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What Are You Reading? April 2013

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Madeleine
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Currently reading: "The Lantern Men" by Elly Griffiths
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime
Location: Essex/London

Post by Madeleine » Sun April 14th, 2013, 4:04 pm

I'm just about to start "the Betrayal of Trust" by Susan Hill, modern crime.
Currently reading: "The Lantern Men" by Elly Griffiths

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Berengaria
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Location: northern Vancouver Island, BC Canada

Post by Berengaria » Mon April 15th, 2013, 12:58 am

I am burning through Erin Kelley's The Burning Air :p
Image My 4 girls!


“No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting. She will not want new fashions nor regret the loss of expensive diversions or variety of company if she can be amused with an author in her closet.” ~Lady Montagu

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EC2
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Post by EC2 » Mon April 15th, 2013, 8:55 am

Finished The Midwife of Hope River by Patricia Harman - very enjoyable. It's a warm-hearted and mostly predictable read, (except for a twist in the heroine's past I didn't see coming) but that's not to take anything away from it. It's absorbing and well written. I even learned some useful midwifery stuff on the research side (author is a retired midwife).

Now on a modern thriller. The Ghost by Robert Harris.
Les proz e les vassals
Souvent entre piez de chevals
Kar ja li coard n’I chasront

'The Brave and the valiant
Are always to be found between the hooves of horses
For never will cowards fall down there.'

Histoire de Guillaume le Mareschal

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Vanessa
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Currently reading: The Farm at the Edge of the World by Sarah Vaughan
Interest in HF: The first historical novel I read was Katherine by Anya Seton and this sparked off my interest in this genre.
Favourite HF book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell!
Preferred HF: Any
Location: North Yorkshire, UK

Post by Vanessa » Mon April 15th, 2013, 9:01 am

I'm reading Hurry Up and Wait by Isabel Ashdown, a contemporary coming of age story.
currently reading: My Books on Goodreads

Books are mirrors, you only see in them what you already have inside you ~ The Shadow of the Wind

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Lisa
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Favourite HF book: Here Be Dragons by Sharon Kay Penman
Preferred HF: Any time period/location. Timeslip, usually prefer female POV. Also love Gothic melodrama.
Location: Northeast Scotland

Post by Lisa » Tue April 16th, 2013, 10:28 am

Now reading Arabella by Georgette Heyer. Unfortunately it's an old 1964 Pan edition, so the text is painfully small!

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Vanessa
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Currently reading: The Farm at the Edge of the World by Sarah Vaughan
Interest in HF: The first historical novel I read was Katherine by Anya Seton and this sparked off my interest in this genre.
Favourite HF book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell!
Preferred HF: Any
Location: North Yorkshire, UK

Post by Vanessa » Tue April 16th, 2013, 12:09 pm

I'll be starting The Duchess of Drury Lane by Freda Lightfoot later on - the story of actress Dorothy Jordan's 20 year relationship with King William IV.
currently reading: My Books on Goodreads

Books are mirrors, you only see in them what you already have inside you ~ The Shadow of the Wind

SCW
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Preferred HF: Lately World Two or the time immediately before and after this period
Location: Australia

Post by SCW » Tue April 16th, 2013, 11:53 pm

I remember reading a book about Dorothy Jordon years ago. It was by Jean Plaidy. However it would be great to read another one about the actresses life.

Well I finished The Kingmakers Daughter by Philippa Gregory and now I am reading Debs at War by Anne De Courcy which is worth looking at.

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Post by rebecca » Wed April 17th, 2013, 2:09 am

I started 'Excellent Women' by Barbara Pym last night. I'm enjoying it so far.

I gave up on 'The Forgotten Queen' by D.L Bogdan which is odd as enjoyed her books 'Rivals in the Tudor Court' & 'Secrets of the Tudor Court'....but I'll still keep a check on any future books as I usually enjoy her writing.

Bec :)

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Lisa
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Favourite HF book: Here Be Dragons by Sharon Kay Penman
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Location: Northeast Scotland

Post by Lisa » Wed April 17th, 2013, 9:32 am

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Well I finished The Kingmakers Daughter by Philippa Gregory and now I am reading Debs at War by Anne De Courcy which is worth looking at.[/quote]
How did you find The Kingmaker's Daughter? I've avoided it so far because I couldn't even finish the Red Queen and White Queen (and it's rare that I don't finish a book), and I didn't go near Lady of the Rivers, but I wonder if the series has picked up? I enjoyed The Other Boleyn Girl and The Boleyn Inheritance but didn't care much for the rest of the Tudor series, so I know PG can be a hit or a miss (mostly a miss it seems...).

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Post by Brenna » Wed April 17th, 2013, 12:24 pm

Jumping on the India Black bandwagon. Good so far!
Brenna

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