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What are you reading? February 2013

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Madeleine
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Post by Madeleine » Tue February 19th, 2013, 4:26 pm

[quote=""Lady of Bennachie""]Same here, last Erskine I read was On the Edge of Darkness, and that just wasn't very good at all. I still have Time's Legacy on my bookshelf, unread - is that one any better?[/quote]

I didn't like that one either! Thought it was silly, with a daft ending :rolleyes: I've heard better things about Time's Legacy though, which I haven't read yet but also have on a tbr pile.
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Post by boswellbaxter » Tue February 19th, 2013, 6:02 pm

[quote=""Tanzanite""]I finished that the other day. I enjoyed it as well although I thought the middle with Catherine moving from castle to castle got a little boring after awhile. Now reading The Forgotten Queen by DL Bogdan.[/quote]

I was enjoying it until
. I don't know of any historical evidence for that episode, and I really hate it when authors turn historical figures into sexual predators without any supporting evidence. It's a cheap way of generating reader sympathy for a heroine.
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Post by Helen_Davis » Tue February 19th, 2013, 7:15 pm

The Second Empress. I am confused by the multiple narrators. Some authors can pull it off, but I don't feel Moran can.

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Post by Helen_Davis » Tue February 19th, 2013, 7:16 pm

[quote=""boswellbaxter""]I was enjoying it until
. I don't know of any historical evidence for that episode, and I really hate it when authors turn historical figures into sexual predators without any supporting evidence. It's a cheap way of generating reader sympathy for a heroine.[/quote]

Agreed, bb. I had an episode in my story where Evita was raped, however, I did see that in a biography of her and I feel it could possibly have had some insight into Eva's character. But it was not a violent scene-- just enough so the reader knows what happened.

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Post by boswellbaxter » Wed February 20th, 2013, 12:19 am

I'm now reading Jennifer Chiaverini's Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker.
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Post by fljustice » Wed February 20th, 2013, 4:46 pm

[quote=""boswellbaxter""]I'm now reading Jennifer Chiaverini's Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker.[/quote]

Please let us know what you think. I was fascinated by that character in the movie Lincoln and thought at the time she would make a great narrator for a story.
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Post by emr » Thu February 21st, 2013, 10:20 am

The Silk Train Murder by Sharon Rowse, Vancouver 1899. The preview was good but 150 pages in I'm starting to be a little tired of the guy always asking the wrong questions.
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Post by rebecca » Fri February 22nd, 2013, 12:26 am

[quote=""boswellbaxter""]I'm now reading Jennifer Chiaverini's Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker.[/quote]

Let me know too and if it is any good I'll order it once I have saved enough for another mega Amazon buying spree! :D

Bec :)

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Post by Helen_Davis » Fri February 22nd, 2013, 4:54 am

Murder Most Royal by Plaidy. Very good but not for the faint of heart!

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Post by emr » Fri February 22nd, 2013, 7:44 am

The Bloody Meadow by William Ryan, Russia 1937
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