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September 2014: What are you reading?

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emr
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Post by emr » Mon September 8th, 2014, 1:36 pm

[quote=""EC2""]Having read several non historicals in a row, I am now on The Devil in the Marshalsea by Antonia Hodgson - and it's brilliant! One of those novels where I am going to read my eyes out, and I don't say that very often these days! I bought it on my Kindle, but I know the DH will love it too and he only reads books, so I'm ordering us up a home copy for the book shelf.[/quote]

I thought it was excellent.

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Post by Brenna » Tue September 9th, 2014, 4:07 pm

The Beekeeper's Lament and The Kashmir Shawl
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Post by sweetpotatoboy » Tue September 9th, 2014, 9:25 pm

[quote=""Vanessa""]I enjoyed After Flodden - hope you do, too![/quote]

We're discussing it for our book group on Monday. I haven't got very far into it, so I better get a move on, but i'm enjoying it so far.
The other book group members who have finished it so far sound a bit lukewarm on it.........

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Post by emr » Wed September 10th, 2014, 7:19 pm

I don't usually read ya. Sometimes I start something and get annoyed in a few pages. But now I'm reading The City's Son (The Skyscraper Throne #1) by Tom Pollock and this is really good. Very imaginative with a graphic novel quality. Very recommended for fans of Ben Aaronovich. :)
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Post by Susan » Thu September 11th, 2014, 12:37 am

Staying in Vienna...Vienna Blood by Frank Tallis
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Post by SCW » Thu September 11th, 2014, 8:33 am

Nearly halfway through The Winthrop Woman by Anya Seton. Highly recommended so far.
Can anyone else tell me of any stories of colonial America worth reading?

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Post by fljustice » Thu September 11th, 2014, 6:35 pm

Finished North and South and enjoyed it, except for the abrupt ending. I thought my ebook might have been defective and searched through the final 46 pages of Victorian glossary looking for the denouement chapter. I'm putting The Origin aside (again) because I have another ARC--Vanessa and Her Sister--to read and review. Started Call the Midwife (#1) on my Nook. Good commuting book because each chapter is a stand-alone story.
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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Thu September 11th, 2014, 7:39 pm

[quote=""SCW""]Nearly halfway through The Winthrop Woman by Anya Seton. Highly recommended so far.
Can anyone else tell me of any stories of colonial America worth reading?[/quote]
Almost anything by Gwen Bristow is good. Celia Garth covers the revolution, and for the same period in Louisiana, Deep Summer.

I have yet to read any of Elswyth Thane, but I am told that Dawn's Early Light is excellent. There's a discussion of her books around the forum somewhere.

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Post by Misfit » Thu September 11th, 2014, 9:54 pm

[quote=""MLE (Emily Cotton)""]Almost anything by Gwen Bristow is good. Celia Garth covers the revolution, and for the same period in Louisiana, Deep Summer.

I have yet to read any of Elswyth Thane, but I am told that Dawn's Early Light is excellent. There's a discussion of her books around the forum somewhere.[/quote]

I would second that. Thanes Dawn's Early Light is very good. Maria by Eugenia Price is good, first in a trilogy set in Florida. I like Price, but she does keep the religious aspects of life front and center. Not like you're being clubbed over the head, but the reader can't miss the faith of the characters - realistic for the period, but not everyone would care for it. YMMV.

Inglis Fletcher has a long series that might interest, series link from GR here. I've only read the first, own the second and from what I gathered on the blurb of book two, they aren't going to be related character wise so read in any order. Terrifyingly tiny font warning on Roanoke Hundred.

There's also To Have and to Hold by Mary Johnston, which reminds me I really do need to read this.
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Post by Ludmilla » Thu September 11th, 2014, 10:03 pm

I'm finishing up Mother Earth Father Sky by Sue Harrison.

[quote=""SCW""]
Can anyone else tell me of any stories of colonial America worth reading?[/quote]

I read Arundel by Kenneth Roberts earlier this year and thought it was excellent.

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