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March 2011 BOTM: Nominations

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March 2011 BOTM: Nominations

Post by boswellbaxter » Wed February 2nd, 2011, 2:16 pm

Again going by the themes that members have suggested, the theme for March will be historical novels set in the 19th century (note that this does not include novels written by 19th-century authors). Nominations close February 7. Please note: only one nomination per member.

If you could post the publisher's description of the novel you're nominating, that would be very helpful to the moderators.
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Post by Misfit » Wed February 2nd, 2011, 3:19 pm

If you could post the publisher's description of the novel you're nominating, that would be very helpful to the moderators.
As well as phrasing your nomination as it would go into a poll, easier to copy and paste instead of retyping :)

I'll nominate India Black by Carol Karr.
When Sir Archibald Latham of the War Office dies from a heart attack while visiting her brothel, Madam India Black is unexpectedly thrust into a deadly game between Russian and British agents who are seeking the military secrets Latham carried.

Blackmailed into recovering the missing documents by the British spy known as French, India finds herself dodging Russian agents-and the attraction she starts to feel for the handsome conspirator.
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Post by Divia » Wed February 2nd, 2011, 4:42 pm

Yes! The victorian era! :)


The Raven's Bride by Lenore Hart


When eight-year-old Virginia "Sissy" Clemm meets her handsome cousin, Edgar Allan Poe, he seems the very image of the make-believe husband she conjures up in childhood games. He’s thirteen years her elder, but kind, soft-spoken,brooding, and, handsome. Eddy floats in and out of her life as he fails his way through West Point and then the army. Each time he returns to Baltimore, their odd friendship grows, and her understanding of the moody, troubled writer deepens.

As Sissy prepares for a career on the musical stage, her childhood crush turns to love. When she is 13, Eddy proposes marriage, swearing to care for her forever. Yet even child brides eventually grow up, and it's really Eddy who needs caring for, who leans on her. She gains his complete devotion, true -- yet also must endure his abrupt disappearances, strange moods, and the aftermath of alcoholic binges. Then, when she falls ill, Poe’s greatest fear – that he’ll once again lose a woman he loves – drives him both to near-madness, and to his greatest literary achievement.
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Post by Vanessa » Wed February 2nd, 2011, 6:37 pm

My nomination is:

Star of the Sea by Joseph O'Connor
In the bitter winter of 1847, from an Ireland torn by injustice and natural disaster, the Star of the Sea sets sail for New York. On board are hundreds of fleeing refugees. Among them are a maidservant with a devastating secret, bankrupt Lord Merridith and his family, an aspiring novelist, a maker of revolutionary ballads, all braving the Atlantic in search of a new home. Each is connected more deeply than they can possibly know. But a camouflaged killer is stalking the decks, hungry for the vengeance that will bring absolution. The twenty-six day journey will see many lives end, others begin afresh. In a spellbinding story of tragedy and mercy, love and healing, the further the ship sails towards the Promised Land, the more her passengers seem moored to a past which will never let them go.
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Post by Ash » Thu February 3rd, 2011, 12:32 am

The Raven's Bride by Lenore Hart

I've been a fan of Poe since my 6th grade teacher had us reading his poems and stories outloud. I'd love to read that (is it YA?)
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Post by Divia » Thu February 3rd, 2011, 2:24 am

[quote=""Ash""]The Raven's Bride by Lenore Hart

I've been a fan of Poe since my 6th grade teacher had us reading his poems and stories outloud. I'd love to read that (is it YA?)[/quote]

Nope not YA. Thought I suppose it could be market to the age group.
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Post by Ash » Thu February 3rd, 2011, 2:33 am

FYI, Raven's Bride comes out on the 15th of this month.
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Post by stu1883 » Sat February 5th, 2011, 11:32 am

[quote=""Vanessa""]My nomination is:

Star of the Sea by Joseph O'Connor[/quote]

I vote for this one..........another addition to my TBR pile! Thanks Vanessa!

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Post by Vanessa » Sat February 5th, 2011, 11:41 am

It's been on my TBR pile for ages!
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