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Genre: Fiction / Author: E L James / Paperback / 592 Pages / Book is published 2012-04-26 by Arrow

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      07.04.2013 23:09
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      great book most readable of the three

      This book is by E L James and is a bestseller, it can be brought from Amazon for £3.85 as at 10/04/13. This is the final installment of the trilogy and was released 26/04/2012.

      The plot follows the continuing relationship between Grey a controlling, damaged and yet highly successful business man and Anastasia a young editor. Grey must try to overcome his past, leaving his unusual lifestyle behind him in order to have the relationship and future he craves with Anastasia. She in turn needs to adjust to a life with money, to not giving into to Grey's controlling ways and maintaning her own life- her hopes and dreams.

      You do end up willing them to find a way to make it work. I found it to be the most readable of the three books, however like the other books, it is not very well written it is guilty of both too much and too little detail at times. I would have liked greater detail in how the ending came about- it feels like a chunk of the book is missing- equally I dont think that the level of sexual detail was necessary particularly in this book, and at times this made the plot very slow going and sometimes you end up tempted to skip the sex scenes as it becomes very repetitive.

      I think that how controlling and damaged Grey is was hammered home in the first two books and it would have been nice to focus more on his transformation.

      In my opinion this is the best of the three books, however at times it does feel like the plot has gone out the window and you get lost in unnessary detail and frustated by the lack of detail in terms of the ending.

      Its not a book which I feel could be read as a standalone - you would have to have the knowledge and background provided by the first two books, however unless you are a die hard fan after the first books its not something you would carry on and read.

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        25.01.2013 14:08

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        an amazing ending to an amazing trilogy,

        After being hooked on 50 shades of grey and then 50 shades darker, i couldnt wait to get my hands on 50 shades freed, and it did not disappoint.

        I loved the way the book wrapped up the trilogy and left no stone unturned when it came to explaining everything. All secrets came out in the open and finally we realised the whole truth of what was behind Christian Greys ways.

        A gripping book even better than the first two, love, lust, passion, drama, intensity, this book had it all. I loved how all the characters had their own stories that came to life and we became more involved with their dramas as well as the drama between the two main characters.

        The ending was perfect, as We finally saw the results that we were hoping for. I had a smile on my face when i had finished the book but at the same time i was quite sad that i had finished reading them all. I couldn't read another book for at least a few days because i was still caught up in the world of 50 shades.

        Overall, one of the best books i have ever read, full of drama and suspense but also full of laughs and joy.

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        21.01.2013 15:40
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        Please write another book soon I just can't wait this long sob's

        HI yes it's me again back with the final book and it is a corker!

        I am a little sad to find that in this book they have already married, leaving out a huge chunk of promissing story line but you can't have everything and I do love weddings.

        But that aside, they get married only to find that all is not so cosy in the Grey empire and Ana threatens again to leave Christian this time for good. Ho hum been there done that.

        Then there are threats and dangerous blowings up of helicopters Is Christian aboard is he hurt is he killed.
        Do we care, yes we do! I for one wanted to know the answers and got quite shirty with his security staff more than once after all were they not there to protect him and Ana.

        The finding of the Assasin's

        Who else other than OH NO did I really try and spoil this sorry, I guess if you haven't already read this review less is definitely more in which case read the bloody book. This book is infinitely very readable. Security overload included. Once they got their act together and several of the staff got fired.

        Twist in tale, when even the security staff and the help get in on the action, slight love intrigue. But would have liked more on their side of things maybe could happen in next book, hey! Mrs James. Staff's point of view and all that what do you say.

        Liked the bit about the new home and thought this could have been worked into a bit more as Grey seemed to know the agent quite well. (jealosy angles and all that perhaps). Loved the children and really wanted the whole thing to go on a bit longer, at one point thought this would lead somewhere else especially with you know who (OH that's right you don't do you) on the prowl, perhaps evolving into a possibly abduction.

        Yet all in all thoroughly loved this book, just as much as the other two, not so much sexual content as the first two but we already had that and got the picture and could read between the lines.
        Does Mr Grey loose his darker side to enjoy a bit of vanilla, and finally get the family that he has been perhaps craving for all his life despite being adopted into a caring home.

        How do his family react to news of the forthcoming wedding? what were their reactions to his dissapearance? there are a lot of interesting bits in this book and only you can find them all out, without little old me spoiling it for you, so If I have still gone too far within the structure of this review I do apologise and have tried to rectify some of the said blunders before too many of you get too dissapointed. It is a great read a little spicier than some books I have read but worth it.

        Very much want a follow up book so don't leave us waiting too long please.

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          25.11.2012 03:14
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          Average book but definite read!

          Like the first two books, I loved the third instalment, but I would say this is the worst one of the lot. Whilst James' writing has improved greatly since the first book, I just feel that this book was rushed.

          Whilst there's nothing wrong with the storyline itself, I think crucial parts of the book, such as the marriage and birth were glanced over and would have made for better reading if they had been more detailed. I personally think this was quite a lazy way of going about the book- James could have written about the run up to the wedding and Ana's apprehension, as well as the couple's journey through the unexpected pregnancy and how they came to deal with it.

          I think this book could have had so much more potential and whilst I enjoyed the flashbacks, they don't have enough detail for my liking. Nonetheless, it is still a good read.

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            03.11.2012 12:17

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            Has to be read as part of the trilogy but I would have ended it a little differently

            Whilst I enjoyed this book almost as much as the other 2, I was a little disappointed that the end result was a little wishy washy.

            I am glad that everything turned out wonderfully for Ana and Christian - I love a happy ending - I was a bit surprised that Christian became as soft as he did. There is still a little darkness in him but this seems to be prompted more by Ana who came to enjoy some of his twisted games and was more reluctant to let go of them than Christian was.

            The part of the book when we thought Christian had been lost was quite gripping but a little predictable in its conclusion. Although it was nice to see Christian finally start to see that people could actually love and worry about him.

            I don't think you can read the first 2 without reading this one as well and am glad I did but was left with a feeling that it could have been written a little better and been given a more believable ending more fitting with the rest of the story. I would still recommend all 3 books but have had to rate this one slightly lower as I do not feel it lived up to my expectations.

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            30.10.2012 17:44
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            Still awesome

            I loved the ending of this book, the way E L James starts the story again but in Cristians eyes, amazing.

            I felt sad reading this book because it was the last one and I knew once I had finished reading it, all three books were then over, still saying that, I did throughly enjoy it. The whole Jack situation added yet more drama to the already dramatic lives of the pair.

            The same Icarus references that annaoyed me in the first book are still there gnawing away but you do forgive that due to the gripping drama. I dont know why we missed out on the wedding, although you do get flashbacks, I guess thats all we have to hold onto.

            I did find Ana slightly annoying in this book due to her constant questions and did find myself talking to the book, telling her to leave the poor man be. So many rows, that cant be good for a couple can it? The make up sex is no doubt worth it though.

            Good but a bit wartered down.

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              10.09.2012 20:09

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              Great book and enjoyable to read.

              I have just finished reading the third book of the fifty shades trilogy and I am kind of wished I hadn't read them all so quick because they are such a good read.

              This book is the story of Ana and Christians married life and it is still as exciting as it was before. This time her ex boss Jack is trying to seek revenge after he was fired from SIP. Ana step dad nearly losses his life, she puts her own life at risk to save Mia's life and she finds out that she has created a new life of her own. There is plenty of action both inside and outside of the bedroom/playroom.

              You also find out even more about christian and his childhood as he opens up to Ana and starts to reveal why he is how he is.

              I did find that it did drag at points but it made up for it in the action scenes. I loved the ending where you got a look into their future together in their new home with their family and I really like how it starts all over again but this time through the eyes of christian.

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              21.08.2012 21:18

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              Excellent.

              I very much enjoyed Fifty Shades Freed - the last book of the Fifty Shades Trilogy. Between this one and the first book, I can't decide which one was the best. The story follows the life of Christian and Ana and the obstacles they face throughout their relationship and seeing them grow together as a couple and as individuals, particularly Christian, a successful entrepreneur, with a troubled past, at times potentially affecting his future with Ana. There is definitely more of a story line in this final book, with many different exciting things happening, which kept me engaged throughout the whole of the story. Moreover, all of the questions and doubts that you may have had as a reader after reading Fifty Shades of Grey and Fifty Shades Darker are finally answered in this final book.

              I mentioned in my review about the first book of the trilogy, that there are too many references to Ana's 'Inner Goddess' and her 'Subconscious' again this for me is still a disadvantage of the final book, however it is mentioned less frequently.

              I would definitely recommend the final book of the trilogy, even if you cannot get into the first book, I believe this book has something for everyone.

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              03.08.2012 01:57
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              Overall a good book, I just wished the story line kicked in a bit sooner

              This is the third and final book in the hugely popular Fifty Shades trilogy written by E L James following Fifty Shades of Grey and Fifty Shades Darker.
              The book is available in Tesco for £3.87.

              I'm going to shorten the first 350 pages:
              The book starts with Mr Christian Grey and his wife (yes WIFE) Anastasia on their honeymoon. Already I find myself shouting at the book (a regular occurence throughout the three books) because we missed the wedding. I quickly calmed down as the book then went back and forwards between his proposal, the wedding and the honeymoon as Ana remembered these days.
              Whilst on honeymoon they do what they are best at, that is arguing and having sex. When they return from the honeymoon they find out they have a stalker. Ana recognises him as her ex boss and it seems he may know something he shouldn't about the couple and this is where any kind of a storyline begins. Security is stepped up, the couple are worried for each others safety but unfortunately the story is just weak, concentrating more on their sex life than any story. Eventually the culprit is caught and the story drones on.

              They have a weekend away, more sex, a nightclub fight, more sex, an engagement, more sex, a visit to Ana from two of Mr. Grey's previous lovers/subs/doormats, more arguing, more sex, a car accident, Ana's birthday, more sex.
              That's it. Perhaps she could have easily shortened the book as I felt I had the same bored, I've read this all before feeling up until the last 200 pages. Then the book gets good, really good. A lot of the questions you have about the mysterious Mr. Grey are answered, we find out what happened throughout his life, a bit more about that awful Mrs. Robinson and quite a bit of action (not the sexual kind).
              The book then goes on to answer the questions we all want the answers to. Will she stay with him? Will he give up his old sexual habits? Will they live happily ever after? Well I'm hardly going to tell you am I?! Read it and find out! Start halfway through if you must.

              My main problem with this book, and the previous two books is that I think every single one of them is too long. If they weren't as repetitive they wouldn't get as boring in parts. To me I think it seems like a money making plan to make you buy all three of them when they could probably have had one long book, perhaps two. I think there needed to be much more detail in the rest of the story and less on lip biting, eye rolling and blushing which she must repeat 50 times (per book)!
              In fairness, the book does draw you in and you really feel like you know the characters but her writing style is laughable in places.
              A couple of examples? If you insist.........

              Descriptive writing for 12 year olds:
              - The elevator whisks me at terminal velocity to the twentieth floor. The doors slide open, and I'm in another large lobby- again, all glass, steel, and white sandstone. I'm confronted by another desk of sandstone and another young blonde woman, this time dressed impeccably in black and white, who rises to greet me
              - His voice is warm and husky like dark melted chocolate fudge caramel... or something

              - im like a starving man at a banquet when it comes to your touch
              Other parts that made me giggle were when she seemed to wake up with him "wrapped around her like ivy" every morning (I thought ivy was poisonous, or is it certain types of ivy). Also when he says how she's so "wanton" (I thought he was describing her as a crispy Chinese snack, I have now educated myself, apparently he's saying shes sexually unrestrained).

              The book was far more entertaining than a Mills & Boon (I've read plenty of that trash), but not the best thing I've ever read. I as bad as it was in parts, I still find myself wanting to read more. Perhaps I will some day as she finishes this third book with "That's all......for now".
              As with the first two books, due to the sexual and romantic nature of the book I think there is a limited audience.
              I had to laugh when a woman I know told me she is going to make her partner read the books to "understand what women want" a bit more.
              I have requested video evidence of her unwrapping her christmas presents at her seventy-something mother's house when he presents her with a large selection of whips, handcuffs, blindfolds and butt plugs. That is, of course, if he hasn't left her before then to find her own mentally unstable twenty-something billionaire business man with a pilots license, a yacht and a mansion.

              Needless to say, my partner will not be reading this book! Unfortunately, my mother has already read the three of them and I will never look at her in the same way again! ;-)

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                19.07.2012 23:18
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                I Can Bet On A Baby Boom In 9Months After Women EveryWhere Have Read This Trilogy ;)

                After racing my way through the first two books (fifty shades of grey and fifty shades darker) I was straight onto the third book Fifty Shades Freed which is the last of the extremley popular trilogy.

                The story picks up very quickly and tends to flit to and from present and past refering to events that happened between the second and the third book, in the first few chapters which is a bit off putting. This book seems to be a faster pace that the first two novels, the first two books took there time with the story to ensure full understanding of all characters. However I think the writer realised that the story needed to move on drastically in order to keep the readers interested, so the book does jump from different scenarios quite quickly.

                However the happy couple are as interesting, lovable and frustrating as ever. The dominant edge of the first two books has subsided a lot in this novel, there is a lot more love between the couple and they are moving on with there lives together. Christian has improved a lot in this book and seems to be overcoming a lot of his issues which is down to his love for Ana, although he is as protective as ever!!

                The lives and relationships between the other characters are blossoming in this book and you get to read a lot more about there lives too, as they all see to end up connected to Ana and Christians relationship. The first half of the book is pleasant and to be honest not really that eventful, however once you get to the middle the drama reappears. I do not want to give too much away as I dont want to spoil the plot line.

                However it does have some very exciting twists and turns towards the end which will draw you in and make the book as hard to put down as the previous two. After the ending there is a very interesting and lovely epilogue which puts you in the mindset of Christian and puts a lot of things into place and allows you to understand him a lot more, so please make sure you read the epilogue!

                Obviously I would recommend this book to anybody who has read the first two!

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                20.06.2012 08:51
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                My least favourite of the trilogy but I still loved it!

                Fifty shades freed is the third book in the fifty shades trilogy written by E L James which seems to have taken hold of so many people recently! Everywhere I look people are talking about it though when I started to read it I hadn't heard a thing about it and so I think word of mouth is really working at making this series very popular indeed. The trilogy follows the story of messed up billionaire business man Christian Grey and his relationship with Ana Steele which begins rather unconventionally as he wants her to become his submissive sexual partner but which develops in to a true love story. Obviously given that this is a third book review I must advise that you do not read unless you want to hear a few things about what happens in the book!

                Fifty shades freed begins quite quickly with Christian and Ana on honeymoon and so whilst we knew that in fifty shades darker that Christian had proposed to Ana we totally miss out on the actual wedding. I would have liked to have read about the wedding to be honest to see how Christian coped with all the attention being on him and Ana but we just get small snippets written as a memory or day dream of Ana's as she relaxes on her honeymoon and so whilst we are given a picture of the wedding it would have been nice to have had a little more I think.

                I loved reading about the honeymoon I have to say as it was quite typically two people who are very much in love and are all about each other. I have to say whilst reading I did draw links to the Twilight book breaking dawn where Edward and Bella are married and then go on an idyllic honeymoon but this being fifty shades it is of course a whole lot more steamy than Twilight! The sex in this book is again, much like in fifty shades darker, predominantly "vanilla" as Christian calls it in that it is straight making love, there is no domination or submission involved but there are a few episodes in which Ana does want to go to the playroom and as ever the sex is described down to every little detail and so if you are likely to be offended don't read, although I am sure you would have already discovered that by now as all of the books are the same! One thing I will say is that the description used by the author is excellent and so you can actually imagine yourself as Ana but it is quite repetitive through all of the three books and so in a way sometimes you can predict what is going to be coming next.

                Through fifty shades freed we begin to see signs of Christian allowing himself to believe that he is loved by Ana, that he is worthy of her love and on the same hand we begin to see Ana accept that this beautiful, successful man wants her too and as the reader it is lovely to read this because you are rooting for them all the way through the trilogy. Having conversations with some friends I have found that some people cannot warm to Christian at all and see Ana as a vulnerable person who has been quite harsh to Ana at points but personally I see his character as completely loveable and just as vulnerable, if not more so, as Ana and his only way of coping is to control but through his love for Ana he begins to let go just a little and just love her. We do learn a whole lot more about why Christian is as he is in this book as he really opens up towards the end and we are also given a section which reverts back to Christian as a child and it is quite heart breaking to read, even though it is just fiction, as you can see how it would affect someone so young for the rest of their lives. Ana's character also develops in this story as she has to come to terms with the fact that she now is a wealthy woman when she doesn't really want all of that because she married Christian for love not for money. She becomes a very strong women who is more than capable of standing up to Christian when she thinks he is in the wrong as well which is really refreshing to see as she was somewhat scared of his reaction to things in books one and even a little in book two.

                E L James mixes things up in this book and continues with a theme from fifty shades darker in which Jack Hyde, Ana's old boss, is determined to hurt Christian and Ana in any which way that he can. The way in which she used language to describe everything going on around this point and in particular when Ana needed to take on Jack was brilliant I thought and I was really hooked and reading holding my breath as I was genuinely worried for the character. Whilst I am aware that the author has been criticised by some people for repetitive language and generally having a poorly written book I have to disagree because whilst it isn't Shakespeare it had me completely hooked from start to finish and for me that is obviously a sign of a good book because she had me caring about Christian and believing I could be Ana.

                In this book Ana and Christian really do have to face what are probably both of their worst fear so early on in their marriage and without giving too much away I think the author does a great job of making the events that occur believable and realistic. At times I did worry for their marriage and in particular worry for Christian but this is a love story ultimately and so I was happy to see a happy ending.

                The familiar emails are present in this book as they were in the previous two and again I know that some people have found these to be lazy writing and unnecessary but for me I really enjoyed reading them as they were often light hearted and would show a more relaxed, completely smitten Christian. I have said to a few friends I would quite happily receive loved up emails such as those from someone I loved! It is sweet how through the book Christian and Ana refer to each other as Mr or Mrs Grey a lot as I think it just shows two young people who are blissfully in love and proud to be married. I do think this has some links to Twilight again as Edward was old fashioned and adamant that marriage should occur but I think in fifty shades it seems even more of a big deal for Christian.

                More than with any of the other books I did feel as though fifty shades freed was slightly rushed in some places and so as I mentioned I was disappointed we didn't get to hear much about the wedding and this seems to be the case with various things in this book that you just don't get to hear quite enough about them which is a shame. There are 579 pages in the book and yet as I was reading I certainly felt there was scope to have written a fourth book from Ana's point of view but as I finished the book I was also acutely aware that there is scope for E L James to write everything from Christian's point of view, or even books about Christian's life before Ana and I hope this is something that she will consider because I don't feel finished with Mr Grey yet and I am sure many other people feel the same as I do!

                You can buy the book from amazon for just short of four pounds which does include free super saver delivery and I would fully recommend the book as long as you have read fifty shades of Grey and fifty shades darker. I am planning on re reading my books even though I have only just finished because I need more Christian Grey in my life and so I think that is a sign of just how much I loved these books! If you are looking for a read which will completely draw you in, make you want to be Ana and fall in love with the messed up but beautiful Christian then go for this series!

                Thank you for reading my review!

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                  18.06.2012 20:36
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                  An only-ok conclusion to an otherwise stand-out series

                  When the first book in a trilogy is outstandingly awesome, and the second is pretty darn excellent, to read the final instalment is a no-brainer really. And, I suspect that is why this book is selling so well, because while it's a mildly interesting reading, in my mind it didn't come close to the first two offerings in terms of intriguing characters, a suspense filled plot or general kinky-fuckery.

                  Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey are now married. The man who fretted she would leave him, combusted internally at the sight of other men in her midst and generally liked to treat her as a possession, constantly calling her 'my Ana', can rest easy for she is now well and truly his. She is not the naïve girl she once was, and nor is she his submissive: she is his wife, his partner, his more or less equal. In her new role as Mrs Christian Grey Ana has a lot to contend with both at home and at work, and she's barely back from the honeymoon before there's trouble brewing. Trouble that even a round in the playroom won't sort out.

                  Having thrashed my way through the previous books I thought I knew what I was getting myself in for with this one, and so was quite surprised with what appeared. The style in this is quite different especially at the start. I found the jumping around quite irritating and amateurish in places, and it took me much longer to get into this book than the earlier titles. It would have been simpler just to tell the story as it happened, skipping out weeks in between if needed, rather than to do what it did and go back and forth all over the place with dubious links in between about lying on sun loungers and letting one's mind drift back to...

                  The sex scenes also seemed much wordier than before, and more heavy than they were hot, though it may just have been that after the first 1000 pages in the ongoing saga, I already knew what to expect so didn't need the warm up. It's something I said in my review of Fifty Shades Darker but it stands here too: these books are reading like an extension of the original story, not stories in their own right. Unfortunately, there's a reason books these days don't tend to go on for 1500+ pages and that's because the reader loses interest no matter how hard you try. And splitting an adventure down into 3 tomes doesn't really cut it.

                  While some of the trademark Grey standard remained in this one - Ana comes back from the honeymoon with the throbbing wrists of someone who has been bound up and left like that - there wasn't as much as previously and the space left by this was filled up with a story that was like the Curate's egg...good in parts. I don't know how I expected marriage to change the couple but I expected it would have some impact, good or bad, on the way they worked in the bedroom and in the boardroom. And yet, it seemed as if nothing had changed.

                  I enjoyed the family dynamics, the revelations about Christian's past and their trips out of town but I thought more time and effort could have been devoted to the developing threat against the couple. Some of the twists were a bit dubious. The link between the assailant and the Greys seemed contrived and needn't have been (surely wanting to bring down the richest man on the west coast simply because he was the richest man on the west coast would have been enough?) And, I thought it was rather disappointing to know exactly whodunit thanks to some throwaway remarks at the end of book 2. It almost felt like the characters were playing catch up while the reader was sitting there willing them to put 2 and 2 together to get 4, because it was no harder than that.

                  I didn't dislike the book - I would even say I found it enjoyable - but compared to the first two I found myself a little disappointed too, almost as if the premise had gone on a bit long. People will read it because they know the characters and want another instalment and that is fine, but it's recommended only for this group, and not for anyone who thinks the best way to start a trilogy is with the final part because without the set up from books 1 and 2 you'll be a little lost at what's going on, and more importantly you might not really care.

                  The series will stay with me forever, but this final book on its own is far from memorable. The massive redeeming factor was the final few pages where we switched from Ana's head to Christian's, which I adored, and in spite of what I've said, if another book comes out told from Christian's point of view, I would simply have to have it.

                  This review first appeared on www.thebookbag.co.uk

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