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Misfit
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Post by Misfit » Mon November 14th, 2011, 7:35 pm

Just picked up Csardas by Diane Pearson. I believe it's turn of the century Poland and the blurb (which I never believe) compares it to Gone With the Wind.
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Post by Madeleine » Mon November 14th, 2011, 9:10 pm

Just pre-ordered The Body in the Thames by Susanna Gregory, the 6th Thomas Chaloner story, set in Restoration London.
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Post by emr » Mon November 14th, 2011, 10:39 pm

Lady of the Glen by Jennifer Roberson
I blame Image Yvonne Gilbert's beautiful cover.
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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Mon November 14th, 2011, 11:34 pm

[quote=""Misfit""]Just picked up Csardas by Diane Pearson. I believe it's turn of the century Poland and the blurb (which I never believe) compares it to Gone With the Wind.[/quote]
If it's the Csardas I tried, it's set in Hungary. A csardas (pronounced 'CHARdass') is a traditional Hungarian folk dance.

Can't remember a thing about it except the name, and that I didn't get very far.

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Post by Misfit » Tue November 15th, 2011, 12:25 am

[quote=""MLE""]If it's the Csardas I tried, it's set in Hungary. A csardas (pronounced 'CHARdass') is a traditional Hungarian folk dance.

Can't remember a thing about it except the name, and that I didn't get very far.[/quote]

That's the book. I believe the Amazon thread mentioned Poland and there's not much on the jacket. I peeked at bit at the Ammy reviews (one's very spoilerish so be warned). It looks like the story goes through WWI and at least some of WWII with the Jewish twist. I think I saw a mention of the Olympics...

EMR, nice purchase I love that book. Some really tragic stuff, but also a lovely Romeo/Juliet storyline. Very tame on the sex, despite that ludicrous cover Kensington gave the later edition.
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Post by emr » Tue November 15th, 2011, 10:46 am

[quote=""Misfit""] Very tame on the sex, despite that ludicrous cover Kensington gave the later edition.[/quote]

She is mostly a fantasy writer. My guess is she didnt want to go too adult with it. Look how people raised eyebrows at Rosemary Sutcliff's Sword at Sunset. (Which I try to read from time to time but I open the book and it has the tiniest font ever... )
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Post by Misfit » Tue November 15th, 2011, 12:49 pm

[quote=""emr""]She is mostly a fantasy writer. My guess is she didnt want to go too adult with it. Look how people raised eyebrows at Rosemary Sutcliff's Sword at Sunset. (Which I try to read from time to time but I open the book and it has the tiniest font ever... )[/quote]

She wrote two Robin Hood books in a similar style. I liked them well enough, but they didn't rock my world either.

I have the HB of the Sutcliff book. Now I'm afraid to open it...
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Post by Leyland » Tue November 15th, 2011, 2:11 pm

[quote=""Misfit""]Yay! Happy reading. Wonder who got the other one? I swear I only posted it here.

PS, what'd you think about that Celestial bed? Don't you love those odd footnotes in history she slips in? That nutty lord that was a pal of Thomas' was also a real life nutter.[/quote]

I got my shipping confirmation e-mail yesterday - the penny plus $3.99 shipping fee, bargain copy of KCSQ is officially mine ;)
It'll be next up on the TBR. Celestial bed? Sounds interesting ...
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Post by Misfit » Tue November 15th, 2011, 2:33 pm

[quote=""Leyland""]I got my shipping confirmation e-mail yesterday - the penny plus $3.99 shipping fee, bargain copy of KCSQ is officially mine ;)
It'll be next up on the TBR. Celestial bed? Sounds interesting ...[/quote]

Always better when you get the shipping confirmation, isn't it?

Just google the Celestial Bed. You'll find plenty to amuse.
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Post by Madeleine » Wed November 16th, 2011, 10:12 am

Last night I ordered:

The Siren by Alison Bruce - modern crime, set in Cambridge
Murder at the Manor - modern crime, set in an English village
Currently reading: "Fear on the Phantom Special" by Edward Marston.

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