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The Time of Singing by Elilzabeth Chadwick

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Madeleine
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Currently reading: A Christmas Secret by Karen Swan & Portrait of a Murderer by Anne Meredith
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime
Location: Essex/London

Postby Madeleine » Thu August 7th, 2014, 1:06 pm

"EC2" wrote:I like that! I know it's a typo Misfit, but 'lust of available books' sounds great! :D


I thought the same! It's a great expression, maybe it's a bit of a Freudian slip but I think it sums up book addiction perfectly ;) :)
Currently reading "A Christmas Secret" by Karen Swan & "Portrait if a Murderer" by Anne Meredith

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Misfit
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Postby Misfit » Thu August 7th, 2014, 3:05 pm

"EC2" wrote:I like that! I know it's a typo Misfit, but 'lust of available books' sounds great! :D


Lol! I missed that :D

Off to edit the post.
At home with a good book and the cat...
...is the only place I want to be

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Misfit
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Postby Misfit » Thu August 7th, 2014, 3:06 pm

"Madeleine" wrote:I thought the same! It's a great expression, maybe it's a bit of a Freudian slip but I think it sums up book addiction perfectly ;) :)


Yeah, well once you start perusing the Kindle Unlimited titles available that is a good word for it.
At home with a good book and the cat...

...is the only place I want to be

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Madeleine
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Currently reading: A Christmas Secret by Karen Swan & Portrait of a Murderer by Anne Meredith
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime
Location: Essex/London

Postby Madeleine » Tue August 19th, 2014, 8:36 am

Finished TTOS now and enjoyed it, the review is in the Reading Logs thread. I like the UK title, but I also think the US title works too, the King's Favour was definitely a major part of both their lives. I'd love to see some of Ida's embroidery.
Currently reading "A Christmas Secret" by Karen Swan & "Portrait if a Murderer" by Anne Meredith

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Rowan
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Interest in HF: I love history, but it's boring in school. Historical fiction brings it alive for me.
Preferred HF: Iron-Age Britain, Roman Britain, Medieval Britain
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Postby Rowan » Thu September 11th, 2014, 8:40 pm

I'm nearly finished this book - about 88% through according to the Kindle - so I thought I'd toss my own two cents in.

First, the bad - I have to say I really don't care for Longespée. He's a right little snot.

Second, I really like how Ida wasn't necessarily a willing participant in being Henry's mistress. Any other time I've read about mistresses, they've all seemed to be... King's mistress? Yes, please! I like that Ida saw herself as damaged goods and was willing to take her own life in hand and fight for what she wanted.

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Madeleine
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Currently reading: A Christmas Secret by Karen Swan & Portrait of a Murderer by Anne Meredith
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime
Location: Essex/London

Postby Madeleine » Fri September 12th, 2014, 9:00 am

Yeah Longespee is a pain, although he does redeem himself a bit, I think, keep reading!

I agree that Ida was quite strong, although I did find her a bit whiny when she was complaining about Roger being away for so long - surely she would have known that would happen and those demands would be placed on him?
Currently reading "A Christmas Secret" by Karen Swan & "Portrait if a Murderer" by Anne Meredith

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Postby EC2 » Fri September 12th, 2014, 10:30 am

I write the characters as I see them and that includes their human flaws and psychologies. We all have them. Aristocratic wives would well know their husbands would have to go away but their ability to deal with it would still vary with the individual - as it does today. Isabelle Marshal coped, but Ida found it a bit more difficult. Ditto Longespee and his behaviour. Given that he was brought up at the Angevin court that he turned out any sort of normal is a miracle! I was interested to investigate the dynamics of him coming to terms with having half-brothers and sisters, and how he coped with the emotional fall out from the circumstances. :)
Les proz e les vassals
Souvent entre piez de chevals
Kar ja li coard n’I chasront

'The Brave and the valiant
Are always to be found between the hooves of horses
For never will cowards fall down there.'

Histoire de Guillaume le Mareschal

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Madeleine
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Currently reading: A Christmas Secret by Karen Swan & Portrait of a Murderer by Anne Meredith
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime
Location: Essex/London

Postby Madeleine » Fri September 12th, 2014, 1:00 pm

Yes I thought you handled Longespee's development well, and how they all adjusted to that relationship, and I also liked the way in which Roger's relationship with his own half-siblings evolved too.
Currently reading "A Christmas Secret" by Karen Swan & "Portrait if a Murderer" by Anne Meredith


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