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Which book should be February 2009 Book of the Month?

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Which book should be Book of the Month for February 2009?

Company of Liars by Karen Maitland
3
13%
A Question of Guilt by Julianne Lee
3
13%
Signora da Vinci by Robyn Maxwell
2
8%
Forever Amber by Kathleen Winzor
2
8%
The King's Pleasure by Norah Lofts
5
21%
The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti
1
4%
Needle in the Blood by Sarah Bower
6
25%
The Whiskey Rebels by David Liss
2
8%
 
Total votes: 24

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Which book should be February 2009 Book of the Month?

Post by diamondlil » Fri December 26th, 2008, 10:02 pm

Finally, the poll for February is ready to vote! Sorry about the delay! The poll will close on 2 January 2009.

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Company of Liars by Karen Maitland

The dark and sinister wonder of The Canterbury Tales meets the haunting terror of The Turn of the Screw

Midsummer's Day, 1348. On this day of ill omen, plague makes its entrance. Within weeks, swathes of England witll be darkened by death's shadow as towns and villages burn to the ringing of church bells. While panic and suspicion flood the land, a small band of travellers comes together to outrun the breakdown in law and order. But when one of their number is found hanging from a tree, the chilling discovery confirms that something more sinister than plague is in their midst. And as the runes warn of treachery, it appears no one is quite what they seem, least of all the child rune reader, who mercilessly compels each of her companions to tell their stories. And face the consequences. Take a leap of imagination and embark on an unforgettable journey through the ravaged countryside ... with only a scarred trader in holy relics, a conjuror, two musicians, and a deformed storyteller for company. (480 pages)

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A Question of Guilt: A Novel of Mary, Queen of Scots, and the Death of Henry Darnley by Julianne Lee

A rich, compelling novel that asks the question: Was Mary Stuart guilty of murder?

It is three days after the execution of Mary Stuart and the streets of London are buzzing with the news. But not everyone is convinced that the scandalized Queen of Scots was guilty of plotting against her cousin, Elizabeth I—or that she was involved in the murder of her husband, Henry Darnley.

Scottish-born Lady Janet de Ros, wife of a wealthy English merchant, thinks the ravishingly beautiful Mary was merely an innocent bystander, betrayed by the machinations of a disloyal court. Determined to uncover the truth, Janet travels from Fotheringhay Castle to Edinburgh, to pursue an investigation that, she will come to realize, could endanger her life—and bring disgrace to her very own family… (320 pages)

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Signora Da Vinci by Robyn Maxwell

Following the “absolutely superb”(Diane Haeger, author of The Secret Bride) Mademoiselle Boleyn, novelist Robin Maxwell delves into the life of Caterina—the adventurer, alchemist, and mother of Leonardo da Vinci.

Caterina was fifteen years old in 1452 when she bore an illegitimate child in the tiny village of Vinci. His name was Leonardo, and he was destined to change the world forever.

Caterina suffered much cruelty as an unmarried mother and had no recourse when her boy was taken away from her. But no one knew the secrets of her own childhood, nor could ever have imagined the dangerous and heretical scheme she would devise to protect and watch over her remarkable son. This is her story. (448 pages)

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Forever Amber by Kathleen Winsor

Abandoned pregnant and penniless on the teeming streets of London, 16-year-old Amber St. Clare manages, by using her wits, beauty, and courage, to climb to the highest position a woman could achieve in Restoration England-that of favorite mistress of the Merry Monarch, Charles II. From whores and highwaymen to courtiers and noblemen, from events such as the Great Plague and the Fire of London to the intimate passions of ordinary-and extraordinary-men and women, Amber experiences it all. But throughout her trials and escapades, she remains, in her heart, true to the one man she really loves, the one man she can never have. Frequently compared to Gone with the Wind, Forever Amber is the other great historical romance, outselling every other American novel of the 1940s-despite being banned in Boston for its sheer sexiness. A book to read and reread, this edition brings back to print an unforgettable romance and a timeless masterpiece. (976 pages)

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The King’s Pleasure by Norah Lofts

Released for the first time in decades, this international bestseller powerfully tells of the life of Katharine of Aragon, from her childhood in Spain to her reign and downfall in England as the first wife of Henry VII. A princess by birth and a queen by marriage, Katharine always held the highest aspirations for her life, never doubting a vision both she and her mother, Isabella of Spain, had of her becoming one of the great rulers of Europe.
After a short-lived and childless marriage to sickly prince Arthur of England, Katharine finds herself handed down to his brother, the future king Henry VII, a handsome, passionate man with whom she forms a strong bond of mutual admiration and love. Their relationship seems ideal -- equals in status, ambition, and respect for each other.
As the years go by, King Henry becomes consumed by greed, paranoia, and arrogance, with a roving eye that has settled on the young Anne Boleyn. It is this obsession that will lead to his destruction and the humiliation of Katharine, the woman he once would have done anything to protect, forever changing the face of English history and religion.
Beloved by her fans and a queen of the genre, Norah Lofts wrote tales of royal Britain that have stood the test of time, and The King's Pleasure is now reissued for a new generation of adoring readers. (448 pages)

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The Good Thief by Hannah Tint
i

Richly imagined, gothically spooky, and replete with the ingenious storytelling ability of a born novelist, The Good Thief introduces one of the most appealing young heroes in contemporary fiction and ratifies Hannah Tinti as one of our most exciting new talents.

Twelve year-old Ren is missing his left hand. How it was lost is a mystery that Ren has been trying to solve for his entire life, as well as who his parents are, and why he was abandoned as an infant at Saint Anthony’s Orphanage for boys. He longs for a family to call his own and is terrified of the day he will be sent alone into the world.

But then a young man named Benjamin Nab appears, claiming to be Ren’s long-lost brother, and his convincing tale of how Ren lost his hand and his parents persuades the monks at the orphanage to release the boy and to give Ren some hope. But is Benjamin really who he says he is? Journeying through a New England of whaling towns and meadowed farmlands, Ren is introduced to a vibrant world of hardscrabble adventure filled with outrageous scam artists, grave robbers, and petty thieves. If he stays, Ren becomes one of them. If he goes, he’s lost once again. As Ren begins to find clues to his hidden parentage he comes to suspect that Benjamin not only holds the key to his future, but to his past as well. (336 pages)

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Needle in the Blood by Sarah Bower


January 1067. Charismatic bishop Odo of Bayeux commissions a wall hanging, on a scale never seen before, to celebrate the conquest of Britain by his brother, William, Duke of Normandy. What he cannot anticipate is how utterly this will change his life-even more than the invasion itself.
His life becomes entangled with the women who embroider his hanging, especially Gytha-handmaiden to the fallen Saxon queen and his sworn enemy. But against their intentions, they fall helplessly in love. Friends become enemies, enemies become lovers; nothing in life or in the hanging is what it seems. (576 pages)

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The Whiskey Rebels by David Liss


David Liss’s bestselling historical thrillers, including A Conspiracy of Paper and The Coffee Trader, have been called remarkable and rousing: the perfect combination of scrupulous research and breathless excitement. Now Liss delivers his best novel yet in an entirely new setting–America in the years after the Revolution, an unstable nation where desperate schemers vie for wealth, power, and a chance to shape a country’s destiny.

Ethan Saunders, once among General Washington’s most valued spies, now lives in disgrace, haunting the taverns of Philadelphia. An accusation of treason has long since cost him his reputation and his beloved fiancée, Cynthia Pearson, but at his most desperate moment he is recruited for an unlikely task–finding Cynthia’s missing husband. To help her, Saunders must serve his old enemy, Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton, who is engaged in a bitter power struggle with political rival Thomas Jefferson over the fragile young nation’s first real financial institution: the Bank of the United States.

Meanwhile, Joan Maycott is a young woman married to another Revolutionary War veteran. With the new states unable to support their ex-soldiers, the Maycotts make a desperate gamble: trade the chance of future payment for the hope of a better life on the western Pennsylvania frontier. There, amid hardship and deprivation, they find unlikely friendship and a chance for prosperity with a new method of distilling whiskey. But on an isolated frontier, whiskey is more than a drink; it is currency and power, and the Maycotts’ success attracts the brutal attention of men in Hamilton’s orbit, men who threaten to destroy all Joan holds dear.

As their causes intertwine, Joan and Saunders–both patriots in their own way–find themselves on opposing sides of a daring scheme that will forever change their lives and their new country. The Whiskey Rebels is a superb rendering of a perilous age and a nation nearly torn apart–and David Liss’s most powerful novel yet. (544 pages)

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Post by Misfit » Fri December 26th, 2008, 10:34 pm

I voted for The King's Pleasure, as I want to give Lofts one more chance - had bad luck with the first two I tried.

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Post by boswellbaxter » Fri December 26th, 2008, 10:44 pm

Forever Amber, as I got it at the library sale last month and need to get cracking at it.
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Post by diamondlil » Fri December 26th, 2008, 11:15 pm

You know you didn't vote in the poll don't you Boswell?
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Post by boswellbaxter » Sat December 27th, 2008, 12:02 am

[quote=""diamondlil""]You know you didn't vote in the poll don't you Boswell?[/quote]

That would help, wouldn't it? Thanks!
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Post by Tanzanite » Sat December 27th, 2008, 12:53 am

[quote=""Misfit""]I voted for The King's Pleasure, as I want to give Lofts one more chance - had bad luck with the first two I tried.[/quote]

I recently read that one and it is one of the better ones that I've read so far.
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Post by Carine » Sat December 27th, 2008, 9:48 am

Difficult choice !!

It goes between Company of Liars, The Good Thief and Needle in the Blood !
The 3 of them sound really good !

I think I'll go for Needle in the Blood, just because I've visited Bayeux and the tapistry last May and really loved it !

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Post by Helen_Davis » Sat December 27th, 2008, 5:29 pm

[quote=""boswellbaxter""]Forever Amber, as I got it at the library sale last month and need to get cracking at it.[/quote]

you won't be disappointed!

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Post by Kasthu » Mon December 29th, 2008, 12:27 am

I'm still canvassing for Needle in the Blood...

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Post by chuck » Mon December 29th, 2008, 3:57 am

"Needle in the Blood" sounds interesting.....the little I know about Bishop Odo....He was not a lovable character especially after the conquest enacting the Norman way....I am interested in the Bayeux Tapestry so I will try to hold my piece until I get a chance to read it......

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