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What Are You Reading? December 2012

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Susan
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Post by Susan » Mon December 10th, 2012, 1:17 am

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
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Post by Misfit » Mon December 10th, 2012, 3:30 pm

Finished The Anatomist's Wife yesterday. Excellent historical mystery set in 1830s Scotland. Not sure what to start next.
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Post by rebecca » Tue December 11th, 2012, 12:48 am

I finished 'Me Before You' by Jojo Moyes yesterday and it is simply brilliant. If you haven't read it then you're truly missing out....I don't want to say too much in case of spoilers but there is such a lightness of touch and such a well pool of emotion but it is not sentimental or cloying....I'll be reading more of her books...But as EC mentioned I don't know if she will ever be able to outdo this particular book. It is simply wonderful and deeply moving.

Bec :) PS: Now I will have to choose a new book...decisions decisions. :p

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Post by EC2 » Tue December 11th, 2012, 1:39 am

[quote=""Tanzanite""]Finished Sacred Treason by James Forrester (thought it was pretty good but not outstanding). Now on to The Lady of Secrets by Susan Carroll.[/quote]

I enjoyed Sacred Treason but had to suspend my disbelief at some of the derring do undertaken by the characters. That they were still able to function and undertake missions after what had happened to them was a bit of a stretch.
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Post by EC2 » Tue December 11th, 2012, 1:44 am

[quote=""rebecca""]I finished 'Me Before You' by Jojo Moyes yesterday and it is simply brilliant. If you haven't read it then you're truly missing out....I don't want to say too much in case of spoilers but there is such a lightness of touch and such a well pool of emotion but it is not sentimental or cloying....I'll be reading more of her books...But as EC mentioned I don't know if she will ever be able to outdo this particular book. It is simply wonderful and deeply moving.

Bec :) PS: Now I will have to choose a new book...decisions decisions. :p [/quote]

It's always difficult when you've read a superb book. Nothing else will quite fit the bill. Agree totally re Me Before You. :)

Finished River of Destiny Tonight by Barbara Erskine. Her best in a long time. I enjoyed every page.
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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Tue December 11th, 2012, 1:57 am

I'm on a bookclub read. Gone Girl. It isn't my cup of tea at all.

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Madeleine
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Post by Madeleine » Tue December 11th, 2012, 9:53 am

Everyone here is raving about Gone Girl.

Glad to hear that Barbara Erskine is back on form!

Just started "A Christmas Homecoming" by Anne Perry.
Currently reading: "Tidelands" by Philippa Gregory

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Post by Brenna » Tue December 11th, 2012, 2:52 pm

Finally finished Devil Water by Anya Seton. Not a favorite I must say-I still love her Mistletoe and the Sword. Now to back in time a bit and read Susan Hollway Scott's The Countess and the King (I think that's the title) about James II and his mistriss Katherine.
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Post by Ludmilla » Tue December 11th, 2012, 3:01 pm

Read Stella Riley's The Marigold Chain over the weekend and have just started one of her English Civil War novels, A Splendid Defiance, which covers the siege of Banbury castle. Consequently, that old nursery rhyme about Banbury Cross is floating through my head and won't go away. LOL!

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Post by Misfit » Tue December 11th, 2012, 3:49 pm

[quote=""Ludmilla""]Read Stella Riley's The Marigold Chain over the weekend and have just started one of her English Civil War novels, A Splendid Defiance, which covers the siege of Banbury castle. Consequently, that old nursery rhyme about Banbury Cross is floating through my head and won't go away. LOL![/quote]

A Splendid Defiance is excellent, so happy to see it out on Kindle. I hear Riley's added extra scenes to this new version.
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