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Janice Young Brooks

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Janice Young Brooks

Post by Misfit » Wed September 29th, 2010, 8:17 pm

Has anyone else read her books or know anything about her? I read Cinnamon Wharf last month and am now working on Seventrees - this one is set in 1800's Kansas, three generations of strong women. I am thoroughly enjoying having a heroine who is intelligent, makes the best of what fate throws at her and doesn't wait upon her man to get things done.

The writing is good, as are her settings. Can't find much about the other books, but according to the Fantastic Fiction listing the Brooks name is a psedonym used by Jill Churchill (who I've never heard of).

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Post by Michy » Wed September 29th, 2010, 11:38 pm

She sounds like someone I'd like to try. Unfortunately, my library doesn't have any of her books published under the Janice Brooks name. It does have a bunch published under Jill Churchill. Mysteries with painful titles such as "Grime and Punishment," and "A Midsummer Night's Scream."

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Post by Misfit » Wed September 29th, 2010, 11:57 pm

[quote=""Michy""]She sounds like someone I'd like to try. Unfortunately, my library doesn't have any of her books published under the Janice Brooks name. It does have a bunch published under Jill Churchill. Mysteries with painful titles such as "Grime and Punishment," and "A Midsummer Night's Scream."[/quote]

My library doesn't have JYB either, but I found the first at the UBS and got Seventrees via Paperbackswap. I'm halfway through. Very good, although not an action packed page turner. I think you'd like it. I checked Worldcat and there are some libraries that have it so there's always ILL.

If you spot her at the UBS I'd give it a shot.

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I've just been looking at other books and there's one called Guests of The Emporer that looks intriguing,

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Post by Vanessa » Thu September 30th, 2010, 8:51 am

I have that one at my mum's house (along with Cinnamon Wharf)! I read it years ago. I enjoyed them both.
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Post by annis » Thu September 30th, 2010, 5:07 pm

The Guests of the Emperor cover reminds me of the wondeful TV series "Tenko" - does anyone else remember it? Not sure if it was played in the States or not.
See picture at IMBD -it's quite similar to the Brooks cover.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0081944/

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Post by LoobyG » Thu September 30th, 2010, 9:11 pm

God I loved Tenko. Some of my earliest memories are of my mum having it on telly in the background while she ironed, and later on we watched the videos of it so many times! That cover reminds me of it too. I recommend it :)

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Post by Misfit » Sat October 2nd, 2010, 11:08 pm

Just finished Seventrees, very good. If you like strong female characters/pioneers, etc. I would recommend it. I wasn't sure at the end where she was going with the trip to England but she turned it around nicely to home and family is most important at the end.

I hadn't noticed the used prices until I pointed this book out to Divia (aiyee!!). I picked up one at Paperbackswap, but I did check Worldcat and there are quite a few libraries (mostly in Kansas) that have copies so do try for ILL.
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