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The Summer Queen

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Post by SonjaMarie » Tue December 6th, 2011, 6:35 pm

[quote=""EC2""]I've got to get it written and get it right re the research - and do all the online stuff and still have some sort of home life, so it is 1213 for the book. I've to have it handed in by next September, which is already way too close!
Some readers love to see previews, some don't. For those that love it, I've put the first chapter up there. For those that don't - well they don't have to look. Simples. :) [/quote]

1213?! You mean we have to go to the past to read the book?! ;)

Yup, about it being simple about not reading it if you don't like previews :)

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Post by Misfit » Tue December 6th, 2011, 7:11 pm

[quote=""SonjaMarie""]1213?! You mean we have to go to the past to read the book?! ;)

Yup, about it being simple about not reading it if you don't like previews :)

SM[/quote]

Lol! Good catch. It's going to be a long wait, but I'd rather wait for a great book than more sloppy hash like we get from you-know-who.

I loved the first chapter and I really don't think it gives much away. Just leaves me wanting more though.
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Post by Brenna » Tue December 6th, 2011, 8:12 pm

Well I was hoping it was 2012, but alas, disappointing to hear its 1213. I guess I missed the boat :D .

I have been following the FB posts regularly which just leaves me wanting more!
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Post by nona » Sat February 11th, 2012, 4:51 pm

ok so I dont want to tease myself by reading the preview chapter available, is this going to be one of the books I heard about that is on Eleanor?

I've been really busy with work this past year so not on the site regularly and just wondering since I've been out of the loop.... as most of us know a Chadwick novel is something to cherished and anticipated like christmas morning for childern.

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Post by Brenna » Tue July 8th, 2014, 1:52 pm

So as promised, I reserved my thoughts and review until I read the Author's Note. I can't be the only person that has ever experienced this and so, please, help me out here!

Here is the problem one runs into when you read more than one book by different authors on the same subject-the vision and idea you have of a character from the first book you read (if written well) sticks. You either love or dislike the character, but either way, you have a very vivid and real concept of what they look like, how they act, and what they would or would not do. This grows if you continue to read about said character in a series of books by the same author. Then, another beloved author writes about the same character and although not vastly different, tries to shed a new light on him or her which contradicts the one you have built in your head.

How do you react? Me? I do not react well which made reading The Summer Queen very difficult for me (except for the last 1/4 of the book where Alienor is with Henry). I'm not sure I can "buy in" to EC's description of her with the idea I had of Eleanor from SKP's books. Granted, the Eleanor I have in my mind is the older, more wise, already jaded one by marriage and therefore this new, younger version leaves little to be desired. The somewhat "woody" (description I found in another review and it just seems to fit) writing in the beginning of the novel didn't help things nor did the "added" and descriptive sex scenes. It was especially upsetting when


All of that being said, I am a great admirer of EC and quite enjoyed the by-play between her Alienor and Henry and will continue to pine for the next two books in the series (which I will have to wait much longer for as not only do I have to wait for the books to hit the states, I have to wait an additional year for them to be paperback). The other part of the book that I did enjoy was the insight EC provided into Alienor's first marriage, her relationship with her family members, and the experience of her first crusade!

Anyone else struggle with the same problem-either with this book or others?
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Post by Susan » Tue July 8th, 2014, 2:20 pm

I will be reading The Summer Queen soon, and I have the same concern. While Sharon was signing my book at a book signing earlier this year, we got into a conversation and The Summer Queen came up. Sharon loves Elizabeth Chadwick's books and has always mentioned her when she speaks every time I have seen her, but she said she won't read The Summer Queen because she sees Eleanor the way she wrote her. I am hoping I can go into The Summer Queen with an open mind and I think I can because I so respect EC's work. That being said, of course, whenever I visualize Eleanor, it's Katharine Hepburn I see!
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Post by Susan » Sat August 23rd, 2014, 4:38 pm

Well, I loved The Summer Queen. Elizabeth Chadwick's writing is always a joy to read and meeting the young Alienor was quite an experience.
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Post by Nefret » Sat August 23rd, 2014, 10:52 pm

It's out in paperback now, right?
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Post by Susan » Sun August 24th, 2014, 1:39 am

[quote=""Nefret""]It's out in paperback now, right?[/quote]

I think so, but I read it on my Kindle.
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Post by EC2 » Sun August 24th, 2014, 1:04 pm

Yes, it's available in paperback and e-format. :) I've just this morning posts a bit about writing it onto the History Girls blog. http://the-history-girls.blogspot.co.uk ... ar-by.html
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Are always to be found between the hooves of horses
For never will cowards fall down there.'

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