The Royal Secret

The Royal SecretThe Royal Secret by John Bentley
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Way too much information being thrown at you in the first several chapters, much of it having nothing to do with the alleged story. By the time I was getting round to the 100th page I had had more than enough.

Don’t get me started on the ridiculous name for the lead character, who comes off a pathetic wooden mannequin who only really existed for her now beloved deceased mentor, and sadly never had any genuine aspirations of her own. Absolutely couldn’t stand her she was so flat. The 2 kids are equally 2 dimensional and frankly, by the eighth chapter and the 20th plus time being reminded that the dear wee souls parents had been killed in a car accident with their grandmother, I was of the opinion that it was a bloody shame that they hadn’t been in the same vehicle.

I appreciate the author put a lot of research into this novel, but how that research is ultimately presented is what makes a good book.

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Giesen Estate Marlborough Riesling 2012 | Giesen | Wine of New Zealand


Giesen Estate Marlborough Riesling 2012 | Giesen | Wine of New 


Tasting Notes

Purity of aroma typifies Giesen Estate Marlborough Riesling 2012 with notes of lemon and lime zest, jasmine, ginger and ‘petrichor’, which means the aroma of rain on dry earth. The palate has a succulent sweetness and intensity, reminiscent of lemon curd combined with the vibrant flavours of mandarin. Lovely and dry, the mineral acidity provides a structural backbone and length to the palate.

What I have to say about Geisen Estate Marlborough Riesling 2012:

Fruity, sweet but not annoyingly so. THIS is a fun wine and something that should be shared with a group of friends  as we watch the sunset from my porch on a summer evening in Toronto. I would definitely recommend this to anyone.

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Just today learned that failed to deliver my Christmas gift to my sister and brother in law down in California by December 11, 2012. Apparently there was some problem or another with my order.
Someone in accounting then decided to freeze my account without any type of notice whatsoever, and NOW according to Amazon Customer Services, I am not even allowed to speak directly to the people who made this decision in order to try and clear the matter up, as they ONLY communicate to the customer through emails (Gee, I wonder why?). 
The Customer Services Manager I spoke to advised me that had she been the customer she would have considered this behaviour unacceptable as well.
So thank you for screwing up my Christmas

Hearty Potato and Sausage Chowder | Yummly

Hearty Potato and Sausage Chowder | Yummly.


Servings:Units: US | Metric
1/4 cup butter or 1/4 cup margarine
1 1/2 cups thinly sliced onions
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 cups cubed 3/4 inch potatoes
4 cups milk
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese or 2 cups American cheese
8 ounces cooked Polish sausage, cut into 1/4 inch slices

In 3-quart saucepan melt butter.
Stir in onion; cook over medium heat until tender, 4 to 5 minutes.
Stir in flour until smooth and bubbly, about 1 minute.
Stir in potatoes, milk, salt and pepper. Cover; continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are fork tender, about 25 to 30 minutes.
Stir in cheese and sausage. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until cheese is melted and sausage is heated through, 2 to 3 minutes.

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