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Brenna
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Post by Brenna » Tue February 14th, 2012, 8:12 pm

[quote=""Madeleine""]Just ordered "The Rose Garden" by Susanna Kearsley and "French Secrets" by Roisin Mcauley.[/quote]

I loved the Rose Garden. Not as much as The Winter Sea, but pretty darn close!

[quote=""annis""]The Bone Thief, by V.M. Whitford. I'm an absolute sucker for those Anglo-Saxons and Vikings...

900 A.D. A time of turmoil. A kingdom in dispute. An unlikely hero..

Edward, son of Alfred the Great, has inherited the Kingdom of Wessex and achieved a precarious set of alliances through marriage and military conquest. But the alliance is uneasy and the kingdom of Mercia has more reason than most to fear the might of Wessex. Their Lord is elderly and perhaps mortally sick, and his wife fears that she does not have the power to withstand hostile takeover. She also knows too well what her neighbour is capable of - after all, King Edward is her brother.

The chance to rescue St Oswald's bones, beloved patron saint, to consecrate her new church and unite the people behind her, is too good an opportunity to miss. But they are rumoured to be buried a long way north - outside Lincoln, deep in hostile territory. Her secretary, Wulfgar, groomed for the priesthood since he was a boy in the elegant cloisters of Winchester cathedral but a naïve in the ways of the wider world - is surprised to be sent on this mission. It will prove an incredibly dangerous journey, requiring resources and courage Wulfgar did not know he had, and support from surprising allies along the way including a maverick priest and a Viking adventuress whose loyalties are far from clear...[/quote]

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Madeleine
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Post by Madeleine » Tue February 14th, 2012, 8:49 pm

Just ordered Death in August by Marco Vichi - crime novel set in Florence in the 1960s.
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Post by princess garnet » Sat February 18th, 2012, 9:23 pm

Queen Hereafter by Susan F. King
I picked St. Margaret of Scotland as my saint for confirmation.

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Post by LoobyG » Wed February 22nd, 2012, 1:39 pm

I had St Cecilia for my saint when I was confirmed Princess Garnet :) During my jollies in South Africa I was lucky enough to pick up a lot of HF, including very cheap copies of 'The Marigold Chain' and 'Splendid Defiance' by Stella Riley. I've also just bought 'Garland of Straw' by Stella Riley on Ebay for a bargain price, so lots of good reading ahead!

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Post by Madeleine » Wed February 22nd, 2012, 2:07 pm

Just bought "Haunted" and "Waking the Witch", part of Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series, and have just ordered "Dime Store Magic" in the same series.
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Post by Madeleine » Thu February 23rd, 2012, 2:18 pm

Finally picked up The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley and French Secrets by Roisin McAuley from the bookshop.
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Post by Misfit » Thu February 23rd, 2012, 3:11 pm

[quote=""LoobyG""]I had St Cecilia for my saint when I was confirmed Princess Garnet :) During my jollies in South Africa I was lucky enough to pick up a lot of HF, including very cheap copies of 'The Marigold Chain' and 'Splendid Defiance' by Stella Riley. I've also just bought 'Garland of Straw' by Stella Riley on Ebay for a bargain price, so lots of good reading ahead![/quote]

The Stella Riley CW trilogy is awesome. Do you have Black Madonna? That should be read first, although you can read them independently. You'll just feel at times like you've arrived at a party halfway through and missed some introductions.
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Post by SGM » Thu February 23rd, 2012, 8:22 pm

[quote=""Misfit""]The Stella Riley CW trilogy is awesome. Do you have Black Madonna? That should be read first, although you can read them independently. You'll just feel at times like you've arrived at a party halfway through and missed some introductions.[/quote]

I read them in the order they were written, which was: Marigold Chain, Splendid Defiance, Black Madonna and then Garland of Straw.

Marigold Chain is set in the Restoration and doesn't fit at all into the scheme of the others. Splendid Defiance can also be read quite independently but the characters do appear again in Black Madonna and Garland of Straw. But I agree that Black Madonna should be read before Garland of Straw.

You might find parts of Marigold Chain quite recognisable from elsewhere but it really doesn't spoil your enjoyment of it.
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Post by LoveHistory » Fri February 24th, 2012, 12:16 am

Managed a quick stop at the local bookstore and got a few things.

Don Quixote de La Mancha, English translation of course
Pocket Chaucer, including The Canterbury Tales, Troilus and Cressida and some poetry
The Red Badge of Courage
Crime and Punishment
and a book with five Douglas Adams novels and an extra story. I've been wanting to read The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and now I can. :D

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Post by LoobyG » Fri February 24th, 2012, 5:23 pm

[quote=""Misfit""]The Stella Riley CW trilogy is awesome. Do you have Black Madonna? That should be read first, although you can read them independently. You'll just feel at times like you've arrived at a party halfway through and missed some introductions.[/quote]

Yes I'm lucky enough to have 'Black Madonna' as well Misfit, I picked it up at a library sale last year but didn't want to read it before I had any of the others and knew whereabouts I was lol! I read the blurb of 'The Marigold Chain' SGM and couldn't see where it fitted in with Riley's others, so it's good to know it's in the restoration. Thanks for letting me know which order I should start in. I also picked up 'Stranger in Savannah' by Eugenia Price today from a charity shop, I think it's the last title in a quartet which I'm sure Misfit you've mentioned before - you're terrible for my TBR pile! :p

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