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What Are You Reading? March 2012

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Post by Tanzanite » Mon March 19th, 2012, 11:33 pm

Finished Jean Plaidy's Daughters of Spain and so now on to something totally for fun and giggles - Queen's Ransom by Anne Powers, a Wars of the Roses book about Margaret of Anjou, Anne Neville, Elizabeth Woodville and Elizabeth of York. It was also published as The Four Queens and The Royal Consorts. My cover is attached!
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Post by boswellbaxter » Tue March 20th, 2012, 12:48 am

[quote=""Tanzanite""]Finished Jean Plaidy's Daughters of Spain and so now on to something totally for fun and giggles - Queen's Ransom by Anne Powers, a Wars of the Roses book about Margaret of Anjou, Anne Neville, Elizabeth Woodville and Elizabeth of York. It was also published as The Four Queens and The Royal Consorts. My cover is attached![/quote]

I have the Royal Consorts version, but my cover doesn't show nearly that much thigh!
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Post by Berengaria » Tue March 20th, 2012, 2:54 am

I've just finished Lionheart by Sharon Kay Penman. I had had a rough time starting it, and I put it aside for several months. But I picked it up a week ago and could not put it down! I loved the details and the characterization. Of course, I really liked how Berengaria was portrayed! I cannot wait for the next book in the, trilogy, I think. I then tried to get into The King's Witch about the same time period, and found it to be inferior to Penman's tome. Now I'm finding renewed interest in this time period! :)
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Post by TiciaRoma » Tue March 20th, 2012, 3:36 am

[quote=""Berengaria""]I've just finished Lionheart by Sharon Kay Penman. I had had a rough time starting it, and I put it aside for several months. But I picked it up a week ago and could not put it down! I loved the details and the characterization. Of course, I really liked how Berengaria was portrayed! I cannot wait for the next book in the, trilogy, I think. [/quote]

I liked it too. And you're right, this is the first book I've read that has really fleshed out Berengaria. I want to find out what happens next.

I'm enjoying reading Helen's daughter.
Tish

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Post by Nefret » Tue March 20th, 2012, 6:04 am

The Bull of Minos by Leonard Cottrell
Into battle we ride with Gods by our side
We are strong and not afraid to die
We have an urge to kill and our lust for blood has to be fulfilled
WE´LL FIGHT TILL THE END! And send our enemies straight to Hell!
- "Into Battle"
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Post by Vanessa » Tue March 20th, 2012, 9:36 am

I'm having a break between tomes and reading Agatha Raisin & the Witch of Wyckhadden by M C Beaton,a fun mystery.
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Post by Brenna » Tue March 20th, 2012, 12:42 pm

[quote=""Berengaria""]I've just finished Lionheart by Sharon Kay Penman. I had had a rough time starting it, and I put it aside for several months. But I picked it up a week ago and could not put it down! I loved the details and the characterization. Of course, I really liked how Berengaria was portrayed! I cannot wait for the next book in the, trilogy, I think. I then tried to get into The King's Witch about the same time period, and found it to be inferior to Penman's tome. Now I'm finding renewed interest in this time period! :) [/quote]

Lionheart is actually the 4th book in what was supposed to be just three books. When Christ and His Saints Slept, Time and Chance, and Devil's Brood were the original three. SKP then decided she wasn't done telling Richard's story so she wrote Lionheart and is currently writing King's Ransom. I suppose you could consider her other planned book on Balian as a triology although I don't thnk that is what SKP has in mind. But who knows.


Finished CIC last night and started Finding Emilie by Laurel Corona. Pretty good so far.
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Post by EC2 » Tue March 20th, 2012, 3:03 pm

Just finished The Promise by Lesley Pearse - if you like sagas you'll enjoy this one. It's a sequel to her novel Belle, which I haven't read, but I found The Promise a satisfying read as a stand alone. It's an easy read but that doesn't mean poor quality and it has been very well researched as far as I can tell.
Now beginning The Return of Captain John Emmett by Elizabeth Speller. 1920's. DH loved it and I've belatedly realised it's a Richard and Judy read, so we'll see.
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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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Post by lauragill » Wed March 21st, 2012, 1:50 am

[quote=""TiciaRoma""]I liked it too. And you're right, this is the first book I've read that has really fleshed out Berengaria. I want to find out what happens next.

I'm enjoying reading Helen's daughter.[/quote]

Are you really? Thanks!

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Post by Misfit » Wed March 21st, 2012, 2:03 am

Pride's Castle by Frank Yerby. New York railroad baron kind of thing. A slightly unlikeable hero. What fun.
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