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What are you reading October 2011?

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Vanessa
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Currently reading: The Farm at the Edge of the World by Sarah Vaughan
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Post by Vanessa » Sun October 23rd, 2011, 11:33 am

That's fascinating, Rebecca. Did you see any ghosts or just felt a presence? Yes, the ghost in HFS is a lady who is the aunt to the twins who inherit her flat so she's a sort of loving ghost! :) That happens at the beginning, so no spoilers there.
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Post by Madeleine » Sun October 23rd, 2011, 7:21 pm

I'm about to start the next Sookie, "Definitely Dead" and, in keeping with the ghostly theme, Andrew Taylor's "The Anatomy of Ghosts".
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Forever Amber

Post by catlvr14 » Sun October 23rd, 2011, 8:17 pm

I have been a lurker here for a couple of years. I came across the all time 10 best historical fiction thread, where Forever Amber was listed by many people. It's been on my bookshelf to read for over a year, maybe more, but this board has inspired me to finally read it. I started it last night.

I would like to thank the many people who have made recommendations of books and authors to read. As a result I have read The Last Queen, by CW Gortner. Loved it! Susan Higginbotham, I have 3 of your books, hopefully I'll get to you next, and countless others. I'm almost embarrassed to say I have over 200 books to be read!!!

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Post by Misfit » Sun October 23rd, 2011, 8:52 pm

[quote=""catlvr14""]I have been a lurker here for a couple of years. I came across the all time 10 best historical fiction thread, where Forever Amber was listed by many people. It's been on my bookshelf to read for over a year, maybe more, but this board has inspired me to finally read it. I started it last night.

I would like to thank the many people who have made recommendations of books and authors to read. As a result I have read The Last Queen, by CW Gortner. Loved it! Susan Higginbotham, I have 3 of your books, hopefully I'll get to you next, and countless others. I'm almost embarrassed to say I have over 200 books to be read!!![/quote]

Hi and glad to see you have delurked and joined in the conversations.
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Post by rebecca » Mon October 24th, 2011, 2:20 am

[QUOTE=Vanessa;93195]That's fascinating, Rebecca. Did you see any ghosts or just felt a presence? Yes, the ghost in HFS is a lady who is the aunt to the twins who inherit her flat so she's a sort of loving ghost! :) That happens at the beginning, so no spoilers there.[/QUOTE

When my mother was alive she told me that as a child I used to spook her out with my observations. As a child we lived on a farm and I can remember 'feeling' but not seeing people but I would place my shoes side by side and yet in the morning my shoes would be gone and we had to search for them sometimes they would be found in other rooms and my mother knew I had not put them there. :eek: ...The first time I actually saw a demon like face was when I was about 10 yrs old and I heard my records fall onto the floor and as I picked them up and put them back into my wardrobe I saw a funny shaped head creature with red glowing eyes and sharp teeth and yes, I screamed my head off....Then we moved into another house when I was in my teens and this house truly spooked me as one could actually feel this awful chillingly cold presense and my bedroom which was also freezing. I would lay in bed at night and wake up hearing someone walk around my bedroom and then it would sit on the edge of my bed and I would carefully shift my feet away from it and I would actually feel it move closer to my legs...and you always felt as if someone was glaring at you...Thank God my cousin also felt and saw the same thing but in her case things would actually fly at her and my mother once heard deep heavy breathing which seemed to fill the room and she broke a bottle of milk as she ran terrified from the pantry. We all heard a baby crying at night and yet there was no baby to be found and it's sobbing was heart-rending and chilling at the same time. I could go on but I think I might scare you too much :eek: .....

Sleep well tonight :D

Bec :)

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Post by SonjaMarie » Mon October 24th, 2011, 2:22 am

Bec: Wow! Creepy! I would not want to stay in that place, no way no how!

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Post by rebecca » Mon October 24th, 2011, 2:26 am

[quote=""catlvr14""]I have been a lurker here for a couple of years. I came across the all time 10 best historical fiction thread, where Forever Amber was listed by many people. It's been on my bookshelf to read for over a year, maybe more, but this board has inspired me to finally read it. I started it last night.

I would like to thank the many people who have made recommendations of books and authors to read. As a result I have read The Last Queen, by CW Gortner. Loved it! Susan Higginbotham, I have 3 of your books, hopefully I'll get to you next, and countless others. I'm almost embarrassed to say I have over 200 books to be read!!![/quote]

Hi catlvr :)
I really loved 'Forever Amber' the author describes things so well that you feel as if you are actually there and she also had the ability to convey realism into her characters and it is a wonderful reading journey. I also think you will enjoy Susan Higginbotham, but I have to admit I think her last book is her best one, 'The Queen of Last Hopes'......Good to hear from you.

Bec :)

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Post by rebecca » Mon October 24th, 2011, 2:34 am

[quote=""SonjaMarie""]Bec: Wow! Creepy! I would not want to stay in that place, no way no how!

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SonjaMarie--I am really sincere here...If someone offered me one million dollars to spend a night alone in that particular house I would refuse it and so would many other family members....I also remember how our dog would growl at times and act frantic at nothing and yes one could feel the hairs on the back of your neck prickle...It was a very unfriendly ghost I would also say it was malevolent and we were frantic to get out...Thank God after nine months we moved and none of us ever went back.

Bec :)
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Post by boswellbaxter » Mon October 24th, 2011, 2:37 am

[quote=""catlvr14""]I have been a lurker here for a couple of years. I came across the all time 10 best historical fiction thread, where Forever Amber was listed by many people. It's been on my bookshelf to read for over a year, maybe more, but this board has inspired me to finally read it. I started it last night.

I would like to thank the many people who have made recommendations of books and authors to read. As a result I have read The Last Queen, by CW Gortner. Loved it! Susan Higginbotham, I have 3 of your books, hopefully I'll get to you next, and countless others. I'm almost embarrassed to say I have over 200 books to be read!!![/quote]

Glad you delurked, catlvr, and welcome to the forum! I know the problem of the groaning TBR stack all too well.
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Post by SonjaMarie » Mon October 24th, 2011, 2:55 am

[quote=""rebecca""]SonjaMarie--I am really sincere here...If someone offered me one million dollars to spend a night alone in that particular house I would refuse it and so would many other family members....I also remember how our dog would growl at times and act frantic at nothing and yes one could feel the hairs on the back of your neck prickle...It was a very unfriendly ghost I would also say it was malevolent and we were frantic to get out...Thank God after nine months we moved and none of us ever went back.

Bec :) [/quote]

I believe you! Glad you got out of there and safely!

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