also be to separate the curtain and the liner lowering the chance of mildew and making for easier cleanup. Overall I am pleased with the nice appearance and appreciate the extra room in the shower as well as another place to hang towels.


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